PATIENT TESTIMONIAL TRANSCRIPTS
Hey Dr. Wellens,
"I appreciate the fungus stuff you gave me... IT WORKED!!! :-) I went and got my toenails done last night and they are clean again. I used my own toenail supplies, anyways really grateful for the stuff you gave me... thanks and if you want another pic I'm down to take another one to post up on the internet."
Dear Dr. Gallina,
"Thanks for "chasing" my cure. SEE THE ANIMATED CARD
DEAR DR. WELLENS,
"This is just a small token of my appreciation for your fine care and professionalism in your office. Too often in American healthcare, we do not hear praise for good outcomes from our patients, only complaints from those that are dissatisfied. My right foot has not felt so well for the past fifteen years. Also, the orthotic inserts are great!
Success Story - Marsha's letter
Triple Arthrodesis Surgery - "I am here 5 years after my surgery. I originally had big heavy braces had worn them for 4 years. I was told by other doctors that there was nothing they could do about my condition and I would wear these braces forever. So I came Dr. Wellens office and she said there is something they can do about it. Now after the surgery I look and feel like a girl again and can dance and walk again. It was a pretty extensive surgery where they fused 3 different joints in my foot and ankle. The surgery is a long process but I would highly recommend coming to Dr. Wellens to have the surgery. Dr. Wellens is my angel."
TARSAL TUNNEL SURGERY - "It has been 4 years since my Tarsal Tunnel surgery in my right leg. Before the surgery I had so much pain that I could only walk for 1 mile a day and only 10 feet at a time. I would walk 10 feet then stop and wait 10 minutes and then walk another 10 feet. It really crippled me. It interfered with my lifestyle. I would highly recommend this surgery to anyone who has the same problem and if it happened to my other leg I would have the surgery done right away. My leg is working perfectly and I have no pain whatsoever."
Arthritis and Joint Replacement Surgery - "I had my last evaluation today from my joint replacement surgery I had on March 5th. I was in a lot of pain before coming to see Dr. Wellens. She put an artificial joint in my foot and it was definitely worth having the surgery. My pain level is very minimum and I would recommend having the surgery done. "
Hammertoe Surgery " Today I had my final visit after my hammertoe surgery. It has been almost 3 months since I had the surgery. Before the surgery I was in a lot of pain and wasn't able to walk at all. I couldn't even find shoes that would fit my feet. The surgery wasn't painful at all and after the surgery I have no pain at all. If you are thinking about having surgery I would highly recommend having surgery. It is the best thing I have ever done and my toe looks better than it has looked in a long time."
Neuroma Surgery " Today is my last visit after my neuroma surgery. I had my neuroma for almost 2 years and tried everything. I tried orthotics, and we tried injections and nothing helped. My pain some days reached 10 on the pain scale and I couldn't take it anymore. It has been about 6 weeks and I am doing very well. I have no pain at all after the surgery and it was absolutely 100% worth while. I was scared but knew I had to have it done and I thank you."
Bunion Surgery "I had bunion surgery 3 & 1/2 months ago and had my neuromas removed also. I was in so much pain I limped while I walked and had to stop exercising. The surgery was very simple and after about a week the pain to go away. I didn't use too many medications because I kept my foot upright and didn't need them. I would definitely recommend the surgery and put it off for years and I wish I had the bunion surgery years ago. I am 3 months out from the surgery and I am 97% better now."
Neuroma Surgery "I had Neuroma Surgery and I would definitely recommend it to all my family and friends. I had a lot of pain for about a month or two and I had limited walking outside. We tried non surgical treatment and it didn't work. Now after the surgery I am 90% better. It was definitely worth my while having the surgery."
Heel Pain - Custom Made Orthotics "I had heel pain for 2 months and the pain was crippling and I would dread working the next day. We tried several techniques and nothing worked. So we decided to use orthotics and they definitely helped. Get the orthotics they will make the pain go away."
Morton's Neuroma - Surgery on Both Feet "I had Morton's Neuroma and had to have surgery on both feet. We tried conservative treatment and it didn't work so I had surgery on May 29th, 2009. My level of pain was about an 8 and I had pain in my legs and feet. After the surgery my pain level is now a 1. I would definitely recommend the surgery and it was done very well and the results are amazing. Go for the surgery it is worth it."
Shockwave Therapy Treatment for Heel Pain "I had shockwave therapy treatment for my heel pain several weeks ago. I had pain for a year and we tried 2 cortisone injections, a night splint, stretching, and an arch support and I was still in pain. I was in a lot of pain. I had to get numbed up because I was in so much pain just for the doctor to touch me. I 3 treatments of shockwave therapy with 1 week apart and I am at least 90% better now. I could see such an improvement even after the 1st treatment. I would recommend this procedure to anyone who is experiencing this kind of pain. The staff is so helpful and it is such a pleasure to come into the office."
Heel Spurs - Cortisone Injections for Plantar Fasciitis "I feel wonderful 3 weeks after my cortisone injections for heel spurs (plantar fasciitis). The shots worked right away and I haven't had any pain for 2 weeks. It was like I never had it. I had pain for 1 & 1/2 years and it was excruciating pain. I couldn't walk. I had seen several doctors before coming in to see Dr. Wellens and it is well worth getting the shots done."
Fallen Arch - Ritchie Brace: "I broke my foot when I was 8 years old and it never healed the right way. I came in to see Dr. Gallina because I couldn't walk. I flew all the way from Pennsylvania to see Dr. Gallina in 2005 and now I am back because I have a fallen arch in my right foot. I came in to get a Ritchie brace and it feels good. Now I can ride my bike and go deer hunting again."
Worker's Comp - Broken Foot: "I had a workman's comp break on my 4th metatarsal. I had 4 doctors say it was broken and all they did was put me in a boot and said carry on with your daily life. Well it never healed so I asked for a new doctor and they sent me to Dr. Gallina. He put me in a cast and he is the one that healed me and saved my foot. If it wasn't for him I don't know where I would be right now. My foot is healed and thanks to him I am on my way to a full recovery. I can't say enough about the staff and they are wonderful. They are the most caring and professional staff I have ever visited. I will never forget what he has done for me. I had orthotics made and special shoes for more support and cushion on my ankle. I would highly recommend Dr. Gallina to everyone I know. He is the best in the state of Florida."
Heel Pain - Topaz Compilation Treatment: "My left foot was extremely bad and it hurt constantly and I couldn't walk. We tried several treatments and finally decided to do the topaz compilation treatment. I would say I am much better and can walk now and I feel like a person again. I had the pain for years and finally decided to go see a podiatrist. It has been about a year now and it is still better."
Morton's Neuroma: "I had Morton's Neuroma in my foot for a couple months. It hurt to walk and do steps. On a scale of 1-10 I was a 10 with severe pain. I had 4 neurolytic injections and now I am 95% better."
Shockwave Therapy - Achilles Tendon: "I have had Achilles tendonitis since February. I had a lot of pain and on a pain scale of 1-10 I was a 10 with the worst pain. So we decided instead of open surgery we did shockwave therapy treatment. I had 3 sessions with 1 week apart on both feet. I feel wonderful better and I feel about 90% better. I would recommend the treatment to other people who have Achilles tendonitis."
Bunion and Hammertoe Surgery: "I had bunion and hammertoe surgery on the same day and I was very satisfied with the results. I had my bunion and my hammertoes fixed. I would recommend bunion surgery if they have Dr. Wellens as their doctor. I would recommend this clinic and surgery unit and I am very pleased."
Achilles Tendon Surgery: "I had surgery almost 6 months ago and it wasn't something I planned. I couldn't do anything like shopping, go to the store, or mall or anything. I had a spur in my Achilles tendon. I never thought the surgery would go this well but it was fantastic. I am definitely going to have the other foot done. Now I am going to the gym and walking everywhere. The surgery was great. "
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery "I had plantar fasciitis on my left and it was very very painful before my surgery. I couldn't put any weight on my foot at all and I couldn't walk at all. For 6 weeks I wore a boot and tried everything and nothing worked so I had to have surgery. Now I am 90-95% better after my physical therapy. If I get heel spurs again I will definitely have surgery again. The surgery was fantastic and people were more than fantastic. Physical therapy was great and the Dr. Wellens was wonderful. I still have a little bit of pain but I appreciate what you have done for me. Thank you!"
Dellon Procedure: (learn more) "I didn't have a lot of feeling in my legs and I started out with numbness and tingling and burning in my toes. It was hard to understand how I could have pain and numbness at the same time. I couldn't feel anything in my legs and I could stand on something and didn't feel a thing then I would be bleeding. I was miserable and life how changed a lot for my family. I tried several procedures including medicine, physical therapy and even went to different doctors. Then I came to see Dr. Gallina and I found out the Dellon Procedure has put me on high and changed my life for the good. I couldn't feel much right away then after the follow up I could feel my big toe and haven't felt that feeling in years. Once recovery from surgery I couldn't feel any burning or pain. It has changed immensely and I have been at the beach and it feels so amazing. We have bicycled, danced, everything since the surgery. We tell everyone about you and how wonderful it is. No one up north had heard of this and I can't wait to tell them that I did get relief."
Hammertoe Surgery: (learn more) "I was in agony because of my hammertoes. I had quite a bit of pain in my toes and I couldn't wear closed toed shoes at all. I HAD HAMMERTOE SURGERY ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND IT WAS AN overall pleasant experience. It was much better than I thought is was going to be. The sutures came out at about 2 weeks, and I only had swelling for a few months. Now after the surgery I can wear normal shoes w/ no pain, very much worth it and I would do it again."
SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (learn more) "I had shockwave therapy treatment and I am very pleased with the results. I had 3 treatments in the office, and they were not painful at all because of the local aesthesia I received. The procedures each lasted about 5 minutes, and 2 weeks after the last treatment I have no more pain."
REMOVAL OF BUNION (learn more)
AND HAMMERTOE SURGERY: (learn more) "I had surgery 8 weeks ago, and I had my bunion removed and 2 hammer toes straightened. They put 2 pins in straight out my toes and 2 screws in for my bunion. I was sore the 1st couple of days but the pain medications helped. It was not so bad at all and I was walking right away. It is amazing to me remembering what it looked like 8 weeks ago and what it looks like today and the difference if amazing. I had surgery on my other foot a couple of years ago the experience was so pleasant I came back for more. I am extremely pleased with last surgery and you cant even tell I had anything done. I had a little physical therapy after surgery but didn't need much."
TOPAZ COMPILATION TREATMENT (learn more) "I have had pain in my heel for the past 4 years so I had non-invasive surgery on my heel. The surgery by Dr. Wellens-Bruschayt was incredibly pleasant. I would do it again on the other foot when it comes time. All of the pain from fascia is gone, overall very pleased w/ surgical results."
REMOVAL OF NEUROMAS (learn more) "I had Morton's Neuroma on both feet. I was hurting bad before I came in. I had 8 injections on both feet. I am pretty pain free and very happy I didn't have to get surgery. I would do it again. Overall it was a pretty pleasant experience and only a little pain with the injections."
REMOVAL OF NEUROMAS: (learn more) "I had removal of neuromas on both feet with Dr. Wellens-Bruschayt. I had pain everyday and now 3 weeks into the recovery I would say I am 90% better. I'm feeling much better and I would do it again w/out hesitation. I felt nothing during surgery and I could tell immediately the pain was gone when I woke up. I could walk right away going back and forth in the air cast w/ minimal help."
RICHIE BRACE (learn more) "I have arthritis and flat feet and they hurt terribly all day. I put these Richie Braces on they feel so great and I even walked all around the Strawberry Festival all day this past weekend. I wear them 6-8 hours a day around the house unless I have a lot of walking then I always wear the Richie Braces. I was in a lot of pain at night mostly and some during day and couldn't even go to the bathroom but now I am 90% improved. I would recommend to try them and stick with them for a while and you will definitely love them."
Dear Dr. Gallina,
"I would like to thank you for taking such wonderful care of my foot. After 4 doctors I found you. If it was not for you I would have never had a cast. I am walking today without nuts, bolts, and screws. You are the only doctor who cared, took the time, and listened. I hear you talking to your patients and you have a heart. Again I am so thankful I found you. God bless you!
-- Sylvia R.
Dear Dr. Gallina,
"Thank you for seeing me today about my foot. This is the second time I have been to you and I am totally impressed with your honesty, professionalism and suburb personality. Thank you and your staff for a very professional and productive visit. Take care"
-- Paul L.
"Your kindness in sending 2 cents stamps was awesome. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and yes - you are all awesome."
-- Gail T.
"Your kindness is greatly appreciated. I think you and your office team are truly great."
-- Bobby H.
"Thank you Dr. Wellens, my foot is feeling MUCH better and thank you for your making it better. You are a breath of fresh air and are a credit to your profession. I wish there were MORE Doctors out there who are as compassionate about their work as you are. I wish that I could find a personal physician who is just like you. Most that I have come across are not as personable as you.... THANK YOU for being who you are, a kind and caring individual."
-- Glenn S.
Dear Dr. Wellens,
"I wanted to write to you, because I've thought of you often since I was in to see you about my ankle last week. It has been my experience throughout life that the doctors I've seen have been arrogant and aloof individuals. So it was an unexpected delight to find that you are neither. Instead, I found you to be down to earth and an attentive and interested listener. What a nice surprise! If only other doctors understood and appreciated how alienating their exalted view of themselves is. Arrogance serves no one well, but as the old saying goes; friendliness is the grease that lubricates the wheels of life. What a pleasure it was to meet you and welcome you into my life as my doctor. Thank you for being so nice and so easy to relate to."
"I am a 63 year old white female. I have been bothered with diabetic neuropathy for about 8 years. It had gotten so bad, it wastotally consuming me. The pain and tingling were there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I have been taking Neurontin (1800 mg.Daily) for about 3 years and it did help a little, but the pain and the tingling numbness were so bad at night that I had troublesleeping. I read an article in the local newspaper about the Dellon Procedure. I understood it was not a cure for neuropathy, butmight give me some relief. I spoke with my primary care physician and he recommended that I try it. I made an appointment withDr. Michael Gallina, who performs the procedure. He gave me an exam and said the chances of it helping me were only about35%. I decided to have the procedure. I had surgery on my right foot on November 4, 2005 and followed with the left foot onDecember 2, 2005.
I am so glad that I had it done, because the pain that I experienced from my feet and into my leg is no longer there. I still have asmall amount of the numbness and tingling in my toes, but it is so much better. I would say that I have at least 75% of the feelingback in my feet and none of the sharp shooting pain from my toes into my legs. The Dellon Procedure has certainly worked forme and I would recommend it to anyone who has diabetic neuropathy."
-- Martha H.