“I had just had it. Enough is enough,” Mike Meadows, of Harrison Township, explains in frustration.
Mike, a retired chemical operator for General Electric, had both shoulders replaced within a year at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Once he had such success with his left shoulder replacement in April 2011, scheduling his second surgery was a no-brainer. “After I made the decision to do the right shoulder, the left shoulder, a year later was just, ‘Yeah, Let’s go!’”
Robert Rolf MD, an orthopedic surgeon who co-championed the shoulder replacement program at Good Samaritan Hospital Orthopedic Center of Excellence, performed both joint replacement surgeries. “Immediately upon coming out of recovery . . . I knew he had fixed it, because with my right one the year before, I had such success with that,” Mike points out.
Glowing Recommendations Connected Mike to TriHealth
Initially, Mike made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon that specialized in knee replacements. “There was only one guy he would recommend: Dr. Rolf.”
After learning that Dr. Rolf had performed more than 200 shoulder replacements without any problems, Mike was sold, and began researching.
Mike appreciated how well-informed he felt before the surgery. “I went to Dr. Rolf’s seminar, where he had an exhibition of the joints themselves – [explaining] exactly what he was going to do, and what I could expect,” Mike says. “I was very impressed with his professionalism and his pedigree. He just made me confident that he could help me.”
“It’s the Little Things”
Mike had both of his shoulder replacement surgeries at Good Samaritan Hospital – a hospital in which he is quite familiar. “I’ve had six different operations . . . and for five of them, I was a patient at Good Samaritan Hospital,” he explains. “I cannot say enough about the staff, the doctors, and the administration at Good Samaritan Hospital . . . It was exceptional.”
Mike is very pleased with his recovery and says he has almost fully regained total mobility and strength back in both of his shoulders. And, as a grandfather to three rambunctious boys and a 13-year-old granddaughter, Mike needs to be feeling his best. “They’re a handful,” he laughs.
Since retiring in January 2013, Mike spends much of his time building furniture in his wood working shop or biking on the large piece of land he and his wife, Sue, live on.
When asked what he was most excited about after his surgery, he didn’t hesitate with his response, “Scratch my head! . . . And, put my arm around my wife without any pain. It’s just the little things. When you’re in constant pain, it’s hard to focus on everyday life and the good things in your life. Dr. Rolf relieved that.”
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