Local Teacher and Stand-Up Paddle Boarder Finally Free From Persistent Ankle Pain

Local Teacher and Stand-Up Paddle Boarder Finally Free From Persistent Ankle Pain


(gentle music) – [Matthew] I always grew up around water. I love anything having to do with water. I graduated from kayaking,
standup paddle boarding. It’s a long time. As a teacher, you know, you
spend a of your time interacting and talking and dealing
with everybody’s emotions, so, time on the water is precious. I played college basketball and for about a decade after that, I continued to play basketball, so, my right ankle developed
a lot of difficulties with just basic movement. Paddle boarding got to the point where I couldn’t load and unload my board. I had to eventually kind of give that up. I was always in a
tremendous amount of pain and I found I was making choices to not do things I like to do at my job because I was trying to
avoid being in so much pain. To be a teacher you have to be able to move around the classroom constantly. I found myself dreading movement. I started seeing a pediatrist
not affiliated with MedStar and eventually ended up deciding on get ankle fusion surgery. That surgery was not successful. After my first surgery was unsuccessful and I had about a six
month recouping process, the main goal in my mind
was to get my ankle right so I could regain a quality
of life that I wanted. That led me to Doctor Jake Wisbeck. He laid out all the options I had. One of the options was to
have the same surgery, again. It can be very discouraging
when you have one surgery that goes wrong because you feel like, no way I can go through all this again, having people drive you around or being on one leg for
months and months at a time, loosing all your independence, but, I can say without a shadow of a doubt at this point, it is so
worth it to go through the revision surgery with
someone who’s competent, and capable, and can walk you through it. I wouldn’t change a thing. I had my first operation with
someone other than MedStar and then, I had my second
operation through MedStar, so, that’s a unique thing
where you compare everything, you compare your hospital stay, you compare the nurses
that you worked with, the doctors, the people
who work in the office, when you go to see on your follow visits, that was very eye opening for me. One of the main difference was just the skill level of Doctor Wisbeck. He was able to perform the surgery in a shorter amount of time. My recovery time in the
hospital was shortened by 60% and that made a big difference. (gentle music) It’s not just a surgery, it’s the recovery aspects over
time that really cause a lot of anxiety and impatience. You worry about every little small thing and you worry about
whether you’re recovering or whether it’s not working and to have a doctor who
you feel confident in, that can answer those
questions honestly makes a huge difference. So, when you choose to have the surgery and it’s successful
and you’re dealing with a really good doctor and a
good system like MedStar, it gives you back a lot of
the things that you lost. Some of the things you weren’t even sure, you don’t even remember giving up, be able to get back on my paddle board, which, is a great joy to
me being out on the water. Just small things like that, I’ve been able to
reintroduce into my life. The board’s like 30 40 pounds,
so, you’ve got to be able to carry it over terrain that in parks. That was something I couldn’t
do prior to my surgery. Once you’re in the water, you stand up. You have to have faith that
you can stand up on both feet, push off on both ankles. The board itself, is moving. You sort of press down through your heals to give yourself balance. Just to be able to do those things without too much
difficulty is a joy for me. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend
someone in my situation to go to MedStar. In a way, it kind of changed my life from where I was headed. 180 in a completely different direction. (gentle music)

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