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Top Long Island Surgeons
« on: May 12, 2003, 11:46:07 AM »
Hi,

I am new to this board but am impressed with the knowledge so many of you have regarding knee conditions.

I truly believe that I would get a more sincere and helpful response here than in books, guides, etc.

As most of you have had knee surgeries, you can honestly report your results. Therefore, as I am limited to surgeons covered by my health plan at present, I was wondering if any of you had any high recommendations for Othopedic or Sports Medicine surgeons on Long Island. . . or New York City, if necessary.

Thanks,


Golfer

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Re: Top Long Island Surgeons
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2003, 05:12:21 PM »
HEy Golfer,
and WELCOME to Knee Geeks ;D
Have you looked on knee guru's list of big name doctors???
I am in Australia so can't help on the doctor thing.
You never stated WHAT your knee problems are and this may help someone who has had similar injuries or troubles as some OS's are good and specialise in say ligament repair and reconstruction and some on TKR's or Osteoarthritis (in which case a Rheumy is also a good idea) or maltraking and so on. Maybe a little information on what your particular knee injury/trouble is may help.
I personally have Tibial Torsion problems (I think it is tibial torsion but vould be femoral :) ), Chrondomalacia Patella, Maltracking, Hypermobility,HEDS, JRA, Left Knee ACL torn 3 times and reconstructed twice (so far), torn MCL and MORE, Fibrosis, Adhesions, Osteochondral Fracture, Medial Femoral Condyl Articular Cartiage Lesion and MORE...
Again welcome nad here is hoping you can get all of the help you need here and maybe even make a few friends along the way ;D
Sharon
2 ACL 'reco's', 3 'scopes', Pain, JRA, EDS, RSD, CMP, osetochondral defect & #, synovitis, adhesions, nerve damage, foot drop, MCL damage, tendonitis, fibrosis, ligament damage AGAIN, dislocations +++

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Re: Top Long Island Surgeons
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2003, 09:39:47 PM »
Hi Sharon,

Thanks for your reply.

You mentioned a list of big doctors on this board. I was wondering where I would find it.

Specifically, I have had two high tibial osteotomies, 7 meniscus and debridement surgeries. As a result, most of the cartilege in my knee is gone and thus, I suffer from arthritic pain. My last surgery was a botch as I had something that would often get stuck in the lateral part of my knee (I suspect cartilege) and I would have to keep straightening the knee when this happens to unlock it. I decided to have arthroscopic surgery to resolve the problem. When I was sedated, I was still able to watch the surgery and noticed that the OS was having a field day removing cartilege everywhere but in the location of the problem. When I recovered from surgery, I found that my patella no longer tracked properly and that the original problem persisted. I have that locking problem to this day and can live with it; I would rather avoid another butchering that has now left me with a tracking problem.  

My biggest concern is that osteo only gets worse. I am a distributor for a nutritional company that can actually disolved arterial plaques and reverse heart disease but I have had no luck with their glycosamine product nor any others out there and so far haven't found a nutritional solution to building cartilege.

I did hear about a new drug to be released in less than three years that is supposed to build cartilege and reverse oesto but all my information is anecdotal at this time.

I am trying to find any solution other than total knee or partial knee replacements, as I know how that will limit or negate my ability to play tennis, dance like a maniac, etc., and I am a very physical person. Also, if (or I should say when as I am involved in the nutriceutical industry and see how fast new technologies and solutions are developing as a result of globalization, the internet and computerization) a new, cartilege building drug comes out to reverse my condition and I already had replaced my knee, I will feel like I sabotaged myself. So at this point, I am gathering information, trying to stay focused, meeting new people like yourself with similar concerns and trying to be an advocate.

Regards,

Golfer

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Re: Top Long Island Surgeons
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2003, 10:18:59 PM »
Hi Golfer

You will find that the list of surgeons is on the homepage of the KNEEgur website under Step 10 KNEE SURGEONS.

However, to save you time, here is the link

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/html/step_10_help/north_america/step_10_new_york.php4

I hope you find an OS that will be able to help you without having to go down the line of a PKR, let alone a TKR.

Good luck
Lizzie
Past History of L&R Knee
Bilateral OA
Medial Meniscal Tears
Lateral Releases & Medial Reefings
Ruptured LCL, MCL & PCL
Adhesions in the interconylar notch of ACL removed
Suprapatella plication
Debridements/Lavages
Deep chondral fissure in crest of patella
Awaiting MRI - LK
TKR - RK

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Re: Top Long Island Surgeons
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2003, 08:57:00 AM »
Hi Lizzie,

It appears that the Knee Guru site is being discontinued and resituated on this board. When I when to step 10, it kept defaulting to the same home page. I assume that that list is somewhere on this bulletin board but haven't been able to find it. Any suggestions?

Regards,

Golfer

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Re: Top Long Island Surgeons
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2003, 11:58:10 AM »
Golfer

Have you clicked on the link?  I've clicked on it and it directs me to the page for the OS that you require.

If this doesn't work, I'll do a printscreen and make up a new document, perhaps in MicroSoft Word and I can email it you direct.

Let me know how you get on.

Take care
Love
Lizzie
Past History of L&R Knee
Bilateral OA
Medial Meniscal Tears
Lateral Releases & Medial Reefings
Ruptured LCL, MCL & PCL
Adhesions in the interconylar notch of ACL removed
Suprapatella plication
Debridements/Lavages
Deep chondral fissure in crest of patella
Awaiting MRI - LK
TKR - RK

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Re: Top Long Island Surgeons
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2003, 06:49:55 AM »
Hi Lizzie,

Thanks for your help, but when I click on that link, I get nothing. What happens is that it redirects back to the Knee Guru page I clicked on. I find it interesting that you can open the link and I can't and we are both clicking on it. I guess it may have something to do with how the packets are routed from both locations.

In any case, if there is another way for me to receive that information, I would be grateful.

Thanks,

Golfer

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Re: Top Long Island Surgeons
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2003, 07:06:19 AM »
Golfer,
I don't know if you got it but I sent you a private message about OS's on Long Island and in NYC. In case you didn't, here's what I wrote.

Hi,
I just read your post about looking for top surgeons on Long Island or in NYC. I live on Long Island and I've seen a number of surgeons here and am now seeing one based in the city who has an office in Uniondale as well. I was very unhappy with the treatment I recieved from the OS's out here so my PT recommended going through The Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan which is where they deal mainly with orthopedics. Any doctor you see from there is considered highly respected in the field of orthopedics. My doctor is Dr. Answorth Allen and he is EXCELLENT! He really listens and tries to do whatever he can to help. He's much more attentive to my needs and understands how I feel much better than any of the other 7 doctors I've seen. The reason I initially chose him was because he's the only OS there who is on my insurance plan so I would recommend checking your plan. All of the OS's are listed on their website which is www.hss.edu. Oh and in case you need to know, the Manhattan office in on I believe East 70th or 71st Street between York Ave. and the FDR Drive.  The Uniondale office is directly behind Nassau Coliseum but only a few of the doctors work out of the Uniondale office and my Dr is only there on Thursday so I think most of them are only there on select days. Feel free to ask me if you have any other questions or need any other advice or help. I'm glad to answer them!

Hope this helps!! Good luck in finding a doctor!

Sharon
Left knee:
LR-5/99 & 9/01
Distal realignment and LR 7/02
TTT revision 6/03
screw removal/MUA 10/03
d/x with severe patella baja
7/05 patellar tendon replacement w/piece of quad tendon
4/07 OATS

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Re: Top Long Island Surgeons
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2003, 07:33:26 AM »
Hi Sharon,

Thanks for your feedback. Did you have any surgery with Dr. Allen? I ask because I truly appreciate a good bedside manner and caring disposition, but  the proof is in the pudding. What I really feel good about is hearing of patients who are very satisfied with their surgeries.

In a earlier post, I indicated that I had Dr. Russell Warren, Chief of Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery, perform a high tibial osteotomy on me and did a great job. He corrected for a botch job done by another doctor who, in retrospect, I consider dangerous and incompetent.

The thing I didn't mention is that I had gone to Dr. Warren because of his reputation. Prior to the osteotomy, I had found loose bodies floating in my knee as a result of part surgeries. I went to doctor Warren to have them removed arthroscopically. When I came out of surgery, he told me they didn't take them out because the bodies were fixed. In his office, I proceeded to move one of them around and he agreed that they made a mistake. Well, that's fine for him to say as I was the guinea pig. My suspicion is that one never knows who is really doing the surgery when you are under and as HSS is a teaching hospital, I could have been handed off to one of his acolytes. Who knows? The point being that Dr. Warren is too good to make such a horrendous error. I suspect I was handed off to an underling who botched up.

The point is that even in the best hospitals, these things happen. The problem is that all of us expect surgeons to treat each of us with utmost care and when they are overwhelmed and sought after, I would suspect they lose their ability to take each case with the same seriousness.

This raises a paradox: we all want to go to the best doctors in the best hospitals, but by doing so, will we be given the same attention and regard as we would get elsewhere? I can't answer that.

I think what is important is that you trust Dr. Allen and believe he really cares. The fact that he is in HSS says he is regarded very highly. I checked my insurance (HIP Prime) and unfortunately, he isn't listed.

That raises another question: we are hostages to HMO's and accountants when looking for the best care. Before all this HMO nonsense, you could go to any surgeon you choosed and all plans covered them. How can we expect surgeons to rise to the occasion, if they don't have to keep up with the competition. Thanks to HMO's we get stuck with what we can get not who we choose. If I were a top surgeon, I would be highly insulted that I would have to dally about with all these HMO's who would decide my fee and patient base. . . and if some company changes providers, I could lose my patient base. Our whole healthcare system victimizes patients and doctors alike and it is shameful

In any case, I appreciate your feedback and will keep looking for surgeons who are in my plan who are recommended.

Thanks again,

Golfer

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Re: Top Long Island Surgeons
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2006, 06:33:24 AM »
I know this thread is old, but I wanted to chime in.  I've been going to Russell Warren for almost 20 years.  Quickly, to put this in context, when I was 12 a Dr. severed my acl during surgery.  I stayed with that Dr until I was 18 and I was undiagnosed the entire time--I sprained my knee constantly, but he had me thinking I was a spaz.

I went to a Dr who diagnosed me immediately and did an ACL surgery.  He was really ncie, but he cracked my knee cap in a few places and did a crap job with the surgery.

Needless to say, I don't trust doctors at all.  I'm 42 now and I'm about to have my 3rd ACL surgery.  Dr. Warren saved me.  He isn't the nicest doctor I've met--he isn't mean or rude, but he doesn't have much of a sense of humor, though he has mellowed in recent years--but I trust him completely.  In fact, Dr. Warren admitting he messed up to Golfer is something that makes me respect him more, when was the last time a doctor admitted he was wrong about anything?

Dr Warren doesn't take many insurance plans, but he only charges $75 for an office visit and the hospital is covered by most plans.  When I first started seeing him, he charged $50 and they made him raise his rates.  In my experience, he does surgery as a last resort and, after my experience with my first two doctors, he's well worth the out of pocket expense.




 















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