Ann Poovey, New York, NY — hip revision
I had my left hip revised in November, and my right hip revised for a different reason in February. Both were complicated procedures that most orthopedic surgeons could not have done. Dr. Mathias Bostrom did both surgeries and both were extremely successful (life changing for me).
Nancy Napurski, Rochester, NY — ankle distraction surgery
I started gymnastics when I was six years old, competed from nine to sixteen years, ran track, was a cheerleader in high school, played USVBA volleyball as a young adult, and became a rock climber at twenty-four. I had the sprains, strains, pulled muscles, bumps and bruises of a typical athlete, but nothing could prepare me for the dramatic accident I had on the cliff.
At 26, I was rock climbing in the Trapp Rocks in Connecticut when I slipped and fell…not to the ground, but back into the cliff. I was caught by the protection I had placed into the rock face, and as I fell I became a pendulum - the impact of my fall was taken by my left heel, breaking the talus and dislocating my ankle.
Bernard, Port Washington, NY — shoulder surgery
After 7 surgeries at HSS, I do not know if the title of ambassador is appropriate. Is there a title higher than that? How much faith do I have in this institution? I stopped my business as a contractor, which I had built up for seven odd years, to work for different companies, in the search for one with the right healthcare insurance, that would pay for my most recent operations. How much do I trust HSS? I bet everything with the knowledge I would be receiving the best treatment available anywhere. Besides family and health, what else is there?
Ralph Carlucci, Commack, NY — hip replacement
I lived with the pain down my leg for nearly two years. Slowly, I allowed it to rob me of day to day activities. At the age of 53, I was convincing myself that these were things I just had to get used to and I am grateful that my wife wouldn't allow me to accept that. She insisted that I see an orthopedist who suggested a surgical evaluation.
From the very first appointment with Dr. Salvati I knew that I had made the right choice; not only to consider total right hip replacement, but to have it done at Hospital for Special Surgery. I can’t say enough about Dr. Salvati, his staff and everyone with whom I came in contact prior to, during my hospital stay, and after my release. Their attention to every detail allowed me to focus on nothing other than my own rehabilitation and that has proven to be truly life changing.
Rita Rosenthal, Boynton Beach, FL — shoulder replacement
After several years of escalating pain and disability in my right arm, along with various unsuccessful treatments, I made the major decision to submit to shoulder replacement surgery. I agreed to do so with the caveat that HSS would be the hospital and one of its associated surgeons would treat me. I arrived in New York in time for all the preliminaries and from the beginning was pleased with the care and attention I received. The two days spent in the hospital were also made easier with care and attention given me. I was able to return to my Florida home 10 days post surgery. After three months of physical therapy (three times a week), I completed my recovery, and my arm is working beautifully now. By the way, two weeks after the surgery, I celebrated my 80th birthday!
Marty Shubert, Lake Placid, NY — hip replacement
On 13 Oct. 2009, I had total hip replacement performed by Dr. Eduardo Salvati.
Kim Pearson, Stamford, CT — ACL surgery and cartilage repair
My name is Kim Pearson and I have never felt more cared for than during my visits to HSS. By day I am a special education teacher and group exercise instructor. However my hobby and passion in life is being a fitness competitor. I train 6 days a week and have worked my way up to the national level. One day back in 2008 while practicing my routine, I landed a jump incorrectly and tore my ACL. Within days I was in to see Dr. Shubin Stein. It was an easy fix but she made sure to take her time with explaining all my options and giving me all the necessary research to assist with my decision. Surgery and rehab with Theresa Chiaia went great. Within 9 months I was back to competing and had the best year I had to date. This past January, while practicing my routine, I felt a pinch in the back of my knee. I thought it was my knee pad so I adjusted myself and started again. On the second attempt, following a jump, I fell to the floor.
James DeLuccia, Little Falls, NJ — total knee replacement
I am a 58 year old retired police officer who for my entire life has been active in sports. I have played golf since I was 5, played tennis while a police officer, and after I retired, ran 5 marathons, including 2 in NYC. Two years ago I started experiencing pain in my right knee causing me to stop jogging and limit all activities. Last year it became difficult to go up and down stairs and I began using anything available to assist me in rising from sitting. I called Dr. Mayman and scheduled an appointment at which time I was told I needed a TKR. The procedure was done on the 25th of March 2010 and was an absolute success. I was walking the same day and have totally resumed all my activities including golf. I played in a Pro-Am golf tournament 10 weeks after surgery. Presently I am without any soreness or stiffness.
Edward M. Sellian, Stuart, FL — knee replacement
My story begins some 30+ years ago. I was limping around and at times could not walk. I was suffering with much pain in my knees. I interviewed many doctors and the only doctor that I found was Dr. Tom Wickiewicz at HSS. He was honest and sincere and all the staff was most professional. He recommended arthroscopic surgery and this helped for some years. After some years I was back in pain and unable to walk and function normally. After waiting to the point I could not take the pain anymore, he recommended bi-lateral knee replacement. This was the best decision I have ever made. After 3 months I was like new and my quality of life was restored to almost normal. My time in the hospital was a very good experience under the circumstances. The hospital and its staff were most professional and made my stay comfortable. Over the years, I have had two more knee replacements and two revisions. The replacements and revisions were done only because I lived my life to the fullest and abused and were hard on them.
Sam Greg Kruski, West Palm Beach, FL — total hip replacement
On May 25 of this year I had a total left hip replacement performed at HSS by Dr. Robert Buly. HSS is absolutely the best hospital that I have ever been admitted to. The administrative staff, the medical staff and the facilities staff are the finest that I have ever encountered. They made me feel totally confortable and confident from the time that I was admitted to my discharge. The pre-admission class left no questions in my mind as to what I could expect prior, during and after the operation. Excellent! Dr. Buly is truly an outstanding surgeon. Prior to the operation I virtually had no hip joint left and could barely walk. After the operation I was walking pain free without a cane in one week, driving and back to work in five weeks. I have not felt this good in two years! I credit this success to the excellent care that I received at HSS and to Dr. Buly. I have since recommended HSS and Dr. Buly to many people here in Florida who need orthopedic surgery. I tell them it is worth the trip!
Carl Izsak, Forest Hills, NY — partial knee replacement
I would like to thank Dr. Pearle for the wonderful job he has done. I am a 70 year old dentist and I was ready to give up my profession due to severe knee pain. Then I found Dr. Pearle and after our first meeting I was confident he was the right doctor for me.
Santa Johnston, Chesapeake, VA — knee replacement
My relationship with HSS began in the early 90's when my daughter was a physician-in-training at Cornell. I hurt my shoulder and my daughter recommended Dr. Hannafin. She was wonderful. She fixed my shoulder and some arthritis in my thumb - good as new. So, when my knee started bothering me 10 years later, I called Dr. Hannafin who recommended Dr. Charles Cornell. Dr. Cornell replaced my right knee and several years later my left knee. He also rebuilt my husband's ankle that was badly broken in a fall that another surgeon said could not be fixed. About 10 years ago my husband and I retired to Virginia where my daughter practices pediatric critical care but we always come home to HSS when we need an orthopedic surgeon.
Joseph Murphy, Staten Island, NY — knee surgery
Vincent Thomas, Verona, NJ — total hip replacement and knee surgery
In 1998, I was diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the right hip. Being 36 years old at the time, this was a devastating bit of news when I was told nothing could be done at that point other than a total hip replacement. My wife did extensive research and found Dr. Paul Pellicci who performed the surgery in 1999.
Frederick Len Butler, Babylon, NY — shoulder surgery
From beginning to end, my experience at HSS was nothing but exceptional. The staff was congenial, efficient, and extremely professional. Dr. O'Brien, Kelli Gallagher, and his staff were the only doctors who were able to repair my shoulder arthroscopically. Other doctors that I had been to said the only way to repair my shoulder was to make 3" to 4" incisions on each side of my arm and shoulder.
Joan Bibeiro, Yonkers, NY — knee replacement
Seventeen years ago on January 19, 1993, at the age of 60 years and 2 1/2 months, I had both my knees replaced. I had spent a few years in pain...24/7. It was time. I was determined to play tennis again. After the surgery and months of rehab, I walked back onto the tennis court with much encouragement from my tennis partners. Lo and behold...I felt as though I had never stopped playing. Thank you Dr. Stephen O'Brien and HSS. My husband, my children and their spouses, and my eight fantastic grandchildren thank you.
Kim Kuhle, Three Bridges, NJ — knee replacement
I chose HSS after 5 years of severe knee pain and dealing with a doctor that couldn't make up his mind about when I should have replacement surgery.
Bob Giaquinto, Rye, NY — total knee replacement
Thank you Mathias Bostrom, MD and HSS.
Fay Novack, New York, NY — total hip replacement
I entered Hospital for Special Surgery in tremendous pain and barely able to walk. I needed a total hip replacement. I was most fortunate to have Dr. Mark Figgie, a wonderful surgeon, operate on me. As soon the anesthesia wore off, I realized that my pain was gone. By the next morning, I was able to walk the whole floor of the hospital, and on the fourth day, I went home an extremely happy patient. The staff at Hospital for Special Surgery was so very caring and helpful. There was always a smile and much encouragement from everyone.
Lisa Vecchione, Rego Park, NY — knee surgery
After being treated by an orthopedist for almost 30 years, his death precipitated me coming to HSS. It was an easy decision to (choose) where to go, but the whole thought of starting over again with someone new was nerve wracking. The first doctor I saw was Dr. Kennedy. He was understanding of my situation and immediately put me at ease. I knew I had made the right choice. He diagnosed my problem quickly and came up with a treatment plan. As treatment progressed he referred me to Dr. Richman and Dr. Pearle. They are just as wonderful. I wish I didn't have to come to HSS and that I didn't have orthopedic and pain issues, but I am glad that I met the wonderful doctors who are treating me.
Madeline Mirenda, Smithtown, NY — unicondylar partial knee replacement surgery
Even superlatives are inadequate to express my satisfaction with the care provided at HSS.
Cheryl Feinberg, Lawrence, NY — foot surgery
My experience at HSS proved to me that there is no other hospital to go to when surgery is necessary. Dr. Martin O'Malley had to perform surgery on my foot after experiencing continual pain following surgery by a different doctor at a different hospital. The differences in care between the two hospitals was overwhelming. The nurses who cared for me pre-op and post-op at HSS were so caring and concerned for my comfort and welfare, from the initial insertion of the IV to settling me into my car for my trip home. I was fully prepared by the physical therapist before surgery as to what to expect and how best to care for myself during my initial post-op period and for my rehabilitation.
Judy Schumann, New York, NY — shoulder surgery
I am a frequent flyer patient. I love my doctors and the care that I have received, so I keep doing something else to require a visit! Someone said it is my Mecca!
Heather Willis, Westbury, NY — spine surgery
My 15 year old daughter Roni Cimone had spine surgery at your hospital on 1/18/10. Dr. Cunningham was her surgeon. We were there for 6 days before being discharged. Words can not express how wonderful the staff was. Doctors, nurses, the PT therapist, even down to the aides, gave such professional care to Roni. I truly believe that Roni would not have recovered so fast if it wasn't for God and your wonderful staff. Please say a very BIG THANK YOU to Ron, Rebecca & Mia - the nurses in Recovery. Also to Rosa, Dunston, Maura Keenan & Lucia Fabrizio; these individuals worked on 5 East, the floor that we were on. When we got home, Lucia called to check on us for a few days. As a parent that meant the world to me because I didn't feel alone. Roni is back in school and is doing very well. We had our 6 month check up and she is doing beautifully.
Melissa Hoffman, Stony Point, NY — wrist surgery
I broke my wrist in three places and had to have surgery and a metal plate put in. The first doctor basically didn't care and ignored the fact that I wasn't getting better with therapy. In January 2010, I saw Dr. Weiland - he performed a second surgery and it was a big help. Followed that with three months of therapy and I am as good as I'm gonna get. I can't thank him enough.
Lisa Lawson, New Milford, CT — partial knee replacement
In January, 2010 I visited Dr. Anil Ranawat for the first time. He took an x-ray and did an MRI of my right knee. He told me that I had bone on bone and that a new procedure using a robotic arm would help me. The procedure would be a partial knee replacement. On January 29, 2010 I entered HSS and waited for things to begin. I changed into a gown and waited in the holding area for the doctor to see me. He explained what was going to happen and then someone put a drug in my IV and all I remember was waking up in recovery to my friend standing there. I remained in HSS for the next 4 days. Everyone was wonderful.
Prafula Rathod, Iselin, NJ — knee replacement
During both my total knee replacements at HSS (1-27-10), the staff from the Hospital and Dr. C. Ranawat's office, were wonderful people. Dr. C. Ranawat and Nurse Sarah West are the best in the business.
Todd Strassberg, Glen Rock, NJ — hip replacement
On 1/8/10, I came to HSS for total hip replacement. I arrived as a 48 year old looking at my 11th surgery requiring anesthesia, most relating to athletics, with double knee replacement on the horizon. Surgery at HSS was like a call up to the Major Leagues of Professionalism. From the time I walked into the room where I received my anesthesia until the time I was rolled to my car, everything was easier than my trips to other hospitals. The staff made me feel like I was in a cocoon.
Joan Campanella, Riverside, CT — knee replacement
I had a total knee replacement in January, 2010. Success at HSS is all about 3 things: Kindness, Skill, and Dedication. Everyone, and I mean everyone, (including my surgeon, Dr. Paul Pellicci and his entire staff, the admission team, radiology department, nurses, case workers, physical therapists, custodial staff and more!) was kind, caring, thoughtful and respectful. Everyone (aforementioned) did his/her job with great skill, expertise and competence. My job was to entrust myself to their care and then dedicate myself to getting well. I listened, learned, followed directions to the letter and worked very hard to make these wonderful people proud because of their dedication to me and to regain my life back, and to be even stronger than I was before. I am now 5 months out of surgery. After 2 months of intensive physical rehabilitation, I 'graduated' to strength and fitness training and am still 'pumping iron' and enjoying it! Thank you people of HSS, for making this quality of life transformational process possible. I love you all! Just to let you know...I'm 60 years young!
Bruce Dixon, Greenwich, CT — knee replacement and Achilles tendon repair
My story is very simple. Dr. Russell Warren replaced my left knee in January of 2005 with excellent results. In November of 2006, I tore my Achilles tendon on the same leg and Dr. Warren repaired that as well. I have had an excellent recovery from both. I play tennis 3-5 times a week, go on bike tours, and lead a very active physical life. NYC is only 35 miles from our home.
Judith R. McCarren, Livingston, NJ — knee replacement
I was extremely impressed by the excellent care I received at HSS when I had a total knee replacement in March. I will never cease to be grateful for it. My surgeon, Dr. Boettner, did a magnificent job, and all the nurses and therapists gave me superb care. I was especially pleased by the way my case worker arranged for my rehab at home and for the outstanding physical therapy I received, thanks to her efforts.
Harold, Twp. of Washington, NJ — hip replacement
I have recommended Dr. Boettner and HSS to several colleagues and my boss had undergone a full hip replacement with Dr. Boettner two months ago. My entire experience over the years at HSS has always been pleasurable - from the staff in Dr. Boettner's office, to the staff in the lab facilities, to the physical therapists, to the nurses - everyone I have dealt with has been courteous, friendly, knowledgable and truly concerned for my health, well-being and recovery. I now know first-hand why HSS is ranked #1 across the country in orthopedics.
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.
Machla Stiel, Brooklyn, NY — hip replacement
I was operated on hip replacement on Dec 23, 2009 by Dr. Sculco.
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 can’t 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.
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