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Michael McGonigle

Bronxville, NY
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I had a simple trip and fall and the result was a debilitating shoulder injury. I was coming home one evening after work and tripped on the fronts steps of my house. I spent a few weeks in denial and hoped somehow the pain would improve and the shoulder would feel better, but that did not happen. I am an investment manager and spend half my time traveling both in the U.S. and internationally to meet with investors. The injury greatly impacted my ability to travel on airplanes, sleep in hotels and conduct meetings in the manner I needed to. I wasn't able to raise my left arm more that a few inches, so basic functions like showering and getting dressed in a suit were very difficult, painful and took a long time to execute. Also, as a 59-year-old, I am not as active as I was 20 years ago, but I do exercise and need to be in shape. One month after the accident I met Dr. DiFelice. It turns out I had fractured my shoulder, torn the rotator cuff tendons as well as a bicep tear. Additionally, by waiting a month, my shoulder started the natural healing process around these injuries which made the situation worse. Dr. DiFelice was the best. He got me in for surgery and repaired a very complicated shoulder injury which was greatly impacting my life and, if not fixed correctly, would have restricted my activity going forward. While I am not the elite athlete sometimes seen in these pieces, my injury was very painful and restricted my ability to perform my job to the best of my ability. The work done by Dr. DeiFelice has allowed me to get back to normal and enjoy my life, which is impactful to me, my family and others.