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Selecting the right orthopedic surgeon for your surgery is key.
For years, Donna Kludsikofsky of Auburn knew she needed right knee replacement surgery. “The joint was bone-on-bone, and it was limiting my ability to walk and my overall mobility.” But she’d heard “horror stories” about difficult recoveries after similar procedures. An avid gardener and camper, Donna was apprehensive about a long, painful recovery.
She was pleasantly surprised. After Virginia Mason Franciscan Health orthopedic surgeon Michael Franceschina, DO performed Donna’s right knee replacement at St. Francis Medical Center in December 2020, her recovery was faster and less painful that she’d imagined. “I found it a lot easier than I’d expected…I was really pleased with the overall process.”
Selecting the right orthopedic surgeon makes all the difference, Donna noted. “I do think the surgeon is the most important part of the outcome, and he has an excellent skillset. Dr. Franceschina is very calm, supportive, and positive in a realistic way. He explained everything really well, but never pushed me. … Whatever he does, it’s awesome.”
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