Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service

Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service Patient Stories

Jennifer's Story
I was born with severe knock-knees and pronated feet (valgus deformities). I walked awkwardly and always with pain. I went to doctors, but they were never able to help me. The only thing they had to say was that I would "just have to learn to live with it." But then in 2012, at age 24, I met Dr. Rozbruch and everything changed.
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Don's Story
In 2011, I was competing in a triathlon in Hawaii when I had a bike accident that shattered my femur. The surgeon in Hawaii did a great initial job but the femur did not heal properly and I lost about an inch of my left leg. Triathlon training, competition, and production is a large part of my life. I was lucky have been referred to Dr. Rozbruch.
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Dov's Story
I had an osteotomy at HSS in April of 2011, and had my Taylor Spacial Frame removed at the beginning of August 2011. During this period Dr. Rozbruch and his wonderful team at the LLCR service corrected my right tibia by 30 degrees and it now is completely straight! I currently feel great, and recently ran a marathon in 3:15, and a half marathon in 1:25 (both personal records for me). I am incredibly grateful to Dr Rozbruch and his team at LLCR Service for doing an amazing job. He did what others said was not possible or too risky and changed my life.
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Jeffrey's Story
After a mountaineering accident 10 years ago that occurred 100 miles east of his home in Fairbanks, Alaska, Jeffrey Benowitz, PhD, was told to quit his job, fid a new life, and learn to be happy without being able to walk again. For Dr. Benowitz, who skis to work as a rock climbing instructor and geochronologist at the University of Alaska, this was a diagnosis he was unwilling to accept.
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Celine's Story
On January 29, 2012, I was with a friend riding in a beach car. Being in the passenger seat wasn’t much of an advantage, because minutes later the little car that seemed harmless was over my right leg. I remember how I didn't even feel the tears running down my face. It was a sudden shock. When the car was lifted up, I felt like somebody had ripped off my right leg from the knee down. I couldn't even breathe right. When they picked me up, I saw my jingly leg, as if I had 3 more knees. I was taken to the smallest hospital in the little town we were in, miles and miles away from the city. The ride seems like a dream today.
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Peter's Story
In February 2011, I shattered my right lower tibia and snapped by fibula when an ice dagger collapsed with me on it as I was ice-climbing. A good friend, an orthopedic surgeon by the name of John Mullen, put me in touch with Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch at HSS because of the severity of my injury.
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Erin's Story
I broke my leg at a Patriots game on black ice in 2004. When I went in for the initial surgery, they thought the best option for me was to rod my tibia. After 9 months of continued pain, I went for a second opinion. I was told that I had a non-union tibia fracture that could be easily fixed by removing the initial rod and replacing it with a new rod, to stimulate the healing process. But 2 years out, I continued to have constant pain and found myself on and off crutches. During this time, I had two small babies and life  became very difficult. I went to seek a third opinion from one of the top doctors in Boston. He said there was some healing at the fracture site and that I should not rush to have another major surgery.
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Emmanuel's Story
My story cuts across from the continent of Africa to the great city of New York, USA. Growing up in Ghana, I came to realize how my congenital disorder of one arm longer than the other affected my self-esteem and interaction with other children of my age. However, in coming to the USA and particularly New York, I was determined to find a solution to this disorder. If anything can happen, it must be here in New York. Luckily enough, after about twenty years in the city, my friend mentioned that his wife has had a procedure done by Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch. I didn't hesitate to make an appointment to see him.
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Julie's Story
My story really began 23 years ago when I tripped on a rock in a parking lot. Who knew that such a simple mishap could lead to where I am today? My fall was caused by a giant cell tumor in my right ankle that had fractured the joint. This led to surgery to remove the tumor and a graft taken from my hip to “rebuild the ankle.” Two surgeries followed by several months of recovery, I was back on my feet, with limitations and with the knowledge that “someday,” I might need to have a fusion if the ankle joint deteriorated and caused too much pain.
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Shayna's Story
Two and half years ago I was a college student who was very frustrated about my chronic knee pain. I was told by several orthopedic surgeons that the cause of my pain was from my bow legs and there was nothing that could be done about it, but I refused to believe that.
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Josh's Story
I have been bowlegged since going through a growth spurt during my middle school years. It never really negatively impacted my life. I wasn't self conscious about my legs and I suffered no ill effects physically. I was able to run and play sports with the best. However, in 2007 I turned 30 years old and while playing a soccer match suffered a torn meniscus in my right knee. It was the first ever injury I had suffered to my knees. I underwent a meniscectomy and went back to normal activities. In 2008, I began noticing significant pain on the inside of my knees while running. I still had plenty left in life that I wanted to do that required me to be in peak physical condition and I wasn't willing to give up on those dreams because of knee pain. I began to look for solutions.
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Colleen's Story
Ten years ago I decided I had to do something about my right leg. I was suffering severe pain and avoided walking even the shortest distances. My lower leg was becoming more and more crooked; I fell often, sometimes tearing ligaments. I had undergone reconstructive surgery on this leg 30 years earlier correcting the damage from recurring bone tumors and radiation treatment. For most of my adult life I had functioned well, walking with a mild limp and limited knee action but the effects of age and wear had set in earlier than I had imagined.
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Nancy's Story
I started gymnastics when I was six years old, competed from nine to sixteen years, ran track, was a cheerleader in high school, played USVBA volleyball as a young adult, and became a rock climber at twenty-four. I had the sprains, strains, pulled muscles, bumps and bruises of a typical athlete, but nothing could prepare me for the dramatic accident I had on the cliff.
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Bobby's Story
The family ski trip was meant to be an opportunity for 8-yr-old Bobby Menges to finally have a vacation after undergoing 1½ years of cancer treatment for neuroblastoma. Instead, on his first run down the mountain, he suffered a severe break of his left femur. After a 3-hour ambulance ride home to Long Island and an emergency surgery to place pins to stabilize the broken bone, the active second grader — and passionate football player — was immobilized in a wheelchair for 15 weeks.
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John's Story
Between the ages of 17 and 19, I had two reckless accidents on a moped and a bicycle. The repairs to my leg were hasty. My parents and I were told there would be a ½ inch discrepancy. By the time I was 40 the discrepancy tripled. Even with custom-made shoes walking a few blocks was a chore and stairs were out of the question. The pain in my neck and back was becoming unbearable and my world was shrinking. Fast.
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Suzanne's Story
The leg lengthening process, for me, began during the spring of 2008. I met with Dr. Rozbruch and his interns; we decided that I was an appropriate candidate; we booked the surgery. It was effortless. The office completely accommodated my timing needs
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Ann's Story
You and your wonderful staff have in 18 months transformed my wife Ann from immobile, nearly incapacitated and likely heading for life in a wheelchair; to the super active person she really has been throughout our marriage.
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Denise's Story
I can't believe it's been 5 years since having my surgery... At times, I thought I would go crazy with two broken legs - but I ALWAYS had faith in you... and I knew the benefits would out weigh the temporary pain I felt. And in the end, the benefits most certainly out weighed the pain.... In fact, I don't even recall the pain - I just remember it was uncomfortable and a bit frustrating... and most of all, I remember your patience and reassurance.
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Jocelyne's Story
Jocelyne and I finally had a chance to look over the CD that Dr. Rozbruch prepared for us. I was amazed at how she reacted towards the improvement of her leg. While she was viewing the CD, it looked like she wanted to cry. After viewing the pictures the first words out of her mouth were, "Oh my God! This doctor is the best! Look at the difference in my leg!”
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Ingrid's Story
As we approach my one year anniversary of the final removal of my" leg jewelry", I want to tell you how absolutely thrilled I am with my new legs. Not a single day passes that I don't think about how different I feel and I am so grateful.
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Chad's Story
It all started in April of 2004, I was in an Ultralite accident at an air show in Florida. From the crash I sustained a double compound of my lower right leg. At the hospital there, I was placed in an external fixator. For the next six months, I was told by my doctor in Michigan I was not to put any weight on the leg and that my leg would be one inch short for the rest of my life.
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Lansana's Story
Five years ago, when Lansana was just an orphaned little boy in war-torn Sierra Leone, he followed a stray soccer ball into the jungle, where he was bitten on the leg by a venomous snake. Although Lansana's life was spared, the venom infected the tissue around the bone in his lower leg, eating away the fortification of his bone and rendering it useless.
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