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After a year of suffering with intense shoulder pain, having to give up golf & barely being able to lift my arm I knew it was time, having had 2 hip replacements I was not looking forward to joint #3. Dr. Denard & his PA are the best. After a month in the sling it was smooth sailing from there. Pain free, went to PT for a short time which helped in getting range of motion back. I was back playing golf in 6 mths. I would say I'm about 95% normal. Highly recommend Dr. Denard!!

- Diane

Libby's Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Libby's Reverse Shoulder Replacement

I'm so grateful to have had the total reverse shoulder replacement. My recovery went smoothly and now I am pain free and able to do the things I enjoy, especially lifting and caring for my granddaughter.

- Libby
Grants Pass, OR

Meg's Rotator Cuff Tear

Meg's Rotator Cuff Tear

I tore my rotator cuff as the result of a bike accident in 2012. A few months later I had Dr. Denard do the repair and had a great result. I was back on my bike 15 weeks after the procedure, went on to return to swimming and did my first post-op triathlon at 7 months. Thank you Dr. Denard!

- Meg
Physical Therapist

Stephanie's Revision Surgery

Stephanie's Revision Surgery

After having one botched partial shoulder replacement surgery, I consulted with Dr. Denard. He suggested a reverse replacement and I took his suggestion. Not looking forward to a second surgery, I was delighted that the healing was easier than the first surgery, and Dr. Denard was available, empathetic, concerned and did a great job. I have regained at least 90% use after 9 months out of surgery. But now he wants to do the other arm...OMG....what's next? Just kidding....when you are bone on bone it is just a matter of time. He was willing to do the platelet shots for me which are helping immensely to give my other arm more time to heal. Thank you Dr. Denard, you are the best as far as I am concerned.

- Stephanie
Medford, OR

Mary Jo's Shoulder Replacement

Mary Jo's Shoulder Replacement

November of 2013 Shoulder replacement surgery. Wow! something I knew had to be done to improve quality of life if possible. At 86 I was not sure I was ready to even try. Finally I made that initial appointment with Dr Denard, who had been recommended as "the one" who knew about shoulders. His kindness and understanding gave me the confidence I needed to have the surgery. From the moment I came out of surgery the shoulder pain was gone. My recovery was quicker than I had anticipated, due in part, to my own attitude and cooperation with my doctor and greatly due to the expertise of the entire medical staff and facility who took care of me. I am able to continue painting ...here I am ...putting the finishing touches on an Autumn scene .... using that (now steady, painless) left arm & hand with my new shoulder holding things together.

Sincerely,
- Mary Jo
Roseburg, OR

Matt's Floating Shoulder

Matt's Floating Shoulder

As a competitive swimmer in US Masters Swimming (USMS), my shoulders are extremely important to me. I was terrified that my left shoulder would never be the same after a bad bicycle wreck while traveling at 30mph broke four ribs, my clavicle and scapula in my left shoulder, resulting in a condition known as "floating shoulder." Dr. Denard recommended surgery to plate the clavicle and stabilize the shoulder so that it would heal properly. The discomfort in the shoulder was dramatically lessened immediately after surgery, but I still was unable to lift my left arm which was a huge concern for me considering my desire to return to swimming competitively. Dr. Denard and his staff were extremely helpful and communicative, giving me assistance and encouragement throughout the healing and recovery process. The cycling accident occurred on July 24th, with surgery on the clavicle one week later. By the end of September I had regained most of the mobility in my shoulder and had begun gently swimming again. By late October, I was swimming at a high level again and was able to win two USMS National Championship swims, the 3000 yard and the 6000 yard ePostal swims! I had made a full recovery both in terms of strength and mobility by mid November. I cannot say thank you enough to Dr. Denard and his staff for the excellent care they provided me. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Denard to anyone in need of top-level orthopedic care.

- Matt
Ashland, OR

Wayne's Broken Clavicle

Wayne's Broken Clavicle

Dear Dr. Denard,

I wanted to send you some feedback about my experience with you and your entire staff at Southern Oregon Orthopedics. It seems that these days so many people are quick to respond when things don't go well but not so quick to respond when they do.

When I recently fractured my Collarbone (clavicle) I was unsure about how it would affect my life going forward. As an active 52 year old I was concerned about the long term effects of my injury. After consulting with you I was glad to hear that I had some positive long term options. I appreciated your willingness to answer all of my detailed questions, even after hours. I also appreciated your flexibility accommodating my limited schedule.

As you know I decided to have you and your team surgically repair my clavicle. A few months later I feel great and I am once again enjoying the activities that I love. Being in the customer service business for many years I feel like I understand the importance of delivering a great customer experience. You and your team exceeded my expectations by delivering a high level of care along with a personal touch that was both comforting and refreshing.

I'm sure I speak for many others when I say that we are very glad you decided to make the Rogue Valley your home.

Thanks again for one of my best medical experiences.
Cheers!

- Wayne
Medford, Oregon

Barbara's Frozen Shoulder

"My experience with Dr. Denard and his staff has been wonderful. He is very kind, and dedicated to his profession. Dr. Denard is always on time and takes time to explain the necessary treatment. I'm truly grateful for his knowledge and patient care, which enabled my shoulder to recover in a very short time. I can enjoy golf again!
Cheers!

- Barb
Central Point, OR

Leonard's Massive Rotator Cuff Tear

Dear Dr. Denard:

I'm writing this letter to express my appreciation for your wonderful work and the successful surgery you performed to repair "a massive retracted tear to my left shoulder." I am grateful for your efforts and encourage you to feel free to share my story with future patients and colleagues.

My injury occurred when I took my dog, Jambo outside for his morning "duties". I tripped and fell forward catching myself with both arms to prevent slamming face first into these stairs.

Immediately, I felt intense pain on my left shoulder and knew I had injured myself. We drove directly to the emergency room in the Sacramento area. I was immediately taken into the x-ray room and advised by the emergency room doctor that I had a severe left shoulder injury.

In the next few weeks, I had an MRI and met with the Orthopedist at Kaiser. I was advised by the Doctor there that "your rotator cuff injury is very extreme and I am doubtful it can be repaired. It will be very difficult surgery and I am not optimistic the surgery will be successful. After extended conversation about the pros and cons of surgery and having limited use of my left arm I decided to pursue surgery in Sacramento. The post operation results relayed to me by the Kaiser Dr. were you have suffered "irreparable RCT." I proceeded to try to recover from a failed operation with little hope of recovering any significant future use of my left arm. I was trying to resign myself to live with a left arm that I would not be able to lift above my hip with minimal use of my left arm for lifting, driving, opening and closing doors, etc. etc.

After about 6 weeks of physical therapy, I was visited by phone by a close friend who lives in Medford, Oregon. My friend asked if I had obtained a second medical opinion on my shoulder diagnosis and treatment. He suggested seeing Dr. Patrick Denard, whose entire practice is focused exclusively on arm injuries. My friend said, Dr. Denard was highly regarded in the Medford Medical community for his skill and medical experience.

I contacted Dr. Denard to obtain a second opinion. Prior to my appointment I furnished him with my MRI, X-Rays, and medical records for his review. I drove the 450 miles to Medford to meet with him and at the conclusion of the 30-minute physical exam and meeting he advised, "I feel very confident I can do a successful surgery which will allow you to regain use in your left arm. However, I cannot at this time tell you the extent of your recovery but I can promise you will have more mobility and strength in your left arm than you have with your current situation".

The surgery went very well and in fact so well, I was released the same day and "Ok'd" to return to my residence in Roseville, California. Needless to say, I did not drive home, my daughter was kind enough to drive us back to Roseville.

After surgery, I had 6 weeks with my left arm mobilized in a hard plastic arm sling/cast. Dr. Denard maintained contact with me to monitor my recovery via phone, email, and to observe the progress of my recovery via Skype.

Dr. Denard gave me a "clean bill of health" five months later with full mobility to use my arm as long as I didn't do anything stupid. Since then I have started to see a physical trainer and I have not only regained full use of my arm, but my mobility has improved. Dr. Denard has made himself available to me and he continues to stay in touch and encourage my efforts.

In conclusion I was compelled to write this letter in appreciation of the amazing skill Dr. Denard has developed over the years and in which I have benefited. Prior to this surgery I had resigned myself to never regain the full use of my left arm because the shoulder muscle was disconnected from my arm. As previously noted the first operation was unsuccessful. So, finding Dr. Denard and the surgery he performed has given me a whole new lease on life. I am now able to resume a lifestyle consistent with a whole person's range of physical activities.

I am grateful to Dr. Denard for his skillful surgical talent as an orthopedic surgeon and I look forward to many good years ahead with the full use of my left arm.
Eternally grateful,

- Leonard
Sacramento, CA