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Salome Salome

New York, NY

I am a professional dancer and choreographer with over 24 years training and experience. Having had one hip replacement 9 years before (posterior) I developed a fractured femoral head on the right side and it became apparent on the MRI. Walking became more limited and I sought out HSS because I knew many dancers had a positive result that enabled them to be active.

Dr. Nawabi was recommended by several other doctors at HSS whom I called in desperation. He specializes in my unusual case and recommended I was a good candidate for the anterior hip replacement due to being active and "in shape".

Although it took many months for the actual appointment, Dr Nawabi was willing to see the MRI before meeting me to learn about my condition in advance.

I was so eager to have the surgery this time (as opposed to 9 years before for the left hip replacement) that I arrived 5 days earlier for my appointment and Dr. Nawabi let me wait until his other patients left so he could meet with me.

His manner was not only kind but genuinely interested in how I mentioned I rehabilitated myself in the past with water dance exercises. I was happy to meet a doctor who was not in a rush and he treated me as an individual.

Everyone at the hospital is very precise and fussy! They take pride in caring about the patient's needs and listen to any issues after the surgery.

I went home and after obtaining all the necessary medication, threw it away on day 2 at home, took a turmeric pill to reduce swelling and found that I could stand up and cook and go up a few steps to the local post office as daily exercise. Unlike the previous posterior hip replacement 9 years before, I did not have difficulty in doing a side lunge to pick something up.. Wearing moccasins with no back was supportive and made it easy to slip shoes on and off.

Each week new progress is experienced. Three months later I performed 2 duet dances and started my swimming exercise which I do indoors in winter and there are photos attached here 9 months later in an outdoor pool in Florida which show some of the exercises I made up with floating barbells. Going into deep water I do bicycle movements and stag leaps as well as "cross country ski" movements.

Going upstairs is sometimes a bit taxing if I am carrying too many items. It is now my new hip's one year anniversary and I feel that it has been a very worthwhile journey. I wish to thank Dr. Nawabi for his brilliance, his humanity and his caring about his patients. He helps his patients get a new lease on life.