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September 30, 2022

One couple, four shoulder replacement surgeries

IU Health Bloomington Hospital

Ron Drahos and Timothy Steiner, MD, IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine surgeon, first met at Little League Baseball.

“I had no idea that he had shoulder arthritis at the time,” said Dr. Steiner. “Years later, he showed up in my office, and we diagnosed him with primary shoulder osteoarthritis.”

After a lot of thought and deliberation, they decided to go forward with shoulder replacement surgery. Ron was so happy with the outcome he decided to have his other shoulder replaced as well.

And when his wife, Hope, started having her own shoulder pain, she also put her trust in the surgeon.

“So, over a period of years, we replaced four shoulders in one married couple,” said Dr. Steiner.

The couple followed up their surgeries with physical therapy with Dr. Steiner’s orthopedics and sports medicine team. And they are thankful for every person involved in their journey.

“Before I had the surgery, I felt very limited,” said Hope. “It’s just such a wonderful feeling to be independent.”

Learn more about the care this couple received from their first appointment through rehabilitation in the video above.

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