My treatment and recovery
In December of 2014, I fell off a ladder crushing my tibial plateau and fibula. I was 60 almost 61. Having osteoporosis made the breaks even worse, plus, having had chemo in 2012 (breast cancer survivor) most likely did not help. I had 2 surgeries and went home 9 days later, only to return with an infection a month later. Part of my muscle had to be removed due to infection giving me a permanent drop foot.
I had been very active up until the fall; swimming a mile a day, walking 3 miles daily and spending considerable time gardening. This accident took all of this activity away for a full year. However, Doctor Wiater always encouraged me and gave me the feeling that I’d somehow get my old life back when it looked the bleakest. He never gave up on me. He was accessible 24/7 and was genuinely concerned about my well-being and that I would be able to resume my old life.
It appeared that I was going to have to wear a brace the rest of my life to simply walk because of drop foot. However, as a result of Dr. Wiater’s tremendous skills as a surgeon, my scar, which runs from above my knee down to my ankle, is barely noticeable after 10 surgeries. People compliment me all the time on how great my leg looks and want to know who my surgeon was. I am finally back swimming and walking and I am confident that gardening will soon follow. I am also back to wearing regular shoes without a brace.
I am confident that without Dr. Patrick J. Wiater, I could never have reached the stage that I am at.