Pain Free After Hip Replacement

Walter Mackin was pain free and back to work in one week after Dr. John Krebs performed hip replacement surgery.

Ten years ago, construction contractor, Walter Mackin, fell 20 feet off a ladder directly onto concrete and shattered his pelvis. His femur bone went through the back of his pelvis and he reset the hip himself that day. Understandably, he had some trouble afterwards. But he decided to wait on a hip replacement.

“I would hear horror stories from friends and see lawsuit commercials on TV. I decided to just live with the fact that one of my legs was 1 inch shorter than the other.”

During that 10 years of waiting, Walter continued having good medical experiences with the doctors at The Center for Orthopedics. He had his right rotator cuff repaired by Dr. Robert Zanotti and then, after a car accident, had damage repaired his other shoulder… again by Dr. Zannoti.

Walter’s wife worked with Dr. John Krebs at the hospital and knew about the good experiences his patients were having with newer hip replacement technology. All the while, Walter carried around CFO business cards to pass out to his construction worker friends that needed work done. “I’d always just hand them a car and tell them, ‘These guys are good.’”

One day, he realized, it was time to take care of the hip. “I am 73 and my father lived to be 100. It was time to take care of it,” Walter says. He also advises others not to wait. “Don’t be foolish. Don’t listen to the horror stories. Why live with the problems? Don’t hesitate. It’s a better outcome than what you’ve got.”

He had the hip replacement surgery with Dr. Krebs and left the hospital in 3 days. Best of all, he reports he was pain free and physical therapy was a breeze.

“The day after surgery, they told me to get up and walk to the door, but I just walked the entire hallway and all around the nurses station. They made me carry the walker, but I didn’t really need it.”

The next day Walter walked to physical therapy, where they informed him he was way ahead of schedule on recovery. He was able to get in and out of his car that day, and went home the next day. “I carried my walker into my follow up with Dr. Krebs. I thought he might want me to keep it around, but I didn’t ever use it.”

Walter was back at work the next week. And, he says, that was the only time he had any pain. “Honestly, I didn’t have any pain or discomfort until I went up in a crawl space for an inspection and had to duck walk. That was my first week after surgery. That night I was a little sorry, but it didn’t kill me. Believe me, after shattering my pelvis, I know about pain. And with this surgery, I didn’t have any.”

Walter has mixed feelings about waiting 10 years, but says he probably should have had the procedure sooner. “On the one hand, there was better technology, but I wouldn’t advise waiting that long. CFO has done a lot of work for me. And they have done an excellent job each time. I have been busted up and all my procedure’s had great recovery time. If you’re afraid to go, just do it. Don’t be afraid. Go do it.”

There is, however, one drawback to having a new hip. Walter’s legs are now the same height again, but all his shoes have one inch rise on one side.

“After 10 years, I’ve got a lot of these shoes. Maybe I can take them back to the repair shop and have them all put back to normal.”

Thanks for sharing your story, Walter. If you’ve been putting off hip surgery because you’re afraid, take Walter’s advice. Call CFO and make an appointment with Dr. John Krebs at 440.329.2800.

Add comment Posted in  Replacements ,Testimonials May 8, 2017

Start Your Season with a Free Sports Physical

Get your free sports physical by attending our 9th Annual Center for Orthopedics Sports Physical Event on Friday, June 9th. Check-in times: 1 – 5 p.m.

You’re working hard to prepare for the coming season. But before you can take the field, you’ll need a sports physical. Don’t get left on the bench!

Make plans to get yours at the Center for Orthopedics sports physical event. The examination is quick, easy and (best of all) free. All participants will receive a complimentary goody bag and T-shirt, while supplies last.



  • Go to your school website and download the 2017 – 2018 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Consent form.
  • Complete and sign it with your parent/guardian prior to your scheduled exam or bring your parent/guardian with you – OHSAA forms will be available at the event.
  • You must also bring any relevant medical records.
  • Visit no later than Monday, June 5 to schedule your check-in time.
  • Call 440-329-2860 for additional information.


Add comment Posted in  News ,Sports Medicine April 20, 2017

Shoulder “Stronger Than Ever” after Surgery

Rotator Cuff Repair Gets Fireman Back on Full Duty

Fireman, Eric Dudziak, got a partial tear in his rotator cuff on the job two years ago. Workers Comp put him through physical therapy.  

He says, “I ended up at about 80%.”

Eric serves as the Fire Marshall and 80% got him back on call for occasional shift work. Then, in August of 2016, he was hauling some firewood while camping. He tripped and tore two muscles in his shoulder. “I couldn’t move my arm,” he said, “This time, I ended up in the ER.”

The ER doctor referred Eric to Dr. Robert Zanotti who saw Eric within a few days and scheduled a rotator cuff surgical repair 4 weeks later. The ER wasn’t the first time Eric had heard of Dr. Zanotti. Another fireman at work had his shoulder fixed by Dr. Zanotti at CFO as well.

“A guy I worked with recommended Dr. Zanotti to me back when I tore my cuff. He had the surgery and got back to 100%.”

The outpatient surgery went well, but Eric is allergic to opioids, so he struggled with pain after the operation. “The surgery went great, and I felt great for 18 hours after because of the nerve block, but when that wore off, I was in trouble.”

Luckily, a call into the office got Eric hooked up with a medication that helped ease him through that tough transition without opioids. After those first 3 days, Eric did well. And now, Eric reports that he is entirely pain free. “I have no pain now, and I can do everything.”

Eric credits the surgery, of course, but also the physical therapy for his returned shoulder strength. When he experienced the tear and did PT, he was able to restore much of his shoulder strength and range of motion. However, surgery and PT helped Eric completely recover.

“Before the surgery, when I had the tear and did PT, I got it to about 80%, but this time I’m 100%. I believe it’s because I did what I was told, and I didn’t overdo it. I gotta say, my shoulder is stronger than it’s ever been, and I’m about an inch away from complete range of motion.”

Although he felt better sooner, Eric gave his shoulder the recommended 6 months for full healing. “Now I’m back on full duty as of 2017. I’m still the Fire Marshall, which is light duty, but I can be on call, train, and do shift work with no problems.”

Just like his colleague who first recommended Dr. Zanotti, now Eric would also recommend him along with many of the other people involved in his recovery process.

“The Physician Assistant, Bob, was great, the hospital was great, and PT was great. Overall, my experience has been positive. I am very pleased and would refer anyone, in a second, to Dr. Robert Zanotti.”

Thanks for sharing, Eric. We’re pleased it’s going well and that you’re able to continue your important work for the community.

If you’re having rotator cuff issues, give Dr. Robert Zanotti’s office a call over at Center For Orthopedics:440-329-2800. Learn more about Dr. Robert Zanotti and shoulder repair, including the groundbreaking reverse total shoulder replacement at our main website:


Add comment Posted in  Surgeries ,Testimonials March 10, 2017

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