Dear Dr. Lamm,
When I had my first surgical consultation for a bunionectomy in March of 2009, I never in a million years could have imagined the unfortunate journey on which I was about to embark. I fully expected that as a 25-year-old in good health, I was pretty much guaranteed a successful surgery with a typical recovery. Little did I know that I was going to fall into that small percentage of patients who would face complication after complication, after complication.
Since beginning the process 5 years ago, I have gained 80 pounds, saw 4 specialists, was operated on by 3 surgeons and underwent 7 separate procedures on my feet. The worst part was that with each surgery I had, I kept hoping and praying that it would be my last. After the 6th surgery I had really begun to lost hope. I was severely depressed…I wondered if my feet could ever be fixed, if I could ever walk comfortably again.
My intention in telling you all this is not to bore you with my personal medical history; rather I just want to give you a glimpse into how grateful I am for that 7th surgery you performed on me last March. I imagine in your line of work that you probably hear this all the time, but Dr. Lamm, you have literally given me my life back. Since my last surgery I have regained the ability to drive long distances, to walk for however long I want to, to get pedicures, to wear dress shoes, to go to the gym, and to live life again without any physical restrictions. I’ve managed to lose about half the weight I put on (still working on the other half) but more importantly, I have regained the confidence and happiness that I had lost over the course of the prior 4 years.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you just how much I appreciate all that you have done. Not just in the extraordinary medical care you have provided and unique level of compassion you have demonstrated, but for giving me my life back. It has been the greatest gift, and one for which I will always be grateful.
With eternal appreciation,
Hi Dr. Herzenberg,
Just heard the wonderful story on NPR about the Ponseti Method. You continue to do great work impacting the lives of so many children and adults! My sons and I are very grateful for the twenty two productive years you gave Bill after his Ilizarov surgery.
Sadly, he died in 2011 from pancreatic cancer. But I have not forgotten our many trips to Baltimore and how blessed we were to meet you and your fantastic team of surgeons and nurses.
Thank you for the good memories and the good years!
- Shirley H. and sons, Alan and David
From Jacob Dryden, a patient of Dr. Noman Siddiqui:
I would like to write this post as a thank you to Dr. Noman Siddiqui. I was born with a club foot, and at the time I was born there were not many doctors that specialized in dealing/treating it. I had a good doctor for much of my life who did what he could to make sure I would be a normal, functioning kid. As I grew up I got stronger and more mobile. I wrestled from a young age, played baseball and football, and I also wanted a black belt in tae kwon do. I also wrestled in college and participated in track and field. Even though my leg and foot have not been that of a normal kid, I never gave up.
About three years ago my foot, ankle and knee began to really hurt, but with my foolish pride and stubborn ways I put off going to the doctor. My previous doctor retired and I didn't want to find a new one. Last year it became harder and harder to get around. Hunting and fishing became more of a chore than the enjoyable experience that I once knew. And work became painful and discouraging as many people started to notice my work pace slow down drastically. A local doctor recommended me to the International Center for Limb Lengthening, RIAO, Sinai Hospital. I made an appointment with Dr. Siddiqui and after going in and getting x-rays, I waited for him. He suggested a major surgery to fix my ankle that was now severely deformed, in my opinion.
Well, it's been a long road with two base surgeries and a third because of a mistake on my part, followed by a last one to remove the frame that helped stabilize my leg. It’s been almost a full year since my first surgery and I am writing this with confidence and a great appreciation to Dr. Siddiqui. This post October I went hunting for the first time since opening day of 2012 and I got my first deer of the season. Also, all summer while healing, I fished and camped and enjoyed it.
So thank you, Dr. Noman Siddiqui.
Dear Dr. Lamm:
Twenty-one years ago I sustained a traumatic foot injury. Through the expertise of my orthopedic oncologist surgeon, and advanced medical technology, my right foot was repaired.
Little did I envision that years later when I was referred to you I would again benefit from an advanced medical procedure. After surgery, my arthritis is gone, and I now walk without a tilted right foot and protruding ankle joint—both of which severely limited my gait as well as the types of shoes I wore. Nor in my wildest imagination would I believe that surgical intervention would allow me to no longer predict inclement weather!
Subsequent to you performing my surgery I am now pain-free. Coupled with your expertise, tremendous surgical skills and the extensive repair to my right foot, my range of motion, walking and mobility have improved.
Dr. Lamm, your expertise, dedication, professionalism and genuine concern for your patients are truly attributes not only to the medical profession, but to Sinai Hospital's Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics and International Center for Limb Lengthening/Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement as well.
A sincere “Thank You” for performing a successful surgery that has greatly improved my quality of life!
- Velma N.
My son had surgery on July 3, and I would like to thank all those who had a part in taking care of him from the OR to the PACU to the nurses - Bonny, Jennifer and Sarah -
who cared for him. To Dr. Monica Agree: Thank you so much for your excellent care and constant communication! Also thank you to the fellows, residents and Dr. (John) Herzenberg. Please forgive me for not remembering all of the names. Sinai Hospital was a great hospital to care for my son. God bless you all!
- Lasandra R.
I was recently a patient at the Sinai Hospital. I am writing to say I had the most amazing experience I've ever had in any hospital, and I've been to a few. My care was extraordinary! EVERYONE involved was wonderful. There was NEVER a time where I didn't feel they all cared for me completely. From Dr. Michael Mont's team to the nurses and the PCAs, everyone had my best interest at heart. I can't help but think, as a business owner, everything about the way a company runs, comes from the top down, and filters through to the employees. This note is to say, you and your employees did an outstanding job with me!!! I never felt anything but genuine humanity and care during my stay. In this day of "bottom line" mentality, it is extremely refreshing to know a massive place like Sinai can convey the message of care so well. If I ever need another hospital, it will be Sinai. That's saying a lot, as I live in Port St. Lucie, Florida!
I am writing this letter in reference to the exceptional care that we received from a member of your Triage nursing staff, Ms. Mary-Anne Murray, LPN. Every time I had general questions or concerns, relative to my husband’s recovery, Ms. Murray made sure that I was informed, and my concerns were addressed. Ms. Murray always personally returned my calls, answered all my questions, and was always pleasant and respectful. She made me feel as though my husband was the only patient that Ms. Murray was responsible for. In my own words, Ms. Mary-Anne Murray can be described as a “Special Angel.” In all our years of medical treatment, I have never experienced a more soothing, patient, & pleasant woman than Ms. Mary-Anne Murray.
From Karen Dophin-Daggett, a patient of Brad Lamm, D.P.M.:
For decades I have been in and out of orthopedic offices trying to get relief from a birth defect with my right foot. As chance would have it, I was referred to the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital.
One of the people who made me feel most comfortable is my orthotist, Teresa Alpert-Leibman. Teresa is a wealth of knowledge in all areas dealing with the foot. With the flick of her iPhone she was able to refer me to resources for footwear that would tie me over until surgery.
Teresa was a Godsend, helping me navigate everything I needed to prepare for surgery.
Having surgery is always a scary decision, but knowing that you are dealing with a group of people who value you as a person makes the road to recovery much easier. I am so grateful that I was referred to Dr. Bradley Lamm to reevaluate my foot, for which I had been told there was nothing more that could be done. I am additionally thankful that he created a team of people such as Teresa that have dedicated their professional lives to literally helping people get back on their feet!
It is with the highest praise that I recommend the services of the fantastic team at the Rubin Institute…Dr. Lamm and Teresa, you have certainly made a difference in my life!
Carlyle and her family surprised the entire staff one day by bringing an amazing (and edible) cake that was made by Charm City Cakes. Carlyle asked the artists to make a cake that looked like her leg when she was undergoing treatment. They perfected every detail, from the external fixator to the pink toe nails. "Thank you Dr. Herzenberg and Team! Love, Carlyle" was written on the platform that supported the cake. Patients and staff enjoyed every bit of the cake (even the fudge toes).
Click here to see an article about Jack in The Washingtonian.
I am writing on behalf of my son Nicholas. He is 5 years old and was diagnosed with Fibular Hemimelia at about 1 month old. We decided to have his leg lengthened and his ankle reconstructed at the ICLL because of their experience in treating fibular hemimelia and the confidence in the doctors that my son would live a full and active life without limitations. We understood that to most doctors amputation is the standard treatment for a case like Nicholas and for some children that may be the right choice but that was not what we felt was best for our boy. Nicholas is currently in a fixator for the second time and he is doing great. His first surgery was at 18 months old. Before his first surgery, we were very scared of what it would be like for him: would it affect his sparkling personality, would he be in constant pain? Our fears never came to pass. With both surgeries, Nicholas was off pain medication within weeks and walking and running and dancing and the same sweet, strong and happy boy he was before surgery. When Nicholas is asked about his fixator, he usually says something like this: "Dr. Standard put my fixator on to make my leg grow. He is awesome." Nicholas loves Dr. Standard, and we feel so grateful to have him treating our son. We trust him 100% with our boy and we know that he cares so very much about the lives of all the children he treats. This is a challenging process, but there is a lot of support at the Rubin Institute. I do not think there is any place like it in the world, and we could not imagine taking our son anywhere else.
My Living Treasure--Dr. Shawn C. Standard
By Rachael Foote (Perthes disease, age 13)
In Baltimore City,
Dr. Standard came to town.
Full of sympathy and pity,
For all the ailing children he found.
Lucky was I,
To LIMP into his shop.
For now I can RUN,
Without having to Hop.
At the 30 mile bike ride,
We began as a pair.
Then all he saw was my backside,
And I won fair and square.
Thanks to Dr. Standard,
My hip is perfection.
So a "shout out" to Shawn
To show my affection.
Thank you, Dr. Standard! You are the best!
Tayo was diagnosed with Perthes disease in March 2009 and had the fixator surgery with Dr. Standard in August. He is now about 9 months post-fixator. Tayho shared the most amazing thing with me tonight: today in school (5th grade) they had to write about the worst thing that has happened to them. Tayo says to me, "Guess what I wrote about?" I just looked at him. He said, "Not Perthes. It isn't the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Actually, it is one of the best things. And the fixator is one of the best things too. Think about all the friends we've met. Think about all the things I can do now that I couldn't do before."
I just looked at him and said, "Wow. That is such an amazing outlook to have Tayo," and then tried not to cry!
We never know how things like Perthes will affect our children. As hard as it is (and I know how hard that fixator can be) our children somehow seem to come through it with a perspective that is positive and that enables them to be better and stronger and more compassionate people.
Were it not for Dr. Standard and the team at RIAO, I fear that Tayo would not be in the same place that he is now, not physically or emotionally. Dr. Standard (and the fixator) has allowed Tayo to re-gain all the running and jumping and physical activities that mean so much to him. Dr. Standard and his team have also helped Tayo endure and come through this treatment with courage, strength, perseverance, and a sense of accomplishment that comes from being supported and encouraged by people who truly have your best interests at heart. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Standard and his team for the positive impact they have had on our lives.
Mary Anne and Tayo (age 10)