Procedure: Hip Replacements
“The whole team did a great job. Dr. Robert Meyer and Physician Assistant Kevin Stewart were very helpful and very friendly. Every time I notice how I no longer feel constant pain, I think about how I am forever grateful to Dr. Meyer and the team. They gave me my life back.”Edie was in terrible pain for close to ten years. With the addition of what ended up being a bone spur, she could no longer even walk up her own lawn. She thought the pain was just arthritis and there wasn’t much to be done about it except to take various medicines to help control it.When Edie decided she’d had enough, she went to Canandaigua Orthopaedic Associates and found out that the cartilage in her hips was virtually non-existent and the bones in the joint were rubbing against one another. The verdict was that she needed to have them both replaced. She had her first hip replacement surgery and was in the hospital for three days. It went so well, including the recovery, that she went back in three months to have the other one done.When asked about the most memorable part of her experience, Edie was quick to comment that even though both of her legs “felt like lead” when she woke up after surgery, she was amazed that the minute she stood up, the first day after surgery, she could walk. She was so surprised that the pain was gone. Edie’s advice to others is that you don’t have to live with the pain. It may not JUST be arthritis so you should get checked.
Just think…you don’t have to give up doing your favorite activities! Edie’s favorites, you may ask? Why, skiing, sailing and tennis, of course!
Procedure: Rotator Cuff and Labrum Repair
“Dr. Grimm was my surgeon and he did an excellent job. I feel better now than I did ten years ago. I was amazed how the Rehabilitation team designed a unique therapy plan specifically for me and my profession.”
Before surgery, Tim had lots of pain. It was especially painful to lift anything above his head. As a carpenter, that is an essential part of his job and livelihood so he knew he had to get help. He went to Canandaigua Orthopaedic Associates to find out he needed rotator cuff and labrum repair. His surgery was done on an outpatient basis so he was in and out of the hospital the same day.After surgery, Tim underwent several weeks of rehabilitation. In Tim’s words, “I was very impressed that the Rehabilitation team customized my therapy based specifically on what I did for a living. Thanks to their customized therapy, I feel better on the job now than I ever did before.”
Tim’s answer to the most memorable part of his experience: “I’m fully recovered. I can finally go back to work and be pain free for the first time in ten years.”
Procedure: ACL Reconstruction and Meniscus Repair
“Rehabilitation was a very important part of my experience before and after surgery. It helped keep my leg strong so that I was able to recover that much more quickly. The group at the Sports Medicine Center were very good at motivating me to continue with my exercises, noting what would likely happen if I didn’t do them.”
Cristina suffered her traumatic injury while playing a backyard game of volleyball with friends. She held off on the repair for a month due to her sister’s wedding. Many of her friends and family talked to her about how important the rehabilitation and therapy was to get her back to top form. So, during that month, she started doing physical therapy at the Thompson Rehabilitation Services to help keep everything strong prior to surgery.The actual reconstruction and repair procedure was done by a surgeon from Canandaigua Orthopaedic Associates on an outpatient basis so she was in and out of the hospital the same day. Everything went smoothly.
Cristina continued with her recovery by doing physical therapy three times per week. The professionals at Thompson Health were very good at motivating her to continue with her exercises, noting what would likely happen if she didn’t do them. Considering she was driving down from Irondequoit three times per week, that was sometimes challenging.
To Cristina, the most memorable part of her experience was “how smoothly it went.” The entire team made it “seem easy” so she was able to breeze through and get back on her feet.