|Everything has been wonderful since my surgery (Total Knee Replacement). I had a great doctor, the operation went great, the hospital was like a resort hotel, and the home health care was wonderful. I had been in pain for 10 years before the surgery and now I am pain free. I was walking the next day, using a crutch after 1 week, and back to walking normally even climbing ladders after a couple of weeks. I would recommend Dr. Heinrich and his staff, J.R. and Frank, to anyone.|
- Richard B.
|My hip replacement surgery was fairly easy for me and I was more than ready to have it done. I had difficulty sleeping comfortably and discomfort after walking long distances or playing golf. I was very happy with my surgery/hospital experience. The only downside was using a bedpan for the first time in my life! Once home, the home health care and pt helped me make a lot of progress in s short time before I moved on to physical therapy at a facility. Two and a half months later I rode a cart to play golf and from then on walked the golf course. Kudos to Dr. Heinrich who always took time to listen and answer any questions-plus his excellent surgical expertise!|
- Sheryl H.
|I am so very thankful to have found Dr. Dodgin. To have a total hip replacement at 37 was difficult to understand and digest. But Dr. Dodgin did a wonderful job helping me understand my treatment and options. My entire surgery and experience went very smoothly thanks to Dr. Dodgin and his great and friendly staff.|
- Heather P.
|Thank you very much Dr. Heinrich. For four years I was in pain thinking I was doing well (I thought)! I worked 12 hours on night shift as a nurse. Then I was at Carlsbad Caverns, slipped and lost my footing, my knee was not happy. When I got back to Austin I made an appt and saw Dr. Heinrich. My knee was in agony. I agreed (and asked for surgery, Right Total Knee Arthroplasty) done on 10-1-2012. My experience at St. Davids Medical Center was awesome. I had pain but no where the amount I thought I would have. I went on to do outpatient physical therapy and pool physical therapy. By 12-27-2012 I was back to work 12 hours shifts 3 nights a week. My co-workers and director thought I would have to retire. On Dec. 15th 2012 I did my first 5k with my family at Chandler Creek Park. I was unsure if I would make it but with my family all around me I did. That was my first, since then I have gone with them several other times. A side effect of my surgery has been that I have lost weight; 20lbs. which helped me get better control of my diabetes. I am very grateful to Dr. Heinrich and all his staff for my success. Thank you for being patient and kind to me!|
- Laurence B
Dear Dr. Heinrich, JR, Frank, Catherine, Jeana, Allison, Rita and other members of your staff who helped me.
Thank you very much for the excellent care you have all provided to me. I feel very fortunate that my primary care physician referred me to you & that you were accepting new patients.
I am grateful for your knowledge; surgical skills, experience & expertise; kindness, compassion & patience; & the culture of excellence throughout your office & practice.
I greatly appreciate the patience each of you have had for my many questions & concerns, and the kind and unhurried manner with which I have always been treated.
Thank you so very much for replacing my hip. It is so much better than before, as you said it would be. I have had experience with several other orthopedic surgeons over my lifetime and you are, by far, the best. I will definitely recommend you to others.
With sincere appreciation for your excellent care,
- Mary E
Thank you so very much for all you have done for me. Really there are no words to express my gratitude for helping me to walk again. Also, I am grateful to your wonderful compadres (Ryan & Alison). Each of you will always hold a special place in my heart!!
- Cathy R
- Kathy P
I have been a patient of Drs. Heinrich, Ebert and Vagner for the past 5 years. On 7/1/2007 I was injured in a tractor shredder accident. I've had both hips replaced, a knee replacement and arm and ankle surgeries. My mobility is somewhat limited, but nothing could keep me away from hunting. Thanks to Orthopedic Specialists I'm able to enjoy hunting again.
- William Z
I have been an athlete most of my 68 yrs~played high school (Dalhart,TX) and college football (4 yrs at the University of New Mexico), was a competative masters distance runner for 25 yrs, and have played handball 3 X a wk for 30+ yrs. Ten yrs ago, I had to give up running due to the pain in both knees. I could, however, continue to play handball as long as I had a good partner to "carry" me!
After researching several orthopaedic surgeons on the internet and visiting with 4 of them, I found that Dr. Matthew Heinrich was able to answer all my many questions and felt totally confident in his abilities to perform my knee replacement surgery. I did receive a new knee from Dr. H in February 2010 and returned to the handball courts within 2 months!
In Summer 2013, I put the knee to an ultimate test...riding my bicycle from Anacortes, Washington to San Diego, California. I rode Pacific Hwys 1 and 101 along the coasts, climbing many and varied elevations with no pain or problems whatsoever...never had to rest my legs during my 40 straight days of riding and a total distance of 1700 miles!
........anticipating a LOT more handball and future biking adventures!!
Thank you, Dr. Heinrich, J.R., the great Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin & St. David's Hospital, Austin staffs for enabling me to remain an ACTIVE athlete!! Sincerely, Louis A.
- Kerrville, TX
I am now the Honorary Member of Kalahari Bushmen
I am standing only on one leg, on right leg I was operated upon and my hip replaced.
Next week I will be trying to convince my surgeon and magician, Dr. David Dodgin that I can walk without a walker and can even walk without a cane. And if I can walk, I can also start driving my car.
When people ask you, with puzzling expression on their face:
“Why Ivan is standing on one leg like a bird?”
you can provide the accurate answer
By the end of our Nov. 2014 trip to the Czech Republic it was obvious my knee would not survive our March trip to China. I was in trouble. I saw Dr. Heinrich on 12/19, just two weeks after returning home. I told him about our mid-March trip and asked what my options were. He was quite clear that I was out of options other than total replacement. I was concerned about the timeline but he said he could do the surgery the coming Monday (12/21).
My surgery was quite successful and the nurses and staff at St. David's were amazing! Dr. Heinrich's choice of St. David's is an excellent one. I faithfully worked on my PT and my regular follow-up visits to Dr. Heinrich were encouraging. I was ready on March 15 to board the plane for the exotic East.
China was everything we'd heard about and more. And our trip pace never slowed. I climbed to the third tower of the Great Wall. I walked Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Royal Palace, the Empress's Garden, the three cavernous displays of the Terra Cotta Army, countless streets, and multiple other temples and gardens.
I couldn't have done any of the China trip without my new knee. Thank you Dr. Heinrich for the excellent surgery, excellent care, and resulting ability to get back to enjoying life and seeking even more overseas adventures!
Dr. Dodgin Did a Great Job
I’m a fairly active 58-year old who had been running 15-20 miles per week since college. About a year and a half ago, I started experiencing pain and reduced range of motion in my left hip. I tried physical therapy for three months, to no avail. I finally got tired of limping around and went to see Dr. Dodgin. He diagnosed my problem as osteoarthritis and discussed my options. Dr. Dodgin spent way more time discussing my treatment options with my wife and me than I would have expected from other orthopedic surgeons. Another orthopedist confirmed the diagnosis, but I went back to Dr. Dodgin because of his experience.
Based on my results, I would recommend that anyone needing a hip replacement consider the anterior approach. I had the surgery performed on a Monday morning, and I was walking with a walker that afternoon. I was walking up and down stairs the following morning, and was discharged that afternoon. I stopped taking the pain medication on Wednesday, and was working in my office the following Monday. After 4-5 physical therapy sessions, the therapist told me that I really didn’t need any more sessions.
I’m now at about ten weeks post-op, and I continue to do flexibility and strength exercises regularly. I really don’t even think about my hip much any more.
I wish I had done this a year ago.
- Phil A.
This past July, my Mom had full anterior hip replacement surgery with Dr. Dodgin. From beginning to end, the experience exceeded every hope and expectation.
The staff at Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin and Dr. Dodgin’s staff in particular provided assistance and information in a professional, friendly, and timely manner. Appointments were scheduled at the best times for us, as we were driving in from Laredo, Texas.
Dr. Dodgin himself was outstanding! We were coming off a terrible experience with a Laredo surgeon who used screws that had to be removed seven months after the initial break, so I did extensive research before making a decision. Dr. Dodgin was very straightforward and willing to answer as many questions as needed for us to feel comfortable. He used clear and easy to understand terminology and never mystified the process. Going into the surgery, I knew my Mom was in the best possible hands with a surgeon who is involved, not only in using the most cutting edge technology in his area of specialization, but in developing it.
Dr. Dodgin himself called us after the surgery, and called us back when we had questions following the surgery. His P.A., Ryan, was also very helpful and knowledgeable. I cannot recommend Dr. Dodgin highly enough. He is very personable, caring, and highly skilled in his field.
We are 10 weeks post surgery, and my Mom has already begun walking around the track in our neighborhood without a cane or walker.
If you are looking at hip replacement, I don’t think you can do better than Dr. Dodgin.
Dr. Matt Heinrich replaced my husband's right knee 2 months ago. It was a very successful surgery. Yesterday we were, for the 1st time, again on the dance-floor. It was wonderful and my husband is not a spring chicken, he is 74. We greatly appreciate the excellent Doctor's work!
"That's me on the right, slightly winning the race! :) First time on my horse in over 2 years and only 6 1/2 weeks into my new right knee. All I can think is, when can we do the other one!!! Honestly, I could sing the praises all day long of Dr. Heinrich and the entire staff at Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin."
"Dr. Heinrich is a blessing! His expert knowledge, quality service, and sincere caring staff are world class! I had total left hip replacement surgery on September 20, 2017. It was performed anterior. The surgery was performed at the Surgical center and I was released to return home that afternoon. Recovery has been amazing. Dr. Heinrich even personally phoned me the day after the surgery to check on my well being, and his staff follow up has been incredibly kind. Dr. Heinrich speaks with honesty and sincerely practices for the well being of the individual. My life has changed for the positive because of him."
- Michael O.