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Kathryn Yurchuk, Plattekill, NY total left knee replacement
I had my first knee surgery back in 1985 at a local hospital. After arthroscopic surgery, I ended up with a cast all the way up my leg that weighed a ton. Three weeks later I got a blood clot in my leg and was in the hospital for 7 days to dissolve the clot. After about a month, my knee still didn't feel right so I went back to that doctor and told him something was wrong. He turned around and said, "I've done all I can, that's all I am going to do."

I dealt with the pain until 1987 when another doctor who a friend referred me to, said he would do the surgery. He said come back in two weeks for some testing and when I went back, he turned around and said that he couldn't do the surgery; that it was more involved. He then referred me to Dr. Russell Warren at Hospital for Special Surgery. I made the appointment and when Dr. Warren checked out my knee, he said, "Yes I can do the surgery."

When he did the surgery, there was a big difference from the first surgery. I had hardly no pain, there was no cast, and I didn't end up with a blood clot. He did tell me that eventually I would need a replacement. After twenty-six years, it was time for me to have the replacement. It was bone against bone and when Dr. Warren checked out my knee, he said it was time. I had the surgery in May, 2013. It's been almost five months now and I just came back from seeing Dr. Warren for a checkup. He said my xrays look good, that I should keep doing the exercises, and that he'd see me in a year. The bottom line to this story is I won't go anywhere else if I should need any more surgery. I thank the staff at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Warren's staff, especially Roseanne, Maria and Lois, and most of all, Dr. Warren, for doing such a great job on my knee.

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