The case of a total joint patient with a metal allergy

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, December 19th, 2014

After nine months of aching knees, shoulders, arms and legs, Diane Velluci was at her wit’s end. Then she went to Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).

What began as a double knee replacement at a Philadelphia hospital ended in extreme pain and weakness. Velluci says that her original orthopedic surgeon refused to take her complaints seriously, and that she attempted to see other orthopedic surgeons, but none would see her prior to a year in the future.

“I thought, ‘why is this happening to me?’ I’m not a bad person,” she said in the December 15, 2014 news release. “I was always respectful; I was never rude. I thought, ‘Why won’t they help me?’ I was being turned away by almost everyone; it was so hurtful.”

At last she was referred to Geoffrey Westrich, M.D. at HSS.

“He gave me my life back,” Velluci said.


Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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