Don Davis, New Paltz, NY - limb lengthening surgery
I created the Survival Of the Shawangunks Triathlon (SOS) twenty-eight years ago. I did my first NYC Marathon in 1977 and have enjoyed running, cycling, and swimming my entire adult life. I founded the New York Triathlete Association that is dedicated to cardio vascular fitness through the sport of triathlon. SOS starts with a 30 mile bike ride and is followed by a 4.5-mile run, 1.1-mile swim, 5.5-mile run, .5-mile swim, 8-mile run, .5-mile swim, and a .7-mile run.
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. As a cyclist himself, he realized how important it was for me to keep my lifestyle of fitness through the sport of triathlon. He treated me as an individual not as just some old guy who wants to run.
Dr. Rozbruch re-broke my femur and straightened the fulcrum of the bone. I am now running, biking, and swimming again.
Daniel J. Ordan, Riverdale, NY – cyst aspiration in lieu of spine surgery
On Tuesday, April 9th, Dr. Seth Waldman, Director of the Division of Pain Management at Hospital for Special Surgery, diagnosed a 3 cm. ganglion cyst compressing the peroneal nerve of my right leg - 5.5 ml of fluid was aspirated.
Why is that significant? Because eight other doctors, affiliated with four other teaching hospitals in New York City, diagnosed my problem as stemming from a herniated disk compressing the nerve at the L5/S1 level.
Why is it significant that Dr. Waldman made his diagnosis on Tuesday, April 9th? Because two surgeons, one specializing in neurosurgery and the second in minimally invasive spine surgery, were originally scheduled to operate on my back that day.
How can I thank Dr. Waldman for his insight, creativity and care in hopefully determining and resolving the root cause of my problem? Perhaps it is too soon to determine if it is a permanent fix, but I can report that I am feeling better. As Dr. Waldman predicted, slight twinges continue, and some foot discomfort remains, but nothing of the torturous pain previously experienced.
Mary Dotzauer, Belmar, NJ – knee replacement
When the arthritis in my knees finally stopped me from travelling, playing golf and enjoying life, I decided to take action. I called HSS and was referred to Dr. Mayman for minimally invasive knee replacement surgery. I had my left knee done in Jan '12 and it went so well, I did my right knee Nov '12! If anyone had told me I would do both knees in one year, I would have laughed. Dr. Mayman and staff are the best....
Alan Dumain, Richmond Hill, NY - hip replacement
I have cycled since I was 20 years old. I regularly cycle between 150 and 200 miles per week from April through October. In the winter, I take spin class 4 times a week. I participate in three to four triathlon relays a year. I cycle along with two of my children who round out my team. Every year, I also do a 110 mile ride with 8500 feet of elevation gain. Thank you Dr. Mayman and HSS, for making this all possible.
Allen Samuelowitz, Smithtown, New York – injection
I went to see Dr. Cunningham after two years of going from doctor to doctor, all in vain. I am a retired physical education teacher with a chronically bad back and many disc problems. Dr. Cunningham listened, asked many questions, and, besides his brilliant mind, had such compassion, humility, and humanity! I immediately knew I was at the right place, and in the right hands. Then my world changed again. Dr. Cunningham put me in touch with another true gem of a doctor and person - Dr. James Wyss; a caring, expertly gifted doctor, who began a series of spinal injections. The quality of my life has returned and I have improved 100%! Thank you Drs. Cunningham and Wyss. There really are no words to describe my gratitude to you and your wonderful staffs!
Katherine W., Rexford, NY - bilateral hip replacements
I am delighted to write while on my Colorado ski vacation, 9 months after undergoing simultaneous bilateral hip replacement surgery. I had thought my surgery would have caused me to sit out this season. Instead, I am enjoying my legs, which are stronger and more reliable than they’ve been in years. The victory - made possible by HSS and Dr. Mayman - is so sweet. And the ski runs this week were more gratifying than ever.
Local physicians had told me I needed hip surgery, but that I should “live with it as long as possible."
I urge patients, if they are dedicated to do regular fitness workouts after surgery, to not wait. Get yourself back into the pursuits you love sooner rather than later and you too will feel like smiling from the top of a mountain.
Cindy Fox, Ossining, NY – shoulder surgery
I had been in unbelievable agony because of a torn rotator cuff but I did not want surgery at first - especially because on two prior occasions, physical therapy had worked. When it became obvious that I had to have surgery, Dr. Coleman operated very quickly and the care I received was outstanding. His physician assistant, Kira Levyk, is amazing as well. She is very talented and very smart. Kira is also incredibly responsive to patient needs. They are quite a team and deserve a great deal of recognition for their undying efforts in caring for patients.
Jonathan Pino, Hillsborough, NJ – PRP injections, epidural
When I heard that I was diagnosed with Chondromalacia Patella back in 2011, I expected a quick fix. Soon, I found myself moving from doctor to doctor in the immediate Central Jersey. As my doctor visits accumulated, so did my variety of tests. (X-rays, MRI's, CT scan, and eventually surgery). Following my surgery in November 2011, my doctor said I would be running in five weeks. I was lucky to have five minutes to talk with him after waiting an hour to see him.
I couldn't walk without limping for five weeks, and I developed severe back issues during my recovery. Needless to say my outlook was dim, and I had been given the run-around yet again. Enter Dr. Wyss. From my first visit with Dr. Wyss, I couldn’t have been happier with the decision I made. Dealing with a chronic knee condition involves patience, knowing your limitations, and dedication. He discussed my condition in thorough fashion, provided a detailed outline of options, but most importantly, he gave me hope and assurance.
The thing I'm most impressed about with Dr. Wyss is his immediacy in responding to inquiries. I've emailed him several times a day, on weekends, and sometimes holidays. I don’t know any other doctor that would do that for one of their patients. Although I may still have a long road ahead,
Greg Young, Redding, CT – limb lengthening surgery
The events that transpired since my horrific ski accident left me feeling as though I would never walk again much less ski with my children. I had shattered both my tibia and fibula, and had eight surgeries prior to visiting Dr. Fragomen’s office. It has now been nine months since my last surgery and I am at Sunday River, a ski resort in Maine. I have donned my skis, and am skiing with my 11 year-old daughter, who wants to be a professional snow board rider when she grows up. This has been a very special weekend.
This weekend also served as a trial run, as my girlfriend, Cathy and I are getting married, slope-side, in December. All four of our children will be present. All this has been made possible by the hard work of Dr. Fragomen and all his colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Toby L’Estrange, New York, NY – ORIF distal radius fracture
I fractured my distal radius playing a game of rugby in June this year. It was a complicated injury due to the proximity of the fracture to the wrist and I was put in touch with Dr. Steve Lee and his team at the HSS. From the moment I saw Dr. Lee, I was completely at ease and fully confident in his advice to operate a few days later. I felt very lucky to be part of a methodical and efficient set up.
It all started with Tom and Jen in Dr. Lee's office. They were extremely friendly and helpful. It included very well prepared nursing and support staff prior to and following my operation. And of course, it included Dr. Lee's great skill to fix my wrist in a complicated procedure.
After 3 months of therapy to reestablish strength and movement in my wrist, I was cleared to start playing again. Two weeks later, I was lucky enough to make my international debut for the United States rugby team on their fall tour of Europe. I have no doubt that I owe a lot of this honor to Dr. Lee for his treatment. At all stages he and his team were exceptional and I would have no hesitations in recommending them to anyone who finds themselves in a similar boat.
Howard Hogan, Asbury Park, NJ, – bilateral hip replacement
This past summer I had extreme pain and discomfort in both hips due to advanced arthritis. My daily activities were extremely limited and sleeping was nearly impossible. This was until Dr. Mayman performed a bilateral hip replacement and got me on the road to recovery. I was on my feet the morning following surgery - amazing! It is now 6 months since the procedure and I haven't felt this good in a long, long time. Not a day goes by where I don't appreciate what a skilled surgeon Dr. Mayman is and how he, his wonderful staff, and everyone at HSS, helped me through this painful time. You folks are the best! Thanks a million!
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