Advances in Knee Replacements

This new design allows surgeons to preserve the important central ligaments of the knee called the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments. This design should allow a knee replacement to move, respond, and feel more like a normal knee.

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The Anterior Hip

Patients are being told by both surgeons and orthopedic implant companies that Anterior Hip Replacement approach offers something unique and different compared to other approaches. This is a flatly untrue, unscientifically supported myth...

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Outpatient Joint Replacement

With Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery, patients are able to return home the same day as the procedure. Patients also begin physical therapy within hours of surgery.

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Patient Testimonials

Discover what others say regarding their surgical experience or recovery process. We also encourage our existing patients to share their own experience!

Brooke H

  • Ankle Surgery
“Dr Ballard has been one of the most attentive, understand and respectable Drs. I have ever seen. I broke my ankle in May and this being the first broken bone ever, I was scared to death when they told me I would have to have surgery. It's been roughly 14 weeks since my surgery and although Im doing rehab and it's healing, it's still pretty painful and stiff. Dr Ballard made me feel more at ease with the fact that Im doing what Im supposed to be doing and with the injury I received, it's going to take time to heal. He was very comforting at my last appointment and gave me hope for the future. Thank you Dr. Ballard!! I will refer anyone and everyone to Oregon Orthopedics for future care!!”

Jo Ann Slickers

  • total knee replacement
“ I had only been living in Oregon for a year when I was referred to Dr. Ballard for a knee replacement. I had been putting off surgery for awhile. I was an avid walker and had remained so even with a painful knee. I was afraid that surgery might make it hard to keep walking as well as I had and I was concerned about side effects. Fortunately, I was completely wrong on both counts.
From the first visit Dr. Ballard inspired confidence in his skills and knowledge. He was positive, compassionate and clear in his explanation of what to expect. He answered all my concerns and made it easier to make the decision to go forward with the surgery.
Everything went really well through out the surgery and healing process. I took my first walk outside two weeks after surgery and I have been going strong ever since. I am walking farther and faster than I have in quite a few years and without pain. This summer I even did some mountain hiking. That felt great! I am very grateful to Dr. Ballard and his wonderful staff for their excellent care and positive attitude. I feel like I could not have been in better hands.
A heartfelt thank you to you all.”

Fred Hall

  • hip re-do
“It will be a year April 15 since Dr. Ballard turned me into a new man! I had total hip replacement surgery with another surgeon 5 years ago and was never pain free. After years of drs. not knowing why I was hurting I was referred to the MAN! I wasn't going to let them do surgery again but after 10 minutes with Dr. Ballard I was ready to go in the next day. His self confidence exudes from him and you can't help but be excited because he is, I,m telling you he is like the "energizer bunny". I have lived pain free, I hike, hunt, walk, workout, all because of him. Dr. Ballard YOU are AWESOME! You are the MAN!!! Thank you so much!”

LaVonne Priester

  • Total Knee Replacements
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“I was referred to Dr Ballard by several members of my church who have benefited greatly from his expertise. I had been having problems with my knees for several years not wanting to face knee replacement surgery. The final straw was the end of 2012 when I had to rely on my sisters to do my grocery and Christmas shopping as I could no longer walk the distance to complete the task because of crippling knee pain. I had my right knee replaced in Jan 2013 and the left knee replaced July 2013. WOW! what a change this has made to my life. I can go anywhere, do anything without knee pain. I traveled to Hawaii Christmas 2013 and walked and walked and walked everywhere. It is awesome. Thank you Dr Ballard for giving me my life back. ”

Gail J

  • LT & RT Total Knees
“I suffered with severe knee pain for 20+ years, and decided life was too short to continue this way. Since I was so young when the damage was originally done, I had to wait. During this "waiting period", periodically I would inquire and be told "you are too young". Finally, I wanted to know how young, was too young, because I was not living life. I work in a healthcare environment, and I knew about Dr. Ballard, so I decided I wanted him to review my case. I liked him the first moment met him. The damage was so evident he was amazed I was even walking, and he didnât hesitate to recommend Total Knee Replacements.
Since that first meeting with him in January 2012, I've had my left knee done April 2012, and my right knee done August 2013. My recovery was grueling, as anyone thatâs had a Total Knee replacement knows, but I knew I could get through anything, knowing the intense pain was only temporary. I did the work, and my recovery was amazing! In October 2013, just two 1/2 months after my last surgery, I walked on the beach for the first time in 7 years, and last month (April 2014) I travelled to Italy, and walked mile after mile, without any issues. I climbed towers, walked the Coliseum, and looking back...I could become emotional, because Dr. Ballard has given me my life back. In fact, Iâm even thinking about dancing, again. Life is wonderful! THANK YOU!

Doreen C

  • Total Knee Replacement
“My knee replacement surgery was performed six months ago and I am so pleased. I am able to continue on with my life without pain. In fact I don't even have to think about my knee. The quality of my life is so much better. Dr. Ballard is my hero. He walked me through this entire process with genuine care and concern. Not only is he a Great Surgeon, he is a wonderful human being. Thank God for such a gifted doctor.”

Stephen Piazza

  • Knee Replacement
“Dr. Ballard replaced my right knee 8 months ago. I could not be happier with the results. The first 6 to 8 weeks of rehab were challenging, but now I am able to go on 10 mile hikes, 40 mile bike rides, and make it through a day of physical work with little or no pain. This surgery gave me my life back.”

Lori VG

  • Total knee replacement
“I had a recent total knee replacement by Dr. Ballard. I was very happy with my care every step of the way. He spent a great deal of time discussing options with me, and nursed me along until I was ready for the operation. When I was leaving for a trip to Italy, he suggested injecting both of my knees with steroids about a week before I left, which greatly increased my ability to walk and enjoy my vacation fully. From the very beginning of my surgical experience I was cared for respectfully and competently. The office staff organized my scheduling,and all paperwork was done promptly to assure my employer had all of the necessary information for my leave. I was scheduled for a joint class at the hospital where the surgery was performed, and a week before the operation, he sent someone to my house to deliver a portable medical device to squeeze my legs and prevent blood clots. The surgery went very well. My hospital experience was wonderful. And since then, his nurse has called weekly to check on me and make sure I am progressing without problems and opening herself up to any questions I might have. I never even had to call his office. They call me first! I have researched this procedure and found Dr. Ballard to be very progressive on all aspects. He is aware of all current scientifically based treatment and educated me on statistical data. I would recommend him highly to anyone I know. In fact, he is performing a hip operation on my brother in law in a couple of weeks on my recommendation. I am very happy with my entire experience.”

Alex S.

  • Total Hip Replacement
“Dr Ballard changed my life! I had a horrible experience with a previous surgery to save my hip. Dr. Ballard stepped in to do the total hip replacement and was very sensitive to my nervousness. He did a wonderful job on my new hip and my life has improved 100%. I was only 37 years old and I can now move like I was 20. Great surgeon and wonderful man!”

Ron Walker

  • Knee replacement revision
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“Dr. Ballard was able to revise a knee replacement procedure done five years ago that left me with limited mobility and range of motion. I've gained more mobility than expected through the revision and am looking forward to increased activity and better quality of life. I couldn't be happier. Tennis anyone?”

Ron Walker

  • knee replacement revision
“Dr. Ballard did a revision of my knee replacement in May of 2015. He expressed confidence that he could improve my bend from 80 degrees to 115 degrees and he was exactly right, although, I'm currently at 117 degrees. I couldn't be happier! I'm able to walk, ride a bike, take stairs with ease and may be taking up ballroom dancing in the future. My quality of life has significantly improved. Thank you Dr. Ballard. Your skill and kind confident manner made the entire process a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend your services to anyone, and have already. ”

Billy Thomas

  • Total Hip Replacement
“Where do I begin? First of all, thank you Dr Ballard for changing my life, in a positive way of course!! My only regret is that I didn't find you sooner.

Background - I was born without a right hip socket and had to wear a 2 inch lift in my shoe for a majority of my life. I was in constant pain and I couldn't go on long walks or bike rides with my wife. No hiking or jogs. Even driving long distance was very uncomfortable and I had a noticeable limp. I couldn't wear slippers, dress shoes, low top sneakers or flip flops. Falling asleep was a challenge every night. My right leg was visibly skinnier and shorter than my left but I still tried to live a "normal" life. I still wore shorts and even played on a city league softball team for about a decade. I wasn't the fastest but hitting bombs made up for that.

I've seen other doctors in the past but none of them made me feel as comfortable as Dr Ballard did. Dr Ballard was very confident in his skills and didn't treat me like the surgery was going to be a big experiment like other doctors did. Dr Ballard looked me in the eyes and said in less than 2 hours, you're going to be a new man...and he was right... boy was he right!

I had the surgery in March 2015, when I was 39 years old. The surgery took less than 2 hours like Dr Ballard said. After the surgery, I broke into tears because for the first time in my life, my legs were the same length! I could finally throw away that 2 inch lift in my shoe! Yes!

It was a challenge learning how to walk again but in just 5 months since the surgery (with lots of physical therapy, gym and pool time), I was back on the field with my team! It was a miracle! You can barely tell my right leg is skinnier now and I don't have to wear any size lift in my shoe! My limp is gone! I never thought I'd see the day! I bought my first pair of flip flops and could finally wear normal dress shoes!

It's October 2015 and I feel better than ever! I can't even remember how the pain felt. I'm pain free! Now, I can walk my dog around the block without pain. I can go on long walks or hikes with my wife. I can even take my shoes off at the beach and walk without a limp or feeling like everyone is staring at my legs.

Thank you again Dr Ballard for everything! I thank God everyday for putting you in my life.

Carroll Moon

  • Both hips replaced
“I had both of my hips replaced this year, First one in January, second in April, 11 weeks apart, best thing I have ever done. Prior I was in constant pain from the bone on bone action in my joints, it was a chore to walk to the mail box, 15 yards. I have been riding motorcycles since I was 6, I could ride about 10 miles before the pain started to get so bad I had to stop. 5 weeks after my last surgery we hiked into Abiqua falls, then hiked the Butte creek falls trails, about eight miles all together. I can ride my motorcycle for a full tank of gas, 3 - 4 hours without pain, can sleep through the night without pain, no longer taking any pain meds. This was truly a life changing event. The pain management during recovery was excellent, well worth the results. I am not sure why I waited so long. Surgery was quick, went home the next day. All I can say is well worth it, life is awesome once again!”

Ron Clarke M.D

  • hip replacement
“I am a 62 year old pediatrician. For the last few years I had become increasingly inactive. I struggled to sit very long at the dinner table, stand up straight, and found that even mild activity would leave me with hips that ached for days. I sought Dr Ballard's advice, and was informed that my condition was fixable with a total hip replacement, and that the recovery from the procedure would likely be much more rapid than "the old days." He estimated that I would be able to return to work half time after just two weeks and in terms of pain the recovery would not be too bad. Everything turned out just as he predicted! I went home the day after the procedure and after a couple couple of days required neither walker, nor cane to get around the house. After couple of weeks I no longer needed any pain medications and I returned to work half time. By three weeks I was back to full time and started exercising on an elliptical trainer. It is now 8 weeks since my surgery and I have rejoined the gym I left in 2012. I am completely pain free and thrilled with my results. My formerly bad hip is now my good hip. I feel that Dr Ballard and his team have provided me with top notch care. They have earned my trust and gratitude. I believe they truly excel in their field.”

Cathy Goldenstein

  • Total Hip Replacement
“If you are reading testimonials, you are ready to be pain free, I'm guessing. My problem was not only my hip, but also a leg discrepancy of 3/4", resulting from a childhood injury. I am a farmer. My quality of life was going downhill, fast. Just walking was daunting, let alone weeding, harvesting, planting, canning, etc., etc. My 1st appt. was Feb. 24th. My operation was March 13th. Today is December 30th. It has been nothing short of a miracle!!! Not only did I get a new hip, I got back the length I was missing. I am level for the 1st time in 40 years.I am doing things I have been unable to do for a very, very long time. Every day I am amazed at my new and improved life. Dr. Ballard and his staff made me feel at ease, answered all my concerns, really gave me back my farm life. Top notch, seamless, proven. I would not hesitate to call on him again. Thank you, Dr. Ballard!”
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