Patient Profile

Betty

Profession: Law and Public Safety
Hobbies: Reading
Doctor: Adam Sassoon

Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.

I have arthritis in several of my joints, after 22 years of working in a correctional facility. My knees were getting to the point where I couldn't decide which one to limp on! Stairs, 12-hour shifts on concrete floors, a few altercations over the years, and my left knee finally made the decision for me.

What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?

My husband had recently had a total shoulder replacement through the U of W Ortho Clinic, and his doctor did an amazing job, considering what he had to work with - so I asked for his recommendation on a knee surgeon. He initially referred me to Dr. Seth Leopold, who I flew down to Seattle to see (I live in Alaska). Then it got amazing.... Dr. Leopold saw me, and determined I needed only a partial knee replacement. He recommended me to Dr. Adam Sassoon, who specializes in partials. Then, since I'd flown all that way to get seen, he pulled out his cell phone at 3pm on a Friday, called Dr. Sassoon PERSONALLY and pulled in a 'favor'. Dr. Sassoon saw me about an hour later, examined me, and we set up the surgery. I was amazed at how smooth the entire set up was!!

What can you do now that you could not do before surgery? Have you been able to return to your hobbies or sports at the same level as pre-injury or at an even higher level?

Dr. Sassoon did an amazing job on my knee, as promised! I was up and walking by myself within 2 days, and stopped using the walker just a couple days after returning to where I was staying. I'm not saying it didn't hurt - but I could stand up and sit down with minimal assistance within the week. When I went in for my 2 week check up, I was carrying a cane - because I didn't need it all the time! I flew home, faithfully completed my allotted physical therapy, and continued to do at home exercises and icing, as prescribed. I returned to work 4 months post-op! I can go up and down stairs now, although I am VERY careful. I can sit, walk, work a 12 hour shift, and ride my motorcycle. I still ice, but I have only minimal pain, even on a bad day! I'm loving it!!

Please share any additional comments!

I'm planning on having my right knee repaired, sometime in the next 5 years. You can bet that the U of W Ortho Clinic will be my first choice! Results don't lie - they're that good!