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    Comments: I began running seriously when I was 14 years old and suffered every runner’s ailment known, except for my knees. The first time I had a problem with my knees was July 2016 at the age of 55. It started with a nagging pain in my left knee when I ran, after taking a week or two off, icing and Advil the pain was still there. My physician referred me to Dr. Barton Branam, an x-ray and a MRI later I was told I had stage 4 arthritis in both knees, and that a double total knee replacement was inevitable. I tried the knee injections for a while, unfortunately they became less effective as time when on. In a very short time I was crippled, every step was painful; I was bone on bone in both knees.

    I scheduled my first knee replacement on January 9th, 2018. It was much easier than expected, the pain level was mostly controlled and even the physical therapy, PT (which started in the afternoon the day of surgery) wasn’t bad. My PT went well and I scheduled my second surgery six weeks later on February 20th. That surgery went even better, I was kicked out of PT because I had completed all the milestones in just six weeks.

    I know I was very lucky to have the outcome I did, but I think there was a lot more to it…. It all started with Dr. Branam. He made me feel at ease from the first consultation, both surgeries to the post-surgery check-ups. He took extra time to explain the process and answer my questions. I never felt rushed or that he was pressed for time. Doctor Branam was calm and confident, and that made me feel at ease. Nicholas Reist was always available to answer any questions I had and to provide whatever assistance I needed.

    Though my running days are over, I’m walking four to six miles a day and/ or riding my bike which started eight weeks after my last surgery. My daily routine is almost completely back to normal and I couldn’t be happier. I can’t express my thanks enough to Dr. Bart Branam and his physician assistant Nicholas Reist. Thank you for everything!