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Julia Smith

Julia Smith

Needless to say, I was very happy with my results...

Julia Smith

“The year was 2002 I had a right knee patellar chondroplasty in 1995, and I was beginning to have right knee pain again. The surgeon who did the original surgery said he would not do an osteotomy and told me to “try something else” instead of running.  Lucky for me, a good friend recommended that I see Dr. Zaslav.

After reviewing a patellar tracking CT and performing an arthroscopy of my right knee, Dr. Zaslav determined that I was a candidate for a patellar cartilage transplant.  He told me that the primary goal of surgery was for me to be pain free, which I certainly was not.  As a local competitive runner, my dream was truly to get back to being competitive again.  Dr. Zaslav gave me an 80% chance of running again, that was odds in my favor.  In December 2003, I rolled the dice and underwent a right knee Fulkerson tibial osteotomy and patellar autologous cartilage transplant.

After an arduous year of rehabilitation, and another year of getting the “hitch out of my giddy-up”, I began the work to get my race times where I was before surgery.  I also took up bicycle racing to supplement my running.  Over the next several years, I had personal-best times in every distance from one mile to ½ marathon and I’m not talking back-of-the-pack non-competitive times, either.  My 5K time was under 18:30, 10K under 38:45, 1 mile at about 5:30, and ½ marathon 1:30.18. Needless to say, I was very happy with my results.

Unfortunately, during all of my fabulous running, I did have a couple of bike crashes.  I didn’t think they were really a big deal, but in December of 2009, after I ran a personal best ½ marathon, I knew something was up again with my right knee.  Another arthroscopy was done that showed that I’d need another transplant in the trochlear groove of my right knee.  Heck, after the first one, I knew what was possible after the right rehab and hard work, so I rolled the dice and did it again in December 2010.  That surgery, too, was a success, and I can’t thank Dr. Zaslav enough for offering me state of the art surgical solutions to my predicament(s), and his confidence in my rehabilitation potential and tenacity to keep on keepin’ on and be competitive too.”