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Testimonial

Dear Dr. Heskiaoff, Thank you for giving me back some real quality to my life. You have replaced both my knees (full knee replacement) exactly 5 years apart- R. knee in March of 2005 and L. knee in March of 2010.

Mr. James Wittman

My fast progress and recovery is the proof of Dr. Heskiaoffís expertise and vast experience in total knee replacement surgery. Now, I am doing very well and am very grateful to Dr. Heskiaoff for giving me back active and pain-free life.

Mr. Allen

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Patient Information

  1. Before Surgery
  2. All patients will be seen pre-operatively to discuss the surgery, as well as all other medical issues and any other concerns. The majority of our patients donate their own blood prior to surgery in case it is needed afterwards. If unable to donate, then a designated donor is used or blood from a blood bank is matched and used. As stated earlier, all necessary tests will be done accordingly (EKG, blood work, x-rays), as well as a full medical clearance.

     

  3. Day of Surgery
  4. On the day of surgery, you will arrive early to the hospital to ensure that all paperwork is done appropriately. Once admitted, the patient is prepared for the actually procedure by the hospital staff. All medical data is thoroughly checked, as well as the appropriate consent forms. The patient is then taken to the waiting area where the Anesthesiologist discusses the procedure and answers any questions. Finally, the patient is taken to the operating room where the surgery begins. The procedure takes roughly 1-1 ¬Ĺ hours, depending on the difficulty.

     

  5. Post Surgery
  6. After surgery, the patient is taken to the recovery room to make sure that there are no post-operative problems. The hospital staff carefully monitors the patient until he or she is stable enough to be transferred to the orthopedic unit. Once at the orthopedic unit, physical therapy treatments and a CPM (continuous passive motion) machine is provided to facilitate recovery. These treatments occur usually on the second day of your hospital stay. The patient is monitored throughout the hospital stay until stable enough to be discharged. Hospital stay can range from 2-3 days, if no complications occur. Once discharged from the hospital, physical therapy and the CPM are continued at home for roughly 2 weeks. Outpatient physical therapy ensues once the in-home therapy is finished.

     

  7. Recovery
  8. Approximately 2 weeks after surgery, the patient will have the staples removed from the skin. Most patients either walk into the office with a cane or no assistive device at all. The physical therapy continues for a few weeks on an outpatient basis until recovery is complete. You may resume your extra-curricular activities, such as playing golf, swimming, or bicycling in about 3 months after surgery.

     

    Out of Town Patients

    1. Transportation
    2. For patients traveling from out of town, transportation for patients needing it can be provided through a limousine service from the airport.

       

    3. Hotel
    4. Hotel accommodations can be made according to your needs. There are many well known hotels nearby.

       

    5. Private Nurse
    6. If you need nursing care after the surgery, one can be provided to aid in your recovery from the surgery. This would include assistance with daily activities, wound care, and other medical needs.