Procedure: ACL Repair
Surgeon: Dr. Joseph Iero
A: When I tore my ACL, my first concern was about how long this injury would keep me on the bench. I could not walk; I hobbled around, and was in a lot of pain. My coach’s wife is a nurse at St. Joseph. She recommended Dr. Iero, so I went to see him. An MRI revealed the torn ACL.
A: Because Dr. Iero knows athletes, he knows how to get an injured athlete back in the game as quickly and as safely as possible. He had me do pre-surgery therapy to build my leg strength and improve my recovery. I saw Dr. Iero and he was honest with me. He told me what I needed to do before surgery. And until my quad was where he wanted it to be, he held off the surgery. He knows what he’s doing – I was walking without crutches two weeks after surgery!
Dr. Iero and his team valued my health and they valued my athleticism. They knew I was an athlete and I wanted to get back out there. They knew how much they could push me. They trusted what I was telling them about what was going on in my body, so we were able to work together effectively.
The hospital staff was great! They talked me through everything, made sure I understood everything that was going to happen, and reassured my parents. The way they have everything organized makes the whole process go efficiently. The nurses helped me a lot. They came in often to make sure I was doing alright, and took good care of me.
A: I’ve played lacrosse this year already. It was fun to be back! At first my speed was slower, but after working for a couple of weeks, I think I’m now stronger than before. I had some fear. But I wasn’t ready to leave lacrosse behind yet. And I’m so glad that Dr. Iero and his team were able to help me get back on the field.
The whole process has been great. It’s been rewarding seeing myself come back from such a devastating injury. Now I’m even stronger than before. I learned some important things from the physical therapy team that I will use the rest of my life.
A: I would recommend Dr. Iero and his whole team. They understand athletes. They know injuries. They know what they’re doing and they recognize our need to get back out and compete. They’ll get you back in your sport as soon as is medically possible.