Because of my orthopaedic care, I can go back to the gym.
I was exercising in accordance to my department’s policy and while performing a bench press, I felt and heard a popping sensation in my left shoulder followed by immense pain and swelling. I knew that something wasn’t right. I went to see Dr. Answorth Allen, a specialist in shoulder repair. He diagnosed my shoulder with a torn rotator cuff that required surgery.
When I arrived for surgery on September 8th at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), I was greeted by the administrative staff who assisted with getting me checked in. I was now a little apprehensive and they recognized this. Needless to say I am not one that likes to get an I.V., but the staff had gathered around and put my mind at ease while doing so.
Finally, Dr. Allen is the best surgeon that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. His demeanor is outstanding and his ability to express what he is going to do was done with detailed explanation. Granted I proved to have a more difficult injury than originally diagnosed, but Dr. Allen being the professional that he is completed my rotator cuff repair. It is now five months from my surgical date and I am back in the gym. My shoulder feels great other than the expected issues that were clearly expressed to me by Dr. Allen.