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Cara Harris, Pennsburg, PA spinal surgery
Dr. Matthew E. Cunningham, I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for changing my quality of life. You have given me a second chance living full quality with my children. My three-year-old says she can't wait for me to get better so I can run and jump with her. As for my ten year old son, he probably can't wait until I need him a little less to pitch in with everyday duties around the house. But seriously, I can already feel a difference in the way I feel as far as walking or standing in place for lengths at a time.

Seven months ago, when I was encouraged by my family and friends to seek help and advice about the condition of my back and the pain I endured, I was skeptical. Before arriving at your office I went through a long, excruciating process with a couple surgeons. One of which told me because of my age and the severity of my curve; he wouldn't recommend surgery because he wouldn't be able to correct me enough that would make a difference. His advice to me was to do physical therapy and to get fitted for a shoe lift.

When I arrived in New York at HSS for the first time, I immediately realized I found an amazing, warm environment with caring, intelligent professionals who could possibly advise me to make the right decision for my future.

Dr. Cunningham, I have never met such a warm, compassionate, caring, confident, and detail oriented doctor as yourself. You have an incredible bedside manner and an amazing way of talking with your patients about the procedures that will occur which definitely eased my mind and lessened my fear. Thank you again for the exceptional care I received the second time around at HSS. You have gone above and beyond protocol to ensure quality care.

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