Joint Replacement Testimonials
Following are just a few of the many thank you letter's our doctors have received for knee and hip replacement surgeries.
Letters from patients dated:
Dear Dr. Ferrari,
It has been nearly four months since my total hip replacement surgery. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be able to walk without pain. What a gift you have given me. Thank you for my renewed quality of life. I started riding my horse last weekend with no problems.
I am so thankful for all you've done and wish you continued success in all you do.
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Dear Doctor Ferrari,
Thank you for my new knee. After only a week, I am walking without pain and I am progressing rapidly.
I'll be able to trot all over Paris when I visit again, my friends and family.
I do feel great and I am so glad you performed my surgery.
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I am 67 years old, and in December 2006 I had the anterior minimally invasive hip replacement, which I understand is a relatively new procedure.
I feel I should write this letter, because for 10 years I suffered with degenerative osteo-arthritis in my right hip, and over those years it progressively got worse to where I was limping all the time. I couldn't walk very far or ride a bike any longer. I was unable to bend over to do any gardening and I was miserable. Until one day, on one of my visits to my primary care doctor, he asked me if I would consider surgery. He suggested that I make an appointment with Dr. Bernardo Ferrari who does this new procedure for hip replacement.
I knew this day would come, when eventually I would have to break down and have something done, though I wasn't looking forward to it. However, I did make an appointment with Dr. Ferrari and he explained his procedure in depth. He told me I would have the surgery one day, and go home the next and be walking. Well that is all I needed to hear, so we set a date for Dec. 6, 2006 and everything he told me was spot on.
Surgery was at 7:30am and I was walking around the halls at the hospital the same day. I came home with a walker, which I only used 3 or 4 days, and I never needed to use a cane. Obviously I was a little sore, and needed assistance putting on shoes and getting dressed for probably 5 or 6 weeks, but now I can honestly say, I feel like a new person. I can walk forever and never get tired, ride my bike, tend my garden and above all chase my little 3-year-old grandchild when I need to.
All this is due to Dr. Ferrari and his team at El Camino Hospital who were all incredibly kind and caring during my short stay. Anyone contemplating hip surgery in the future should definitely consider Dr. Ferrari and his minimally invasive hip replacement procedure.
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I wish to thank you for the excellent pain free results that I have experienced since your replacement of my two hips in separate surgeries last year. With the new hip joints, I am now capable of bending to pick up objects off the floor without wincing, walking for long distances without the fear of increasing pain and being able to sit comfortably for long times and knowing that I will be able to stand without extra effort and pain. The flexibility of the joints is remarkable.
I can not suggest any improvements to your hip replacement procedure as we have discussed. From the first visit, I was provided with all the information that I needed to decide on a course of action which I have always felt was my decision using your plentiful information. Knowing what was to happen before the operations allowed me to enter the hospital with very low stress levels. I knew what to expect and there were no unpleasant surprises. I also appreciated the fact that all medication that I would require was prescribed before I went into the hospital and was on hand at home awaiting my return. You and your staffs knowledge and professional attitude, at least for me, had a very calming effect allowing me to proceed without apprehension.
El Camino Hospital was also very helpful with their pre-operation informational meeting and its handout on minimally intrusive hip replacement surgery. My experience at the hospital for both surgeries was almost pleasant. I was attended by people who knew what they were about and that contributed to my sense of well being. My post surgery hospital experience, while of short duration, was marked by minimal discomfort; I was waiting for pain that never materialized.
Once at home, the recovery went very rapidly and smoothly. The lack of any kind of restrictions allowed me to feel totally free in what I could attempt to do in the way of walking, sitting or lying. In three days, I was able to discontinue the Norco, was free of the walker in a little over a week and was able to drive my stick shift truck in about two weeks. I never used the cane because when I left the walker I was able to walk almost normally and did not have any fear of falling or hurting myself. During the sixth week, I returned to my volunteer job at the El Camino Hospital where I am the snack bar cashier for a half day shift.
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