In April 2011, I suffered a horrific compound fracture of my left tibia and fibula, while on vacation in a remote beach town in Costa Rica. After I made my way back to the States, I underwent a series of operations to stabilize my ankle with plates and screws. Unfortunately I developed a persistent staph infection that required removal of the hardware. After more than 1.5 years of ankle pain, limping, and severe limitations to my active lifestyle, I sought out care at HSS - the best of the best.
Dr. Fragomen explained the nature of my break, the long-term implications of each option available to me, and what the process would be for an ankle distraction. It was a very intimidating procedure, but with the preparation they gave me, I was hobbling around NYC in my external fixator for 3 months in the fall of 2012. Once it was removed, and I went through PT, I was able to get back to many of my previous activities. I couldn't run anymore, but I could golf, walk and hike long distances, and tear up the dance floor and feel perfectly fine the next day!
My thanks to Drs. Fragomen and John Kennedy, as well as the entire team at HSS. It was such a professional experience and I felt very well cared for throughout the whole process.