I have dealt with knee pain for eight years and finally decided to take the necessary measures to live a pain-free life. I came to HSS with hopes of being able to run, Irish-dance, take yoga, and have zero pain in daily activities. I have been active in various team sports throughout the years, but the pain increased when I began running three years ago.
My knee pain was unbearable and the subluxations were becoming more common. I made an appointment to see Dr. Beth Shubin Stein to see what could be done with my knee. After a few appointments, X-rays, and MRIs, we decided to schedule surgery for August 21, 2014. Dr. Shubin Stein performed a TTT and MPFL. A TTT, also known as a tibial tubercle transfer or osteotomy, is a bone-cutting procedure. The top portion of the tibia bone is cut, repositioned, and put in place with two screws. An MPFL, or medial patellofemoral ligament repair, strengthens the medial ligament of the patella to better stabilize it. This was my first surgery and by far, one of the most terrifying experiences I have had.
I had knee surgery again in February 2015 by Dr. Shubin Stein. Recovery was long and hard, but with much determination, I finally began running again! I’m slowly getting back to what I love to do and it feels great. I never thought I would be able to run again. I want to thank Dr. Shubin Stein, her staff, all the nurses, and Theresa from the HSS Physical Therapy staff! They truly do amazing things here.