Many of us who have come to the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have challenging medical problems or conditions that have not responded to previous therapy. This is my story.
I had hip surgery prior to coming to HSS that resulted in worsening osteoarthritis, increasing pain, and a limp. I consulted many specialists in my area and learned that my case was considered the exception, not the rule. I was fortunate to also learn that HSS excels at helping those of us with difficult conditions.
When I arrived at HSS two years ago, I knew I was in the right place. I remember that day well. I took the train from my home in the Philadelphia suburbs then hailed a cab from Penn Station to HSS. It was overcast and drizzling and I was using my umbrella as a cane. Being in my early thirties, I had been reluctant to use a cane, despite the level of pain I was experiencing.
Dr. Anil Ranawat and his team gave me hope that I could live a better life. They explained that I needed another surgery and walked me through the risks involved. I had reached a level of pain and dysfunction that prevented me from working, and so I ultimately decided to proceed.
It was a scary time in the months preceding surgery. Dr. Ranawat and Rachel Taylor, PA-C, took the time to help me navigate some difficult decisions, including leaving my job as an inpatient nurse and finding work that involved less walking.
After my surgery, I spent over four months using crutches, but eventually, my hip did recover! My two-year follow-up appointment is approaching and I can’t wait to tell Dr. Ranawat that I have gotten married and finished grad school.
HSS helped make my dreams come true, and I will be forever grateful for their expertise and support along my journey. Thank you so much for getting me BACK IN THE GAME!