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.
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.
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.
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.