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Ken Holmen, MD
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Paul's Story

Orthopedics
“There is no more pain and I can be active again.”

Top grade awarded after knee replacement surgery


Paul Conrad, assistant principal at Albany junior and senior high school, gives St. Cloud Hospital Bone & Joint Center an “A” plus for the outstanding job they did with his follow up care after knee replacement surgery.

A total sports enthusiast, Paul, at age 46 now was paying the price of playing multiple sports during high school and college. It was while fielding a ball during a college baseball game, that he planted his foot wrong, tearing the ACL in his left knee. After years of pain and temporary fixes, Paul sought out the help and expertise of orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Mulawka, St. Cloud Orthopedics.

Prior to surgery Paul said he felt like a 90-year-old man when walking down the hallway at Albany Junior and Senior High. Stairs made him feel even older.

Now after having his left knee joint replaced, he feels like a new person.

“Dr. Mulawka is top-notch. He was informative and educated me on what I could expect before and after surgery,” Paul said. “Surgery and recovery went extremely well. There is no more pain and I can be active again.”