Pat, from Groton

I’m a jazz singer - I play the piano and sing at The Spa at Norwich Inn. I love music and performing, always been independent, but I had gotten to the point where I could barely walk. My knees were so bad that I had to have someone help me onto the stage.

I made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. He was amazing. No. Wonderful! From that first moment I had the very best experience. The people at L+M have the most precise wonderful organization for this type of orthopedics. They went into minute detail. A woman who had already had the knee surgery was there. Told us what to expect. They walked us through it all.

I had been putting off and putting off this surgery because I was afraid. They just removed all that fear. Went in, had the surgery, and was home in four days.

I did the rehab and decided…I’m going to do the other knee! And I did. You have to understand I was virtually incapacitated for four or five years. Couldn’t do stairs. Could barely go grocery shopping. I was always counting stairs and buying my clothes on line. The first time I went shopping I went in the dressing room and cried. Here I was trying on clothes, walking from department to department.

Now I go to gigs all over town. I would say to anyone, if you think you have problems—it’s not going to get better on its own. Go get your life back.

I did. Thanks to L+M.

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