The second of two surgeries to correct Jeremy’s knee disorder took place during the COVID-19 pandemic. While initially concerned about safety, he felt reassured by the strict protocols in place at Stanford Health Care, including masking, social distancing, extra disinfecting, and testing.
Jeremy grew up active and completely immersed in sports. But, by his early 20s, a genetic condition called nail-patella syndrome had caused early arthritis to develop in his knees and the cartilage to wear away. Worried about how the condition would impact his future mobility and not getting many treatment options from doctors close to home in Sacramento, he turned to Stanford Health Care Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine for help.
“We saw an opportunity to make great strides in his function and restore his anatomy,” said Dr. Tim Wang, sports medicine surgeon and the lead on Jeremy’s case. “Within sports medicine, specifically orthopaedics, things are changing so rapidly that we really get to take advantage of those changes and institute them to provide the best level of care possible.”
Over the course of two four-hour surgeries, Dr. Wang and his team worked to restore Jeremy’s knees. The team replaced Jeremy’s knee cartilage, reconstructed a ligament that keeps the kneecap on track, and modified his kneecaps to better align with his lower leg.
Following the surgeries, telehealth video visits allowed Jeremy to stay connected to Dr. Wang and the rest of his care team from the comfort of home, limiting his commute to and from the Bay Area and any exposure along the way.
“Dr. Wang was incredible,” said Jeremy. “The team approach that Stanford Health Care took with my diagnosis is really the reason I’m able to be where I am today… I was always limited by what I was able to do in terms of jumping or running. And, moving forward, I’ve been able to engage in sports in a way that I’ve never been able to before.”
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Tim Wang, MD
Sports medicine surgeon
Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine