I have known Dr. Michael Blum since he repaired a Tibia/Fibula fracture over 20 years ago. When I got bucked off a horse this past September and broke both of my arms, Dr. Blum was my first phone call. He quickly put things into motion, contacting his colleagues, Dr. Michael Smith and Dr.Ekkehard Bonatz, to get me into their surgical schedules. For my procedure, Dr. Smith and Dr. Bonatz tag-teamed with Dr. Smith performing surgery on my right arm and Dr. Bonatz on my left. The surgery would have taken twice as long (it took a little over 4 hours) if Southlake Orthopaedics had not had two of the best hand surgeons. Working in concert they repaired two very complex fractures requiring two plates and nine screws in my right arm and one plate and five screws in my left arm.
Rehabilitation would have been much more difficult without the caring and compassionate assistance of Physical Therapist Nicki Harris. Nicki helped me through one of the hardest times of my life, giving me encouragement while challenging me to improve my strength and flexibility.
Although I am only 4 ½ months into my recovery, I have my life back and I am back flying the friendly skies again! I could not have done it without Southlake Orthopaedics--Thank you Dr. Blum, Dr. Bonatz, Dr. Smith and PT Nicki Harris--y'all are awesome!
Lee Hamilton--Alabama State Trooper Aviation
Chief Pilot\Unit Commander
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Aviation