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Michael Scanlon

Long Valley, NJ

My then 8 year old son suffered a dislocation of his left hip during a football scrimmage on August 17, 2011. He was admitted to Morristown Memorial Hospital in NJ where his hip was reduced. He underwent surgery there on August 18 to remove bone fragments and labrum lodged between the hip bone and socket. On August 30th he went to the doctor who performed the surgery for a follow up xray and the doctor told us that he wanted to send Michael back to the hospital to have dye injected into his hip under anesthesia as there was some concerning distancing in the hip joint. Our pediatrician recommended that we call Dr. Roger Widmann at HSS to get a second opinion. Dr. Widmann graciously agreed to see us on the Friday morning of Labor Day weekend. His staff was amazingly exceptional. He reviewed Michael's charts and films and immediately sent Michael for an xray then MRI. He advised us that there was a fracture of the acetabulum (which was not diagnosed at Morristown) and referred us to Dr. David Helfet who immediately agreed to see us. Dr. Helfet advised us that Michael needed immediate surgery to repair the fracture. Even though Dr. Helfet was supposed to go on vacation he performed Michael's surgery that same night. His staff was amazing, especially, Marilyn who found overnight accommodations for my husband and 2 daughters. We thought we were coming to HSS for a second opinion but ended up having a second surgery that very night. 5 months post surgery our son is back to being an active 9 year old boy! We cannot thank Dr. Helfet and his amazing staff enough for taking great care of Michael. We have been so fortunate and blessed to have been referred to this amazing Hospital! Words cannot express our gratitude to HSS for Our extremely positive experience! I would recommend this hospital to anyone in need of such experienced doctors!