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Marla Z Hixon Story

Weston Tagtmeyer- College football player from Nebraska who was referred from his Orthopedist for knee surgery. He and his family drove across half the country to come to the Jordan-Young Institute.

Again, what an honor to get to express our gratitude and share our story. The words below feel hollow to express the feelings of gratitude we have for you and everyone at Jordan Young.
God Bless

My son was initially treated by an Orthopedic Surgeon in Nebraska where we live, for a knee injury he suffered playing basketball.  This was followed by a couple of meniscus tears in football. With the last meniscus tear evaluation, our Orthopedic surgeon in Nebraska referred us to Dr. Kevin Bonner, Jordan Young Institute, Virginia Beach, VA, for further evaluation and surgery. 

We drove 24 hrs straight, to make our initial consultation with Dr. Bonner in November of 2012 and he discovered Weston's leg was not straight and suggested an osteotomy, breaking the leg above the knee and inserting cadaver bone to straighten the leg, to slow down the arthritis and to give the meniscus transplant the best chance to be successful and not re-tare. I did a lot of follow up research via internet and talked with our Orthopedic Surgeon in Nebraska. Ultimately I wanted my son's knee to last as many years as possible, whether he played football again or not, and through my research Dr. Bonner is at the very top of the charts as a surgeon. We decided to have Dr. Bonner do his surgery despite being us needing to travel all the way to Virginia Beach. So, we went ahead and scheduled the osteotomy for February of 2013. This time my son and I flew to Virginia on Valentine's Day for the pre-surgical check-up. The following day Feb. 15, 2013, Dr. Bonner performed my son’s surgery. He was only in the hospital overnight, but he had the all clear to fly back home to Nebraska following the surgery. 

Traveling so far, knowing no one and having your child go through a major surgery is to say the least 'stressful'.  Our experience from beginning to end still brings me to tears when I remember the compassionate, kind, caring and helpful individuals we encountered. Everyone from the staff at Dr. Bonner's clinic to the nurses, kitchen staff and even the cleaning staff at the hospital, who took the time to make sure I knew my way in the hospital and offered to bring me a cup of coffee, made this experience one I will forever remember and grateful God guided us to Dr. Bonner and the Jordan Young Institute to help my son. Dr. Bonner was so open, thorough and straight forward and his follow-up care clear across the country working with our surgeon in Nebraska made the recovery go seamless. If there is ever a need for an orthopedic surgeon for any of my family members in the future, we will undoubtedly look to Dr. Bonner. Thank you Dr. Bonner and Jordan Young Institute for the exceptional care you provided to my son.  -   Marla Z Hixon

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Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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