Frank's Story

Knee Cartilage Damage | Cartilage Regeneration (ACI)

“Penn took cartilage out of my leg, regrew it in a lab, and reconstructed my knee using my own tissue cells.”

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Frank, a patient at the Penn Musculoskeletal Center

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Bill Minnis with his wife and daughters

Bill's Story

How orthopaedic surgery by Samir Mehta, MD, saved Bill Minnis’ feet.

Chris Riding a Snowboard

Chris's Story

ACL Tear

Chris, a Sports Medicine patient, snowboarding

Chris's Story

ACL Tear

After a snowboarding fall resulted in a nagging pain in his right shoulder, Chris came to Penn because he knew they could help him get back on the slopes.

Frank, a patient at the Penn Musculoskeletal Center

Frank's Story

Knee Cartilage Damage

Frank's Story

Knee Cartilage Damage

Knee pain sidelined Frank from his workouts. Told his only hope was knee replacement, he went to Penn, where they saved his knee and active lifestyle.

Heather, a complex leg trauma patient, skating

Heather's Story

Complex Leg Trauma

Heather's Story

Complex Leg Trauma

Heather was a roller derby skater until she broke her leg. Surgery at another hospital left her in pain. She went to Penn Medicine, where her leg was repaired.

Jaclyn Barszcowski, distance runner and hip surgery patient at Penn Center for the Female Athlete

Jaclyn's Story

Hip sports injury

Jaclyn Barszcowski, distance runner and hip surgery patient at Penn Center for the Female Athlete

Jaclyn's Story

Hip sports injury

Jaclyn suffered a hip injury that ground her passion for running to a halt. Learn how the Penn Center for the Female Athlete got her back to a life in motion.

James Mazzarelli during physical therapy

James's Story

Hamstring Avulsion

James Mazzarelli during physical therapy

James's Story

Hamstring Avulsion

How Samir Mehta, MD, repaired James J. Mazzarelli Jr.’s hamstring injury to get him back to surfing and squash in a matter of months.

John, a knee replacement patient, hiking.

John's Story

Arthritis

John's Story

Arthritis

At Penn, John’s musculoskeletal team took a full body approach to his treatment and recovery from knee pain and helped him get his life back – free of pain.

Marilyn, dancer and hip replacement patient

Marilyn's Story

Osteoarthritis

Marilyn's Story

Osteoarthritis

Marilyn was a competitive ballroom dancer. Because of pain from an arthritic hip, she feared she’d never dance again. Then, she went to the Penn Medicine.

Megan's Story

Sarcoma

When pain in her knee was diagnosed as cancer, Megan turned to Penn for a second opinion.


Pascal playing tennis

Pascal's Story

Bicep Injury

Pascal playing tennis

Pascal's Story

Bicep Injury

After struggling with shoulder pain for over a year, Pascal finally went to Penn, where they discovered – and solved – his real problem.



Photo of Rachelle lifting weights

Rachelle's Story

ACL Tear

Rachelle's active lifestyle came to a halt after an ACL tear. With the help of Penn Orthopaedics, she's back to doing the activities she loves.

Tim Kiernan smiling

Tim's Story

A tumble off of a roof landed Time Kiernan in orthopaedic surgery at age 18.

Zion Harvey

Zion's Story

Severe Systemic Infection

Zion's Story

Severe Systemic Infection

Zion Harvey, at eight years old, was the world's first bilateral pediatric hand transplant patient.

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