Football Player with Surgical Treatment of Ankle Fracture

Mid-season, during my junior year of playing high school football, I was tackled and suffered a broken ankle. I was sent to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch NJ to get treated, and that is when I met Dr. Plakas. The staff took X-rays and I was told that I had fractures in both my lower left tibia and fibula. At such an important time in my football career, the news I had just received made me very worried about recovery time, and when I would be able to return for my senior season. Dr. Plakas then told me that I would need surgery the next morning, and with his calm demeanor, reassured me that it a procedure that will go well, and that I would be able to go after the surgery. Throughout my recovery, I had monthly checkups with Dr. Plakas, he carefully examined my ankle, making sure there was no issues. He truly cared about me getting back on the field, but by no means rushed my steps to recovery. I was placed in a hard cast, then a boot, and lastly a brace with prescribed physical therapy. With guidance from Dr. Plakas, I was able to be ready for spring workouts my senior year. Later, I completed a successful senior season with no ankle pain. Fast forward to me playing college football and I feel as if I never I had an ankle injury. I sincerely thank Dr. Plakas for his work and helping me continue to play football the way I want. Even until this day, I know I can email Dr. Plakas with any questions or concerns I have, and he will respond, despite not being my orthopedic. For example, when I recently fractured my wrist, I emailed him and asked if he could give me a referral to a wrist surgeon. Within the next 24 hours I received a response. He is indeed the man!