December 30, 2003 at 9:23 PM CST - Updated August 26 at 11:31 PM
Two long scars on George McCombs' knees remind him of what it was like to tee off before he had both knees replaced.
"I had been in constant pain. It was a pain even to walk."
George put off having his knees replaced because he heard the pain would be horrible, .not so.
"It was just awesome, I had no pain."
George had what is called a Femoral Nerve Block during surgery. As patients are prepped for the operation, an anesthesiologist inserts a catheter into the groin that delivers pain medication directly to the knee. It stops pain almost completely.
"It seems by numbing the leg during the time of the operation and for a few days afterwards, when the catheter is removed, the amount of pain that's left is much less."
Doctor Roy Greengrass and George's surgeon Dr. Mary O'Connor say the block almost eliminates pain after surgery and there is no need for narcotics that can make you sick among other things.
"Patients are able to get up and move around better, they are able to do their therapy exercises better and with greater comfort."