Dear Dr Leone,

I would like to take the time to thank you first and foremost for changing my life! I am a 49-year-old female who had been suffering with progressive knee pain for over ten years. The orthopedist I had been seeing for approximately seven years kept telling me I was too young to have this surgery, and I should wait until I could not stand the pain anymore. I suppose that day came, and I scheduled a consultation with you. I really didn’t think that I was actually going to schedule the surgery, but wanted to hear what you had to say. You had operated on several people that I knew, and they were very happy with their outcomes. I was immediately reassured by your manner, your thoroughness and your confidence that this is what I needed to do. As a result, I scheduled bilateral knee replacement surgery for 6 weeks later, shocking myself and my husband!! I was that sure that you were the man for the job and that I was ready for this.

I followed your instructions to the letter, doing all the pre-op testing, exercising, etc., so when the day came, I would be totally ready. The surgery went well, and I stayed in the hospital for three days, and then rehab for nine more days. You had told me that I would be walking unaided by two weeks. That did not happen… I actually was walking unaided in one week!!! The therapists have never seen a more miraculous recovery!!! It has now been three months and I have not felt this good in over ten years. I am riding a bicycle five miles, walking without pain, sitting without pain, sleeping without pain and standing without pain. I actually forget that these were things that always gave me a lot of trouble.

You, Dr. Leone, gave me my life back. I am actually going to visit my daughter in Europe next week and we are going to do a bicycle tour of Amsterdam. I walk normally for the first time in many, many years. I can never thank you enough for all that you have given me. My only regret is that I did not have the surgery sooner. If anyone would like to talk to me about the surgery, I would be my pleasure. All the best,

Jana Feldman,
May 2011

Dear Dr. Leone, I just wanted to add a little postscript to my prior email. I just got back from ten days visiting my daughter in Europe. I probably walked 8 hours/day without any pain. I was able to climb steps, pull luggage through the airport, stand in line for an hour, etc. It is absolutely incredible. Thanks again for changing my life!

Best,
Jana
June 2011