Patient Stories

Shoulder Replacement

I knew I had a serious shoulder problem because the pain was excruciating. No position was comfortable and nothing touched the pain – not even cortisone shots. Based on Dr. Noerdlinger’s exam and the x-rays, which revealed that the shoulder was loaded with arthritis, we went for a shoulder replacement. During surgery, he discovered that I also had a rotator cuff tear – which had been compounding the pain. Dr. Noerdlinger is a wizard. I came out of surgery to instantaneous pain relief. I went from suffering 24/7 pain to no pain at all. I don’t know how he did it, because recovery from shoulder surgery is supposed to be quite painful. The shoulder required extended physical therapy, and I’ve got 80% range of motion eight months after surgery. Apparently it takes about a year for full recovery. I’m back doing all the things I enjoy – driving my motorcycle, fishing and boating. I’m no stranger to pain – or to orthopedic surgery. I’ve broken my back and had both knees replaced, and this shoulder was the worst pain I’ve ever had. 25 years ago, I had a torn rotator cuff repaired, and that was not a positive experience. So I’ve experienced a lot of surgeons and appreciate Dr. Noerdlinger for his quiet manner and professionalism – and especially for the exceptional job he did on my shoulder.


Arthritis

Thanks to age related arthritis (I’m 88), both of my shoulders needed to be replaced. It got to the point where I couldn’t reach behind me, hitch a bra or reach the top shelf in my kitchen. It was often painful and I hated being deprived of all the things I loved to do. So we did the shoulders a year apart – in the summer so that I wouldn’t miss the symphony season. (I’ve played viola with the Portland Symphony for 46 years.) It was tough not to drive for a few weeks, but otherwise my recovery went smoothly. I was back to full mobility after several months. I really liked Dr. Noerdlinger. He’s funny, frank and not too serious about old age. I trust him to be honest with me. A friend of mine went to see him and he encouraged her to wait and see…not rush into surgery. He’s not knife happy.


Injections

I’ve worked at York Hospital for 21 years. You go to a surgeon expecting to have surgery. Dr. Noerdlinger believes surgery should be the last alternative. That was so refreshing to hear! I am very thankful that all I needed was an injection and I’m feeling fine now.


Calm, Personable, and Understanding

Dr. Cameron Eilts possesses an ability to clearly explain complex medical situations to his patients.  He is a calm, personable, and understanding physician who, from my perspective as a patient, ranks at or near the top of his chosen profession.




Great Care

They took my husband for an emergency appointment and gave him GREAT care. Really like Dr. Eilts and highly recommend him.


Treated With Respect

Dr. Eilts treated me with respect and he listened to and addressed all of my concerns. Katie(check out desk) was very professional and she went above and beyond with all of my requests.


Foot Corrective Surgery

Throughout my life I have struggled with the limitations of several birth defects. Especially difficult has been the condition of my feet due to spina bifida. I have always needed leg braces or orthopedic shoes to assist me in walking. Chronic ulcers were a constant problem. Walking on grass or uneven surfaces was a definite challenge. Falling was a constant concern to me. As I aged, I found it to be increasingly more difficult physically to maintain a level of mobility that matched my desire to be independent and able to keep up with friends and family. Due to a series of events, I found and met Dr. Eilts. After my first appointment with him, I began to hope that something better could be done for me. Through Dr. Eilts’ innovation and outside-the-box thinking, my foot ulcer was treated with several procedures that enabled me to remain working. Once my ulcer was healed, a decision was made to perform corrective surgery on my right foot. This would provide the best possible outcome for improvement. My surgery was conducted by Dr. Eilts and my rehabilitation was uneventful, as expected. Dr. Eilts continued to encourage me through my recovery and aftercare. His professional, caring, can-do attitude has made my experience very positive. He continues to advise me and remains available for any questions or concerns I may have. What Dr. Eilts has done for me is nothing short of a miracle. Given the chance, I know he will do the same for those who are in need of his adept surgical skills, along with his medical expertise. Thanks to Dr. Eilts, I can now, once again, enjoy my backyard and return to my life with sure-footed confidence.


Foot Implant Surgery

I met Dr. Eilts a year ago to discuss a remedy for the significant pain and frustration I was enduring as a result of the great toe implants I had installed one year prior. As an extremely active person with a physically demanding job, it became obvious to me that the implants were clearly not working and that I was far better off before I had them put in. I found Dr. Eilts to be extremely personable, professional, and confident in his ability to address a solution to my problem. One year ago Dr. Eilts removed the implant and fused the great toe of my right foot. The surgery, recovery, and return to normal routines went precisely as he said they would – with no surprises. In living my very active and demanding lifestyle, I honestly don’t realize my toe is even fused. In a few weeks Dr. Eilts will perform the fusion of my left toe and I look forward to being back in his care. In regards to Dr. Eilts personal and professional character, I could not offer a more sincere and outstanding reference. I will be forever grateful that I met such an excellent doctor and gained an even better friend. Do yourself a favor, get to know the man.


Achilles Tendon Rupture

Dr. Cameron Eilts operated on me to repair an Achilles tendon rupture. The only scary part of the whole procedure was the MRI. After the operation, there was a period of having a cast on my leg followed by a month or so of having to wear a cumbersome boot. I had no pain during all of this time. Finally, I started to walk normally without any discomfort. Within about two months of the operation, I was taking short walks of a mile or so. I was happy to build up to two to three-mile walks. During this whole time, I had periodic appointments with Dr. Eilts to review my progress. Dr. Eilts has a very engaging personality and I greatly enjoyed these checkups. In short, I cannot imagine an Achilles tendon rupture with less pain or more positive interaction with the doctor than I experienced. I unhesitatingly recommend Dr. Cameron Eilts.


Fracture Care

I’m writing to you with my experience back in June, 2012.  It was a beautiful summer morning when I set out, with a helmet and a dream, to learn how to ride a motorcycle, a dream I had dreamed my whole life.  Two hours in, I dumped the bike, pinning my foot underneath it.  My initial thought was that my foot was simply severely sprained so I jumped back on the bike and rode without another incident for another 7 hours.  I knew I was in trouble when I removed my riding boot which revealed severe swelling and the prettiest color purple. Portsmouth Hospital ER confirmed a fracture to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th metatarsal, casted me, and released me with instructions to contact Atlantic Orthopaedics for follow up.  Being an office assistant for a local podiatrist, my daughter was skeptical of the care I would receive from an orthopedic practice.  But then I met Dr. Cameron Eilts, an orthopedic podiatrist!  Dr. Eilts took the time to thoroughly review my X-Rays with me. My 3rd and 4th metatarsals were twisted and cracked, the 5th metatarsal was fractured and fragmented.  He explained that the surgery necessary to repair my injuries would be challenging and prepared me for the worst… a plate and screws, and possible rods to straighten the twisted bones.  Rods?  Really? Amazingly, when Dr. Eilts straightened and plated the 5th metatarsal, the 3rd and 4th straightened on their own… no rods!  During my follow up visit with him a week later, Dr. Eilts offered a prognosis that indicated he understood my priorities: I would be running in 5 weeks!  “He gets me,” I thought.  My sister was quick to doubt, “You never ran before,” she reminded me. By August, 2012 I was cast free and pain free, and by September, 2012 I was back in the gym.  Today, I’m once again wearing 5″ heels, something I’m certain would make Dr. Eilts cringe!  But more importantly, I’m running 8 minute miles.  My foot is stronger than it was prior to my injury, and I owe it all to Dr. Eilts.  His expertise saved my foot, and my future.  His care and compassion earned him my trust.  Dr. Eilts is a brilliant surgeon and I will be forever grateful for him.


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