When talking with Dr. Wade’s patients about their surgeries, the first response is consistently, “I’m free from pain now.” Christopher Rothwell, a Fairbanks resident, described an early conversation with Dr. Wade when he was told, “You have the knees of a much older man.” Christopher went on to say, “The cartilage in my knee just wore out. The joint was bone on bone due to years of hard participation in multiple sports. I’ve been in pain for years.” Christopher was 49 when he had cartilage replacement surgery on his right knee, a procedure which will delay his need for a joint replacement.
Not only did the surgery relieve the pain, Christopher commented that the limp he lived with for years has disappeared and range of motion has increased substantially. He also happily reported that he is climbing stairs easily, and has returned to jogging and riding his dirt bike — carefully, he pointed out. “I feel like I’m 35 again,” he says. “I had a great experience with Dr. Wade and at The Surgery Center. He’s awesome and explained everything clearly. They’re doing great things at The Center.”