WORLDWIDE COLLABORATION FOR A PROCEDURE IN PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WISCONSIN
“I came to Dr. Zacharias for a second opinion on my third ACL surgery,” said Joseph Centeno. “I wish I would have found him sooner!”
After two ACL surgeries out-of-state, Joseph was still experiencing constant pain. His right knee was swollen, he was not healing, and he could not work or do the activities he enjoyed. He was desperate to find a solution so he could once again be active and live a pain-free life. Joseph took a chance on a referral just north of the Illinois border in Wisconsin where he met the orthopedic surgeon who would collaborate across the globe to return his quality of life- Dr. Zacharias.
“Joseph’s ACL was intact, but he had no meniscus. Beyond that, his leg needed to be realigned to take pressure off the meniscus we were planning to transplant into his knee. No part of this was going to be simple, but I knew with my team we could tackle this tricky procedure and help Joseph,” said Dr. Zacharias. “I had to break Joseph’s tibia to realign his leg. In addition to this, during the same procedure, I planned to transplant an entire meniscus to replace the one that was removed during his prior surgeries. Lining up his leg needed to be precise, so we used a custom plate. This plate, 3D printed in Germany, is an astounding feat of medical advancements and collaborative talents.”
“Dr. Zacharias explained everything to me step by step,” said Joseph. “His professionalism was calming, and I trusted that he was finally going to fully fix my knee where others had fallen short.”
Dr. Zacharias and Liza Jervis, Registered Nurse- Orthopedic Clinic, met with the German-based team several times to specify the plate. “I needed to correct the alignment of Joseph’s leg in two different planes, so the screw trajectory had to be aligned perfectly. I enjoyed working with the engineering team to create Joseph’s custom plate. We were able to essentially run through the surgery and leg alignment correction before even getting to the operating room, something not otherwise possible with current technology. We accomplished this because of my team, administrative support, and especially Liza who coordinated with companies across the world and different time zones,” said Dr. Zacharias.
Joseph said, “Remarkably, this was a same-day outpatient procedure! I am grateful to say that I am back to work and back to jogging. I cannot express enough gratitude to Dr. Zacharias and his team for their above and beyond efforts to truly uncover the problem and to stop at nothing to find a solution. All my appointments at Froedtert South were convenient to get to from I-94, and I highly recommend others seek orthopedic care there.”