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By: luvs2dance
Valley Medical Center
July 9 I had total right knee replacement surgery performed by Dr. Barrett. I was terrified, having had a really bad experience with replacement of my left knee at Virginia Mason in Seattle, nine years earlier. It seems that I fall within the 1% of lucky (not) people who rapidly lay down scar tissue before physical therapy can get the knee manipulated. I have obstructive sleep apnea, so am also not able to be anesthetized under general anesthesia. I have lousy, small, rolling veins, and, in past hospital procedures have been dealt much misery with the IV and blood draws.What a wonderful surprise, from start to finish! The competent, friendly intake nurse (Lola, I think) was able to draw the blood and install the IV needle with NO PAIN. Competent, friendly, caring would be adjectives to describe every person I interacted with at Valley from start to finish. The nurses were all responsive and kind, and, in my opinion, go above and beyond for the patients' comfort. I regard Dr. Barrett as a miracle worker. The food was excellent--I, too learned that you'd better get your orders in between those 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. hours, but that was a minor blip. Personally, I can't think of enough good things to say about my whole experience with this surgery. I am nearing the end of my physical therapy, also at Valley, and, again, have nothing but praise for my care and treatment.
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