2801 North Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
2400 Wisteria Drive, Suite A
Snellville, GA 30078
Sheevaun, Loganville, GA
In July 2009, I was attending an office party in California and something "popped" in my left hip joint. I was taken to the hospital, x-rayed and released. All appeared to be well but I promised the ER doc that I would see my doctor in Georgia and have an MRI done. When I returned to Georgia, I made an appt with Dr. Jove. He MRI'd my hip and there was a problem. I travel frequently and globally for my job. I could do neither because of the pain and joint instability. I could pivot without much pain but I couldn't walk in a straight line more than 100 feet without great pain. It was not clear from the x-rays and original MRI how badly I had damaged my hip so our first course of action was physical therapy. I did physical therapy for a month and the pain was getting progressively worse. Dr. Jove decided to do another MRI with contrast dye. This showed that there was damage in the joint at the top center of the femur but again, it wasn't clear enough to determine the extent. My choices were eitherto wait it out for a few months and see if it would heal itself, have a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing or have a Total Hip Replacement. My choice was quick and clear - Birmingham Hip Resurfacing. I had done research online regarding the procedure so was comfortable with that decision. On Sept 21st, the day of all the Atlanta flooding, I had my surgery. I can honestly say that when I woke up from the anesthesia and was being put back in my hospital bed, I was hating life. It was very, very painful. However, the human body's ability to heal itself is astounding. I was walking the next day - slowly, painfully and perspiring heavily, but I was walking. I went home two days after the surgery. I was surprised at how sore my muscles were, especially the muscles required to lift my leg horizontally. I couldn't get out of bed by myself for about a week and I still get sore sometimes if I sit for an extended length of time. Healing takes time - I always have to remind myself of that. The whole event was a wake-up call. Health and fitness have to take a priority over work and play.
I have had numerous joint issues over the years - ankles, knees, hip - due to a genetic condition that also affects my siblings. Dr. Jove has been my doctor for the last 10 years. He is compassionate, understanding, a great listener and has surrounded himself with an excellent professional staff. I wouldn't even CONSIDER going to anyone else. If I ran into someone who was experiencing similar issues, I would recommend making an appointment with Dr. Jove to discuss the options.
Now that it's all said and done, I can say what my biggest fear was: I didn't know if I would be able to hike in the mountains. However, the picture associated with this testimonial shows a group of us finishing a 2.2 mile hike in the Great Smoky Mountains at Thanksgiving - only 2 months after having the surgery. That was my post-op goal and I reached it.
Sheevaun, Loganville, GA
TJ, Loganville, GA
In December of 2006, I had laparoscopic surgery on my left knee to repair a tear in the meniscus. I am an avid backpacker and I opted to have this surgery because I was experiencing intense pain when hiking downhill. This pain really began limiting the mileage I could hike in a day because my pace had to slow significantly on the "downs". I was surprised at how fast I recovered and how quickly I was able to walk without any aid from a cane or crutches. I am thrilled with the results! At least 95% of the pain has been eliminated and I am once again able to hike 18+ miles in one day. I was even able to achieve the long-time goal of hiking a "marathon' (at least 26.2 miles) by hiking 29 miles of the Lakeshore trail in the Smokies. I would absolutely recommend this procedure- and especially Dr. Jove- to anyone needing relief from knee pain due to a meniscus tear. The downtime associated with the surgery is minimal and the results are dramatic. Without Dr. Jove's skilled hand I would not have been able to finishall of the trails in my beloved Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The picture is a shot of me after hiking the last of over 800 miles of trail in the park. Thanks for my knees back, Doc!
TJ, Loganville, GA