Testimonials: Chris Schwizer

Patricia Clark – Total Knee Replacement

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesI’m an Operating Room nurse at a local hospital.  I injured my right knee in 2011 and was told by an orthopedic surgeon that I would need a total knee replacement in 1 to 5 years.  By 2015, I needed some sort of intervention to that right knee and consulted Dr. Boyd Haynes.  At the very beginning of treatment, I told Dr. Haynes that I wanted to stick to less invasive measures and wasn’t interested in a total knee replacement.  He agreed with the previous surgeon, in that I would eventually need knee replacement surgery. He was very understanding and assured me that he’d do everything he could to treat my knee without surgery.  He said to let him know when I was ready to have that knee replaced.

He was true to his word and my treatment plan started with steroid injections and progressed to hyaluronic acid injections.  Finally, I decided it was time to have my knee replaced.  I was very apprehensive about surgery…concerned about the pain and had heard terrible stories about the physical therapy that would follow.  When I told Dr. Haynes I was ready….there was no “I told you so…or what took you so long”.  He was very supportive and assured me that I’d made the right decision.  I had a right total knee replacement in March, 2020.

It’s been 1 year and I can honestly say that having knee replacement surgery was nothing less than life changing.  My coworkers can’t believe how “normal” I’m standing and walking!  My biggest regret is that I waited so long to have it done.  If you’re on the fence regarding treatment…whether joint replacement or more conservative measures…my best advice is to get the best treatment done as early as possible.  Don’t put it off!  For me, the discomfort from the surgery was much less than the discomfort I was experiencing on a daily basis.

The entire team at OSC provided excellent care and were always available to answer any questions I may have had.  Dr. Haynes & Chris (Dr. Haynes’ Physician Assistant) proved to be very committed to providing patient-centered care.  I am thoroughly pleased with my results!

Patricia Clark

 

 

Vesita Lowman – Outpatient Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Dr. Haynes ready for surgeryAt the age of 81 years young, I had full knee replacement surgery, performed by Dr. Boyd Haynes in March of 2020. I was very nervous about everything and waited a few years too long to have the surgery. Looking back, I wonder why I was so nervous. Dr. Haynes and his team were very patient in walking me and my family through the entire process. They leave nothing out and my surgery and recovery went great!

I went home on the same day of the surgery. Everything that morning went exactly as Dr. Boyd described. Both of my sons accompanied me to the hospital on the day of my surgery. They told me later that Dr. Haynes met with them immediately after the surgery, explaining how it went, answered their questions and told them when they would be able to see me.

Being able to go home the day of my surgery was great. On the second day, I was up and walking with a walker. At this point of my recovery, I began my PT and in home exercises. Dr. Boyd’s primary directive for the best chances of a full recovery was simple and straight forward, “do your PT and follow up exercises”. My PT was conducted at home because of Covid-19; all of the in-home Physical Therapist’s and nurses were wonderful to work with. My exercises and PT began on day two. With my daughter-in-law acting as my at home PT coach, she ensured I followed Dr. Boyd’s primary directive. This is not the most fun thing you will experience, but you will make progress each day.

My final follow up with Dr. Haynes was completed in early March 2021. I am now pain free in my knee. I am able to walk, go up and down steps without the use a cane or walker. I’m enjoying myself again with family and friends and have Dr. Haynes and his entire team to thank for that.

I highly recommend Dr. Haynes and the OSC Physical Therapy team. I would be remiss if I failed to mention Dr. Haynes’s Physician Assistant, Chris Schwizer. He was also wonderful to work with and always made me feel I was in great hands. Dr. Haynes’s team, their professionalism, bedside manner and his cheerful laugh lets you know he cares.

V. Lowman

Dee Burcher – Physical Therapy for a Partially-Torn Bicep Muscle

Dr. Jamie SwaleTeam Haynes, once again to the rescue!
Through the suggestion of Dr. Boyd Haynes’ Physician Assistant, Chris Schwizer, I had an MRI done as I had major bicep pain. My MRI showed a partial tear.  This was almost 3 years after rotator cuff surgery…

So, off to the awesome PT Group at OSC Physical Therapy. With the extensive direction of Dr. Jamie Swale and about 8 visits… it was incredible! No pain and great mobility. Compassionate, Caring, Knowledgeable is the OSC PT Team.

Dee Burcher

Jon-Betty King – Non-surgical Treatment for Knee Arthritis

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesI have been Dr. Boyd Haynes’ patient since 03/2005. He has worked miracles numerous times.

The last was 4 injections of ORTHOVISC. It is a miracle drug. I still had issues after surgery, therapy and previous injections. My knee feels brand new. I feel like a new person. I RECOMMEND ORTHOVISC HIGHLY.

Dr. Haynes, Chris, Dr. Andrus, the Physical Therapy Team and all other staff members are THE BEST.

I GIVE THEM A 10+ STAR RATING.

Jon-Betty King

Gary Benoit – Knee Replacement Surgery with the ConforMIS System

My story is rethinking life with severe Osteoarthritis (OA), albeit “tri-compartmental O/A bone-on-bone” in my left knee. The disease was severe and getting progressively worse.The pain in my left knee caused me to miss out on family activities and just getting around in general. Working with Dr. Boyd Haynes and his PA, Christopher Schwizer, collectively we came up with a plan. I was comfortable going to Mary Immaculate Hospital for surgery, after all, I have heard positive stories about the hospital. This made my journey relatively easy.

I had a CT scan on my left knee for a ConforMIS designed knee implant. All of my information was sent to Boston, MA. The implant hardware was to fit my knee like a glove, perfect fit. My surgery was set for 12 Sept 2018. All went well and I was released the next day, with no pain.

The next few weeks were spent with OSC Physical Therapy (PT). Mr. Jim Koske, MPT, and Ms. Victoria Skay, LPTA, developed a series of exercises to increase my range of motion (ROM) and quad strength for my left knee. At the end of two weeks, my ROM was 98 per cent. However was expecting to achieve more. It is anticipated by 18 Dec., 2018 (next appointment) that I will successfully achieve 105 degrees, if not more.

My personal thanks to Dr. Haynes, his staff and to OSC PT, that made me do the tough things in order to get better. It was a stellar performance by all to get me back to a new normal life. Again, my personal thanks.

Gary Benoit

Heidi Callas – 5 Star Review for Knee Treatment

Image of Dr. Boyd Haynes

Dr. Boyd Haynes is always so positive and funny. He makes me laugh before he has Chris inject my knees!!  Laughter seems to help in those stressful and painful situations.

I can’t think of anything that you can do to improve your practice.  What I enjoy most about coming to OSC is Dr. Haynes’ funny attitude. He really enjoys his work and that makes me trust him so much more.

Kathleen Adams – Knee Replacement and Non-surgical Knee Pain Care

I had my left knee replaced in 2012 with Dr. Boyd Haynes and it went very well! Everything is still going well. I can do everything I used to do and more. The hard work was worth it!

5 years later (today) I went in for pain in the right knee. So happy with Dr. Haynes and the whole OSC team. He always makes me feel at ease. We have a treatment plan in place. Then, he had Chris, the PA, give me a cortisone shot. Chris was outstanding as well.

Thank you, Dr. Haynes, for always being there. You guys are awesome!

Kathleen Adams

Heidi Callas – 5 Star Review of Dr. Boyd Haynes

Dr. Boyd Haynes is always so positive and funny. He makes me laugh before injecting my knees!! Laughter seems to help in those stressful and painful situations.

I can’t think of anything you could do to make my experience at OSC better.  Dr. Haynes’ funny attitude contributes the most to my satisfaction as his patient. He really enjoys his work and that makes me trust him so much more.

Heidi Callas

 

Valery Pawlak – 5 Star Review for Chris Schwizer, PA-C

Chris is awesome. He always answers any questions and explains all the procedures available. I love how he does what needs to be done with only what I want to do. He is professional and fun at the same time. Thanks for everything, Chris!

I also love the university exam rooms at the practice and the fact that everyone does all they can do to help me!

Valery Pawlak