Runner overcomes the odds to run the NYC marathon again

WABC-TV—November 6, 2016

WABC covers the story of Viviana Denig, a patient of Beth E. Shubin Stein, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS.

An avid runner, Viviana's right knee began causing her serious pain leading to early arthritis and she was told that she would need to stop running. Viviana then came to HSS to see Dr. Shubin Stein.

"She had worn away all of the cartilage. It was in a focal area, so it wasn't all the cartilage in her knee but it was down to bone in that area. Running is probably the hardest sport to do if you have a patella problem," said Dr. Shubin Stein.

Dr. Shubin Stein performed a revolutionary procedure on her by implanting adolescent donor cartilage. Now, Viviana is back to running the NYC Marathon.

"This marathon is going to be even better because my knee is better and stronger," said Viviana.

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