William Todd doesn’t like to slow down. At 85-years-old (on December
29) he still goes to work every day at the company—TIMCO Service and Supply—that he started 53 years ago.
When his knee pain started to get the best of him in the last couple years
he had to cut back on some of the activities he enjoyed doing.
“A few years ago I was jogging three miles a day,” William
said. “But recently walking was really beginning to bother me. Getting
around was getting more difficult.”
Earlier this year he decided it was finally time to do something about
it and scheduled an appointment with
Dr. Stanford Israelsen, a board certified orthopedic surgeon at
Powder River Orthopedics and Spine, a Campbell County Medical Group
Immediately, William was pleased with Dr. Israelsen, who took the time
to visit with him and help him thoroughly understand the surgery and what
the recovery process would look like.
“He’s extremely knowledgeable and is a good listener,”
William said. “He’s blessed with a good bedside manner.”
William underwent surgery in May and spent 10 days at
The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center recovering in their
Short Term Rehabilitation area. Staying at The Legacy is pretty common for patient’s around
William’s age, Dr. Israelsen said.
“The advantage of that is that instead of getting physical therapy
a couple times a week, they’re actually getting therapy a couple
times a day,” Dr. Israelsen said.
After returning home, William has continued physical therapy and is back
to work, something William says he’d like to keep doing as long
as he can. That attitude toward work and life is something that Dr. Israelsen
credits to William’s recovery.
“He came into surgery with a really positive attitude and a realistic
outlook,” Dr. Israelsen said.
That positive attitude and a willingness to work hard are among several
important things that helps patients get on a quick road to recovery.
The other things that help with recovery is a good diagnosis and quality
surgery followed by
But William’s said he believes Dr. Israelsen also played a big part
in helping him get back to his daily routine.
“I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to describe what
a good man he is,” William said. “He’s a good doctor
and man, and I would recommend him to everybody.”
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Article written by Kim Phagan-Hansel, Wyoming freelance writer