Category: Joint Replacement Patient Stories

Yolanda Davis – Patient Story

Yolanda Davis had her first joint replacement surgery in 2016 after degenerative osteoarthritis destroyed the cartilage in her left hip.

About a year ago, her right hip started acting up. A dull ache soon progressed to shooting pains. At 60, Davis found herself hobbling around with a cane. The Huntsville resident knew she probably needed a second hip replacement but wanted to try a non-surgical fix first. When stem cell injections provided “zero relief,” Davis went to The Orthopaedic Center (TOC) near Huntsville Hospital. X-rays confirmed that the cartilage in her right hip was almost gone.

“As soon as they showed the X-ray, I knew I couldn’t put off surgery any longer,” she said.

Davis chose to have the procedure done by TOC orthopaedic surgeon Christopher Parks, MD, based on “rave reviews” from a friend.

Then COVID-19 arrived in North Alabama, and Davis hesitated. She wondered if it would be safe to have joint replacement surgery in the middle of a pandemic.

But when she reported to Madison Hospital on July 21, the surgical team’s obvious commitment to safety and cleanliness eased her mind. “Once I met the staff, I wasn’t concerned at all,” Davis said. “They were beyond great and made me feel very safe.” Dr. Parks used the anterior surgical approach, accessing Davis’ damaged hip joint from the front, which allowed for a smaller incision and less muscle trauma. Barely a month later, she is walking on her new titanium hip without a cane and getting stronger every day.

“I tell people now that there’s no reason to put off joint replacement surgery,” Davis said. “Just do it.”


Dr. Christopher T. Parks

Dr. Christopher Parks is a member of the TOC General Orthopaedics and the Joint Replacement Centers of Excellence. Dr. Parks earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas where he served the University of Arkansas football team as a sideline physician. He continued his education and training by completing a fellowship in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction at the Southern Joint Replacement Institute at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Parks is one of only 3 surgeons in North Alabama who are fellowship trained in total joint replacement.

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Nancy Harkey – Patient Story

Nancy Harkey is a kind, full-of-life individual who has always maintained a very active lifestyle. She was a cheerleader all throughout high school and college, and an aerobics instructor for many years. The end result of all those active years, spending countless hours using all of her major joints, ultimately led her to see a physician. Nancy needed some issues addressed in order to keep her at her best.

Several years ago, Nancy accompanied her aunt for a doctor’s appointment at The Orthopedic Center. Her aunt had injured herself in a fall and was in need of an orthopedic specialist. Dr. Mark Leberte was the orthopaedic specialist treating Nancy’s aunt, and her outcome couldn’t have been better. Once Nancy witnessed how successful Dr. Leberte’s treatment of her aunt was, she knew if she ever needed an orthopaedic specialist, Dr. Leberte would be the physician she would ask for.

Not too much time had passed before Nancy’s activity caught up with her and she needed care. She started to struggle with discomfort in her knees and hip. Even though Nancy knew she would certainly need to have these joints repaired, Dr. Leberte assured her that they would not perform surgery until it was absolutely necessary.  When there was no other option but to have surgery, Nancy had complete confidence that she was in good hands with Dr. Leberte. One moment that stood out for Nancy was how well Dr. Leberte worked his treatment around her diabetic condition, and how he treats any and all concerns someone might have when it comes to surgery and the recovery process.

Dr. Leberte performed surgery on Nancy and replaced both her right and left knee. Nancy recovered well, with no complications from either of her knee surgeries. Besides having her knees replaced, she also went through the procedure of having her right hip replaced. Even with three major joint replacements, Nancy has returned to her upbeat and active lifestyle.

Nancy explained that from the very first visit to the last check up, “Dr. Leberte and his team were extremely great. They provided such a positive and uplifting experience throughout their clinic. Dr. Leberte and his team have the ability to make you forget that you are even at a doctor’s appointment.” Nancy proudly expressed that “this group honestly makes you feel welcomed and shows just how much they truly care for their patients.”


Dr. Mark A. Leberte

Dr. Mark Leberte is a member of The Orthopaedic Center Trauma Team. He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. He provides expert care for patients with simple to severe musculoskeletal injuries and related complications such as hip and knee problems. Dr. Leberte offers advanced surgical procedures to preserve function and relieve pain in young and elderly patients. In addition to fracture care, Dr. Leberte provides general orthopaedic surgical care including joint replacement surgery.

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In compliance with recent policy changes in counties that we serve, and to provide the safest possible environment for our patients, effective immediately, all patients and any guests who enter any TOC facilities will be required to wear a mask or face covering. In the event a patient does not have a mask, TOC will provide one. We appreciate your compliance with our mask policy. As always, TOC will continue to provide exceptional orthopaedic care to our current and future patients in the safest environment possible.

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