Deva suffered multiple injuries to her right leg when a skier ran into her on the slopes. The accident resulted in a torn anterior cruciate ligament (commonly knowns as the ACL, a vital tissue that connects the thighbone to the shinbone), a torn meniscus (the rubbery cartilage that cushions the area where those two bones meet), and a fractured tibia or shinbone. Consequently, Deva experienced severe pain and was unable to use her right leg functionally after the accident. Simple movements, such as bending and flexing her knee while walking, were excruciating and could be accomplished only with the help of crutches.
Deva saw Dr. Mark Lawler to address her injuries following the accident. Dr. Lawler determined that surgery would be the best course of treatment to repair her extensive traumas. By grafting muscle taken from just above Deva’s knee, he completely rebuilt the torn ACL and repaired the meniscus. The tibia was braced to heal. In a single procedure, Dr. Lawler addressed all the problems at hand. During the recovery period, Deva was required to keep weight off her right leg. She wore a brace and used crutches to ensure that the fractured bone and repaired knee healed with an optimal outcome.
Following surgery, Deva has returned to her active lifestyle. As an avid runner, career woman, and busy mother of two, she is always on the go and requires the constant use of her leg. A resident of Marin, Deva enjoys all that the area has to offer, from running along the bay in Tiburon to hiking near Mount Tam. Moreover, with her new knee, she can easily keep up with her kids again as they play sports, ski, and go on family outings. Thanks to Dr. Lawler, Deva has regained full function of her right leg and is no longer sidelined by her injury.
Bending and flexing the knee
Basic functionality of the leg
Now I can
Play with kids
Ride a bicycle
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