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Nathan had a great experience with ARO
Incredible is the word! I did not expect such an immediate and total relief from pain, but was delighted when I stepped off the table after the treatment to find the total absence of pain. I was in shock for the first few days, expecting the pain to return at every step. It did not, and I am full of happiness. I hope everyone who chooses this treatment can feel the same joy.
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 how ARO uses stem cells to 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.
I don’t have enough words to say thank you! I feel so much better already. I am so incredibly thankful for the doctors at ADVANCED REGENERATIVE ORTHOPEDICS for helping me with this. I have been in pain for so long and they all helped me. I’m so glad I went to them!
All too often with degenerative joint issues such as arthritis or meniscal tears, the immediate solution is replacement. What can be expected in replacement surgery is a long and involved surgical procedure followed by weeks to months of rehabilitation and a long recovery period. Many times replacement surgery is presented as the only option to patients. This is exactly what happened to Orchid P, who recently shared her story with us.
Orchid was a vibrant woman in her seventies who had a full knee replacement years ago that was fairly successful. She was left with a limited range of motion but otherwise she was functioning just fine. Her other knee had some degeneration, but Orchid stayed active and managed her pain with an anti-inflammatory. Basically, Orchid had no complaints.
And then she was in a car accident.
The accident tore what remained of Orchid’s deteriorating meniscus. She was left with severe, acute pain and limited mobility. She now needed a cane to walk. Orchid’s life was seriously changed.
It became a domino effect. Orchid was unable to work and, with limited mobility, she started gaining weight—another added stressor to a failing knee. Orchid reached out to her Orthopedist for advice.
“My doctor wanted to do a complete knee replacement and I said ‘no, I won’t go through that again.’” Orchid recalled what she had experienced with her knee replacement. She didn’t want to repeat that and hoped instead to preserve her knee if at all possible.
Orchid made an appointment with Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics. After a thorough evaluation and assessment, Orchid was offered another option: Minimally invasive surgery that would fix the tear, inject regenerative stem cells into the joint, and use a denervation technique to deaden the pain.
“This triad fuses three technologies of arthroscopic surgery,” said ARO Medical Director, Dr. Robert Dean, “to preserve her anatomy and extend the natural life of her knee, so that she doesn’t have to have their only alternative, being a knee replacement.”
Orchid decided to move ahead with ARO and the day following her surgery she walked into Dr. Dean’s office with no pain and no cane.
“I am on my way now to walking normal, like I wanted to from the very beginning,” she said.
Informed decisions are crucial when considering treatment for degenerative joints. Major surgery and full replacement should be a last resort with other, less invasive options explored first. That is the philosophy Dr. Dean lives by.
“If we can give another year, two, three, five, or ten years of function of that natural joint, that’s what we’re all about.