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Patient's Choice RUTH STILL, St. Joseph

After a minor procedure on her toe, Ruth Still, 69, of St. Joseph was moving with extra caution to protect her foot. But one afternoon as she was carrying a case of water up the two small steps between her garage and house, an awkward step caused instant pain in her left knee.

I thought it was a sprain at first. My X-ray didn’t show anything wrong, so I kept exercising to work the sprain out.

But the pain only got worse, making it difficult for Ruth to continue normal activities or even get comfortable enough to sleep. Ultimately, an MRI showed Ruth had fractured her left tibial plateau, meaning there was a break in the bone of the lower knee that did not go through the skin. Ruth knew it was time to call the office of orthopedic surgeon Daniel Sohn, MD and make an appointment.

During the appointment, Dr. Sohn explained everything to me, and he gave me options.

Treatment options included knee replacement surgery or subchondroplasty, a procedure using an injection of calcium phosphate cement to stabilize the bone. The cement hardens in about 10 minutes, bracing the injured bone while it is eventually replaced by new bone.

When Dr. Sohn suggested cement, I didn’t know what to think. I had never heard of the procedure, but I didn’t want a knee replacement if I didn’t have to get one.

Read the rest of Ruth's story and how this minimally invasive treatment helped her get back on her feet at www.lakelandhealth.org/still

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