The knee is the largest joint in the body and is very susceptible to injury.
The patient tore her anterior cruciate ligament, of ACL. Dr. Gary Poehling,
of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in NC, replaces the ligament with an
Achilles tendon obtained from a cadaver. The operation is performed under
arthroscopic visualization, with a tiny camera inserted into the knee so
that its interior can be displayed on a video monitor. The operation
invoives three incisions only a half-inch wide, which reduces both the risk
of infection and the length of recovery time.
"I’ll be beginning medical school at Wayne State University beginning the fall of 2009 while participating in the U.S. Air Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. Upon receipt of my MD, I intend to enter into a residency in family Medicine and afterwards practice as a family physician in the U.S. Air force."