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David Padden, MD

David Padden, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery, Total Joint Replacement, Robotic Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery
Boca Raton 33428

Creating Hope

Paula’s Story

Paula Tirpak standing in an atrium next to a beautiful plant.

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.

Creating Hope

David’s Story

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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