Tara Bulzacchelli, Pleasant Valley, NY Ė left knee reconstruction surgery
We have been blessed with five HSS doctors. Two years ago, our son had a devastating knee injury that carried a high rate of disability. In addition, he developed compartment syndrome, which carries a high rate of amputation. Our home-town surgeon had only seen three such injuries in his entire career. He told us our son would be disabled and faced developing early arthritis.
As our son remained in ICU, we were warned of his poor prognosis. Then, a miracle happened - Dr. Widmann from HSS returned my call at 11:30 at night and arranged our sonís transfer to New York. By morning, top surgeons from Hospital for Special Surgery were reconstructing his knee. Dr. Anil Ranawat repaired the multi-ligament injuries he sustained and Dr. Lorich repaired his tibial plateau fracture. Both Dr. Lorich and Dr. Ranawat were wonderful. Dr. Ranawat had the most involvement with our son because he had to reconstruct the ligaments in stages. He and his PA, Priya, were always available. Dr. Lorich assured us our son would walk again and gave us hope.
After reconstruction, which took about a year, our son was able to walk again, up to a few miles a day. As expected, although he is only a teenager, he developed early osteoarthritis of the knee Ė a common outcome following a dislocated knee with a tibial plateau fracture. This is where Dr. Wickiewicz came in. Heís a wonderful orthopedic surgeon from HSS who specializes in osteoarthritis of the knee. Luckily, we didnít have to look far to find him. He had already performed one surgery on our sonís knee which greatly improved his ability to walk further and with less pain.
In addition to these wonderful surgeons, Dr. Ngeow from HSS Pain Management, also cared for our son. Dr. Ngeow has been compassionate and knowledgeable in finding solutions to arthritis and nerve pain. He too is always available and takes time to listen. My son would not be walking had he not received the care of these four dedicated doctors.
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