Surgery - Sean's Story
Sean Gertner is a man "on the go.” And there’s no slowing
down on weekends as the active 49-year-old plays pickup basketball every
Sunday morning. During a recent game, the Jackson resident suddenly felt
a stabbing pain in the back of his leg. At first he thought someone had
kicked him, but then he heard what he calls “the proverbial snap.”
He hobbled off the court with the help of his teammates but insisted on
driving himself home. “I knew something serious was going on, but
I was in denial,” says Sean, an attorney with offices on the Lakewood-Jackson
border and a member of the Board of Trustees of Monmouth Medical Center/Monmouth
Medical Center, Southern Campus.
“From the initial diagnostic test to pre-op testing and scheduling
the surgery, I was impressed with the smooth coordination between the
surgeon’s office and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. They
made everything so easy.”
Robert Floros, D.P.M., FACFAS, a podiatric surgeon with Ocean County Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates
in Toms River who is on staff at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus,
performed Sean’s Achilles tendon reconstruction surgery.
Dr. Floros performed a human allograft reconstruction of the Achilles tendon
in which a cadaver-donated Achilles tendon was attached to the remaining
viable muscle and tendon tissue with a suture done with a synthetic fiber
similar to Kevlar.
“This innovative technique eliminates the use of metal anchors or
screws in the heel bone,” says Dr. Floros. “Achilles tendon
injuries are very disabling if not repaired, but thanks to young tissue
donors and new technology, patient can get back to a reasonable functional
To learn more about surgical services at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern
Campus, call 888.724.7123.
Stories like Sean's are made possible in part thanks to generous donations
to the Surgery Department. As a nonprofit organization, Monmouth Medical
Center Southern Campus relies on your support to continue giving the best
care to our patients.