I started to experience hip pain in June of 2008. Xrays revealed moderate osteoarthritis.
In the summer of 2011, I had an Xray-guided injection of a corticosteroid at NWH, which gave me some relief. But by December, I was using a cane to relieve some weight from my hip. In January, 2012, I decided to undergo hip replacement surgery.
I saw two orthopedists affiliated with NWH and one associated with Hospital for Special Surgery. Given my family's very positive experiences with NWH during the 40 years we have lived in Mt. Kisco, it was no contest. I would have the surgery at NWH.
I selected Dr. Eric Grossman to be my surgeon, because he performed the anterior approach technique, very clearly explained what was involved, and was interested in me and my own career. He treated me more like a professional colleague than a patient.
The NWH education session prior to the surgery was very well done, answered all my questions, and gave me great confidence that I would be in good hands.
The actual surgery took place on 8/8/12. The nurses, surgeon, and anesthesiologist all made me feel confortable and confident, while preparing me. Coming out of anesthesia, nurses were there to check on me, explain what was still attached to my body, and see that I was safely moved from the surgery recovery room to the room where I would spend the next few days. I felt very little pain or discomfort. It was almost like being in a hotel.
Over the next several days, Dr. Grossman, nurses, and physical therapists looked after me and met all my needs. The day after surgery I was actually walking up some stairs, accompanied by a physical therapist. There were no unpleasant or unexpected incidents, other than my surprise that I was walking up and down an entire flight of stairs two days after surgery.
Everyone I encountered knew what he/she was doing, was courteous without being condescending, and had my full trust. It's hard for me to imagine a better hospital stay for the type of surgery I had undergone.
Three days after surgery, I was discharged and driven home by my wife. I did not have to go to a rehab facility. Some physical therapists came to my home over the next two weeks, showing me how to build strength in my affected muscles and ensure that I was increasing my range of motion.
Approximately two weeks after discharge, I saw Dr. Grossman, who gave me the OK to drive car by myself.
The entire experience was as good as I can imagine. All my needs were met. Your staff and facility were terrific. I would not hesitate to recommend NWH and Dr. Grossman to anyone needing orthopedic surgery.
Having lost 25 lbs starting in January, 2012, 7 months prior to my surgery, exercising regularly at a fitness center prior to and after surgery, and playing tennis again with no pain, I believe that I am in better shape than at any time in the past two decades.
Thanks to Dr. Grossman and NWH, I was able to proudly attend a ceremony at the White House on February 1, 2013, to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama. I walked upright with no hint of disability and could stand next to the President in total comfort, as shown in the accompanying photo.
Keep up the good work!!