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Back To Biking: Westfield Native Gets Double Knee Replacement Surgeries

pelkeykIt’s safe to say that Westfield native Kelly Pelkey has been a lifelong active person, particularly enjoying a good opportunity to bike ride or go to the gym to workout. Those pleasures came to a grinding halt, however, when her troubling knees began to fail her.

“I was active up until probably a year before the operation when things just kind of halted,” Kelly said. “I just couldn’t do anything. I put it off as long as I absolutely could and just decided let’s do this finally.”

She scheduled total knee replacements at Baystate Medical Center with Dr. Andrew Lehman of New England Orthopedics. The first one was completed on June 28th, 2016, with the second taking place on August 9th, 2016.

Kelly had experienced deteriorating conditions with her knees since she was 13 years old.


“It ultimately got to the point where I could not even stand up from a chair on my own. Really difficult,” she said. “No issue walking but any lateral movement and I was down on the ground. It was just years and years of that.”

Kelly was admittedly nervous going into the first procedure, but her anxieties were quickly quelled by staff at Baystate.

“The coordinator that sets up all the knee replacements, so there was a meeting at Baystate with her,” Kelly said. “She went over everything, it was kind of like a class. Very very informative, very helpful, if I had any questions at all about any of the prep she was extremely knowledgeable and helpful-just really great.

Dr. Lehman’s procedure was successful, and was completed by Kelly’s recovery in Baystate’s new South Wing.

“My stay there was just excellent,” she said. “Having a private room was great and everybody from the people that change the trash to the dietitians, the nurses, everybody was just phenomenal,” Kelly said.

So phenomenal that Kelly began looking forward to having her second knee replacement, including physical therapy.

“They were great too- really personable people,” she said. “Very helpful and right down to earth.”


While the recovery process will take some time until Kelly will experience the full benefits of the procedures, she is already enjoying a return to normalcy. To reach her office, she is forced to scale a large set of stairs. Prior to the procedure, this was a daily challenge. Suddenly, it is much easier. Kelly also hopes she will be able to utilize a beautiful new bike path that was constructed in the City of Westfield.

“Actually I’m back to the gym. I try to go three days a week and try to do the recumbent bike and just kind of minimal things to keep it moving and what not,” she said. “It’s all kind of odd to me. I can do squats and stuff like that I never was able to do without a lot of difficulty.”

Most importantly, she is looking forward to daily activities that others take for granted. For example, there are very steep stairs that lead to her downtown Westfield office, and she is excited to laterally move about the simplest of activities.

“Walking without having to worry about winding up on the ground,” Kelly said. “It was just awesome, I could not have asked for a better experience.”