April 26, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench will speak to Southern Illinoisans of his personal experience with joint replacement surgery at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the conference center of the John A. Logan College campus.

The free arthritis joint pain seminar is sponsored by Stryker Orthopaedics, the company which provided Bench an artificial hip.

According to information provided by Stryker’s Jeanine Guilfoyle, Bench underwent total hip replacement of his right hip in April of 2004 after suffering for years from chronic joint pain.  He discussed his options with his surgeon and received a Stryker hip implant. 

After undergoing the procedure, Bench was able to realize his lifestyle recovery goals and get back to his active life without hip pain.  Since then, he has shared his joint replacement experience with attendees at Stryker educational seminars throughout the United States.

Guilfoyle said that when Bench began experiencing pain in his left hip, he knew not to wait until he was sidelined by the pain before seeking help and underwent a total hip replacement of his left hip in February 2010.

Bench was the first patient to receive Stryker’s Mobile Bearing Hip™. Its unique anatomic design and technology offers active patients like Bench increased stability, range of motion and longevity. 

Fully recovered, Bench splits his time between Naples and Palm Springs with his wife, Lauren, and their two young sons, Justin and Joshua, while his oldest son, Bobby, attends Boston University.

Bench also continues to perfect his golf game and travel across the U.S. sharing his experience with arthritis and joint replacement with joint pain sufferers on behalf of Stryker Orthopaedics.

Bench’s Major League career began in 1968 and ran through the early 1980s. He was selected Rookie of the Year in ’68 and Most Valuable Player of the National League in 1970 and ‘72. A 14-time All-Star with 10 Gold Gloves and a World Series MVP (’76), he was voted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989 and later named the 16th greatest player of all time by the Sporting News.

Dr. Kevin Koth with the Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois will also speak. He will discuss topics such as osteoarthritis, arthritis of the hip and knee, surgical and non-surgical joint pain, treatment options, new technologies in hip and knee replacement, and mobile bearing hip replacement.