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Patient Stories

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Jacob Laconi/Partially Dislocated Shoulder

Physician: Jessica C. Bilotta, M.D.

Jacob Laconi/Partially Dislocated Shoulder Kristin Laconi, brought her son, Jacob, 11, to Pinnacle after he showed off the "trick" he could do with his shoulder. Jacob is a typical active pre-teen who plays basketball and golf. Presumably, as a result of playing those sports, his shoulder began to pop out of place...thus the "trick." His mother shares her experience with Pinnacle ... Pinnacle Senior Partner, Dr. Paul Payne examined Jacob and determined that he...

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Dick Travis/Torn Rotator Cuff, Bicep Tear

Physician: Michael L. Kuczmanski, M.D.

Dick Travis/Torn Rotator Cuff, Bicep Tear In February, my husband, Dick Travis, was injured while riding a snow mobile in Jackson Hole, Wyoming while visiting our daughter. It was the second day of our trip and we decided to take a snow mobile adventure ride, which we had done many times before. On this day a blizzard set in making the trail extremely hard to follow. As the storm continued, visibility worsened causing Dick to veer off the trail down a deep, snow-covered slope. As the snow...

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Mohammad Mustafa/Limb Lengthening

Physician: William Dean Terrell, M.D.

Mohammad Mustafa/Limb Lengthening Mohammad Mustafa has lived more than half of his seven years with a crippling, chronic bone infection that has made his left leg four inches shorter than his right. In his home of northern Iraq, Mohammad has already undergone 12 operations. The next treatment for him there would have been amputation of his leg starting at the hip. "We had lost hope," said Mohammad's father, through an interpreter. After so many surgeries and still the same,...

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Joan Martin/Total Knee Replacements

Physician: Stanley H. Dysart, M.D.

Patient: Joan Martin/Total Knee Replacements At age 57 my knees began to hurt and affect my lifestyle negatively. I tired easily when shopping or walking and wanted to sit down frequently. When Dr. Stanley Dysart of Pinnacle Orthopaedics became my doctor, he suggested synvisc shots in both knees. The shots gave me relief for several years. However, Dr. Dysart advised I had little cartilage left in both knees and suggested total knee replacement. I scheduled total knee...

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Keith Anderson/Motorcycle Accident

Physician: Alan Swayze, M.D.

Patient: Keith Anderson/Motorcycle Accident On a beautiful April spring day, I was tooling along, enjoying the countryside, feeling the power of the motorcycle underneath the seat. I came to a stop behind a car that was making a left turn into a gas station. I was waiting with my foot on the ground when I was slammed from behind by a car that was going 45 miles per hour. I wondered why the stars were out in the middle of the day. Why can't I move my arms or legs? I must be dreaming....

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George K. Roberts/Leg Trauma

Physician: William Dean Terrell, M.D.

Patient: George K. Roberts/Leg Trauma George K. Roberts has been in the armed forces for the past 26 years. The last year was spent in Iraq defending our freedom by fighting terrorists. There he was hit by mortar fire and dogged many bullets while trying to simply stay alive. He came home to fight a bigger battle and a sharper bullet. While horseback riding at his home in Ranger, Georgia, he was thrown off his horse severely crushing his right leg. After calling 911, he was taken by truck...

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Shannon Mallory/Torn ACL

Physician: Michael L. Kuczmanski, M.D.

Patient: Shannon Mallory/Torn ACL   So what happens when a weekend warrior gets sidelined with an injury? That was the question Shannon Mallory was asking when he was injured playing soccer in November 2012. Shannon is a right mid-fielder for a team in an adult soccer league. He was injured in a game when he collided with an opponent as both were going for the ball. He heard a “pop” in his knee. The collision of the two players tore ligaments in Shannon’s knee...

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