A Nation in Motion: Orthopaedic Patient Stories and Resources

Your condition. Your story. Orthopaedic care is a journey thousands of people embark on each day. Hear directly from other patients about what the experience is like and leave your own story.

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    Laura Elizabeth Brown

    Trauma, limb salvage and reconstruction, limb leng...
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    Laura Elizabeth Brown

    San Diego, California, United StatesLeg Fracture, Limb LengtheningTrauma, limb salvage and reconstruction, limb lengthening, Illizarov external fixator by Drs. Doreen DiPasquale & V. Franklin Sechriest, II

    My journey will be complete this summer when I return to Ecuador to hike the Quilotoa Loop, the volcanic crater to which I was headed when disaster struck.

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    Ken McDonnell

    Pelvic reconstruction
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    Ken McDonnell

    Holden, Massachusetts, United StatesPelvic reconstruction by Dr. Paul Tornetta

    Dr. Tornetta's orthopaedic expertise enabled me to return to training and competition as a triathlete less than one year following my injury, and to return to the many other physical activities I enjoy.

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    Julie Sak

    Latarjet Procedure; Bone Block
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    Julie Sak

    Chicago, Illinois, United StatesShoulder ArthritisLatarjet Procedure; Bone Block by Dr. Ari Youderian

    Because of my orthopedic care, I am able to continue to be a special education teacher.

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    Tristan Frerich

    Surgical hand fracture repair
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    Tristan Frerich

    Sinton, Texas, United StatesHand FractureSurgical hand fracture repair by Dr. Korsh Jafarnia

    Because of my orthopedic care, I am able to compete in archery, football, roping and hunting again.

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    Andrea Marx

    ACL repair using the hamstring, stitched meniscus
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    Andrea Marx

    Dover, Massachusetts, United StatesKneeACL repair using the hamstring, stitched meniscus

    Because of my orthopaedic care, I was able to return to playing sports.

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    Beth Franzese

    Both hips replaced
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    Beth Franzese

    New York, New York, United StatesCervical Disc Herniation, HipBoth hips replaced by Dr. Michael Alexiades

    I can dance, row a rowboat, kayak, garden and do my work. I can lift fairly heavy things and I can almost do a split!

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    Chuck Cooper

    Bilateral knee replacement (arthroplasty)
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    Chuck Cooper

    Longmont, Colorado, United StatesKnee ArthritisBilateral knee replacement (arthroplasty) by C. Brian Blackwood, MD

    Because of my orthopaedic care I can climb “14ers” again – mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet. There are 54 in my home state of Colorado. After my two knee replacements I chose to climb Mount Evans (35 miles west of Denver, near Idaho Springs in the Arapaho and Pike national forests) at 14,265 feet on Sept. 2, 2013. I did this just 14 weeks after my second surgery, with my good friend and climbing partner Ken, and our wives.

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    Samantha Melanson

    A total hip replacement (hip arthroplasty). Hip re...
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    Samantha Melanson

    Medford, Massachusetts, United StatesHip FractureA total hip replacement (hip arthroplasty). Hip replacements are rare in children and adolescents because the procedure involves the use of an orthopaedic device created for adults. However, in my case, Dr. Smith determined that my bones were done forming, and that I was tall enough for an adult joint. by Dr. Eric Smith

    Within the year I was once again playing softball in the city youth league, on the summer travel team and fall ball team. I pitched a no-hitter softball game and brought the game ball to Dr. Smith.

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