Patient Story

Scoliosis Spine Surgery- Patient Success Story

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine with multiple symptoms. Surgical treatment of scoliosis usually requires a spinal fusion. About 5 years ago, I had back surgery with John Rhee, MD at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Dr. Rhee removed pressure off of nerves in my back and joined two back bones together. Following that procedure, everything was fine. I knew at the time that I had a scoliosis that might eventually need to be addressed, but the decision was made to do the smallest operation first and just take care of the area that was causing the pain. Low and behold, the scoliosis did eventually catch up with me, and I started to experience sciatic pain from my buttock to ankle several times throughout the day. I was working, but I was taking medications to mask the pain just so I could go to work. I could not do anything else because I did not want to agitate my back.

Prior to suggesting surgery, Dr. Rhee recommended trying to rehab my back to see if a nonoperative approach would help. However, after trying, it became obvious that nonoperative treatment was not working, and that surgery would be the best option for me. About a month and half before surgery I was given exercises to complete which would end up helping me after surgery. I thought this was unique and the medical team was right, because I would not be able to rehab immediately post-surgery. I was preparing for after surgery before I even went into surgery.

During surgery, my wife was in the waiting room and she was updated on my status by the hour. Due to my severe scoliosis, it was a major fusion operation involving multiple levels from the thoracic spine down to the sacrum. However, the Orthopaedics and Spine team made her feel very comfortable. I was in the hospital for a total of 2 days, came home on the 3rd day and started my recovery. From Dr. Rhee’s nurse, Betty Dundee, to the staff, my experience was great!

Prior to me going to Dr. Rhee, I had a fraternity brother, who is an Orthopedic surgeon, take a look at my x-ray before surgery and he viewed it after surgery as well. My friend could not believe what a great job Dr. Rhee did. He said “You got a good guy!”. All of my friends call me wonder man because they can’t believe I can do what I’m doing based on seeing me beforehand. For example, my wife and another person watched me walk down the pavement to make sure I had proper form, and I did! Dr. Rhee did a great job. Even though I needed a major operation, the surgery seemed so easy and well done. I cannot see someone not going through surgery because I found it so simple. I’m very pleased and I’m on my feet once again.

A Note From Dr. Rhee About Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can lead to nerve compression, pain, and if severe enough, deformity. Surgical treatment of scoliosis usually requires a spinal fusion. Depending on the magnitude of the scoliosis, multiple levels in the spine may require fusion, which can make it a major operation. Nevertheless, when properly executed, surgery for scoliosis is associated with excellent outcomes.

About Dr. Rhee

Dr. John Rhee, Orthopedist AtlantaSpecializing in cervical spine surgery, lumbar spine surgery, complex spinal deformity surgery (scoliosis and kyphosis), and surgery for spinal tumors, Dr. Rhee is an active researcher and sought-after teacher/lecturer at the national and international level in multiple medical societies.  He has served as faculty and been an invited lecturer at numerous meetings and courses on spine surgery.  In addition, he has served as Program Chairman at numerous national and international spine surgery meetings.   Dr. Rhee has also published extensively in a number of peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and he has received numerous awards and honors.  He is actively involved the training of international research scholars and other spinal surgeons and has been the author and editor of numerous books on spine surgery techniques.

Foot Pain Treatment Success Story

Michele shares her foot pain journey and a hopeful story of full recovery. Learn more about what she's been through and where she is today.What can be more inspiring than real stories of real people who survived and overcame? Today we introduce to you Michele who shares her story of hope and successful recovery from foot pain.

Michele’s Foot Pain Story

Before my procedure at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, I had a tremendous amount of foot pain. I could not walk more than a couple of feet. I had tried a number  of treatments, including the use of a boot for a while.

My doctor told me that I needed a complicated surgery done, including having bones cut and tendons moved  around in my foot. I thought  that there had to be another way. So I  searched the internet and saw that Ken Mautner, MD was doing procedures with stem cells and platelets to help healing of chronic injuries. I sent him an email about my foot pain with my MRI attached. He wrote back immediately and thought I would be a good candidate for the procedure!

I called, set-up an appointment and had my procedure done. It went exactly the way Dr. Mautner explained. After the procedure, I followed all his instructions. Within a couple of weeks I was walking without any pain and I started to exercise soon thereafter. Indeed, I have had a full recovery.

Coming from someone who couldn’t use her foot without feeling pain to full recovery is remarkable. I am doing everything with my foot that I want to do…. It is awesome!

A month and a half ago I was in Atlanta and Dr. Mautner did a repeat ultrasound. It looks like a fair amount of healing has taken place.

I live In the New York area and no one is doing as sophisticated a stem cell procedure, which I thought  was pretty remarkable. Dr. Mautner and the entire staff at the Emory Sports Medicine Center were responsive and answered all my questions immediately. It was pretty impressive.

I feel like Dr. Mautner gave me back my active lifestyle. I am so grateful and appreciative.

A note from Dr. Mautner:

Mrs. Reichstein had a difficult, but common condition where a tendon in her foot, the posterior tibial tendon, had a tear in it. It was not healing.  She had tried all typical treatments without much success. The surgery for this condition is large and has a prolonged recovery.  The procedure we did at Emory Healthcare involved only her own cells. We did it in the office without any sedation needed. We used an ultrasound machine to assure accurate placement of her cells into the injured area of the body.  Patients will go in a boot for a short time after the procedure. Then, they will begin a rehabilitation program that assists in the healing response.  Mrs. Reichstein was a great patient to do the procedure on. She followed all our post-procedure instructions and continued to recover from foot pain.

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About Dr. Mautner

Dr. Kenneth Mautner helped this patient with foot pain.Dr. Ken Mautner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery At Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is board certified in PM&R with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. He is the Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine at Emory and Fellowship Director for the ACGME accredited Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Mautner is co-editor of the Atlas of Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. He has been using Musculoskeletal U/S in his practice since 2007 for and has been teaching courses around the country since 2009. In addition, he is considered a leader in the field of Orthobiologics treatment for chronic soft tissue and joint disorders. Dr. Mautner also serves as Team Physician for Emory University, Agnes Scott College, Pace Academy and a Consulting Physician for Georgia Tech Athletes.

 

Chondrosarcoma Patient Story: “I can now walk unaided and enjoy time with my family.”

skiiing patient storyI noticed something was “not right” with my right leg when I couldn’t sit crisscross-applesauce-style on the floor during my daughter’s music class. The tendon near my groin area was very tight and sore. Pilates exercises were difficult to complete and my left leg responded better than my right during daily activities. At the time, I thought maybe the pain was a sign of aging and simply that I needed more exercise and stretching. I continued to go about my daily life, living with pain that was sporadic and more of an ache at that point.

In March 2009, I was on a spring break skiing trip with my family when I noticed my leg felt “wobbly” during the downhill runs. I couldn’t control my right leg well and immediately knew something was wrong, so I stopped skiing. The next day, we went horseback riding and as I swung my leg up and around to get on the horse, there was a sharp stabbing pain at the top of my thigh. That was my big “ah-ha” moment. I knew that once I returned home I needed to seek medical attention, especially since the bursts of pain continued on and off throughout the rest of my trip. When I got home, I visited my primary care doctor who ordered X-rays, MRI and bone scan. After reviewing my results, my primary care doctor referred me to Dr. David Monson, an orthopaedic oncology surgeon at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Monson met with me and explained I had Chondrosarcoma of the hip, which is a rare type of cancerous bone tumor.

Getting the news that it was cancer was startling and left me feeling quite shocked, especially after thinking the pain was just something having to do with the typical aging process. I was expecting them to find arthritis, not cancer. What made me most nervous was the type of cancer I had and its location in my hip. During the first visit with Dr. Monson that day, he walked me and my family through the different treatment options and then recommended I take some time to compare options. Like most people would, I went straight to the internet and began researching my cancer and different options. What I found scared me – up until five years ago, most tumors of the pelvis were surgically treated through amputation. This made me extremely anxious. I didn’t want to lose my leg.

During this tough decision-making process, Dr. Monson made me feel comfortable and at peace. He was extremely knowledgeable, very caring and direct. After reviewing my options with Dr. Monson, I felt sure he was the guy to do my surgery, so I made my decision and moved forward. Andre Roy, Dr. Monson’s Nurse Practitioner, was available any time I called and provided answers to my multitude of questions. I felt very cared for and looked after at Emory, and I was impressed with the office staff every time I came in for an appointment.

In the end, we decided that during the surgery to remove my tumor, we would reconstruct my hip using a saddle prosthesis. I was pleased that Dr. Monson knew how to perform this procedure comforted that is one of the few doctors that knows how to place such a prosthetic.

Following my surgery in November of 2009, I went through extensive physical therapy. Today I am walking really well and keeping up with my active teenage daughter. My range of motion is limited so minor adjustments have been made in my daily life to stay safe and comfortable. I’m thankful to be able to do all the things that I can do now, and continue enjoying life!

A note from Dr. David Monson

Bone tumors of the pelvis are uncommon and their surgical management depends on multiple factors, including tumor size, location and whether the tumor is benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). These factors determine whether a limb-saving surgery is possible or not and if the losses associated with surgery may result in a non-functioning extremity.

Three main factors to consider with pelvis surgery relate to stability of the hip after surgery, and function of the sciatic and femoral nerves. A minimum of two out of three must remain intact for the lower limb to be worth saving. Fortunately for Mrs. Powers, both her sciatic and femoral nerves were able to be preserved and we were able to restore stability of her right hip with a saddle prosthesis.

Options for reconstruction of the hip joint after removal of pelvic bone tumors may include prosthesis such as a saddle, a cadaveric bone transplant (allograft) or sometimes no reconstruction at all. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages which makes selecting the right treatment for each individual patient unique based upon the factors above.

At Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, our goal is to always offer patients with what we expect to be the most functional, yet durable surgical reconstruction possible without compromising the long term likelihood of cure. These surgeries are often quite complex and can take as long as 6-8 hours or longer. Complications can occur and the recovery time after surgery takes anywhere from six months to a year. We want patients to be fully educated before heading into a surgery this complex.

Mrs. Powers has worked extremely hard with her physiotherapy and has achieved an excellent functional outcome. We are incredibly proud of her and most grateful that there has been no recurrence of her tumor!

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Emory Bone Cancer Patient Story: “I have full motion in my arm again!”

ms k11-27 2msk 11-27It happened so quickly. One day I was working out and noticed a bulge in my left shoulder but I didn’t think much of it, in fact, I thought maybe my muscles were growing! But my concern grew as the lump got larger. I made a random visit to the chiropractor and during the visit he moved my right arm across my body. When he went to move my left arm across my body, it was impossible; motion of my left arm was completely restricted. The chiropractor knew something was not right and referred me to a primary care physician for an X-ray. I was scared and didn’t want to face reality that this inability to move my arm could be something serious. I wasn’t in pain – the ball on my shoulder wasn’t bothering me or affecting my life – but it was critical that I figure out what it was.

On September 5, 2013, the news was broken to me that I had a tumor in my left shoulder. It was on that day that I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer. This cancer begins in the bone compared to other cancers that begin somewhere else in the body and spread to bone. Immediately my parents started making calls, knocking on neighbors’ doors and doing research in hopes of finding the best doctor and treatment in the area for my diagnosis. My parents were told that an oncology surgeon, Dr. David Monson at Emory Orthopedics & Spine Center in Atlanta, GA, was the best in the business. That’s when I knew I was going to be in good hands. Dr. Monson’s exceptional reputation was my definition of a rock star surgeon!

The first step in this treatment journey was to make an appointment for an MRI, CT scan and biopsy. Before the tests, my medical oncology team prepped me that chemotherapy and radiation would mostly likely be needed for the next 6 months of my life. Thankfully, the MRI and CT scan showed the cancer had not spread to anywhere else in my body. Then the biopsy results came in and revealed that the bulge was a low grade tumor, which meant no chemotherapy or radiation was needed, rather surgery and physical therapy.

I was informed that the surgery would be to remove six inches of bone from my arm and replace it with a cadaver. I was relieved and extremely grateful that this treatment option wouldn’t turn my whole life upside down, but there were still concerns. I didn’t know if I would ever get back full motion in my arm or be able to get my arm over my head again. I didn’t know if I would look the same after surgery with this “new” arm.

Less than twenty days from the date of my diagnosis, on September 23, 2013, I had surgery. I remained hospitalized for three days following the surgery and then began my healing journey. I couldn’t return to work for four weeks and went through six months of physical therapy. I am incredibly lucky to have a support group of family and friends that surrounded me and picked me up when I was down.  They took care of me and gave me the love and support I needed to get through what could have been a devastating time.  My parents stayed with me overnight while I was in the hospital, I even stayed with my sister and brother in law for a week after surgery and my sister filled the room I stayed in with all of the flowers I received.  I am extremely grateful to have every one of them in my life. The team at Emory made my journey to recovery seamless. I especially loved my physical therapist. Her excitement every session made me excited! She looked at my circumstances as a challenge, but together we pushed through. In fact, because my recovery went so well – something she had never seen with my type of surgery before – she ended up using it as a case study.

Today, my life is mostly back to normal. I have full motion in my left arm again, but my arm is still restricted when it comes to putting weight on it. It is going to take some time for the new bone to fully fuse with my natural bone, so right now I cannot hold more than five pounds with my left hand. I am aware and mindful of the activity and stress I place on my new arm, but I do not want to do anything that could potentially damage it, but thankfully I am able to work out regularly and both my work and social life are as normal as they can be!

A Note From Dr. Monson
Ms. Peterson was fortunate in that her osteosarcoma was low grade and required surgery alone for resection and reconstruction. There was no need for chemotherapy as there is in high grade osteosarcomas. There are only about 50 of these tumor types diagnosed a year in the entire United States. Our goal was to provide Ms. Peterson with as functional a reconstruction as possible and thus we chose to do so with a cadaver bone transplant of the proximal humerus where we could perform a direct rotator cuff repair. Repair of the shaft of the cadaver to the patient’s own remaining humerus bone distally was performed with plates and screws, much like that performed in fracture repair surgery. Reconstruction with an artificial prosthesis is actually an easier procedure technically; however the inability to reestablish reliable rotator cuff function often leads to lesser function of the shoulder. Although no reconstruction option can be declared a permanent solution, the use of the cadaver transplant burns no bridges and keeps options open for Ms. Peterson should she require more surgery in the future. She has excelled with her physical therapy and her full restoration of motion reflects strongly on her will and determination.

About Dr. Monson

monson-david-kDavid Monson, MD, and his partners at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center have the ONLY multidisciplinary musculoskeletal oncology service in Georgia that serves both children and adults. His focus is on rare tumors, sarcomas of the bone (2,500 cases a year in the U.S.) and soft tissue (10,000 cases a year in the U.S.) as well as other uncommon benign bone and soft tissue tumors. He also treats metastatic disease to the bone from other primary malignancies and often performs complex reconstructive procedures for these disorders not available in the community. The efforts of his practice also extend to complex skeletal reconstructions that may arise from failed orthopaedic procedures performed elsewhere.

He is only one of two fellowship-trained orthopaedic oncologists in the state of Georgia (the other is his partner, Dr. Shervin Oskouei) that concentrates his practice within his subspecialty. He also performs total hip and total knee replacements, specifically more difficult primary replacements or revisions that may require the skills developed within his practice of musculoskeletal oncology.

“I woke up pain free”: Words from an Emory Sports Medicine Center Patient

mskpatientThe two years of my life before visiting Dr. Kenneth Mautner at the Emory Sports Medicine Center were painful. I had moderate to severe pain in my right interior knee joint. My symptoms were stiffness, swelling and sharp pains while I was sleeping, walking and even driving!

Finally I decided to make an appointment with one of the largest and most visible orthopedic clinics in Atlanta. During my visit there, they took an X-ray of my knee and diagnosed me with early stage Osteoarthritis. The physician suggested I first use over the counter medication twice daily to treat the pain and occasionally receive cortisone shots to help with ongoing pain management. If that didn’t work, he said I would eventually need a knee replacement.

After getting this news, I was a little uneasy. I thought to myself, “There has to be another option besides daily medication that could hurt my liver, or surgery.” After much prayer and research, I was led to the Emory Sports Medicine Center. I watched several of the patient videos and marveled at the success stories, from different conditions like hip and knee to procedures like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and stem cell therapy.

Without hesitation I called and made an appointment to see Dr. Mautner! Once at Emory, Dr. Mautner ordered an MRI, which revealed a bad meniscus tear and early osteoarthritis. In May 2015, we started Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, which took platelets from my blood and reinjected them back into my injured knee. The procedure took about 15 minutes and while it hurt, it was less painful than I expected.

The first nine days after the injection I experienced increased pain, but on the tenth day I woke up pain free and have not had any pain since! It’s amazing! The tissues around the joint have calmed and are not swollen. I have returned to my customary two-mile walk each day, and can go up and down hills and stairs. I can sleep and drive pain free.

I feel great and the treatment was worth every penny, which was minimal considering the wonderful benefits! Thank you Dr. Mautner and the team at Emory Sports Medicine Center.

Steve Alvarez
Patient, Emory Sports Medicine Center
Dunwoody, Georgia

Are you considering PRP therapy? If so, make sure it’s performed properly and with the right expert guidance. Learn more about why you should choose Emory Sports Medicine for PRP therapy.

About Dr. Mautner

mautner-kennethKenneth Mautner, MD, is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. He has a special interest in the areas of sports concussions, where he is regarded as a local and regional expert in the field. In 2005, he became one of the first doctors in Georgia to use office based neuropsychological testing to help determine return to play for athletes. He also is an expert in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound and teaches both regional and national courses on how to perform office based ultrasound. He regularly performs Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for patients with chronic tendinopathy.

Dr. Mautner also specializes in the care of athletes with spine problems as well as hip and groin injuries.

Dr. Mautner currently serves as head team physician for Agnes Scott College and St. Pius High School and a team physician for Emory University Athletics. He is also a consulting physician for Georgia Tech Athletics, Neuro Tour, the Atlanta Ballet, and several local high schools.

Emory Spine Patient Story: “I wanted to walk down my long driveway – I can now.”

By Sara Dollar, Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center patient

Scoliosis PatientAt the age of 12, I started seeing a chiropractor. In my early teenage years, I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. Doctors told me that by the time I reached the age of 45, I might not be able to breathe if the scoliosis got bad enough. My spine was shaped like a perfect “S.” I had my first surgery in 1977, followed by several more surgeries. Surgery after surgery left me in excruciating pain. I lived my life, but because my spine was stuck in a bad position, I walked crooked, I couldn’t stand up straight, I couldn’t walk my dogs, and I couldn’t walk five feet without my back spasming. I had become like a hermit crab.

In September 2014, I was referred to John M. Rhee, MD, a spinal surgeon at the Emory Orthopaedic & Spine Center, because I had a very delicate problem that my former surgeons could not handle. Dr. Rhee explained to me what could be done, and I was so excited that I wanted to have surgery on the same day as my office visit! But because my problem was very severe, and the required surgery would be complex, Dr. Rhee asked me to go home and discuss this with my family. I was so grateful for this! After much thought, I decided to have surgery – a lumbar osteotomy, which is a major operation done only at highly- specialized spine centers, like Emory, because of its complexity.

I had done so much research on Emory and Dr. Rhee that even before my first scheduled appointment I knew that I had made the right decision. I felt comfortable. Before I went into surgery, I made some goals that I wanted to attain after my procedures: mainly, I just wanted to live without pain. I am happy to say that Dr. Rhee helped me achieve this!

I had two planned surgeries to correct my severe scoliosis and kyphosis. They were done on January 22 and 23, 2015. Compression on the nerves had to be relieved along with fusion and correction of the deformed areas of the spine. My previous hardware had to be removed and repositioned properly, and a wedge of bone was removed from one of my vertebrae in order to realign my spine so I could stand up straight again. This was a major procedure because I had had multiple prior surgeries that left my spine severely deformed.

At my six week checkup, I was walking without any assistance from a cane, walker or person. I think I surprised Dr. Rhee with how well I was doing and how quickly I had recovered.

While I am still healing, I am not in any pain and am accomplishing all of my goals. I wanted to walk down my long driveway – I can now. I wanted to be able to walk down the beach – I can now. I wanted the freedom of walking into a store to grab some milk and bread without needing or using a shopping cart – I can now. When the time comes, I want to run after my future grandchildren, and because of my surgery, I believe I will be able to.

My advice to others considering spine surgery; do not be afraid, stop living in pain, quit suffering and get your good quality of life back. Surgery is not the answer for everyone, but if it is, I would not trust anyone other than the renowned spine surgeons at Emory Orthopaedic & Spine Center. Thanks to them, I am living well and attaining my goals.

About Dr. Rhee

John Rhee, MDJohn M. Rhee, MD, is a Spinal Surgeon and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery specializing in cervical spine surgery, lumbar spine surgery, complex spinal deformity surgery (scoliosis and kyphosis) and surgery for spinal tumors. Dr. Rhee is an active researcher and sought-after teacher/lecturer at the national and international level in multiple medical societies. He has served as faculty and been an invited lecturer at numerous meetings and courses on spine surgery. In addition, he has served as Program Chairman at numerous national and international spine surgery meetings. Dr. Rhee has also published extensively in a number of peer reviewed journals and books, and he has received numerous awards and honors. He is actively involved the training of international research scholars and other spinal surgeons and has been the author and editor of major textbooks on spine surgery techniques.

Raising Awareness Around Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy patient, John Sugar

Patient John Sugar is grateful for the care he receives from Dr. Robert Bruce & his team at Emory Orthopaedics to manage his CP so he can live like a normal teen.

March is Cerebral Palsy (CP) awareness month. Cerebral Palsy is a term to describe a group of movement-related disorders that affect 2-3 of every 1,000 children.

Last year the United States Senate designated that March 25th is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day to honor those with CP. This day is to encourage people to become more informed and bring awareness to the disease. Those that want to show their support in raising Cerebral Palsy awareness are asked to wear something green on March 25th.

At the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, we treat many pediatric patients with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a life-long condition that affects the communication between the brain and the muscles.

CP can cause a variety of motor disabilities and issues ranging from very mild, with the child appearing to be slightly clumsy, to more severe movement issues, where the child may be unable to walk.

Emory Sports Medicine patient, Susie Hemphill: A Story of Recovery

Susie HemphillIn August 2008 I fell and hurt my ankle. Over the course of four years, I was treated by two different orthopaedic surgeons and was not able to participate in tennis or any other sports. This was devastating for me because I am an avid and accomplished tennis player. I was recruited out of high school in Illinois to play collegiate tennis at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. But as a result of my ankle injury, I struggled to walk. I almost gave up hope that I would ever play again after two failed ankle surgeries. It was so hard to even perform daily tasks that I was contemplating applying for disability benefits. I was miserable with life because I was in so much pain on a daily basis.

According to Emory Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Sam Labib, I had a condition in my ankle where there was no cartilage between my foot and ankle bone. Dr. Labib gave me hope and said he could repair the damage by taking cartilage from my knee and putting it in my ankle. On, August 23, 2012, I had cartilage repair surgery at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center in Atlanta with Dr. Labib. It’s been a little over a year and a half since the surgery and I just keep getting better and better. Now, I am happy to say that I am pretty much as good as new and back to playing tennis as much as I want. I even recently made it to the City Finals playing Atlanta Lawn and Tennis Association AA1 Women’s Tennis. It is hard for me to believe that I was unable to do anything for almost four years.

Thanks to Dr. Labib, I am also now back to doing what I love professionally. I am a United States Professional Tennis Coach. It is so great to be back playing and coaching. I owe it all to Dr. Sam Labib. Dr. Labib is a caring, compassionate, exceptional, talented, driven doctor and I owe him the world for fixing me and giving my life back. I highly recommend Dr. Labib to any patient who has a similar condition.

About Dr. Sameh (Sam) Labib

Dr. Sameh Labib

Sam Labib, MD, is a sports medicine fellowship-trained surgeon and director of the foot and ankle service at Emory. Dr. Labib started practicing at Emory in 1999. He is an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery.

He has lectured both nationally and internationally at many orthopedic meetings. His research has been published in several journals, including the JBJS, Arthroscopy, Foot and Ankle International and the American Journal of Orthopedics as well as numerous video presentations and book chapters. Dr. Labib is Board Certified in orthopedic surgery with additional subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine Surgery.

For the past 5 years, Dr. Labib has been nominated by his peers as one of “America’s Top Doctors” as tracked by CastleConnelly.com. Dr. Labib has a particular interest in problems and procedures of the knee, ankle, and foot. He is the head team physician for the athletic programs at Oglethorpe University and Spelman College, and an orthopaedic consultant to the Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Tech and Emory University.

About Emory Sports Medicine
The Emory Sports Medicine Center is a leader in advanced treatments for patients with orthopedic and sports-related injuries. From surgical sports medicine expertise to innovative therapy and athletic injury rehabilitation, our sports medicine physicians and specialists provide the most comprehensive treatment for athletic injuries in Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Constantly conducting research and developing new techniques, Emory sports medicine specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of sports injuries.
Our sports medicine patients range from professional athletes to those who enjoy active lifestyles and want the best possible outcomes and recovery from sports injuries. Our doctors are the sports medicine team physicians for the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech and provide services for many additional professional, collegiate and recreational teams. Appointments for surgical second opinions or acute sports injuries are available within 48 hours. Call 404-778-7777 for an appointment.

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Atlanta Opera Violinist Back on Her Feet Thanks to Emory Orthopedists!

Fia Mancini Durrett, Atlanta Opera Orchestra Violinist and Emory patient, recently played her violin for Emory Sports Medicine physician Sam Labib, MD and his clinic staff. Fia made a deal with Dr. Labib that if he could help rid her of foot and back pain, she would play her violin for him in clinic.

Dr. Labib held up his end of the deal, so on her last visit to the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, Fia brought her violin along.

ACL Tear & Repair Patient Story – Freddy Assuncao, MMA Fighter

ACL tear repair surgery MMA Fighter Freddy AssunacoAnterior Cruciate Ligament tears in the knee don’t just happen to athletes playing football or soccer. Emory’s Chief of Sports Medicine, Dr. John Xerogeanes, recently repaired an ACL tear for MMA fighter, Freddy Assuncao.

Assuncao tore his ACL in training, helping one of his teammates prepare for an upcoming fight. For the repair of his potentially career-jeopardizing knee injury, Assuncao sought out renowned ACL surgeon, Dr. Xerogeanes – who is affectionately known as “Dr. X” by patients and staffers at Emory Sports Medicine – and a strong team of experts on rehabbing professional athletes from the Emory Sports Medicine Center.