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Patient Testimonials

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Roree Oehlman, Honokaa, HI – knee surgery, spinal injections
I came to HSS after a complete series of missteps as to my diagnosis of rotator cuff injury, which was in reality, a rare, aggressive myxoma. I had traveled a great distance to HSS for help after I found out that they were rated number #1 and that they were near my daughters who live in NYC. Dr. Anil Ranawat jumped to action and referred me to Gregory R. Saboeiro, MD who did not concur with my original diagnosis of a cyst. He sent me to Dr. Ranawat for a referral for what appeared to be a cancerous mass. Dr. Athanasian was brought in, and he removed the mass. I have been clear of any recurrence thus far and, thank goodness, there was no cancer. I was able to go home where I completed a rough water swim, which I had not been able to do for years.

I returned to HSS last year after months of dealing with doctors who would not treat me or evaluate symptoms of pain in my back, knee, and numbness in my foot. I knew something was seriously wrong and I called Dr. Ranawat’s office. He ordered an MRI of my back and knee, and evaluated my foot which was not plantar fasciitis but rather radiculopathy from compressed nerves in my back. My back was a mess and my knee showed two torn meniscus. Dr. Ranawat and his team worked me in for a successful knee surgery and his staff helped coordinate other appointments for me with Dr. Castellano and Dr. Hughes.

After my consultations, I returned for Euflexxa treatments in my knee by Priya at Dr. Ranawat's office and Dr. Castellano performed spinal cortisone injections for my ruptured disc and other issues in my lumbar spine.

Are these people saints? Probably not, but in my book, they are close to it! They have restored my faith in medicine and given me hope. I was in so much pain that I was unable to tolerate anything and spent months in bed completely debilitated. I am in the process of scheduling my next series of appointments to deal with my back. I love this hospital and I recommend it as well as the doctors I have seen. This hospital and its people live up to their reputation. I love HSS!

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Josephine Moore, spine surgery
Joanne Donoghue, knee, hip surgery
Jane Pressman, spine surgery
Julie Fitzgerald, ankle distraction
Chris Pates, spine surgery
Nancy Napurski, ankle distraction

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