Bionic Reporter

Live look-in

October 25th, 2013

If you've ever wanted to see a knee replacement surgery (for whatever reason) the Cleveland Plain Dealer is making it happen.

The newspaper is taking readers inside the operating room next month for the knee replacement surgery of a Cleveland-area resident who has agreed to let the procedure be filmed and broadcast live online.¹

Coverage of the event began Friday, with the introduction of the patient, John Favalaro,  a 52-year-old Garfield Heights, Ohio, man and former Air Force airman who regularly hikes, bikes, plays softball, volleyball and partakes in martial arts. In between, he works third shift at GE Healthcare in the Cleveland suburb of Warrensville Heights.

The surgery will be at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, which performs about 357 of these operations a year.²

Not sure what time the surgery will be, but if you're interested in tuning in from Hawaii, it's probably a safe bet that it will be in the early morning hours of Eastern Standard Time, i.e., sometime after midnight in the islands.

The coverage will include the requisite social media interaction via Twitter.

From the Plain Dealer:

On Nov. 19, you can go inside an operating room and see — live via online video — a knee replacement surgery. And you'll be able to follow that surgery via Twitter, adding your thoughts, comments and questions to our live tweets.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group and The Plain Dealer, thanks to John Favalaro and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, are preparing to give you a look at surgery unlike any you've ever had.

You'll meet John and his family, starting with today's story. And you'll go through rehab with John, as this amazingly active man, who's never let pain stand in his way, becomes one of the many with an artificial knee.

Come back to and The Plain Dealer in coming weeks as we take you inside a knee replacement surgery and into the life of the man getting a new knee.


¹ - This is a far-less complicated procedure than the total femur/knee/hip replacement(s) that I have undergone, but it's still a pretty big deal whenever you have some part of your anatomy replaced.

² - I'm not sure how many of these procedures are done at the Cleveland Clinic every year, but I know my surgeon told me that prior to my 5-7 hour operation, he would  "warm up" by doing a knee replacement.

2 Responses to “Live look-in”

  1. ohiaforest3400:

    I've seen a number of YouTube videos of knee replacements and related surgeries (in preparation for my Dad's surgeries and rehab) and it's not for the faint-hearted. Not very gentle, even bordering on the violent, at times.

    Yer a trooper, BJ, and your sense of humor is your best weapon.

  2. marilynlee:

    Thanks for sharing. I am sure your surgery will go well--many are saying little prayers for you,Marilyn

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