Steve was experiencing so much pain in his hands that he couldn’t perform simple daily tasks of living without pain, let alone play the guitar or do his job. He was diagnosed with carpal tunnel and thumb joint arthritis. Although he was apprehensive about surgery, Dr. Soma Lilly alleviated his fears and earned his trust. Click here to watch him tell his story in a short video.
“In 2015 our 10-year-old son had a 15-pound lava rock slam down on his hand from 20 feet above him. The bones in two of his fingers were shattered. Dr. Lilly performed what our family considers a miracle in an emergency surgery during which she was able to completely repair both his fingers. He is now even able to play the piano again. Dr. Lilly’s expertise as a surgeon is phenomenal and something for which we will be forever grateful. The support staff at The Center are wonderful and made the follow-up care process a breeze. We feel incredibly fortunate for Dr. Lilly’s incredible skill as a surgeon and the exceptional care our son received from The Center.” – Caroline Skidmore
“I took a youth group to a camping trip at Lake Billy Chinook. We rented a boat and spent the day there. I had seen a cliff I wanted to jump off, so at the end of the day we headed over and I jumped. As I was climbing back up the cliff, one of the rocks came loose and I tumbled down. My body gained momentum and the rock crushed both of my hands on a table. My left hand was severely injured and I couldn’t feel it and my right hand was bleeding badly. All of the kids were in shock, but they got me back to the boat and to the closest hospital in Madras. When I regained consciousness, the ER doctor said I would lose my middle finger. I have played guitar since I was six years old, so I really wanted to keep it and asked him what my options were. He told me about Dr. Lilly in Bend, so I took an ambulance to St. Charles and she did the first surgery that day. It was a very complex injury and she was concerned about blood flow to the finger. After three surgeries and eight days in the hospital, I knew I would get to keep the finger. Dr. Lilly provided excellent care. She described everything in detail through the process, was very honest, and allowed me to make the decision about my treatment. I still rack my brain wondering how privileged I was to keep my finger when so many in the same circumstance would not.” – Gabe Meiers
“While visiting friends in Sisters, I fell down the stairs in the middle of the night and suffered a pretty bad break to my left wrist. The ER patched me up and instructed me to see you as soon as possible. You were kind enough to squeeze me in later that day and you even offered to do the surgery the following day. It was one kindness on top of another and I was so grateful for both of them. Had I not been far away from home I would have jumped at your kind offer. But the idea of recuperating in a friend’s home, as opposed to my own, just didn’t sound like what I needed at the time. While I ultimately opted to return to Chicago for my procedure, it was not for lack of confidence in you. My husband and I both left your office feeling like we were a bit disappointed that we would not have occasion to pursue a professional relationship with you. I was pretty bruised and battered when I walked in your office, both physically and emotionally. You calmed me down, allayed my concerns, and helped me understand my condition and my options. Thanks to you I survived and even enjoyed my last few days of vacation. For that, and for your gracious manner, I am ever so thankful.” – Michele Grimaldi Stein