Laura and Michael Scanlon, Long Valley, NJ – Hip surgery
My then 8-year-old son Michael suffered a dislocation of his left hip during a football scrimmage on August 17, 2011. He was admitted to a local hospital where his hip was reduced. He underwent surgery there on August 18 to remove bone fragments and labrum lodged between the hip bone and socket. On August 30, he had a follow-up xray and the doctor told us that he wanted to send Michael back to the hospital to have dye injected into his hip as there was some concerning distancing in the hip joint. Our pediatrician recommended that we call Dr. Roger Widmann at HSS to get a second opinion.
Dr. Widmann graciously agreed to see us on the Friday morning of Labor Day weekend. His staff was amazingly exceptional. He reviewed Michael's charts and films and immediately sent Michael for an xray followed by an MRI. He advised us that there was a fracture of the acetabulum (which was not diagnosed the other hospital) and he referred us to Dr. David Helfet. Dr. Helfet advised us that Michael needed immediate surgery to repair the fracture. Even though he was supposed to go on vacation, Dr. Helfet performed Michael's surgery that same night.
His staff was amazing, especially Marilyn, who found overnight accommodations for my husband and my two daughters. We thought we were coming to HSS for a second opinion but ended up having a second surgery that very night.
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