To Beat Cancer and Walk Again, Woman Replaces Knee with Foot

Jordan Moody, after surgery to replace her knee with her footAt 21, Jordon Moody was already a bone-cancer survivor when she got some devastating news: her cancer had returned and she would most likely need to have her leg amputated.

Amidst the shock of that devastating revelation came a spot of brightness: doctors told her that they could save part of her leg. Just not the part that she expected.

Since the cancer had eaten through her thigh bone, making that part of her leg unsalvageable, Moody’s doctors proposed doing a rotationplasty: attaching her shin bone to what was left of her thigh bone, and allowing her foot (attached facing backward) to serve in place of a knee so that she could wear a prosthetic leg and be able to walk again, unassisted.

Dr. Lee Jeys, Mood’s surgeon, explained: “"The aim of the surgery is so the patients can walk, and in clothes will look completely normal. Of course, out of clothes it looks a little unusual but we do it to offer patients the best functionality they can. Most patients will eventually be able to walk unaided."

This kind of surgery is extremely rare, but before you trust your foot to any surgeon for any kind of procedure, you need to make sure you are in the best hands.

If you believe you may need foot surgery, schedule an appointment with experienced Houston foot surgeon Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive evaluation. 

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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