Tendon Surgery Blocks from Home
My name is Cory Fields. I'm from Brookings, South Dakota and I like to hunt, fish, golf, hang out with the family.
What caused your injury and how long were you in pain?
I was out pheasant hunting and stepped in a badger hole and ruptured my Achilles. Close to five months I sort of tried to play the old tough guy role and pawned it off as a sprained ankle type situation, just wasn't getting better and I talked to some people and so, yeah.
What was your impression of Dr. Harrell?
I'm a referral from a friend that had seen Dr. Harrell and had similar surgery. Had a plan from the start as far as pre-op and then post-recovery, just spelled it all out and gave me the confidence to say that it was really easy to go with him because he, you know, sort of knew what he was doing.
How was your injury diagnosed?
I did an X-ray first. Really couldn't tell so we did do an MRI and then it was pretty evident that I had ruptured some area, the area of the Achilles. Typically it detaches from the heel, mine didn't, but the strands that did rupture actually turned back up and my scar is actually about 4 centimeters higher than it should be because he had to go higher to cut them off because they had reattached to my calf muscle.
Why was local surgery important to you?
I think the convenience of knowing that post-op and pre-op, you know, it's five blocks from my house. And so with the surgery typically if you go outside of Brookings, Sioux Falls, Mayo Clinic, Minneapolis, whatever, wherever north a clinic would be at, you're looking at a lot of time away. I mean this trip to Sioux Falls, it's two hours out of your day that you don't get back where this is, you know, five blocks from my house.
What do you remember from the day of surgery?
A little nervous but you know, you check-in and they explain everything in detail and it calms your nerves and puts again that confidence back in you. And not only does Dr. Harrell know what's going on, but I mean from the minute you walk through the door to you walk out the door, they do a great job of explaining everything. It's very clear, precise. If you have any questions, they get you an answer. So yeah, it's pretty easy, simple I think situation when people are clear about what's going on.
How did the staff keep you informed?
Oh, yeah. Like I said, fantastic. Whether it was the anesthetist or, you know, anesthetist nurse that was there or whatever and the nurses afterwards in recovery, again, tried to sort of play the tough guy card and he said I could go home but he wanted to manage the pain overnight. And again I would, you know, I would let people know that if you think you're tough, you really aren't that tough when it comes to pain. And of course, when the anesthesiology did wear off then, of course, he did have to come manage the pain. So when you think you're at home and that it's gonna be easy deal, it's not, so yeah.
What did you appreciate most about your care?
Real professional. It's close to home. I know that they're just trying to do a really good job of getting really good care and making it local. I know maybe 10 years ago, 20 years ago people's thought process, "Well, I gotta go to Sioux Falls to get good care. I gotta go to Mayo clinic or Minneapolis," that's just not the case. It's in their backyard and you've just got to search for it.
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