At the age of 25 I was diagnosed with chondromalacia in both knees. Since my surgeon no longer did major surgeries, he referred me to Dr. Watson at Florida Orthopaedic Institute. He couldn't give me a replacement for at least another ten years. He referred me to Dr. Garlick. By the time I went to see Dr. Garlick, I was unemployed. My career was law enforcement, and it is an unforgiving occupation and one that you cannot do while walking with a cane. And for that reason, I was not able to return to my job in law enforcement after my initial surgery. Desperate for help and with my health insurance expiring in a week and two children to support, I saw Dr. Garlick. He told me I was an excellent candidate for a reconsruction. When I finally was able to find a job, I returned to Dr. Garlick and he instead took a chance and performed a partial replacement on me.
On November 4, 2013 Dr. Garlick changed my life. I was walking the very next day and in two weeks I was back to work. I had very minimal pain after the surgery. I kept waiting for the pain to kick in the day after surgery but it never did. I only required six physical therapy sessions. My therapist said he's never discharged anyone from therapy that quickly that underwent such a major surgery.
A year later, I couldn't be happier with my knee. A year ago I couldn't walk to the kitchen without being in excruciating pain. Yesterday, I took my family to the zoo and walked the entire zoo without any pain. It's incredible the difference Dr. Garlick has made in my life. He is a kind-hearted and compassionate surgeon with skilled hands. I'm forever grateful for Dr. Garlick. Thank you!!!
Jamie Huegel Reyes