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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!

Jack Rodenhi

  • Total Right Knee Replacement

“I had known for a long time that I would need to have something done with my right knee. Although it could be painful at times, it was primarily the lack of reliability that bothered me the most. The precipitating event that caused me to go see Dr. Gallivan was that day that I could not complete my stress echocardiogram test because my knee locked up mid-test.

I had already done some research over the prior few months and I had found some things to look for in choosing a surgeon to perform a knee replacement. I discovered that the two biggest risks are infections and blood clots, although the chance a patient would experience either of the events is quite small, less than 2%. As I explored more, though, I found that maybe as many as 20% of the people who undergo a total knee replacement surgery are not satisfied with the result. This seems to be a result of improper fit or adjustment. I know a retired fire captain who has never been happy with his knee replacement and says it has badly affected his enjoyment of golf to the point of him considering giving it up.

Some of the surgeons who addressed this latter concern primarily practice something called kinematic adjustment. When I looked, I saw that Dr. Gallivan used a computer aided navigation system that not only assisted with the kinematic adjustment, but also it allowed him a standard of precision and repeatability that was not possible without the system. In addition, Dr. Gallivan performs what is known as a minimally invasive procedure. Although the most visible result of this procedure is a significantly shorter scar, the most important result is that it calls for moving the quadraceps muscle and tendon aside, rather than cutting it. For the patient, this can mean a reduced recovery time.

I searched the web for stories from people who were facing or had gone through a total knee replacement, I found a forum (https://bonesmart.org/forum/) that hosted a pre-op and a post-op section. I was particularly concerned by the recovery stories that stretched into months and years. I needed to assure myself that I was prepared for what was ahead. There were plenty of supportive posters and the forum seemed like it provided a good center for people with a surgery in their future. In the end, I did not post my own story because, as I listened to the staff at Dr. Gallivanâs office, it seemed that for me at least participating in such a forum pre-surgery might only serve to increase my anxiety.

I had been told that I would be awake through the entire surgery. Although this worried me, I was assured by one of Dr. Gallivanâs staff that I would think I was in Disneyland. Not entirely true, but closer to true than my worries. I am glad to have been awake and able to watch my surgery and I hope I wasnât too boring for the anesthesiologist as I tried to keep up a light banter. After the surgery, I was wheeled to my room for an overnight stay. I had been forewarned that I would be expected to walk some that day. When I awoke from a nap, two terrific young nurses insisted that I get up and walk a few feet with a walker. I did not feel a lot of pain at that point so I was glad to comply. I was surprised that not only could I walk the 25 feet they expected of me but went on to walk completely around the joint replacement wing. I came back and took another nap.

The next day I came home, put my foot up and spent most of the afternoon in a good book. The next day, I went in to work for a couple of hours. I took it easy for a couple of days, but by the time for my follow-up visit with Dr. Gallivan eight days after surgery, I was able to walk from my car into his office without cane or walker. I have never used them since. I went to my physical therapy sessions as specified, but by the end of the month, my range of motion had almost completely returned.

My knee was so badly worn before the surgery that it was tiring to stand for a long time. I did not realize that I must have been providing stability in my knee by muscle tension. Now, six months after the surgery, I can stand for an hour or more and feel as relaxed after the hour as before. The increased stability I feel now still surprises me. I am very happy that I went through with the surgery. Although I know that not everyone will realize the quick recovery I had, I believe that once they have recovered, most people will achieve a similar fantastic result.

Edda Hayes

  • Knee injections (Artificial joint fluid injections)
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“After Dr Gallivan treated my 77 year old knees, I'm able to walk the hills in the village of my summer home in Italy. Thank You”

Greg Naugle

  • Total knee replacement
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“I am a Veteran and this is the doctor the VA chose for me to do my knee replacement. I couldnât have made a better choice if I had picked one myself. Surgery is a huge decision and big part of that is feeling comfortable with the doctor you choose. The qualities that drew me to Dr. William Gallivan, Jr. were how close he is with his family and staff. They all are like one big family and make you feel that way too. I couldnât have asked for a better experience and I had checked on several others in the area and done my homework. I am super happy with my recovery. I am 47 and athletic but had a total knee replacement and am back playing softball and hitting home runs after only 3 months post surgery. Still not sprinting yet but I feel like I probably could. Dr. Gallivan is an amazing doctor and really cares about your treatment as does his staff. He considers all avenues available to you when contemplating surgery. If you're on the fence for a surgeon then definitely consider him. ”

Janette Forbes

  • Total Hip Replacement

“I believe Dr.Gallivan and his staff are by far the best anywhere. I have total confidence in Dr.Gallivan, I felt it from the moment I met him and that for me is unusual. On September 11th, while wide awake I got a new hip and every day is better than the last. I expect to be back to cycling within the next few weeks!!

Everyone in the office from Jackie who handles scheduling your surgery to Adam and Taylor go above and beyond to make sure you get the best of care.

I cannot thank them enough. Truly a great experience.”

Stephanie E.

  • Broken shoulder repair

“Love Dr. Gallivan! He repaired my broken shoulder, all healed now. GREAT bedside manner, GREAT doctor!! He makes having broken bones fun!!

Stephanie E.”


  • Total knee replacement

“ I recently had a total knee replacement with Dr. Gallivan. I had such an easy, rapid recovery. He is an excellent surgeon and uses a technique which most of the doctors do not use that aids in a faster recovery. He is very easy to talk to and explained everything very thoroughly. I highly recommend him. ”

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