At eight-two years old, Mildred’s spirit was alive and well but her right knee was not. Debilitating pain shooting up her leg prevented her from walking without hanging onto to something, anything. Her primary care doctor referred her to Dr. Kassman for help. “He was so busy that it took about a month to get in but it was worth the wait!” In December of 2011 Mildred had knee replacement surgery at Surgical Specialty Hospital in Phoenix. She walked unaided shortly after surgery and by Spring, she was planting bushes in her backyard. “I’ve had no problems recovering. It’s been wonderful.”
Patient: Mildred M. / Peoria, AZ / 82
A lifelong athlete, at 51 Trudy was sidelined not only from her favorite sports but also from her work travel. Continuous pain in her right knee caused her to stop participating in racquetball, softball, basketball, and even swimming. A veteran of two previous surgeries, Trudy had spent years of her life in therapy and treatment for her knee. A referral from Dr. Rides brought her to Dr. Kassman, resulting in surgery in the Summer of 2012. She is very satisfied with the outcome, and “absolutely loves Dr. Kassman.” Four months following a successful knee replacement, Trudy returned to active sports such as biking, hiking, and swimming. She looks forward to water skiing in the future! Pleased to have increased motion and to be free of pain in her right knee, she plans to have Dr. Kassman perform surgery on her left knee. Trudy emphasizes that she, “should have done the procedure earlier and not suffered for so long.”
Patient: Trudy M. / Gilbert, AZ /51
Jonas loved traveling and fishing but the bone on bone grinding in his right knee was making it impossible to participate in those activities. And although he enjoyed spending time with his niece watching cartoons, at age 76, he didn’t want to be limited to only sedentary pastimes. Cigna referred him to Dr. Kassman, who he found “personable and friendly.” A few months after knee replacement surgery, Jonas returned to his favorite activities including volunteering at the hospital, and a fishing trip to Arkansas, things he had been unable to do prior to surgery. His advice is, “If you have a knee problem, take care of it, don’t wait.” He highly recommends Dr. Kassman and the treatment he received.
Patient: Jonas K. / Phoenix, AZ / 76
From her experience of over 10 years as a patient of Dr. Kassman, Rachel declares, “He’s the best in town.” Having no cartilage in her knee caused limited mobility and constant pain, which contributed to lack of focus and inability to do certain workouts. Enjoying hiking and biking, and wanting to return to being an active 47 years, in both her work and play, Rachel chose knee replacement surgery with Dr. Kassman at Surgical Specialty Hospital. Absolutely satisfied with the outcome, Rachel happily mopped her floor just days after the surgery, feeling that getting right back to her normal activity assisted in her healing process. Rachel reports losing 20 pounds as a result of getting back to work and normal exercise after surgery, without her former pain. Prior to this procedure, she considered herself too young for knee replacement surgery and believes she held out for too long. Now, sharing her thoughts with potential patients, Rachel says, “Life is too short to live in pain – don’t waste your time or delay yourself from living the life you want.” Rachel’s future plans include walking the Great Wall in China… We hope she sends us a picture!
Patient: Rachel P. / Peoria, AZ / 47