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01/25/2015
By: Marty R.
Bryan Fagan MD
I have been seeing Dr Fagan for 3 years now with knee issues. He has performed two scope surgeries to repair a torn meniscus in both knees. Did a great job of explaining the surgery, showing me pictures and letting me know of future problems I will have as a result of osteoarthritis that was discovered. I was able to make a quick recovery after the first one and returned to running in just a few weeks. The second surgery revealed a more serious problem with the osteoarthritis. He went through several options for me and I decided to discuss a knee replacement thinking he would perform the surgery. He told me I was an excellent candidate for a partial knee replacement and referred me to another surgeon who specialized in the surgery. He set up everything with this surgeon and followed up with me after the surgery. The thing that sets Dr Fagan apart from others is he showed up the day after my surgery at the physical therapy office on a Saturday to check on me and also remove the drain tube in my knee. I never asked him to do this and did not know he was coming. I really appreciated that.
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