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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    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. After care ,I became a three-sport varsity captain, named Tri-Valley League MVP, Boston Globe All-Scholastic in field hockey and Dover-Sherborn High School team MVP in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse!

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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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    Spinal fusion L2-S1- Franci Cherney

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    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
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    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
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    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...
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    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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