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Salem woman’s leg saved by 2nd opinion

WTNH-TV interviews HSS patient Nancy Rodgers about a scare a few years ago that threatened to interrupt her active lifestyle.

In 2011, Rodgers had a successful knee replacement, and then underwent a revision surgery. In 2018, she split the bone on the tibia and developed a knee infection that would not go away.

“Then, I was told that I was probably going to lose my leg,” Rodgers said. “I was going to have to amputate it, that was my only option, and I, did not want that.”

That’s when she decided to get a second opinion which led Rodgers to her surgeon Mathias P. Bostrom, MD, chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement service at HSS. 

Dr. Bostrom told her she’d be able to keep her leg. “We took away a large portion of her knee cap and her extensor mechanism, but at the same time that’s where the infection was looming and that’s why we’re able to be so successful,” he said.

With the infection gone, doctors made Rodgers a knee hinge, then performed a procedure called a a muscle flap using her calf muscle.

Today, Rodgers remains mobile, enjoying time with her family. 

Read the full article at wtnh.com.