Virtual appointments for hip and knee joint replacement patients prove to be a game-changer
After years of suffering from one-to-many tackles on the football field, Bob Bateson, a Buffalo, NY native, decided it was time for knee replacement. He turned to Dr. Richard Berger, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon known for his minimally invasive approach to hip and knee replacement, allowing for quicker recovery.
"The most significant thing was that his product is far superior. I interviewed other doctors and other products at the same time. I went to Dr. Berger, whom I followed for twelve to fifteen years because of his research, ingenuity, and development. Being an MIT engineering graduate before becoming an orthopedic surgeon gave him the knowledge to help invent different tools to do this minimally invasive work on the knees and hips," says Bateson.
Bob Bateson working out after knee replacement surgery. Photo courtesy of Dr. Richard Berger.
Nearly 20 years ago, Dr. Richard Berger invented minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, that's doing the same procedure as traditional knee replacement with a different technique. Not cutting the muscles, ligaments, and tendons; results in less pain, less swelling, a much quicker recovery, and less need for physical therapy; basically, it just gets people back to their lives quicker. According to Bateson, his recovery to a full range of motion was about five weeks.
Dr. Berger recently introduced the BEST (Berger Elective Surgery + Telemedicine) Experience, which marries surgery and telemedicine. Over half of Dr. Berger's patients are from outside the Chicago area, making the BEST Experience a practical option for these patients. Patients only need to travel to Chicago once to meet with Dr. Berger, followed by surgery the next day. Additionally, the program allows a patient's loved ones to conference in and be a part of all virtual visits regarding surgery from anywhere in the world.
For Bateson, the BEST Experience was the perfect option. Bateson says, "The staff is so on point with staying in touch with you, they are a phone call away, and they respond to you immediately." He adds, "I was super impressed and felt like I knew them forever. I would recommend it again to anybody, due to his surgery and the procedure afterward."