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Robert N. Angie, Manhasset, NY Elbow surgery, Thumb surgery, Wrist surgery, Shoulder surgery, Knee surgery

I have been a patient at HSS since 1977 when I first saw Dr. Bernard Jacobs for my knee. He didn't want to operate at that time because he, along with other doctors, were working on a new procedure called, "arthroscopic surgery." He said my recovery would be much quicker once it was perfected. My first surgery was actually my right elbow in 1984 performed by Dr. Jacobs. Dr. Richard McCormick, Dr. Scott Wolfe, and Dr. Answorth Allen performed my other surgeries. For 35 years I have trusted HSS not only with my care, but for numerous people I have referred over the years. HSS is the only hospital I would ever consider for orthopedic care for surgery for myself, my family and those I do refer. I have always been extremely satisfied with every doctor I have visited, and in my case they have been numerous over the years.

I do have a very special thank you for Dr. Answorth Allen who is a shoulder, elbow and knee specialist who many years ago committed to be my "quarterback" regarding my care. He is the first doctor I see regardless of the joint I have a problem with and he then guides me to the doctor specializing in the area of expertise that I need. I love all the doctors at HSS, but Dr. Allen is tops on my list and I consider him a friend. I honestly believe that without the professionals at HSS I would not be functioning as well as I am at age 58 and that is why I have told countless people over the years to never have any type of orthopedic procedure done until they have gone to HSS. I know there are future procedures I will need down the road, but I feel very comfortable knowing they will be done at HSS.

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