Avram Cooperman, M.D.'s Patient Testimonials
I had been wrongly diagnosed by my family physician for diabetes for one year. I was slowly losing my eyesight and could not control my blood sugar. Feeling the need to take a more proactive approach, I went for a second opinion. I was referred to the doctors Dr. Avram Cooperman and Dr. Michael Wayne who immediately sent me for a CT scan. At that point it was brought to my attention that I had a tennis ball size tumor on the head and neck of my pancreas and it needed to be removed as soon as possible. This was October of 2009. It was the busiest time of the year for me at work and we just found out that my wife and I were expecting our first child. Being compassionate to my situation we were all in agreement that the first week of January they would perform a "Whipple" on me. Having gone 43 years with never having any hospital stays or surgeries I was a little apprehensive to say the least. Leading up to the procedure, Doctors Wayne and Cooperman both took a personal interest in making me feel comfortable and at ease by explaining exactly what was to be expected on day of surgery; what was being done to my body and how the healing would be afterward. Each case is different, and everyone recovers in their own way. They didn't just tell me things to appease me, but were honest and straight forward and explained that I will be uncomfortable for a little bit.
January 6, 2010 at 7am I went in for my Whipple. Three hours later I was in recovery. Two days after that I was in my room at the hospital getting well. I saw my doctors every day. They didn't just come in the morning while I was sleeping and ask the nurse how I was during the night. They spoke to me and my wife explaining in detail what was going on inside my body; how my organs were readjusting and why I felt the way I did. They took my vitals themselves and not just read a chart. I had their personal cell numbers if I had any questions or concerns. I was home by end of January, spent my 44th birthday on February 7th in my own home and had a visiting nurse come by every other day to change my dressings and drains. By February 28th I was back to work on the floor of the NYSE. I took my time, still not a 100% and my weight was down at least 60 pounds. The key was to get up and out and be as mobile as possible. You will be tired, and you won't be able to eat the way you were used to or be able to lift things that are slightly heavy and you will be sleeping on your back for a while. I knew this going in so I was prepared.
The lining of my abdomen was deteriorating and I developed a hernia; nothing painful or extremely pressing but none the less a matter that needed to be addressed. After the success my first surgery, I wouldn't consider having anyone else think of touching me. Dr. Wayne suggested that I speak to one of his other partners Dr. Justin Steele. This was his forte. Immediately I felt comfortable and relaxed and basically just said ' I trust you'.
That operation had taken a couple of hours and I was home in a week. He put in a mesh lining stitched me up beautiful and I have a scar the size of a width of a pencil. This was end of October 2010. I haven't had a concern since.
What I appreciate about this group is that they care. It's not a numbers game like it is at other hospitals. You have a fantastic circle of doctors that speak to one another that follow up on their patients and want to get you healthy. It's that simple.
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