A lifelong passion -- broken away in an instant. With a tiny camera and 10 screws, an innovative surgeon used medicine to bring back the music.
From the time she was a little girl, Donna Milanovich Srajer had music running through her body. But a fall on her wrist nearly silenced the Chicago Philharmonic flutist's career.
An x-ray revealed what the pain and swelling told her already -- Donna's wrist was fractured.
Dr. Randy Bindra, Orthopedic Hand Surgeon, Loyola University Health System: "In her case the fracture was particularly complex because the joint surface on which the wrist moves was actually cracked as well into three or four pieces."
Dr. Bindra: "This is Donna's initial x-ray where you can see the fracture going right up and the radius is kind of widened and it's not a nice smooth cuff to match the wrist bone."
Donna Milanovich Srajer: "Not being able to play frightens me a great deal."
Dr. Bindra, Loyola orthopedic hand surgeon, heard Donna's cry for help. She also made him listen to something else.
Dr. Bindra: "She brought along a CD for me to hear to put pressure on me to make sure that I got it right."
What he had to get right was the repair. Instead of casting Donna's injury, which would have taken three months to heal, Dr. Bindra decided to act.
Dr. Bindra: "During the surgery I put an arthroscope, or a little telescope, into the joint so when we were working on the front of the joint and putting the bone pieces together, we could visualize it on a camera and make sure all the joint pieces were lined up correctly before we put screws to hold them in that place."
Ten screws in all attached to a metal frame attached to Donna's bone.
Dr. Bindra: "Here are the screws. They go up in different directions. So they fan out and spread into the distal part of the radius so they get a good catcher on all the fragments."
The final x-ray shows the fix.
Dr. Bindra: "After surgery we have aligned those bones in a nice position so it's a nice smooth cuff and you can see those screws are going right under that bone there to support the cuff."
Donna says don't just look at the results, listen.
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Valentine's Romance Concert
Sunday, February 6, 2011
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
205 N. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL