Patient Testimonials

Hand Surgeon Dr. Mark E. Pruzansky MD has successfully treated numerous patients over the years. Below are just a few examples of what they have to say.

Hand Surgery

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As a scenic artist working on commissioned projects for television, theaters, museums, galleries and private homes, Louise Hunnicutt is especially reliant on optimal hand health for her profession. When the base of her right thumb started hurting, the painter’s first thought was that she had somehow injured it, although she couldn’t remember any specific incident that would cause such pain. “Over a period of six months I went to eight doctors,” she remembers. Finally diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Hunnicutt received surgery that helped alleviate the pain. Despite the procedure, however, the muscle at the base of her thumb remained more »

—Restoring power to a partially paralyzed hand: Louise Hunnicutt’s Story

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I recommend Dr Mark Pruzansky as the premier hand specialist for musicians. He is the person I trust and consult regarding any matters concerning my hands. Margaret Leng Tan, pianist and toy piano virtuoso

—Musician’s hand surgery: Margaret Leng Tan’s Story

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Hand surgery is arguably the most intricate and complex of procedures in the general field of orthopedics, involving bone, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, skin, blood vessels and the relationship between them. Any patient can speak to the extraordinary sensitivity of the hand. I was referred to Jason Pruzansky by my rheumatologist after it became clear that had the large basal joint and ligaments at the base of my thumb required reconstruction as a result of rheumatoid arthritis. I am a nervous patient of a certain age and Dr. Pruzansky not only addressed my surgical and post-surgical requirements but was more »

—Rheumatoid arthritis patient needs joint and ligament reconstruction: Phyllis Wheelan’s Story

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Doctor Pruzansky is for sure one of the best doctors I ever met in my life. I broke my right hand, and a metal plate had to be put into the right wrist. The surgery was on 18 April 2014, Good Friday. Today my right hand (which is my primary hand) is like before, I don’t feel any pain at all and I can use the hand like before. I can play the piano like before. Another amazing thing are the scars, actually they are nearly invisible. He did a modern artwork, that’s what I tell my friends… What impressed more »

—Hand surgery with patient education: Herta Engelhart’s Story

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Dr. Pruzansky operated on my right hand after I was told by another doctor that there was nothing to be done to gain the use of my right hand. It’s been a couple of years now & beginning to get Rheumatoid Arthritis on my left hand, knees & shoulder due to exposure to Asbestos during 9/11 (I recently discovered) & will visit him again. He is not only the best doctor in his profession, he is a compassionate kind human being. Highly recommend his service.

—Gaining reuse of right hand: Encou Ephrem’s Story

toni

I highly recommend Dr. Pruzansky if you are experiencing hand pain and think you may need surgery or physical therapy. When I first met Dr. Pruzansky, I wasn’t sure what was wrong with my hand. He was able to quickly diagnose my issue, stemming from repetitive workplace activities, and recommend a course of action. I am happy to say that both the hand surgery and the recovery afterwards was much quicker and easier than I expected. Thanks Dr. Pruzansky!

—Repetitive use hand pain: Tony DiLoreto’s Story

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Dr. Pruzansky is a wonderful hand surgeon who did a great job with my hand surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Pruzansky! Thanks again! Nancy

—Wonderful hand surgeon: Nancy Smith’s Story

Wrist Surgery

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It’s often said that doctors make the worst patients—or at least the most skeptical ones. Pediatric oncologist Joel Brochstein became an exception to the rule after visiting Dr. Pruzansky with a wintertime injury that gave him severe pain in his left wrist. “I took a tumble on the ski slopes and kept on skiing for a week afterwards,” admits Brochstein, who upon returning to his practice in New Jersey sought consultation with a local doctor, who recommended four weeks of immobilization in a cast—with no substantial alleviation of discomfort. As a result, Brochstein—an avid tennis player—was forced to give up more »

—Rebuilding wrist ligaments to restore mobility and athleticism: Joel Brochstein’s Story

Nerve Surgery

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“I’m the poster child for Dr. Pruzansky,” says legal journalist Monica Bay with a laugh. As a professional whose business is words, Bay does not speak idly: over the past 10 years, she has had seven procedures with Dr. Pruzansky that have included her shoulder, wrists and elbow. While this may sound like a trial to most, Bay has a distinctly philosophical—and uniquely New York—take on things. “When I lived in California I hated sports,” she says, “but after moving to the East Coast I have become a die-hard Yankees fan. One thing I’ve learned from baseball is not to more »

—Endoscopic carpal tunnel release to restore hand sensation and strength: Monica Bay’s Story

Elbow Surgery

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New York–based actor and playwright Sean Grennan’s joint problems began 30 years ago when he dislocated his elbow during wrestling practice at Northwestern University. “I was so tough back then that a few weeks later I wrestled in the league championships,” he recalls with a laugh. Thirty years later, however, things were a bit different when he launched on a fitness regime that entailed lifting weights. The familiar but unwelcome pain at his elbow joint that resulted soon had Grennan seeking medical help. Frustrated after hearing from one doctor that nothing could be done, he set about to find a more »

—Arthroscopically assisted elbow ligament reconstruction: Sean Grennan’s Story

Other Patient Testimonials

Rosemarie’s thoughts on being a patient of Dr. Pruzansky were flattering, “I don’t think you could find a doctor who is more qualified than Dr. Pruzansky.  If you research him, you will be in awe of his accomplishments.  When he treats you, you will be grateful for his gentle approach and profound kindness, which escapes most surgeons. There isn’t a high enough rating for this doctor.  Actually, rating him is an insult as he is too elite in his field for such an evaluation.  I suggest that if you are lucky enough to have Dr. Mark Pruzansky as your doctor, more »

—Rosemarie Amster

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I am an avid winter mountaineer, and a few months prior to an expedition in the Northeast US, I suffered an injury to my shoulder. I booked an appointment with Dr. Pruzansky, who I had previously seen before, and very quickly he diagnosed my injury (rotator cuff) and created a treatment and recovery plan in order to get me in shape in time for my climb. True to his word, by the time I was scheduled to scale the mountain, my shoulder was in tip top shape and I summited without issue. Even though Dr. Pruzansky wasn’t with me on more »

—Avid winter mountaineer heals rotator cuff before climb: Stuart Schultz’s Story

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I highly recommend Dr. Pruzansky to anyone looking for a hand surgeon in New York City. He has always been prompt with times, attentive, willing to explain things and overall a pleasure. If you need to have hand surgery, give Dr. Pruzansky a call!

—Prompt, attentive, willing to explain: Garrett Smith’s Story

It was a pleasure to be treated by Dr. Pruzansky and his team! Always punctual with impeccable bedside manner, Dr. Pruzansky answered every question I had about my condition, surgery and post-op care. He and his team followed up with me even after treatment was over, to make sure all of my concerns were addressed.

—Punctual, Impeccable Bedside Manner, Lana Sahay’s Story

Arthroscopic Surgery

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Two years ago, University of Arizona economics student Jonathan Messing was on a summer canoe trip when a mishap occurred. “I was showing off,” he admits, “and didn’t see that there was a big rock right next to the boat.” As a result, Messing slammed into it shoulder-first and absorbed the entire shock with his left side. An avid swimmer and basketball player, he quickly sought physical therapy to recover from the physical trauma but with no lasting results. After being referred to Dr. Pruzansky, Messing underwent a battery of range-of-motion tests and scans. He was advised that the best more »

—Arthroscopic surgery to help restore an athlete’s range of motion: Jonathan Messing’s Story