Dr. Benowitz had multiple surgeries since his accident in 2002, all unsuccessful. "Being an athlete and not being able to experience movement was horrifying," Dr. Benowitz recalled. His brother-in-law Daniel Rosenberg recommended a trip to Hospital for Special Surgery.
S. Robert Rozbruch, MD, Chief of the Hospitalís Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service, described the objective of Dr. Benowitzís surgery as two-fold: correct the deformity in his tibia and perform an ankle distraction arthroplasty, which focuses on joint restoration and motion preservation.
"We provided a progressive, state-of-the-art approach," says Dr. Rozbruch. "We didnít want to replace his ankle or fuse the joint."
"I finally experienced a procedure that worked after coming to HSS," says Dr. Benowitz. "Dr. Rozbruch really took the time to make me whole again. Climbing, skiing, hiking Ė I have no slowdowns."
This story first appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Horizon, the HSS news magazine.