Sixty-year-old Dan Holden has played hard his whole life. From football
and basketball when he was younger to riding horses and working hard day-to-day,
he’s maintained an active lifestyle—something he says his
body is now paying for.
“My body took a beating,” Dan said. “Five years ago,
I got to the point my left knee wasn’t working well anymore.”
So, Dan sought out the professionals at
Powder River Orthopedics & Spine (PROS) and board certified orthopedic surgeon
Dr. Stanford Israelsen. Even during the first appointment, Dan knew he had made a good choice
for knee surgery.
“He’s a very quiet guy and treats you like a person, and not
a number,” Dan said. “His office manner is very cordial.”
Most importantly, Dr. Israelsen took the time to answer all of Dan’s
questions and address any of his concerns.
“He’s very knowledgeable and straightforward with you,”
Dan said. “He’s very informative and I like that about him.
He just goes above and beyond.”
Dr. Israelsen said it’s an important part of his practice to make
sure patients understand their options, and especially if that means surgery,
that they have all the information they need about the procedure and recovery.
“I really want to educate the patients on their condition,”
said Dr. Israelsen. “I want to meet or exceed my and their expectations.”
Dan’s knee surgery four years ago went well and when Dan started
having problems with his other knee, there was only one doctor he wanted
to see–Dr. Israelsen.
“Recovery has been good and really successful,” Dan said. “Eight
weeks out and I was doing just about everything I wanted to do.”
Now that Dan is on the road to recovery, his wife Jacque is working with
Dr. Israelsen on her knee pain. Unlike Dan’s prognosis that surgery
would provide the best outcome, her diagnosis and treatment is a little
“He’s got her doing
physical therapy right now because nothing showed up on the x-ray and
MRI,” Dan said. “Dr. Israelsen doesn’t just jump to surgery.”
While it’s not yet determined what the treatment plan will be for
Jacque going forward, Dan says he knows she’s in good hands with
“He’s just a good doctor,” Dan said. “I’m
in good shape because of him.”
Expert Orthopedic & Spine Care In Gillette, Wyoming
Dr. Stanford Israelsen is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at
Powder River Orthopedics & Spine in Gillette, Wyoming. The physicians at PROS take an innovative and comprehensive
approach to the treatment of acute and chronic orthopedic pain. Have your
procedure in our modern
operating rooms at Campbell County Memorial Hospital or
Powder River Surgery Center.
See the PROS for:
- General orthopedic surgery
- Joint replacement surgery: shoulder, hip, knee and ankle
- Shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist surgery
- Sports Medicine
- Spine surgery and injections, including minimally invasive procedures
- Bunions and great toe arthritis procedures
- Foot and ankle surgery
- Trauma and fracture care
- Workplace injuries
For a consultation, call 307.686.1413 or visit
PROS is a Campbell County Medical Group
Clinic with Campbell County Health.
Article written by Kim Phagan-Hansel, Wyoming freelance writer