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Patient Success Stories

Discover what our patients have to say regarding their office visit, surgical experience or recovery process. We also encourage our existing patients to share their own experience!

Chuck Pierce

  • Two knee replacements s

“Arthritis in both knees got so bad I sold my paddle board and kayak. It was starting to get more difficult getting into my truck and I couldn't carry groceries up my driveway. My quality of life was confined to my lounge chair, I had to do something..3 of my friends recommended Dr. Gallivan with confidence. I had two knee replacements done 5 weeks apart. After each surgery, I left the hospital the next day. I had a very good experience and had a successful outcome, I am pain free and able to walk the neighborhood twice a day now and happy to report I am able to walk through the sand to enjoy the beach again.. My knees are better now than before they developed arthritis.... Chuck from Lompoc”

Ramiro "Ray" Lopez

  • Bicompartmental R knee replacement

“I had my right knee replaced and it feels great! It has been 6 months and I can do everything I want except for kneel. And I am 76 years old and just walked in a cancer fundraiser. I did it last year before my knee replacement and it really hurt. This year I did 3 miles without pain!”

David Borgatello

  • Left Knee Replacment

“After visiting Dr. Gallivan's office about 3 years ago and giving me an x-ray on my left knee, on my first visit he told me that I needed to have surgery. At that point he told me that it was up to me and when I felt ready to do surgery to come back and see him. Doctor was not pushing for surgery he said I would know when I was ready for surgery. After 8 months I called in and made appointment for my surgery. I had surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Hospital was terrific. His follow up was extremely well done. His office staff called me to check up on me periodically to see how I was doing. I've had 4 office visits for check ups and I have 1 more scheduled for this year. I absolutely have no pain whatsoever on my left knee. I would like to thank Dr. Gallivan and his medical team for a great job!

David Borgatello ”

tom pfannenstiel

  • left knee and left hip replacement




Suzanne Post-Glunt

  • Total Hip Replacement

“I am 71 years old and have always been a very active person until both of my hip joints became almost immobilized by arthritis. I put off surgery for many years because I did not want to take the time off work required for surgery and recovery.

In 2016 I finally retired and after much research on orthopedic surgeons in the area I decided on Dr. Gallivan, which, as it turned out, was the best decision I could have ever made.

Dr. Gallivan was thorough throughout the whole process from diagnosis to post surgery care and put me completely at ease from my first appointment through two hip replacement surgeries.

He has a wonderful staff who were always helpful and friendly, and Jackie, who does his scheduling, made all the preparatory appointments go smoothly for me.

Dr. Gallivan is a first class orthopedic surgeon who uses the latest technology to make sure all his patients get the best possible results. He is also a really nice person with a great sense of humor, which for me was the icing on the cake.

He has given me a whole new lease on life and made it possible for me to return to all the activities I so much enjoy and in record time. I highly recommend him to anyone considering a joint replacement surgery.

Griffin K.

  • femoral surgery

“Dr. Gallivan is as good as they get. My memory is swift as I was 3 years old when he performed surgery on my shattered left Femur. However, my parents always told me how wonderful and caring he was about me and my recovery post surgery. And let me tell you about my recovery! It was rough going, but because Dr. Gallivan performed such a good surgery, I've been able to play 8 different sports in my life as well as excel very well in them.. Not a single problem in that leg and It's all thanks to Dr. Gallivan. Highly recommend him. ”

Evelynn Smith

  • Knee replacement surgery

“I had consulted with numerous doctors because I was having problems with my back, my knee and my foot. Other doctors felt that it was not necessary to have a knee replacement. It was not until after I met with Dr. Gallivan that I decided I would go ahead with knee replacement surgery. Even though Dr. Gallivan was the only doctor who recommended knee replacement surgery, I trusted his advice because of his sincerity and because I had heard recommendations from many, many people.

He also put me in touch with a doctor for my foot problems who said I should have foot surgery. The recuperation would be the same as if I had knee replacement surgery. I was really feeling crippled because of my foot, my knee and my back. Dr. Gallivan is extremely professional yet incredibly friendly. A few months after my surgery, it was amazing to realize that my foot was feeling better and my back also was feeling better. The knee replacement seemed to have helped the other areas of my body also. Dr. Gallivan was accessible. It was so nice to have a doctor who took his patient's care so seriously.

I highly recommend Dr. Gallivan when considering a surgeon.

Patricia P

  • Unicompartmental; total knee replacement

“After doing a lot of research for an orthopedic surgeon who was trained in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, I found Dr. Gallivan. In 2004 he did a unicompartmental replacement on my right knee which almost 11 years later is still working well for me.

Ten years later, it was my left knee but it required a total knee replacement.I would not consider anyone doing my surgery other than Dr. Gallivan. I was only in the hospital overnight and have made wonderful strides in my recovery.

Dr. Gallivan is without a doubt the best doctor I have ever had. He takes the time to listen and to answer any questions. He's compassionate and considerate. My surgery was excellent. I travel 2 1/2 hours to see Dr. Gallivan and would never consider going anywhere else because of his skills, his ethics, his professionalism, his care.”

James Paul Brown

  • knee replacement

“Thank you so much for a very successful surgery!

I was walking within 24 hours, needed no pain medication, and within a month's time I got back on track with my daily walk on the Carpinteria bluffs. My wife and I found you, Karen, and your entire staff delightfully friendly and helpful as well. Many, many thanks!! James Paul Brown ”

Terry Daly

  • Knee & Hip Replacements

“I am happy to relate my experience with Dr. Gallivan. I have had 2 surgeries; one knee and one hip.And, here i am at 90 years of age playing golf 3 times a week with no pain or restrictions of any kind. I even shot better than my age for my 90th birthday! His conscientious, professional approach is outstanding in that he stalled at my last surgery until he was assured by my heart doctor that I was fine for surgery.

His staff are well qualified and personable and attentive to your needs.

I offer my very strongest recommendation regarding his professional skills and services!”

CAPT P. M. Insch, USN (Ret)

  • Bilateral total knee replacements

“Dr. Gallivan replaced my right knee in mid June 2013 and my left knee exactly 4 weeks later. That's a pretty sporty schedule, but it worked out great for me. It's only now with my new knees and walking comfortably again that I fully realize how constrained I had let my life become due to constant knee pain. I just got back from a two week Alaskan "do it yourself" (unguided) archery moose and black bear hunt, based out of a remote lake 60 miles south of Denali. My hunting partner on this trip and good friend happens to be a Navy SEAL, and 28 years younger than me. You can believe we walked a lot, and as fast as I could travel across the spongy muskeg and through the mud. Neither of us released an arrow, but that's OK - we called a 7' tall, 1400lb, bull moose in to 30 yards and that awesome sight alone made it all worthwhile. Truly an amazing experience, and I did it ALL on only about as much ibuprofen as I used to take on any ONE given day with my old knees. Thanks Bill, Karen and all your team for giving me the tools to truly get back in the game.”

Mike Nutik

  • ORIF Leg Fracture and Knee Replacement

“This is a letter of recommendation for Dr. William Gallivan. He operated on me 12 years ago to repair a surgery which was done incorrectly in Canada. At that time, my leg was broken in 2 places as a result of a skiing accident. Dr. Gallivan was able to break and reset my leg successfully. This August (2014) he performed knee replacement surgery on me. I was able to leave and walk out of the hospital the same day! I highly recommend Dr. Gallivan and have referred 3 of my friends to him. They have all had their surgeries and they have all been very pleased. I would be very happy to speak on his behalf. My name is Michael Nutik and my phone # is 805-565-1194.”

Sally Moore/Kathleen Milner

  • Right and Left Knee Replacements

“Dr. Gallivan touches more than just the lives of his patients; he impacts whole families. My mother, Sally Moore, has had both knees replaced by Dr. Gallivan. She scheduled them 6 months apart. She couldn't be happier and told me just yesterday that her knees do not hurt.

For so many, the goal after surgery is to return to the golf course, tennis court, or hiking trail, but for my mother, her goal was to keep up with her grandkids. Family is everything! She is a retired Kindergarten teacher and now spends 3 days a week with our 4 year old twins and our 7 year old son.

Now 9 months after the left knee and 3 months after the right, she can outlast the kids, is up and down off the floor, walks with confidence, and can stand up pain free.

The outcome is fantastic, but we have tremendous praise for the process as well. From the first meeting with Dr. Gallivan to the last follow up appointment, we have been met with efficiency, kindness, and thoroughness from him and his staff. Simply put, Dr. Gallivan is the best! We traveled from San Luis Obispo to see him, but would have happily gone much further! It is wonderful to watch her move without pain. My kids have a Grandma that can do everything they can!”

Vaughn Gurney

  • Knee Replacements

“As is the case with most people as they age, health difficulties arise to take their attention and their money. My knees were one of the concerns as I got older, what with the cartilage leaving in a noticeable and painful way. In my conversations with others I discovered that complete knee replacement was the solution and I would know when the time arrived to have them done. That time occurred when we were working part-time at Cachuma Lake. One of my fellow workers had his knees replaced so successfully that he always said "he could walk forever". So, on

September 11, 2012, Dr. Gallivan performed the surgery at the Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. I had made a commitment to follow the doctor's instructions to the letter, in healing up, and particularly, in the rehabilitation. I had excellent physical therapists, both in San Ynez and in Lompoc, and I am pleased to say on October 23 of 2014, that all is well and I really feel "I can walk forever". Charlie, small black poodle, and I head out every morning on our morning hour walk here in Lompoc, to get a newspaper and do his duty. In addition to the flawless and professional surgery, I was most amazed to have straight legs, apparently by GPS. ”

Beth Sprague

  • Knee replacement

“Full knee replacement 9/2013.

Colorado 11/2013.

Philadelphia and NYC 12/2013.

Cuba and St Kitts, 5/2014.

Danced at my son's wedding 8/2014.

All is good with a new knee.”

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