Surgery - Sean's Story

Sean Gertner

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 level.”

To learn more about surgical services at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, call 888.724.7123.

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