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June 13, 2016

Jim M.

After struggling for several years with increasing knee pain due to arthritis-driven meniscus wear (exacerbated by my avid pursuit of adult league alpine ski racing), I decided to have my right knee joint replaced.  Dr. Andrea Saterbak was repeatedly recommended to me by local ski team coaches and other racers, and when I learned that she did a fellowship at the Steadman clinic in Vail, that she was affiliated with the US Ski Team, and that she was a ski racer herself, I knew she was the surgeon for me.  Andrea listened carefully to my goals for the surgery and without sugar-coating the level of effort that would be involved in the recovery, provided the confidence I needed to move ahead.  I selected the out-patient option at the High Pointe Medical Center, and was home by 3 p.m. the day of surgery.  As predicted, the recovery is a much slower, longer process, but the post-operative support and physical therapy included in Dr. Saterbak’s practice were instrumental in getting me back on the snow.  At 6 months post-op I was waterskiing and wake surfing.  At 9 months post-op I resumed ski racing (at about 80% speed).  Make no mistake – full healing is taking a long time for me.  It’s been 14 months since my surgery, and the new knee still is not pain-free, but the discomfort has gone down steadily since the surgery.  I’m sure that by the time my second post-op ski season starts this fall, I’ll be back at full speed.  Based on my experience surrounding the procedure and my return to the sports I enjoy, it’s easy for me to recommend Dr. Saterbak and her practice colleagues to others.  Thank you, Andrea!

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