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Joseph Russell

Oradell, NJ

In early September of last year (2015) I was climbing a ladder when one of the steps broke resulting in me falling and grabbing a railing to break my fall. In doing so I thought I had seriously pulled a muscle in my shoulder. After waiting several weeks hoping the pain would subside, I decided to go to an orthopedist who took X-rays, which revealed no injury. However, over the course of the next several weeks the pain continued to increase and my ability to move my arm and carry anything was seriously impeded. The result is that I was sent for an MRI, which revealed that I had a complete tear of the subscapularis (rotator cuff). There was no choice other than surgery, which is the last thing I wanted at 52-years-old. At the insistence of my wife, who did all the research in finding me a surgeon, I made an appointment to see Dr. Gregory S. DiFelice at the Hospital for Special Surgery. It was the best appointment I ever made!

Dr. DiFelice told me exactly how the surgery would go and gave me solid advice on how to go about my rehabilitation. I have always been an active person who enjoyed going to the gym five days a week and also golfing, so I was worried that I would not be able to return to these activities after my injury. However, four months after my surgery, and after significant physical therapy, I was able to return to the gym during the week and golf on weekends. I now have full range of motion in the shoulder and continue to regain the strength I never thought would return. The skill of Dr. DiFelice made all that possible and I am extremely grateful. He truly is a great surgeon who I would recommend to everyone.