Alan Benken, 53, from Erlanger, Ky. was shocked that, although he lived a healthy life, he
found out that he had a cancerous tumor. He grew extremely ill in a short amount of time.
Alan had pancreatic surgery that lead to a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), followed
by Whipple surgery (pancreatoduodenectomy), a risky
and complex operation to remove part of the pancreas,
part of the small intestine and the gallbladder.
After Alan’s tumor was removed, he was in critical
condition. He lost 17 units of blood and was not
expected to live. He spent more than seven months
in the hospital before transferring to HealthSouth
Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Kentucky.
Alan knew about the benefits of HealthSouth
Northern Kentucky from his mother’s positive results
after her treatment.
With the support of his wife, Karla, and two sons, Alan
arrived to HealthSouth Northern Kentucky eager to
dive into therapy. At first, he was unable to control his
body functions – he could not walk or eat.
Alan’s rehabilitation specialists made his recovery
a team effort with advanced technologies and a
personalized treatment program to fit his needs.
His biggest challenge was mobility, so he used
technologies like the stander and Biodex Balance
System SD™ to help with his balance and coordination.
Alan was discharged from HealthSouth Northern
Kentucky after 30 days. He has been in outpatient
therapy for eight weeks and is still going strong in his
recovery. Now, he continues to work towards his goals
of restoring his balance, endurance and strength. And
in that small amount of time, Alan has already progressed from a wheelchair to walking
on his own.
Today, Alan completes his daily care tasks by himself, drives and cooks.