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Knee Surgery Though Years Later Allows Gerry Faust to Live Pain-Free

Date: 07.23.2012
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052

AKRON, Ohio, July 23, 2012 – Football players are famous for tackling; but when Gerry Faust played quarterback for the University of Dayton, he experienced a different kind of tackle: one that would require him to undergo knee surgery over 50 years later.

Faust, a 77-year-old Fairlawn resident, roamed the sidelines as a head football coach for Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller High School, The University of Notre Dame, and The University of Akron for four decades. While playing quarterback for the University of Dayton in the 1950s, Faust was blindsided by a hit that injured his left knee. He let the pain progress as several years went on, and even allowed himself to limp out of the tunnel during the start of football games.

In 1999, when Faust could not bear the pain anymore and had trouble walking, he underwent knee replacement surgery with Ivan Gradisar, M.D., of Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center. Though the surgery was successful, Faust decided against therapy, believing he could rehabilitate the knee himself.

In 2008, after Faust’s decision to rehabilitate on his own proved unsuccessful, his knee began to slip, causing more pain. Faust returned to Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, where Phillip Lewandowski, M.D., performed a knee revision surgery (Dr. Gradisar is now retired). This time, Faust underwent land therapy, including stretches and weight lifting, as well as water therapy, which included swimming exercises and walking.

Today, Faust lives with no pain and says his new knee makes him feel 50 years old again. An active person, Faust loves playing golf, cards and riding a bicycle around his Akron neighborhood. He also travels extensively to deliver motivational speeches throughout the year, and most of all, he enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren.

“My golf game’s never been any good,” Faust said. “But now, without pain, it’s still not good but I’m having more fun.”

To learn more about Faust’s story, visit

If interested in speaking with Gerry Faust and his physician, Phillip Lewandowski, M.D. about Faust’s surgery and recovery, please contact Erica Rosenthal in Public Relations (contact information above).

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