He shoots, he scores….
In pre-season practice, 16-year-old hockey player Spencer Wierda of Grand Rapids, MI, tore his labrum and dislocated his shoulder. After slipping the shoulder back into place, Spencer tried to play, but anytime he hit his shoulder or fell, the joint dislocated again.
That’s when a family friend recommended Dr. Stephen Gunther, orthopedic surgeon with Sentara Martha Jefferson Orthopedics. The distance between Grand Rapids and Charlottesville didn’t matter: Spencer and his parents wanted a top-notch surgeon.
“I knew he could benefit from an arthroscopic bankart repair, a procedure that stabilizes the shoulder by reattaching the labrum to the glenoid bone,” says Dr. Gunther.
Spencer traveled to Charlottesville and had his surgery. He was back on the road home within a few days.
“Dr. Gunther was great,” he shares. “He stayed in contact and was very personable. If I had a question or something was bugging me, I could call or email him anytime, and he would get right back to me.”
Spencer spent a month in a sling and then attended physical therapy. After six months, he had regained full motion and was back to playing full-contact hockey.
“Today I feel perfectly fine,” he says. “I have no irritation, and I’ve done pretty well so far this season.”
Dr. Gunther shares just how well: “Spencer scored seven goals in the last seven games and was the scoring leader on his elite Michigan hockey team.”