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Johnny Bench to Visit Winter Haven Hospital

WINTER HAVEN | Hall-of-Famer, who had a 15-year catching career with the Cincinnati Reds, will be at Winter Haven Hospital on Oct. 29 for a free community seminar.

He will focus on his experiences with arthritis and hip replacement surgery during the 9 a.m. event in the hospital auditorium. A raffle will be held for a baseball autographed by Bench.

He also will tour the orthopedic floor and talk to patients about his own experiences with hip replacement surgery.

Bench, 62, reportedly made more than 500,000 squats at home plate. Since his retirement, both of his hips have been replaced to address severe joint pain caused by arthritis.

The most recent procedure was in February when his left hip was replaced. That surgery made him the first patient in the world to receive the Stryker’s Mobile Bearing Hip™.

Winter Haven Hospital recently implemented computer navigation software from Stryker that lets orthopedic surgeons analyze and monitor placement of hip and knee replacement devices.

Dr. Maury Fisher, one of its orthopedic surgeons, said Bench’s appearance will help convey the options available to individuals suffering from hip pain. Others said the computer system helps improve alignment of the replacements.

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By Robin Williams Adams
THE LEDGER