Testimonials

Chris David

The Gap Year Academy

United Kingdom

Hi Dr. Sanders,

I for one am convinced through watching your videos and pushing myself that I have already found huge benefits.

5 years ago when I snapped my ACL I had 12 weeks on crutches and had a very painful rehabilitation that lasted months because the muscle was so stiff.

This time, through what was undoubtedly a much better surgery and through seeing what can be achieved by watching your videos, I am already walking slowly without crutches and am able to do very light mobility sessions on the bike in the gym achieving over 90 degree bend already. I'm genuinely in much less pain and have not lost much mobility at all.

My knee feels really great now, and I know this approach is going to lead to a much faster recovery and will in no way be as painful as it was before.

Thank you so much for your inspirational videos again, it is really appreciated.

Kind regards,
Chris David

Steve and Karen Joynt

Parents of 21 year old Kelcy Joynt

Wasilla, Alaska

Dr. Sanders and Staff,

I thought you all might be interested in the following story about Kelcy. She worked very hard after her surgery at your clinic a year ago and we couldn't be prouder of her. Of course, this could not have happened without the care she received from you. Most of all, her mother and I are thankful that she finished the season (and her college volleyball career) without another injury. She was also named to the West coast region first team and received honorable mention as an All-American.

With best regards,

Steve and Karen Joynt

Read Article About Kelcy Joynt

Shala Roberts

Mother of 13 year old Cade Roberts

Houston, Texas

It has only been 4 months since my son's surgery and he is already walking without any signs of an injury. It just brings tears to my eyes. You have no idea how grateful I am to Dr. Sanders for this miracle. He gave me my son back. He's now able to play sports again and lead a normal active life for a teenager.
before_surgeryMy son Cade has always been an athletic, active boy who loves sports. A week after Christmas in 2006, he had a horrible accident riding his motorbike. He broke his left arm and femur and was in the hospital hooked up to a morphine pump for almost a week. The doctors put rods in his leg and a plate in his arm. Making matters even worse, Cade was still recovering from a torn ACL. I was shocked when they sent us home without any prescriptions or plans for physical therapy. Cade did absolutely nothing for six weeks. He had to be home schooled and he constantly complained of horrible pain. He was extremely week and walked as if he had been crippled his entire life.

I finally, on my own, pursued physical therapy for my son. Despite my efforts, things didn't get much better for Cade. I would watch him hobble down the driveway and it would me make me cry. It was obvious he wasn't healing properly. His leg was crooked and he was in horrible pain, but still my son tried to remain active, as any 11 year old boy should. On Mother's Day weekend, just five months after the accident, Cade fell off his bicycle and re-broke his left femur with the flexible rods still in his leg. The doctor said he needed a plate and screws put in his leg. He also told us that Cade would not be able to pursue any kind of sports for at least a year. Cade cried and so did I.

Desperate for help, I found Dr. Mark. We went to his office and he measured Cade's leg. To my horror, Cade's left leg was two inches shorter than his right. Dr. Mark said this was due to severe bends in the rods that were still in Cade's leg. I was scared, but Dr. Mark was very confident and reassured us that he could fix Cade's leg with a plate and screws, and even remove the plate and screws from his arm. He answered all of our questions patiently, and to our amazement he even gave us his cell phone number and told us to call if we had any questions. We called a lot with all kinds of questions. Dr. Mark was always available and was very patient with us. He suggested that we get on "Thumper Talk's" forum and ask his patients how they felt about the Sanders Clinic. We did and they all had nothing but the best to say about Dr. Mark and his staff. After talking to dozens of successful patients, it was very easy to switch Cade's care to the Sanders Clinic.

after_surgeryThe day after Dr. Mark put the plate and screws in Cade's femur and took the plate out of his arm, Cade was in physical therapy with Ed. Ed made sure Cade did what he needed to do in order to recover. He worked very hard with Cade and we can't say enough about Ed commitment to us and our son. With the proper doctor and physical therapist, Cade was walking normal within weeks. He was also back riding his bicycle. Just this past February, Dr. Sanders removed the plate and screws from Cade's leg and did a pediatric ACL repair. Once again Cade went back to Ed for physical therapy and was soon headed down the path of recovery. The pediatric ACL repair was something that no other doctor had even given us as an option. We had never even heard of it before. Without his ACL repaired, Cade would still be limited on the kinds of sports he can play and would have to constantly wear a knee brace.

It has only been 4 months since my son's surgery and he is already walking without any signs of an injury. It just brings tears to my eyes. You have no idea how grateful I am to Dr. Sanders for this miracle. He gave me my son back. I believe that Dr. Sanders has a gift that most doctors do not. He actually cares about his patients and their families as well. And he also realizes how important it is for someone who is very into sports to get back to there normal active lives. I know right now I could call Dr. Sanders or Ed and they would still be available to my family and always will. I cannot say enough about the two of them. They gave me my son back. I truly appreciate everyone at the Sanders Clinic.

Dale LeBlanc, 26

Mother of an athletic 19-year-old daughter

Metairie, LA (suburb of New Orleans)

Dr. Sanders was the only doctor to tell my daughter to ride a stationary bike an hour a day to get strong before her surgery. I was so amazed to see my daughter take her first steps hours after surgery (that same day!), riding the stationary bike at the clinic four days after surgery and sitting in a chair with her knees bent days after surgery. That was just incredible! It's been six weeks since her surgery, and she is doing great. I sometimes forget that she had surgery just six weeks ago! She is walking normal (never used crutches), working at her summer job and standing all day. Last week she started working with a sports trainer.

Dr. Sander gets involved. He was there at the hospital encouraging my daughter to take those first steps after her surgery. He cares about his patients and wants to see them be active again and get their lives back to normal. My daughter liked his confidence.

My daughter tore her ACL playing volleyball two years ago. Since that time, she's had two knee operations - the first to repair the torn ACL and the second to repair the torn meniscus. After my daughter's first surgery, I went online researching ACL injuries and came across the Sanders Clinic website. It was a great site and thought if only I had known Dr. Sanders before my daughter's surgery.

My daughter re-injured her knee playing volleyball last year, and I was again online checking out any information I could find on knee injuries and again came across the Sanders Clinic website. I read the entire site and saw that I could send Dr. Sanders an email, and that's what I did. I didn't expect a reply, but I got one, which surprised me.

After my daughter had her second knee surgery to repair the torn meniscus last year, the local doctor told us that her ACL was torn and stretched and that surgery was needed to repair it. We could not believe it! Once again, I emailed Dr. Sanders, and he replied.

That's when we decided it was time to go to Houston and see Dr. Sanders, and in May my daughter had her third surgery with Dr. Sanders repairing her torn ACL.

My experience and that of my daughter's was such a positive one - something we never expected or experienced before. My daughter was not looking forward to having surgery again and spending her summer on crutches - wondering if she would be able to work at her summer job and stand all day. Well, she's a trooper and did everything she was told to do.

I was so amazed to see my daughter take her first steps hours after surgery (that same day!), riding the stationary bike at the clinic four days after surgery and sitting in a chair with her knees bent days after surgery. That was just incredible! It's been six weeks since her surgery, and she is doing great. I sometimes forget that she had surgery just six weeks ago! She is walking normal (never used crutches), working at her summer job and standing all day. Last week she started working with a sports trainer.

We even sent follow-up knee pictures to Dr. Sanders when the support stockings came off and my daughter was concerned about her scars, and he replied that everything looked good.

Dr. Sander gets involved. He was there at the hospital encouraging my daughter to take those first steps after her surgery. He cares about his patients and wants to see them be active again and get their lives back to normal. My daughter liked his confidence. The Sanders Clinic website is the most informative site, and getting a response from Dr. Sanders when you have questions or concerns is incredible. Dr. Sanders was the only doctor to tell my daughter to ride a stationary bike an hour a day to get strong before her surgery.

My daughter was on crutches for a month after both of her previous operations. After the first surgery she was told to rest and didn't get moving until a week later for a follow-up doctor visit.

What my daughter accomplished hours and a few days after surgery with Dr. Sanders was just amazing. She walked hours after surgery, without the use of crutches (even though we brought them just in case), riding the stationary bike and sitting with her knees bent days after surgery. My daughter was working with Ed, the trainer, the next day after surgery and doing exercises three times a day at the hotel.

Dr. Sanders introduced us to other patients at the clinic, and we enjoyed talking with them and hearing about their progress. Everyone was so positive that it gave us hope and was a very uplifting experience.

The ladies in the office were so helpful and cheerful. And Ed was just the kind of professional trainer you wanted working with your child.

I believe the reconditioning program played a significant role in the recovery. Seeing my daughter up and moving after surgery, walking without crutches, riding the stationary bike, sitting, doing range-of-motion exercises. It was all such a positive step in her road to recovery. I told Dr. Sanders how pleased I was with my daughter's recovery so far and that my only regret was not coming to see him sooner.

I would highly recommend Dr. Sanders to any parent(s) that are contemplating a visit to see him. I would tell them to take the time to check out the Sanders Clinic website. Contact Dr. Sanders with your questions and concerns, and you will get an answer. I know and understand it's a tough decision to make. I've been there and know we made the right decision and have no regrets.

For the first time in a very long time, my daughter has a positive outlook and is looking forward to participating in sports again. Thanks Dr. Sanders.

Steven Marsh, 26

Professional Football Player - Edmonton Eskimos Canadian Football League. Knoxville, TN

Knee Injury - Debridement/manipulation and removed scar tissue.

When I had an ACL surgery by a doctor in Birmingham, AL a year earlier, I was there on and off for three months and yet never felt as comfortable as I did just the three weeks I spent at the Sanders Clinic. They helped me gain range of motion I never did regain after my initial ACL surgery.

They go the extra mile to make you feel good about yourself and about your outcome. I know many days Ed, my trainer, went well over his hours to work with me. And Dr. Sanders was calling constantly to see how we were doing. He's really intoned with what is going on.

I've played football since I was 10 years old, and my ACL Tear was the only serious injury I had ever had during a game. At that time, I was also diagnosed with orthofibrosis of the knee. I had an ACL reconstruction done by a doctor in Birmingham, AL and never did regain complete range of motion. I don't think he took the right steps before surgery. I did some research and just couldn't find the answers to why others had a more successful outcome - until Dr. Sanders.

I really liked his approach and enthusiasm. Not many doctors are approaching knee injuries the way he is. When I went to see him, he told me that it's a hard process, but if I do what I need to do that it's possible I could play next year. And I believed him. They go that extra mile to make you feel good about yourself and about your outcome.

I spent three weeks at the Sanders Clinic. I had a bebridement and manipulation. They started me on an exercise program before the surgery and continued immediately after. In only a few weeks I saw a big difference in extension and can now walk without a bent knee. We continue to work on flexibility. Ed is one of the best physical therapists I've seen in a while. He's real hands on and dedicated to it.

When I had my initial ACL surgery in Birmingham, AL, I was there on and off for months and yet never felt as comfortable as I did just the three weeks I spent at the Sanders Clinic. They helped me gain range of motion I never did regain after my initial surgery.

I've seen a lot of knee injuries and honestly hadn't seen any as bad as mine. My first knee surgery required a six to nine months of rehabilitation - and I still never gained full range of motion. The procedure and rehab at Sanders Clinic took far less time with much better results. Dr. Sanders knows what to do to help patients gain range of motion. It was well worth the trip.

Jacky Massaglia

Soccer Player for Albion Red Houston, TX

What I really liked and what made a big difference is that they really listen to your needs and understand how you behave personally. Once they know you, they adapt the rehab to you specifically, so that you remain motivated to work as hard as you can there and recover as fast as your body will allow.

It has been 5 months now since I've had my ACL surgery and I am really pleased overall. I think I recovered very well. I can bend my knee to 100 percent of where I was before my injury. I've been walking without pain for more than 3 months, have been jogging for a month and can start doing more "aggressive" movements such as kicking the ball, changing directions suddenly, etc.

I think in about 1 to 1 1/2 months I'll be able to play soccer with enough confidence and force in my knees. I have to say that the whole team at the Sanders Clinic is really friendly. I think what sets them apart is that they really make you understand that 95 percent of the recovery relies on you and your effort and commitment to effective rehab. I often had fun when doing the rehab.

The whole team is highly qualified and has a real understanding of the body's mechanisms, healing process and rehab phases. But what I really liked and what made a big difference is that they really listen to your needs and understand how you behave personally. Once they know you, they adapt the rehab to you specifically, so that you remain motivated to work as hard as you can there and recover as fast as your body will allow.

In my case I was quite tolerant to the pain and my only objective was to go back on the field as fast as possible with a really strong knee. They understood that and provided me with an aggressive rehab program with tips and advise beyond my expectations, from how to work out and vary the exercises, to stretching and gradually increasing the pace. They took everything into account, not just my knee. When Ed, the trainer, saw that I was tired he adjusted the pace.

I know that they do not handle rehab the same way with every patient. They adapt it to individual needs and endurance levels - getting the most out of each patient's body.

Todd Kirby, 33

Commercial Real Estate Appraiser and former motocross professional Houston, TX

I've been riding motocross for years and have had previous surgeries with different doctors as a result of injuries to my knees - but the recovery was always lengthy and the stability short lived.

When Dr. Sanders performed surgery, it was the first time I ever walked out of the hospital without crutches.

I met Dr. Sanders after he repaired years of damage from previously failed ACL surgeries my brother had had. He repaired a pretty severe limp my brother thought he would just have to live with. After the surgery, he was so happy with the results he tells everybody about 'the doc.'

Like my brother, I've been riding motocross for years and have had previous surgeries with different doctors as a result of injuries to my knees - but recovery was always lengthy and the stability short lived. The last one was about two years ago. And while it only remained stable for a few months, I kept putting off having something done - until I saw my brother's results and met Dr. Sanders.

Dr. Sanders explained that the type of graft I had had previously (an Allograft from cadaver tissue) was not the best choice for an athlete. He also said that by taking a graft from my own tissue, from the other healthy knee, would really cut down on recovery time.

I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about that, because I only had one leg involved in the previous procedures and couldn't walk without crutches for some time. So, I couldn't imagine involving both legs! In addition to that, I had injured my shoulder and asked to have the AC joint repaired at the same time - so I didn't know how I would be able to effectively use crutches.

Dr. Sanders told me not to worry about that because he was not going to let me have crutches. He said I'd be able to walk out on my own. And he was right. I still have friends who don't believe that. I mean I had a full-blown ACL reconstruction ...and I walked out of the hospital the next day.

I really believe that taking the graft he did from the other knee lessened the trauma of the procedure for one limb and expedited the healing. I know I was initially, as I imagine many people would be, nervous about having both knees involved - but it made a big difference. And I have three other surgeries, as well as those of my brother, to compare it to!

I had the procedure in late June and was feeling back to normal at 2 ½ months. I was riding again at three months - just like he told me.

I immediately began working with the trainer, Ed, and then on my own soon after that. I was at the gym all the time. He encourages it. And I was progressing everyday.

He's a great doctor. And he treats you like you're a "special" patient. I mean how many doctors do you know who will give you their cell phone number?! I thought it was just because he knew my brother that he treated me the way he did, but then I began talking to other riders who are patients of his and he treats them all that way. He just seems to really enjoy talking to you. He never rushes you out.

I actually had a friend in Dallas who was already scheduled for ACL surgery with another doctor there and ended up canceling to schedule surgery with Dr. Sanders, because of what I said. I just told him that he shouldn't let any other doctor touch him.

Dudley Wilson, 45

Fort St. John, British Columbia - Canada Rancher and owner of a pipeline company

Repair of ACL and Cartilage damage
Repair of Rotator Cuff damage

I've always been athletic and, therefore, prone to injury. I hobbled around for years after one knee injury - until I came across the Sanders Clinic website. It wasn't until I read about Dr. Sanders' philosophy on recovery and successful techniques did I feel ready to finally do something about it.

I injured my knees some time ago and knew I needed to do something about it. But, it took me a year to even get a scope here - and no one would tell me what was wrong and what needed to be done.

I hobbled around for years, until I came across the Sanders Clinic website on the Internet. It wasn't until I read about Dr. Sanders' philosophy on recovery and successful techniques did I feel ready to finally do something about my injuries.

I contacted him and he responded right away, which was something I just wasn't used to. He really seemed to care. He addressed all of my questions and concerns and we scheduled the surgery.

When I got there, I was welcomed and felt totally comfortable. He immediately took X-rays and did an MRI. I felt so comfortable with him that I decided to not only have my knees repaired but my shoulder as well! Now, that's confidence in a doctor.

Dr. Sanders phoned everyday during the four days I was there, and he just called recently to check in on me. It's clear that it's more than a job to him.

I was really pleased how everything went and completely feel it was worth the trip to Houston. After instruction both before and immediately following surgery, I began exercising with the Step Box and doing leg-raises. I was walking the day after surgery - and without crutches, as so many doctors want to put you on. Dr. Sanders doesn't believe in that stuff.

I achieved a 140-degree bend and was riding the bike by the fourth day. I knew if I didn't keep bending it, they would do it for me! I think this makes a big difference in how quickly you recover. You have to be fairly aggressive, or the limb stiffens up and makes recovery longer. And he didn't repair it to have it go stiff.

I came home and went straight back to work. I get up at 5:30 A.M. and am on my feet until 7 at night. Then I come home and ride my bike. I don't quite. That's why I picked him. He never wants you to quite.

I asked him when he called recently how long I should continue the Step Box and other leg exercises he gave me and he said to do it until he dies! And he's in good health!

eople here can't believe the results. I've told lots of people already about Dr. Sanders and have a brother that plans to go see him in the fall.

Kevin Sonnier, 37

MX Rider and General Sales Manager for Saturn of Houston Houston, TX

In so many ways my first ACL surgery was different. With my first doctor I was on crutches at three months and still trying to rehabilitate my knee a year later. Because the doctor never talked to the rehab specialist, they didn't know how to work around a screw that prevented full knee extension. It was horrible. I never felt stable on my knee and just had to give up riding altogether. I lived a very different kind of life after that. That was nearly 20 years ago now.

After Dr. Sanders repaired my knee, I worked with BOTH the 'doc' and a trainer at the Sanders Clinic to reach full extension and strengthen my knee. I got back on my bike five weeks later and my knee hasn't felt this good in 20 years!

I had injured my leg riding years ago and went to a doctor who did a lot of work on professional athletes, so I believed I was in very good hands. Following my surgery, I didn't see the surgeon again. He turned me over to a rehabilitation clinic and that was it. Right away, that's the biggest difference between other surgeons and Dr. Sanders. He's really involved and isn't satisfied until he sees you back doing what you love.

In so many ways my first ACL surgery was different. With my first doctor I was on crutches at three months and still trying to rehabilitate my knee a year later. Because the doctor never talked to the rehab specialist, they didn't know how to work around a screw that prevented reaching full knee extension. It was horrible. I never felt stable on my knee and just had to give up riding altogether. That was nearly 20 years ago now.

My 9-year-old son recently started showing an interest in motocross riding, so I started to get back out there. We both got bikes for Christmas. But, I injured my knee again because it just wasn't stable enough to support me. I knew I needed to do something.

I had heard about Dr. Sanders from other riders and went to see him. I initially went to find out if there was anything other than surgery that would help my knee, because I just didn't want to go through another ACL surgery like the one I had had previously. I explained that I had a new baby on the way and needed to be on my feet. Dr. Sanders listened to everything - addressing the concerns I had about the baby coming and helping my wife. And then he explained that this surgery would be nothing like the first one. He assured me that if I did everything he said before and after surgery that I'd be on my feet the day after surgery and riding again before the baby arrived. And he was right!

Dr. Sanders reconstructed my ACL and repaired my medial meniscus. He used the patella tendon form my opposite knee. Yes, the opposite one! He said that it would cut my rehab period in half. And it did! After my surgery, I worked with BOTH the "doc" and a trainer at the Sanders Clinic to reach full extension and strengthen my knee. I got back on my bike five weeks later and my knee hasn't felt this good in 20 years!

My son and I ride every week now and we're stilling waiting for the baby to arrive.

One of the biggest differences between Dr. Sanders and other doctors is he's not just concerned about how successful the surgery is. He wants to know how quickly you get back out there.

Sean Kirby, 30

Former Motocross Professional Houston, Texas

I had had a limp for the past seven years - following ACL surgery - and just thought it was something I would have to live with, until I met Dr. Sanders at the Motocross track one day.

My knee was as bad as they can get. With him, I was walking without crutches one day after surgery. And only one week after surgery my knee felt better than it did before the injury. Now I'm optimistic about racing very soon - stronger and with much less pain. Sanders is a great doctor, who understands the needs of riders and how bad we want to return to action.

I've been mountain biking and racing motocross for over 20 years now and have suffered a number of broken bones and injuries as a result. I had had a limp because of a knee flexion contracture for the past seven years following a knee surgery and just thought it was something I would have to live with - until I met Dr. Sanders at the motocross track one day. He's a rider too and knows how crazy MX riders are about the sport. He thinks athletes should be able to do what they love to do, so he doesn't try to talk you out of it like most doctors.

He noticed my limp and said that I couldn't be happy with my knee as it was. He was right, I wasn't. My knee was so stiff I could hardly walk. But I didn't think there was anything that could be done - short of knee replacement.

Dr. Sanders talked me out of knee replacement, asking, "you want to ride again, don't you?" I said, "of course I do." So, he told me what I needed to do to get better.

He did a procedure that most doctors were either afraid or unwilling to do. He cleaned up my knee, burred off a bucket full of bone spurs (mountain biking accidents), reshaped the front of my tibia and removed hardware that was installed in prior operations (MX accidents) and cut the contracted posterior capsule of my knee.. The result is a knee... that extends fully! The procedure took place just a little over a month ago and I can already tell that walking is much easier than before. I am very excited about the results.

My knee was as bad as they can get. With him, I was walking without crutches one day after surgery. And only one week after surgery my knee felt better than it did before the injury. Now I'm optimistic about racing very soon - stronger and with much less pain. Dr. Sanders is a great doctor, who understands the needs of riders and how bad we want to return to action.

I'm working with the certified trainers at the Sanders Clinic to strengthen my leg and it's like nothing I've experienced with other rehab clinics before. These guys at the Sanders Clinic spend more time taking care of you. When I'm there, I'm the center of attention and everyone is focused on my needs as an athlete in recovery. This is unheard of anywhere else.

I still get a little emotional when I think about not limping anymore - no more kids asking "what happened to your leg?" For the first time in years, I feel strong again.

Carolyn Moser, 50

Instructor and owner of a Tae Kwon Do school Santa Fe, Texas

Dr. Sanders did ACL surgery on my knee 16 years ago. Since then, I've attained a 5th degree in Tae Kwon Do, won a Bronze medal competing in Korea this past summer and watched my students bring back two Golds and a Silver. My affected knee has been my most powerful kick, and that's a real testament to the type of work he does.

I have always been very active - running and doing martial arts. When I tore my ACL, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to continue my activities as strong as before. People told me to expect it to be your weaker leg. I told Dr. Sanders just get me back to what I was doing. He said you've come to the right place.

And three months after the surgery I broke two boards with that leg in a Tae Kwon Do demonstration. Dr. Sanders was thrilled!

Since my ACL surgery 16 years ago now, I've attained a 5th degree in Tae Kwon Do, won a Bronze medal competing in Korea this past summer and watched my students bring back two Golds and a Silver. My affected knee has been my most powerful kick, and that's a real testament to the type of work he does.

I had a friend who also underwent ACL surgery around the same time as mine, but was treated very differently by his doctor. He was immobilized for nearly nine months and the knee never straightened out. It eventually led to a hip replacement.

I believe Dr. Sanders' approach made all the difference. He was one of the first physicians to use the techniques he did - no cast and immediate movement on the CPM. He really pushes you. And he doesn't accept "no." I was afraid of walking at first, but he said I could do it. So, I did, because he was the doctor and he should know!

He and the trainers were also really good about telling me about the strength of the quads and how they can overpower the hamstrings and result in an injury if they aren't kept equally strong - something you just don't realize.

Over time, it was even obvious in photos how much stronger my ACL-repaired leg was than my "healthy" leg!

Broderick Williams, 31

Professional Landscaper

I had never had a serious injury before. When I realized that my damaged knee required surgery, I was terrified. It's been three weeks now since the surgery and I feel like I have a completely new knee. Dr. Sanders doesn't baby you - he makes you want to get up and get well quicker.

I had a car accident in June and damaged my knee. Dr. Sanders explained exactly what had happened and that surgery was necessary to reconstruct my ACL. I had never had an injury like this before, and I was terrified of surgery.

He told me everything I could expect - from the exercise program I would be doing right after surgery, to the amount of time I could expect to take before fully recovering. He told me the recovery time would be three months and I put that in my head. The first day out of the hospital, they made me walk out on my own without crutches or a brace!

It's only been three weeks now since surgery and I'm at nearly 60 percent and walking really well. The way he fixed it up I feel like I have a completely new knee. He knows what he's doing. I'm pretty active, but I've never really exercised - occasionally lifting some weights. Now I exercise everyday to build my knee back. I really see the difference it makes.

He filled me in right away on the exercise program that would follow surgery, including how the Cryo/Cuff® and CPMwork. And he made me walk out of the hospital without crutches or a brace the first day after surgery! He doesn't baby you in any kind of way. He's going to get it in your head that you need to get moving to get better. The way he does things makes you want to get up and get well quicker.

I don't give any thought to injuring it again, because it feels so strong right now. I'm going to work these exercises into my life. I don't have any doubt that I'll fully recover from that accident. He's a top of the line doctor.

Arthritis Patient Testimonials – Sanders Clinic

William Reichek, 93 Artist and Retired Business Owner Houston, TX

Arthritis of the Knee

I think one of the biggest problems today with the elderly is they just stop moving when they retire. That's one of the worst things about retirement for a lot of people.

I am 93 years old and have always been active. I've traveled all around the world, was married to a wonderful woman for nearly 64 years and have grandchildren and great grandchildren. I know how important it is to keep moving - exercise keeps you healthy and keeps joints loose.

And that's what Dr. Sanders advocates. When I went to see him for arthritis in my knee, he knew I didn't want surgery and he knew I didn't want to be immobilized as other physicians had recommended. He didn't want that either. So, he suggested a relatively new treatment given through a shot in my knee.

Right now Dr. Sanders is like a miracle worker! With this treatment, I can keep my knee moving, do my exercises, and keep it strong. I think one of the biggest problems today with the elderly is they just stop moving when they retire. That's one of the worst things about retirement for a lot of people.

Everyday, I do a series of exercises - rotating my arms, arm lifts, bends. Dr. Sanders advised me on these. I really like the way he treated me. He still just calls to see how things are going. With his help, I can continue my walks and projects I'm working on. I plan to paint more and I'm writing a joke book. I have over 400 jokes so far!

Carpal Tunnel Patient Testimonials

Jose Alvarado, 54 Railroad Worker Houston, TX

He's very good professionally, but most of all, he's a good person. I don't talk much, but felt he understood. I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Sanders. Today my hands are in excellent condition. When I was asked about it the other day, I said it's like getting a new start with these hands.

Dr. Sanders has seen me through carpal tunnel and thumb problems. I had carpal tunnel on both wrists and problems with both thumbs. He recently did Ulnar decompression, because of pressure on my elbow. I work with the Railroad and my work has a lot to do with the problems I've had with my hands and arms.

He gave me excellent care. His approach is very level headed and practical. He doesn't put you in restraints. He wants you to move your arm. He takes a very natural approach. And it works.

I'm a worker and used to working. His goal is to get you back to 100 percent and back to work soon. The things that I had done didn't require therapists and a lot of time in therapy. Dr. Sanders and his trainers gave me exercises that I could do at home to help regain my strength. After several procedures with him, I do know that his approach works very well. I have always returned to work very quickly following one of his procedures.

Before the surgeries I tried medication and other conservative methods, but nothing worked for my problems. I'm not someone who advocates surgery believe me, and he really was reluctant as well and took some time with other treatments before these procedures. Then, he leveled with me.

He's very good professionally, but most of all, he's a good person. I don't talk much, but felt he understood. I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Sanders. Today my hands are in excellent condition. When I was asked about it the other day, I said it's like getting a new start with these hands.

Deformity Correction Testimonials

Anatalia Rodriguez, 44

Fractures – Sanders Clinic Testimonials

Shala Roberts Mother of 13 year old Cade Roberts Houston, Texas

It has only been 4 months since my son's surgery and he is already walking without any signs of an injury. It just brings tears to my eyes. You have no idea how grateful I am to Dr. Sanders for this miracle. He gave me my son back. He's now able to play sports again and lead a normal active life for a teenager. 

before_surgeryMy son Cade has always been an athletic, active boy who loves sports. A week after Christmas in 2006, he had a horrible accident riding his motorbike. He broke his left arm and femur and was in the hospital hooked up to a morphine pump for almost a week. The doctors put rods in his leg and a plate in his arm. Making matters even worse, Cade was still recovering from a torn ACL. I was shocked when they sent us home without any prescriptions or plans for physical therapy. Cade did absolutely nothing for six weeks. He had to be home schooled and he constantly complained of horrible pain. He was extremely week and walked as if he had been crippled his entire life. 

I finally, on my own, pursued physical therapy for my son. Despite my efforts, things didn't get much better for Cade. I would watch him hobble down the driveway and it would me make me cry. It was obvious he wasn't healing properly. His leg was crooked and he was in horrible pain, but still my son tried to remain active, as any 11 year old boy should. On Mother's Day weekend, just five months after the accident, Cade fell off his bicycle and re-broke his left femur with the flexible rods still in his leg. The doctor said he needed a plate and screws put in his leg. He also told us that Cade would not be able to pursue any kind of sports for at least a year. Cade cried and so did I. 

Desperate for help, I found Dr. Mark. We went to his office and he measured Cade's leg. To my horror, Cade's left leg was two inches shorter than his right. Dr. Mark said this was due to severe bends in the rods that were still in Cade's leg. I was scared, but Dr. Mark was very confident and reassured us that he could fix Cade's leg with a plate and screws, and even remove the plate and screws from his arm. He answered all of our questions patiently, and to our amazement he even gave us his cell phone number and told us to call if we had any questions. We called a lot with all kinds of questions. Dr. Mark was always available and was very patient with us. He suggested that we get on "Thumper Talk's" forum and ask his patients how they felt about the Sanders Clinic. We did and they all had nothing but the best to say about Dr. Mark and his staff. After talking to dozens of successful patients, it was very easy to switch Cade's care to the Sanders Clinic. 

after_surgeryThe day after Dr. Mark put the plate and screws in Cade's femur and took the plate out of his arm, Cade was in physical therapy with Ed. Ed made sure Cade did what he needed to do in order to recover. He worked very hard with Cade and we can't say enough about Ed commitment to us and our son. With the proper doctor and physical therapist, Cade was walking normal within weeks. He was also back riding his bicycle. Just this past February, Dr. Sanders removed the plate and screws from Cade's leg and did a pediatric ACL repair. Once again Cade went back to Ed for physical therapy and was soon headed down the path of recovery. The pediatric ACL repair was something that no other doctor had even given us as an option. We had never even heard of it before. Without his ACL repaired, Cade would still be limited on the kinds of sports he can play and would have to constantly wear a knee brace. 

It has only been 4 months since my son's surgery and he is already walking without any signs of an injury. It just brings tears to my eyes. You have no idea how grateful I am to Dr. Sanders for this miracle. He gave me my son back. I believe that Dr. Sanders has a gift that most doctors do not. He actually cares about his patients and their families as well. And he also realizes how important it is for someone who is very into sports to get back to there normal active lives. I know right now I could call Dr. Sanders or Ed and they would still be available to my family and always will. I cannot say enough about the two of them. They gave me my son back. I truly appreciate everyone at the Sanders Clinic.;

Cindy Giffith, mom

Wellington, FL

(Christian Griffith, 15, MX racer Fractured Collar Bone)

I was impressed by how much work he did with motocross riders - actually helping them get back to their sport rather than trying to talk them out of it. We couldn't be happier with the outcome and continue to recommend.
Dr. Sanders to fellow riders. In fact, I bought a book that talks about him, Medicine Men of Texas and just pull it out when I'm talking to someone about him. What's great about Dr. Sanders is he talks to you directly. He gave me his cell phone number in case we needed him!

We are very happy we made the trip to see him.

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When Christian broke his collar bone after a bad fall off his bike, we were told a range of things - from just let it heal, surgery isn't necessary, to a lengthy procedure is required with months of recovery. So, I got on the Internet to do my own research and came across Dr. Sanders. I was impressed by how much work he did with motocross riders - actually helping them get back to their sport rather than trying to talk them out of it.

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I sent him an x-ray that revealed a break I believed needed to be addressed. In my judgment, just letting it heal as it was didn't seem right. I initially just wanted to send an x-ray online to his office. Next thing I knew he gets on the phone. And he just explained to me the two possible outcomes - one with surgery versus one without.

He told me a lot of things I didn't like about the outcome without surgery - potentially compromising Christian's stability and strength on the bike in the future. We were finally convinced to have it repaired surgically. He really put my mind at ease, describing a simple surgery he had performed many times that year on MX riders. I still got a second opinion from a doctor for the Miami Dolphins. He indicated surgery was needed "so that suit jackets would fit right." He described a much lengthier surgery. So we flew from Palm Beach on a Sunday night to see Dr. Sanders.

Everyone was very comforting and patient in explaining everything and assuring me as a parent.

Christian did great and went into the office the day following the procedure and did exercises on the stationary bike. And we left the following morning with a complete rehab program to follow. Four days later he was throwing the football with that arm. He is today just as comfortable on the bike as he was before the accident - and recently rode in his biggest race ever, stepping up to the "C" Class.

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We couldn't be happier with the outcome and continue to recommend Dr. Sanders to fellow riders. In fact, I bought a book that talks about him, Medicine Men of Texas, and just pull it out when I'm talking to someone about him.

What's great about Dr. Sanders is he talks to you directly. He gave me his cell phone number in case we needed him! That's so important when you're going through something like this, because you're cutting out the screw up in communication happening so much today in the medical industry. So much is lost in translation. Just to be able to call him directly was huge.

We are very happy we made the trip to see him.

Warwick Stevenson

Warwick Stevenson, 27, Professional BMX Rider California

Fractured Radius and Dislocated Distal Radioulnar Joint (DRUJ) 

Dr. Sanders and his trainer Ed make you feel like this isn't the end of your year. You can get back ...and stronger. I've been riding for 17 years and hope to walk out into the arena at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Had I listened to other doctors earlier in my career, I wouldn't be able to say that. 

I came to see Dr. Sanders a little over a year ago when I severely injured my knee. He did an ACL reconstruction and I was able to compete again in just months. That would have been unheard of with any other doctor. That's why I came back to Houston when I went over the handlebars during the ABA Sooner Nationals recently and fractured my wrist. 

w_stevensonHe repaired my distal radius with a locked plate and screws, so that I could start moving it right away. Two days later I was back in the gym - and setting up my training schedule for the next event. 

y knee injury could have taken me out of this sport a year ago, if I hadn't come to Dr. Sanders. Now I carry his philosophy with me everywhere I go - "you're body can do more than you think." It has made a big difference in this recent recovery and with minor injuries I've sustained along the way. I think this confidence really helps with the mental aspect of recovery. That's important. 

Most doctors just want you to stop what you're doing and keep you immobilized. Not Dr. Sanders. It's difficult, if not impossible to completely regain strength in an injured limb if you don't start strengthening it as soon as possible - at least allowing it to move through day-to-day activities. 

I learned from Dr. Sanders that you can push yourself straight away. 

Dr. Sanders isn't only a doctor but a real person as well. He understands that we need to keep competing. Our careers are our well-being and our life. It's how we put food on the table. That's too important to trust to just anyone. 

Dr. Sanders and his trainer Ed make you feel like this isn't the end of your year. You can get back ...and stronger. I've been riding for 17 years and hope to walk out into the arena at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Had I listened to any other doctor earlier in my career, I wouldn't be able to say that.

Shane Hadjes

Update on my son -

Osteotomy on Right Tibia 

Well it has been about three and a half months since Dr. Sanders performed the Osteotomy on Shane's right Tibia. This basically involved cutting the Tibia in half just above the ankle and straightening his leg to get the proper length. A plate and nine screws held the bone in place, allowing for the bone graph to mend. Dr. Sanders did an awesome job taking the leg and fixing what the doctors here in California screwed up. 

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Shane is back on the bike and has no pain whatsoever. It is like he never even injured his leg. This is a far cry from what the doctors here told us. The Orthopaedic Surgeon that originally put his leg together said that he would never be able to ride again, and the doctor that caused his leg to heal up crooked thought that he should have his ankle fused. Another doctor we talked to wanted to put some type of external fixator on his leg and try to straighten it that way. Dr. Sanders, after looking at the x-ray told us not to let these doctors touch him and to get to Houston ASAP. Well we listened to Dr. Sanders and I am telling you it was the best decision that we have ever made. Dr. Sanders treated us with care and compassion and he was very up front and honest with us. He has always been there for us even post surgery, which is almost unheard of in this day and age. 

Dr. Sanders is truly interested in getting his patients back to doing what they love (Motocross). He does not make you feel bad about letting your kids ride dirt bikes and he understands that living life means doing what you enjoy. 

Regards
Paul Hadjes

Kevin Kremke, 33

Reliant Energy Ranked among the top amateur cyclist in Texas in road and track racing

Operative Fixation of Fractured Clavicle 

I wish more athletes knew the options they have. In this sport, you don't have an "off season" to recover from an injury. You're on your bike pretty much year round. 

Most physicians think you're the typical 40-year-old guy - active with the occasional hobby and not rigorously training and competing like many of us are. They take a conservative approach without understanding our drive and intent to get right back out there. Dr. Sanders does understand and wants to make us strong enough to do it. 

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I competed in that race a week later and finished eighth out of 120 riders. And I've won three other races since then. 

I wish more athletes knew the options they have. In this sport, you don't have an "off season" to recover from an injury. You're on your bike pretty much year round. Other riders have shown me their collarbone "lump" resulting from nonsurgical treatment of fractures in the past. Traditionally, your season is short if you break it. I think it's crazy. 

Most physicians think you're the typical 40-year-old guy - active with the occasional hobby and not rigorously training and competing like many of us are. They take a conservative approach without understanding our drive and intent to get right back out there. Dr. Sanders does understand and wants to make us strong enough to do it. 

I never realized until the injury how much pressure you put on that area of your body - when you're sprinting all out, it's amazing how much of your upper body and that part of your shoulder is affected. It affected the treatment I chose and how I train today. I can't say enough about Dr. Sanders. 

Shawn Hall, 46

Missouri

Regional sales manager and Off-road Racer - Trail Rider

I used to race 25 weekends a year. It was my life. One Sunday morning I ended up in the ICU breathing through a tube. Just like that things change. After years of pain, to get back to a point that I'm competitive again is amazing.

Dr. Sanders made me first commit to what was coming afterwards, before I scheduled surgery with him. Someone just needed to tell me that. I don't think my other doctors were used to working with athletes and never pushed me to the next level.

'Dr. Mark' is the first doctor I have found that understands what we do and who tells it like it is. I had plenty of surgeons tell me a bunch of worthless junk and advise me to spend the rest of my life living on a park bench feeding the pigeons. They expected me to live my life with a severe limp and said that the last thing I should ever do is get back on a bike.

The medical field is full of doctors with great bedside manners and good ratings, because they do not rock the boat. They practice 'minimally invasive.' I call it minimally risky and minimally effective surgery.

I've been riding off-road motorcycles for years. In 2002, I suffered a badly broken femur and hip. The physician at the time tried to repair it - with three different surgeries and a bunch of hardware. In 2004, a doctor in Dallas took the hardware out and put a plate in the lower femur. While it seemed to be healing well, I had a lot of pain and continued to walk with a limp - unable to completely straighten my leg or attain full range of motion.

I saw Dr. Sanders on a motocross website,www.ktmtalk.com, and sent him an email asking what he thought about the plate in my leg and the pain I had had for so long. He called me back within 30 minutes and asked me to send him my history. I sent him a dissertation on the history of my injuries! He called again and explained in length what problems I was having and what we needed to do. He was direct and honest. I knew just from talking to him that he was the right doctor.

I had heard some good feedback on Dr. Sanders from other racers, but, honestly, on the phone I knew immediately that this is a guy I wanted to go see. He told me if I wanted to be competitive again, I needed to get rid of the plate or risk a more severe break.

That's what I find most refreshing about Dr. Sanders - he doesn't give you a lot of garbage, just his 'unfiltered' opinion. For a guy in his mid forties, I appreciated that. I had until that point dealt with so many doctors over the years who seemed guarded - like they were never truly telling you what they really thought but rather what they should say.

I came from Missouri to see Dr. Sanders. I really only had a couple of weeks. He said, 'give me two weeks, and we can do this.' As soon as I met him I knew this was a guy I wanted to trust. He isn't afraid to say what he really thinks. If I'm not working hard enough, he tells me. Dr. Sanders made me first commit to what was coming afterwards, before I scheduled surgery him.

The first thing he did was take out the plate - removing 14 screws from my femur. Then he cleaned up my knee. Originally, the upper portion of the knee was shattered badly. Whatever he did - my knee works 100 percent better than before.

I can run up the stairs and skip and jog - all the things I never thought I'd do again. I don't know how much was the surgical procedure, the advice he gave, or the way he motivates you. I used to race 25 weekends a year. It was my life. One Sunday morning I ended up in the ICU breathing through a tube. Just like that things change. After years of pain, to get back to a point that I'm competitive again is amazing.

I've never been a pro or anything but I am competitive. Most doctors tell me 'you're too old - don't get back on the bike.' But, he doesn't do that.

The cool thing is the range of motion. I picked up after that surgery. I went from 105 in surgery to 135 during surgery and it's been pretty much maintained now at 140. It's so much better and allows me to do things I couldn't do before. I walk without a limp now. My family was shocked. I also attribute much of the success to the rehab after. I thought I was working hard before, but he raised the bar to a whole new level.

Someone just needed to tell me that. I don't think my other doctors were used to working with athletes and never pushed me to the next level. I still spend an hour a day on my stationary bike and do weights to work on strengthening.

The fracture on distal femur was extreme. It came through the muscles.

My trainer at the Sanders Clinic, Ed, gave me all that I needed. He set the level. I never knew what it needed to be.

Everything feels great now. Dr. Sanders just said follow up if you need me. I don't know what else I would need from him.

I recommend him to my friends and family. The biggest lesson for me is that we need to take control of our own healthcare. We can't just leave it up to the doctor. Some doctors just don't know.

My surgery with Dr. Sanders was July 27, 2005, and my first "comeback" race was December 18 the same year. It felt good to be competitive again - and feeling like I really could be. The race was a 2-moto format and it went really well

My goal is to get back to Black Jack Enduro circuit - which goes from Texas to Missouri, all over Louisiana. I'd like to win a class championship. I couldn't have imagined setting these goals without Sanders.

The medical field is full of doctors with great bedside manners and good ratings, because they do not rock the boat. They practice 'minimally invasive.' I call it minimally risky and minimally effective surgery."

The problem is that most Ortho doc's do not understand what we do. They think that once you get out of high school, you should stop doing anything more than going to the gym and spending the rest of your life "being careful." I for one choose to live my life differently. I know there is risk. But to me, it is worth it.

Dr. Mark is the first doctor I have found that understands what we do and tells it like it is. I had plenty of surgeons tell me a bunch of worthless junk and advise me to spend the rest of my life living on a park bench feeding the pigeons. They expected me to live my life with a severe limp and said the last thing I should ever do is get back on a bike.

(PATIENT UPDATE – DECEMBER 2006)
I have ridden a National Enduro, 3 State HS Series Races and 2 Winter Series races in the past few months. I even have 3 trophies for my efforts. I walk without a limp and can even run a little. All of this - because Dr. Mark Sanders had the balls to tell me the truth and do the job right.

KTMissouri - Racing again!
riderdown.org- Injured Rider Advocate
Thanks to Dr. Sanders for my new leg!
2003 450 EXC
1999 300 EXC
Missouri HS Championship Series
Black Jack Enduro Circuit
Hillbilly GP

Noe Esparza, 36

Territory Sales Manager for Federal Mogul, motocross rider and former motocross professional

Fractured tibia and ligament tear

I can honestly say that I don't believe I would be in as good a shape as I am now if I had gone to any other doctor. Dr. Sander's rehabilitation program is unlike anything I've ever seen. It was great getting back on my bike just three months after my injury, but most importantly the injury didn't keep me from work - my livelihood. Dr. Sanders doesn't just get you back to your sport fast - he gets you back to your life.

I've been riding motocross since I was five-years-old and never had an injury more serious than a minor sprain. But, we were practicing for a race recently and I broke my leg and sustained ligament damage as well.

I contacted a couple of orthopedic surgeons in Houston, but they weren't as responsive as I would have liked. I had heard about Dr. Sanders from houstonmotocross.com and another friend of mine - so decided to give him a call. He was very responsive to my concerns and just minutes after talking to him, I knew he was the doctor I needed. Plus, he's an MX rider himself and understands what we go through.

He is very personable, honest and genuinely concerned about your injury and the time it's keeping you off your feet. He really tells it like it is, and I like that. He was clear about my options and let me know from the start that his rehabilitation program is tough - and takes work and commitment.

When he felt my leg was ready, we scheduled surgery. Immediately after, he put me on an exercise program and talked to me about proper training and diet. He wants to make sure that you're completely prepared to make a full recovery - and he gives you the tools you need to prepare for rigorous activity.

He didn't just turn me over to the trainer, he was involved in all aspects of my recovery, including rehabilitation. I think that that is why his patients do so well. He really wants to see you completely recovered and is there 100 percent to ensure it happens. That alone is motivating and encourages you to continue your exercise program not only when he's monitoring your progress and range of motion, but on your own as well. It made my outlook very positive.

I think the most significant difference between Dr. Sanders and other doctors is his physical fitness program. It's unlike anything out there and it is the key to getting back to the sport as fast as possible. Without going through it I don't think I would have gotten back on the bike in such a short time period.

The staff at the Sanders Clinic is phenomenal. I learned things about balanced strength training and weight distribution when riding that I now share with my kids who compete on amateur racing teams. I feel really fortunate to have had Dr. Sanders address this injury. In different hands, this injury could have impacted my life for years to come. I've had friends with the same type of ligament injuries that took over a year to recover. It is really unbelievable to me.

He still calls to check on me and make sure I'm still riding my stationary bike at least one hour a day, every day. He said I should continue doing that for the rest of my life! It has become a good part of my routine. It truly benefits your body - and who doesn't need exercise every day? He knows you have to be fit to do motocross.

I can honestly say that I don't believe I would be in as good a shape as I am now if I had gone to any other doctor. Dr. Sander's rehabilitation program is unlike anything I've ever seen. It was great getting back on my bike just three months after my injury, but most importantly the injury didn't keep me from work - my livelihood. Dr. Sanders doesn't just get you back to your sport fast - he gets you back to your life.

Bobby Simmons, 36

Technical Support

Distal Radius Fracture

After a few days he (Dr. Sanders) removed my cast so that my wrist could move freely. This is really different than what you would once see - people immobilized in big casts for long periods of time. He encourages immediate movement and continuous strengthening exercises. This makes such a difference in how the injury heals.

I broke my left wrist in a car accident in early February and Dr. Sanders was my "second opinion." He said surgery would be required but that I'd be using my wrist again in a matter of days.

He emphasized the importance of movement and didn't want to keep a cast on it very long. After a few days he removed my cast so that my wrist could move freely. This is really different than what you would once see - people immobilized in big casts. He encourages immediate movement and continuous strengthening exercises. This makes such a difference in how the injury heals.

It began to strengthen immediately and continues everyday. Along with the stretches and small weight exercises the trainers at the Sanders Clinic showed me, I bought a soccer ball and just began bouncing it. I'm eager to begin playing racquetball again.

I'm really pleased with the surgery and care I received by Dr. Sanders and the trainers at the Sanders Clinic. My scar is hardly visible and my wrist feels great. I continue to do rehab now on my own.

Phillip “Niko” Cromwell, 16

Student and soccer player for St. Pius and the Bellaire Soccer Club

Broken Leg 

At first I went to the orthopedic doctor that my pediatrician recommended. He put me in a closed reduction cast from the mid thigh to the foot. Then, he gave me a wheelchair and told me I could expect to stay in it for two months - at which time he would remove the long cast to put a shorter one on. 

That's when I went to Dr. Sanders. 

I play soccer and am hoping to get a scholarship to college through it. I've played soccer for a while - and sometimes quite a few games in a week when the seasons for the two teams I play for overlap. During one of the games, I was running towards the goalie. I clipped him and broke my tibia and fibula. At first I went to the orthopedic doctor that my pediatrician recommended. He put me in a closed reduction cast from the mid thigh to the foot. Then, he gave me a wheelchair and told me I could expect to stay in it for two months - at which time he would remove the long cast to put a shorter one on. 

That's when I went to Dr. Sanders. 

I had heard about Dr. Sanders through a fitness trainer who works with his patients. The first thing he did was take the cast off! I was a little nervous because it had only been a few weeks. He explained that young bones heal faster and the lack of movement was doing more harm than good. So, he put me in a movable brace that allowed me to begin building up muscle strength on my injured leg again. 

I was really surprised to see how quickly my quads and calf muscles had shrunk just in the three weeks I had had the cast on. I had already lost so much strength and had to work to build it back up. I can't imagine what it would have been like after the two months the first doctor indicated was necessary to keep the cast on and stay off my leg. 

While I was shocked that Dr. Sanders removed the cast so soon, I was at the same time relieved. With the movable brace I could shower and walk around normally. I believe I had a much faster recovery, because I was able to move around and begin strengthening earlier than I was first told would be possible. 

If I had stayed with the other doctor and his program, I would have only recently begun exercising without some type of cast on my leg. Instead, I've been jogging and working out to improve range of motion. I've already been back to practice and can kick and pass. My family is very happy that my recovery happened so much faster with Dr. Sanders. 

I definitely think Dr. Sanders is the way to go, because the way he handled my leg allowed me to move it and keep the muscles strong - which got me back to practice faster

Laura Muscarello, 35

Stay-at-home mom Chicago, IL

I was thinking surely there is a period of rest after such a procedure. I was surprised initially that they expected me to do the exercises, but even more so to find that I was able to do them - just one day after an operation! I do believe that it has made a big difference in how quickly I'm recovering. This really changed the way I thought about addressing injuries.

I was visiting Houston and staying in the Galleria area when I was crossing the street on foot and hit by a car. It struck my hip and I fell on my elbow and knee. I broke both the tibia and fibula in my left leg and taken by ambulance to the hospital. 

There, Dr. Sanders came in and clearly explained what had happened to my leg and what would be necessary. I would have to have surgery. He then explained the necessity of immediate exercise following surgery in the recovery of my leg. I remember one of the things that really shocked me is when they brought exercise equipment into my room even before the surgery, so that I could understand how it works and begin exercising immediately following the surgery. 

At the time, I couldn't move my leg at all. And I was thinking surely there is a period of rest after such a procedure. I was surprised initially that they expected me to do the exercises, but even more so to find that I was able to do them - just one day after an operation! 

I do believe that it has made a big difference in how quickly I'm recovering. This really changed the way I thought about addressing injuries. It's been just a little over four weeks now, and I'm quite able to bend it over 90 degrees. I'm putting weight on it everyday. And although I've never really exercised such as at a gym, Dr. Sanders showed me how to work my knee and do some bends to help build strength. 

I'm from Chicago and this happened while I was visiting, but Dr. Sanders made me feel very comfortable. He was very professional and I had complete faith in what he recommended.

Julia Fernon, 53

Broker Houston, TX

I think the difference between this experience and previous ones is his (Dr. Sanders) personal care, monitoring, and advice - doing what he feels is best for me. I was impressed with his credentials, and even more so with his riding in the MS 150. He lives an active life and understands. He wants to get you back to your quality of life.

I was skating on "four-wheelers" (roller skates) and fell. I completely shattered my wrist when I tried to break my fall. I walked a distance before getting help and didn't even know I had also broken my ankle. My hand was in such bad shape it didn't even look like a hand. My wrist was completely splintered and just looked all twisted - bone was just about to come through the skin.

When I saw Dr. Sanders, he could have told me that my hand couldn't be saved and needs to be amputated, and it wouldn't have surprised me! He didn't, though. He did say that I would have to have surgery and explained my options very clearly. He explained my injuries in terms that I could understand. He needed to put a plate in both my wrist and my lower leg. He was upfront. I liked his openness and honesty. Many doctors make you try to read what they're saying.

He also told me that I had Osteoporosis, which I didn't even know. I feel really lucky to have found that out. If things had continued as they were, I could have had my grandchildren running up into my arms and broken a hip!

He really took the time to know my health - beyond the injuries.

While I was in the hospital, he came by two and three times a day to check on me and on what the nurses were doing with me. I had asked for a sling, but he told me he preferred that I use my arm - explaining that a sling would prevent me from doing that. When you're hurt you're afraid to do anything. His insistence on what would be okay and what would not gave me the confidence. I trusted everything. And this is just one of many examples of the attentiveness he shows to your care. I really felt he was worried about me.

He even came in once and mentioned that I wasn't eating much of my food - like he was a relative or something. He really promoted self-healing, working with me on building my bones. He immediately told me how important it was that I eat proper meals three times a day.

Everybody was amazed thinking just a couple of days after surgery that I'm laid up with broken bones, but found me out walking the block! It has taken less time for my entire hand to heal following this surgery and care, than when a finger was damaged years ago. He also repaired my carpal tunnel syndrome while he was in there! Given what I can already do with my hand, I know that it will be 100 percent again.

I think the difference between this experience and previous ones is his personal care, monitoring, and advice - doing what he feels is best for me. I was impressed with his credentials, and even more so with his riding in the MS 150. He lives an active life and understands. He wants to get you back to your quality of life.

I met with Ed, a personal trainer, and developed exercises that I can do at home. There's no therapy five days a week. I have activities to help build muscle mass in order to increase my bone density. He knows immediately what works for you. Forme, it was only necessary to show me the way and I'll keep it up.

I have such confidence in what he says that he could tell me to jump off a house, break the rest of my bones and he'd fix them up... and I'd believe that he could. He's a miracle man! I just can't say enough about him.

Hip Replacement Testimonials

Michael Smalley, 44

Total Hip Replacement (left and right hip)

"I don't think I'm a fluke but rather a walking testament to what that man does. From the pain and life I had to the day after surgery and my life now.......it's just phenomenal.”

I believe it all started when I hurt my back in an accident 17 years ago. While I had surgery a year following the accident and my back felt great after that, I believe the damage to my hips was already done. I started to notice over the years that my range of motion and my stride were diminishing. And the pain while walking and other activities got increasingly worse - stabbing, nagging pain that worsened when the weather changed.

I began stumbling over steps because I just couldn't get my stride high enough. Then it reached the point where I needed my kids to help me put on my socks and shoes.

I went to different physicians and even did various sessions of cortisone injections twice a week for a year at a time. I did anti inflammatory drugs and different pain meds to get me through the day - and then days turned into months and then years. And I just dealt with it.

Then, I went to an orthopedic specialist, and while he said that I "had the hips of a 70-year-old,” here in the U.S. I was too young for a hip replacement. I was 32 at the time.

But, I wasn't living the life of a 32-year-old man.

My oldest child, who was seven at the time (now 18), came home one day and said, "Dad I found something that will fix you.” He showed me a hip resurfacing website on the Internet and asked if this would "fix me”! At that age, this is what he was doing on the Internet. I realized then how much it was affecting my kids and began looking into this. 

I saw a few more orthopedic docs and they all said the same thing - too young for hip replacement surgery. All they would do was pain management. All the while my physical ability continued to diminish. I just thought, I guess I'll wait until I'm 50 or 60 and hopefully won't be in a wheelchair by then.

Last year I just said enough is enough. I have three kids all active in sports - and I wasn't able to get out there and help them or my wife. Not only that but soon they'll be gone and who will help me put on my socks and shoes?! 

I just wanted to live my life again.

I began asking around and hearing from those who were active in motocross and BMX - as these are sports I once did. They all told me about their "war stories” and recommended Dr. Mark Sanders. He's put some people doing some pretty serious things like bull riding, sky diving, motocross riding, back together - and back doing what they do! They said he can do anything - fix any broken bone or problem you have. I just wanted to ride a bike again - obtain the range of motion necessary to fully rotate the pedals. And I wanted to get back to moderately active things and put my own socks and shoes on. So, I started tracking him on the Internet. I read about what he was doing and followed him for about five years. 

Then, I called him. It changed my life.

I met him for the first time April 2013. He told me that I had some of the worse hips he had ever seen come his way! He said that he didn't know how I was still walking and recited what I had probably heard from previous physicians .... and he was right.

He then explained what he does and that hip resurfacing did not have the longevity I needed. He said at my age, to live the life I had been missing, I needed hip replacements. 

He said I needed both hips replaced and exactly how that would go. He was phenomenal. After an hour, I told him that I don't care if you have to cut me from my armpit to my ankle to restore my life and get me back to my wife and my kids....do it!

The procedure on my left hip went so well that I was up walking the hallway the next day and went home that afternoon. Initially I was unsure about walking around. I remember telling him that I don't have good range of motion - and he said, "you're not sick anymore.” So I got up. I couldn't believe how good that hip felt. Physical therapy watched me with the walker - everyone was really, really amazed how I moved right after surgery. I went home and kept walking, smiling and crying as my right hip felt all the worse with my left hip replacement. The only thing that kept me going was knowing that the right hip would be done soon and I would be complete.

Just four days after the surgery for my left hip I went in for physical therapy and Ed (physical therapist) wanted me to get on the bike and ride. I said I can't do this, I haven't had the range of motion to ride a bike in almost 15 years. He said, "You do now - get on the bike.” I got on the bike and rode three miles that day! After just six weeks, they said we had gone as far as we could go with stretching and everything was great.

This past December I had my right hip done. I brought my walker with me and was ready to go. The physical therapist wanted to help me out of bed following the surgery and I remembered Dr. Sanders' words the first time "you're not sick anymore.” So, I got up on my own and walked to the walker. The therapist's jaw hit the ground. They told me to walk to the door and stop. I asked if I had to stop at the door! I left my room and circled the nurses station twice! They couldn't believe it and said they're used to seeing hip replacement patients there for five days before they're able to do much walking.

I told them I have a phenomenal doctor. That's the only way I could explain it.

It's all in the way Dr. Sanders preps his patients - explaining what I would experience and that I could expect quick mobility.

I don't think I'm a fluke but rather a walking testament to what that man does. From the pain and life I had to the day after surgery and my life now...it's just phenomenal.

My son is starting varsity baseball and very fast. I always told him that when I get my hips fixed we'll race and see if his speed comes from his dad or his mom. I called him out one evening and we raced in the front yard. A few days later he had friends over and I heard him boasting about me and what I can do now with my new hips - and how great he thinks it is. I was really moved.

Even the simple things that I hadn't realized affected me.....and my kids - like getting into the car from the passenger side. For 16 years this was very difficult with my left hip. Recently I just got in and sat down and my 13-year-old asked if I was okay. She said, "Do you know what you just did? You just sad down ‘regular!' " I never realized just how much these things affected them.

We go to sporting events now and I walk right past their outstretched hands, because I no longer need help getting up the bleachers. We have always done a lot of things with my wife's family and I had always been left with my mother-in-law, who walks with a cane. We would look like two cripples walking around the zoo or water park. It was funny but she said recently that the next time we do something like that she's going to be left behind on her own!

It's the simple things like that for somebody that hurts like I did that just make all the difference. People see a change in me. I'm not the same Mike Smalley we used to know. I tell everyone how this has changed my life.

Injury Reconditioning

Darryl Hamilton, 39 Former New York Mets baseball player Current TV and Radio Analyst for MajorLeagueBaseball.com (MLB.com) Houston, Texas

I've learned a lot about what to do to my body, from knowing them (Dr. Sanders/trainers) over the last few years. They didn't want me to change what I was doing - just strengthen the muscles I needed to do them.

There's a much better chance of avoiding surgery today, because today's athlete knows a lot more about their body than they did 20 years ago. Going under the knife in surgery is not always the best thing in the long term. It's better to avoid it if possible by keeping the body strong.

People hear so much about what modern technology can do that they think surgery will make it better. But it's not always the best thing.

I was an athlete for many years and my joints took a lot of abuse. A problem I had with my foot developed into a problem with my knee. What trainers like George at the Sanders Clinic continue to stress is the importance of strengthening all the muscles around a weak or injured area. I've learned a lot about what to do to my body, from knowing them over the last few years. The routine they helped me establish included everything from lifting weights to running. They didn't want me to change what I was doing - just strengthen the muscles I needed to do them.

And even though I'm retired from baseball now, I'm working out everyday and strengthening in order to avoid future injuries

Kevin Garrett, 23

Cornerback St. Louis Rams St. Louis, Mo.

He could have just said let's do surgery and take care of the problem. But, he didn't. He said he really didn't think I needed surgery and that I should try a few things before going under the knife. That really impressed me. 

I was really impressed with Dr. Sander's honesty. When my agent advised me to see him about my knee problems, he could have just said let's do surgery and take care of the problem. But, he didn't. He said he really didn't think I needed surgery and that I should try a few things before going under the knife. That really impressed me. 

I've had knee problems for a long time - probably because of my sport. My knees take a lot of pounding, twisting and grinding. I've even had another doctor do arthroscopic surgery a couple of years ago and still had problems. 

Dr. Sanders gave me some exercises to do and monitors the progress to see if we can take care of things without surgery. I've been working with him for a few months now and so far so good. 

I'm really happy with him and happy that he didn't cut on my knee. He has a personable approach and can relate to his patients. He wants to keep you strong and healthy.

Knee Replacement Testimonials

Glenda Warman, 54

Procedures included Tibial Osteotomy, ACL Reconstruction, Total Knee Replacement

I've always been very active and involved in lots of different sports. I first blew my knee out while playing basketball when I was 14. But I continued doing everything I wanted to do - lots of trail running, mountain biking, weight lifting and hiking. I've really put my knees to the test.

I had my first ACL reconstruction over 20 years ago and over time also developed varus deformity. So, I began doing more "straight on” sports like running and biking to avoid the twisting that would further damage my knees. After years of that I had had enough and went to see Dr. Sanders.

I've now had a number of procedures done by him, most recently a total knee replacement, and I couldn't be happier. I think one of the big draws to Dr. Sanders is the recovery program - how they get you up and back into things quickly. I had full range of motion and extension very soon after my procedure. It helps that I was active beforehand but they really push you to get moving - and will let up only when the tears start rolling down your face! But, they have the heart to help you get through the hurt....and it helps. I was back at it in no time. It has been just a little over a month now and it's awesome how the tissue is repairing itself. I don't even notice the joint. I'm riding my stationary bike at home and increasing my exercises at the gym. They want you to just keep moving.

I think Dr. Sanders' expertise of the knee is just crazy, his knowledge is insane – and I'm sure he does a lot of things others just don't even know about. I like his straight forwardness and eagerness to get you back to the things you enjoy doing.

My goal is to do some hiking, white water rafting and mountain biking in Seattle this summer. I don't want to be a slug!

Willie Dee Criss, 84

Retired art teacher and current artist Texas City, Texas

I was driving a car 11 days after surgery! I finally didn't have any more pain and I still don't have any pain. 

I was just carrying around too much weight for too many years - living with the daily pain from even walking a few feet or up stairs - when I went to Dr. Sanders. My knees were just worn out from the excess weight and practically bone to bone. 

And I remember my family practitioner coming around to see me after the operation and I was crying. He thought I was in pain, but I was crying because I was so happy I had my new knee! I was driving a car 11 days after the surgery! I had a machine that moved my knee constantly after surgery, and I was determined to get through the recovery as soon as possible. I finally didn't have any more pain, and I still don't have any pain. 

That was nearly 20 years ago now and I am still perfectly satisfied. Although I have asbestosis and have difficulty breathing today, I still do my knee to chest exercises every morning before I get out of bed. 

I had such a successful knee surgery that I would certainly recommend Dr. Sanders to someone needing a knee replacement, if other treatments don't get it done. It is important to get all the information you can and find someone who is knowledgeable about the latest procedures...and someone you have faith in. Like I did. 

Patellar Instability Testimonials

Jenna (patellar instability and related complications)

Procedures included femoral and tibial osteotomies

One of my friends recently told me that he thought it was ridiculous that I had to go all the way to Texas to get my knees fixed.

(Response to him)
This is why I ultimately believe that it was a good and economical choice to have surgery in Houston, done by a surgeon who I would trust my life with.

Hypothetically, I think it’s a similar idea to a person who has a bunch of credit card debt. Once they’re maxed, they may find temporary relief from a small loan to make ends meet that month. But what happens next month? Soon they have bad credit and can’t get anymore small loans. They were seeking relief that fixed the consequences of a problem, but not the problem itself - which would have been more cumbersome in the present but probably a much more worthwhile long term solution than bankruptcy.

I think the same idea is true with my knee. It’s a harder procedure and longer recovery now, but it’s meant to be a long term fix. Maybe there was a doctor somewhere in the Chicago area who fixes bone deformities. But I like to research things and after all my doctor and knee research senior year I could not find a doctor who has the success rate Dr. Sanders does. Patients are jumping to talk about their experience with him - and an aggressive rehab protocol that guarantees you full range of motion back (if you put in the hard work) to return to everyday activities. He is someone who takes the ultimate pride and passion in his work so much so that he gets involved personally with your rehab.

An entire Facebook fan page is dedicated to him by people who feel their lives have been turned around thanks to him. Furthermore, although he is in Texas, I feel he is much more accessible than any other doctor that I met with. He literally gives out his cell number to his patients and tell you to call/text anytime you have a question or worry. I keep a post op diary online on Kneeguru, and he reads the posts that I write. If something seems out of the ordinary or I am freaking out about a problem/pain I am having, next think I know I’m getting a call directly from him to talk about it.

This is one hell of a surgeon and I feel extraordinarily blessed that it was possible for me to get the surgery I knew I needed ..... by him.

Patella Realignment

Melissa Sutton, 26 Motocross rider

Patella Realignment 

Big props to Dr. Mark on the incision, I will still have sexy legs! Anyway, working with Dr. Mark was such a great experience. The knee I had operated on feels so much more solid than my "good" knee. I have more patella pain now in the knee that I did not have the surgery on. I have every intention of having Mark do the other one next year so I can have 2 reliable, pain free knees. 

My name is Melissa and I am 26 and passionate about moto-x. I have had all kinds of patella pain and issues since a crash this past July. After my original doc here in DE kept telling me to take more pain pills and see him in 2 weeks, my husband and I sought out Dr. Mark. 

It has been 6 weeks since my surgery, and I am loving life. He relocated the tibial tubercle in order to put my knee into proper re-alignment and allow my knee cap to fall into the right place. I walk totally normal and have such a great range of motion that people don't believe that I had anything done - until I show them my kick ass scar and a photo of my x-ray with three big screws in my knee. 

Big props to Dr. Mark on the incision, I will still have sexy legs! Anyway, working with Dr. Mark was such a great experience. The knee I had operated on feels so much more solid than my "good" knee. I have more patella pain now in the knee that I did not have the surgery on. I have every intention of having Dr. Mark do the other one next year, so that I can have 2 reliable, pain free knees. I can't wait to get back to riding in just 2-3 more weeks! I could have never achieved those kinds of results with just therapy. And I was not willing to settle for anything less than getting all of my function back and being pain free. 

Sarah Garvey, 41

Restaurant Manager

Patella Realignment 

I had been to three different doctors who all told me 'there's nothing more we can do.' At 40 years old, I was beginning to think that this was it - this is the way I will have to live, a life of pain. I even began thinking of different careers, because I couldn't continue in a career that required so much time on my feet. The pain in my knee was intense. 

So, despite three scopes and the frustration I had felt from other doctors, I went to see Dr. Sanders. I knew he was doing great things for athletes. 

He actually listened to me and was the first doctor to say...'we can fix this.' We went in and did what we needed to do - and my recovery was fantastic. I cannot say enough about how much he has changed my life. 

I injured my knee when I was younger, but the wear and tear resulting in the knee damage and pain I had experienced for the past several years really came from my 22 years in the restaurant business. You're on your feet a lot. I had had three different scopes - all with a difficult recovery and all with recurring pain. I had been to three different doctors who told me "there's nothing more we can do." At 40 years old, I was beginning to think that this was it - this is the way I will have to live, a life of pain. I even began thinking of different careers, because I couldn't continue in a career that required so much time on my feet. The pain in my knee was intense. 

These doctors never considered doing anything else. In fact, they began to make me feel as though there was something wrong with me, and not so much my knee. They made me feel as though I was just some "hysterical woman." One even called me a "professional patient." It was a horrible feeling. I knew the pain I was in, and I knew it was real. 

So, despite three scopes and the frustration I had felt from other doctors, I went to see Dr. Sanders. 

He actually listened to me and was the first doctor to say..."we can fix this." He asked questions and took the time to hear the answers. He really takes care of you. I had complete faith in him. For the first time in a long time I knew that when I walked out of that office things were going to be different. 

We went in and did what we needed to do - and my recovery was fantastic. After the surgery, I walked from the hospital to his office with no wheelchair, no crutches, nothing. 

He believes in immediate mobility. When I made it to his office, he put me right on the bike! 

This was so different from my previous procedures. And so were the results. I was on the stationary bike for an hour the day after surgery and every day after that. His optimism motivates you. He knows what you can do better than you do and it makes it easier to continue with the rehabilitation - which is amazing. I had less pain and a far better recovery from the more serious patella realignment Dr. Sanders performed than I did with any of my scopes. 

I was back at work in 10 days! With no pain! 

His therapy is fantastic. I went initially three times a week and worked with him and his trainer and now I continue on my own - still riding the stationary bike everyday. Not only have I really built up the strength in my knee, I have lost a bunch of weight. I feel healthier than I have in years and want to do more and more. Before it was painful just walking around the mall, but now I'm doing more than I've done in years. Now I know that it didn't have to be that way and it's very important to me to get that message across. I'm running circles around my younger workers! 

Dr. Sanders' plan is not just designed to help recover from an injury - but to improve your entire state of being! He's up front and to the point. And the confidence he has in your outcome just spills over to you. I'll eventually have to have my other knee done and I'll let no one else touch me. 

It's hard to explain how scary it is when you begin to think that what you've done for so many years you may not be able to do anymore. I cannot say enough about how much he has changed my life.

Melanie McVey, 20

Sports Medicine Student at Montgomery College College Station, TX

Though my Patella Realignment surgery was much more serious than anything that had happened to my knee previously, I had very little pain following the procedure and began a recovery process that didn't take any longer than dislocations I have had. It's only been a month since the surgery, and Dr. Sanders gave me a clean bill of health! 

A car hit me and at first thought, I had just dislocated my knee again. However, I soon realized that the pain was different - much sharper and constant - so I went to see Dr. Sanders. He was very thorough and detailed about the extent of my injuries and what we needed to do. 

First, I was started on a series of exercises, which I did faithfully. Unfortunately, my kneecap continued to dislocate. 

I was scared about the surgery, but he just speaks so confidently it calms you. I knew he would do the right thing. The surgery didn't last long and I was immediately given a lesson on the CPM machine (Continuous Passive Motion), so that I could begin exercising my leg. He explained how important this was. So, I did everything he told me, including additional exercises on a large exercise ball, as well as on a Shuttle he had delivered to my house. 

He's so enthusiastic about your recovery - you want to please him. Believe me, if you're lazy about it, he'll let you know! At the follow-up visit, I was eager to show him how much I could accomplish since the surgery. He makes me feel proud that I'm doing something right. I think a lot of people just aren't encouraged like that and don't realize what they can do - even with such an injury. He's a terrific surgeon and motivator!

Rotator Cuff Repair & Shoulder Arthroscopy

David Wysong Treasurer RiderDown Foundation

Dr. Mark Sanders is my kind of Doctor: 

I just got back from my first visit and fully expected to be schedule for surgery for a torn rotator cuff, but to my surprise Dr. Sanders said surgery may not be required. He explained that there were other options which could repair the shoulder and get me back on the bike sooner. The option he had in mind for me was a cortisone shot with a 3 inch needle. He then explained how some Doctor's give the shot in the front of the shoulder which means the medicine is more towards the back, but he likes to give the shot in the back of the shoulder which puts the medicine in the front where it's needed, plus there are less nerve ending so it hurts less. Which was very true, it didn't hurt at all and I have had cortisone shots before and they hurt big time. Within minutes my shoulder was feeling better. He set me up another appointment in two weeks, but said if the shoulder is feeling good just cancel it. 

While I was in his office I thanked Dr. Sanders for his support of the RiderDown Foundation and gave him someRiderDown.org wristbands and some swing arm stickers for his motorcycle. By the time I left his office I noticed he and his entire staff were wearing their wristbands. We at the RiderDown Foundation appreciate their support in helping injured riders and their families. 

I almost forgot, as with any Doctor you are able to read magazines while you wait, but I was getting to read the December 2005 issue of Transworld Motocross. Is that cool or what? 

Take care and ride safe, but if you do go down I can refer you to a great Doctor. 

Shaun Kelley, 44

Physical Fitness Trainer/Consultant And owner of Shaun Kelley Weight Loss Clinic (former motocross professional)

I've had 40 fractures over the course of my life because of all the activities I've been involved in. And this was by far the smoothest recovery I've ever had. Dr. Sanders is the best in the world at what he does. He understands more about what pro athletes go through, because he's done what you've done.

"I've known Dr. Sanders for some time from the gym, but only recently became a patient when a lingering rotator cuff injury needed to be addressed.

He did a great job. He's the best in the world at what he does - leaps and bounds above the others. I think the fact that he's in tune with nutrition and physical fitness is what sets him apart from most doctors.

Most doctors get in and deal with the injury - and then push you off on the physical therapist. Dr. Sanders starts preparing you before the procedure and stays on you until your completely back. He's smart and thorough.

He's very aggressive with rehabilitation, and I think that's a big part of the fast recovery. That's where most doctors fail. 

Dr. Sanders understands more about what a pro athlete goes through, because he's done what you've done. He knows what his patients are capable of and he pushes them to do it.

I've had 40 fractures over the course of my life because of all the activities I've been involved in - but won the world championship in motocross four times. And this was by far the smoothest recovery I've ever had. He's a pro.

Dudley Wilson, 45

Fort St. John, British Columbia - Canada Rancher and owner of a pipeline company

Repair of ACL and Cartilage damage 
Repair of Rotator Cuff damage 

I've always been athletic and, therefore, prone to injury. I hobbled around for years after one knee injury - until I came across the Sanders Clinic website. It wasn't until I read about Dr. Sanders' philosophy on recovery and successful techniques did I feel ready to finally do something about it. 

I injured my knees some time ago and knew I needed to do something about it. But, it took me a year to even get a scope here - and no one would tell me what was wrong and what needed to be done. 

I hobbled around for years, until I came across the Sanders Clinic website on the Internet. It wasn't until I read about Dr. Sanders' philosophy on recovery and successful techniques did I feel ready to finally do something about my injuries. 

I contacted him and he responded right away, which was something I just wasn't used to. He really seemed to care. He addressed all of my questions and concerns and we scheduled the surgery. 

When I got there, I was welcomed and felt totally comfortable. He immediately took X-rays and did an MRI. I felt so comfortable with him that I decided to not only have my knees repaired but my shoulder as well! Now, that's confidence in a doctor. 

Dr. Sanders phoned everyday during the four days I was there, and he just called recently to check in on me. It's clear that it's more than a job to him. 

I was really pleased how everything went and completely feel it was worth the trip to Houston. After instruction both before and immediately following surgery, I began exercising with the Step Box and doing leg-raises. I was walking the day after surgery - and without crutches, as so many doctors want to put you on. Dr. Sanders doesn't believe in that stuff. 

I achieved a 140-degree bend and was riding the bike by the fourth day. I knew if I didn't keep bending it, they would do it for me! I think this makes a big difference in how quickly you recover. You have to be fairly aggressive, or the limb stiffens up and makes recovery longer. And he didn't repair it to have it go stiff. 

I came home and went straight back to work. I get up at 5:30 A.M. and am on my feet until 7 at night. Then I come home and ride my bike. I don't quite. That's why I picked him. He never wants you to quite. 

I asked him when he called recently how long I should continue the Step Box and other leg exercises he gave me and he said to do it until he dies! And he's in good health! 

People here can't believe the results. I've told lots of people already about Dr. Sanders and have a brother that plans to go see him in the fall. 

Michael Cothern, 57

Supervisor Sterling Chemical Texas City, Texas

Shoulder Arthroscopy and Rotator Cuff Repair 

The sooner you start mobilizing yourself the quicker it will heal. Immediately following surgery on my shoulder, I began his program - to start strengthening and to not be afraid to use it. It worked great. 

I went down at high speed during a water skiing accident in 1990 and hit my right arm hard, dislocating my shoulder. I went to a number of orthopaedic surgeons at first but just didn't feel comfortable about the idea of surgery. 

After trying anti-inflammatory medication for a while, I began to look around for someone I thought could help alleviate the pain. I had heard about a sports medicine doctor, Dr. Sanders, and went to see him. He was very thorough - recording every aspect of our conversation and the pain I was experiencing. Test revealed I had a torn rotator cuff that required surgery. I finally felt comfortable enough to do it. 

I started his exercise program the next day. They developed a plan for me and told me to come by any time I wanted just to do a little exercising. It was important for me to get better fast. At that time I was an ironworker and climbing ladders all the time. I also played racquetball and was a big hunter. 

I'm still a big hunter and do quite a bit of gardening. I never have any problem with my shoulder. I've talked to different people and hear about different approaches - most won't allow you to move it for a while. But the sooner you start mobilizing yourself, the quicker it will heal. His approach to me was well taken. 

I don't like to be sick and injured and I want to stay healthy. Not every injury needs surgery, but in my case it was a must. I had complete confidence in Dr. Sanders. 

Shoulder Dislocation

Mark Yorkey, 39 Richmond, TX (Works offshore in Africa)

Shoulder and knee arthroscopy 

I compete in motocross events four to six times a year and injured both my shoulder and my knee in separate motorcycle accidents over the past few years. I've had both repaired by different doctors and continued to have problems. Then I saw some postings on a motocross forum on Dr. Sanders. I knew I needed to get something done and I knew this time that he had to be the one to do it. 

I got great references on Dr. Sanders and knew that he's repaired professional riders, so I was very confident about having him repair the damage to my shoulder and knee. 

The first thing that struck me about Dr. Sanders when I met him was that his energy level was through the roof and his interest in putting people back into the life they had before they were injured is genuine. 

He was there throughout the entire process. He is very involved in the entire process - from preparation before the surgery to the recovery and rehabilitation the follows. It's his commitment to your recovery that really gives you the confidence to push yourself. 

When I'm not riding motocross, I work in Africa - offshore. The procedure and overall care I received at the Sanders Clinic was so good I traveled over 20 hours to work in Africa just five days after the procedures! I had a medic offshore clean the sutures and monitor it. Everything went great. 

I believe my fast recovery was possible because he doesn't waste any time in building strength again in your injured limb. The morning after the procedures he had me working on my newly operated arm. 

My work with Dr. Sanders' trainer, Ed, really got me back to where I needed to be. Their reconditioning program plays a huge role in recovery. I believe it's the most important thing. I think too often the problem is poor rehab and reconditioning. If you do nothing after procedures like mine or improperly train, you'll never get back to where you were before. 

In one of my previous procedures, I pulled out a pin just two months after the procedure. I believe that happened, because that particular doctor just didn't bother to learn anything about my lifestyle and chose a procedure that was doomed from the start as a result. 

Dr. Sanders does want to know about your lifestyle and activities. He knew I planned to get back on my bike and be just as active as I ever was, so he choice a procedure that would stand up to that. That's a big difference. 

Vanetta Murphree, 50

Paralegal board certified in Family Law Houston, Texas

Surgery for Dislocated Shoulder 

I compete in motocross events four to six times a year and injured both my shoulder and my knee in separate motorcycle accidents over the past few years. I've had both repaired by different doctors and continued to have problems. Then I saw some postings on a motocross forum on Dr. Sanders. I knew I needed to get something done and I knew this time that he had to be the one to do it. 

I got great references on Dr. Sanders and knew that he's repaired professional riders, so I was very confident about having him repair the damage to my shoulder and knee. 

The first thing that struck me about Dr. Sanders when I met him was that his energy level was through the roof and his interest in putting people back into the life they had before they were injured is genuine. 

He was there throughout the entire process. He is very involved in the entire process - from preparation before the surgery to the recovery and rehabilitation the follows. It's his commitment to your recovery that really gives you the confidence to push yourself. 

When I'm not riding motocross, I work in Africa - offshore. The procedure and overall care I received at the Sanders Clinic was so good I traveled over 20 hours to work in Africa just five days after the procedures! I had a medic offshore clean the sutures and monitor it. Everything went great. 

I believe my fast recovery was possible because he doesn't waste any time in building strength again in your injured limb. The morning after the procedures he had me working on my newly operated arm. 

My work with Dr. Sanders' trainer, Ed, really got me back to where I needed to be. Their reconditioning program plays a huge role in recovery. I believe it's the most important thing. I think too often the problem is poor rehab and reconditioning. If you do nothing after procedures like mine or improperly train, you'll never get back to where you were before. 

In one of my previous procedures, I pulled out a pin just two months after the procedure. I believe that happened, because that particular doctor just didn't bother to learn anything about my lifestyle and chose a procedure that was doomed from the start as a result. 

Dr. Sanders does want to know about your lifestyle and activities. He knew I planned to get back on my bike and be just as active as I ever was, so he choice a procedure that would stand up to that. That's a big difference. 

Adam Hamza, 35

Dealer Development Representative Centrix Financial And Motocross Racer

My story began June 5th, a Sunday afternoon. I wadded up, had a bad crash, get-off, etc. Fifteen minutes after arriving at Twelve Oaks, Dr. Sanders comes in and the RED CARPET is rolled out! I am whisked in for x-rays to find out my humerus is fine but that I have a posterior dislocation of my shoulder. I am going to need surgery (bummer). On August 5th I am released to ride. On Labor Day weekend I raced the 250 beginner class at the White Brother's Vet Championships at Three Palms Extreme Sports Park where I got 1st-1st in my two motos and 1st overall. I called Dr. Sanders immediately and gave him the praise he is due! 

"My experience with Dr. Sanders initially came about because I was rehabbing from a fractured left ankle. I already have a great relationship with another ortho here in Houston, but I wanted to see if there was ANYTHING to get me back on the bike faster. While on the Internet, I did a search for orthopedic docs in Houston and came acrosswww.sandersclinic.net. Dr. Sanders gave me a consult and told me I could get back on the bike just as soon as I wanted! That was a lot better than hearing, 'Wait for 6 weeks' and 'You're too old to be doing this MX stuff," that we all hear too often! My impression of Dr. Sanders was....FANTASTIC! 

We have built a great relationship since then. His reputation in the Houston MX community is EXCELLENT and he has helped many other riders as well as myself. 

My story began June 5th, a Sunday afternoon. I wadded up, had a bad crash, get-off, etc. I knew something was wrong with my right arm. I suspected a fractured humerus as I couldn't lift my arm. I called Dr. Sanders' cell (on speed dial in my cell), and he directed me to meet him at Twelve Oaks. My buddy loaded up my stuff (my son was devastated because we didn't go swimming in the lake), and I was able to drive myself home, unhook the trailer, tell my wife to stay at home with the kids and I would call her after I talked to Dr. Sanders. 

Fifteen minutes after arriving at Twelve Oaks Dr. Sanders comes in and the RED CARPET is rolled out! I am whisked in for x-rays to find out my humerus is fine but that I have a posterior dislocation of my shoulder. Dr. Sanders tells me these are rare and that a fellow MX'er had one 5 weeks ago but these are the only two he's seen in the last several years. I am going to need surgery (bummer). I call my wife and give her the news, she comes to the hospital, along with my buddy who loaded up my stuff. Isn't the MX community awesome?! 

For the next month I am in an immobilizer, custom built for me from another of Dr. Sander's strategic partners. On July 5th the immobilizer gets shelved and I start rehab with The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) - which is another one of Dr. Sander's strategic partners. For two months I receive excellent rehabilitation twice a week. On August 5th I am released to ride. Directed to keep the bike "on the ground" I am allowed to work on corners and start to get back some of the feel for the bike. On Labor Day weekend I raced the 250 beginner class at the White Brother's Vet Championships at Three Palms Extreme Sports Park where I got 1st-1st in my two motos and 1st overall. I called Dr. Sanders immediately and gave him the praise he is due! 

Dr. Sander's passion for our sport is evident. What other doctor gives patients his cell # - knowing that we WILL get hurt and he WILL get called on a Sunday afternoon to put us back together?! I would... we would all be at a loss without Dr. Sanders and The Sanders Clinic! 

Sanders Clinic Testimonials: Tennis Elbow

Tina Pyne, 44 Stay-at-home mom Houston, TX

He (Dr. Sanders) didn't just say here's some medicine and go on. It was an overall fitness and health type of program. He said here's the plan and here's how it works. He explained how the body works and said to get off my tuff. He has a holistic... no... a realistic approach rather to your overall health and well being that goes far beyond your average doctor. 
I had had problems with my elbow for years. It was always aggravated when I was exercising, or gardening. It got to the point that even picking up my young daughter, or while sleeping late at night it would hurt. Doctors I would see encouraged cortisone for the pain and told me surgery was the only way to fix the problem for good. I tried many pain medications, but just did not want to consider surgery. 

These doctors explained that they would repair the damage using a graft from another area. Ugh! It was all very disturbing. 

When I met Dr. Sanders, I absolutely did not feel he was eager to steer me towards surgery. He approached the problem at the core - my diet and exercise. Then, he approached the weakest point of my injured arm - the wrist - and worked up to the pain that was merely stemming from that - my elbow. He explained that diet and exercise are key to maintaining the strength of joints, muscles and tendons. He further explained that the weak tendons in my wrist were causing the pain in my elbow. So, he took care of the most immediate problem and put a cast on my wrist for one month to allow the damaged tendons to heal. 

He told me to work my wrist area with small weights after removing the cast and then to build my forearm area in order to release the strain from my elbow. It was all new information to me. I don't think people realize just how much different parts of the body can affect one another. 

He also recommends a vitamin program to assist in strengthening bones - as well as a general vitamin program that I wasn't on before. I'm working out with a trainer now on a regular basis and feel great. I am absolutely pain-free today. 

It was an overall fitness and health type of program. He didn't just say here's some medicine and go on. He says here's the plan and here's how it works. He explained how the body works and said to get off my tuff. He then inquired about any other problems I might be having in my life - looking for deficiencies that might exist elsewhere. He looks at your overall picture - not just the injury. He looks at your lifestyle and your diet - what you drink and eat. He's much more than an Orthopaedic Surgeon to me. He's an informative, caring doctor who is concerned more about helping patients than getting them out the door. I never had a doctor ask about the kinds of things I was eating on an average day, or what kind of stress I am under. He's a real doctor.

Torn Achilles Tendon

Jein Gadson, 34 Real Estate Private Equity Houston, TX

I had never had an injury like this before. I'm a pretty active and healthy person, cycling regularly and hiking long distances. What I didn't realize, though, was that those activities required different muscle groups and worked my legs in different ways than they were used in Racquetball. I learned something.

I tore my Achilles tendon while playing racquetball over the Christmas holidays. I knew immediately that I had done something pretty bad to my ankle. I had never had an injury like this before. I'm a pretty active and healthy person, cycling regularly and hiking long distances.

What I didn't realize, though, was that those activities required different muscle groups and worked my legs in different ways than they were used in Racquetball. In cycling, you deal with the strengthening and endurance of leg muscles, as opposed to impulse demands on the muscles experienced in Racquetball. And I don't play the game as much as I used to. The spontaneous movement of Racquetball was just too much for muscles that aren't worked that way very often. I learned something.

Dr. Sanders did surgery and a clean repair job. I went in that morning and was home by five o'clock the same day. He told me to stay off of it during the repair phase and to begin with some basic exercises after that. He's a fellow cyclist and knew I was itching to get back to that and my exercising. So, he recommended cycling as part of my rehabilitation. He's a great guy and he's been a big help through all of this.

I continue to exercise the leg everyday. My only limitation when I'm cycling now is cardiovascular, because I need to build back up to where I was. But, I don't even notice the injury.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Tony Cortez Certified Trainers

Arthroscopic knee surgery for torn meniscus 

I had worked with Dr. Sanders' patients in the past and knew he took a much more assertive approach to rehabilitation and muscle reconditioning for both surgical and non-surgical patients. He said that four to six weeks before returning to activities (indicated by the first Orthopaedic doctor I saw) was not right and that he would have me back much faster than that. And he did! I was on my stationary bike the day after surgery and rode for an hour. I was back to 'normal' two weeks after that. 

This was my first surgery. Initially, I went to an Orthopaedic surgeon near the facility where I worked. After listening to what he said I could expect following arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus - off my feet, no weights, nothing for four to six weeks - I went to talk to Dr. Sanders. I can't be off my feet for that period of time. I'm a trainer and I have to be back in shape fast for my job. That was not acceptable. 

I had worked with Dr. Sanders' patients in the past and knew he took a much more assertive approach to rehabilitation and muscle reconditioning for both surgical and non-surgical patients. He said that four to six weeks before returning to activities was not right and that he would have me back much faster than that. And he did! I was on my stationary bike the day after surgery and rode for an hour. I was back to "normal" two weeks after that. 

In fact, another trainer I work with had the same type of surgery the same week that I did, though with another doctor. And once he returned from weeks of bed rest, he struggled with many of the activities I had been doing since the day after surgery. It was clear that I was much further along in my rehabilitation, and I know it is because I began right away.

Atrophy sets in very fast. If you don't keep muscles around your injury moving, they quickly weaken. By the time these immobilized patients get into rehab, you have to work with their entire body to rebuild strength - not just the injured limb. The differences in recovery are very clear to me now having experienced it personally. I had always believed in Dr. Sanders' approach, but during my recovery I was able to put it to the test and truly see the benefits - as a patient, not just a trainer. 

I recognize how difficult it is for people to hear doctor after doctor say the same thing and not be a little skeptical about Dr Sanders' approach. I don't know of any doctor out there willing to say they know they can get you back as fast as he does. 

I think the other doctors are used to normal methods and standard guidelines for fear of the unknown. 

This type of thinking makes my job as a trainer a little harder, because not only do I have to help rebuild strength that didn't have to deteriorate to the extent that it did, but I must also help patients overcome the fear of moving the injured limb - a fear these doctors create with lengthy periods of immobility. 

I even had to convince one patient that there was no legitimate cause for his limp and that he simply had to get over his 'fear of pain,' straighten his leg out, and walk normally. Traditional practices really add a psychological aspect to my work with these patients. 

You just have to have faith in your body, which is what Dr. Sanders advocates. It can do much more than you think. When I first got on my bike the day after surgery, my knee was a little tight but quickly warmed up - and began strengthening from that day forward.

Reg Duncombe, 50

Builder Houston, TX

I believe that my ability to start exercising and riding a bike three days after surgery - walking without a limp just five days after - is a testament to the quality of care that I received. 

Well, 50-year-old men probably shouldn't be jumping out of the back of a pick-up truck. But, I did. And that's how I tore cartilage in my knee. 

Dr. Sanders performed arthroscopic surgery and had me moving it the next day. The surgery has been very painless. In fact, I didn't even take pain medication. It wasn't required and it really wasn't necessary. 

He did such a good job with the surgery. I believe that my ability to start exercising and riding a bike three days after surgery - and walking without a limp just five days after - is a testament to the quality of care that I received. He immediately outlined an exercise program for me, and just seven days following the procedure, I had full range of motion forward and backward. 

I think it's important to follow the program they give you, in order to have such good results. I continue to do a series of exercises at home

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