Ninety-year-old Ed Tobachnik was not willing to give up those long walks with
his wife without a fight. But the severe arthritis in his hip was causing so
much pain that Ed’s active lifestyle was becoming almost impossible to maintain.
Ed saw multiple surgeons in Manhattan and was told he was too old for joint
replacement surgery. He was turned away. But Dr. Neil J. Cobelli of Montefiore’s
Adult Reconstructive/Joint Replacement Surgery department reviewed Ed’s case,
saw his special determination, and knew he was an excellent candidate for
successful hip replacement surgery. Dr. Cobelli performed Ed’s surgery, which
was followed up by a rigorous course of post-op physical therapy designed by the
orthopaedic experts at Montefiore.
Today Ed is thrilled with his new total hip replacement. He is back to his
normal active life – ncluding long walks with his wife of 65 years.
Ed is one more example of why The American College of Surgeons National Surgical
Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) recognizes Montefiore as achieving
exemplary surgical patient care and outcome.