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Be Inspired by Our Patients’ Stories of Successful Surgery

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Joanne M.

Dr. Firestone,

Three months and three weeks after you did my badly needed hip revision, I swam in the US Masters National Swimming Championship Meet in Mission Viejo, CA. I am now the national champion in the 1500 and 800 meter freestyle events in the 65-69 age group! My times were even faster than last year. I could not have accomplished this without your expertise.

Thanks again.

J. Threadgill

A grateful patient

The hesitancy of total knee replacement versus the increasing lack of mobility and joint pain is a conflict that must be resolved on an individual personal basis.  With a growing grandchild population and retirement on the horizon, I made the decision to improve my lifestyle by having both knees replaced.  That decision began the process of determining the best surgeon through both on-line research and personal recommendations from others.

I have come to find that the reputation of you and your staff, while outstanding, does not do justice to the actual interaction with your professional staff.

I had my first knee replacement in February of 2012 at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea.  The surgery was an overwhelming success and the relief of having a pain-free knee joint was unbelievable.

My second knee replacement was completed this month at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak.

Based upon our experience with the first surgery, imagine our enthusiasm with an even better experience at Thompson Peak!  This hospital, now 5 years old, was exceptional in all aspects of hospital patient care and proved to be far more accessible to visiting family and friends.  I applaud the decision to move your surgeries to this outstanding facility.

Physical Therapy is the key component to a full recovery.  Here again your recommendation of Integrated Physical Therapy has paid huge dividends in my recovery.

I commend you and your staff for the outstanding professional and individually caring services that are provided to your patients. There was never a question left unanswered or a phone call not returned.  My interaction with your staff has literally changed my life!

Thank you Dr. Firestone, Amber, Hannah, Kristen, Wayne and Debbie for all you did and all you continue to do for my improved lifestyle.

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David S.

A photo of my fly boat, me and my 2 Firestone knees climbing up to the fly bridge.

Margo D.

Many Thanks.

 8 months post surgery for bilateral total knee replacement, and here I am climbing the Great Wall of China and the 392 steps to the Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum.  THANK YOU Dr. Firestone for your phenomenal work.

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Ann McDowell

Surgery Date: 9/17/16

“Dr. Firestone is the best! Don’t give it a second thought! I came to Dr. Firestone with arthritis in both knees that had made my legs collapse outward at the knees (I looked knock-kneed). I felt pain, stairs were becoming very difficult for me and my exercise program was suffering.

I also had muscle and ligament damage, as well, after years of untreated skiing & horseback accidents, and I was a runner, as well. I had a lot of damage, and I wanted both knees fixed at the same time. He agreed after a thorough consultation, and I’m so glad we did it.

I hosted a party for 50 at my home in high heels exactly 6 weeks after my surgery with perfectly straight and stable legs!

Now, after three months and following a good PT program, I am off daily pain pills, and I become aware of my knees (fatigue) only when I have been on my feet all day long! Once I’ve regained my leg strength and muscle tone, I don’t think that will even be an issue.

Dr. Firestone really seems to understand the body and how it works… observing things about my walk and body structure that no other doc had ever mentioned. He is fun to work with, very business-like, insightful, observant, encouraging, and simply a great surgeon. He has a wonderful staff at his office and an excellent surgical team. Mine was a great decision.”

G. Prokupek

I knew I was in trouble when our trip to Prague was affected by my inability to walk short distances without having to sit down and rest my aching knees. At 66, I knew the years of running and basketball had caught up with me. It was during that trip to Prague that I said, Its time to take positive action! Upon my return, I called my neurosurgeon for his recommendation for an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee replacements. He immediately sent an email referring me to Dr. Firestone.

After my initial consultation with Dr. Firestone, I felt very comfortable with his recommendation to have both knees done at the same time. As with any surgery I was a little nervous about the operation itself but was reassured by the staff at the Shea Healthcare facility that all would go well and it did. I received excellent care throughout my 4 day stay. Dr. Firestone visited me daily monitoring my pain level and observing some of my physical therapy exercises. The medication given in those days after surgery really does reduce the discomfort. Two weeks after surgery I was in Dr. Firestone’s office for my follow up appointment. It was in his office that I walked without assistance.

That’s right! No cane, no walker! I was amazed. There is a video of me walking down the hall in his office. I was concerned about our plans for a cruise that we were to go on in about five weeks but after walking without assistance I knew that I would not have any problems and, in fact, I didn’t. I am currently doing physical therapy (360 Physical Therapy) three times a week but will be set free next week which is about 9 weeks after surgery.

I am now back to my normal activities of using the Nordic Track, weight lifting, walking and playing golf. This experience has been like getting a new lease on life and it all started with the skills and professionalism of Dr. Firestone. His confident manner was reassuring to me and I have never regretted my decision to have both knees replaced at the same time! Dr. Firestone’s office staff was always ready to answer all of my questions. They took all the time that was needed to explain procedures or billing or medication. So a big thank you to Amber, Hannah, Debbie, Wayne and Kristen.

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Ian Graves

Surgery Date: 5/25/16

"I came to Dr Firestone at The Joint Replacement Center of Scottsdale from Canada. I had been affected by osteoarthritis in my right hip which became increasingly uncomfortable over a period of 18 months.

When I finally got an x-ray that showed bone on bone, our local hip clinic said it would be 18 to 20 months longer before I would get to surgery. I searched out clinics in Canada and England and then a friend recommended Dr. Firestone’s clinic. I contacted them and had my surgery within 2 months.

I was up and walking the day of surgery and haven’t looked back. A few Tylenol and I was 100% and remain so today.

I was treated superbly by Dr. Firestone, his staff and all of the hospital staff. I felt safe and comfortable every step of the way. The experience exceeded my expectations in every aspect. I was back to full time employment as a dentist within one week and more importantly started golfing in the men’s league six weeks after surgery.

They gave me my life back! I am so grateful. I can only give them my highest recommendation by saying that if I ever require any other joint surgery, I would return to Dr. Firestone’s clinic in a heartbeat!”

Tim Zarbock

Surgery Date: 6/8/16

“I want to give a sincere thank you to Dr. Firestone for giving me my life back. I suffered from horrible hip pain for 10 years. I went to 2 other Orthopedic and neither one of them would do my hip replacement surgery. One of them recommended Dr. Firestone.

Dr. Firestone told me right up front that this would be a challenging surgery as I had, had prior surgeries on my left hip as a child. To make a long story short Dr. Firestone did an amazing job and I live my life pain free now. I also have range of motion and strength that I thought I would never have again.

The whole experience was easy and pain free for me. I was walking the next day, I walked with a walker for a week and then a cane for two more, after that I was on my own. I never had any pain after the surgery it was amazing.

I can’t say enough about Dr. Firestone and his staff. He is an amazingly gifted surgeon and I could tell that he truly cared about my situation and wanted me to have an amazing outcome, which I did. Thanks Doc

Kim-Doyle

Kim Doyle

Surgery Date: 6/9/16

“Two years ago on my 57th birthday I was told by my orthopedic doctor that I needed a right hip replacement due to degenerative arthritis. Happy birthday to me!

Because I asked my doctor if he were to have a hip replacement, who would he have do it. He said, “Theodore Firestone.” I called immediately and was able to get in easily and quickly. The surgery went very well and recovery was speedy.

Well, low and behold two months ago my orthopedic doctor told me that the left hip had some degenerative arthritis, in addition to a stress fracture. Awesome! This was a no brainer: call Dr. Firestone! And once again, Dr. Firestone came through.

I am now six weeks out from surgery and today I walked as if I hadn’t had one. I appreciate Dr. Firestone’s skill, as well as his frankness. His office staff is always available for any questions I may have. I can’t imagine going to anyone else!”

Christine-Herzig

Christine Herzig

Surgery Date: 3/17/16

“I was referred to Dr. Firestone from my rheumatologists for an evaluations on both knees.

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 30 years ago. Since that time I have had several treatments on my knees and as I got older they got worse.

Dr. Firestone has now replaced both knees. I feel like he has given me my life back.

My husband and I like to travel and there has been so much I couldn’t do. Not only did I have a lack of motion but severe pain. I know now I will be able to do things I haven’t been able to do in a very long time.

He and his staff are very professional and caring. I knew from day one I was in good hands. I am so happy to have found such a amazing surgeon and I would highly recommend Dr. Firestone to anyone.”

Ralph Larison

Surgery Date: 2/3/16

“Dr. Firestone is a true professional in the field of joint replacement and in my case, a right hip.

Everything in my surgery went better than expected and 3 months later, I’m walking 10,000 to 15,000 steps a day, bicycling, offshore fishing and a host of other things I had given up on, all without pain.

I was particularly pleased with his cautious approach to diagnosis, not rushing to a surgical conclusion until absolutely sure. His staff is highly qualified, courteous and very sensitive to a patients’ needs. I highly recommend Dr. Firestone.”

Paul M.

In 2009 I stopped playing racquetball with my son. By the end of 2010 I couldn’t tie my shoes. At some point I had to ask myself, “how much am I going to give up at 53 years old ?” I tried things to avoid surgery including losing weight, stretching, dietary supplements and research on the latest innovations in stem cell and blood platelet injection therapy. I also researched the latest techniques in hip replacement and talked to three different doctors. My physician, orthopedic doc and even another surgeon told me, “if you want the anterior method and the best doctor see Dr. Firestone.” I did. Best decision I could have made. From the first visit Dr. Firestone and his staff put me at ease. They were professional, efficient and friendly.

The results? I was back to work part time in two weeks. It has been a little over six months and I’m enjoying traveling again, taking long walks with my wife and best of all I can get on the floor and scramble around after my new granddaughter!

As a final note should mention that Dr. Firestone was not one of the docs on my insurance plan.. I paid him and his staff took care of submitting the claim to my insurance company and they reimbursed the entire cost! I highly recommend Dr.Firestone and his wonderful staff. Trust them. All you have to lose is that limp!