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Need a Recommendation for a Surgeon in NYC or Long Island NY for Anterior THR

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Diane

Hicksville, NY

#1 Feb 23, 2011
Hi. I need a recommendation for a Surgeon in the NYC, Long Island NY area for anterior hip replacement surgery. Most only perform posterior. Let me know your personal experience before, during and after the surgery. Thanks!
Mr Brown

Bronx, NY

#2 Feb 24, 2011
IT WAS NOT IN NYC BUT JUST FOR REF I WILL SEND YOU WHAT A FRIEND SENT ME BEFORE I HAD MT THR(S).
A few other tidbits:
· Dr. Levine used staples (I assume he always does, but maybe he had reasons to use staples on my husband and maybe he doesn’t always), and other doctors (my brother in law used someone else) use glue. This meant that my husband wasn’t allowed to shower for two weeks (sponge bath only), whereas others were allowed to shower right after surgery. I asked Martha what she had, but she didn’t know. She too, though, was allowed to shower right away.
· When you talk to the doctors, it pays to ask what they are cutting. Some doctors cut muscle, and others move it aside and work around it. Dr. Levine does NOT cut muscle and the recovery time is less and the pain level, too. Someone we know had the surgery done and the doctor laughed when my husband said he didn’t want to be a week in the hospital. He said you will need to take a week’s worth of morphine to get around the pain if you don’t stay. He cuts the muscle. It takes much longer till you can do anything and a longer stay in the hospital.
My husband used Dr. Harlan Levine, because Dr. Hartzband doesn’t take GHI. I thought he was great. He takes a lot of care in the diagnosis, discussion, etc. I was also impressed that they have all of the equipment in the office that they need. Easy x-ray, Doppler to check for blood clots after the surgery, etc. It’s a very modern office. It’s a little past the GW bridge in Paramus. His surgery is quick and no nonsense. They use Hackensack Medical Center, which is a palace. We live in Brooklyn, so we decided to stay in a Marriot in Paramus (about 7 miles away), so we wouldn’t have to get up so early to get there in the morning, and I wouldn’t have to commute so much while he was in the hospital. He had the surgery first thing Monday morning (we had to be there at about 5:30/6), and by 4 pm on Tuesday we were on our way home. They had him walking on Monday afternoon at 4. Dr. Levine did not recommend that my husband go to a rehab place – he said he worried about infection in communal settings – so we went straight home. We got about 3 or 4 nursing visits at home, and 6 or 8 physical therapies at home (all had to have prior approval from GHI) and then he was off to therapy at a local place. My husband is not from the more physical people (he’s rather heavy), but he went to physical therapy 3-4 times a week for about 6 -8 weeks, and he’s doing great. Any other questions – I’m here.
Regina

New York, NY

#3 Mar 8, 2011
Diane,

I had a total hip replacement in May of 2010. It was done by Dr, Corey Burak at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Hawthorne NY. Dr. Burak uses the anteror approach with use of the HANA table. Dr Burak is an excellent Surgeon. He is also a very relaxed and easy person to talk to. He made me comfrtable from the very first visit. The day of the surgery was very easy. The hospital is very accomodating and Dr. Burrak works with a really good team pre-op and post op. There was minimal discomfort after the surgery. I say discomfort instead of pain, because there was virtually no pain. I was up and walking the same day. I returned home 3 days after surgery and had about 4 physical therapy visits at home. I was using a cane for a few weeks and then nothing at all. Everyone is different as far as needing crutches or cane but the main thing is that the surgery itself went very smoothly and the recovery was very quick. I would recommend that you check out the Phelps Memorial website and you will be able to learn all about Dr. Burak and this procedure. Many of your questions will be addressed there. That is how I found Dr. Burtak and I am very happy that I did.
Jessa

Anonymous Proxy

#4 Jan 19, 2012
Anterior total hip replacement surgery has been receiving a lot of good feedback which is now more in demand compared to the previous THR. http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com/total-hip...
Jim Cavanaug

Springfield, VA

#5 Jan 30, 2013
I had my surgery preformed by Dr. Sinha from Mount Sinai Hospital. He is polite but a hard doctor, must follow his suggestions.

Check his site here: www.sinhaorthopedics.com

Thanks,

Jim
Millan J

Scranton, PA

#6 Mar 15, 2013
The only doctor I know of who does an anterior THR is Dr. Harold Rees from Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Place. I don't know of anyone who does that in NYC. But you could ask among the hospitals and doctors you know in that area for references. They might be able to help you.
Related information here: depuysettlements. com
fred

Parsippany, NJ

#7 Jun 29, 2013
Regina wrote:
Diane,
I had a total hip replacement in May of 2010. It was done by Dr, Corey Burak at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Hawthorne NY. Dr. Burak uses the anteror approach with use of the HANA table. Dr Burak is an excellent Surgeon. He is also a very relaxed and easy person to talk to. He made me comfrtable from the very first visit. The day of the surgery was very easy. The hospital is very accomodating and Dr. Burrak works with a really good team pre-op and post op. There was minimal discomfort after the surgery. I say discomfort instead of pain, because there was virtually no pain. I was up and walking the same day. I returned home 3 days after surgery and had about 4 physical therapy visits at home. I was using a cane for a few weeks and then nothing at all. Everyone is different as far as needing crutches or cane but the main thing is that the surgery
itself went very smoothly and the recovery was very quick. I would recommend that you check out the Phelps Memorial website and you will be able to learn all about Dr. Burak and this procedure. Many of your questions will be addressed there. That is how I found Dr. Burtak and I am very happy that I did.
Hi Regina,
I see many inputs from you on other threads, showing how helpful you are to so many people. I'm sold on Dr. Burak, but don't understand why a typical THR hospital stay is 2 or 3 (your case) nights. Dr. Hartzband, in NJ, uses the same procedure, has done close to 1000 THR's and is highly competent, but has a typical stay of one night, and sometimes patients ae released same day (believe it or not - I've spoken with two). Can you explain the difference? Thank you.
Jon

New York, NY

#8 Jul 29, 2013
I need a top hip replacement surgeon on Long Island
Chris

East Northport, NY

#9 Oct 11, 2013
Fred--What is the rush to get you out of the hospital in 1 day--or less? Hip replacement is Major surgery where large amounts of bone are removed and replaced with large metal pieces. What is the big rush to get out from under the care of professionals? Did Dr. Hartzband come to see you in the hospital before you left or did he send an underling? Dr. Hartzband does not do Direct Anterior nor do his partners. Rushing a patient out of the hospital to make room for the next person is not necessarily the sign of a good surgeon. I would prefer a little more personal follow-up and a day or 2 more of professional care.
fred erman

Parsippany, NJ

#10 Oct 11, 2013
Diane wrote:
Hi. I need a recommendation for a Surgeon in the NYC, Long Island NY area for anterior hip replacement surgery. Most only perform posterior. Let me know your personal experience before, during and after the surgery. Thanks!

Diane, here's something I submitted:
I'm lucky I had Dr. Hartzband (NJ) complete my total hip replacement. I think it would not be reasonably possible for any facility to exceed the results I obtained. Exceptional performance came as no surprise since it was based on my review of over 2000 chat room commentaries, conversations with 21 hip replacement patients, review of various medical web sites, and conversations with several professionals in the medical field.

Dr. Hartzband’s credentials are overpowering. He developed some of the tools and provided inputs for the design of the prosthesis used for his minimally invasive procedures. Every Monday he and his two associates do hip and knee replacements in an outpatient facility for qualified patients, who go home the same day. These may be the only doctors who perform both of these surgeries regularly. He does close to 1000 hip and knee replacements per year, and completes standard hip replacements in less than 30 minutes.

My surgery was on August 28, 2013. I was home the 29th, walked with a cane the 30th (bypassing crutches or a walker) and walked without support Sept. 1. My first post-op appointment was on Sept. 12, when I was given the okay to start tennis hitting. I’m 79 years old and in good health.

The office staff is phenomenal. For my initial visit with Dr. Hartzband July 30, 2013, I was uncertain whether to arrange the surgery before or after my granddaughter’s August 26 wedding. You would not believe the concern shown by the Office Manager and two Surgical Coordinators in exploring the pros and cons for me. I felt they treated me like family. Throughout me experience with that office, all my questions were answered by the staff or the doctor quickly and thoughtfully.

Note that Dr. Hartzband does not accept Medicare; negotiated arrangements are possible. However, his associate, Dr. Harlan Levine accepts Medicare, and is also highly recommended. If you see Dr. Hartzband, tell him I said hello.
Chris

East Northport, NY

#11 Oct 12, 2013
Hi Fred--I think you work for this group and are not a REAL patient. I thought you earlier said Dr. Hartzband did the Direct Anterior approach on you? Shame on you--just a shill. How embarrassing. He does not do the Direct Anterior. Better change your name and start another phony posting. 2 or 3 days under professional care will always be better than 1 day.
Always.
fred erman

Parsippany, NJ

#12 Oct 13, 2013
i never said he did direct anterior. any other reason you think i'm a fake?
Chris

East Northport, NY

#13 Oct 13, 2013
You said--"Dr. Hartzband uses the same procedure". And no one hits tennis balls at 79 less than 2 weeks post op. I have a hip replacement and am 15 years younger than you and am in good gym shape. You are full of bologna. I have an Anterior hip and NO ONE recovers that fast at 79. No One. Phony Post Bud. This is supposed to help patients not BS them. Go back to work at his office next week and hang your head in shame. After this--who would go to a doctor who does a major surgery in 30 minutes and sends you home the same day. Must be in a big rush. Shameful.
Ted

Cranford, NJ

#14 Oct 25, 2013
Chris wrote:
You said--"Dr. Hartzband uses the same procedure". And no one hits tennis balls at 79 less than 2 weeks post op. I have a hip replacement and am 15 years younger than you and am in good gym shape. You are full of bologna. I have an Anterior hip and NO ONE recovers that fast at 79. No One. Phony Post Bud. This is supposed to help patients not BS them. Go back to work at his office next week and hang your head in shame. After this--who would go to a doctor who does a major surgery in 30 minutes and sends you home the same day. Must be in a big rush. Shameful.
You ought to retract the gist of this post because 24,000 people have gone to the team of doctors in The Hartzband Group for hip and knee replacements in the recent past and that is apparently fact!
fred erman

Parsippany, NJ

#15 Oct 26, 2013
absolutely everything i said in my oct. 11 input is true.
Chris

East Northport, NY

#16 Oct 27, 2013
Go back to work at Hartzands office--you lost any followers.
Ted

Cranford, NJ

#17 Oct 29, 2013
Chris wrote:
Go back to work at Hartzands office--you lost any followers.
Chris,
Dr. Harlan Levine of The Hartzband Group replaced my damaged and failed right hip in December 2011. Because he had to reconstruct my acetabulum that was screwed together after a car accident years earlier, it took him close to 2 hours (not 30 minutes) to complete the surgery in Hackensack University Hospital. Despite that, I was up on a walker 6 hours later; my recovery from there went like clockwork, just as Hartzband’s Patient Guide described.

FYI: I've now gone to "Hartzband's Office" 6 times since that surgery. In EVERY instance I was back in my car headed home in no longer than 1 hour from my time of arrival at that Paramus medical facility, regardless of the procedure(s) performed: Staple removal, X-ray, ultrasound, examination and review/consultation.
My wife and I have had many visits with GP's and specialists over the years; none come even close to the attention-to-detail and efficiency that I have seen in “Hartzband’s Office”!
Ted
Chris

East Northport, NY

#19 Oct 31, 2013
That's great Ted-- I highly doubt that the 79 year old patient above was playing tennis at 6 weeks post op. We both know better. This site was not meant to be a Promotional Site for any surgeon or his staff to post. This is supposed to be for patients to share honestly. Ted--thanks for telling all of us just how wonderful your experience has been. There are some great surgeons out there and there are also some street hustlers from the Bronx. Patients need to find the one best suited to their personal needs. Nothing worse than self promotion.

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