I am two weeks post op with Dr. Raterman. I live in New
Mexico and traveled to Tampa for surgery and am certainly glad that I did.
Dr. Raterman has now done more than 270 procedures. He did a
resurfacing on my right hip and I will return to Tampa in March for resurfacing
of the left hip.
Resurfacing is one of his favorite things to
do and he has a really good team that he works with all the time. I went into
the hospital on Tuesday and was discharged on Thursday. I stayed in a hotel for
5 more days and they set it up for the physical therapist, who was excellent, to
come to me at the hotel.
My greatest surprise is how much better I feel already. The
hardest thing is to hold myself back from doing things that are too strenuous
too soon. Dr. Raterman is the team doc for the Tampa Bay Lightnings hockey team
and wants all of us to "get back out on the ice" as soon as possible.
I was out of bed the same day as surgery, walked 200 feet and
250 feet the next day, 250 feet the day after that, and then was discharged. The
first couple of days in the hospital were the most uncomfortable and the
situation has improved daily ever since.
If you are looking for a good doctor in Florida, I do not
hesitate to recommend Dr. Raterman. By the way, flying to Tampa and back was no
big deal, even from as remote an area as New Mexico, so don’t be intimidated by
traveling for the surgery.