Patient Testimonials and Reviews
Stuart Hoffman loves to surf so when pain kept him from his passion he began looking for an orthopedic surgeon to help him regain his quality of life once again. To watch the Stuart Hoffman Video Testimonial click here.
Surfing has been a lifelong passion for Boca Raton resident Stuart Hoffman. Stuart likes to stay active whether it is spending time outdoors, doing marital arts, running or surfing waves at Florida’s beaches. Mobility has always been an important part of Stuart’s life since he was a young child. Over the last several years, Stuart began to develop pain, which would radiate down his left leg.
“I was starting to experience pain building up in my leg and my knee. It became such a severe pain and problem in my life that I had to stop surfing. I started to feel depressed over that because I could not enjoy time with my friends surfing which was important to me,” said Hoffman.
Initially, Hoffman thought his left knee was going bad. He began to search for physicians who could help him get the answers of what was causing the pain. Hoffman received a referral to see a hip specialist, Dr. David Padden. At West Boca Medical Center, Dr. Padden specializes in both robotic assisted total hip and knee replacement as well as partial knee replacement. Dr. Padden said Stuart was a good candidate for total joint replacement because he had all the indicators.
“Stuart had severe arthritis, loss of function, poor quality of life secondary to pain and of course he was not able to do what he loves the most which is surfing,” said Dr. Padden.
Hoffman said he went to Dr. Padden for a consultation and that Dr. Padden quickly identified his left hip was the problem. There were no other options besides surgery and replacement of the hip to alleviate all the pain Stuart was having.
“Dr. Padden was very educational in explaining why the robotic assisted surgery for hip replacement was so important because it provided a more precise and accurate procedure. This type of robotic hip replacement also eliminates any excessive trauma to the muscles, the joint and anything else involved in surgery. It made sense to me,” said Hoffman.
During robotic assisted minimally invasive hip replacement, Dr. Padden is able to deconstruct the hip joint, remove all the disease and replace with a new joint.
“The robot takes the precision and accuracy up to a degree that we were never able to obtain before. With the robot we are able to dial in within a millimeter or two almost every time,” said Dr. Padden.
For Hoffman, getting out of the car became tough because after sitting for too long, pain would permeate down his leg. Walking on the sand at the beach holding his surfboard became difficult. Hoffman said the only question he had for Dr. Padden was how quick he could get in to have surgery.
“The surgery I had at West Boca Medical Center was fantastic. By having an anterior robotic hip replacement procedure, I was up on my feet the same day I had surgery. My recovery is coming along really well. I am back to surfing without pain. My flexibility has really increased where I am able to do the things I was doing before,” said Hoffman.
Dr. Padden has practiced in South Florida since 1998. During that time, Dr. Padden has specialized in orthopedic surgery, trauma care as well as both hip and knee replacements. Over the last 10-years, Dr. Padden has focused primarily on total joint replacement, which he helped evolve into the robotic hip and knee replacements used today.
“With a hip replacement, probably the first four weeks is the toughest part. The robotic approach and the muscle sparing approach allows patients to resume activities sooner because we have so much more of a higher comfort level that they won’t dislocate the hip joint which was a very common problem in the past,” said Dr. Padden.
Hoffman has surfed for over four decades. He is back to paddling out past the breakers surfing Florida’s waves once again.
“I am glad I had the surgery. Now I can keep living my life without regrets and really enjoy all the things I have always been doing. I am getting back to my full lifestyle and it feels great,” said Hoffman.
- This testimonial reflects the experience and outcome of this patient. Actual results will vary.
Dr. Padden reviewed the MRI with me, explained the diagnosis, and the recommendation of a partial knee arthroplasty. He explained how the Mako Robotic-assisted surgery would be done and that I could once again be pain-free. And I am happy to say, that just a short five weeks after surgery, I am back to work and pain-free!
I always felt I had a high threshold for pain, after all, I had given birth three times. But, the pain that I had to endure for three or more months before my knee surgery was excruciating. I’m a speech–language pathologist and work in healthcare, walking the long halls of a hospital all day long. The pain brought me to tears on many days.
It got to the point where I would navigate by “counting steps” and taking the short route from point A to point B. Just ask anyone who has had this kind of joint pain and they’ll know what I’m talking about. The pain was always there and made it difficult to do even my normal daily routine, like running errands after work or taking an evening walk through the neighborhood. Taking the maximal dose of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) did very little for me but was the only way to get through the day.
I knew I had osteoarthritis having been told seven or eight years ago after having a ballroom dance injury to my right knee requiring an arthroscopic repair to the meniscus. The MRI of that knee showed osteoarthritis of the joint. The orthopaedic surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA, where I was living at the time, was surprised to the degree of the joint damage given my age, of 48. The repair was successful and within two or three weeks, I made a full recovery.
The osteoarthritis pain in my left knee started in November or December 2019. It got progressively worse through the months. I sought treatment from an orthopaedic physician who gave me a Cortisone shot which lasted about a month. I would experience a tremendous amount of swelling and a few times had needle aspiration of the fluid. None of these treatments had any lasting effect. The doctor ordered an MRI and when it was reviewed it was clear that the medial compartment of the knee joint was bone on bone. The physician told me I needed to consult an orthopaedic surgeon who specialized in joint replacement of lower extremities.
I had consulted a few recommended, well-respected orthopaedic surgeons in the Boca Raton area. But after my consultation with Dr. David Padden I knew he was the one. Why Dr. Padden? Well, of course I researched his education, experience and patient reviews online and found them to be top-notch. But, more than that, it was the person. Dr. Padden reviewed the MRI with me, explained the diagnosis, and the recommendation of a partial knee arthroplasty. He explained how the Mako Robotic-assisted surgery would be done and that I could once again be pain-free. This was music to my ears!
Dr. Padden discussed the difference between the total knee and the recommended partial knee replacement and his personal outcomes and what was found in the medical literature. He had a level of confidence (without being arrogant) that was very reassuring to me as a patient. Dr. Padden was one of the most personable and relaxed doctors I have come across. When I agreed to go forward with the surgery, his surgical coordinator, Laurie, jumped into action. She provided me with a folder which contained every piece of information I would need including pre-op lab work, chest x-ray and EKG orders to post-op prescription for home health physical therapy and nursing. My rolling walker, needed post-operatively, was delivered two days after my consultation. Dr. Padden’s office staff is efficient and responsive to the needs of the patient.
On the day of surgery, Dr. Padden greeted me, reviewed the necessary information and had a calming presence which my nerves appreciated. The surgery at West Boca Medical Center, took all of 60 minutes and once the nerve block and anesthesia wore off, physical therapy had me up and walking with the wheeled walker. I was discharged to home shortly thereafter. I worked really hard with my home exercise program and home health physical therapy. After that, I attended outpatient physical therapy at West Boca Medical Center, where they pushed me even harder than what I could have done on my own. And I am happy to say, that just a short five weeks after surgery, I am back to work and pain-free!
The kind of pain I was experiencing had me on the sideline, for sure. I couldn’t think of going to the mall with my daughters or even taking a trip that required walking through the airport. Before I committed to doing anything my thought would be, “How much walking would I have to do? Would there be steps I needed to navigate? How close could I park?” Now, nothing limits me, thanks to Dr. Padden! I have, and will continue to, recommend Dr. David Padden for joint replacement surgery. If someone is putting off a joint replacement surgery I ask, “Why suffer with the pain?” I would encourage them to look no further than Dr. David Padden.
My hips had worn down to a painful bone-on-bone grind. I had both of my hips robotically repaired by Dr. David Padden. I had my left hip repaired in June, spent less than a day in he hospital, 23-hours to be exact. My right hip was repaired by Dr. Padden in November of the same year at West Boca Medical Center where he conducted the procedure using the MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery technology. I am a tennis aficionado and was surprised after the surgery repairs how soon I was able to serve it up back on the court.
The MAKO procedure is really magnificent, Dr. Padden didn’t cut any muscle, and he just goes into the hip and spreads all the tissues and muscle fibers away. I had degenerative arthritis in both of my hips, bone-on-bone, which is very painful. I used to play tennis five-days a week, two hours a day. I’m not big on taking pain pills but I would take Advil just so I could go play tennis. At the end of the day before my hips were repaired, I was in so much pain.
I went to a couple of doctors prior to Dr. Padden and when I went to see him it was a whole new ballgame because most of the doctors I talked to didn’t seem to have the time of day for me. Dr. Padden spent about 45-minutes with me, maybe longer; he explained the whole process to me and how it would be done in terms of hip replacement. He explained my rehab and what I would face coming back off of a robotic hip repair surgery. Dr. Padden gave me a nice pamphlet of what to do, how I would rehab, which exercises were necessary for my recovery and post-operative care. I basically started by doing strengthening exercises.
The first milestone I achieved was an hour of walking a day. I live in a big condominium and people were amazed that they saw me walking. One-week I walked with a walker for maybe four or five days just for my balance.
After I went and saw Dr. Padden, post-operative again, he said with the way I’m walking that I didn’t need the walker any longer. I had a cane, maybe just to practice in my condo but I couldn’t get the knack of it so my balance was good enough, I just started walking on my own.
This was fast in terms of getting back on my feet and rehab. Dr. Padden told me not to play tennis until eight weeks after surgery. The day of my eighth week, two-months to the day; I was out on the tennis court. He told me don’t press it (not to go too hard), I’m very athletic so for me to sit around for any appreciable amount of time is kind of hard.
I was a firefighter for the City of Fort Lauderdale. I’ve been retired for 15-years now but I also umpire baseball, mostly Major League Baseball Spring Training nowadays and I used to umpire high school baseball for 20-years. I also did 15-years of umpiring NCAA Baseball (college baseball). They say umpires do about 400 squats a game. Prior to my surgery, I umpired about five-years with bad hips and it just about killed me. Now, with new hips, I have no problem! I can keep up with those kids.
My daughter is a nurse and it was one of those things where I recovered so fast. I think she came over to my house to assist me once and that was about it. My son is a paramedic and he came over to my house to take a look at my legs. I had a minimal amount of expected swelling; I wore the compression socks and did exactly what I was told to do. Take care of my muscles. put my feet up and don’t turn certain ways. After the surgery, I really only took Advil for any surgical pain for just three days but no opioids. I don’t like taking opioids.
I always tease Dr. Padden and ask him what things shouldn’t I do? He showed me ways not to turn my hip until I was recovered. The second thing he told me was that I can’t do a split anymore which was a bummer because every morning my neighbors and I go to the park and do splits. Dr. Padden is great! Every time I see him, I hug him.
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