Susan Thompson (Knee)


Back on Track With Her Stryker Knee

Ten years ago, while walking through the trails of Tyler State Park in Pennsylvania with her husband, Susan Thompson experienced some left leg pain. Convinced arthritis was causing this pain, she brushed it off and thought she was just getting old. When the pain persisted, she sought medical attention through her family doctor.

When an X-ray had revealed a tumor on her left femur, she was referred to Dr. Richard Lackman, an Orthopaedic Oncologist. After undergoing a bone biopsy, she added the word chonrosarcoma to her vocabulary. She had bone cancer and needed surgery to remove it. Dr. Lackman’s renowned medical and surgical expertise in this field, and his calm and reassuring demeanor would see her through. Surgery was performed and her cancer was removed.

Dr. Lackman replaced her knee with Stryker Orthopaedics replacement parts. The physical therapy that followed was hard and painful, but Susan remained determined to resume her active life. When she completed the therapy, she returned to work to shift her focus from her leg to work at hand. With her new leg working great, she soon returned to life as usual. This “Bionic Mom” continues to lead a very full and active life.