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!
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!
- 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!
- 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!
- Partial Knee Replacement
In January 2011, Dr. Ballard performed a partial knee replacement for me. It was a complete success and prior to the surgery, I was briefed on the procedures. I praise the skill and treatment by Dr. Ballard and his staff. In the future, should I require other surgeries in his field of expertise, I would not consider any other Doctor. I feel very fortunate to have been his patient.
- Hip Revision
I had a hip replacement 7 years ago that left me in constant pain. After going back to my doctor several times with no success, a friend that is an orthopedic surgeon suggested I contact Dr. Ballard. It has been a success story ever since. Dr. Ballard was one on one with me, took a real interest and was willing to take the time to answer all my questions. If you want a skilled surgeon that will look you in the eye and answer any questions I would highly recommend Dr. Ballard. AFTER THE REVISION ITS LIKE BEING ON VACATION EVERYDAY!
- Total Hip Replacement of Both Hips
I suffered with major hip problems for eight years.I did not know which surgeon to go to to have total hip replacements done. My sister broke her ankle and Dr Ballard performed reconstructive surgery on her ankle and it was a success. I went for a consultation with Dr Ballard and he looked at my X-rays and he put me at ease about total hip replacements.I had the left hip replaced and five weeks later I had the right hip replaced.The surgeries were both successful. Dr Ballard"s expertise speaks for itself and needless to say, I will have Dr Ballard do my knee replacements as I have end stage arthritis in both knees. If you need a surgery, Dr Ballard is the surgeon to call. I thank God and Doctor Ballard for new hips.
- Total Knee Replacement
I recently had my left knee replaced by Dr. Ballard. He is a gifted surgeon, has a great way with his patients, and tells it like it is. A truly nice person and really enjoys his profession. I would highly recommend Dr. Ballard for his skills, and will certainly have him do my hip replacement surgery when I am ready.
Mary Lou Donovan
- Total Knee Replacement of Both Knees
I had suffered with much knee pain for so many years. I wondered if anything could allow me a pain free life again. I learned about Dr. Ballard from a friend and when I met him, I knew he was the one that should be trusted to do my surgeries. I had the right knee done in April of 2010 and the left knee done in Sept. 2010. I am now absolutely pain free!!! I also appreciated the physical therapy that I received and the post independent therapy where I could use their facilities for a small fee for three months following assigned therapy. I am now ready to transition to a regular gym program. Thank you SO MUCH, Dr. Ballard. You have given me my life back.
- Hip Replacement
Dr. Ballard gave me, and my wife, my life back. I couldn't be more pleased. Stairs or long walks were not an option. We go for walks, stairs are no concern, I'm hunting again. Long rides on the Harley, Thanks Dr. Ballard!!!
- Bi-Lateral Total Knee Arthroplasty
I have just come from my 6 week post op visit from my 2nd total knee replacement with Dr Ballard. I am 55 years old and have lived with a severe valgus deformity for most of my life. Dr Ballard has corrected this problem and I am now pain free and for the first time in my life I have 2 straight legs. I am thrilled and over joyed with the results. No more hiding freakish legs. No more pain. I Love you Dr Ballard. You are a gift & simply stated the BEST Orthopedic Surgeon. Thank You, Gloria Hurley-Naught
- Bi-Lateral Total Knee Arthroplasty
Dr. Ballard replaced my left knee in April, 2011 and my right knee in August, 2011. Prior to my surgeries, just walking to the mailbox was an ordeal, and now I find myself wanting to take long walks. With long purposeful strides, no one would guess that I have prosthetic knees, and best of all, I'm pain free! I did some research before selecting Dr. Ballard, whom I believe to be one of the very best with this difficult surgery. My outcome certainly reinforces my decision to choose Dr. Ballard. I have a new life!
- Hip Replacement
Being a Certified USWF Instructor I was in the water 5 days a week so could not believe the pain in my hip area couldn't be cured! Several of my students have new knees & hips thanks to Dr. Ballard so I knew who to go to when I needed help. They all praise him & think he's the greatest. And boy were they right! I'm here to tell you Dr. Ballard changed my world! He told me up front he could fix my problem with a new hip, immediately after the surgery the pain was gone & I had my attitude adjustment. Life is so good! I'm back to Square Dancing & teaching Water Aerobics pain free! We also Plus dance with horses we've made out of barrels that a group called "River City Riders" have created. We have been invited to the 2012 61st Square Dance Convention in Spokane, WA to perform. This will be our 3rd Nationals to be invited to. The last one was in Louisville, Kentucky. Thank you Dr. Ballard for using your awesome ability & restoring my life to a position of happiness!
- Total Hip Replacement
One year ago today, Dr. Ballard gave me a new hip. Not only is the excruciating pain in my hip gone, the lower back pain that I have been plagued with for years has disappeared. I feel like I have been given a new lease on life. In the last year, I have ridden 1400 miles on my bicycle during summer, including participating in Cycle Oregon and riding up Lolo Pass to the Pacific Crest Trail. I have stomped up and down the Oregon coast in search of razor clams, I have fished along streams and rivers hoping to catch a big salmon and I have sat comfortable, in a boat, on a lake, all day long. More recently, I packed out a 5 point bull elk from the Oregon coast range. It was the biggest elk I have ever gotten in over 50 years of hunting, and it was the toughest to pack out. With over 65 lbs of elk strapped to my back, it took 1/2 an hour to hike up the hill to the closest road, then it was 3/4 of a mile of pushing my mountain bike to get to the top of mountain, then a hair raising 3 mile decent on the bike. I did that three times with my hunting partner until the elk was off the mountain. My only thought concerning my hip was that it was so nice to be pain free. Prior to my hip surgery, Dr. Ballard said there would be things I would no longer be able to do.I have yet to find any.
David G. Welsh
- Bi-Lateral Total Knee Arthroplasty
Wow what a ride. I had both knees replaced by Dr. Ballard at the same time. My knees where worn out from too much fun and living, and I am not willing to give up fun yet. I did research and found Dr. Ballard and am very glad. The results are perfect. The old pain is gone, first time in I can't remember when. I lived on Aleve, but no more. Thank you Dr. Ballard.
- Total Left Knee Replacement
Dr Ballard performed a total knee replacement on me December 20, 2010 at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital. Preparing for the surgery, he totally informed me of the procedure, the recovery and long term prognosis in a way that was completely reassuring. The day of the operation went off without a hitch. He ended up spending more time on the procedure than originally anticipated because he realized that my knee required more clean-up once he had opened it up. After surgery he checked on me while I was in recovery, answered all my questions, and made sure that I was set up to start my rehabilitation. BTW, I can't say enough good things about the staff in the orthopedics ward at LMP; they are awesome! And Dr Ballard's physician assistant, Michael Garland, was also very supportive during the whole process. My rehabilitation went smoothly and 13 months after the operation I now have 130 degrees of motion with no pain and have resumed a very active life style (in addition to cycling, I've started to play racquetball again with absolutely no problems). Though I would not look forward to another knee or a hip replacement, I wouldn't hesitate having Dr Ballard do it if/when it needed to be done.