MAHWAH, N.J., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics Division today announced that Fred Funk, one of the most recognizable names and personalities in professional golf, has become a spokesperson for the company. A 20-year veteran of the sport and current member of the PGA Tour, Funk underwent a total knee replacement with Stryker's Triathlon® Knee System in November 2009 and later won the 2010 JELD-WEN Tradition, becoming the first player ever to win a PGA Tour-sanctioned event after total knee replacement surgery.
"After debilitating pain in my right knee began to impact my ability to compete as a professional athlete – and more importantly – maintain an active lifestyle, my orthopaedic surgeon recommended a Stryker Triathlon® knee implant. After a three-month recovery I was back on the Champions Tour playing a full tournament schedule," said Funk. "I hope my story will prove to millions of Americans suffering from knee pain that knee surgery can enable them to return to their active lifestyle."
Like many, Funk had been suffering with knee pain for several years and had gone through numerous surgeries to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, subsequently having it drained of fluid 18 times. In 2009, after discussing his options with Dr. R. David Heekin, Medical Director of the Orthopedic Center of Excellence at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, Fred chose to undergo knee replacement surgery and received a Stryker Triathlon® Knee.
As a spokesperson for the company, Funk will help to educate current and prospective knee replacement patients around the country, drawing upon his experiences with osteoarthritis, knee replacement, and the recovery process.
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