Special thanks: Patient grateful for knee replacement

October 11, 2013 

I would like to thank Dr. Arthur Valadie and Blake Medical Center.

After procrastinating three years and playing tennis with pain, I decided to have a full knee replacement this summer. I chose Dr. Valadie and Blake Medical Center.

As of this writing, I am six weeks removed from surgery. I am swimming, bike riding and lifting upper body weights with no pain; tennis is 3 to 4 weeks away, hopefully.

I wish to extend my most sincere appreciation to Dr. Valadie, his PA, Melinda, and all who contributed to my very good care. Everyone was most cordial and professional.

I am about to complete six weeks of physical therapy. In addition to the physical therapy exercises, I do on my own every day. This has greatly enhanced my recovery. After six weeks I am close to 100 percent.

May God bless everyone involved in my procedure, including my very gracious and patient wife.

-- John S. McElhenny, Parrish

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