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Patient Success Stories

We understand that life is about doing what you love, with the people you love. At FWO, we’re committed to helping you get back to what you love—and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Our patients motivate and inspire us every single day. Here are some of our favorite patient stories.

John E Kime

I just have to write and thank you again for doing the surgery on my right hand on March 14th. And how quick it healed. Within one month I had full use, with about 40% pain. Within two months, about 10% pain. Now there is NO PAIN, just a little numbness on the two fingers, which you told me to expect.

Bobby and Roberta Gregory

Bobby Gregory’s knees had bothered him for years. But the 70-year-old Kosciusko county farmer was hesitant to go through surgery – until the pain interrupted his favorite activities. “I do a lot of hunting at night, out in the woods,” says Bobby. “After awhile my knees got so bad that was afraid I couldn’t get myself back out of the woods. I’d be back there by myself, and they’d start hurting bad.”

Carol J. Morris

On June 25, 2013 I had outpatient surgery on my hand. During the surgery, my heart started doing some funny things and I had to be admitted for observation. Dr. Niles Schwartz is a great hand surgeon, and he explained just what was wrong and how it would be fixed.

Sharon Lovell, on behalf of Nell Tays

After previous family experiences with Fort Wayne Orthopedics, it was only natural for Sharon Lovell to bring her 78-year-old mother Nell Tays to Fort Wayne from Alabama when she needed back surgery in early 2012. Nell had undergone back surgery four years earlier, but was enduring debilitating pain as her condition deteriorated.

Linda Honegger

Linda Honegger came to a gradual realization that she would need a hip transplant. “About 3 years ago, I started noticing that I couldn’t move my legs apart as far as I used to,” says the Bluffton native. Surprisingly, she never experienced pain in her hips or back… only in her thigh muscles. “As time went on, my thighs started hurting, and it got the point where I could hardly sleep at night because my legs hurt so badly."

Ellen Mock

“After I finally had my surgery, I thought, ‘Why did I wait so long?!’” Ellen Mock of Peru, Ind., had been suffering the effects of spinal stenosis – neck pain, accompanied by weakness and numbness in her arms – for years. At the end of the day, wiped out, she would return home from work totally depleted, with no energy to tend to her home or enjoy other activities.

Coleen Mankey

For Colleen Mankey, surgery was the only real option. Her rotator cuff was torn and not repairable and this had caused her shoulder to wear out. This left her in pain and unable to accomplish simple tasks, so she opted for a reverse shoulder implant (a unique treatment for a difficult problem).

Dr. Jack Dyer

Dr. Jack Dyer struggled with back pain and knee problems for years. A longtime Fort Wayne physician and FWO patient, Dyer tried several back pain treatments and underwent arthroplasty procedures on both knees.

When his back and spinal pain worsened several years ago, he turned to FWO for emergency surgery.

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Release of Information

To request copies of your medical records, please complete and return the Release of Information Form. To request completion of a disability or FMLA form, please complete and return the Disability/FMLA Form. Completed forms can be faxed to 260-436-8585. An additional fee will apply for these services and is payable in advance.

Post-surgery Exercise Videos

These videos are essential for building strength and stimulating healing after surgical procedures. Your doctor or specialist can demonstrate these exercises and help you incorporate them into your recovery routine.

Knee
Post-Surgery Knee Exercises -- Phase 3: Advanced Strengthening Post-Surgery Knee Exercises -- Phase 3: Advanced Strengthening
Post-Surgery Knee Exercises -- Phase 1: Basic Rehab Post-Surgery Knee Exercises -- Phase 1: Basic Rehab
Post-Surgery Knee Exercises -- Phase 2: Advanced Motion Post-Surgery Knee Exercises -- Phase 2: Advanced Motion
Shoulder
Post-Surgery Shoulder Exercises -- Phase 2 Post-Surgery Shoulder Exercises -- Phase 2
Post-Surgery Shoulder Exercises -- Phase 3 Post-Surgery Shoulder Exercises -- Phase 3
Post-Surgery Shoulder Exercises -- Phase 1 Post-Surgery Shoulder Exercises -- Phase 1

Procedure Videos

The specialists at Fort Wayne Orthopedics perform a wide range of treatments to relieve pain, build strength and reestablish mobility. We build a personalized, thoughtful care plan for every case, regardless of severity. At FWO, we know that everyone has different needs—but we believe every patient deserves a treatment plan that provides the best possible outcome.

Patient Education

When it comes to health, knowledge is power. Browse our education library for information and tips that can help you understand orthopedic conditions, care for your body, and live life to the fullest.