We LOVE Sharing Our Patient Stories

All of our patients are unique, but each of their stories share a commonality – it begins with pain, loss of function and then ultimately medical intervention to restore the patient’s quality of life. Our greatest rewards at Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine come from getting to know our patients and celebrating their successes. Our patients are our biggest advocates and we invite you to read their success stories on how interventional medicine and minimally invasive surgical procedures helped them achieve their recovery goals.

hrosm Dr. Bradley

Beating Crippling Back Pain

Al Lambiase

“I do have to remember that I’m not 18 anymore. “No heavy lifting. Still, I’m strong enough for just about every activity I want to do. I feel so grateful and blessed.”

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Dr. Keller and a patient

Cosmetic Foot Fix Brings New Confidence

Kiana Donaldson

“Dr. Keller is awesome. He was always there for me. He knew how insecure I was about the appearance of my toe, and I felt like he valued that as much as I did. That really meant a lot to me.”

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Dr. Baddar with a patient in Newport News VA

Back To Full Speed With Knee Replacement

Bob Whitehead

“I was back to work in three weeks and really felt back to normal after three months. This experience was nothing but positive.”

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Dr. Cavazos with a medical assistant

A New Hip for a New Grandmother

Jennifer Wheatley

“This surgery was life-changing,” she says. “It’s incredible I can feel so good.”

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Dr. Swenson with a patient

Pedaling Again, No Surgery Required

Jim Harris

“After several weeks, I was basically pain-free. All of the therapies I needed were available at one practice, and Dr. Fithian took plenty of time to explain all the steps to me. He had a great bedside manner.”

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Dr Swenson speaking to a patient

A New Knee and a New Lease on Life

Susie Dorton

“Dr. Swenson is an angel, and I knew I was in good hands with him. He took his time to explain everything to me, and it is a great comfort to know he is my doctor.”

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Dr. Carter speaking to a patients

Back in Business – and Heels!


“When I met Dr. Carter, I noticed right away he had the same passion for his work as I did. I could tell it was more than just a job to him,” Melinda says.

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Dr. Aldridge speaking to a patient

A New Hip and A New Perspective

Dr. Robert Heide

“When conservative methods, such as cortisone injections and arthritis medication failed, Robert and Dr. Aldridge decided that surgery would be the best option.”

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Dr. McConnel with a patient who had a successful outcome

Believing in a Way Back: A Return to an Active Life


“Dana tried appropriate conservative methods first; but because nothing was providing significant relief, surgery was a consideration,” Dr. McConnell explains.

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patient story featuring a young gymnast

A Gymnast Shares Her Secret to a Comeback

Stacia Ruse

“We tried managing the injuries with anti-inflammatories, and having Stacia work with trainers to strengthen her shoulders; but despite that, we couldn’t build up the muscles around her shoulders to compensate for the injuries,” Dr. Alexander Lambert II says.

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Patient Stories