Our Patients

I unfortunately dislocated my knee on October 31st, 2020. I was in tremendous pain and my right knee was very swollen. Six days later I dislocated my knee again and three weeks after that I did it once more. After visiting a local orthopedic specialist I promptly returned to sports. I once again dislocated my kneecap four weeks later and decided enough was enough. My mom, being an expert mom, researched for the best orthopedic surgeons in the world and we found HSS. When I arrived I received a warm welcome and tremendous care. Dr. Nwachukwu provided excellent bedside manner in explaining that surgery was my best option. Something that was so tremendously difficult to hear considering that I was supposed to be leaving in six months to compete at a Division I school for track and field. The bedside manner and flawless surgical procedure has me well on the way to recovery. As I write my story I am more than six weeks post-op and feeling fantastic. I couldn’t be more thankful to the HSS and the excellent care I received from Dr. Nwachukwu, the nurses, and athletic trainers who’s care I was in.

 –  Dominic Carlucci, Stone Ridge, NY

As an athlete most of my life, aches and pains were pretty normal, but in my early 20s I encountered a new pain in my hips that sidelined me from running consistently for almost 10 years. I tried countless rounds of PT, received incorrect diagnoses such as it just being muscular tightness to a possible hip fracture, and nothing ever really helped so I kind of assumed this pain would be my new normal. In the Summer of 2020 through that Fall, I had my longest span of running with limited pain, however of course it eventually returned. I was so frustrated and desperate to find an answer. While searching for every hip condition on the internet I stumbled upon an article written by Dr. Nwachukwu about hip preservation and I decided I had to make an appointment to meet with him. Within 3 minutes of meeting him, he had given me an answer I had been searching for for almost 10 years. He explained my conditions and all my options, and a few weeks later I had my first of two hip arthroscopies. At my first post-op we decided to schedule the next surgery 5 1/2 weeks later and while nervous to do back-to-back surgeries, I knew what amazing hands I was in. After two femoroplastys and two labral repairs I am now 7 and 8 months out of both surgeries and I am running my fastest times ever with no more aching groin pain which is absolutely amazing. I cannot thank Dr. Nwachukwu enough!

 –  Emily Glazer, Long Beach, NY

I had two surgeries done by Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu for tear of the right acetabular labrum and tear of the right gluteus medius tendon on April 27th, 2021. A friend strongly recommended that I go to HSS to see medical help after sustaining a snowboarding injury. After reading his impressive medical career, I have chosen to see Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu. I was under the care of high professionals: physical therapist Joseph Malizia, Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu, and his medical staff. I felt safe and believed that I would have a complete comeback to my many sports activities. I am back to scuba diving, and I am looking forward to riding my snowboard and doing downhill skiing next skiing season. I am grateful to the medical staff of HSS for putting me back in my tracks and the care I needed.

 –  Olga Torrey, New York, NY

In April 2021 while out running, I suffered a quadriceps rupture. Knowing I needed surgery, I went to HSS knowing I will get the best orthopedic care. At my consultation with Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu, he patiently explained to me the repair he will be performing and the timeline of recovery. Dr. Nwachukwu, with his amazing skill as a surgeon, made a great repair. I was able to be functioning again 3 months post-op. Because of the great surgical outcome I am now fully  recovered and was able to complete the 2022 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon. Along the way PA Erin Paolini and Athletic Trainer Jason D’Amelio also gave me great care and medical advice. I highly recommend Dr. Nwachukwu, his staff and HSS if you ever need orthopedic care.

 –  David Lee, Brooklyn, NY

“From the very first appointment with Dr. Nwachukwu to the 2nd post-op check-up, I truly felt taken care of. Through every step of the process I was told what to expect and was well prepared. I think this was due in large part to the level of detail Dr. Nwachukwu and his team demonstrated. I had an invasive surgery which required removal of a decent amount of calcification from my left rectus femoris. It was supposed to take roughly 3-6 months for full recovery. However, I was able to make a full recovery in 5 weeks. I credit my recovery wholly to Dr. Nwachukwu and Dr. Gausden.”

  – Jonathan Onyiriuka, Brooklyn, NY

HSS Providers: Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu, MD, MBA; Dr. Elizabeth B. Gausden, MD, MPH

“Dr. Ben,

Thank you for fixing my hip!

Throughout this entire recovery period, you have been so kind and considerate. Thank you for always making sure you answered all my questions and getting me all the appointments that fit into my busy schedule, and ordering me that Uber so I didn’t miss the bus to my game. I wish you the best and stay in touch!

Go Lions!”

I am a high performance athlete and have developed some injuries over time. After a few years of struggling with hip pain, I consulted with Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu and his team. I was diagnosed with tears of the right and left acetabular labrum, and he recommended surgical repair. Even during this pandemic period, I felt very safe and happy to be able to have this procedure performed by a spectacular professional Dr. Benedict and his team at HSS. Today my feeling is one of enormous gratitude. A week after surgery, I am 100% pain free. I am firmly committed to physical therapy every day with professional Nick preparing me physically and mentally for the permissions that God gave me in 2021.
Pain is a warning sign that something is wrong with your body. Don’t suffer alone. There are many trained professionals who can help you.

-A.P.

Dr. Nwachukwu’s authority and expertise concerning my injury are unquestionable. He took the time to explain all the particularities of my case in great detail and answer all questions. He gave me the range of options and talked me through possible outcomes in each case. His calming demeanor inspires confidence, and his team of allied practitioners — indeed, the entire operation, staff, and facilities — are top-ranking. I would highly Recommend Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu and the HSS team to anyone seeking the best in orthopedic surgery.

-D.P.

Biceps Tendon Rupture Before and After Surgery Images

Dear Dr. Nwachukwu,

I wanted to say thank you for everything you’ve done to help me and my knee on my road to recovery. It was very kind of you to accept me into your facility so quickly and help me right away.

I also wanted to let you know that my basketball team is currently undefeated, we are 7-0! We have also won first place in both of the tournaments we have participated in so far this season.

This season has been amazing so far and wouldn’t have been possible without everything you’ve done. Thank you again.

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