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Hey guys,

Due to a case of the two toos (too old and too fat) I am in need of an orthopedic surgeon to repair a ruptured achilles with a retracted calf. My doc has recommended a Dr. Gamez out of setauket. Has anyone had experience with him? Can anyone recommend a surgeon they liked? Thanks all.
 

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Dr. Scott Alpert in Huntington did a good job reassembling my shoulder and collar bone about 15 years ago.
After it finished healing, I haven't had any problems with it.
 

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Hospital for special surgery ... 71st and 1st avenue in the city . My stepson plays semi pro football and had two surgeries performed there . One on his shoulder and the other to repair a broken leg bone and torn ligament . They are fantastic .
 

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Hospital for special surgery ... 71st and 1st avenue in the city . My stepson plays semi pro football and had two surgeries performed there . One on his shoulder and the other to repair a broken leg bone and torn ligament . They are fantastic .
+100 For Hospital for Special Surgery.

I had the NY Giants team doctor Dr. James Warren (who also operated on Darrel Revis and others) do my bicep surgery--all covered by my insurance. Can't get better quality and experience that that. (local doctors was going to cut in two places and do an insurance quickie hack job. I had the same surgery pros get and was benching over 400# a year later). Most importantly the local guy wanted to do general anesthesia and intubate me. They don't do that at HSS. The have outstanding anesthesiologists and did a nerve block and I was awake during the whole thing and didn't feel anything. Discharged a few hours later.

Met a few pro athletes in my visits there. The place is top notch in the country and right in the city and open to most if you can get in an appointment and travel into the city (well worth it).
 

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+100 For Hospital for Special Surgery.

I had the NY Giants team doctor Dr. James Warren (who also operated on Darrel Revis and others) do my bicep surgery--all covered by my insurance. Can't get better quality and experience that that. (local doctors was going to cut in two places and do an insurance quickie hack job. I had the same surgery pros get and was benching over 400# a year later). Met a few pro athletes in my visits there. The place is top notch in the country and right in the city and open to most if you can get in an appointment and travel into the city (well worth it).
Dr Drakos performed his leg surgery. Dr Difelice performed the scope on his shoulder
 

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Dr Drakos performed his leg surgery. Dr Difelice performed the scope on his shoulder
It's just such a top level experience. I was amazed that I could get the NY Giants doctor as my surgeon, just having "normal" insurance. The same guy who guys with 90 million dollar contracts elected to do their surgery (Revis, who was with the Bucs at the time but I guess he still lived in NY, who I saw a few follow ups there). I hated the idea of general anesthesia and they did an awesome job with the nerve block and sedation. It's strange hearing them drill titanium pins into your bone while you're awake during most of it. And they repair it so that you can "play" again, being sports experts. The whole experience was as good as it could be.
 

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+100 For Hospital for Special Surgery.

I had the NY Giants team doctor Dr. James Warren (who also operated on Darrel Revis and others) do my bicep surgery--all covered by my insurance. Can't get better quality and experience that that. (local doctors was going to cut in two places and do an insurance quickie hack job. I had the same surgery pros get and was benching over 400# a year later). Most importantly the local guy wanted to do general anesthesia and intubate me. They don't do that at HSS. The have outstanding anesthesiologists and did a nerve block and I was awake during the whole thing and didn't feel anything. Discharged a few hours later.

Met a few pro athletes in my visits there. The place is top notch in the country and right in the city and open to most if you can get in an appointment and travel into the city (well worth it).
Dr Warren took care of both of my shoulders (torn Rotator's and Labrum's) and I had a very positive experience. Other doctors I consulted with on Long Island told me their procedure may not work. I had titanium posts inserted into both my shoulders and the surgery was performed arthroscopic with no large incisions resulting in a quicker recovery.
 

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I'm having ulnar nerve relocation/decompression surgery in 2 weeks with Dr Cappellino in W. Babylon. He's supposed to be very good, I'll let you know how it goes.
 

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Big ++ for HSS. No direct personal experience but 2 friends and 2 family members (1 LOD FDNY) had their surgeries there. All had excellent outcomes and very good experiences.
Nice to know that us mere mortals have access to really first rate care at a place like this.

FWIW, I have heard people whine about the whole going into the city to see a Dr thing. Get over it if that's a worry, it's a tiny inconvenience and a huge investment in getting quality care from the true experts in their fields.

Good luck and speedy recovery.
 

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Big ++ for HSS. No direct personal experience but 2 friends and 2 family members (1 LOD FDNY) had their surgeries there. All had excellent outcomes and very good experiences.
Nice to know that us mere mortals have access to really first rate care at a place like this.

FWIW, I have heard people whine about the whole going into the city to see a Dr thing. Get over it if that's a worry, it's a tiny inconvenience and a huge investment in getting quality care from the true experts in their fields.

Good luck and speedy recovery.

Back in 08 I had surgery at Sloan. Going in from out east was no fun but it was worth it.
 

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Special surgery the FDNY send all of us there for everything. They do one thing and one thing only surgery and crazy surgery as well facial reconstruction nerve stuff to.
 
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I just had my Achilles done by Dr Warwick Green on June 23rd. I was just out riding my bicycle today.
I started Physical Therapy as soon as the cast came off a couple weeks ago.
I have a way to go but it gets better every day.
My physical therapist said that Dr Green did a great job.
He's seen many Achilles injuries so I'd say his opinion counts.
So far I am totally satisfied with Dr Green and Billy Burns at Village Physical Therapy.
Dr Greens office is in East Northport and I had my surgery in Huntington Hospital.

I know another surgeon, Dr Richard Legouri, who wasn't in my Insurance plan but he was helpful in setting my mind at ease about the whole procedure.

To tell you the truth it's not as bad as everyone had been telling me. I was told by several people I wouldn't be right for a year. My goal is to be able to run 5k before end of November (5months after surgery).
 

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Big ++ for HSS. No direct personal experience but 2 friends and 2 family members (1 LOD FDNY) had their surgeries there. All had excellent outcomes and very good experiences.
Nice to know that us mere mortals have access to really first rate care at a place like this.

FWIW, I have heard people whine about the whole going into the city to see a Dr thing. Get over it if that's a worry, it's a tiny inconvenience and a huge investment in getting quality care from the true experts in their fields.

Good luck and speedy recovery.
Yeah, I don't care if you live in Montauk, that is a short commute for that sort of thing. There are a lot of people there that fly in from all across the country. For us it's a luxury to have these facilities in the city. (guys will moan about it but opening day rifle season drive hours upstate or a few states over to buy a truck.)

Plus with the lack of general anesthesia you can be discharged the same day, where other local places may have to keep you in for observation.

And there is nothing worse than a botched or "cheap" surgery. I have doctors in the family and many patients end up getting multiple back and knee surgeries and they get worse over time. There is no excuse for an investment to your health that it's a few hours commute.

OP look into these options. We are fortunate to have some of the best specialists in the world a decent commute into the city.
 

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Thank you all for the replies. Looks like I have Some good options and some calls to make. Wish me luck.
 

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Good luck and gods speed.
 
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