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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.

4 comments on “You MUST have surgery

  • As a NICU nurse, over the years I have worked with hundreds of physicians from just as many disciplines.

    Rarely, however, have I encountered such a thoughtful, self-aware doc. Your nursing team, as well as your
    patients are very fortunate.

    Thank you.


  • I agree with you Dawn, his patients are very fortunate. I had to make a decision re knee surgery and after reading Dr Luks honest clinical point of view about surgery, I weighed up the options, and decided against the surgery. Should my condition deteriorate….I may think about the surgery then. I thank you Howard, for helping me to make an informed decision. Wish all surgeons were as people focussed as you.

  • I had shoulder pain and my PCP’s physical exam immediately showed a problem. He had x-rays and MRI’s taken.

    Went to a ortho and he never even looked at my shoulder, just the x-ray & MRI. Told him that my activities included water skiing. His comment was “why would you want to do that”.

    Then he said I could not have surgery or have surgery and be as good as new after 3 weeks.

    I got out of there FAST!

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