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Columbia 50 huge !See page 2 Celebrates ry page 9 South Carolina October 22, 2004 From disability to mobility The ins and outs of total knee replacement surgery Dr. James McHone and his team prepare to perform arthroscopic surgery on Rick Noble's knee. By Amanda Taylor Providence Northeast If you have a dam- aged knee, everyday tasks such as getting in your car, walking up stairs, and even standing up can be painful. But there are ways to cope with debili- tating knee pain. Rick Noble, age 56, has been dealing with severe knee pain for years. In his youth, he was a serious runner, and all those years of abuse permanently damaged the cartilage of his right knee. Over the past two years, Noble has under- gone two arthroscopic pro- cedures on his knee. Each procedure was only a tem- porary fix because he still had severe knee pain and limited mobility. That is why he and his ortho- paedic physician, Dr. James McHone of North- east Orthopaedics, decid- ed total knee replacement surgery was his best option for full recovery. On October 11, 2004, Rick Noble checked in to Hospital for surgery. Around 10:15 am, Noble was brought into the oper- ating room and put under general anesthesia. Then, the medical team started making surgery prepara- tions. They made a tourniquet and swabbed his entire leg with an antiseptic. At 10:46 am, Dr. McHone started the sur- gery with an approxi- mately six-inch incision in Noble's right knee. He shaved Noble's leg bones so the prosthesis would fit properly. Once the bones were precisely cut down, Dr. McHone began fitting the bottom portion of the prosthesis into the shin- bone or tibia. The tibial component looks some- what like a golf tee. The bottom part of the tibial component is metal, and the top of it is made of a hard plastic that simu- lates real cartilage. Continued on page 3 on 10-11 gs page 12 slave Palaver, page 20 the Page B1 Star Save time, save money, flyi .and have00 a little fun--- Columbia Star editor flms independence Air to Washington, DC By Natasha Whitling Comfortable leather seats, celebrities, warm towels, and a smooth ride, are some of the features Independence Air offers on its. domestic flights, all for budget prices. For those taking domestic flights out of Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Independence Air has made travel cheaper and faster with non-stop flights to 39 destinations. Chuck Berry on the way out and Dennis Miller on the way home. Those are just two of several guest celebrities Independence Air hired to record their in-flight instructions. Adding a lit- tle bit of fun to their flights is one of the ways Independence tries to make their airline unique. Making the customer's ride fast, fun, and comfort- able is their goal. "Often people are nervous leaving their bags on that cart," Michael Pilot Gerry O'Sullivan Barnhardt, flight atten- dant said. To let them know their bags are safe the ground crew walks by the windows holding a blue circle sign that says "Your bags are loaded" on one side, and "See you on the flip side" on the other. Perhaps one of the best aspects of the Independence experience is their variety of in-flight snacks. Gone are the days of the mini-bag of peanuts. On an Independence flight pas- sengers can choose from several snacks, such as Sun Chips or Famous Amos cookies. With prices as low as $39 one way, extras like warm towels and compli- mentary breath mints on the way out the door are a surprise. The Dulles International Airport, Washington, DC based air- line cuts corners a bit by skipping the ticket booklet in favor of a less expen- sive, thin paper ticket. Co-pilot Anthony Mastropietro They do not intentionally over-book their flights, and seats are assigned. The addition of Independence Air and its Flight attendant Michael Barnhardt Kathleen Gustafson and Gerry Cooney are Independence Air customer service agents low fares has significantly increased passenger traffic at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, "We saw a traffic increase of 40% in August and 38% in September as a result of Independence air," Mike Flack, executive director of the Columbia Metro Airport, said. Before the arrival of Independence many travelers would drive to Charlotte or Atlanta to take cheaper domestic flights. "Right now we have cars from Georgia and North Carolina sitting in our parking lot," Flack said. The traffic at the air- port has increased a total of 21% overall. Flack attributes this to the large number of people traveling now. The difference in air fares is literally hundreds of dollars. "We had flights to DC that were $850 or more. Now you can fly round trip for $150," Flack said. Independence Air has lived up to their mantra of "go your own way," by pro- viding more affordable and convenient opportunities for Columbia travelers, all sprinkled with a little bit of fun. News 2, 3, 7, & 14 Government 4,5 Business 6 Society 8, 9 9 Opinion 10, 11 Sports 12, 13 Education 15 TV Guide 16 Classified 17 PO Box 5955 Colua, SC 250 i( - Public notices 18 Funnies/puzzle 19 Travel 2o 00E_GEI_O_N00 Happenings 1 Public notices 2-23 Potpourri 24