After Knee Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, Patient Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro and Skis the Slopes of Japan and Sweden
When Viktor Frisk tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lateral meniscus in 2018, he immediately began researching leaders in the field of sports medicine. His research brought him to Dr. Alexis Colvin, a Professor in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who also serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships and the team physician for the US Fed Cup team.
Viktor met with Dr. Colvin in the office where she thoroughly reviewed the ins and outs of ACL and meniscus surgery with him as well as what to expect after surgery. Several weeks later, Dr. Colvin repaired his meniscus and reconstructed his ACL with a portion of his patellar tendon. One of the first things Viktor remembers after waking up from anesthesia was being able to walk with a physician assistant up and down the stairs and through the hallways of the hospital. Then came several months of rehabilitation with physical therapy.
It has been over two years since his surgery, and Viktor has accomplished an impressive number of athletic endeavors. He has returned to competitive soccer, skied for several weeks in both Sweden and Japan, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. A native of Sweden, Viktor says, “This was my first experience with American health care and it was great. Dr. Colvin was knowledgeable and comforting. I trusted her completely. I am thankful for her expertise in getting my knee back to do all the fun things in life again!”
Says Dr. Colvin, “It is truly gratifying to help someone like Viktor who has been incredibly motivated to get back to sports since the day of his injury!”