What to expect before and after your surgery?

As a result of the compassionate care we deliver, we develop lasting relationships with our patients. Many times we hear from our patients about how the doctors and staff at OrthoKnox have helped them. For those of you we hear from, we thank you for passing along your kind words.

Here are some of our favorites:


Dr. Hovis is simply excellent. From his medical knowledge and communication skills to the quality of his nurses, techs and reception staff, Dr. Hovis' attention to quality, precision, medical excellence and patient experience is simply unrivaled.

- Patrick C.


Dr. Hovis is the best doctor I've ever met. As a nurse, I encounter doctors daily, but Dr. Hovis stands out among all others. I was in a car wreck in July, after seeing two other orthopedic doctors with different opinions in how to fix my fractured coracoid and displaced clavicle, I decided to get a third opinion. Dr. Hovis explained to me and my family how to treat the rare fracture both surgically and non-surgically. We decided that surgery was the best option. He operated in a very timely manner, gave very clear post-op instructions and gave me piece of mind. Knowing that I'll be back to normal and that Dr. Hovis applied his knowledge, clinical skills, and passion into fixing something that I had struggled with for six weeks. If I could have Dr. Hovis be my PCP and every other type of Doctor that I'll ever need for the rest of my life, I'd be thrilled. He is extremely smart, kind, patient, and doesn't blow smoke to make his patients happy. He's honest and does his job well, with true passion and it is obvious that he loves what he does!

- Jordan G.


Mr. Armstrong,

It has been decades since I've written a letter of commendation, but I would be remiss if I didn't call to your attention the superlative quality of care I received from Ms. Laura McCalister. Dr. David Hovis expertly performed a rotator cuff repair in April 2015 followed, ultimately, by a reverse shoulder replacement in March 2016. Each surgery was followed by months of physical therapy and, on August 10, I completed the final session.

Ms. McCalister displayed true professionalism coupled with a delicate healing touch that made a stressful endeavor much more comfortable and curative. Please accept my sincere appreciation for an outstanding medical staff as well as a stellar physical therapist.

Sincerely, Laura F.


I would like to "THANK YOU SO MUCH" for what you did to correct the problems with my right knee. I really appreciate the great work you did. Please express my thanks to your staff as well.

Thanks again for your time and frank and honest opinion on what was the problem with my knees.

I appreciated your knowledge and candor regarding my surgery. Plus holding my hand a few weeks before the surgery. Now I know why you are so well regarded in the orthopedic field. If any of my friends ask me for a doctor to see I will highly recommend you to them with my highest regards.

Thanks for your time and honest opinion on this important matter to me and my wife.

Many Thanks!!

-Dale R.


"OrthoKnox and MAKOplasty restored my lifestyle"

During 50 years of competitive basketball, my knees suffered extensive meniscus cartilage damage requiring multiple orthoscopic surgeries on both knees. Eventually, arthritis coupled with the cartilage damage rendered extreme pain and immobility.

I visited Orthopaedic Surgeons in my hometown, Chattanooga, TN, and received the diagnosis that both knees must be replaced. During my research to better understand knee replacement surgery, I learned how MAKOplasty has revolutionized the treatment of knee arthritis with less invasive procedures and faster recovery. Further research and patient testimonies pointed me to OrthoKnox and Dr. David Hovis as the Orthopaedic Surgeon of choice for MAKOplasty. An appointment was secured with OrthoKnox and Dr. Hovis within a matter of days to determine if I was a candidate for MAKOplasty. Upon examination, Dr. Hovis clearly described the condition of my knees and explained my options. MAKOplasty surgery was performed on both knees simultaneously on October 21, 2013. After only 3 days stay in Turkey Creek Hospital and 6 weeks of home physical therapy, my knees are like new. I can walk, hike and climb stairs completely pain free. A miracle!

Anyone facing potential knee replacement, I sincerely recommend OrthoKnox and that you further explore the MAKOplasty technology innovation provided by Dr. David Hovis and his wonderful staff at OrthoKnox. Without reservation, I can say that their surgical expertise has restored the lifestyle I thought I would never enjoy again.

- Frank P.


"I have had no pain. The disability that I had before the surgery is gone, and I'm pretty limber...thank God for what he has done for me."


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