My name is Ana and I had two previous surgeries because I had my meniscus torn and that was like three and a half years ago. And then six doctors I went to visit, they said that I needed a, a new replacement. I'm a runner myself. And I was really very depressed because every doctor that I went to see, they also agreed that there was like not much more to do because I had like bone-on-bone my knee. So, and then while I was waiting for the surgery, I was, I was like, decided to have my knee replacement. I was like, Googling all the options. And I was like, really, really sad, what I'm gonna do. I'm not gonna be able to run. And then that's what I got with Dr. Stone. I started listening to all these stories and I was in San Diego, so I wasn't far away from here.
So I decided to take a plane and come and see him. And when he saw me, he looked at all my studies and everything. He said, oh, no, no, no, you don't need a knee replacement. I'm gonna be able to fix your knee. Just, you need a little partial replacement when you, where the injury is and you're gonna be doing whatever you want. And I was like, but can I go back to running? And he said like, you can do whatever you want. I also do Karate. He said, you can do Karate. You can do whatever you want. I was so happy. I said, well, okay, why not? When can you do surgery tomorrow? Let's do it. So I immediately took the decision and I'm three, that was three years ago. And I'm, I already I'm about to run another marathon. I mean, my life is totally back to normal. I don't even remember I had surgery, no more pain, nothing. So I am. And Dr. Stone, he's an amazing person. He's an amazing doctor. I really he's my hero.
The PT people are amazing. They're just so kind, they take you by the hand every day. How do you feel I was here like maybe for a month after surgery and like every day they would like push you. And so they really helped me out because I live in Mexico. So I, I went back to Mexico and they would send me all my exercises, like every two weeks or two to three weeks, depending how I was improving and the flexibility and the motion. So they really know what to do. They really know what, how, how are your goals like this week, you should be able to do this next week, this and this and this and this. So they really take you by the hand. And so they're amazing. Amazing.
I exercise every day. I run not every day, but I run like maybe three to four times a week and I do my karate. I do Pilates. I do anything, lots of a, the thing that I do now that I don't did as much as today is lots of weight training for my legs in order to support my knee. So, because here all the guys from the, as the physical therapy are amazing so they really help me out do doing the things that I'm doing right now to, so that I can do whatever I want.
Ana R. Profile
Ana traveled from Mexico to San Francisco to seek our care because, like so many of our patients, she was told that she needed a total knee replacement and that she would need to eliminate most of her physical activities after her surgery. Ana arranged for a consultation with Dr. Stone from her home in Mexico and found that she could benefit from a less invasive partial knee replacement surgery that would preserve the healthy tissue in her knee and repair only the damaged parts. As a result, Ana has returned to all her favorite activities including demanding sports like running, martial arts, and Pilates.