Meet Michael Randall...This is His Story
Michael Randall has been riddled with orthopedic injuries for over 25 years, all relating to one knee or the other. When he was in his early 50’s he experienced a left knee injury while playing basketball. A few years later he injured his right leg while performing martial arts. Another injury occurred while out dancing, leaving him with a partially ruptured quadriceps tendon in his right knee and a totally ruptured quadriceps tendon in his left knee. He literally didn’t have a good leg to stand on. The physicians he went too did what they could but never really offered any great options.
As a result, over the years Mr. Randall’s left leg seemed shorter than his right, he developed bone spurs which created significant swelling limiting his mobility. He knew he still wanted to remain active and he needed to find options. So, he went in search of someone who might be able to help him and that is when he came across Dr. Ric Kleinbart, who he has since nicknamed “Maverick”. Dr. Kleinbart reviewed Mr. Randall’s history, understood the challenges but was willing to do what he could to improve Mr. Randall’s quality of life.
On February 6, 2018 Dr Kleinbart split and stretched Mr. Randall’s quad muscle, and was able to anchor the muscle using an allograft tendon to secure the muscle. He was not allowed to apply any weight to that leg for 6 weeks. But with strict guidelines and physical therapy, his recovery is going very well. He is amazed by the strength and flexibility he has in that leg now.
His second surgery was September 21, 2018. Dr. Kleinbart performed the same surgery on Mr. Randall’s right leg but this surgery allowed Mr. Randall to be weight bearing before he even left the hospital. Both surgeries were a success and we know this because of the improvements that have been made in Mr. Randall’s life.
How have these surgeries improved Mr. Randall’s life?
He is able to stand with both knees bent, he has a better and healthier posture while standing straight, he is no longer constantly standing or walking bent over, he no longer falls due to weak knees, he has much better balance and no longer fears falling down or getting bumped into while in a crowd, he is able to kneel on both knees without any pain.
“I have totally given up the fear that my legs would never improve…what a joy to experience their constant improvement. My future is greater now as I move forward as an athlete, marital arts Master (4th degree Blackbelt in Tai Kwon Do) and as a Yogi” says Mr. Randall.
It is understandable why Mr. Randall nicknamed Dr. Kleinbart “Maverick”.