Bilateral Total Knee Replacement
Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
This is a long review but I wanted to share my total experience of my double knee replacement surgery.
Dr. Mora is an amazing orthopedic surgeon! I had been on workers comp for 3 years fighting with the insurance company for double knee replacements. I was only 50 years old but had been a tractor trailer driver/delivery driver my whole life. I live in southern California but am originally from New Hampshire. After seeing the care that I had gotten for my knees or lack of, in California. I decided I would never allow them to do the surgery on my knees. Finally after 3 years, a cash settlement was reached. After 3 years of trying to walk with 2 bad knees, I had a 40% lower body disability. Not only were my knees screwed up but also my hips, my thighs, my calves, my feet, I was in rough shape!
I asked my wife to look on the internet for an orthopedic surgeon anywhere in the world. If it was $10,000 cheaper and it cost $5,000 to travel, we would be $5,000 ahead of the game. I wasn't looking for cheap. I was looking for the best all around deal. Of course I wanted a great doctor for as cheap as possible, who wouldn't, unless money wasn't an issue. My wife had contacted many places around the whole world and David Mora was the first to contact us back. He sent me their website to look over and a price for the double knee replacement surgery. I saw the price and was in shock but in a good way! My uncle had knee replacements in New Hampshire (with insurance), they charged the insurance company $180,000 for each knee! Let me just say, the price I was quoted wasn't even 1/10th of that!
I read the reviews for David's father, Dr. Mora. Every review was 5 stars and had nothing but great things to say about him. I asked David, What if there is an infection? He told me, his dad has been an orthopedic surgeon for 35 years and had done over 1500 knee replacements and it has never happened. We decided to have Dr. Mora do my double knee replacements. My wife and I drove to San Ysidro border in San Diego where we were met by David Mora and their driver Mike in a parking lot at the border of Tijuana Mexico. We left our car in the very safe parking lot which is patrolled by border patrol. Mike is a very professional driver whom turned into a great friend still to this day. He is more than a driver, he was more like my personal liaison seeing as though my wife and I don't speak any Spanish.
Once we got to Dr. Mora's facility, it did look a little scary but Mike made us feel secure. Once inside, Mike communicated to the receptionist for me who I was. They actually made me feel important like, I was their only patient. I knew I wasn't but in California when you go to a doctor for a scheduled visit, there are like ten people in the office and you don't get in for about an hour but if you're late, they make you reschedule. They started me right off with an EKG for my heart then x-rays of both knees. After that, I was ready for the surgery the next morning. Mike then brought us across the street to a very secure hospital. My wife needed a badge and every day, a security guard would come and issue her a new badge. We had arrived on Wednesday, March 29th 2017 and was released on Saturday, April 1st 2017. The room was nice but I had asked for a couch or a recliner for my wife over and over again and didn't receive it until I called David Mora. I was very upset about that because it was getting late, my wife was tired and she didn't even have anywhere to sit. Finally, the recliner arrived, late Wednesday night. I also suggest that if you can't speak Spanish, get a translator app on your phone. It worked great for me but the WIFI was a little off and on so I would say what I had to say to my app, it would translate it and I would screenshot it. Then, I would call for the nurse and show them my phone. The television was great! Many channels including HBO and Showtime. Now either the hospital wasn't climate controlled or they were saving on A/C so i asked for a fan in my room and opened the window. Luckily it was only in the low 70's. The food was great! They have a cafeteria which my wife would eat at and she told me that the food was very good and pretty cheap. David told me that they had addressed the issues that I had with the hospital and things there have gotten better and apologized for any inconvenience. 7 am Thursday morning, they came and wheeled me out for surgery. I was very impressed at how clean and sterile the surgical center was. They gave me an epidural for my surgery because I have severe sleep apnea so they didn't want to knock me out. It was very strange to be awake for the whole surgery which was 8 hours long. There looked to be about 5 surgeons and 5 surgeons helpers doing the surgery. The anesthesiologist sat and talked with me the the whole time. He draped a sheet up so that I couldn't see what was happening but I heard everything. I never felt a thing though, totally painless. After the surgery, they brought me back to my room at about 3 pm. 8 hour surgery, YIKES! I was in a lot of pain Thursday night and Friday night. I didn't sleep at all. I was hoping that I could so to pass the time. I had liquid fentanyl taped to my chest going directly into my spine where I was given the epidural. It still wasn't enough. I just kept ringing the buzzer and telling the nurses that I needed more pain meds. I just wanted to be knocked out I was in so much pain and I have a great tolerance for pain. The next morning, they had me stand. They made me do it by myself which I did. It was tough but I did it. Friday night, didn't sleep at all again with pain. Saturday morning, they came back in and had me stand and walk with a walker. I did it! I could only take a few steps at a time and then had to sit. Saturday afternoon, Mike picked my wife and I up to bring us back to our car. We stopped at his favorite taco place and we all got the best taco's ever! When I arrived at home, I had the help of some neighbors to get me up the stairs of my house. Those 5 steps were rough but I did it by swinging my legs up one step at a time. I continued walking with a walker getting stronger everyday. By the 3rd day, My neighbors helped me take a shower in a handicap bathroom and re-dressed my knees. By the end of the week, I was walking with a rollator. A couple days of that and then I needed no assistance at all.
In one week, I was walking without the aid of anything or anyone. I went back for a follow up in one month and they couldn't believe how well I was walking but told me to slow down and relax a little more. It has now been 9 months since my surgery. I have had many problems with my legs but none had to do with my surgery. Like I said in the beginning, I had a 40% whole body disability. The most important thing I would say to do is, ride a bike, stretch out your legs. Work out your legs. Don't just walk because you don't get the stretch that you need to. I have gone to an orthopedist here and showed him the x rays of my new knees and he said, they look perfect and that Dr. Mora did a great job! 9 months later and you can barely even see my scars. For me, Both of my knees were gone and I was in so much pain for 3 years, having both of my knees done at the same time was the best choice for me and I don't regret a thing. I am still on the road to recovery because of all of my other leg problems which were caused by my bad knees for 3 years. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely choose Dr. Mora again. He is a great doctor and did a great job on my knees. Thank you Dr. Mora! To this day, they are still in contact with me and told me if I need anything at all, just to let them know.