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.

  • Joan DeBry

    Replacement of both knees and both hips

    Joan DeBry

    Renton, Washington, United StatesHip Arthritis, Knee ArthritisReplacement of both knees and both hips by Dr. William P. Barrett

    I can walk my two dogs now , where prior to surgery I could not walk just a few steps without terrible pain.

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  • Patty Diamond

    Norman bone graft, plates and screws, basically re...

    Patty Diamond

    Queen Creek, Arizona, United StatesLeg FractureNorman bone graft, plates and screws, basically rebuilt my tibia from knee to ankle by Dr. Benjamin Geer

    Since my accident, I am so happy to be able to walk again. It was very difficult to be non-ambulatory and dependent on other people for cooking, cleaning and even bathing.

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  • Jessica Daniel

    Surgery added a plate and 6 screws and bone graft...

    Jessica Daniel

    Marshalltown, Iowa, United StatesFractured PatellaSurgery added a plate and 6 screws and bone graft for broken tibia by Dr. Arnold E Delbridge

    I can bend my leg. I am still having to use a wheelchair and a walker because I can't bear weight on my left leg. If I were to do that too soon I could damage what he fixed.

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  • Ruby Larson

    Physical therapy

    Ruby Larson

    Omaha, Nebraska, United StatesElbow FracturePhysical therapy by Dr. Steven Goebel

    Because of orthopedic care, I can live pain free!

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  • Rick Heckman

    Cadaver plug femur replacement surgery

    Rick Heckman

    Aurora, Illinois, United StatesLeg FractureCadaver plug femur replacement surgery by Dr. Ronak Patel

    I’ll be able to mountain bike and travel to the Rocky Mountains and the Sedona area of Arizona...trips that I’ve had to postpone because I could barely walk let alone enjoy myself on my bike!

    I’m a football coach and for the last few years I’ve struggled to be able to show my players some of the things that I want them to be able to do again. In a few months I’ll be able to be a better coach and I hope kids again!

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  • Emily Gareis

    Total repair of left hip, femur and knee

    Emily Gareis

    Canal Fulton, Ohio, United StatesTraumaTotal repair of left hip, femur and knee by Dr. Michelle Hatherill

    I was so excited to be able to teach yoga again! It was such a blessing! I was also very happy to be able to drive and just get out on my own!

    I had knee surgery to clear out scar tissue in 2017 and it really helped too. I can't run but I can walk miles, play with my grandchildren and enjoy life to it's fullest something that I honestly felt would never happen again.

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  • Nancy Ann Hanson

    Total left hip replacement direct superior approac...

    Nancy Ann Hanson

    Orange Park, Florida, United StatesBack Pain, Clavicle Separation, Degenerative Spine, Hip Arthritis, Knee Arthritis, Neck Arthritis, Spine ArthritisTotal left hip replacement direct superior approach MicroPort no restrictions by Dr. Maximillian C. Lincoln

    Because of my new hip, I can drive my 5 speed again. It had become too painful to engage the clutch but now it is pain-free. I can safely walk our dog now that my hip is stable. Working in the garden is a joy because I can comfortably get on the ground and back up. I now have the strength to clean our pool because I can stand stably and not worry about falling. I can meet friends for coffee and comfortably sit instead of constantly moving to relieve the pressure off my hip. I can stand and shop without constant pain. Standing had become agony until my hip was replaced. Ten minutes was the most I could stand. And to my surprise, I can now turn over in bed without having to plant my foot from the opposite leg to push me over. Such a small thing but truly wonderful.

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  • Isaac Yepes

    ORIF- multiple foot fractures

    Isaac Yepes

    Plantation, Florida, United StatesFoot FractureORIF- multiple foot fractures by Gustavo Bacca, MD

    Because of my orthopedic care I can ride my mountain bike.

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  • Helen york

    Double Hip Replacement

    Helen york

    Ellsworth, Maine, United StatesHip Arthritis, Hip Cartilage DamageDouble Hip Replacement by DR. Rifat Zaidi

    Because of my Orthopaedic Surgery, I...
    travel and hike.
    work on my farm.
    plant extensive gardens.
    speed-walk competitively with my Border Collie.
    can climb stairs, and even climb some"mountains"-not Everest, butmountainsall the same!

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  • Shelli Valles

    Left hip replacement

    Shelli Valles

    Scottsdale, Arizona, United StatesHip ArthritisLeft hip replacement by Dr. Stuart Kozinn

    Because of my orthopaedic care, I can walk all around Disneyland and California Adventure - both in the same day and I can be a Citizen Firefighter!

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  • Rhonda Graham

    Take down of a fusion and total knee replacement

    Rhonda Graham

    Lubbock, Texas, United StatesKneeTake down of a fusion and total knee replacement by Roger Emerson, MD

    Because of my orthopaedic care, I can ride mountain bikes, travel to Nepal and trek to Everest and Annapurna.

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  • Skyller Bienkowski

    A left and right leg femoral derotational antevers...

    Skyller Bienkowski

    pascoag, Rhode Island, United StatesHip DysplasiaA left and right leg femoral derotational anteversion ostotomies by Dr. Jonathan Schiller

    Because of her orthopaedic care, Skyller can dance again.

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  • Ryan Foray

    Total Hip Replacement

    Ryan Foray

    Richmond, Virginia, United StatesHip Arthritis, Hip DysplasiaTotal Hip Replacement

    Because of my orthopedic care, I was able to get back into the swing of things physically.

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  • Caitlin Orr

    Bilateral Hip Replacements

    Caitlin Orr

    Perth, International, AustraliaHip Dysplasia, Knee Arthritis, Labral TearBilateral Hip Replacements by Dr. Dan Fick & Dr. David Wysoki

    Since receiving my amazing new hips, I can surf again and go on family bush walks and bike rides :)

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  • Kaitlyn Sharpe

    Double hip replacements with bone grafts

    Kaitlyn Sharpe

    Burlington, International, CanadaHip Arthritis, Hip Cartilage Damage, Hip DysplasiaDouble hip replacements with bone grafts by Dr. Paul Kuzyk, Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto, ON, Canada)

    Because of my orthopedic care, I am not drained of energy from pain and am free to live life without second guessing my ability to physically manage the day.

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  • Mark Mikel

    Total Knee Replacement

    Mark Mikel

    Nappanee, Indiana, United StatesKnee Arthritis, Knee Cartilage Damage, Ligament Tear (ACL, MCL)Total Knee Replacement by Dr. Stephen Mitros

    I have been able to return to coaching our high school girls cross country and track teams without needing a cane for balance and support or without dragging a chair around to meets in order to have a place to sit.

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  • 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 by Dr. Jeff Nakano

    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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