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Patient Stories 2017-10-12T19:07:45+00:00

Testimonials about Phil Davidson, MD

Dr. Davidson, pictured here with the team, is the medical director for the USSA Park City Masters Team – and a competitor.

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ACL Reconstruction

I am writing to express my gratitude for the wonderful “new knee” that Dr. Davidson gave me. 6 months ago I had an ACL reconstruction using a combination graft.

This photo is me on Mount Timpanogos two days after I received my functional brace.  I wear it regularly for hikes like these.

My knee is stronger than ever!

I never have any pain or swelling… ever. Thanks again.

Linda P.  – 6 months following an ACL reconstruction using a combination graft

 

Dear Dr. Davidson,

I wanted to write and thank you for all that you have done for me. At age 35, I came to you with left knee pain and a history of approximately 10 surgeries. I still ran half marathons, hiked, snowshoed and Nordic skied all in pain. If you asked the last time I rode in a car for more than 3 hours the answer would have been a decade ago. I couldn’t sit through a movie or even a nice dinner. Even worse, I didn’t feel as though I could be the mom I wanted to be with my then 5 year old daughter. After hearing from other doctors that there was nothing I could do and that I would just have to wait for a total knee, it was so nice to meet someone who offered an alternative, patellofemoral arthroplasty. I traveled to Utah with my husband for surgery. You and your staff along with the surgery center made everything so easy. In two days I was back home to continue recovery and therapy. Three months after surgery, my family went to the Oregon Coast, an 8 hour drive. What would have laid me up for a week didn’t bother me at all. Since then my life couldn’t be better. I not only enjoy all of the activities I did before painfree, I can enjoy the “nonactive” activities as well.  I never realized how much pain I was in and how my knee affected my life until I was pain free. I am incredibly grateful that I can truly enjoy all of the adventures a mom should enjoy with her daughter!

Thank you,
A.S – 3 years following Patellofemoral Arthroplasty

Dr. Davidson,

I wanted to express my gratitude to you for opening up a world of possibilities for me.

Working in a surgical field, patients often thank me for taking care of them. I usually turn it back to them, saying the surgeon and I worked for an hour of two, but they worked hard for several weeks or months to achieve their good outcome. While that is true, it all had to start somewhere and for me, that is with you. I had resigned myself to being a young total knee patient. Many things moved from my bucket list to bucket of “that would be awesome, but my knees wouldn’t let me do it”. All of those things are possibilities for me again! I am so excited to ski this winter. We are planning adventures like climbing Kilimanjaro and trekking to Machu Pichu! Those are big bucket list things, but it is also the little things that make a huge difference. I can now squat down to look my grandson in the eyes and hug him from his level.
You have my deepest gratitude. You and your team made the process easy, especially in light of our traveling from out of state. Please know you are making a huge difference in people’s lives. I will keep you updated on my progress and our adventures.

Thank you so much,
D.M.

Nicole M. taking Silver at the FIS Masters race in Park City

I would like to share the journey I have traveled; and the success I have reached due to selecting Dr. Phil Davidson as my surgeon.

To begin with, I am a long distance runner and triathlete competing for over 20 years. My first accident was at age 20, training on my road bike when I was struck and pulled under a semi-truck.

As a result of the accident I had a broken pelvis, fractured femur, fractured ankle, rotator cuff tear, dislocated shoulder, and muscle injury in my leg. Nine surgeries and nearly one year later I was able to return to training and competing again. I attribute my successful recovery to the Feldenkrias Method, of which I have become a practioner.

During the winter of 2010 I sustained a knee injury getting off a chairlift. With some difficulty I was able to continue training and during that summer I competed in 5 events/races in an 11 week period: 13,16,13,26,26 miles. In the last marathon, my right knee cap was pulled off to the side, detaching most of itself. I could hardly weight bear following my finish of the Marathon. In the following days it was clear something was really wrong with my right knee/leg. Often when stepping, it would just buckle, and I had lost my ability to run. I saw my doctor who recommended an MRI to truly understand what has happened to me. Once I had the MRI, I scheduled appointments with a few surgeons. I always believe ( after 13 surgeries), it is best to get more than one opinion.

I was told by another excellent Doctor that I would never run again, and that I needed a full knee replacement. I left his office with my heart shattered.

Now, for the second time in my life, I was being told I could never run again.

Then I had my appointment with Dr. Phil Davidson. What impressed me the most with him was the following; his knowledge, expertise and ability to articulate the procedure he would do to save my right knee cap; therefore, hopefully making it possible for me to run again. While discussing the procedure, I truly appreciated him going into great detail and answering all my questions. He explained a detailed surgical plan which potentially included cutting the tibia to realign it. While I was not thrilled about the idea of cutting the tibia, I was grateful to him for explaining all possibilities to me.

But, truly what struck me the most was his genuine concern for me as a woman, a person, a runner, and an athlete. It wasn’t so much that he could do a “wonderful surgery” as much as his compassion. I’ll never forget at the end of my first visit how he sensed my despair. He encouraged me to take time to consider his recommendation feel ready for the surgery. He felt I needed time to be emotionally and spiritually prepared, and once I was ready, he would be happy to do my surgery. I left his office knowing when ready, he was the right surgeon for me.

March 7th was the date.

The surgery went super well and Dr. Davidson didn’t have to cut into my tibia. He said I did great! What I knew was that, he did great! I started Physical therapy immediately at home, then with Alpine PT as an outpatient. I had limited visits and quickly began rehab on my own. I was progressing nicely when at the 3 month post op visit Dr. Davidson gave me the go-ahead to start running. I could hardly believe it.

After 9 months of no running, now I could try to run again. That first try was on a treadmill…I was so scared. I got on, and began to run, I could hardly believe I was running again. It was so emotional for me I had to stop and cry.

Since then, I have continued to run 5-6 days a week. I began to head outside and mix up my runs. I found trail running up the mountains in some ways easier than the roads. For so many months I had not really put full pressure on my leg.

A few weeks ago I ran in my first, shall we say race, it was a 10k…I ran a 45…I was very pleased considering all I had been through. Now I am up to 16 mile runs on the trails and shooting for 20 miles this weekend. Yes, I did indeed run 20 miles this weekend from Deer Valley to the Canyons all on trails…What shocked me the most is I ran only 1 minute longer than a year ago………I guess I could say I have fully recovered.

To sum it up, I am beyond grateful to Dr. Davidson. He brought back into my life my greatest pleasure and passion in my life, running. Every day I stop on my run to be grateful for the wonderful life I have!

Thank you so much Dr. Davidson for bringing back my greatest joy!

Hi Dr. Davidson,

While you were located in Florida, I located you after researching doctors on the web. Since I was too young for knee replacement, other doctors told me there was nothing that they could do for my knee pain. It had become so painful, I could not walk a flight of stairs without serious pain. After my first visit with you in St. Petersburg, I felt that you had the education and experience to help me. After knee surgery under your care I have no more knee pain!! Then, I received a letter from you that you were going to Park City, Utah to Heiden Orthopaedics. Knowing what a fine doctor you are, I was extremely excited for you and your family. Within a month, I had a serious injury with my horse after moving him to a new barn. The injury involved my right shoulder. Obviously, I contacted you to diagnose the injury, since I knew your specialty was in knees and shoulders. You were transitioning between Florida and Park City when I visited you in St. Petersburg at that time. Since you suspected it was a SLAP lesion, you informed me that surgery would be necessary. Without hesitation, I was on board to follow your practice to Park City, Utah. For me, it was exciting to travel from Florida to Park City, even though my family’s schedule would not allow anyone to travel with me. From past experiences, I knew that I would be in excellent hands. Your staff provided everything I needed to make my surgical trip go smoothly and comfortably. The driver, the hospital staff, your office staff, the after-care nurse and physical therapist were exceptional, friendly and professional. Of course the hotel, the food and the scenery were great as well. Thank you for helping to make my SLAP repair an exciting experience. Just to let you know, a year later, I have full use of my right arm!! Consequently, I am back riding and jumping “the horse”, doing advanced pilates mat classes, and beginning a new career using my right arm. Last spring, I enrolled in acrylic painting classes and found a new talent. My second painting (digital scan is below) is called Summer Window. The medium is acrylic on water color paper. It has been so well received that I have produced giclee prints and notecards. Thank you, Dr. Phil Davidson for giving me my “life” back. Wishing you, your family and staff a wonderfully snowy skiing season.

Sincerely,

caitlins-backCartilage Restoration – Utah Teenager

Dear Dr. Davidson,

Thought I would send this picture in of me skiing again!! It has been four years since I could ski and it was pure joy to be back at it again!! My knee pain stopped me from so many wonderful activities and opportunities. I’ve now started up skiing again, and am acting and modeling. You did a wonderful job and saved me from years of pain to come. I can’t thank you enough for letting me be a kid again. My mom tells everybody about what a wonderful job you have done, and I completely agree 🙂

Love,
Caitlin L.

Dear Dr. Davidson,

It’s been exactly three weeks since you did my Osteochondral Allograft surgery on my left knee, and I’m feeling great! For so long I thought I would just have to live with the pain, but I honestly cant believe the immediate relief I felt after surgery, and am still amazed that I have not felt any of that pain since! Not only does my knee feel great, but my physical therapy is going so well, that I’m already walking without crutches.

I was really skeptical at first, to be traveling all the way from Southwest Florida to Utah, to have such a big surgery with a doctor that I had never even met. However, I am so happy and thankful that I did because it was the best decision I could have ever made! I couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to have on my side. I have never had a doctor that made me feel like I was his only patient before you. I couldn’t believe one of your first emails to me was on a Sunday night, and I remember thinking “Wow, I cant believe he took time out of his personal life to sit down and respond to all of my questions”. It is really nice to know that you care about each and every one of your patients, and any concerns and questions that they have. Also, Jennifer Meyer, your scheduling coordinator was so incredibly friendly, helpful and caring throughout the whole process. She made everything so easy for me; from the first email I sent her with general questions, to her follow up email after I returned home from surgery, and everything in between. It was an absolute pleasure working with you both!

I’m really looking forward to regaining all of my strength and getting back to a healthy and active lifestyle. The next time I return to Utah it will be to go hiking or snowboarding, and to show you how well I am doing! Thank you again so much, I am forever grateful for your help and for the quality of life I will have because of you!

Sincerely,

Dear Dr. Davidson,

You will remember that I am a Czech woman that you treated with surgery in December of last year. You removed a cyst from my leg and cleaned up the knee and smoothed under my patella. After the surgery, I felt some pain, but it was on and off. I have been doing very well.

My husband and I had planned a trip to Peru this summer and I was a little nervous about how the knee would handle long hikes and climbs. We returned last weekend and I want to tell you that not for a single moment did I have a problem with my knee. I did not wear a brace or anything. We climbed 2 mountains, 19,000 ft in altitude, and hiked many miles. I felt great. It was just amazing.

I wanted to share this with you and thank you again for your help. If my knee will stay as strong as it is now, I basically consider it a miracle. And, I realize that this is thanks to you. I will definitely recommend you as a knee surgeon to anyone I know that needs help. If I ever have an orthopedic problem again (hopefully not) I will come to see you.

Thank you again!
Best wishes,

G.L.

Skiing Again After 7 Months

Dr. Davidson: Here is a picture of me skiing on Sitka at Park City Mountain Resort. This was my 10th day of skiing, exactly 7 months since my second knee replacement.

Thanks very much!

Margie C.

Hi Dr. Davidson,

This is Jennifer T. I am writing to tell others about my orthopedic story. I had Osteochondritis dessicans (OCD) in both knees.

I was referred to you by my doctor for treatment and had both knees fixed.

I was pleased with the treatment you gave me and your staff. Now I am pain free and doing lots of activities, whereas before the surgeries I really could not do much at all.

Thanks again!

Dr. Davidson,

My wife was recently in need of your services and we looked to find you at TBO, only to find you have moved to Utah. You may recall that I received a full knee repair from you in 1999, including reconstruction of my ACL and meniscus. I am happy to tell you that these many years later I am going strong and have had no problems with it. I made a full recovery and complete return to sports and police work. I thank you for your good work and excellent care. Best wishes to you and your family in Utah. Thanks for the opportunity to have a pain free and normal knee.

Dear Dr. Davidson:

Just wanted to update you. I participated in the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk this past October. I walked ALL 60 MILES! It was an awesome experience. I had extensive knee surgery done by you, and I was not sure that I would ever be athletic again. Now I have been able to resume an active lifestyle, doing activities with the kids, playing tennis and enjoying life.

Thanks again for repairing my knee and supporting the Breast Cancer Walk.

Fondly,

Sally H., Knee Surgery

Shoulder Resurfacing with the Arthrosurface HemiCAP

Dear Dr. Davidson & Staff:

I can’t begin to express my deep gratitude and delight to be able to have new range of motion with virtually no pain since my hemi-cap surgery in November of last year. You and your staff have increased my quality of life tenfold.

It has been almost 40 years since my shooting accident and the debilitating effects created by it. I am moved deeply at what I am able to do now.

I am doing exceptionally well. I can’t begin to express my gratitude of the results of the Arthrosurface Shoulder Surgery and the resulting range of motion and the quality of my life. It is truly a miracle I’ve gone back to competing in the Martial Arts and my performance has been increased tremendously. Thank you all again. I think my right knee will be next (Big Wink).

Again, thank you and your staff for my new life.
Sincerely,
J.M.

Hello Dr. Phil Davidson. You may or may not remember me, but I am Cynthia S, a former work comp patient of yours whom you treated at T.B.O.S. center in St. Pete. Over the years I got to know you, Dennis and your staff very well. You literally took my knee apart and put it back together. You did a tremendous amount of work on my right knee, and an arthroscopic surgery on my left (other) knee, as well. While I faced some difficulties due to the severity of my injury, you and your staff were with me all the way and I am very grateful. Needless to say, when I called Tampa Bay Orthopedics to schedule my annual appointment, I was speechless to learn that you had relocated to Utah. The last time that I saw you, you had a USF student intern who was present when you examined me, and I wanted to tell her that no matter how much interning she completed, I hope that she will be the kind of doctor who is empathetic to ALL patients, as you have been with me. Your ability to do that was unlike any other doctor who had treated me in the past. I have been in the work comp system since 1998, so you know that I have seen my share of snobby, cold, and unsympathetic doctors, just because the patient is work comp. Dr. Davidson, thank you very much for caring for me as if I were Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen, even though I was just plain old “Cynthia”! I thank you, and my entire family does too. I couldn’t figure out who was more upset with your relocation, my mom or me! Like I said, over the years, since 2002 or 2003, I think, we got to know your staff very well, and I spent some time at the Palms of Pasadena Hospital. I could go on longer, but I won’t, I know that your time is quite valuable. Although we did not reach all of the goals that we set, I am truly grateful for the fact that you tried and I was able to reach many of my goals. You probably thought that in some way you had failed to helped me, but the fact that your effort was ABOVE and BEYOND, we were both WINNERS! The citizens of Utah have been blessed with a true public servant!

Thank you Dr. Phil Davidson, and may God bless you and your family,

I just wanted to drop an email and let you know how I am progressing with my bilateral knee resurfacing’s. Actually, I am doing very well!! Since about Thanksgiving my right knee has been pretty much recovered and now I guess I can say I got the results as I am doing what I want to do, within limits of course. My day-to-day activities have minimal, if any pain, although I do get the usual stiffness after sitting but it is very short lived once I am moving! And I am able to train 5-6 days a week! For the last two weeks I have been doing Kickboxing – it is awesome and is exactly the challenge and activity that I need. Three days a week is the actual cardio kickboxing and the other three are strength training with bands. Once I get in better shape I hope to supplement a couple days a week with biking and rollerblading – and to be able to do those with minimal if any pain is a most joyous thing!! And I’m sure once I lose some weight and get stronger I will feel all-around even better!

I realized that sometime this month, three years ago, we started this process to get me on the road to health and heart health! While that seems like a long time I am happy to say that I am where I wanted to be and I will make the most of this recovery and process!! Thanks again for all your perseverance, patience and vision.

I am sure you are enjoying your new practice in Park City and I do hope all is going well.

Thanks again!
Sincerely,

Nancy, Bilateral Knee Resurfacings
I would like to take a moment of your time and express my most sincere thanks and appreciation which you and your staff have provided me during a time of a work related injury to my left shoulder. By profession, I am a police officer, which I have enjoyed during my 23 year tenure thus far. Prior to my injury, I was a K-9 handler for the past 15 years. My injury forced the retirement of my partner, and has left me with many decisions about the shoulder repair. A rotator cuff tear was my demise. This was my first ever surgery, 52 years young, and to say that I was a little apprehensive is an understatement.

The surgery was done in March. On this date in June, I feel wonderful! I have a full range of motion and reach. I am still working on rebuilding the strength of the shoulder, and am progressing well. You and your staff were more than I could have hoped for. I was comfortable and informed about the procedure. A fellow officer had the exact same surgery with another Doctor and was not nearly as happy as me. What a difference between he and I! No swelling, no black and blue for me. I was up and about in two days.

Thank you again for doing what you do! I am about to continue my law enforcement career as soon as I am released to full duty. I fully expect to be able to perform at full capacity and wish you and your staff the very best in the future.

Sincerely,

Hello Dr. Davidson,

You may not remember me, but I had knee surgery under your care approximately 10 years ago. At the time I was a Largo Firefighter, referred to you by Dr. Wong. I had very bad damage to the surface of my knee. I had pain all the time and could not work. That was long ago!

I was recently talking to one of my friends about the procedure that I had done and I actually referred him to you for treatment. I had the surgery where you harvested my cartilage and then the cells were grown in the laboratory. Then, at another surgery a couple of months later you implanted them back into my left knee.

FYI my knee is still doing great! I have had very few, if any, residual problems. I have not had any restrictions since the surgery. I have had a successful career in Firefighting and can do all the required tasks. I am now the Asst. Chief in Hernando County. I have also been active in sports and maintain a very physically demanding lifestyle. I thought you would like to know that my surgery was very successful and brag about you whenever the topic comes up.

B-Carlson-testimonialActive Hiker, Skier and Professor – 1 Year Following Bilateral Knee Resurfacing

Dr. Phil Davidson – You said to stop in and see you about my knees after ski season. My knees are great and I have had no problems, so I don’t feel the need to take up any of your time. I skied a personal record 90 days this season, sometimes as many as 8 and 9 days in a row when we were having continuous deep powder. I can’t remember ever skiing without any pain before, but certainly it had to be over 30 years ago. I always carried Ibuprofen but never even thought about taking a single pill. We had so many deep powder days this year and being able to ski them with total enthusiasm made me feel like a little kid again. There were things I hoped for last spring when you operated on me, but I guess the way they turned out was even better than my highest hopes. I can’t thank you enough for giving me my knees back. I guess you know I think you walk on water, so keep up all your great work!

B.C.
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Philip Davidson, physical therapy & staff,

It has been about 1-1/2 years since my first rotator cuff surgery on my left shoulder and needless to say it has been some journey. Not only did you put my left shoulder and rotator back together as good as could be expected less than a year passed and you needed to perform yet another surgery on my right shoulder. Type A personalities just don’t seem to know when enough is enough.

I don’t know if other patients feel that the six month is a benchmark, but I do, and just wanted to sit down after this six month anniversary and tell everyone thank you so very much for all of your help through this past year and a half.
Not knowing what was in store and now feeling that the worst is behind me, I can reflect not just on the wonderful job you did, Dr. Davidson, but on your wonderful staff. From the minute you walk into Tampa Bay Orthopedic Center everyone is so sincere and truly cares.

They were always encouraging and supportive which means so much when going through something like this. I truly feel that there is a bond still there even though, hopefully, I do not have to come back again!

I continue to improve and get stronger every day. My yoga practice continues to improve and I am literally standing on my hands and head once again!

It is definitely a painful surgery and slow in the healing process but I am back and looking forward to the future!

Thank you so very, very much.

Hello Dr. Davidson,

I don’t know if you remember me, but I was a patient of yours back in St. Pete. You performed a meniscal allograft and an ACL replacement on me back around 2003. It’s been awhile, but I wanted to thank you and your assistant Dennis for your help in getting me back up and active. I didn’t know you moved to Utah until I Googled you a few minutes ago. Anyway, I thought I would pass along the results from my latest effort in the Gasparilla 15k. It’s not spectacular, but 8:12 miles for a 46 year old guy with four knee operations isn’t too shabby either. I couldn’t have done it without your help.

Best of luck out in Park City. It’s a beautiful place.

Warmest Regards,

Back on Course After 6 Weeks

Christoph L., skiing in the Collegiate Ski Racing Circuit just 6 weeks following knee scope surgery with Dr. Davidson.

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