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Patient Success Stories

Reaching the Summit: From Alaska to HSS for Ankle Repair
After a mountaineering accident 10 years ago that occurred 100 miles east of his home in Fairbanks, Alaska, Jeffrey Benowitz, PhD, was told to quit his job, find a new life, and learn to be happy without being able to walk again. For Dr. Benowitz, who skis to work as a rock climbing instructor and geochronologist at the University of Alaska, this was a diagnosis he was unwilling to accept.
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Dominican Patient Helped at Hospital for Special Surgery After Years of Pain
Severe knee pain led Nancy to HSS, where Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch provided the treatment she needed to relieve her pain and resume her active lifestyle. She says she was so pleased with her care, she has recommended the hospital to about 20 people from the Dominican Republic, many of whom have traveled to HSS for expert care.
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A New Lease on Life: Hip Relief for an International Patient

As CEO of Banca del Ceresio, a small family-owned bank in Lugano, Switzerland since 1958, Mr. Alberto Foglia had no time to slow down. So in 1988, when hip pain began making it difficult for him to walk, he wanted to find the best orthopedic surgeon to get him back on his feet.

Upon being introduced to HSS Attending Orthopedic Surgeon Eduardo A. Salvati, MD, by a mutual friend, Mr. Foglia knew that he had found a surgeon he could trust.
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8000 Miles to Mobility

Noel Trinidad, 66, had never even heard of Hospital for Special Surgery when he scheduled his bilateral hip replacement surgery at a hospital near his home in the Philippines. However, when his daughter suggested he come to New York for the surgery instead, he re-considered.

“My daughter said that while we have terrific doctors there, the equipment would be much more state-of-the-art in New York,” said Mr. Trinidad.
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From Russia to the Joint Mobility Center: One Patient's Story
When 50-year-old Alexander Brum from Moscow needed a total hip replacement for severe arthritis, he turned to his Russian friend, Alexei Yagudin for advice. Yagudin, one of the most popular Olympic gold-medal figure skaters of all time, did not hesitate. He told him about Dr. Geoffrey Westrich at Hospital for Special Surgery. Mr. Brum was looking for the best doctor, hospital and rehabilitation program he could find, so he made the long trip to the U.S. for an initial consultation with Dr. Westrich.
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