K. J just celebrated three years since her last knee patellar disclocation-the longest streak she's gone in her entire life. K. J was born with patellar instability. The condition caused her knees to chronically buckle beneath her and dislocate at any moment. She lived with the condition despite her active lifestyle and job in construction in NYC, but after one particularly traumatic incident when a walk with her husband quickly turned into a hospital stay, she knew she needed to take action. Just one month after seeing sports medicine specialist Dr. Mehul Shah, she decided to have a surgery that would change her life.
Dr. Shah performed Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction on K. J. "In the last three years, I've climbed 18 4,000 foot peaks in the White Mountains, and walked down the aisle in marriage in 4 inch heels; just a couple things I never dreamed of being able to do before my surgery," says K. J, who now works in construction. "I'm humbled at what my body has been able to achieve thanks to Dr. Shah and my NYU Langone team. I can't believe I am where I am". (Wedding photography credit: Emily Wren Photography)