Grateful World Traveler

Gives Back

Before he had both of his knees replaced at the Virtua Joint Replacement Institute, Jim Santos considered himself an inactive person. Really, he was just too uncomfortable to do a lot moving around.

Three years after the surgeries, Santos is a changed man!

“It is like night and day,” says Santos, 79. “I go to the gym three times a week and golf as much as I can.”

He recently travelled to the Philippines, went on a safari in South Africa and visited the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu with his wife – all experiences he could not have had with his old knees.

Santos knew for some time that he needed surgery. There was no cartilage left and his day-to-day life was increasingly painful. Finally, a friend referred him to Dr. Scott Schoifet at the Virtua Joint Replacement Institute.

“I was immediately impressed when Dr. Schoifet told me to take my time and think it over,” says Santos. When he decided to go through with the procedure, a nurse navigator organized his care plan from start to finish.

“The experience I had was beyond my wildest dreams,” says Santos. “The nurses were great, the staff was so nice and helpful and I am especially pleased with Dr. Schoifet.”

In gratitude for the extraordinary care he received, Santos has made a gift to Virtua Foundation.

“I want to thank the team at the Joint Replacement Institute because they changed my life,” he said. “It was a wonderful gift they gave to me.”

Now, Santos and his wife are back on the road, traveling the world and fitting in 18 holes any time they can!


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