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On the Sunny Side of the Street: Life After ACL Reconstruction and Meniscal Transplant

By age 26, Stuart Schwadron had already spent years walking with a limp and in a lot of pain, the result of several sports-related injuries to the ligaments in his right knee.

He was referred to Thomas L. Wickiewicz, MD, attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, who not only reconstructed his ACL, but performed a meniscal transplant – an experimental procedure at the time. “I played every sport growing up and to all of a sudden not being able to do anything - to not have that physical outlet - was devastating,” recalls Mr. Schwadron. “So when Dr. Wickiewicz said that this is what I had to do, I was totally game.”

Today, at age 40, Mr. Schwadron is able to keep up with his busy toddler, play golf, and enjoy a pain-free walk with his wife, Stacey. “At the end of the day you go to a doctor to make you better,” says Mr. Schwadron. “Dr. Wickiewicz is a phenomenal surgeon with a great bedside manner.”

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