As someone who has danced my whole life, it was inconceivable to me that my active lifestyle could be impeded. I started dancing ballet and jazz at age 8, and continued through college. I raised twins, ran my own business, and retired from business so that I could run after my kids’ kids. My husband and I enjoyed travelling, particularly to France, spending days walking the cities and villages, and exploring the museums. So, it was devastating to have my body begin to break down and limit my activities.
About 20 years ago, I started ballroom dancing with my husband. At first, it was a great date night, where we could share an activity that required effort and learning. As we progressed, it became a passion. We attended social dances weekly, successfully participated in amateur competitions, and performed routines at competitions and charity functions. However, over the past 10 years, we frequently had to stop dancing entirely, as I suffered a variety of orthopedic ailments, including spinal stenosis and hip degeneration.
After two total hip replacements and spinal surgery, my husband and I were back on the dance floor. We joined the Darien Cotillion and loved the opportunity to dress up and dance to live music with other dance enthusiasts. Then I tore the medial meniscus and the lateral meniscus in my left knee, and this fox could no longer trot!
I consulted with Dr. Karen Sutton, at HSS Orthopedics at Stamford Health. I have known Dr. Sutton for several years and knew she was the one I could entrust with my surgery. Dr. Sutton operated to smooth out the tears and some of the arthritis in my knee. I have always loved Pilates, and Dr. Sutton was enthusiastic about using Pilates as my rehabilitation regimen.
Fast forward six months later, and my husband and I performed a samba and salsa routine that we had originally performed 10 years ago. We danced to “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira and, in this routine, neither did my left knee!
Thank you Dr. Sutton for years of compassionate care, and an excellent post-operative result. Thank you Teneshia, Maria and all of Dr. Sutton’s staff for your kindness and efficiency in scheduling my procedures and post-surgical care. What a great team!
Photograph by Michael Justin Studios