Hobbies: Cooking, Fitness, Golfing, Hiking/ Camping, Jogging/ Running, Movies, Music, Soccer, Video Games
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD & Jill T Eggers-Knight
Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.
My left knee kept hyperextending when I was playing soccer or jogging. There wasn't much pain at all, it just was annoying. I assumed I had pulled something, but come to find out I had completely torn my ACL. It was a pretty clean break.
My right knee, I returned to playing soccer too early from my left knee surgery and I heard a loud audible popping sound and pain immediately rushed to my knee, leg and back. It hurt to walk, I couldn't walk on my own and the swelling started immediately. I had completely torn my right ACL, tore my posterior horn and body of the medial meniscus, sprained my fibular collateral ligament, strained the medial head of my gastrocnemius and had mild chondromalacia patella.
What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?
The doctors explained the options for replacing my ACL and it was a hard choice but they answered all of my questions and made it all relevant to the sports I play.
Before I was heading into surgery the doctor came and explained to me what he was going to do, the staff was so incredibly nice and helped keep my mind at ease. Then my recovery was specialized to what I would need to do to return to my favorite sport, soccer.
What can you do now that you could not do before surgery? Have you been able to return to your hobbies or sports at the same level as pre-injury or at an even higher level?
I can jog longer than I could before the first surgery. My legs feel stronger and I know how to help prevent future injuries. I haven't been able to return to sports yet, but I have had 2 surgeries, one on each knee and although Dr. Warme is the best Orthopaedic surgeon around, I hope I never have to consult him for a surgery again.
I know I will return to playing soccer because Dr. Warme did such an amazing job, along with his rehab program I am still completing.
I can at least get married and walk down the isle, all because of Dr. Warme and his team.
What advice would you like to share with a patient with a condition such as yours who is considering surgery?
Don't do any research about the surgery before you have surgery. Trust your doctor and their suggestions for surgery and rehabing.
If you do have surgery, remember you are the only one who decides what the outcome will be. If you keep positive and do your exercises daily you will ultimately have positive results and be happy when you can return to your favorite hobby.