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Elspeth Macdonald, patient

Back on the Dance Floor after Knee Surgery

Elspeth Macdonald
Designer, writer, dancer, TBHC orthopaedic patient

Elspeth Macdonald has been active all her life. She ran three marathons, the last one at age 50. More recently, she enjoyed cross-country distance running. When she tripped while running on a dirt road a few years back, she hurt her left knee. She was afraid of surgery, but when the pain only got worse, her acupuncturist told her, “Go to Dr. Joseph Fetto at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.”

At TBHC, Ms. Macdonald found a caring, professional team committed to her best outcome, led by Dr. Fetto, Chief of Orthopaedics. From her welcome, to the nurses at her bedside, to transport, to the procedure itself, “Everyone was lovely,” she says. When it was time for rehab, her TBHC care team suggested a few physical therapists they felt would be best for her.

Just three weeks after the surgery she had feared for many years, Ms. Macdonald was back in a class taught by Dances for a Variable Population. Now, she can walk over five miles a day without constraints, and was even invited by her dance teacher to the most difficult class offered. Ms. Macdonald provides a straightforward appraisal of her experience: “I want a t-shirt that says, ‘Ask me about my knee doc at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.’”