Q&A with Christy Brown
You've always lived an active lifestyle. What was it like after you hurt your knee? After I tore my ACL, I tried to get by without surgery. But my injury kept me from doing the things I love, which made me unhappy. Tennis, golf and walking are wonderful stress relievers for me, and I missed being active.
Surgery's never something people look forward to. How did you feel about seeking care locally? I was nervous. But I knew I was in good hands with Dr. Gouge. I think I was more nervous about the outcome of the surgery and whether it would allow me to play sports again. I went home that same day -- in and out by lunch time. Everyone took such good care of me.
How's life now after your surgery? I'm so happy to be back doing the things I love. I feel very confident on my "new" knee. I even competed in a doubles tennis tournament recently, so I'd say I haven't missed a step.
Q&A with Mary Hauff
What made you choose to stay local, rather than go to Seattle, for your shoulder surgery? I considered Seattle, but my family doctor recommended Dr. Loren Larson. I did some checking, and learned that he's fellowship-trained in sports medicine, which includes shoulders. I felt fortunate to have access to such a well-qualified surgeon so close to home.
What do you remember the most about your experience? Dr. Larson wasn't just concerned with my shoulder, but also about me and how my shoulder injury affected my personal life. He took the time to explain the procedure and put me at ease. I never felt rushed.
How are you feeling now? Having access to Dr. Larson and physical therapy locally made a big difference. They kept me on track and now I'm back to normal. I'm so incredibly pleased with my experience.