Before my procedure with Dr. Weinzapfel, I was cautioned seven ways to Sunday about the notoriously dicey proposition of back surgery. Some said that they call it “back” surgery because you keep coming “back” for more. My neighbor, who suffers from a similar form of spondylolisthesis, simply cautioned, “Don’t let them cut you.” As a result, I was primed for suspicion, and sought out several opinions.
In the end, however, all of the opinions seemed to converge on vertebral fusion, as Dr. Weinzapfel had recommended from the beginning. He was frank, realistic, and excellent at conveying what was surely a complicated matter in layman’s terms. He spent as much time with me as I needed, and magically never seemed in a hurry to get on to the next patient, even though I know I must have been that “next patient” to the one before me. He immediately gained my respect and trust, and has kept it ever since.
Before I knew Dr. Weinzapfel, I had only the words of my G.P. to go on, who said simply, “He’s the one you see in this town if you have back problems.” Now that I know him, I understand why he has that reputation. Three years on, my condition is 100% improved. I continue to pursue my somewhat ill-advised hobby of carving chainsaw bears, and though Dr. Weinzapfel admonishes me when I mention what it sometimes takes to wrestle the logs around, it didn’t stop him from taking one of my bears home. Thanks, Dr. Weinzapfel, for keeping me standing up straight!
The quality of life that I had prior to surgery with Dr. Grimm was unacceptable for a 56-year old woman. I wanted to go on a cruise with my husband, go shopping with my daughters, walk the fields with my sons, and run with and chase after my grand-children. I should have been able to live life to the fullest.
I had surgery to remove bone spurs on August 29, 2011. After surgery, the pain in my back was alleviated to some degree, but I became more concerned about the difficulty I had trying to stand straight. I was using a walker prior to surgery and I hoped that after surgery I would be able to graduate from the walker, to a cane, and finally to be able to walk unassisted.
Throughout the month of September 2011, I repeatedly tried to stop using the walker. However, my back was unable to support me when I tried to walk unassisted. At the same time I was struggling with the numbness in my feet and I became increasingly concerned about the numbness in my buttocks, thighs, and the calves of my legs.
When I met with Dr. Grimm to discuss the concerns I had regarding the numbness, he reviewed the results of a recent MRI and determined that I needed to have major surgery to not only fix the ruptured discs, but also to insert cages between the vertebrae to stabilize my spine. The surgery was scheduled for March 30, 2012.
I can’t thank Dr. Grimm enough for not only giving me a straight back, but also for taking so much time to make sure I knew exactly what he was doing. In addition to Dr. Grimm, I also want to thank Heather for squeezing me in for an appointment when I was worried about one of my scars.
Dr. Grimm has literally saved my life! Prior to surgery I had no hope for any type of activity in my life. At a minimum, when I did try to walk with the walker, every step I took was painful. Now, I have a straight back and with time, I will be able to gain my strength and walk unassisted without pain.
Since my surgery, my youngest daughter helped me drive to Grand Rapids, Michigan to watch my oldest daughter in a Purdue crew race and to attend the crew banquet. Not only did I get to see my oldest daughter, but I was also able to spend quality time with my youngest daughter during the drive. I am now able to walk to the baseball diamond and watch my grandsons’ baseball games as well as watch their football and basketball games. My biggest achievement was attending the 2012-2013 season of my youngest daughter’s basketball games at F. J. Reitz High School and watching my husband coach her team, all without any assistive devices and totally free of back pain.
These wonderful memories would not have been possible without Dr. Grimm.
I first met Dr. Weinzapfel in the fall of 2009. I had been seeing one of his associates being treated for pain in my neck and arms with the right arm being the most affected. As time passed, I started losing the grip and feeling in my right hand and arm and so was referred to Dr. Weinzapfel.
I had a single interspace cervical fusion in 1985 due to a bone spur on C-5 pushing on my spinal cord. This was from an old injury in 1966 while working with farm equipment. As most of us do, I considered myself indestructible in my youth. As time passed I found out the hard way that isn’t true.
After my referral to Dr. Weinzapfel, he discussed the extent of my disc disease and arthritic spurring in my neck and surgical correction was discussed. One of the best character traits I feel Dr. Weinzapfel has is he is never pushy but he discusses with the patient options that he feels can result in the best outcome. He left it up to me to decide what I felt best for my particular lifestyle as a result of surgery. The result was a multiple level anterior cervical fusion in February of 2010 I am now fused from the 4th cervical to and including the 1st thoracic vertebrae. I was rewarded with a great recovery, no pain and returned feeling in my arms and hands!
As is with a lot of life’s problems, when you fix one another will manifest into needing resolved. When I had my workup in 1985 for my neck problems, I was told I would eventually have problems with my lower back as there was already damage evident on my exams then. Well, I had been having some problems with my lower back and right leg for several years but I didn’t understand how much until I had the severe pain in my neck fixed.
In the summer of 2011 while on a motorcycle trip, I was having a lot of pain and trouble walking, especially as I became more tired.
Upon my return home, I again found myself in consult with Dr. Weinzapfel. During this consult which followed more examinations to determine the real extent of damage in my lumbar spine, the Doctor again discussed the options I should consider as I moved forward in my life. He never pushed me into the most difficult or extensive surgical procedure, but instead led me toward a more conservative surgery that would give me a more productive and enjoyable lifestyle as a result.
In December of 2011 Dr. Weinzapfel performed a 3 level laminotomy on the right side of the lowest 3 lumbar interspaces of my spine. Doing this surgery instead of the more extensive fusion was a blessing. Once again my recovery was quick and I have been able to return to a normal lifestyle with minimal restrictions.
For me, a 61 year old man who has lived with pain resulting from injury and extensive osteoarthritis for most of my adult life, I can’t begin to explain how wonderful my experience having Dr. Weinzapfel as a surgeon has been. I have not felt this pain free for over 35 years! It’s like a new lease on life. I could not have expected a better experience or outcome from now two surgeries on my spine.
Dr. Jeana Lee preformed an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery on my left knee after a football injury during my sophomore year at Tell City High School in 2011. After my injury, I was disappointed and worried that I would never recover 100%, but following my first appointment with Dr. Lee I was assured that I would be able to come back stronger than ever. Throughout the entire process, Dr. Lee was available to answer any of my questions and became a person I could trust and count on. Noted by physical therapists that I was the best patient that they have ever seen and that I was recovering so rapidly that it was a little unbelievable, I was able to walk without a limp in less than a week, to run in a month, and I was fully released back to playing baseball in just four months. With the assistance of the rehabilitation staff and to Dr. Lee’s surgical brilliance and wise advise, I am now stronger than ever.
For thirty-four plus years I had suffered with the severe pain and ugliness of scoliosis and was in despair because one renowned spine clinic had given me no hope for any correction or relief. Then my life took on new hope as I met Dr. John Grimm at Tri State Orthopaedics. After studying my test results, he never hesitated to assure me he would give me a normal back. I never heard sweeter words.
The surgery was a piece of cake for me, as I slept while Dr. Grimm and his team worked long and intensely through several glitches to reconstruct and sculpt a beautiful spinal column for me. It was near twelve hours long, but Dr. Grimm did not give up until I had the back he had promised. Afterward, because of an adverse reaction to pain medicines, I was in excruciating pain for the first day until an alternate treatment could be found. If I had had five babies in succession, the pain wouldn’t even have come close. But like in childbirth, so with this surgery, you forget the pain and remember only the reward. Dr. Grimm continued to monitor me throughout my hospital stay at St. Mary’s with TLC.
I went to rehab for a couple of weeks until I was able to manage personal care and walk well, but it was so good to come home. I am continuing to walk with rehab and really enjoy it as I try to extend my distance each time out.
I’m proud to show my _before_ and _after_ x-rays to everyone; people are astonished at the transformation. One of the perks of the operation was that I grew four inches taller in one day. I can’t wait to wear a blouse with a low cut back to show off my beautiful scar. This operation has been a miracle for me and the answer to my prayers. I can only see a quality life ahead due to the skill, perfection and sensitive humanity of Dr. John Grimm.
As a men’s soccer player at the University of Evansville I had to compete at the highest level. In the spring of my freshmen year I tore my ACL during a match, this was the second time as this previously happened in my high school career. It is very difficult to come back from one ACL reconstruction let alone two, Dr. Saltzman made this process for me as smooth as can be. Not only did the surgery go well but, I was back playing for the Aces that fall. Throughout my college career I never had to doubt if my knee was going to hold up it felt as strong as it did prior to any of my injuries. I am now 6 years removed from my ACL reconstruction and have had a wonderful college soccer career, played multiple other recreational sports, Qualified for the Boston Marathon, and have also competed and finished an Ironman. It is fantastic knowing that I can do anything I want and not have to worry about my knee.
After many years of annoying back pain, it had progressed to sometimes debilitating pain and inability to do certain activities I really enjoyed. After Dr. Weinzapfel reviewed my MRI, he said, “I know what’s wrong and know how to fix it.” That was good enough for me – no need to get a second opinion. My pain was gone immediately after surgery and I returned to work in 2 ½ weeks. It’s been over 7 years now, and I am able to enjoy hiking, biking, golfing, and any other activity I care to do. We have backpacked rim to rim through the Grand Canyon, climbed the steps to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, and best of all, I can hold and play with all 7 grandchildren. I have, and will continue, to high recommend Dr. Weinzapfel. My surgery was truly life-changing and will be forever grateful.
Off the bleachers I did fall,
I’ve had a few strains and sprains.
But this time I knew it was broken,
So I went to see Doctor Daines.
I talked to him and explained–
“I’m not one who usually complains,
But I seem to have a problem here,
Can you help me, Doctor Daines?
After examining my x-rays,
He used his God given brain,
He said he thought he could fix it–
The remarkable Doctor Daines.
My ankle was swollen so we wait,
Until he ascertains-
That it is time for surgery,
The unshakable Doctor Daines.
Three bones had been broken,
And with all my aches and pains,
I was afraid he couldn’t deliver,
The confident Doctor Daines.
But he fixed my trimalleolar fracture,
Now I don’t even use a cane,
Now I walk with hardly a limp,
Thanks to the talented Doctor Daines.
It still gets a little swollen,
I can feel it when it rains,
But most of that will subside–
Says the hopeful Doctor Daines.
I’m feeling so much better now.
And the one thing that remains–
Is the appreciation that I have,
For the amazing Doctor Daines.
And thanks for your help, doctor Tidwell-
I want you to know that you did well. ( And I thank you)
And to all who helped me through–
I want to thank every one of you.
Dr. Paul Daines did a wonderful job in replacing my ankle joint and now I am walking without any pain. I would advise anyone that has that pain in your ankle to have it done.
I’ve been employed by Tri-State Orthopaedic Surgeons for almost 12 years. In 2015 it became apparent after several years of discomfort and pain I was going to require knee replacements; I went from employee to patient. Dr. Boyd performed both of my knee replacements, one in August of 2015 and the other in November of 2015.
Dr. Boyd is not only a great surgeon but has a wonderful personality and awesome bedside manner. Dr. Boyd is very compassionate and caring and I would highly recommend him to anyone requiring knee replacement.
It took a lot of work to get through my rehab and during that time Dr. Boyd was so patient and encouraging. Once I completed my rehab it has definitely improved my quality of life. I am walking again, and I am not in pain!!!
Hi, my name is Danny McDonald. My medical association with Dr. Lee and Tri-State Orthopedics began in August of 2002 with a torn ACL and meniscus. Dr. Lee performed ACL reconstruction on my right knee. After intensive therapy, I was back to work and riding my bike in only 8 weeks.
I have always been an avid bicycle rider. In 1980 I suffered a terrible knee injury to my left knee, fast forward to 2009, my left knee is bone against bone and severely bowed. After treatment for the pain, Dr. Lee determined it was time for a knee replacement. So I had my left knee replaced in July of 2009. I was back to work in 8 weeks, walked a 5K n 9 weeks and took a 65 mile bike ride after 10 weeks.
After years of limping on a bad knee, working on concrete floors, and wear and tear my right hip needed to be replaced in December 2014. This recovery was even more remarkable to me than my quick recovery from knee replacement I had my hip replaced on December 22 and was recovering at home just a little over 24 hours! I was able to walk into my home unassisted and was back to riding an exercise bike in 18 days. I would have been back out on my outdoor bike, but it was just to cold! I was back to work in 8 weeks. In July 2015, a little less than 7 months after the hip replacement, I rode in the RAIN (Ride Across Indiana) bike ride. I rode 162 miles in 11 hours and 49 minutes. This was the 3rd time I had done this ride, but the first time with both an artificial hip and knee.
Dr. Lee has always encouraged me to keep on riding my bike and stay active. I have averaged 3,000 mile a year for the last 9 years, plus working full time and keeping up with 6 very active grandkids.
All of this has been made possible by the skill and care of Dr. Lee and her staff at Tri-State Orthopedics.
I first developed symptoms in my right arm and shoulder approximately one and a half years ago. I had pain radiating down my arm that was waking me up at night. I made an appointment with Dr. Perry and he suspected that it was a frozen shoulder. He recommended therapy to see if this would help. Symptoms did improve but after some time I was back to hurting again. We tried a couple injections and a home exercise program. After several months I began having pain again. After consulting with Dr. Perry’s nurse practitioner Joy May, she recommended we get an x-ray and then an MRI. The MRI confirmed that surgery was required. On March 28, 2016 I had a right shoulder scope, Acromioplasty, Mumford with manipulation. I am now 12 weeks post op surgery and getting better and stronger each day with the help of my therapists here at Tri-State. If not for the excellent care and compassion I have received from Dr. Perry, his nurse practitioner Joy May, nurse Katie and the whole Tri-State team I do not think I would be doing as well as I am. I keep working hard every day to reach my goals. A special thank you to Dr. Perry. You are the Best!!
I came to Dr. Perry after having pain in my wrist for a couple of years. My daughter was just a few months old and starting to be a little more adventurous. I wasn’t able to play with her as much as I would like because it hurt to crawl around with her and pick her up and do much of anything. I just assumed that my wrist pain was normal, but I finally gave in and went to the see the doctor. It turns out I had ruptured a ligament in my wrist and my bones were on the move. I had to have everything put back in place and a pin put in my wrist for 6 weeks. I had never even had a broken bone or stitches before. I was very scared and right from the beginning Dr. Perry talked me through everything. He was very nice and comforting and listen to my mountain of questions.
The day I got my pin taken out I was able to start doing some exercises to get my wrist back in motion. I progressed quickly and Dr. Perry was very encouraging. I am now able to play with my daughter with ease like nothing ever happened. I am able to go back to all of my water sports like skiing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. I was even able to teach my daughter how to kayak in her very own little kayak. I feel so much better and work is easier with my wrist healed. I am very grateful for the time and thought Dr. Perry put into my case, and I would recommend him to anyone!
I had my right hip replaced November 2017 by Dr. Tim Hamby. Dr Hamby is very personable, knowledgeable, kind, concerned, easy to talk to and willing to fight for what he thinks is best for his patients welfare – goes the 2nd mile. He and his nurse, Martha, are hard to beat.
Dr. Hamby has restored me to a pain free state where I once again enjoy walking and using my treadmill – Painfree!! I highly recommend them with no hesitation. If you are needing your hip replaced, you won’t find anyone better than Dr. Tim Hamby.
I have been a patient of Dr. Saltzman for many years. I was first referred to him for arthritis, but since then he has performed arthroscopy on both of my knees and replaced one of my hips. Before surgery walking was difficult and painful, but only ten days after the procedure I was walking without assistance. I have now completely recovered and am able to walk again without pain.
My experience has led me to refer several friends and colleagues to Dr. Saltzman, and all have reported positive results. Booking an appointment or reaching him on the phone is never difficult. His staff is friendly and conscientious, always following up to check on my progress after a procedure. Above all, Dr. Saltzman’s professionalism and high standard of care have always given me complete confidence in both his diagnoses and treatment.
Special thanks to Dr Weinzapfel MD, Bethany Lubenow PA-C and all the staff at Tri-State Orthopaedic Surgeons and St. Mary’s Hospital. I had to use a wheelchair the day I had my appointment to see Dr. Weinzapfel due to the severe pain in my legs and inability to walk. I had an MRI completed on a Wednesday, appointment on Thursday, and then surgery on Friday. My pain was at a 12 on a scale from 1-10 and I was unable to complete simple tasks such as putting on my socks and shoes. When I woke up from my surgery, I was pain free! I was able to walk out of the hospital and went home that afternoon. I returned to work the next day. I had a quick recovery. Thanks for getting me back to the things I need and want to do. It has been over 2 years since my surgery and I am still doing great!
Dr David Whitney was so nice and kind. He is a new doctor that started practicing in Henderson but made me feel like he knew me a lifetime. It has been a blessing knowing Dr. Whitney. He listens to his patients, does not rush them out of his office, and lets you express your feelings. He is a very friendly and caring doctor. Hip surgery gave me back my health and quality of life.
When my family doctor suggested I see Dr. Tim Hamby with Tri-State Orthopaedics it was a lucky day in my life. With Dr. Hamby’s knowledge of sports it was easy for me to discuss my problems I was having and the future goals I was trying to accomplish.
When the pain in my knee was so bad I knew an operation had to take place, I became nervous and a little scared having the operation. This all changed when Dr. Hamby and his staff especially, Martha, took care of me like I was part of their family.
Dr. Hamby’s surgery skills were used again when he performed rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder. My knees and shoulder are not perfect, but because of Dr. Tim Hamby and everyone with Tri-State Orthopaedics my quality life has improved more than I could imagine.
When I went to see Dr, Lee in January of 2015, she told me the shots would no longer work, that my knees had to be replaced, She replaced the first one in March of 2015, I had such a great recovery that she agreed that we could replace the other one, it was replaced in August 2015, just 5 months apart.
I was 70 years old when this was done, I had a remarkable recovery due to the surgery that she performed and the excellent care that I received from her. I am now able to walk without pain and I walk 1 mile to a 1 1/2 mile daily. I can work in my yard and go shopping like a normal person.
I owe all of this to Dr. Lee, she is a very caring Dr. and I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you Dr. Lee.