Theodore Bany, Stony Brook, NY — spine surgery
I had been suffering with progressive spinal stenosis for several years. This intially caused pain and ultimately numbness and I loss of control of my left leg. As this condition progressed, I sought relief through cortisone injections, which helped a good deal initially, but ultimately did not provide sustained relief. My condition got to the point that I was afraid to go into a shopping mall for fear of being unable to walk out on my own.
I sought help from HSS for a solution to my problem. I found a thoughtful, though lengthy surgical solution, from Dr. Frank Cammisa. The procedure was called an XLIF. This procedure required two incisions; one on my right side and the other on the back in the affected area. Needless to say, the surgery was not much fun, but I was able to stand and walk the next day without the usual numbness. I stayed in the hospital for three days and each day I walked a little more. By three months, I was walking half a mile. And by six months, I could walk all I wanted. The symptoms and disablity were gone. Of course, there is muscle soreness sometimes, but I can work around the yard, fish, use my boat, play golf (irons only at 8 months post surgery-my choice) and really do anything that I want to do. I sought a center of excellence for repair of my back and returned to mobility, and I surely found that at HSS.
Roger Jacobsen, Nutley, NJ — foot and ankle surgery
I've been to HSS twice now and each experience was exceptional. Your nursing staff is the best. I've been in too many hospitals, but HSS is one I would look forward to returning to.
Janet Stubbs, Helmetta, NJ — knee replacement
After having a below-knee amputation on my left leg due to an MRSA infection, it was recommended I use HSS for my right knee replacement because of the extremely low infection rate. All of the physicians I saw there were caring and accommodating to my circumstances. Dr. Figgie is an outstanding surgeon with a wonderful bedside manner. He and his staff helped to keep me in the loop on everything. I have several friends who have had recent knee replacements elsewhere, and not one of them has had the post-op success that I have had with mine. Within three weeks my leg was bearing my entire weight so I could again transfer when I am without my prosthesis.
Mark Psencik, Smithville, TX — hip surgery
Our family will be grateful forever to the Hospital for Special Surgery and their staff. Our son Mark, was in severe pain for four years due to a hip injury sustained when he was hit by a train. We had been to numerous doctors and no one knew why he had so much pain. Then one day on our local television station in Austin, Texas, I saw Dr. Struan Coleman with a young woman describing her pain and how Dr. Coleman had helped her. To make a long story short I contacted him and that is how we found Hospital for Special Surgery. Mark was scheduled for arthroscopic surgery of his hip. He had surgery in the morning and was out by the afternoon. Hospital for Special Surgery is so wonderful. The nurses, doctors and staff were friendly and professional. Although we were far from home, we were made to feel comfortable and informed every step of the way. We are home now and Mark is doing great. We tell all our friends and family what a difference Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Coleman have made in our lives. We will never forget what they have done for us. For the first time in many years, my son has begun to have a more normal life.
Ned Kitchel, Falmouth, ME — ankle replacement surgery
I live in Maine and came to the HSS because the surgery I needed was not available in New England. Since I was traveling to NYC for the surgery, my guard was up. I didn't know what to expect. Because I did my homework and chose to have my surgery at HSS, I expected a great surgery. But I did not expect to be treated as well as I was by every person I came in contact with. At every level, from check-in to discharge, I was treated with care and kindness. I can never say enough about how good my experience was. I left the hospital feeling like I had made friends with a legion of extraordinary caregivers. I was deeply touched by the depth of the compassion and thoughtfulness. I have told all who will listen about Hospital for Special Surgery.
Pat Krieger, Hillsdale, NJ — foot surgery
We take for granted how important our feet are to our every day existence. Five years ago, I made the decision to have bunionectomies on both feet to ease the constant pain I experienced while walking. One foot healed well, the other never seemed quite right. The bones in my right foot continued to shift out of alignment to the point where the pain while walking was almost unbearable. After investigating who the BEST orthopedic surgeon was for foot problems, several recommendations led me to a consult with Dr. Jonathan Deland, Chief of the Foot and Ankle Service at HSS. I underwent pretty extensive foot surgery to correct my bone alignment in early October, 2010. The surgery was exactly as Dr. Deland outlined for me, and the care from all members of the staff was superb.
The recovery period was challenging not being mobile, but Dr. Deland and his staff provided excellent post-op support for the next several months. Six months later, I am walking better than I have in years and my foot looks like a new foot! People are shocked when I show them the before and after x-ray pictures. I can't thank Dr. Deland enough. The care I received during my surgical stay at HSS was excellent, your staff is tremendous!
James Secreto, New Windsor, NY — hip resurfacing surgery
Dr. Edwin Su, put simply - HE IS THE BEST!
Deidre Weiss, Jackson Heights, NY — total knee replacement
The deterioration of my right knee and need for surgery was rapid. At just 49, my knee was collapsing from arthritis and it was evident that I would soon lose the ability to walk. Walking just one block was excruciatingly painful and brought me to tears. ME! Miss independent! My cousin, a spinal surgeon, highly recommended Dr. Michael Alexiades at HSS. I could not be more pleased with the outcome. I worked hard in the months before surgery. I knew that going in strong could only help me come out strong. This was true. Also true was that I had an excellent surgeon who operates in an exquisite hospital. The level of caring and commitment to patient care and follow up is stellar. Truly, it is a struggle for me to express what a positive experience having a total knee replacement at HSS was for me.
William Hickey, Elmhurst, NY — spine surgery
I had spine surgery on Feb. 3 of this year. My doctor was Patrick O'Leary.
Claire Papp, Freehold, NJ — spine surgery
I researched the hospital and physician for 9 months prior to my spinal surgery. I spoke with others who had been patients there. As a nurse, I knew too much, and you know how that can be a stress builder. Through prayer and discernment and an uncanny trust in Dr. O' Leary who I hardly knew, I went through with it. I describe the whole experience, including pre admission testing, as a well-oiled system.
Laurel Chehayl, Middletown, NJ — spine surgery
When I came to HSS, Dr. Andrew Sama was the third surgeon I had consulted in this geographic area. I am relatively young - just turning 40 next week - but have already had two spinal surgeries. My previous procedures were completed at very competitive Cleveland, Ohio, area hospitals. I always believed that to have an excellent surgeon, one must accept cursory or second-rate hospital care. HSS has absolutely taught me that this is not the case. From the moment I became Dr. Sama's patient, my life took a turn for the better. I became a patient of an entire body of caregivers, educators, and professionals. I felt heard, supported, and informed before, during, and after my spinal fusion surgery in April 2010. The people working in pain management, physical therapy, and nursing gave me the highest quality of care I could have imagined. Even the nutritionist took the time to listen to my (many!) questions and helped me best move forward after the surgery. I am forever grateful to Dr. Sama and everyone who continues to work with me at HSS.
Jean McCarron, Tappan, NY — spine procedures, hip surgery, total hip replacement
Having osteoarthritis, I cannot put into words the emotional component tied into the successful result of having total hip replacement on May 4, 2010. I have been treated at HSS since 2001 when Dr. Frank Cammisa performed an IDETA procedure on my spine with very good results in managing my pain. Shortly after that, Dr. Vijay Vad successfully treated my spinal pain with radiofrequency denervation. Because of increased hip pain around 2004, Dr. Vad referred me to Dr. Coleman who performed hip labrum removal–successfully. Dr. Coleman in 2007 found that I required elbow tendon surgery–also successful. My hip pain was treated again by Dr. Vijay Vad who injected my right hip periodically to control severe pain. Then, in May 2010, my right hip was replaced by Dr. Paul Pellicci. After THR, I was able to return to my job on June 9. I cannot believe the relief I feel after having so much pain in my right hip. In fact, my spine is not in as much pain as I am usually accustomed to.
Joseph Gellar, Stamford, CT — various surgeries
I had numerous surgeries/procedures beginning March 2009 and ending October 2010. I am deeply grateful for the care, concern and excellent surgery by Dr. Russell E. Windsor and his team. He was so kind and helpful in getting me whole again. Barry Brause and his staff were kind, caring, thoughtful and attended so carefully to me. Alicia Fisher and her amazing team were the kindest most caring staff I could have hoped for. Each hospital stay, I requested and received the 7th floor because the staff was awesome. I have recommended HSS and my physicians to friends.
Helaine Randerson, Princeton, NJ — total knee replacement
I am 71 years old and was a passionate traveler and art lover, until I became so knock-kneed with arthritis that I was virtually housebound. My first total knee replacement was October 2010; the second was December. My first museum visit in years (Secrets of the Silk Road) happened in mid-March 2011. (A cane proved unnecessary, but I still take one along when in unknown turf). Milling around around in crowds peering at ancient artifacts doesn't make for a stunning image to illustrate my first steps back to the life I love, but keep in mind that 2-1/2 hours standing on hard museum floors is a good test of knee recovery. I'm probably not going to travel the Silk Road but am progressing enough to start planning a trip to Italy.
Deborah Graziosi, Plainview, NY — foot surgery
I was very nervous the morning of my foot surgery. I walked into HSS and the waiting area was very nice and comfortable. The gentleman that greeted me was very pleasant. Once inside to triage area I was greeted with such nice and cheerful nurses. The hospital is so clean and everyone is so pleasant. My doctor, Dr. Andrew Elliott was great and my foot has healed wonderfully. I am so pleased with the whole experience. Thank you.
Jeff Dereki, New York, NY — spine surgery
I went to HSS for the second time in seven years to treat a lumbar disc condition.
Robert Malafronte, Sag Harbor, NY — hip & knee replacement
HSS is the best; I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. My surgeon, Dr. Chitranjan Ranawat, has had a life transforming effect on me and my family. I thank God everyday for having him as my doctor. He has done both of my hips and recently both my knees. I am truly blessed to have him as my doctor and surgeon!
Aristotel Papatrefon, Rockville Centre, NY — total knee replacement
I required total knee replacement of my left knee. On Nov 2, 2010, I had my replacement. The operation took approximately one hour and I was home three days after the surgery. My treatment and care at HSS was exemplary.
Nancy Silberman, Farmingdale, NJ — spinal fusion
I had a two level spinal fusion on L4L5 and L5S1 in September of 2010. While I am still on the mend, I am glad I selected Dr. Frank P. Cammisa out of the five doctors I saw elsewhere.
Sandra Farber, New York, NY — knee replacements
I had two knee replacements, one each stay, at HSS. I was pain-free thanks to intravenous pain medication. This greatly helped my frame of mind stay positive. The food was not like hospital food. It was actually very good. As a result I have become a fan of Activia yogurt, which I had never tasted before coming to HSS. The hospital itself is beautiful and patient rooms very pleasant. I found the staff to be helpful, respectful and good at their jobs.
James Perkowski, Bethpage, NY — hip and knee replacement
I had my right hip replaced in October of 2005 by Dr. Douglas Padgett.
Anita M. Kneeley, Brielle, NJ — total knee surgery
I had a total knee replacement in September, 2010. Prior to the surgery, I was in continual pain and was unable to lead an active life. I couldn't climb stairs bilaterally, couldn't walk a full city block without resting, and couldn't get a good night's sleep. The surgery was successful beyond my wildest dreams. I came home on the 4th day using a walker. By the third day I was home, I had discarded the walker for a cane.
Howard Viuker, Guttenberg, NJ — spine surgery
After several consultations with specialty surgeons it was determined that the only solution to relieve my excruciating lower back pain was surgery. I spoke with fellow Ceramic Artists who had suffered from similar back problems and the unanimous, overwhelming recommendation was Hospital for Special Surgery. I researched their facilities and Dr. Matthew Cunningham's qualifications, which I was impressed with, and it seemed to be right for me. I spoke with Tina Miller, the assistant to Dr. Cunningham, to introduce myself and the reason for my call. Tina was GREAT! She was very knowledgeable, professional and sympathetic to my problem. Tina handled everything efficiently and gave me a wonderful sense of security. I met with Dr. Cunningham, 24 hours later. He reviewed the MRI's with me and discussed my options in a way that I was able to understand. I was confident to make an informed decision. It became clear to me that I made the right choices in both hospital and doctor. In short, my experience at HSS was exceptional. The staff was great and very attentive to my needs. Thanks to Tina Miller, who made it easy to navigate the system, the professional skills of Dr. Cunningham and everyone I came in contact with at the hospital, they made my experience during a very traumatic time very memorable in the most positive way. My recovery went better than I expected and I am back to throwing pots. No pain!
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