Trust in Surgeon Helps Motocross Athlete Recover

Video Transcript

My name is Jorgen Dahl. I'm from Brookings, South Dakota, originally from the Twin Cities. I'm a regional manager for Conservis. I cover all of the state of South Dakota and the sports I compete in is motocross and then I race the Pro National Snow Bike Series.

What caused your first injury?

The first injury was a broken tibia and two chunks out of my femur and a torn ACL/MCL and that happened from basically a slow-mo tip over of a ranger. Human reaction is to step out. Stepped out. Broke it. My leg became a balloon and that's when I first met Holmoe. I went in for x-rays in La Crosse, Wisconsin down on Meyer farm and decided that I better get a second evaluation and that's when I met Dr. Holmoe.

What was your diagnosis?

So, on the left side of my leg would be my tibia. I had fractured that or broke that. The left side of my femur, I took two chunks out of that right on the condyle. Your kneecap would sit here and the condyle's here so there's two chunks out there. And then my ACL/MCL were both torn.

Why did you choose Brookings Health System for treatment?

Yeah, the biggest reason was because I wanted to come back and support our community here in Brookings. My brother had surgery on his shoulder down in Sioux Falls when he was playing SDSU football but I wanted to make sure to, you know, come back here and find someone that I trust in case something were to happen again and of course it did.

Why did you choose Dr. Holmoe for orthopedic surgery?

Biggest thing is trust. You know, trust in being able to feel like he's more of a friend than a surgeon, you know. I don't wanna come into a hospital and feel like it's a chore to come here. You know, every time that I come here and shake his hand and act like he's the best buddy of mine. So, you know, I came in and I could BS with him and I felt like I could trust him and vibe with him and that kinda thing. So that was the biggest reason for choosing him.

What was the day of surgery like?

It was early in the morning so came in and got my crippled butt up on the table and chilled out and they explained what was gonna go on and before you know it, I was underneath some big lights and next thing I know I was waking up and I guess I told a lot of really good stories to the nurse that I was waking up with and then they brought me back into where my mom was.

How did the staff treat you?

You know, I knew what was gonna happen. They explained it fairly well and just trusted what they had going on. Woke up and you know, knew what was going on. They made sure that I had my bearings on before I could leave and that kind of thing and same for when I got here, made sure that I was comfortable, so.

What was the outcome of your surgeries?

So we had two surgeries on my leg. One was ACL and then the second was to replace my condyle on my femur. Both went really well and I recovered quicker than what they thought, so.

How did you break your collarbone?

I mean, we went from getting cleared on the leg to then, I think it was two weeks after being cleared, I snapped my collarbone in three pieces, so it was kind of a setback because this was all supposed to build up to the Pro National Snow Bike Series. So we were practicing down at my farm track in Southeastern Minnesota and was on one of our bigger jumps that's about 85 feet long and 100 feet of travel time. I just overshot it. My front wheel pushed out from under me and all the impact went to my shoulder and when I got up, I went to take off my helmet to just get my bearings and I felt my shoulder go limp so I thought it was dislocated. So I went to pop it back in and lifted it here and right when I went to pop it back in I felt my collarbone move and that's when I felt underneath it, I could feel the bone about sticking out of my skin, so.

What difference have you noticed following surgery on your collarbone?

There's a little clicking in my collarbone because there's a plate in there but Dr. Holmoe said that that'll go away eventually. So, you know, that's good to know and then my knee, you know, just the strength isn't there quite yet but that comes with having that many surgeries on a leg, so I'll just keep pushing to get back to where I was normally on strength.

How did Dr. Holmoe help plan your recovery?

Just that he listened to me on my time frames and how quick I wanted to be back. You know, he challenged me just like I challenged him so if I wasn't gonna pass a test that they were gonna put me through then there's no point in me moving on on next phase, right? So I appreciate the challenge because like I said, I'm very competitive so I'm not one to settle for average I guess and he's not either. So that's the biggest reason for sticking around and staying with them and continuing conversation.

What is your current recovery plan?

So I'll go back to normally. The biggest thing is getting strength back in my leg and my arm because motocross is the most physically demanding sport there is and so the biggest thing is just getting my endurance back in all my muscles. So it's a lot of working out and watching my diet and just getting back on the bike and slowly easing into it, you know, so we don't have another injury before the series starts.

Why is competition important to you?

So I took two years off during college because I had five concussions that were knockouts. I was chasing the Loretta Lynn's dream which is the amateur national. That's kinda as you're growing up that's the place to be, right? And so I decided to take time off for my health and tried every sport under the sun and never could find anything like motocross. It's like a drug that nothing else can match. It's an addiction. It's an adrenaline rush and nothing else is going to be able to match it and so the biggest thing is to be able to go and compete consistently, be competitive, be one of the top five guys and that's the biggest reason for going back because nothing can match what motocross does for me.

Why do you recommend Brookings Health System?

They're gonna take care of you. At the end of the day you're gonna come out like you never had a surgery or an injury or anything like that and if you have a problem, they're gonna make sure to fix it.

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