Dr. Parekh has exceptional surgical skills and an ability to conceptualize innovative approaches to foot surgery.
As a past and current patient of the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic, I wanted to give you some positive feedback regarding a surgery I had with Dr. Selene Parekh and his assistant, Tenaja S. Gay, PA-C on April 1, 2010 at the Davis Ambulatory Hospital.
As way of introduction—approximately 10years ago I had left foot surgery for a bunion. The surgery site continued to be very painful even a year later. Post-surgery, the large toe didn’t function properly and caused the second toe to take over as the large toe. This caused me considerable pain which radiated up the foot and into the leg.
I knew I needed more surgery to correct the problem, but I wasn’t sure where to turn. During the years I had several foot orthopedists examine my foot and make recommendations as to what they might do. Because my first surgery wasn’t effective, I was very uncomfortable having a second surgery—although I knew I needed it.Recently my primary physician, Dr. Lisa Emrich (UNC), highly recommended Dr. Parekh to me. One of the physicians in her office had been very satisfied with surgery she had had with Dr. Parekh. Dr. Emrich said, “I have just the doctor for you.” On that recommendation, I made an appointment right away.
Dr. Parekh and his PA, Tenaja Gay, were all business. I was examined, interviewed and X-rayed. Dr Parekh then came in to give me his diagnosis with a recommendation for surgery. More than any other foot orthopedist I had seen previously, I thought he was a keen observer and listener. After examining the foot and other information, as mentioned, he described in detail what needed to be done. The second toe in particular required several procedures which none of the other physicians mentioned. This built my confidence Dr. Parekh could really make a difference. (At that time I had hip pain from the way I was walking. I was worried that as I got older (67 yrs. old now), I might really be crippled by poor functioning of my left foot.
There was no pressure to proceed to surgery. My husband and I went home, discussed the operation and decided to proceed with Dr. Parekh’s recommendations. In a few weeks the operation was completed.
I had the operation on April 1, 2010 at Davis Ambulatory Hospital—a wonderful facility with an excellent staff. The pre-op doctors (including Dr. Parekh) and nurses checked with me several times to review the procedure—what was being done? Which foot, et.? This put me at complete ease that I was in the hands of a caring and highly competent team of medical professionals.
Aftercare with Dr. Parekh and Tenaja Gay has been excellent as well. I visit once a week for rebandaging and checking on any questions or problems I may be having. Both Dr. Parekh and Tenaja listen well and have been highly supportive throughout the 2-month recovery period. Also, they coach me carefully on physical therapy and how o care for my foot. I have had no infections during the healing period.
The best part is that my foot is continuing to improve—the second toe in particular no longer radiates the pain it did when I walk.
My personal sense is that Dr. Parekh has exceptional surgical skills and an ability to conceptualize innovative approaches to foot surgery. I would recommend Dr. Parekh and Tenaja Gay to anyone who needs to resolve foot problems—especially if surgery is needed.
Please feel free to use me as a reference for other patients considering surgery with Dr. Parekh.
Nancy A. Ferguson