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Amazing Comebacks Hall of Fame

Nelson Smith
Retired School Teacher, Hardware Store Sales Person
Hip Replacement
Retired School Teacher, Hardware Store Sales Person

Injury: Nelson was very active in sports his whole life, competing in many track and field events. Unfortunately, he began to experience severe pain in his left hip from arthritis when he was in his 50’s. The discomfort became acute and started to keep him awake at night, so he visited Dr. Lawley to find relief. Dr. Lawley had Nelson try over-the-counter pain killers, blood thinners, and anti-inflammatories, but nothing seemed to help. After a few months, X-rays were taken and indicated that he was close to bone-on-bone in his hip. At that point, Dr. Lawley recommended a total-hip replacement.

Procedure: Nelson had hip replacement surgery in 2012. The procedure went smoothly and he was taken to Cedar Village to recover and perform physical therapy. Nelson had two rehab sessions per day for two weeks and progressed from a walker, to a cane, to walking on his own. At the completion of his stay, he was able to drive home and actually cut the grass the following week.

Results: Nelson felt the surgery went “extremely well” and Dr. Lawley and the staff at Reconstructive Orthopaedics was “wonderful”. In looking back, he now wishes he had the surgery sooner. He has resumed his sports activity competing in senior events in the high jump (his best event), long jump, discus, and javelin. In 2016, he won a gold medal in the high jump and a bronze medal in the long jump.


Ronald Hank
Retired Software Sales and Marketing Professional
Dual Shoulder Replacements
Dual Shoulder Replacements recovery photo

Injury: Ron was beginning to feel pain in his right shoulder while playing golf. As time passed, the pain grew worse and it was taking the fun out of his game. Ron had rotator cuff surgery done 20 years earlier that was complicating the situation. He tried physical therapy, but to no avail. His son-in-law recommended he visit Dr. Shaw at Reconstructive Orthopaedics.

Procedure: As a first step, Dr. Shaw tried a cortisone shot, but that did not eliminate the pain. After further examination, Dr. Shaw determined that a reverse shoulder replacement procedure was necessary. The surgery was done in August of 2013 and the operation went very smoothly. Ron stayed overnight in the hospital and then began three months of physical therapy at Reconstructive Orthopaedics before transitioning to home therapy. By the spring of 2014, the pain had passed and Ron began to play golf.

Just when he thought he was out of the woods, Ron began to experience pain in his left shoulder. After consulting with Dr. Shaw, it was determined that he would need a normal shoulder replacement on the left side. The surgery took place in October of 2015 and with a new procedure that Dr. Shaw used it was even more successful than the procedure done on his right shoulder. Again, Ron did three months of therapy at Reconstructive Orthopaedics and transitioned to home therapy.

Amazing Comeback: Dr. Shaw made Ron feel like he was “the only patient he had”. He received personal attention from the medical assistants and was very impressed with the Physical Therapy staff and how they attended to his “special needs”. Ron is now recovering from the surgery on his left shoulder and is back on the golf course. Ron doesn’t claim to be a scratch golfer, but his handicap has dropped 12 strokes since before the first surgery.


Gail Riehl
Retired Teacher and Coach
Dual Knee Replacement
Dual Knee Replacement recovery photo

Injury: Gail was an enthusiastic athlete throughout her life, regularly playing softball, flag football, and golf as well as coaching. However, her endeavors resulted in a series of knee injuries including tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in both her knees. She had arthroscopic surgery to remedy the condition, but it only lead to temporary relief. To further complicate the situation, her knees had become misaligned over time. Gail was in constant pain and found it very uncomfortable standing. In early 2014, she began talking to Dr. Matt Langenderfer about the possibility of knee replacements to alleviate the discomfort.

Procedure:After an in-depth analysis of her condition and extensive consultation, Dr. Langenderfer decided that a dual-knee replacement was necessary to return Gail to the active life style she so wanted. Her surgery took place on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. She did inpatient rehabilitation at Mercy Fairfield and transitioned to outpatient therapy at Oxford Physical Therapy. Highly motivated to recover, Gail did physical therapy at Oxford twice a week and on her own at home the other days. After being discharged from outpatient physical therapy, she continued rehabilitation activities on her own at the gym.

Amazing Comeback: Gail can now do “pretty much what she wants”, but still visits the gym regularly to work on her flexibility and also does water rehabilitation. She continues to lift weights three times a week, has continued with some of her physical therapy leg strengthening exercises, does cardio training, plays softball, and participates in two golf leagues this summer. Future goals include snow skiing this winter and walking a half marathon in the spring of 2016. Gail was very pleased with Dr. Langenderfer and the staff at Reconstructive Orthopaedics commenting, “Dr. Langenderfer is the greatest at what he does. He and his staff were supportive every step of the way, always keeping my best interests at heart”.


Steve Martin
Mechanical Contractor, Baseball and Racquetball Player
Total Knee Replacements
Total Knee Replacements recovery photo

Injury: Steve’s initial injury occurred 14 years ago when he tore the meniscus in his right knee working construction. He had surgery on his right knee in 2012 to remove the meniscus enabling him to continue to work operating mechanical equipment for his family’s business and to play baseball, tournament racquetball and softball. However, his knee was bone-against-bone and even when using multiple braces was painful.

In preparation to attend the Cincinnati Reds Fantasy Camp in Arizona in early 2014, Steve received cortisone shots and chicken lubricant in both knees and was hopeful of participating throughout the week. Steve played two 7-inning games every day and was able to make it through the middle of the seventh game on Wednesday. The Reds training staff helped him finish out the week by working everyday on both knees using atomic bio jell, ice baths, etc. His coach, Ken Griffey Sr., encouraged him to get his knees replaced saying, “Steve, you are too young to deal with pain that will hold you back from doing what you enjoy in life.” That was the impetus Steve needed, he was ready to do something about his knees.
After the camp, Steve began consulting with surgeons. His trainer and therapist assistant at Oxford Physical Therapy expressed to Steve how well Dr. Langendefer’s patients recovered, so Steve met with Dr. Langenderfer at Reconstuctive Orthopaedics. After an in-depth consultation with Dr. Langenderfer, Steve decided to have both his knees replaced.

Procedure:Dr. Langenderfer performed a special procedure called Patient-Specific Instrumentation (PSI) in which preoperative imaging is used to manufacture cutting blocks specific to a patient's anatomy that allows increased accuracy and spreads the weight evenly over the knee. In addition, Dr. Langenderfer utilized special plastic inserts containing vitamin E that provide increased wear ability. The benefit of PSI is that the new knees will last about 25-30 years versus the old procedure where replaced knees would hold up for only about 15-20 years.

Steve’s surgery took place on 4/30/14 and he spent two nights in the hospital before coming home. He did rehabilitation at home and was walking without a cane in three weeks. Steve continued to work out at Oxford Physical Therapy to increase his strength and agility.

Amazing Comeback: Steve is now playing baseball and racquetball, runs sprints and jogs without assistance. He recently took his car to the repair shop and walked four miles back to his house. Excited about his restored athletic ability, Steve played in the Reunion Game at Great American Ballpark on August 25, 2014. In September, he took a snorkeling and hiking trip to St. John’s in the Caribbean and had a great time. Steve commented, “I am very happy with Dr. Langenderfer and the staff at Reconstructive. Everyone was very helpful and I would recommend them to anyone.”


Jim Lareau
Hospital Consultant, Golfer
Hip Replacement
Hip Replacement recovery photo

Injury: Jim could not attribute his hip pain to any particular trauma, but as the months passed the pain increased due to cartilage deterioration and arthritis in his right hip. At the direction of Dr. Matt Langenderfer, he tried physical therapy and cortisone shots, but there was no noticeable improvement. Jim talked to his family and friends in Michigan about what he should do. After much reflection, he decided the pain was impacting his life too much and it was time to do something about it.

Jim knew Dr. Langenderfer at Reconstructive Orthopedics since Matt was his neighbor for ten years while Jim lived in Cincinnati. Dr. Langenderfer had also repaired Jim’s wife’s Achilles tendon very successfully. Jim said he had “A high level of confidence” in Matt’s ability and felt it was worth traveling to Cincinnati to have the hip replaced.

Procedure: Jim had surgery to have his right hip replaced on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the TriHealth Evendale Hospital. He began moving with a walker, a walker-on-wheels, and then was walking with a cane by the time he left the hospital on Friday. Jim stayed at Matt’s house the week following surgery where a physical therapist came to the house on Saturday to begin exercises and stretches. Jim continued his physical therapy throughout the week at Reconstructive’s Montgomery office where he worked on a regimen of additional exercises and stretches including a stationary bike and leg press . Jim returned to Michigan and was able to begin work the following Monday.

Amazing Comeback: Jim played golf four weeks after the surgery and is back on the elliptical machine 3-4 times per week. Six weeks after surgery, he came back to Cincinnati and played in the Veterans Kinnection Golf Outing sponsored by Reconstructive. Jim commented, “Matt is a caring and compassionate physician and the entire staff at Reconstructive was phenomenal. I couldn’t have ask for anything more.”


Amy Bullimore
College Student, Basketball Player
ACL Repair
ACL Repair recovery photo

Injury: Amy was playing power forward for the Little Miami High School basketball team when she tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on January 19, 2013. The following Friday she saw Shawn Tubbs, a physical therapist at Reconstructive Orthopaedics, to get an opinion on her knee. Shawn quickly referred Amy to Dr. Kevin Shaw for a more in-depth consultation. After a thorough examination and discussion with Amy, Dr. Shaw determined that he would repair the ACL using a graft from her hamstring.

Procedure: The surgery was performed on February 14, 2013 on an outpatient basis. Amy rested the knee for a week, then the bandages were removed and she was ready to begin therapy. She worked with Shawn Tubbs and an athletic trainer five days a week for six months. She visited Dr. Shaw and was cleared to play basketball September 8, 2013.

Amazing Comeback: Amy has now graduated from Little Miami High School and is playing for Ohio Northern University and is doing great. She was very happy with her outcome explaining, “I received the best care possible. Everyone was always willing to do whatever needed to help me and was super nice and informative. It's a huge relief that my rehab experience was better than I could have ever asked for. My knee is better than new and I can jump higher than ever.”


Frank Torbeck
Commercial Realtor, Workout Enthusiast, Proud Father
Hip Replacement
Hip Replacement recovery photo

Injury: Frank suffered from lower back pain, hamstring problems and sciatic pain since his days playing football in high school. Initially, doctors told him he had a “bad back” and prescribed medication and exercise. However, over time the situation grew worse and Frank was hardly able to walk. He visited Dr. McConnell at Reconstructive Orthopaedics late in 2013. After an MRI and a detailed review, Dr. McConnell diagnosed that Frank had arthritis in both hips and recommended a hip replacement.

Procedure: In December of 2013, Dr. McConnell replaced Frank’s right hip. The operation was done on Wednesday and Frank was released from the hospital on Friday. He had nursing care and did physical therapy at home for five weeks after surgery. He followed that with 20 physical therapy sessions at Reconstructive’s Montgomery office.

Amazing Comeback: Five months after surgery, Frank feels great and is able to work out, play with his kids and resume his normal activities. Reflecting on his experience Frank states, “I don’t have one complaint, the folks at Reconstructive, especially Dr. McConnell, did a great job. I can’t say enough about the whole organization.”


Duff Ortman
Retired Air Traffic Controller
Dual Hip Replacement
Dual Hip Replacement recovery photo

Injury: Duff has a family history of an aggressive form of osteoarthritis which settled in both of his hips. The pain began in his early fifties and by the time he was 55 Duff was using a cane to get around in his home. An avid hiker and angler, Duff found the pain was significantly affecting the quality of his life and decided to pursue treatment. He was aware of Dr. Swank’s minimally invasive hip replacement procedure since Duff’s sister had undergone that surgery with excellent results. He drove up from Lexington and met with Dr. Swank in early 2011. After an in-depth examination, Dr. Swank determined that Duff would need both hips replaced with an excellent prognosis of returning to an active lifestyle.

Procedure: Duff’s right hip was replaced in April, 2011 and his left hip was replaced eleven months later using the special minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Swank has perfected. With each surgery, Duff was able to walk in the hospital that night and was released the following morning. In lieu of formal physical therapy, Duff was instructed to walk at least five minutes each hour over the next few weeks as therapy to build strength and restore mobility.

Amazing Comeback: Duff began to feel a real difference almost immediately and was pain-free in three weeks. He was able to resume his love of hiking and fishing and set a personal goal of climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet. Over the next 18 months Duff began a training regimen of walking up to 9 miles a day and, on alternate days, climbing 50 flights of stairs in order to develop the strength and endurance necessary. In February of 2014, less than two years after his second hip replacement, Duff summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro and watched the sun rise over the plains of Africa. He had fulfilled his dream.

Duff feels very blessed that he was able to work with Dr. Swank and the staff at Reconstructive Orthopaedics. He commented, “I tell people not to just accept their situation, but to be proactive and find out what can be done to help themselves. Dr. Swank, Jon, and Martha were the epitome of team work in restoring my quality of life. I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate how they touched my life. I would encourage anyone who is considering hip replacement surgery to learn about Dr. Swank’s minimally invasive hip replacement procedure. Visit Dr. Swank and learn about this wonderful technique which can restore the quality of their life just as it did mine.”


Heather Payne
Accountant & Dog Lover
Hip Scope
Hip Scope recovery photo

Injury: Heather began to experience pain in her right hip in March of 2013. She visited three different orthopedic specialists who all told her there was really nothing wrong with her hip and that they could not help her. Frustrated, she visited Dr. Shaw in December of 2013. After undergoing an MRI and review by Dr. Shaw, he determined that a hip scope would relieve the pain and restore Heather to good health.

Procedure: Dr. Shaw performed the hip surgery on Heather in early February of 2014. The scope was done on an outpatient basis, with the procedure going very smoothly. Heather was able to return home that day. She began physical therapy about two weeks after the surgery and is making great progress.

Amazing Comeback: Heather was able to return to work 1½ weeks after the surgery, since her accounting job requires just general office work. Six weeks after surgery, she was walking without crutches still sporting a slight limp, but was pain-free. Heather observed, “It was absolutely amazing! I didn’t think it would be possible to completely eliminate the pain, but now I feel great. I expected the recovery to be more painful, however, it was easier than anticipated. I am really looking forward to walking my dogs this summer.”


Myron Wood
Retired State Highway Inspector, Basketball and Softball Player
Dual Knee Replacements
Dual Knee Replacements recovery photo

Condition: Myron tore the ACL in his right knee playing high school basketball in 1955. He continued to play for years after high school wearing a brace and enduring the pain. His left knee began to cause him discomfort in the 1990’s, which he tolerated until he decided to visit his family physician, Dr. Carpenter, in 2005. Dr. Carpenter recommended he come to Reconstructive Orthopaedics to see Dr. Lawley.

Procedure: Dr. Lawley examined Myron’s knees and determined that there was excessive damage to the cartilage in both knees, which would require knee replacements. Myron had surgery on his left knee in 2006. The operation went smoothly and Myron spent a few days in the hospital, then after being released did physical therapy for two to three months until he was fully recovered. He had his right knee done in 2008 with very similar results.

Amazing Comeback: Myron is back playing softball three times a week during the summer, basketball twice a week during the winter, and goes for walks every night. Myron commented, “This is the best thing I have ever done. I am pain-free and feel better than I have in years. I think the world of Dr. Lawley and the staff at Reconstructive. They helped my every step of the way.”


Oliva Yackman
Student, Competitive Figure Skater
Hip Pinning
Hip Pinning recovery photo

Condition: During her daily skating practices, 11 year-old Oliva began to experience pain in her landing leg, especially during her jump routines. She visited a physical therapist who determined that the pain in her leg was actually due to a problem in her hip. She came to Dr. Langederfer at Reconstructive Orthopaedics for further review. After an X-ray and MRI, Dr. Langenderfer diagnosed that she had grown too fast, causing her hip to come apart and would require surgery.

Procedure: In June of 2012, Dr. Langenderfer performed a hip pinning procedure to secure and strengthen the area. After surgery, Dr. Langenderfer said it was “one of the worst cases he had ever seen.” He warned Oliva and her mother, Tammy, that Oliva may have trouble walking and would probably not be able to skate again. Dr. Langenderfer said she should sit in a chair for eight weeks after surgery and then come back to see him. During the visit, Oliva was able to walk in a straight line across the room, amazing Dr. Langenderfer. He recommended 12 weeks of therapy in a swimming pool to help further strengthen the area. Oliva made steady progress and was able to begin skating the last week of October. By 2013, she was back to spinning and doing full jumps.

Amazing Comeback: Tammy literally thought it was a miracle Oliva was skating again. Concerning Dr. Langenderfer she commented, “He is the best doctor in the world. I would recommend him to anyone. Dr. Langenderfer actually did a national search to find other skaters with a similar injury, so he could learn more about the condition. He was determined to get Oliva back on skates. He truly went above and beyond the normal treatment and the amazing results are the proof.”


Sue Jones
Retired School Administrator, Fly Fishing Enthusiast
Rotator Cuff Repair
Rotator Cuff Repair recovery photo

Injury: Sue was attempting to reel in a large king salmon while fly fishing on the Pier Marquette River in Michigan, when she felt something give in her shoulder. She tried to pull the fish into the boat, but realized that she could not lift her right arm. She was also in quite a bit of discomfort.

Procedure: Sue tried physical therapy for months to rehabilitate her shoulder with little success, so she came to Reconstructive Orthopaedics to see Dr. Shaw. After looking at her shoulder, Dr. Shaw determined she would need a rotator cuff repair with subacromial decompression. He carefully explained to Sue that this was a difficult surgery and exactly what to expect. The surgery was performed on January 22, 2013. Sue lives in Oxford, Ohio, so Dr. Shaw worked closely with her physical therapist there to direct her progress over the next six months.

Amazing Comeback: Sue is very happy with her results, is pain free, her arm is strong and she is casting up to 50 ft. Sue is taking another fly fishing trip in September of 2013. She commented, “The entire staff at Recon was interested in my recovery, answered all my questions and was very personable. I have my life back again.”


Donna Prues
Elementary School Teacher, Biker, Hiker and Yoga Practitioner
Ankle Replacement
Ankle Replacement recovery photo

Injury: In 2004, Donna was hanging from a zip line attached to her son’s tree house when she fell in her bare feet onto some tools lying on the ground, shattering her leg, ankle and foot. She had surgery that year which included the insertion of 16 pins and two plates into her leg and ankle. After three years and extensive physical therapy, Donna was still in extreme pain. She had a second operation in 2007 to clean up the arthritis and reduce the pain. After the surgery, she was in a walking boot then did physical therapy for months, but to no avail. Her foot was so painful she could not get out of the car to get gas. When she came home from a day of teaching, her son had to literally carry her from her car into the house and place her in a chair. She could not leave the house. In tears, Donna was not able to walk and could barely work.

Procedure: Donna’s husband did hours of online research before discovering Dr. Sammarco. Donna came to see Dr. Sammarco in 2012 and was immediately at ease with his calm style and willingness to offer a plan to eliminate the pain. After careful consideration, Dr. Sammarco decided that ankle replacement surgery was necessary. In March of 2012, the surgery was performed. Donna was in a cast for two-three weeks after surgery, then a walking boot for a total of 3 months.  She participated in physical therapy for four months and was fully recovered when she was released from therapy.

Amazing Comeback: The week she was released, Donna’s family took her on a beach vacation because for the first time in years she was able to walk unassisted. In Donna’s own words, “The results were truly amazing. I walk everywhere, hike, bike and stroll on the beach with no pain. There is nothing I can’t do now. I have my life back because of Dr. Sammarco; he is truly a fantastic surgeon and a wonderful man. I am blessed thanks to Dr. Sammarco!”


Joseph Fitzwater
Retired Insurance Representative, Part-time School Maintenance, Golfer
Both Knees Replaced
Both Knees Replaced recovery photo

Condition: As a result of being a very active person, the excessive use over time had caused damage to Joe’s knees. Gradually his knees had become more and more painful, so Joe visited Dr. Swank in search of relief in the Fall of 2010.

Procedure: After a thorough examination, Dr. Swank determined that Joe needed his knees replaced. The first surgery was done in October of 2010 and Joe was able to come home the day after the procedure. He did physical therapy for about six weeks and was feeling fine. Joe was so happy that the pain was gone in his left knee, he couldn’t wait to get the right knee fixed, too. In February of 2011, he had the right knee replaced.

Amazing Comeback: Joe was back on the golf course by April of 2011 at 86 years old, enjoying the game. He also began working at the Indian Hill School about 20-25 hours a week. Joe was so happy with the results of his surgeries that he recommended the procedure to a number of other people. “As far as I am concerned, Dr. Swank is the best surgeon in the Midwest when it comes to joint replacement. He took care of me every step of the way and I was pain-free 2-3 weeks after the surgery,” reflected Joe.


Sondra Noe
Retired baker and caring mother
Torn Rotator Cuff Repair
Torn Rotator Cuff Repair recovery photo

Injury: An outdoor person at heart, Sondra fell off of a raft severing her rotator cuff. She was in substantial pain when she visited Dr. Shaw.

Procedure: Dr. Shaw performed a shoulder scope operation to repair Sondra’s injured rotator cuff on September 13, 2011. After the one-hour surgery, Sondra’s arm was put in a sling with a foam rubber wedge and she was able to go home that day. Following the surgery, she did physical therapy three times a week along with daily exercises at home until she attained a full range of motion and was pain free.

Amazing Comeback: Sondra said, “I couldn’t believe the job that Dr. Shaw did.” She is thrilled with her recovery and is now back to transporting her 104-pound, wheel-chair-bound son from his chair to his bed. In addition, she can now enjoy outdoor activities again including her favorite hobby, racing Jeeps in trail-riding competitions.


Diana Ivkovich
Athletic Trainer
Knee Replacement
Knee Replacement recovery photo

Injury: Diana was a very active marathon runner over the years, but it had taken a heavy toll on her knees. She was suffering from osteonecrosis of the femoral condial, which was limiting her activity and causing discomfort. Then she visited Dr. Langenderfer in June of 2010.

Procedure: Dr. Langenderfer did total knee replacement surgery on Diana on June 30, 2010. Diana related, “Dr. Langenderfer was great, he explained everything in detail, was very supportive and genuinely cared about my surgery and recovery.” After surgery, Diana did physical therapy with a licensed therapist with whom she was acquainted and was able to return to work in three and one-half weeks.

Amazing Comeback: Diana is now back to a pain-free life doing the things that she loves including exercising 5-6 times per week, riding her bike 40-50 miles at a stretch, doing spinning classes, lifting weights and working with her student athletes.


David Reckner
Customer Service Representative
Hip Arthroscopy
Hip Arthroscopy recovery photo

Condition: David was suffering from a hereditary condition in both hips caused by a curved femur bone called “cam impingement”. The condition does not allow any clearance between the bones in this area which was consequently causing David intense pain.

Procedure: After a thorough examination and conferring with David, Dr. Shaw decided that it would be necessary to do an arthroscopy on both hips to restore him to the active lifestyle that he desired. The right hip surgery was done on May 25, 2011 and the left hip was done on August, 27, 2011. After each surgery, David spent about two weeks on crutches and then performed about three weeks of physical therapy. By November he was “feeling like a king”. David observed, “Dr. Shaw was really a perfectionist and took the extra time necessary to get things just right”.

Amazing Comeback: David is no longer in pain and is back to doing the things he likes to do. He takes regular walks through the neighborhood, works in his yard, hauls wood and hangs Christmas lights. David remarked, “I feel just like I did before all these problems hit me.”


Justice Ross
Product Manager
Knee Reconstruction
Knee Reconstruction recovery photo

Injury: Justice tore his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament while playing basketball in June of 2011.

Procedure: Dr. Shaw performed Justice’s knee reconstruction surgery on July 14, 2011. The operation went very well with the knee showing minimal scaring. A few weeks after surgery, Justice began physical therapy three times per week at Reconstructive Orthopaedics’ facilities to rehabilitate the knee and it is currently “a work in progress”.

Amazing Comeback: Justice was able to start walking without crutches and driving again in October of 2011. By December, his range of motion was up to 115 degrees and Justice continues to make strides each week.


Jessie Steele
High School Soccer Player
ACL Reconstruction
ACL Reconstruction recovery photo

Injury: Jessie tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in August of 2009 in a high school soccer scrimmage. The trainers at school examined her knee and concluded she was not seriously injured because she was still able to move around freely. However, the knee kept giving out, so Jessie visited Dr. Lawley. He examined her knee and knew right away the ACL was torn and required surgery.

Procedure: To help ensure the optimum results, Dr. Lawley had Jessie do three weeks of physical therapy prior to the surgery to strengthen her knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. Lawley in September of 2009. After the surgery, Jessie continued to work on her rehabilitation with Shaun, a therapist at Reconstructive Orthopaedics. Jessie enjoyed working with Shaun and thought he did an “amazing job”. Just three weeks after surgery, she was able to bend her knee up to 90 degrees. The physical therapy continued about three times per week for six months at Reconstructive Orthopaedics’ facilities, with the frequency tapering off as the knee began to heal. Jessie continued to do the therapy on her own until the knee was totally back to normal.

Amazing Comeback: Jessie is playing soccer again and feels her knee is “stronger than it ever was”. Jessie commented, “Everything was done right. Dr. Lawley made sure that I was doing all the things necessary to completely heal the injury before he let me get back on the field. A number of my friends have had the surgery, but their results were not nearly as good as mine and many reinjured themselves”. Jessie summed up her experience with Dr. Lawley and Reconstructive Orthopaedics by saying, “Everything was perfect.”


James Bolin
Retired Sound Engineer
Knee Replacement
Knee Replacement recovery photo

Condition: Jim had surgery on his right knee 30 years ago, but the knee had deteriorated substantially over time. He was also suffering from arthritis in his left knee when he visited Dr. McConnell. After an in-depth examination, Dr. McConnell determined that Jim required partial replacements in both knees.

Procedure: As a precautionary measure, Dr. McConnell had Jim undergo a stress test prior to the surgery to make sure his heart was strong enough. After passing the stress test, Jim had his right knee replaced in February of 2011 and his left knee replaced in March of 2011. With each knee, Jim had surgery on Tuesday, used the crutches until Thursday and was walking by Friday. He remarked, “ They had to do a good job for me to come through the operation like that.” After surgery, Jim did physical therapy two times per week for two weeks at Reconstructive Orthopaedics’ facility and continued the therapy two times per week for six weeks at a facility near his home in Hillsboro.

Jim received regular calls to check on his progress from the staff at Reconstructive Orthopaedics during the first month following the surgery. When water accumulated on his left knee, Jim related, “Reconstructive Orthopaedics got me in right away and took care of it”. At his six-month checkup, Jim was cleared for a year. He noted, “Dr. McConnell and the staff were a great bunch and showed real concern for my well-being throughout the process”.

Amazing Comeback: By july of that year, Jim was back pouring concrete, digging footers and setting cobblestone in the driveway of his new house. Jim summed things up by saying, “Now my knees don’t stop me from doing anything.”


Jack Morgenroth
Racquetball Professional
Achilles Surgery
Achilles Surgery recovery photo

Condition: Jack’s right Achilles tendon and underlying bone had deteriorated due to gout and the pain was restricting his mobility on the racquetball court. He visited Dr. Shaw in June of 2007 to see what could be done to get him back into top playing shape.

Procedure: In July of 2007, Dr. Shaw performed a surgical procedure that consisted of pulling the Achilles tendon away from the bone, shaving the bone to remove all damaged tissue from the area and reattaching the Achilles tendon to the bone. Following the surgery, Jack did physical therapy three times a week with the staff at Reconstructive Orthopaedics. He shared his feelings about the physical therapy staff stating, “They were helpful and attentive, genuinely cared about my progress and were really good people.”

Amazing Comeback: Jack was back on the court playing racquetball by September and he finished third in the national tournament the following year. Concerning Dr. Shaw Jack stated, “He is a great guy that enjoys people, really cared about me and my recovery, was very compassionate and explained everything so I could understand it. I wouldn’t be back on the court winning championships, if it wasn’t’ for Dr. Shaw.”


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