“Although Dr. Den Hartog is no longer with Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center, I want to relay my experience to all patients of the Center.
Early in the summer of 2015, I learned that Dr. Den Hartog was going to move to Iowa after many years in practice at BHOSC. On a couple of occasions, we had discussed the fusion or replacement of my right ankle. Numerous ankle sprains during many years of high school, college, and independent league basketball left some pretty severe cartilage damage and bone spurs. Walking was painful and the ankle was continuously swollen. I consulted with another ankle specialist in Colorado and he confirmed the prognosis and said that he could do the surgery but assured me that I was in good hands at BHOSC. I elected the replacement surgery to be done in Rapid City.
On August 7, 2015, Dr. Den Hartog replaced the ankle during a surgery that only took 1 1/2 hours. He told me that full recovery could take from six months to one year. During the first 2 weeks I was on crutches and for 2 or 3 weeks after that I was in a walking cast. Following the surgery, I took pain medication only once. Considering all that my leg had gone through, there was very little pain—ever. I found that rehab was helpful in regaining range of motion and flexibility. I would recommend it. Strength returns very slowly and even after one year I still don't have a lot of strength in the ankle.
I will say, however, that the pain of everyday activity is almost totally gone. That was the main objective when we started this process. Dr. Den Hartog said it was a realistic goal.
I can walk for miles if I need to. I'm certain I will be able to ski "pain-free" this winter. I still notice slight improvement each week even though it has been one year since the surgery. There is some minor stiffness when I resume activity after a good hard workout of walking or hiking but I'm pretty sure that has just as much to do with the other bones and joints of my body, which are 61 years young, and not just my ankle.
I wanted to send Dr. Den Hartog a picture of myself on top of Harney Peak on the one year anniversary of my surgery but I just haven't taken the hike yet. It may be some time in the next few weeks.
BHOSC has a great reputation and I hope everyone can have as good an experience as I had.”
“When I turned 70, I noticed a pain in my hip which quickly escalated to where I could not climb chairs and began using a cane. I was referred to the Black Hills Orthopedic and spine clinic and Dr. Duchene. He carefully examined me and explained my treatment options very clearly. I decided on a hip replacement in spite of numerous horror stories I heard from others who had gone through the procedure at other places.
After the procedure was done, I experienced the pain one necessarily undergoes in a surgical procedure, but it was far less than I expected. I was referred then to a very competent therapist in Spearfish, but I was walking without a cane after about two days and rode my bike the ten blocks to my therapy sessions.
Because my memory is poor, I have to examine my scar in order to tell people which hip was replaced. The procedure was literally that successful.
Comparing my recovery to that of friends who have been treated by others, I am convinced that there is no better surgeon for hip replacement than Dr. Duchene, though there are many with names less difficult to spell and pronounce.”
“I had rotator cuff repair last year in October. I had heard all the horror stories about the pain involved, but was unable to do the one thing in my life I am most passionate about: gardening. Dr Giuseffi was my surgeon, and the procedure, while not painless, it was with minimal pain. It did take about 5 months for strength to return to the shoulder but I was able to sleep every night after surgery where before that I woke up repeatedly from pain nightly. This year I am back to unloading pick-up loads of compost and shredded bark, hoeing, raking, digging and of course harvesting the flowers and vegetables I have grown. Last spring I built 3 new raised beds, hammering away. Dr. Giuseffi did a fantastic job, has a wonderful bedside manner and is a genuinely nice guy. My experience at Black Hills Orthopedics was wonderful, from the first minute at the reception desk to the nurses, surgery planners and billing. BH Ortho sets the bar high in providing patient care and is an example of excellence. I appreciate your help getting me back to my passion.”
“Have had a knee replaced, shots in my other knee, and shoulder work done and have had good results with all. I am pleased with the service I have received, the check in staff, nursing staff, and rehab.”
“My son Uriah was showing club feet in his ultrasounds. We were appointed to Dr. Eckrich and sat down right away. I was a first-time mom at 19 and had no clue what was going to happen, Dr. Eckrich sat down and explained everything to us. My son not only had club feet, but come to find out after he was born, he had arthogryposis—his hips are out of socket, he had a stiff arm along with the club feet his legs are curled and stiff as well... That scared me ten times more... So far we did serial casting and the ponseti method for my son... His disorder is very hard to keep correction so things have been rough but very impressive and still improving. We got sent to Shriners hospital for further Improvement for my son and have had two surgeries and another one coming up. We are unsure of my son walking still but he has adapted to almost everything, totally found his own way of doing things on his own including using a wheelchair at 14 months.. I don't know what I would do if I hadn't gotten sent to sit down with a doctor like Dr. Eckrich and his nurse staff. They are amazing and couldn't have prepared me and made me feel more comfortable than ever. I feel I owe this staff a great deal and appreciate them more than ever. Thank you for taking care of my son and doing all you can do to make sure he got the care he needed and welcoming us into your office!”
“I am pleased with the entire process of Black Hills Ortho. I enjoyed all presurgery information, care, instructions and information. The after-care was great! I was put in a room with an after surgery snack! My husband was allowed to eat as well. I couldn't get over how nice the staff was.”
“Do not recall who I saw that refered me to physical therapy with Mr. Miller. I tore my tendon and Mr Miller worked with me getting back mobile so I could return to work at the Rapid City Fire Department. Mr. Miller was very helpful and gave me exercises that I still do which helps keep my ankle from swelling thus allowing me to be mobile to keep up with my kids.”
“I needed a total knee replacement a couple of years ago. I was having a hard time finding a doctor who would do the surgery because I was two years away from turning fifty. The doctors I went to wanted me to wait until I was at least 50. The problem with this was I couldn't put any weight on that leg and was having difficulty walking. My quality of life suffered and I was miserable. When I explained my situation to Dr. Papendick he immediately agreed to do the surgery! Thank God he did, and my knee is doing awesome thanks to my wonderful doctor. I highly recommend Dr, Papendick to anyone who needs surgery.”
“In the spring of 2013 I damaged my left knee playing hockey. After waiting a month or so to see if it would get better on its own I went to see Dr. Eckrich. It turns out that I had torn the meniscus in my knee and that I would need surgery to repair it. Within a few days I had the surgery and literally walked out of the Black Hills Surgery Hospital. After a short recovery period, the knee was as good as new and I was cleared to return to normal activity.
A year and a half later I damaged my right knee working around the property. I knew immediately that I had done a mirror image of what I had done to my left knee a year and a half earlier. This time I didn't wait, but went to see Dr. Eckrich right away. My experience was pretty much a repeat of my earlier experience. Within days my knee was repaired and returning to normal
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Eckrich and the staffs at the Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center and the Black Hills Surgery Hospital. Today I am on the downhill side of 70, I still go for 4-mile walks, I still work summers during wildfire season and I lead a perfectly normal and active life.”
“My primary doctor referred me to the Orthopedic and Spine Center after having tried other avenues to help relieve my hip pain. I was welcomed and received excellent care from my first appointment through my total hip replacement surgery and onward through physical therapy. Dr. Marrs and his assistants were very forthcoming and honest when explaining the procedure and recovery. I attended the surgical centers information program, which I highly recommend to all who are considering replacement surgery. I should say that I took a leap of Faith when my primary doctor recommended Dr. Marrs. I wanted to meet with the surgeon who would preform my surgery, I wanted to ask questions, speak eye-ball to eye-ball with my doctor. From the first meeting I found Dr. Marrs to be personable and knowledgeable. I came away feeling that I was in good hands. Now over a year later I am back on my two feet. Yeah! I have some stiffness from time to time. No pain, no pain pills, and I can golf again. Just give their center a try, ask questions, meet your doctor and take that leap of Faith that God has given these people the finest of skills to help all of us who experience joint problems.”