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.

  • Elyssa Rulison


    Elyssa Rulison

    Austin, Texas, United StatesKnee, Ligament Tear (ACL, MCL), Meniscus Tear or InjuryMeniscectomy by Dr. Jay Borick

    I don't feel like I have a second first yet, because I am not back to my activities yet. I am still limited on what I can do.

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  • Richard Thomson

    Total left hip replacement

    Richard Thomson

    Wellington, International, New ZealandHip ArthritisTotal left hip replacement by Dr. Peter Devane

    "Because of my orthopaedic care, I can lift and throw again to a high level!"

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  • Robert Orourke

    Repair of torn meniscus in left knee, October 2016...

    Robert Orourke

    ridgway, Colorado, United StatesKnee Arthritis, Meniscus Tear or InjuryRepair of torn meniscus in left knee, October 2016; total right knee replacement December 2016

    I can now hike without pain, especially going downhill with a heavy pack.

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  • Ingrid Edge

    Partial knee replacement

    Ingrid Edge

    Pace, Florida, United StatesKnee ArthritisPartial knee replacement by Dr. Michael Hartsfield

    Walking several miles through the Smokey Mountains on family vacation two months post surgery.

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  • Sabine Alexis

    Double Hip Replacement

    Sabine Alexis

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United StatesHip, Hip ArthritisDouble Hip Replacement by Dr. William Burke

    I can tie my shoes again. My legs are flexible again.

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  • Justin Sydloski

    Multiple corrective surgeries for fractures

    Justin Sydloski

    Middleville, Michigan, United StatesMultiple corrective surgeries for fractures by Dr. Michelle Caird

    Due to my care I am able to participate in fun physical activities with my friends and family.

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  • June Hyjek

    Spinal fusion

    June Hyjek

    Sun City Center, Florida, United StatesAnkle Tendonitis, Biceps Tendon Rupture, Carpal Tunnel, Degenerative Spine, Elbow Fracture, Foot Fracture, Hand Cartilage Damage, Knee Cartilage Damage, Meniscus Tear or Injury, Morton’s Neuroma, Neck and Spine, Rotator Cuff Tear, Scoliosis, Wrist ArthritisSpinal fusion by Dr. Alexander Mohr

    Because of my orthopaedic care, I am able to keep spinning! There are definitely things I can no longer do, but sometimes that just leaves the door open to find something new to enjoy!

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  • Keri Clarbull

    Finger amputation resulting from a flesh-eating ba...

    Keri Clarbull

    Houston, Texas, United StatesWrist and HandFinger amputation resulting from a flesh-eating bacteria.

    This horrific experience really opened my eyes to my relationship with God. I don’t take anything for granted anymore. And because I was so loved by so many people during that time I see myself doing and giving to perfect strangers in ways I never had.
    I sent out a thank you card to everyone involved in my recovery and helping my family during that time. And I "wrote" thank you notes. The fact that I could pick up a pen and write – it was so beautiful. - Keri Clarbull, finger amputation, age 48 from Houston, Texas

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  • Abby Navarro

    Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone

    Abby Navarro

    Maryville, Tennessee, United StatesLigament Tear (ACL, MCL)Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone by Dr. Wayne Johnson

    Because of my orthopaedic care, I can play basketball again!

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  • Laura Elizabeth Brown

    Trauma, limb salvage and reconstruction, limb leng...

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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...

    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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  • Spinal fusion L2-S1- Franci Cherney

    Spinal fusion L2-S1

    Spinal fusion L2-S1- Franci Cherney

    Buffalo Grove, Illinois, United StatesDegenerative SpineSpinal fusion L2-S1 by Dr. Steven Mardjetko

    Because of my orthopedic care, I have no pain and am able to live a full life - exercising, dancing and walking in nature.

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  • Robyn Benincasa

    Hip Implant

    Robyn Benincasa

    San Diego, CaliforniaHip, Hip ArthritisHip Implant by Thomas Schmalzried, MD

    Because of my orthopaedic care, I can return to being a world champion adventure racer, San Diego City firefighter and motivational speaker.

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  • Gregory Bullock

    Bi-lateral knee replacement

    Gregory Bullock

    New Egypt, New Jersey, United StatesKnee ArthritisBi-lateral knee replacement by Roy Mittman

    Bicycle long distances and bicycle up big mountains ...

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  • Julie Story

    Ankle reset; External fixator; Surgery (3 plates a...

    Julie Story

    Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, United StatesAnkle FractureAnkle reset; External fixator; Surgery (3 plates and 17 screws) by Dr. Daniel N. Segina

    Because of the miracles worked by my orthopedic surgeon, I am able to: Walk again, operate and enjoy time on boats, swim, travel, ride motorcycles, skydive, snorkel, scuba dive, and when time and weather permits, I am ready to hit the snow ski slopes and put on my water ski!

    Life is good! 

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  • Chuba Oyolu

    ACL reconstruction surgery

    Chuba Oyolu

    San Bruno, California, United StatesKnee, Ligament Tear (ACL, MCL)ACL reconstruction surgery by Dr. Timothy R. McAdams

    "Because of my orthopaedic care, I can practice mixed martial arts again!"

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  • Doris Pope-Banks

    Total knee replacement, both knees - performed 7 w...

    Doris Pope-Banks

    Red Lion, Pennsylvania, United StatesKnee ArthritisTotal knee replacement, both knees - performed 7 weeks apart.

    I went on vacation and walked around the lake and took the trail to the peaceful waterfalls! My knees work well and they don't hurt!

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  • SSG Travis Mills

    Multiple Orthopedic Treatments

    SSG Travis Mills

    Vassar, MichiganArm and Elbow, Leg, Leg Fracture, Wrist and HandMultiple Orthopedic Treatments by Drs. Scot A. Youngblood and Leo T. Kroonen

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