Teens back on field after knee surgery

2012-08-11T12:00:00Z Teens back on field after knee surgery JG-TC.com
August 11, 2012 12:00 pm

PARIS — Two high school athletes from Marshall and Charleston are back on the field after having knee surgery earlier this year at Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center.

A PCH/FMC press release reported that the surgeries for soccer player Allyse Guinto of Charleston and baseball player Rusty Monnett of Marshall were both performed by Dr. John Rowe, an orthopedic surgeon who joined PCH/FMC in January. He is Mayo Clinic trained, with 22 years of experience.

An avid soccer player for the past 13 years, Guinto is no stranger to knee injuries suffered during competitive play. The 18-year-old has had five surgeries on her right knee to repair a torn ACL, to fix damage to her meniscus, and to rid her knee of scar tissue. Each of those surgeries had a long recovery period, and involved immobilizing her knee with no physical activity for at least six months.

When Guinto tore the ACL in her left knee last February, she saw Dr. Rowe for the first time. This doctor repaired her knee arthroscopically in March 2012. The damage was so extensive that one of Guinto’s hamstring tendons was used in the repair.

“I was trying to pivot [during soccer practice] and heard my knee snap,” Guinto recalled.

Her recovery after surgery was much shorter than previous surgeries, said her mother, Karen Guinto said.

“Dr. Rowe has a very aggressive post-operative therapy that we had never experienced,” Karen Guinto said. “Three months [after the surgery], he said she could resume full activity with no limitations. She was thinking it would be at least a year for full activity. She actually smiled when he said 90 days.”

After the surgery, Guinto did not wear a knee brace. She used crutches for only 10 days, which she said was a welcomed relief. Following other surgeries, she used crutches for four to six weeks. The teen said the physical therapy she received at PCH/FMC was “amazing” and added, “I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

Guinto recently graduated from Charleston High School, where she played competitive soccer. She also played as a part of a traveling team. She plans to major in graphic design at Lake Land College. She also hopes there is more soccer in her future.

Monnett, 17, thought he would never play sports again following a painful and debilitating knee injury in September 2008. But his knee surgery at PCH/FMC has given him new hope of returning to the baseball field and the other activities he enjoys.

“My knee feels great (now),” Monnett said, adding that his kneed had been in constant pain before his surgery at PCH/FMC.

Monnett had traditional open surgery in Indianapolis in May 2009 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in his left knee. The ACL is a major ligament that joins the upper and lower leg bones and keeps the knee stable. The injury occurred during a four-wheeler accident.

About a year after his initial surgery, Monnett re-injured the same knee playing high school baseball and was told to have an MRI scan.

“It got to the point where it swelled and he couldn’t get up in the morning because it hurt so bad,” said Monnett’s mother, Robin Stover. “But after the MRI, the doctor in Indianapolis said she didn’t see anything wrong with it.”

With the teen still suffering from knee pain, the family’s primary care physician at PCH/FMC referred Monnett to Rowe. This doctor performed arthroscopic knee surgery to repair Monnett’s torn ACL, as well as a meniscus cartilage tear, in February 2012. Unlike open surgery, this minimally invasive surgical procedure utilized an endoscope that was inserted through a tiny incision in the knee.

Within six weeks after his knee surgery at PCH/FMC, Monnett was back doing the things he enjoys, which include hunting, jogging, and riding a bicycle. He started bowling again, something he was not able to do over the past several years. Given his successful recovery, Monnett is also thinking about playing baseball again next year as a senior at Marshall High School.

“I would recommend Dr. Rowe in a heart beat,” Monnett said.

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