Gil D (TXT)
Earlier this year I injured my knee playing basketball. I’m in my mid-forties and generally a physically active person. My knee injury wasn’t initially painful but I immediately noticed swelling and heard a lot of popping and clicking as I walked. I went for an initial consultation with an Orthopedist in my area and was told that it was a possible meniscus tear in my right knee but to wait for a month to see if it heals on it’s own. Fast forward 1 month and the popping and clicking sounds were still there. The Orthopedist sent me for an MRI which confirmed a meniscus tear which meant I possibly needed surgery. Around this same time I learned about Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics. I gave Dr. Robert Dean a call and explained my situation. I then sent my MRI to him and he contacted me to tell me that I was an ideal candidate for their procedure. After initially hearing that I may need surgery, I became fearful about how that would impact my active lifestyle. Questions such as would my amount of physical activity be limited post surgery, would I need physical therapy, and how long would the recovery process take were all keeping me up at night. Dr. Dean took the time to explain to me about the science of regenerative medicine and how it may help speed the recovery process, what the surgery process was like and the science behind their procedures. I was immediately put at ease after talking to him.
I decided to consult further with ARO and traveled down to Tampa, FL to be more closely examined by Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Steven Mirabello. Any remaining fears I had were put to rest after my exam with Dr. Mirabello. He showed me in great detail what was happening with my knee and assured me that the procedure to repair the meniscus tear was straight forward. Additionally he told me that he expected me to have a full recovery and saw no reason why I should not be able to return to my normal active lifestyle.
I scheduled the surgery and was able to fly back home 2 days after the procedure. Through out the entire process I felt cared for and it ended up being much simpler then I had expected. As expected, there was swelling and bruising after the surgery but I was able to walk around. In fact I walked out of the surgical center after the surgery was completed. The popping and clicking sounds that I had been experiencing were gone immediately. I personally do not like strong prescription pain medication so I opted for Ibuprofen which worked out fine for treating my pain.
Roughly one month after surgery I was fully mobile and had full range of motion back. Two months after surgery I began to take short walks several times a week with no pain. About four months after surgery I was able to push myself more and more every day with no pain. I began to play basketball again and regain my physically active lifestyle.
Based on my experience at ARO I would highly recommend their orthopedic services. My experience with both Dr. Dean and Dr. Mirabello far exceeded all expectations. It was so refreshing to have competent physicians actually take the time to listen to and address all of my fears and concerns. I can’t say enough about how grateful I am to have my knee working again and to be fully functional.