Last October, Batesville High School right guard Shawn Czerniak injured his right knee in a playoff game. When he realized his injury wasn’t healing on its own, he scheduled an appointment with Orthopaedic Surgeon Andrew Islam, MD. For Shawn, the bad news was he had torn his meniscus and needed surgery to repair it. The good news was the surgery could conveniently be done at Margaret Mary and would require minimal recovery time.
“Dr. Islam was awesome,” said the energetic 18 year old. “He’s very down to earth and explained the surgery in a way that was easy to understand. The nurses and anesthesiologist were really good, too – very friendly and gentle. The care was more personal than you’d expect in a big city. And only having a 15-minute ride home was nice, too.”
Whether he’s working construction or tossing a football with his friends, Shawn’s knee injury no longer sidelines him from living an incredibly active life.
When Darlene Sullivan’s knee pain interfered with the simple joys of living, she knew it was time to do something. Not only did she have trouble going up and down stairs, but her severe arthritis left her unable to keep up with her grandkids. In 2014, she scheduled an appointment with Orthopaedic Surgeon Nick Mirkopoulos, MD who recommended total knee replacements on both knees. That July, Darlene, 56, had surgery on her right knee.
“Dr. Mirkopoulos was incredible,” said the Greensburg resident. “Before surgery, he wanted me to lose weight and gain strength in my legs so he gave me a pep talk. He was straight forward with me but kind and compassionate at the same time. He wants what’s best for his patients. After my first surgery, my knee felt so much better I couldn’t wait to get the other one done.”
After getting her second knee replaced this past March, Darlene is well on her way to a full recovery. And for Darlene, her new knees allow for more shopping trips, longer walks in the park and more quality time with her grandkids.