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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

2 comments on “How Important is The Meniscus ?

  • Hello Dr. Luks,
    I slipped on ice and my knee hyperextended sideways. I first saw the PA of an orthopedic surgeon who manipulated it and decided I had no damage and see them back in a month. I was in severe pain and asked for an MRI , he said no , I insisted just in case there was worse damage. After my 3rd request he relented. I got the MRI and , it’s my right knee, I have a right meniscus tear and a right ACL tear. My leg has collapsed four times with great pain. I now have a hinged support. I also have a previous Achilles tendinitis on the same leg and plantar faciitis. I finally saw the Dr today and he won’t do surgery, ” as I am too heavy, 5’5″ 241lbs, ” and don’t look like I do activity anyway so waiting it might heal on its own! I am in pain , he said no your not you aren’t in pain, I have a bruise internally in my joint he said., I’m sorry this is so long I do have a question.. I have been a flight attendant for 31 years, am disabled due to another illness. He was hurried and I asked is it a complete tear ? He ignored my question took about 2 minutes to point out my MRI explanation. I also told him I was diagnosed with spondylitis,also no comment. He said my leg should not collapse by just walking, but it did, excruciating pain. He then said it may heal on its own in six months and again commented I don’t look like an active person. 2 years ago I was jogging 3 miles a day and would like to get back to normal activity. Should I change Drs or is this true what he says. I’m worried without surgery at 51 I will have future problems. I realize I have to lose weight I am doing my best. But wait and see? My pain is bad and I want to be able to be active again. I wasn’t able to ask questions, just hurried out. I’m baffled?

    • second opinions almost always help for clarification after you have had time to process the information. I do not know if you need surgery or not and without examining you I can not comment further on that.

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