I'm from Mahtomedi, MN and I play minor league professional hockey in Greenville, South Carolina. My journey to TCO began on February 24th during a game in Orlando, Florida where I took a knee to knee hit, resulting in a severe leg and knee injury. After traveling back to SC, I had an X-ray, CT scan, and MRI. The local doctors told me the devastating news; that I had a tibial plateau fracture and accompanying ligament damage and would need surgery. It was tentatively scheduled to be done in SC. However, at my next visit, the primary orthopedic surgeon said that he changed his mind and did not think that surgery was needed and that I should just let my injuries heal on their own.
Confused by the conflicting opinions, I reached out to Dr. Nick Meyer
back home in Minnesota, since he had done my surgery for a broken hand a few years earlier. Dr. Meyer took my calls and answered my texts late at night and on the weekend. He reviewed my medical records and even forwarded them to his colleagues at TCO for their opinions. He spoke to the SC doctors and shared his opinion that my injury required surgery in order to allow for a full recovery. He connected me with Dr. Paul Lafferty
& I flew home and was able to have the surgery the following day.
Dr. Lafferty's Care Coordinator, Denise, was so patient and helpful with the last minute scheduling and answering my families many questions. Dr. Lafferty took the time to explain the procedure and assured me that surgery was the best option. At my post-op appointment, he was so encouraging that I would be able to return to playing hockey again. Being able to have physical therapy at the TCO near my home was very convenient and my therapist, Scott Cichos
, is helping me every step of the way on the long path back to playing. He's helped with just bearing weight, then the first few steps, learning how to walk again, and continuing with full unrestricted workouts. I still have a ways to go before I'm back on the ice but I'm confident that I will get there. Everyone on my TCO care team was amazing, but without Dr. Meyer's advice and support when I was first injured so far away from home, I wouldn't have had the chance to continue my hockey career. Thank you Dr. Meyer and TCO!