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Joint Replacement | Sports Medicine | Spine | Upper Extremity | Lower Extremity

successful recovery from hip pain, knee pain, joint replacement surgery in indiana - south bend orthopaedicsBack on course after joint replacement surgery

Richard began playing sports as a child and he has continued to play since. While attending Notre Dame he played both baseball and basketball. And Richard went on to play professional basketball with the Detroit Pistons. Thoughout the years, Richard has maintained an active professional and personal lifestyle. In fact, one of his favorite ways to unwind and relax from the stresses of life is on the golf course. But, after years of running down the basketball court, followed by years of twisting, squatting and walking on the golf course, Richard began experiencing stiffness and pain in his knees.

He made an appointment to see his family’s orthopaedic physician at South Bend Orthopaedics. After examining Richard and ordering diagnostics, the board-certified orthopaedic surgeon explained to him that he was suffering from osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease in his knees, the condition was worse in Richard’s left knee.

Click here to read more about Richard's successful recovery from joint replacement surgery at South Bend Orthopaedics.


Patient Comments

"Last weekend Culver traveled to Dublin, OH to play in a lacrosse tournament. Culver won the tournament, and Matt was honored with MVP of the Year. Most unusual to have an LSM win anything, as they ususally pick scorers and goalies - he was surprised! It's great to see that 1 year later from his ACL repair - He's Back! We will never forget you and the process. Thank you Dr. Ratigan for taking such great care of Matt, and getting him to a place where not only can he play lacrosse, but he is achieving high honors."

        Cathy N.


“My life was severely impacted because it was very difficult to get in and out of my car, and walking normally was painful. I awakened at night with pain, so sleeping all night was not possible. Now that I’ve had knee surgery, I feel even younger! After surgery, it is important to do exercises on the affected knee and water therapy helped. The outcome allowed me to keep up with friends and live my life without pain. I think Dr. Ferlic has been great. He really understands your dilemma and has the answers to your questions. The staff is super and the medical assistants help the procedure go smoothly."



"Every time a friend talks about the possibility of knee replacement, I always tell them and show them my outcome. They are amazed at my flexibility and that I walk as someone without any replacements. I hope anyone thinking of knee replacement will take advantage of South Bend Orthopaedics. You will be treated not just as a patient, but as a friend.”
            Fay M.



“I experienced pain in my left knee and anxiety due to not knowing what the problem was. After having total knee replacement I had to slow my activity level initially, but gradually I regained strength. My experience with South Bend Orthopaedics was wonderful. I would return and refer others. The staff went above and beyond to meet my needs. Dr. Fred Ferlic is very observant of his patients and appears to genuinely care about the well-being of those entrusted to his care.”
            Lula H.



“I could hardly walk due to the excruciating pain. My knee replacement surgery made me a new person. I was even ready to return to coaching football – with no pain. My experience with SBO was excellent and I highly recommend them to anyone in need of orthopedic care. I never had a bad experience and everyone bent over backwards for me and my family during the whole process.”
            Tom K.



“The pain was really bad. Sitting with my leg up and icing my knee wasn’t working, so I visited the doctor. I still have some soreness but nothing like before surgery. I feel like a different person. I’m using a cane and feel 90% better. I am very well satisfied! My experience with Dr. Heller and his office staff was great. They are a great bunch of people."



"I am 86 years old and I was scared to have surgery. But I am so glad I did. Dr. Heller is special to me as my doctor. If I had to have another surgery, I would go back to Dr. Heller. I know several people who have gone to South Bend Orthopaedics and they are well and happy again.”
            Lorraine H.



“The pain I had walking was very uncomfortable and always letting me know I should see the doctor. I did have a lot of pain after the surgery, but as time goes on it is getting better and with therapy it is coming along very well. The physicians and staff at SBO are very professional and there were no long waiting periods to be taken care of. Dr. Heller and his staff are very friendly and caring – they are a wonderful group of people.”
            Rosemary M.



“It was becoming more and more difficult to perform daily tasks of living. The pain was not as much a factor as my bowed legs, causing severe limping, and also the bone-on-bone rubbing made walking almost impossible by the surgery date. The two total knee replacements are like miracles! I am grateful everyday – you gave me my life back. Even my children think the results are amazing."



"Dr. Jeff Yergler was professional, caring, and was good to my children. The staff was very kind to me in the office and on the telephone, as I had many questions and problems to discuss. I definitely recommend Dr. Jeff! I have already been his best PR person in the community.”
            Sandra S.



“I was unable to garden and had pain constantly when walking. The outcome of my total knee replacement was marvelous! I am able to walk and do all my activities with no pain. Dr. Ratigan, Dr. Balint and their staff are great.  I would and do recommend South Bend Orthopaedic.”