Recovered from knee surgery, bride’s mother looks forward to celebration

Published 9:29 am Friday, April 13, 2012

For Smith, the outcome and recovery following her surgery were, “unbelievable! I’m in better condition now than before the injury,” she said.
Prior to surgery, she suffered for more than four years after falling while hanging curtains. The fall twisted her knee and tore the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL, one of four major ligaments that surround the knee.
On the recommendation of a friend, Smith made an appointment with Dr. Rosenberg who treated her with cortisone injections until an arthroscopy of the knee was absolutely necessary.
“I was doing well after that, but then I slipped in a local store. The fall destroyed all the work Dr. Rosenberg had done previously, and an MRI indicated that surgery was necessary,” Smith said. “It was terrible. I was in horrible pain. I walked with a limp, and my daughter was planning a wedding. The timing could not have been worse!”
Dr. Rosenberg suggested the family continue to plan for an April wedding; he’d do his part to get her back on her feet in time for the big event. Smith underwent surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital last August. After a short hospital stay, she received physical therapy at home and quickly graduated to outpatient therapy. She worked out regularly at St. Luke’s Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation with a physical therapist.
“I have been blessed to do so well in surgery. God has blessed me in so many ways,” she said. “I was fortunate to have Dr. Rosenberg as my doctor. He is one-of-a-kind, and he definitely gave me my life back.”
As she greeted her daughter who recently dropped by to discuss the wedding guest list, Smith said, “I was so excited to see this advertisement for Dr. Rosenberg in a magazine because it expressed exactly what I was anxious about — I did not want to miss the dance of my daughter’s life. I wanted to enjoy her wedding, without pain and without a limp.”
– article submitted by St. Luke’s Hospital

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