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Exercise Science Expert Returns to Active Lifestyle After Knee Replacement

Frank Katch is back on the golf course after his knee replacement surgery at the Cottage Center for Orthopedics. “I can’t even conceive of not moving without a full life of physical activity,” he says. “Activity was always a part my life.” Click to view larger
Frank Katch is back on the golf course after his knee replacement surgery at the Cottage Center for Orthopedics. “I can’t even conceive of not moving without a full life of physical activity,” he says. “Activity was always a part my life.” (Cottage Health photo)

Frank Katch’s curiosity and energy has driven his career in exercise science.

His passion for exercise science didn’t stop at teaching and doing research at the University of Massachusetts.

He frequently appeared on national network television, published more than 250 articles in scientific journals, in exercise physiology and sports nutrition, and consulted on fitness and conditioning with NFL, MLB and NBA teams.

A former college athlete, Katch’s personal love for exercise kept him moving, and that continued into his semi-retirement in Santa Barbara, whether he was playing golf, running, biking or taking walks on the beach.

When he hurt his left knee with an unfortunate misstep on the golf course, he faced the prospect of a life with limited activity and pain in everyday activities.

“I can’t even conceive of not moving without a full life of physical activity,” he said. “Activity was always a part my life.”

After carefully exploring his options with guidance from orthopedic specialist Dr. Graham Hurvitz, Katch decided a surgical knee replacement was “the best conclusion.”

“Either fix the knee or be miserable,” he said.

If he didn’t fix it, the injury would be compounded by other problems.

“The leg below the knee started to bow out a little bit because I was walking funny,” Katch recalled.

He went in to talk with Hurvitz about knee replacement surgery, armed with 25 questions.

“My anxiety level was a 10,” Katch said. “By the time he answered the third question with technical elegance, I was completely at ease.

“After we spoke my anxiety level declined to zero!”

Katch had his knee replaced in March 2015 at the Cottage Center for Orthopedics located at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. Today, the 73-year-old is back walking the golf course with renewed purpose three to four times a week, among other activities.

Do you suffer from knee or hip pain? Click here for a free online joint pain quiz from the Cottage Center for Orthopedics, and get your specific results in just minutes.

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