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Patient Story

In this blog post, I would like to share one of our Patient’s personal journeys as a person reclaiming their health and finding solace in the face of adversity. From the initial diagnosis to the arduous treatment process, and finally, the triumph of recovery, this is her story of resilience, hope, and the unwavering power of the human spirit.

Stacey valiantly battled with Arthritis in both knees for 20 years. Despite the worsening condition, she remained determined and explored non-invasive options like injections and aspirations, all in a bid to alleviate her pain. Her previous doctor advised her to wait as long as possible, prompting Stacey to persist with her regular activities, enduring the discomfort. Despite relentless pain, Stacey refused to let her limitations define her. She pushed through the discomfort and continued to do activities she loved. Stacey went on a hike in Gatlinburg, Tennessee as her strength dwindled, and simple tasks became increasingly challenging. She found herself unable to partake in activities at the level that she knew she was able to, more importantly the activities that brought her joy also brought pain. However, everything changed one summer, during a peaceful bike ride along the lake. In the midst of slowing down and coming to a stop, her legs unexpectedly gave way, causing her to tumble over. It was a profound turning point for Stacey, compelling her to revisit her doctor and embark on a thorough research journey to find the most suitable surgeon for her condition.


Stacey did research to find the best surgeon for her. She was looking into minimally invasive surgeons and came across Midwest Orthopaedics. She scheduled her appointment with Dr. Karas and from the first consultation she knew she was in good hands. Before surgery Stacey felt that she was very prepared. She told me that she felt the preoperative teaching video was helpful, and informative. Stacey said “She loved the texts that the Karas Team sent out before surgery, it was so nice to have that confirmation and encouragement. They were extremely sweet and helpful.” The texts are reminders about medications, clearances, post surgery encouragement, and other information to keep patients on track for a great recovery process. 

 Stacey set a goal for herself leading up to her surgeries. One being she wanted to return to work two weeks after surgery and another being She wanted to turn her garden over before summer.


Stacey approached her surgery without setting any lofty expectations for her recovery. She understood the importance of patience and gradual progress. However, she was taken aback by the astonishing achievements she unlocked in such a short time.Stacey set a goal for herself before surgery: to turn her garden over. Just 5 weeks post operation she found herself tending to her garden with newfound ease. The absence of pain and the ability to move freely filled her with an indescribable joy. Equally surprising was her ability to ride a bike a mere two weeks after surgery, feeling the wind against her face as she pedaled with a sense of liberation. But perhaps the most remarkable feat was her return to work, carrying a cane for support but quickly realizing that she no longer needed it. Stacey's recovery surpassed her wildest expectations, showcasing the remarkable resilience of the human body and the unwavering determination that propelled her forward.


Through sharing Stacey’s story, she hopes to inspire and uplift others, reminding them that they are not alone and that healing, both physical and emotional, is possible. Let us remember that every setback can be a stepping stone toward a brighter future, and that there is always hope, even in the face of adversity. 


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