Dr. Ted Rummel thought his career as an orthopedic surgeon was over after a blood-filled cyst on his spine burst in 2010, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Instead, he continues to operate on his patients today, but this time from a stand-up wheelchair. Thankfully, Dr. Rummel was able to return to his practice after a year of intensive rehab and learning how to use his new chair and getting accustomed to his new process of performing surgery. 
A Stand-up wheelchair that permits Dr. Ted Rummel to continue working
“When I’m able to do this and I can get a piece of my life back, it’s huge,” Dr. Rummel said in an interview. “It’s so special.”
Dr. Rummel was first diagnosed with a cavernous hemangioma, a blood-filled cyst, on his spine in 2009.
“One of my first thoughts was, ‘Oh my gosh, my life as I know it was erased,” he said. “Who you are out of the O.R. is gone and you have to redefine yourself.”
When he realized he was able to get back to his life as a surgeon, he made it his mission to fight back into fitness and the ability to operate again. 
Dr. Ted has now the conditions to operate again ..
Dr. Rummel is now able to operate on patients’ hands, elbows, feet, and legs from his sitting wheelchair and uses an upright chair to operate on shoulders.
Dr. Rummel’s story is truly inspiring.