Dr. Zehr replaced both of my hips during the past two years. The procedures were flawless and the outcome superb. My husband and I are both 78 years old and are pleased to say that our experiences with Dr. Zehr and his staff are above reproach. Everything about the operation is perfect or at least as perfect as you can get. What a pleasure with an absolute professional.
Dr. Zehr did my total knee replacement, and I was back to normal activities in five weeks. He explained everything to me very clearly and his staff made all appointments for home therapy and outpatient therapy ahead of time. I found that Dr. Zehr is a very compassionate and caring doctor.
After 6 weeks and following the doctor and staff’s instructions, I am in better shape than I have been in years. Matter of fact, I can hardly remember I had a problem.
A totally remarkable experience. I had an unbelievably quick recovery and would highly recommend Dr. Zehr’s anterior approach. His entire staff’s guidance and therapy were extremely helpful and courteous. I was out dancing in five weeks!
At 61 I was diagnosed with severe arthritis in my hip and the unbearable pain was interfering with my life. Dr. Zehr and his team of professionals made a positive difference for me with a total hip replacement. Within one week of my surgery, I was walking without aids and the pain in my hip was history. There are no adequate words to describe my gratitude to Dr. Zehr for relieving me of hip pain and allowing for a complete return to a very active lifestyle.
Dr. Zehr replaced my knee in April of 2009. I am so pleased with the outcome. Not only do I possess the smallest, minimal incision of anyone I have ever met that has had knee surgery, but the recuperation was remarkably short, especially since I have severe spinal problems. Dr. Zehr is professional, extremely competent and has a great sense of humor. He is a great doctor and a tribute to the medical profession.
I had two knee replacements and Dr. Zehr and staff are absolutely great!! His surgery was extremely successful and recovery time was amazing! Cannot thank him and staff enough - would highly recommend him to anyone needing surgery for knee replacement.
Dr. Zehr and his team in the operating room were all amazing. The office team and of Julie and Carla, were there for me every time I called. I had knee replacement surgery and my scar is minimal and healing well. My surgery was on June 11, 2013.
I am so blessed that a friend told me about Dr. Zehr. He is thorough and extremely accurate in everything he tells you. All I had to do was follow his detailed book, have the surgery, and do the rehab. Excellent results!
I did my homework on surgeons in the area. There are many good ones. I feel for this operation I chose the best. His staff is great both as professionals and caregivers. Dr. Zehr delivered what he promised. Everyone I talked to both before and after the surgery commented on how smooth the procedure went. One nurse told me it was because of how clean his procedure is and I mean the technical part. Although I am only nine days post operation, I know everything to date has been better than expected and I feel that I will say the same in the future. If I ever have other similar needs in the future the Zehr Center will be the place to help me correct those needs. It has been a very good partnership.
The office staff are cheerful and competent from phone contact to exit. Intake fast. Radiography handled cheerfully and the PT on top of the issue. Of course Dr. Z as competent as ever with knee, shoulder and this time knee again. He administered palliative treatment and mentioned the inevitable replacement when pain returns. If you have joint problems, better see Dr. Z.
I am very satisfied with my new hip (GeeGee, grandkids named it!) Dr. Zehr was very informative, and kind. Great surgeon. His staff as well were also well informed and kind. I have recommended Dr. Zehr to numerous friends. They can't believe how good I did, week by week.
Dr. Zehr has been my physician for over eight years. During that period, he has done full hip replacement on both hips and a full knee replacement on my right knee. I am happy to report everything is working as good as new! Dr. Zehr will not rush you into surgery, but rather, encourage you to wait until you really need the surgery and he will do it when you are ready. He is an outstanding surgeon!
I am 7 weeks post surgery and can't say enough good things of the left hip replacement performed by Dr. Zehr. He was not in a hurry to do surgery but when it was evident that was my only option his office made all the necessary arrangements for surgery on 3/13/13. His office gave me a loose-leaf binder that explained all that was going to happen and what to expect at every level of recovery. They set up in-home PT and they were excellent to work with and I was off the walker in a week. They were very supportive as was my out-patient PT. I was finished with that at the 6 week mark. I am playing golf again and I am pain free and credit Dr. Zehr with my quick recovery. The anterior hip replacement surgery is the only way to go. Thank you, Dr. Zehr and staff. I feel that you have changed my life.
I'm now 94 and an active "Snowbird" spending 5 months each year in Naples. In 2007 I had a total knee. I have been pain free since the surgery! My wife and I look forward each winter to our "check up" with Dr. Zehr. If I ever need to have my other knee done, I can assure you it will wait until I return to Florida and Dr. Zehr!
Dr. Zehr met and exceeded all my expectations. I was up and walking with a new hip 4 hours after surgery and in PT in the hospital in another hour. I walked out of the hospital on a cane on day 3, stopped using the cane on day 6, was driving and back in the pool on day 9. I am still doing follow up PT for further strengthening. An excellent surgeon and staff and the Physicians Regional Hospital on Pine Ridge was great. I can't say more. Anyone with hip pain should run (or walk/limp) to Dr. Zehr's office so he and Julie and Karla will change your life. This new Direct Anterior procedure with a small 3-4 inch incision is the only way to have a hip replaced. I'm sure I will be back playing tennis in a few more weeks!!!
Spends time and listens to his patients. Answers all questions and is not rushing out the door while you are still speaking to him. Very personable and knowledgeable. Probably the best Ortho I have seen!
Dr. Zehr, an exceptional and gifted surgeon, authored a 72-page notebook on what to do before surgery, what will occur during, and what to anticipate afterward. He not only had me walking shortly after surgery but I (a 74-year-old man), was able to bend my knee 126° just 2 days after my knee replacement and walk up 18 steps to our condo a day later without assistance. Dr. Zehr and Therapist Leslie Butler of Physiotherapy in Estero, Florida make an awesome team.
The dedication of Dr. Zehr, and his whole team, is a gift to everyone who has limited mobility and is suffering from chronic arthritis pain. Excellence doesn't come without a willingness to sacrifice. We're so fortunate to have surgeons like Dr. Zehr who are willing perform the Anterior Approach Hip Replacement and ultimately give of themselves, of their time, energy, and intelligence to fix the broken parts of the rest of us. Five weeks ago, I could not walk without pain. Six hours after Dr. Zehr performed my Anterior Approach Hip Replacement, I was walking. I felt like someone had “put the earth back under my feet.” I never dreamed it could be this good. I have no restrictions physically with this new hip. Dr. Zehr is a brilliant surgeon who is both confident and modest. He’s willing to listen but is exact in his opinion. You get the idea that he doesn’t take anything for granted, searches to find solutions to whatever problems he encounters, and works to achieve what seems nearly impossible. Because of his dedication to healing his patients in the best way possible, he performs the newer, yet more time consuming, Anterior Approach Hip Replacement so that patients like me can return to a normal life. I am grateful to Dr. Zehr and his whole team for getting me back to solid ground. This morning I walked two miles around the block and this afternoon I will go shopping! Thank you for being so good at what you do!
After two years of excruciating knee pain and difficulty walking I attended a seminar given by Dr. Zehr. After listening to him answer numerous questions I decided to make an appointment. X-rays of my knees and hip proved that it was not a knee problem but, in fact, a hip problem, i.e. bone on bone. Dr. Zehr explained that the only option that would give the desired results would be a hip replacement. Three weeks later Dr. Zehr performed the hip replacement surgery and within one week I was only using a walking stick; within 10 days I was driving and working; and shortly after I could walk on my own and most importantly take my two dogs out in the garden. Dr. Zehr and his staff have been extremely professional and so very helpful; answering all my questions and concerns from before the surgery through the post surgical appointment (the “Guide to Hip Replacement Surgery” notebook provided by the Zehr Center is an excellent reference and is so useful). I did not expect to be without pain so soon after the hip replacement and also not to have to take any pain medication except for Tylenol after leaving the hospital but Dr. Zehr was absolutely correct when he confirmed these facts to me. With the Direct Anterior Hip Replacement performed by Dr. Zehr the results to date have exceeded my expectations, physical therapy is showing results and my dogs are getting ready for long walks - all thanks to Dr. Zehr!
The dedication of Dr. Zehr, and his whole team, is a gift to everyone who has limited mobility and is suffering from chronic arthritis pain. Excellence doesn't come without a willingness to sacrifice. We are so fortunate to have surgeons like Dr. Zehr who are willing to perform the Anterior Approach Hip Replacement and ultimately give of themselves, of their time, energy, and intelligence to fix the broken parts of the rest of us. Five weeks ago, I could not walk without pain. Six hours after Dr. Zehr performed my Anterior Approach Hip Replacement, I was walking. I felt like someone had "put the earth back under my feet." I never dreamed it could be this good. I have no restrictions physically with this new hip. Dr. Zehr is a brilliant surgeon who is both confident and modest. He's willing to listen but is exact in his opinion. You get the idea that he doesn't take anything for granted, searches to find solutions to whatever problems he encounters, and works to achieve what seems nearly impossible. Because of his dedication to healing his patients in the best way possible, he performs the newer, yet more time consuming, Anterior Approach Hip Replacement so that patients like me can return to a normal life.
"I just hiked Mount Henry, a small mountain here in Western Maine. NO knee pain. I get clicking here and there but ride the bike 5/6 times a week, walk a lot, up and down ladders. Anyway, thank you for taking good care of me. Our home in Maine has 3 flights of stairs between the garage and bedroom. Took me a while to get used to that but I’m good now, it’s been a few months. Hope you are well and wish you the best. Thanks so much for the great job on my knee!
“At 10 days from surgery on my hip I am out hitting tennis balls with my friends and they can’t believe it. In fact, I am way ahead of schedule in my rehab efforts. Dr. Robert Zehr and his staff were fantastic. He does a different new procedure for hips by operating from the front of the hip instead of the rear. That way he does not cut any muscles and the recovery is much shorter. Only about 5% of hip surgeons use this procedure as special equipment is needed but I would highly recommend him if you or any of your relatives or friends need a knee or hip operation."
“I just had my second total knee replacement with Dr. Zehr and my recovery is even faster this time. The pain control is even better this time around and I am getting my motion back earlier. The use of my knees is critical in driving my car at high speeds and I wanted the best chance of regaining my lost knee function. This is why I have chosen Dr. Zehr again for my knee surgery. He is the best! I am looking forward to getting back on the race track where the thrill of speed is no longer diminished by the pain in my knees. My greatest thanks to Dr. Zehr and his team."
“The hips are working very well — one replaced 6 years ago, the other replaced 2 years ago. On a trip to Costa Rica my wife and I were the seniors in our group. We kept up very well flying through the forest and making some difficult climbs — much better than some of the youngsters! I will be 85 on December 9th. The new hips have made my life so much more enjoyable. Thanks Dr. Zehr!"
“With the discomfort and pain I was experiencing in my left hip, I knew that in order to have the quality, active life to which I was accustomed, it was time to take steps to achieve it. On the advice of a friend, I visited with Dr. Zehr and was very confident that I had the right surgeon. Dr. Zehr and his staff were always helpful, warm, optimistic and encouraging about the entire process. Within seven weeks I was on the golf course enjoying my favorite activity. My golfing “buddies” could not believe the difference in my mobility. In fact, my scores improved greatly, much to their dismay!"
“Thanks to Dr. Zehr I was walking in the afternoon after my anterior hip replacement in the morning and was walking unaided one week later. This gave me back the ability to exercise in the gym to help keep my diabetes in control, pain free. I don't think about my hip as there is no pain and there are no restrictions as I carry on my daily life. I highly recommend Dr. Zehr as he is the best in the area.”
“I suffer from kidney disease and am in its terminal stages. Two years ago the pain in my hip had become so severe that I could hardly walk. Golf became impossible. Dr. Zehr performed my hip operation using an anterior approach. I have a 4” scar and absolutely no problems. Six weeks later I was playing 18 holes of golf. Should you have a joint problem and it is curtailing the activities that you normally perform I would urge you to see Dr. Zehr and have it remedied. He is the best.”
“I had both knees replaced by Dr. Zehr about 4 years apart. Since my recent knee was done, I am able to walk with no pain. More importantly I am able to perform as a professional singer on my feet for hours at a time with no pain. I am truly grateful to Dr. Zehr for his skill giving me an excellent result. I recommend Dr. Zehr constantly to the many people who see how well I can walk and perform."
“When severe pain began interfering with my golf and my nursing career, I chose Dr. Zehr as my surgeon for both of my hip replacements. Dr. Zehr always performs the latest techniques, is meticulous and educates his patients to know what to expect. I am often asked by my colleagues to recommend the best surgeon for their family or friends. Dr. Zehr is my #1 choice! Since my surgeries I am back to enjoying my life again!”
"Dr. Zehr and his staff did an excellent job. I was up and walking the next day and walking without a cane in 10 days. I was swimming and riding my bike in 2 weeks!"
"I was walking with a pronounced limp as I entered Dr. Zehr's office. The X-ray showed very clearly that I had an advanced case of arthritis. I was given a Guide Book which explained everything one needed to know before, during, and after the replacement surgery. Excellent document and nerve settling to boot. Two weeks later I was on the table getting a new right hip. Within two weeks, I was off the cane and taking the prescribed therapy. Four weeks later, I was on the golf course with all my golfing buddies! And to top it off, six months later I had Dr. Zehr replace the left arthritic hip with the same good result. I was in good professional hands with Dr. Zehr from start to finish!"
"Being retired from the Cleveland Clinic, I had many options for my surgeon. Dr. Zehr replaced my left knee and I had such a great outcome that when it came time for my other knee surgery--why would I go to anyone else? I had my second knee surgery and was back to my volunteer job two weeks later. Dr. Zehr has the best technique and his team is magical."
"Greetings From Utica, NY! As your patient, my hip replacement is sooo unbelievably normal that I seldom think about the procedure. Your expertise as a physician is truly remarkable, a gift that made my life practically normal. Well done, Dr. Zehr !"
"I searched the internet to find “the” surgeon to replace my arthritic knees. Dr. Robert Zehr was the one and only choice for me. His skills, counsel and approach to my orthopedic problems was superior. The concern, caring and professionalism of his staff was outstanding. There is no other choice in my mind than Dr. Zehr. Walking on the boardwalk with the waves breaking off the Atlantic Ocean are now part of my life again. I owe Dr. Zehr for giving me my life and pleasure back. Walking pain free for miles is his gift that keeps on giving. Thank you Dr. Zehr."
"I have known Dr. Zehr since his days at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. I knew that when it came time for me to have my knee replacement, there could be no one else with the skill and experience to do the surgery in Southwest Florida. Although I am not as fast as I remember myself in my youth, I am fast enough--and have no pain in my knee. I am grateful to Dr. Zehr and his team for an excellent result."
"Dr. Zehr and his staff have provided me with excellent care. But more than that, the atmosphere in the office is professional and friendly. After my partial knee replacement, I had very little discomfort. Now, I can kneel when planting my garden. My decision to have this procedure has helped me return to activities I enjoy. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks, Dr. Zehr."
"I suffered for ten plus years with hip pain, scared to have surgery. When I heard of the new approach to hip replacement and checked out the only orthopedist performing it, it was an easy decision to go ahead and do it...and I was glad I did. FIVE weeks later and no pain and back to tennis and golf, I was HAPPY to have had it done....what a wonderful miracle...thanks DOC !"
"I limped around for 4 years delaying my hip replacement. Worst of all, I lost my golf swing. Couldn’t get over to my right side due to the pain!! Even my dog was bored with my pain...our long walks had been reduced to a few circles in the yard. Enter Dr. Zehr and his great staff. He made me feel as if I was his only patient. No question I asked was considered a dumb question. And most importantly, Dr. Zehr was one of very few with experience expertly doing the "anterior approach hip". I needn’t fly around the country looking for the right surgeon and hospitals with experience and modern equipment for this modern surgical approach.…they are right here in Naples. Thanks Dr. Zehr - you gave my retirement life back to me! My golf game returned a long time ago and my dog loves me again!"
"As you can see from the picture there is an extreme athleticism on the part of the horse and rider that goes with cutting – Thanks to the operation that Dr. Zehr performed on my knees, 4 months after surgery I was able to continue with my cutting horse competitions."
"Dr. Zehr is the Man with the Golden Hands. My knee replacements work great and I can continue to coach soccer at St. Ann’s School which I love."
Former U.S. Olympic Soccer Player , 1972 Munich Games
"I bike and golf regularly and was experiencing a great deal of discomfort in my right hip. The anterior approach Dr. Zehr practices avoided a lengthy recovery period since no muscles were cut. I walked out of the hospital the morning after surgery with only the aid of a cane. I was driving two weeks later and riding my bike in three weeks. I was very impressed with the care and attention from Dr. Zehr and his staff. I have recommended Dr. Zehr to several of my friends."
"I stopped running and playing tennis because of knee and hip pain. My pain increased to where I couldn’t sleep. As an engineer I spent hours researching my options and surgeons. That's when I found Dr Zehr and his minimally invasive surgical procedures. First, my knee was replaced and in a short while I was back on the tennis court, but I still had hip pain that radiated down my leg -- so once again I researched my options. I found that there was a new anterior approach hip surgery that had many advantages over the traditional approach. Not many surgeons were doing this type of surgery in the US. but Dr. Zehr told me he did this type of procedure. I was walking without assistance in days after the surgery and back doing all my previous activities in 6 weeks. Needless to say I was delighted. The Staff at The Zehr Center could not have been more caring and friendly. I was back on the tennis court and for the first time in ten years playing singles tennis. No more swelling, ice and pain...thank you people of the Zehr Center and Dr Zehr."
"I dealt with severe hip pain for three years. I could hardly get in and out of the car! Thanks to Dr. Zehr and his team, I was back to gardening, walking four miles each day and golfing within two months of surgery. The anterior hip replacement that he performs is second to none! I wish I would have done it sooner!"
“I put off my hip replacement and lived with the pain and diminished physical activities until one weekend I was finishing the 3 mile running phase of a sprint triathlon and... I stumbled and fell. Right then and there I made up my mind to get my hip replaced. You were as good as your word and you replaced my hip using the anterior hip approach. I am back to competing in triathlons. Thank you for listening to my hopes and desires and restoring me to my original level of activity. I just might be better now than before.”
“Thanks to you for my anterior hip replacement. You did a great job and I was amazed and delighted at how quickly I was able to get back to a favorite hobby — collecting special shells on Sanibel Island. You were highly recommended to me and I happily recommend you to anyone contemplating a new hip.”
"I had 2 total hip replacements performed by Dr. Zehr within 4 months of each other. Over time my pain was limiting my normal active lifestyle and I decided that this was not the way I wanted to live in the future. Dr. Zehr and his staff answered all of my questions and were very reassuring as I was naturally anxious about this surgery. I was back playing golf and tennis within 6 weeks after my first replacement and was convinced that having my other hip replaced was the best decision for me. I recovered from my second surgery faster than the first and am now pain free. I am very happy that I chose Dr. Zehr and his very competent and professional staff to perform these procedures!"
"The direct anterior approach to total hip replacement is a specialty of the Zehr Center for Orthopaedics. I am totally grateful to Dr. Zehr and his entire team, including my PT with Ryan Senkarik, for getting me on track to a more comfortable and productive way of life. Six (6) days post hip replacement surgery I was walking unassisted (no cane/walker) and on at least 4 occasions, during this time period, I walked at least one mile per day and at 14 days I was swinging an 8 iron on the driving range! Thanks Dr. Zehr and may God bless you for your amazing skills and unique approach to hip restoration."
"I am 100% happy with my new hip. I give the credit for my quick recovery to your excellent method and my hard work. I have told everyone that this method is preferable, and they should tell anyone needing hip replacement about it. I've told friends from Western Michigan, where the anterior method is not available, that it is worth the trip down here to have you do it!"
"I found Dr. Zehr to be everything that I heard about him. His staff and people he referred me to were the best!"
"Dr. Zehr has replaced both my knees, one two years ago and the other 6 weeks ago. I highly recommend (and have to several people already) him if considering a knee replacement. He was excellent two yeas ago and has even improved on excellence on this most recent surgery!"
"Dr. Zehr said you can't walk too much---so in the hospital I lead the pack in laps walked around the floor. I did the exercises with therapist at home and when she said do another set later in the day, I did!! I followed the same format at out-patient therapy and I was golfing 9 holes at 6 weeks with no pain!!! Now at 7 weeks I am still exercising and keeping active with no pain. I was very happy when the nurses would say---we all love Dr Zehr's patients because they all do so well and I heard the same thing from the therapists----so I figure he must be doing something special. Thanks to Dr. Zehr and the whole staff."
"I was off the walker in one week, off the cane in two weeks and hitting golf balls by the end of week three! The whole process could not have been smoother and I have had no pain since the day of my surgery."
"If you want the best, then see Dr. Zehr. He has been my doctor for 6 years and has helped me so much. He and his staff are so helpful when you go in. You are not treated like a number, they give you all the time you need. Dr. Zehr explained everything to me so I could understand it. He did my knee replacement two months ago and I have had a quick recovery. I am 63 years old and had a knee replacement 8 years ago by a different physician - I had more pain and a slower recovery. Dr. Zehr is truly one of a kind!"
"Dr. Zehr made me feel confident of a positive and successful outcome for my hip replacement surgery."
"Dr. Zehr replaced a badly damaged and arthritic knee. The results were beyond any reasonable expectation. I've had over 15 surgeries on knee and shoulder at top places around the country and this is by far the best outcome. He is a gifted surgeon at the top of his game. I recommend him highly and without qualification."
"Dr. Zehr really knows and performs excellently the anterior approach for hip replacements. In addition, he has high integrity. More interest in what is best for his patient than getting business."
"I have just completed my one-year check-up after total hip replacement. Everything went extremely well, I can't believe what I can do today that I couldn't do for years prior to the surgery. I knew life had to be better than that and Dr. Zehr made it all happen, exactly as he explained, right on schedule. I would recommend Dr. Zehr to everyone. He is so informative, caring, and the office is fantastic which I can't say about most other doctors' offices."
"He is the most informative and cautious doctor. Always wanting to try anything before surgery. I am most appreciative."
"Dr. Robert Zehr is a true professional in his specialty. His bedside manner is to be commended. I am also a medical professional and have worked with other orthopaedic specialists and he tops my list. The entire office is a friendly professional practice. I would highly recommend Dr. Zehr to anyone and I have!"
"He uses the latest methods. My hospital stay and recovery time after hip replacement was minimal. I have recommended him to several people in my community."
"Dr. Robert Zehr is capable, compassionate and has an excellent ability to explain the problems of the joints. I have had three (3) joint replacements, both hips and one complete shoulder replacement. My surgeries went flawlessly because of Dr. Zehr's skills and his staff caring. My results are spectacular! Dr. Zehr is the best."
"Quite simply, it could not have been better. I had been suffering for 6-7 years and was, quite frankly, afraid. Dr. Zehr and his team put me at ease from the initial consultation, to release from the hospital and right through recovery. I could not be happier."
"Dr. Zehr is an excellent surgeon and I am very pleased with my new hip!!! Of course I was really nervous about having an operation, but he explained everything and took good care of me. I recommend him to everyone who is in pain - what a relief with my new hip. Plus his office staff is superb!!"
"Excellent overall patient care and knowledge. Great sense of humor and smiles. Explained everything exceedingly well and took the time and had the patience to make me feel that he cared about my on going care after surgery. Recommended to everyone I talk to with confidence."
"I want to thank Dr. Zehr for ALL he has done for me in the last 6 1/2 yrs. If not for him I would have LOST my left leg totally. I recommend him highly if you need bone work done--he knows what he's doing. I had 2 other Dr.'s tell me they would have CUT IT OFF -- the 4" of femur bone that was crushed above my knee was replaced with cadaver bone.....hey it works for me!!! I can walk with my OWN 2 legs. THANKS AGAIN!!!"