Patient Stories

btn_sharestoryWe’re committed to getting our patients back to living their lives. We know that the following shared stories often inspire and encourage others. That’s why we’re inviting you to share how your POA team and the care you received helped you to return to the activities, sports and life you enjoy.

One Tough Coach – One Truly Dedicated Cyclist

Jim B. – Knee Replacement Patient

Jim B.
All-time winningest coach in NCAA men’s lacrosse history and avid cyclist
Salisbury University

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.


A New Hip For A Busy Man

Lowell R. – Hip Replacement Patient

Lowell R.
Rocky’s Electric, Inc.
Business Owner/Electrician

Imagine being in your 50s and having a job that kept you on your feet most of the day, every day. Well that was my life as an electrician, and I was having such severe pain in my hip that I could hardly walk. I had to take 10 to 15 Aleve a day just to try to ease the pain. I went to several doctors, but nothing seemed to help. That’s when I was referred to Dr. Petrera at POA and learned what I actually needed was a new hip.

Dr. Petrera explained he could perform an anterior hip replacement and it could be done at their same-day Outpatient Surgery Center. He walked me through how the process would go, which was exactly how it went. I arrived at 6:30 a.m., was in the OR by 8:00 a.m., out of the OR by 9:30 a.m., taking my first steps with a physical therapist (without any real pain) by 2:30 p.m. and was home before 4:30 p.m. Within four weeks, I was back to work and feeling like a new me. I was even back in my routine of walking 6 to 8 miles every day.

Dr. Petrera’s genuine concern for me, passion for his work and confidence and skill as a surgeon made all the difference in getting me back to my job and, more importantly, my life without pain.