Patient Testimonials

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

Karen Dummer

  • Total Hip Replacement
Dr. Ballard is the best doctor ever. He replaced my hip with little discomfort, and has improved my life 1000%. Before surgery I was in excruciating pain that severely limited my activities. The pain was immediately eliminated with surgery, and I regained my strength and mobility within weeks. Dr. Ballard is very personable, listens to his patients, is easy to talk to and answers all your questions. I am so happy with my experience with Dr Ballard, his staff and the team at Meridian Park Hospital that I have scheduled surgery to replace the other hip. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr Ballard to anyone with hip issues, he will change your life.

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
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!

Penny Burton

  • Hip Replacement
Wow! Had I known surgery would be so straight forward I'd have had it sooner. The first two weeks were the hardest, not because of the surgery but because of having to wear compression stockings. Dr. Ballard had no restrictions so I was building up my strength right away and able to take short walks. The entire process from preparation to rehab went exactly as expected. There was no fear factor. He takes his time explaining the process and has a kind, easy going and confident manner.


  • Bilateral Hip Replacement
Dr. Ballard performed bilateral hip replacement surgery in July. This was the first such bilateral procedure he performed, although Dr. Ballard has extensive experience in hip replacement. The surgery and postoperative care have progressed smoothly, and my continued appreciation to Dr. Ballard and his staff. Dr. Ballard possesses a combination of factors which make him unique. He is young but very experienced, knowledgeable, and on the cutting edge (in a manner of speaking) of the practice. Dr. Ballard remains enthusiastic despite having performed hundreds of surgeries, and is a self-critical individual who continues to strive for perfection. Above all, Dr. Ballard is willing to take time to answer questions and settle concerns without making you feel rushed, making the process easy to understand. His staff is also first rate. Dr. Ballard is further gifted with a sense of humor.

J Bryan O

  • Left Hip Replacement
Dr. James Ballard is a Rock Star! In 2012 I had my right hip replaced at another very fine institution by a very fine surgeon. No real complaints, except down the road, a tendon in my right groin area made it painful getting in and out of the car. Basically, I thought this was success. I was told at the time of my right hip replacement that my left hip would also need replacement some time in the future. Two years later, I was actually scheduled to do the left hip with my prior surgeon. Purely due to a recommendation by my dermatologist, who had Dr. Ballard do his hip, I decided to check him out. Well, at the initial consultation, Dr. Ballard instantly figured out the cause of my lingering pain and got that fixed very quickly with a 1/2 hour outpatient injection procedure that he doesn't do; but, it cured the problem I had complained about for more than a year to my other surgeon. Maybe, if it isn't a surgery it doesn't matter to all surgeons, but it mattered to Dr. Ballard. I also really liked the energy and positive attitude Dr. Ballard exudes. I am not a time waster and neither is he; he is fast, clear, competent and friendly. So, in August 2015, I had Dr. Ballard do my left hip replacement. Comparison between the two experiences -- First surgery with Doc X - In hospital 72 hours; on hard drugs for 9 days; extensive bruising throughout my entire right side [toes to stomach]; bruising lasted forever; driving in 22 days; at work in 30 days. All things considered a pretty good result. Left hip surgery with Dr. Ballard - In the hospital less than 24 hours; off hard drugs in less than 72 hours; off normal Tylenol within a couple of weeks; so little bruising that I kept waiting for it to show up; driving in [well, I won't say how fast because I'd get in trouble]; I had half-day work meetings in my office on day 9; crawling down, fixing plumbing under the sink in 3 weeks. I am a big guy at more than 250 lbs, so it wasn't like I was an easy case. So, thanks Dr Ballard; again, you are a Rock Star!

Nancy Muller

  • Right Knee Revision
In September 2010 I had a left knee replacement; September 2013 I had a right knee replacement. Both these surgeries were performed by another Doctor. I still dealt with pain and limited mobility. During the summer of 2015 my chronic pain/mobility issues became so severe it affected my physical abilities at both home and work. I met with Dr. Ballard in December 2015. Tests showed that both my knees were failing due to looseness and placement issues. On February 26, 2016 he did a right knee revision. From the beginning my revised knee felt tighter and stronger! My flexion is between 107-115 degrees; a far cry from the 70-90 degrees that I had with my original replacement. Dr. Ballard, Michael Garland, PA and Sarah Gouwerok, RN are compassionate, confident individuals and have one goal: return their patients to a pain free life! I am still recovering from my first revision; I look forward to having my left knee revision performed as well. I would not be doing this well without Dr. Ballard's expertise! He and his staff are miracle workers! Thank you for helping me!

Susan Taylor

  • Knee Replacement
In 2014 I began my search for a doctor/surgeon to help me with my knee pain. The moment I met Dr. Ballard I felt a connection and knew he could help me. Not only is Dr. Ballard a skilled surgeon but he is compassionate and truly cared about helping me walk again. The surgery was a success. I was up and around in record time. It has been 15 months and everyday I think about Dr. Ballard. I'm back to doing the things I love; working in the garden, walking the dogs and living a life free of knee pain. Lastly, I have the prettiest scar. Thank you Dr. Ballard!
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