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Florida Patients Tell Their Stories

How does one hospital remain the leader and stay so far out in front?
Perhaps our patients say it best.


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. To date, I have had 6 visits to HSS and I would not think of going anywhere else. I would never use any other doctor than Tom Wickiewicz. In my eyes he is a miracle worker. My last experience with Dr. Wick and HSS was this last March and again he made me walk and returned my life back to almost normal again. God bless you, Dr. Wick. There is no other hospital that I would even consider. I love HSS and all the dedicated staff. Thank you, HSS.

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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!

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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!


Annette Mennella, Marco Island, FL foot surgery
For the past several years, I had been in a lot of pain and discomfort with my feet. I developed bunions early on in my 20's. Up to that point, I put up with the discomfort only to realize that it was affecting every part of my body. I am a person that works out, golfs, walks, bikes, etc. These simple tasks were beginning to become a chore. And the worst part is that I could not fit into any shoes or sneakers comfortably. I finally made a decision to look into fixing the problem through surgery. I was fortunate to get one of the best surgeons available (Dr. Andrew Elliott) and his team for the job!! The day of my surgery, Nov. 10, 2010, I was asked to arrive at HSS, register and wait my turn for the bunion correction on my left foot. The operation entailed a complex fix for my problem not just cosmetic. The staff at HSS, from the receptionist to the nurses and anesthesiologist, Dr. Elliott, and everyone who worked in the same-day surgery unit, made me feel safe and very comfortable up and until the time of surgery. I was given undivided attention even afterward. My pain was managed so efficiently, I went home that day. more

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