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Rise Up: Stories of Reconstructive Triumph

A compelling new video series from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Chronic pain was the biggest battle for soldier Sam Schaefer after he sustained an injury to his left foot during a training exercise. Schaefer was shuffled between doctors and specialists for a decade with no relief and few answers until he met Dr. John Felder, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Felder confirmed he had complex regional pain syndrome. Some say Schaefer decided on a radical way to fight his pain but Felder designed a technique to allow him to continue to do all the physical activities he loves. Now, Schaefer fights to help others get and stay healthy.

Rise Up: Stories of Reconstructive Triumph is a new video series produced by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This compelling series highlights the incredible journeys of both patient and physician who both endured lives of resilience and courage, leading them to a critical juncture in both receiving the skilled care from their physician and conversely serving their patient in a time of critical need.

Join us as we delve into the lives of these remarkable humans who have not only endured their own personal challenges but have also used their experiences to uplift and support others. Each episode explores the emotional and physical hurdles faced, unwavering determination and the profound impact reconstructive surgery had on the lives of patient and physician.

Rise Up offers a unique perspective on the power of plastic surgery and its ability to restore both physical form, function and emotional wellbeing. Through these captivating stories, viewers will gain insight into the life-changing effects of these procedures and witness the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.

Patient Stories

A soldier wins the hardest battle with an invisible enemy

Niccole Caan | ASPS Staff Friday, November 17, 2023

Sam Schaefer found the perfect position with the Air Force in combat control. Yet, a long fight with an invisible enemy – chronic pain – would lead him to a new profession. It was an injury to his foot sustained during a training exercise that began the battle.


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