ACL Recovery & Orthopedic Treatment Success Stories

Ellita Vedder stands in front of a fire engine

Ellita’s Story

After being treated for a rotator cuff tear and a bicep tear by James Voos, MD, Ellita was able to return to her job as a full-time firefighter.

Aaron Manis on the field

Aaron’s Story

UH Orthopedic Injury Clinic was able to quickly and accurately diagnose Aaron Manis’ injury and help him get back on the field in time for the state championships.

Agnes' Story

Agnes' Story

80-Year-Old Runner Continues to Compete After Finding Knee Pain Relief Agnes Smith began running at age 40 to help her get through a painful divorce. She became hooked after coming in second place in her first 5K and she ran her first marathon a...

Amy and her three boys

Amy’s Story

After youth soccer coach and avid runner Amy tore her left ACL while playing living room tackle football with her three little boys, she sought help from Dr. Jacob Calcei to get her back to coaching and running.

Andrew Bucur

Andrew's Story

When 19 year old college sophomore Andrew Bucur ruptured his ACL during a soccer scrimmage, he sought help from UH orthopedic specialist, Shana Miskovsky, MD. Seven months later, he was back in the game and stronger than ever.

Bill Roberts standing behind his bicycle

Bill's Story

After conservative treatment approaches failed to relieve his hip pain, 71 year-old Bill opted for hip replacement surgery and is now happily back to his active lifestyle.

Brenda Miller-Huber, who underwent bilateral knee replacement, shares her story

Brenda Miller-Huber’s Story

When the pain in her knees got so bad she was unable to participate in the activities she loved, Brenda turned to orthopedic surgeon William Stanfield, MD at the Center for Orthopedics / UH Sheffield Health Center for help.

Brenda's Story

Brenda's Story

Total Knee Replacement Allows a Local Woman to Return to Doing the Things She Loves Brenda James began experiencing arthritis pain in her right knee in February 2017. By March, the pain elevated to the point where she needed to see a physician, so...

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Bryan's Story

Hockey captain skates back to strength following season-ending knee injury The Lake Erie Monsters team captain knew the eerily familiar feeling when he slammed into the boards and his knee buckled in the battle over the puck. Exactly one year...

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Cathy's Hip Replacement Success Story

When 62-year-old Cathy Peltz heard the words “You need a hip replacement” from her doctor, she was shocked. Like most of us, the assistant in University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center’s Information Services department thought she could just take...

Colton Ray and Dr. Leland

Colton’s Story

Colton Ray was in eighth grade when he dislocated his shoulder for the first time. An active athlete, the recurring injury eventually led him to seek help from shoulder specialist, Martin Leland, MD.

David Eisele at a weightlifting meet

David’s Story

“Dr. Voos is the best surgeon I could have asked for. I would say to anyone facing a potentially sports-ending injury, It’s a tough road, but keep your head up and work hard. The end game is worth it.” – David Eisele, Avon Lake, OH

Drew Weninger in uniform

Drew’s Story

Drew Weninger never knew he had Femoral acetabular impingement until he began the steady pounding of long-distance running. Following hip arthroscopy at University Hospitals, he was astounded to run a marathon at an eight-minute-mile pace.

Frank Grace

Frank’s Story: How Spine Surgery Gave One Man His Independence Back

Being Active Without Pain ‘Is a Great Relief’ Frank Grace, 75, had reached his limit: the leg and hip pain he had experienced for five years had become so severe that he could not stand easily at work, shop with his wife or keep his foot on the...

India's Story

India had never experienced an injury like the one that put a temporary end to all of her athletics. The team at University Hospitals were able to repair India's knee and get her back to playing sports.

Isaiah's Story

Isaiah's Story: Meniscus Transplant

In eighth-grade, Isaiah Gullick suffered a severely torn lateral meniscus while playing football. UH orthopedic surgeon, Michael Salata, MD, successfully performed a meniscus transplant, restoring Isaiah’s dreams of playing in the NFL.

John Dickens and Dr. Sean Cupp

John's Story

Long distance runner John Dickens was training for a marathon when a sharp pain in his hip led him to seek treatment from sports medicine specialist, Sean Cupp, MD, who determined he had a stress fracture of the pelvis.

J.P. Southern

JP’s Story

“Thanks to the amazing staff at University Hospitals, I was able to make a full recovery and am now a full-time professional racer in the F3 Americas series.”

Judie's Story

Judie's Story

Judie Lesesne was a multi-sport athlete in high school and planned to play college basketball. When diagnosed with an acetabular labral tear and hip dysplasia, a team of UH experts collaborated to return Judie to her active lifestyle.

Kate Vargo and her friends

Kate’s Story

Kate underwent same-day total knee replacement at University Hospitals. At 52 years old, she wondered if she was too young. She was certain of one thing: she was too young to struggle through pain for the rest of her life.

Kyle's Story

Kyle's Story

Kyle Stergis landed badly during a high school basketball game and experienced immediate pain in his right hip. Playing through the pain, he ultimately caused damage to his left hip as well and turned to Michael Salata, MD, for help.

Professional dancer Lauren Stenroos

Lauren’s Story

Now entering its third season as the Official Healthcare Partner for the Cleveland Ballet, University Hospitals provides physical therapists and athletic trainers for weekly treatment and injury prevention sessions at the Ballet training facilities.

Lisa Miloshoff

Lisa’s Story: It’s Nothing But Good Vibes for Lisa After Rotator Cuff Reconstruction

Notorious for a long recovery, rotator cuff surgery is now in Lisa's rear view mirror.

Marie Gluth stands outside Port Clinton High School

Marie’s Story

High school sophomore, Marie Gluth, was a three-sport, year-round athlete until she injured her shoulder playing basketball. Marie sought treatment from sports medicine physician, James Voos, MD, and is now back to enjoying her active lifestyle.

Maritza Guerra

Maritza's Story

At age 15, Maritza Guerra, was living in China with her family when she injured her knee and required surgery. The family crossed the Atlantic to consult with knee surgery specialist James Voos, MD, who was able to repair Maritza’s knee.

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Mary Ann's Story: How UH's Orthopedics Program Helped Mary Ann's Degenerative Arthritis

Local Woman Returns to Her Active Lifestyle After Hip Replacement Makes Pain a Distant Memory At age 75, Mary Ann Surtz leads an active lifestyle that might challenge a much younger person. She serves as board treasurer for the Wickliffe Senior...

Avid skier Mayra Gonzalez holds a banner

Mayra's Story

When Mayra Gonzalez, an accomplished athlete, injured her knee while skiing she turned to James Voos, MD and the orthopedic team at UH for help in reaching her goal of completing her third triathalon.

Meadow Hynd

Meadow's Story

Meadow was 16 when we was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and a labral tear. Learn how an innovative combined procedure helped the Gilmour Academy swimmer continue her swimming career at the collegiate level.

Meechie Johnson, Jr. on the court

Meechie’s Story

Meechie Johnson, Jr. suffered a knee injury during his sophomore year at Garfield Heights High School. James Voos, MD and Michael Salata, MD repaired Johnson's ACL and both meniscus to allow Meechie the opportunity to compete at the next level.

Nate and Morgan Muncy playing baseball

Nate and Morgan’s Story

When brother and sister Nate and Morgan Muncy sustained injuries that threatened their athletic endeavors, they sought help from Dr. Jacob Calcei to help them get back to doing what they love.

Pat Palermo and Stephen Lacey, MD

Pat's Story

Bilateral Hip Replacement Allows Chesterland Woman to Live Life to the Fullest Pat Palermo loves to exercise. The 63-year-old Chesterland resident has been a fitness enthusiast for more than 30 years, and is a fan of both spinning and Barre3. So,...

Competitive gymnast Ravenna Bala discusses her ACL treatment plan at University Hospitals

Ravenna’s Story

Competitive gymnast, Ravenna Bala, was a high school sophomore when she tore her ACL. She sought treatment from her team physician, Chris Tangen, DO and Cleveland Browns Head Team Physician, James Voos, MD.

Skanda Moorthy on the field

Skanda's Story

When a torn ACL threatened to put high school sophomore, Skanda Moorthy on the sidelines, a UH sports medicine team quickly got him back in the game.

Victoria and Kevin Malone, MD

Victoria's Story

When a skating accident resulted in a severe hand injury, 8-year-old Victoria required surgery and months of rehabilitation. A UH team of specialists collaborated to heal her injury and return her to the world of competitive ice skating.

Young Female Athletes

Young Female Athletes

As more young women enter the world of competitive sports, orthopedic physicians are seeing an increase in the number of ACL injuries in females. UH sports medicine specialists are using their expertise to return these athletes to the action.