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My name is Yvonne Temes and I live in Lindstrom, Minnesota, where I work three days a week in an optometrist’s office. My husband, Steve, is retired.
I’ve been healthy all my life. Before my knee replacements, I never had any surgeries. I never had anything! I exercised and swam for 17 years. I take vitamins and try to eat right, but I do have a history of arthritis in my family.
I first noticed problems with my knees shortly before we moved into our house in 2008. Moving was a lot of work—a lot of going up and down stairs. My knee was bad and kept getting steadily worse over the next couple of years. My family physician at the Fairviwe Clinic in Chisago City referred me to Dr. Weiss. First, I tried doing the cortisone shots. You can have three shots in one year, and when I had done that and it no longer helped, I knew it was time to have the surgery but still I put it off.
Then I woke up one morning and couldn’t put my heel down without excruciating pain. I couldn’t wait to have the surgery. We rushed to see Dr. Weiss and his staff made every effort to get me in for surgery as soon as they could. Never having had surgery before, I was apprehensive, but it went really, really good.
They did it on a Thursday and I went home on Sunday. Because I already attend a local fitness center for swimming and exercise classes, I had my therapy with the therapists there…just a couple days a week for a couple of weeks, and I was good as new.
I vowed not to wait so long to do my second knee, and I didn’t. I had the second knee, my left one, done in February two years ago. The second knee replacement went even better than the first, because I knew what to expect. With the second knee I had the surgery on Thursday, went home on Saturday and was back at work in two weeks.
We have so much faith in Dr. Weiss that my husband also went to him for his joint replacement surgeries--a hip and a knee in the past two years. Dr. Weiss is very professional and his bedside manner is unbelievable. He’s so kind, and he doesn’t push anything. After he looked at my x-rays, I asked him when I would be having the surgery. He said, I won’t tell you—you’ll tell me…and he was right. When it get so that you can’t walk anymore without pain, then it’s time.
My name is Steve Temes. I’m retired and live in Lindstrom with my wife Yvonne. We’ve both had two joint replacement surgeries performed at Fairview Lakes Medical Center by Dr Nicholas Weiss. Going into the surgery, I had a history of health problems. As a child, I was hit by a car. The injury resulted in one of my legs being shorter than the other one, which caused me to walk with limp for most of my life.
I have a bad heart. I use a Pacemaker and take the blood thinner Coumadin. I also have mild diabetes and in 2010 had two surgeries for colon cancer.
Despite all these complicating factors, my joint replacement surgeries with Dr. Weiss went very smoothly. I have an awful lot of respect for Dr. Weiss. He did a wonderful job with me.
My left knee was arthritic, and I had torn my meniscus when my knee locked up while I was working out at cardiac rehab. The knee kept getting worse and worse. First we tried arthroscopic surgery. Because of my Pacemaker I can’t have an MRI, so we had to rely on x-rays that didn’t show the full extent of the problem. It turned out that the knee was much worse than he first thought. Shots didn’t work. The only alternative was knee replacement. I had the knee surgery done in March one year ago. I was released from the hospital after two days, and because of the frequent blood testing required for Coumadin I elected to go to recover at a nearby rehab center where I stayed for about 10 days. I have to admit that the rehab was tough, but at last I was able to bend my knee.
I decided to have my hip replaced in December 2012. I’d been limping for years and could hear the hip going in and out. I waited to have my surgery until Dr. Weiss’s assistant Steve Williamson returned from a leave. Steve does all the prepping and stitching. He tells me that the method he uses cuts down on the chances of infection and the scar is like a thin line…you don’t even see it. The hip surgery went so well that I recovered at home, where I used a walker for a day and a cane for one day. Within three days of the surgery I was taking nothing by Tylenol for pain and was back driving a car in two weeks.
My hip is 100 percent! I don’t limp, because during surgery they were able to make sure that both my legs are the same length. I haven’t been able to walking like this in years. My back and sciatic pain are gone. If I had it to do over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.