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Frank Martin's Story

"I've heard so many horror stories about pain after having rotator cuff surgery, and I honestly have had no pain whatsoever."

After 35 years as the Chief Court Officer for Berkshire County, Frank "Chico" Martin embarked on a well-earned retirement with his wife and three grandchildren, but a lingering injury from a fall at work needed to be repaired. Martin had torn his left rotator cuff in 2009, and by early December of 2010, it was time for surgery.

The 61-year-old Martin underwent his procedure with Dr. Mark Sprague at the new Crane Center for Ambulatory Surgery, and he said the experience was smooth and convenient, and the environment helped to make what could have easily been an anxious time much less stressful. "It was very nice. The people who cared for me were very good to deal with, very professional and made me very relaxed," said Martin. "I really like the new building. It's a great setting, very comfortable surroundings. Parking was convenient, as was the pick-up area after surgery."

What stands out for Martin is his recovery. "I've heard so many horror stories about pain after having rotator cuff surgery, and I honestly have had no pain whatsoever," he said. "The shoulder has been sensitive, of course, which I expected, but I have no real pain." Martin is now on the road to complete recovery, and he's looking forward to more time with his family. A fourth grandchild is on the way.



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