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    John Schnars MD
    First of all, if someone is young, fit and athletic, this review does not apply. If, however, someone is older (I am 65), non-athletic (I am not, partially due to many years of worsening osteoarthritis in both knees) and overweight (I am obese), this review is totally appropriate and is intended to serve as a warning to any individual such as myself.

    Dr. Schnars started by giving me the statistics about unsuccessful and potentially horrible outcomes of knee replacement surgery for obese individuals. I explained to him that I was already well aware of that, having previously spoken with other surgeons, one of whom has been administering shots into my knees for the past several years. He asked what this doctor (my primary orthopedic surgeon) said about the topic and quite obviously was pleased to learn that this other doctor has a BMI threshold for performing knee replacements. (This other doctor performs approximately 900 knee replacements a year, and can afford to pick and choose his patients.)

    It was obvious from the beginning that Dr. Schnars was reluctant to perform my surgery, suggesting that I lose weight instead. Things got worse when I told him that I know exactly what to do to lose weight, having done it many times in my life, and that I just can't face doing it again. Rather than being at least somewhat understanding of the situation, he suggested that I might try working with a bariatrics physician, which is a path that I have previously taken with with unsuccessful results. At some point during his lecture about my weight and the potentially horrible things that could happen during and after my surgery, I figured out that he wasn't interested in performing my knee replacement. Although he never came right out and admitted it, he in essence refused to do the surgery by being insensitive, judgmental and condescending. The final straw was that he said he might not even be able to use a tourniquet on my thigh, which would make the surgery bloodier and far more difficult. Not only was this a rude comment, it made me question his competence and experience, so I left his office.

    After the appointment, I read Dr. Schnars' office flyer's biography and discovered that he is probably in his late thirties or early forties, which means he may not have done enough and quot;difficultand quot; knee replacements to be the right doctor for individuals such as myself. I also believe that his true interest is in Sports Medicine, which pretty well eliminates a large portion of his local community. All this made me certain that I didn't want him to be my surgeon, in spite of the fact that he and quot;specializes in hip and knee replacementand quot;, that he moved to his current location and quot;to meet the gowing orthopaedic needs of the North Georgia communityand quot; and that his mission and quot;is to provide the highest quality of orthopaedic care in a warm and personalized settingand quot;.
    - Shiela R.
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