Prior to my total knee replacement, the pain level was constantly between a 7-10. I was walking with a cane because my knee was constantly hurting me. Going up and down stairs was almost impossible. I was being woken up during the night from the knee pain and therefore was not getting a restful night’s sleep. I tried to exercise as much as possible but it was difficult. I started to become somewhat of a hermit because when you can’t walk you really can’t do much. I was starting to have to take time off of work because of the pain. Activitites that I lived doing, (dancing, racquet ball, walking) I wasn’t able to do any longer. I have been using Dr. Montalbano for over 10 years. I first saw him at Bayley Seton Hospital when he was taking care of another patient in the pre-op area. I was so impressed with how he was treating that patient that when he left I asked the woman who he was. Later on when I needed an orthopedist I went to see him and have been using him ever since. As far as office staff goes – I have never had a problem. Always courteous, polite, very informative, helpful and respectful of your privacy. (Even though I scheduled surgeries and cancelled them I was always treated the same.) Dr. Montalbano and his staff are always up on the latest surgical techniques, surgical procedures and treatments. Waiting time is usually not too long. When I would call in with any questions, someone always got back to me in a very reasonal amount of time. After finally scheduling the surgery, that I actually went through with, Dr. Montalbano and Michelle Pokrassa (RPA) went over the surgical procedure and any questions I had they went over with me several times until I felt that I was comfortable with the knowledge. The surgery went so much better than expected. I was so frightened of being in the hospital over a weekend but I have to say that the weekend staff was better than the weekday staff. I was very impressed with the surgery that Dr. Montalbano did. After 3 months I was back in the gym (full speed ahead), was able to go out dancing and able to go for walks again. I had a great summer, going to the beach, etc. Scarring was very minimal. I need the other knee replaced as well, and I must say that if I had the time to take off from work I would have done it already. The pain is so minimal in the knee at this time that you don’t even realize it. It is now six months and I am going back to playing racquetball as well. I would say that on a bad day, the pain level never goes beyond a 1-3 and the pain is more surgical pain which is getting better all the time. I do not have any pain like I used to have. (What a wonderful feeling) I recommend Dr. Montalbano all the time. In fact he just did a very new procedure on my son (which was amazing) and he operated on my friend as well. I even recommended and gave his card to the cashier in Marshall’s because she was so impressed with how I was walking and how my knee actually looked (scar wise). So yes, I would DEFINITELY recommend Dr. Montalbano MS
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I have been suffering with arthritis and… I have been suffering with arthritis and joint pain since l966, when I had a childhood accident and dislocated my hip. After two years of doctors "practicing medicine" and finally taking a simple xray which showed the dislocation, I had my hip joint hastily put back in place with pins. Long story short.....I lost two inches of growth in my right leg during the time of dislocation and had developed scoliosis and other fun joint diseases. Fast forward thirty five years....and years of deterioration, bad limp, pain and arthritic joint disease....I learned of Dr. Greg Montalbano and decided to finally have my hip replaced. It was by far the best decision I have ever made. Dr. Greg calmed my fears, answered all my questions, and after surgery, not only was I pain free....but as an added bonus...my legs were even and I no longer had a limp. It was like winning the lottery. Dr. Montalbano is a caring, wonderful surgeon who has hands of gold. If you are reading this and are contemplating having hip replacement....I would advise you to run (wishful thinking)...not walk and have this truly life changing experience.....To be painfree...ying and yang...is only something shared by other joint disease patients who understand the agony of bone on bone torture. Last year I needed my left hip replaced, and I again enlisted Dr. Montalbano's help. He has always been there to help whenever I called or had a question or concern, and his service and staff are the best I have ever encountered. He is like family now and has given me my life back. I am grateful to Dr. Greg for his kindness, professionalism and skills....and sing his praises wherever I go.
KNEE REPLACEMENTPrior to surgery my pain was on a level of 7-8 out of 10. I could not walk more than 100 feet without pain. It felt like someone was squeezing my knee. Dr. Montalbano was referred to me by my family physician. The staff at the office was very helpful, friendly, and efficient. After surgery I was walking a few days later. I thought that I would need someone to help me for at least 2 to 3 months. Honestly, it was only about 10-14 days when I was able to do everything that I wanted to do on my own. I feel great now. My pain is resolved depending upon the day’s weather. I can now go back to my normal routines with the exception now of running. If the need should arrive again (hopefully not), I would definitely return to Dr. Montalbano. He is the only person that I could trust. I have recommended Dr. Montalbano to everyone that I know that would need his help. Mariuz K