Our Patient Stories

Patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Och Spine Hospital experience an unparalleled level of care. Our team provides personalized attention, compassion, and support, as well as connections to resources to get better. We attend to family and caregiver needs, too, so patients can focus on taking care of themselves.

Charles Bieler

Charles Bieler

Treated for Back Pain

“The procedure put me in an amazing place to enjoy some hard-core athletic endeavors that I would not have been able to do otherwise. The trip was a world-class helicopter skiing operation with huge terrain and 30,000 feet of vertical a day.”

Solomiya Dezhnyuk

Solomiya Dezhnyuk

Treated for Scoliosis

“I was walking on my own with no walker after six months. I grew a few inches, and I feel so much better, this was an awesome experience,” Solomiya says. “I'm thankful to everyone at NewYork-Presbyterian for their love and support.”

Susan Kingsolver

Susan Kingsolver

Treated for Scoliosis

“This surgery was a life-changer. When I talked to Dr. Lenke about having the surgery, he told me this was about improving my quality of life, and he was absolutely right.”

Gary Layton

Gary Layton

Treated for Spinal Stenosis and Scoliosis

“When the first neurosurgeon referred me to Dr. Angevine, he said specifically that Dr. Angevine handled the age group from 64 to 84, which a lot of doctors were not willing to touch.”

Gary Leff

Gary Leff

Treated for Back Pain

“I feel secure when I'm with [Dr. Smith] and I've never had to wait long," noted Gary. "He even calls to see how I'm feeling, despite his busy patient load.”

Alicia Ortega

Alicia Ortega

Treated for Herniated Disc

As Alicia awaited surgery in excruciating pain, she was afraid she would never feel better. When she met Dr. Härtl, however, she was comforted and reassured by his calm confidence. Today, she is grateful for each pain-free day.

Bridget Pasapane

Bridget Pasapane

Treated for Degenerative Discs

“My other doctor told me if I went to [NewYork-Presbyterian], I’d just be a number. I wouldn’t get any personal attention. But I didn’t feel like I was a number. I feel like the team is family.”

John Sarcona

John Sarcona

Treated for Scoliosis and Kyphosis

“Dr. Lenke saved my son’s life,” says John’s mother, Joanne. There are not enough words to describe how blessed I feel that we found him. We found the miracle that John and I were looking for.”

Dale Winell

Dale Winell

Treated for Spinal Stenosis, Scoliosis, and Spondylolisthesis of the Lumbosacral Spine

“I feel I have made the best decision to enable me to enjoy my senior years. What a great outcome!”

Nicole Zinerco

Nicole Zinerco

Treated for Extradural Arachnoid Cyst

“From the moment I woke up after surgery and wiggled my toes, I felt so relieved and so happy. I can’t believe I’m feeling so good already.”

Matilde Anacoreta

Matilde Anacoreta

Treated for aneurysmal bone cyst

“It started when I was 13 years old, when I felt an extremely painful and sharp back pain,” remembers Matilde. “It would hurt when I would stand up and walk.”

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