Stoney Creek High School varsity tennis player, Antonio Barretto, son of Rafael L Barretto, DO, Director, Medical Education, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, finished this year’s tennis season with a 24-4 record. Amazing for a high school senior who wasn’t sure he’d play at all this time last year. In August 2016, after experiencing knee pain, Antonio was diagnosed with osteochondritis dessicans. The cartilage at the end of his femur was deteriorating due to bone trauma from the repetitive impact of playing tennis. After much research and discussion, Antonio decided to try to play though the pain for the 2016 season because surgery was inevitable, and there was no risk of further injury.
On November 9, 2016, Matthew Prince, DO, Orthopedic Surgeon at Ascension Crittenton Hospital performed Osteochondral Autograft Transplant Surgery (OATS). This involves small plugs of healthy bone and cartilage harvested from non-weight-bearing parts of his knee transplanted into the damaged femur.
After six weeks of crutches followed by six months of rehab, no tennis, plus watching family, friends and the pros play – Antonio developed a raging passion to get back on court. After doing so just 5 months ago, Antonio is playing without pain and won his singles bracket at the state meet and helped Stoney Creek tie for first — thanks to his physician, Dr. Prince and the rehabilitation staff at Ascension Crittenton Hospital.