Lauren Gerbick, forward and mid-fielder for Marian University’s women’s soccer team, was determined to help her team advance in the first game of a tournament. However, shortly after scoring a goal to tie the game 2-2, Lauren’s athletic career flashed in front of her eyes and she faced the terrible reality many athletes face: a torn ACL.
The diagnosis-ACL and MCL tear
“Once you feel it, you know. It’s not so much of the physical pain, but the mental pain because you know you are done,” said Lauren.
About 75 percent of Lauren’s life was dedicated to playing her sport. Being an active individual, Lauren was restricted from activities such as running, sledding and ice skating.
Many of Lauren’s teammates also visited OrthoIndy for soccer-related injuries. Her coaches and trainers recommended she visit OrthoIndy as well for her torn ACL and partial meniscus tear.
Lauren’s OrthoIndy physician, Dr. Stephen Kollias, reassured her that she was far from being done with her athletic collegiate career.
“Dr. Kollias won my surgery at hello,” said Lauren. “There was just something about him that felt right.”
She instantly felt comfortable with Dr. Kollias; Lauren knew he wanted to get her back on the turf just as much as she wanted to.
ACL surgery recovery
After a microscopic ACL repair, meniscus suture and rehabilitation, Lauren was able to return for her senior season and be an example for the rest of her teammates.
“The only way to go was up, and I rose so quickly and fast that I gave my teammates hope that a major injury does not prevent you from doing something that you love to do,” said Lauren.
Lauren received several compliments after her strong recovery from her surgery and returning to the turf.
“The best compliment that I received was that it didn’t appear like I had ever had surgery. That to me reflects what a great job Dr. Kollias did, as well as all of the time and hard work that I put into my rehabilitation program,” said Lauren.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kollias please call 317.802.2817 or learn more about sports medicine treatment at OrthoIndy.
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