I was desperate and running out of hope. I had 5 surgeries on my right knee, including two ACL repairs and a meniscus allograft transplant. Being involved in sports my entire life and serving four years in the US Coast Guard, I had constant pain in my knee. Despite all my attempts to rehabilitate my knee, nothing in my mind was going to help ease my pain. Other doctors I consulted advised me that I had arthritis and based on my history further surgery was not recommended.
Fortunately I met Dr. Riley Williams who was more than understanding to my plight. Working as a Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer, my job required me to be on my feet. My issue was that I could not stand, let alone walk around without sharp, stabbing pain in my knee. I have tried every supplement, brace, magnet, and meditation technique out there with no results.
After discussing my case, Dr. Williams offered to perform an Osteochondral allograft transplant on my knee. Based on the size and locations of my lesions, this would be my last option before looking into a total knee replacement. I was put on a waiting list for a matching donor and would end up moving from New York to Florida during this time.
A little over two years later, I got the call from Dr. Williams who told me a match was found and I had a short window to get up to New York for surgery. I did what any sensible person would do and packed my bags, quit my job, and took the first flight I could find. As confident as I was in Dr. Williams, I was nervous about the outcome as I have been promised a full recovery five times before with no success.
My Surgery was done on October 30th 2011. After a lengthy recovery that Dr. Williams advised would be an arduous journey, I am happy to say I couldn’t be more satisfied with my results. Finally after years of pain for most of my professional life, I am pain free with most activities of daily living and have renewed motivation to succeed.
There are occasional bumps on the road to recovery but since my surgery I have paddle boarded, zip lined, biked, swam, and climbed Mount Hood in Oregon without a problem. I am thankful everyday to Dr. Williams and his staff for making something out of a knee that was deemed too damaged by others.
I am just over 5 years since my operation and have a new lease on life at the age of 40. In 2014 I started my own Physical Therapy practice and specialize working with patients who are dealing with chronic pain resulting from complex injuries. I highly recommend Dr. Williams to my patients who are suffering from knee injuries and are seemingly out of options and cannot thank him enough for changing my life.