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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.

8 comments on “Planning A Social Media Presence in Healthcare: A Sociological Perspective

  • Thank you, Meredith and Howard for articulating an important aspect of social media — the social context and relationship in health care. This is an area that I am deeply engaged in by studying how and why patients communicate the experience of chronic pain and illness through blogs. Hopefully more qualitative research will emerge on the sociological aspects of creating and maintaining community through tools of social media.

  • HI, IJUST HAVEA 4TH ROTATORCUFF REPAIR . 2 0N RT.AND 4TH,ON LT. THEY HAVE ONLY LASTED ABOUT 2YRS. EACH. I AM SO DISCOURAGED THIS TIME THE DR. WOULD DID NOT THINK IT WOULD DO A OPEN CUT. ACCORDING TO THE MRI,THE ROTATOR CUFF HAD SEVERAL THICK TEARS,OTHER PROBLEMS,AND THE THE ROTAOR CUFF WAS BARELY ATTACHED.. HE SAID HE WOULD TRY TO DO ARTHROSCOPY,TO CLEAN IT UP.AND TRY TO ELEMINATE MOST OF THE PAIN. WHEN HE WENT IN HE SAID IT WAS WORSE THAN EXPECTED..THE ENTIRE ROTATOR WAS ONLY BARELY ATTACHED. HE SAID THE ROTATOR CUFF,WOULD HAVE TO BE ATTACHED,AND IF HE COULD DO THAT,IT WOULD PROBABLY SNAP LIKE A RUBBER BAND. THE MAJOR REASON FOR THIS PROBLEM WAS DUE TO ATROPHY OF THE ENTIRE MUSCLE. CIULD NOT BE REPAIRED. I AM SO SICK OF THESE OP. I’VE NOW READY TO GET MY 5TH. REVISION ON MY RT KNEE,AGAIN. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS, I THOUGHT OF PAGEN’TS DIDEASE OR AV NECROSIS TO THE TIBIAL PORTION OF MY RT. KNEE.WHAT DO YOU THINK? AND WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER ME? 4 th. RT. KNEE , thanksI EVA

    • I wish I could offer you some meaningful clinical advice… but the laws prohibit us from doing that at this point and my disclaimer must apply.
      Before entertaining any other procedures seek a second or even a third opion. Hopefully by a shoulder and or knee specialty trained physician. They can offer you further insight into the possibilities for treatment… and offer your realistic goals about what you might look forward to and whether or not your issues are amenable to surgery, rehab, etc.

      Good luck!
      Howard Luks
      Westchester County, NY

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