At HSS, our specialized knowledge can create key differences in the way we diagnose and approach treatment.
Our patients have offered us their stories of recovery, of lives and pleasures regained. Many had consulted other physicians and were told that they faced severely compromised lifestyles before coming to HSS.
We invite you to read the stories volunteered by past patients, or better still, call us for a consultation. Our physician referral team can help you with health plan information, insurance and referrals. More importantly, they can help you find the right specialist for your condition.
Harry Roscoe, Beacon Falls, CT total knee replacement surgery
I am a 64 year-old man who has led an active lifestyle including camping, fishing, hiking and bicycling. Over the years my knees had progressively deteriorated to the point where I had to seek medical help. My knees were bone on bone.
I went through arthroscopic surgery at another facility with another surgeon which alleviated the problem for about a year. My existing orthopedic surgeon said that I was too young to get knee replacements because they would wear out and need to be replaced within 10 years. At the suggestion of a friend, I investigated HSS and also Dr. David Mayman. I selected Dr. Mayman because of his use of the latest computer-assisted technology and the positive reviews he received.
I went to see Dr. Mayman at which time he took many x-rays. He then informed me that I would need to have both knees replaced. I told him what the other surgeon said and he said, on the contrary, that the knees that he was going to give me would last 25 to 30 years. I was particularly impressed with the fact that I didnt have to go there time and again - all was done the same day from x-rays, to diagnosis, to scheduling surgery.
I went into the hospital on a Friday afternoon for surgery at 2 pm for the first knee. I was home by Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. The surgery was handled in an extremely organized fashion and with the comfort of the patient being the first concern. HSS has a team approach. This team is made up of a physician, a pain management physician, the anesthesiologist, the operating room nurse, and of course, the surgeon. Upon completion of the surgery I found that I had no pain. I came home did not feel like I needed pain medication. Within two weeks, my scar had healed.
For the second knee, pretty much everything went the same. I did encounter a little more pain in the recovery, but it was nothing dramatic and I only had to take a minimum of pain meds. One important fact - if you follow instructions, this is almost a painless procedure except for your therapy. I will say that after 3 weeks, the scar was completely healed. Friends look at it and are amazed at its condition as well as my ability to walk normally again with no difficulty.
About the hospital, in all my experience, I have never seen a more caring staff, or more knowledgeable staff, excellent food, and concern over any pain that you might have. To me, it was almost like having surgery at the Marriott hotel.
Therapy is anywhere from 4-8 weeks depending on how long it takes to build up your muscle strength and put up with torture - I say that with a smile. It can be painful at times, but you feel progress with every session. My advice is that you do exactly what you are asked on the days that you are home between sessions. Also consider a pain pill prior to the session.
Sue Goldberg, Cresskill, New Jersey hip replacement surgery
Before my hip replacement surgery with Dr. Gonzalez Della Valle, I was walking around tilted, with a pronounced limp - not something one should do when teaching nursery school! I got many concerned comments and was in deep pain. I knew it was time to correct the situation and live "normally" again. I had my surgery done right after my retirement and, I have to say, I am so happy with both!
Post-surgery was not exactly a "breeze," but it was worth the work and effort to get back to walking upright and not having to sit down every few steps. I thank all involved at HSS for my new life!
Michael Corr, Northport, NY hip replacement
I am a 50 year old former rugby player, who had a hip replacement 6 years ago - performed by Dr Pellicci (who told me my lifestyle would not change). He was right. I am entered in the September, 2012 Iron Man Wales (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run).
Betsy Ellsworth, Ann Arbor, MI total knee replacement
Before the age of 50, I had two total knee replacements at HSS. Dr. Mayman absolutely changed my world. My first knee replacement at HSS was on my left knee in July of 2009. During that surgery, Dr. Mayman noticed some problems with my right knee, which had been replaced six years earlier in Oregon. He brought in a plastic surgeon to deal with those issues, and in December 2009 I had muscle flap surgery on my right knee at Columbia Presbyterian. During that recovery process I learned that I was allergic to some metal components in my right knee. This led to a revision of that total knee at HSS in July 2010.
Three major surgeries in 12 months; and I am now pain free for the first time in 35 years. There is no way I can ever thank Dr. Mayman and his team enough.
Jean Stellato, New Windsor, NY total knee replacement
From entering HSS on January 31, 2011 for total knee replacement surgery, I felt I was in very good hands. Every single hospital person I came in contact with was pleasant and helpful. The admitting personnel were very efficient and answered every question I had. I did not wait very long before I was whisked away to my little cubicle where I was to be prepared for surgery. And once again, the nurses and other personnel were so calming, efficient, and happy that they eased any fears I may have had. Every question I had was answered with honesty and everyone I came in contact with was very knowledgeable and ready to assist me (and my family) in any way they could.
Thanks to Dr. Mark Figgie and staff, my surgery was successful. When I awoke in my room, the perfect working staff of HSS was at its best. I was cared for with kindness, compassion, and humor. The nurses were always available, explaining everything they were doing and again answering all my questions and giving me encouragement. I felt so well cared for. I am sure I am not the only one who felt this way. Everyone one did their job - the people who cleaned my room, the people who brought the food, the nurses, physical therapy people, and MD's. Everyone had a smile on their faces and wished me well.
Marty Shubert, Lake Placid, NY hip replacement
On 13 Oct. 2009, I had total hip replacement performed by Dr. Eduardo Salvati.
Traci Preston, New York, NY hip replacement
I had a total hip replacement at HSS on February 26, 2010. I had the very best professional care.
Diane Hitchcock, Noank, CT knee replacement
Dear Dr. Westrich, In case any of your patients need inspiration, here are a couple of pictures of my first rock climbing adventure 5 1/2 months post-op!! Not bad for a 56-year-old woman! I cant thank you enough for giving me my life back!
Felicia Bruno, Garden City, NY hip replacement
I had a right hip replacement on Tuesday, February 1, 2010. The surgery was extremely successful, and I was free of the pain associated with the hip immediately. I was on my feet walking the next day. I was out of the hospital within a few days. I returned to work in three weeks. I would definitely recommend Dr. Salvati.