Gillette, Wyoming resident
Jamie Marchetti hadn’t planned to spend Labor Day weekend 2017 nursing a hurt ankle,
but a tumble down her stairs left her in pain and hobbling. After a visit with
Dr. Robert Grunfeld at
Powder River Orthopedics and Spine, a Campbell County Medical Group
clinic, Jamie was put in a boot for a few weeks to see how the injury would heal.
“He worked with me on using the boot to see if it would heal on its
own,” Jamie said. “One of my favorite things with him is he’s
not in a rush to do surgery.”
Unfortunately, after a few weeks in a boot, Jamie was still experiencing
quite a bit of pain and discomfort from her connective tissue injury.
Jamie said she appreciated the time spent with Dr. Grunfeld addressing
her concerns about surgery, but ultimately it was determined that surgery,
scheduled for early November, was necessary for full recovery.
“I didn’t feel like I was being pushed into surgery,”
Jamie said. “He let me come to the place of readiness.”
The surgery actually ended up being quite involved with multiple procedures
to fix the deltoid ligament, syndesmosis (the joint where the tibia and
fibula meet) and stabilize her ankle. While her surgery ended up being
quite extensive, Dr. Grunfeld said he likes to take a conservative approach
before jumping into surgery.
“A lot of times the body will heal itself,” Dr. Grunfeld said.
And if it doesn’t, as in Jamie’s case, providing a clear picture
of what surgery and recovery will look part is an important part of setting
patients up for success, he says.
“The most common question is ‘how long it will take for recovery,’”
Dr. Grunfeld said. “It’s always a tough question to answer.
It’s usually a longer road than people realize.”
Post-surgery Jamie spent four weeks not walking on her foot before being
moved to a walking boot and physical therapy at Campbell County Health
“Recovery went super well,” Jamie said. “It was smooth
for the most part.”
Part of the successful recovery was knowing exactly what to expect post-surgery,
something Jamie credits to Dr. Grunfeld for spending the extra time explaining
the process and answering all of her questions.
“There was a lot of conversation prior to surgery about what was
going to happen,” Jamie said. “He has always taken the time
to fully answer my questions. He really recognized me as a person, rather
than just as a patient.”
With the help of physical therapy, Jamie said she feels about 90 percent
and is anxious to keep working toward that full recovery and regaining
her activity level, and being able to rock a dazzling pair of heels.
“I feel like a lot of it is doing it and getting back into it,”
Expert Orthopedic & Spine Care In Gillette, Wyoming
Dr. Robert Grunfeld is a board-certified physician at Powder River Orthopedics
and Spine. The Board-certified physicians at PROS take an innovative and
comprehensive approach to the treatment of acute and chronic orthopedic
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Article written by Kim Phagan-Hansel, Wyoming freelance writer