I share my story with overwhelming appreciation and equal pride. I have been involved in competitive sports my entire life. Today, at 65, I still participate in a number of activities—tennis, skiing and ice hockey among them. And I owe it all to HSS. So thank you, Steve Haas, for giving me the confidence when I came to you with a gimpy right knee in 2009 that I could get back in the game. With your help and a brand new knee I did just that. Thanks, also, to Friedrich Boettner, who told me I'd be back playing tennis within 16 weeks after total left hip replacement in 2010. He was right. And recognition must also go to Aaron Daluiski, who with professionalism and patience promised in 2014 he could repair a degenerative right wrist, worn down over so many years of hitting first serves on the tennis court and taking slap shots on the hockey rink. The surgery was a simple outpatient procedure. Today I perform both functions pain free. While I don't have an "action shot" to include with these viewpoints, I do have a photograph taken on the last day of February 2015 after playing three hours of pond hockey. The first photograph you see was taken in February 2017 after a couple of hours of pond hockey. Sometimes a smile on a patient's face says it all—the satisfaction of knowing life needn't pass you by. And that in a nutshell is what Hospital for Special Surgery means to me.
Realizing I need knee revision surgery, I felt as though Dr. Boettner and I were on the same page the moment I walked in the door for the initial consultation. He and his staff were attentive to my concerns and addressed each and every aspect of the impending procedure with patience and authority. I left the office knowing what to expect and how long it would take before I could resume my active lifestyle. And you know what? The operation took place in May and by the middle of July I was conquering the bicycle trails of Northern California pain-free. Thank you, Dr. Boettner, to you and your team.