Denver Doctors Help South Dakota Woman Walk Again Thanks To Cutting Edge Procedure

A woman from South Dakota is thrilled to be walking again and without pain. She credits two Denver doctors who repaired her badly damaged pelvis. They used screws, cement and a cutting edge procedure.

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KAREN LEIGH: A 72-year-old woman from South Dakota says that she is walking again and she is doing it without pain. She credits two Denver doctors for making this happen for her tonight. Health specialist Kathy Walsh explains how they used screws, cement, and a cutting-edge procedure.

- You're looking good.

KATHY WALSH: And Norma Kraemer is feeling good too. She took a lap around the orthopedic floor of Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center.

- Look at her go.

KATHY WALSH: This was one day after surgery to repair her pelvis.

NORMA KRAEMER: The pelvis collapsed completely on Thanksgiving Day.

KATHY WALSH: 72-year-old Norma lives near Nemo, South Dakota. She's a busy woman-- a pilot, a weaver. But uterine cancer and radiation treatment 10 years ago caused permanent damage to her pelvic bones.

NORMA KRAEMER: They looked rotted, like they were just sort of falling apart. I couldn't walk.

KATHY WALSH: Norma searched for relief with no solution. Then she was referred to orthopedic oncologist Dr. Daniel Lerman and interventional radiologist Dr. Tony Brown.

- Her treatment has caused the bone in her pelvis to be eaten away and eroded.

- We had to stabilize the entire right side of her pelvis.

KATHY WALSH: The two have pioneered an innovative, minimally invasive procedure. Through four small incisions and using high-tech imaging, they reconstructed Norma's right pelvis using four orthopedic screws and bone cement.

- This works because it's collaborative.

- I would expect this to last indefinitely.

NORMA KRAEMER: I just feel fantastic.

KATHY WALSH: Norma says her pain has gone from a seven to a one. She's on her feet instead of in assisted living.

NORMA KRAEMER: And all of a sudden now it's like I'm a kid again.

KATHY WALSH: Delighted that she found amazing doctors in Denver. I'm Kathy Walsh, covering Colorado first.