I had a very successful knee replacement experience with Dr. Douglas Plagens and his staff. My knee replacement was completed on May 2, 2023.
Before the surgery I received a detailed breakdown of things that would prepare me for surgery recovery. The list included things that I’ve never heard anyone doing for this type of surgery; exercises, drinking Gatorade and Ensure, wearing clean pajamas daily along with bed sheets and showering with special soap to prevent infection. It seemed very involved, but it sure made a difference after the surgery with no issues.
The surgery was completed within 2 hours from start to finish at the Dearborn Surgical Center. The entire staff, Dr. Plagens, nurses (especially Sue #1 and Sue #2), physical therapist and hospital staff were kind, friendly and attentive to my needs. I was up and walking, climbing steps, etc. shortly after surgery. Pretty amazing concerning the kind of surgery that was completed!
I was forewarned to use my pain medications to enable my physical therapy and knee recovery and not wait until I was in pain. They got that right! Don’t wait until your pain reaches a 5 out of 10 before taking pain medications!
Initial physical therapy sessions were scheduled in home and they taught me to flex my new knee joint so it doesn’t lock up. My in home physical therapists, Bruno and Susan were both great!
I had a few after-surgery knee phone calls to the office that were returned quickly. I really appreciate the fast response I received to address my issues.
I highly recommend Dr. Plagens for knee replacement surgery. I can’t believe how far I’ve come in just two weeks!
Thank you Dr. Plagens, you are an amazing surgeon!
Fran B. | May 18, 2023