All-time winningest coach in NCAA men’s lacrosse history and avid cyclist
To fully understand how my partial knee replacement allowed me to get back to my very active life again, I need to take you back just over a decade. It all began when I was running on the treadmill and started to feel a pain in my knee. It turned out to be a cartilage tear, which I had treated by Dr. Scopp at POA, who is also our lacrosse team’s doctor. However, during the minor surgery to fix the tear, he discovered that I only had 40% of the cartilage left in my knee. Over the next ten years, my cartilage continued to deteriorate while I kept running up and down the field with my team and putting in 6,000+ road miles on my bike every year. I developed a limp, my hip hurt from favoring my knee and I was becoming bowlegged.
I had previously talked with Dr. Trauger about being a candidate for a unicompartmental “uni” knee replacement, but finally we both knew the time had come. I reminded him once again how important having the uni knee was to me because I wanted to keep my ACL intact, so I could easily return to a high level of cycling. My surgery went well and Dr. Trauger was able to restore the angle of my knee. Now, I am no longer bowlegged and my pain is completely gone. Not to mention, six weeks after my surgery I was able to return to my bike and complete the annual Sea Gull Century ride here in Salisbury.
I can’t say enough about my POA team. Dr. Trauger even stopped by my house on his way home from the office a couple of times during my rehab, just to see how I was doing. It’s just one more example of how the POA team continues to impress me.