Testimonials

The last week in August, 2018, I slipped and fell on my elbow while on safari outside Nairobi, Kenya. The following morning I flew to Nairobi and went to the hospital. My arm was put in a splint and I flew home. Since I would not make it back before the Labor Day Weekend, I was given an appointment first thing Tuesday morning. The x rays  confirmed that I fractured my elbow and needed immediate surgery.

 

I saw Dr. Moss and his assistant Lyndsie who took over my case. They were fabulous. I had a lot of pre op testing that had to be done that day in order to have the surgery on Wednesday. I have no idea how they did it but they scheduled all of my appointments in locations that were accessible to me and I was able to proceed with surgery.

 

The operation went well. Dr. Moss  put a titanium plate in my arm. Dr. Moss was confident that with time and the right Occupational Therapy I would be almost 100%. The only thing he said was that I may not be able to do pushups at the gym.

 

Throughout the following months, Lyndsie was gentle and caring in handling my arm and helping with my concerns .  Dr. Moss was understanding. supportive  and encouraging as my arm began to heal. I cannot say enough about Sarah Wilson, my occupational therapist, at WOSM. If it wasn’t for Sarah’s knowledge, skill, encouragement and positive attitude during my rehabilitation I would not have made such an amazing recovery. I followed her advice to the letter and it paid off. From not being able to hold a toothbrush , I can now do those pushups!! (see video below)

 

Thank you Washington Orthopedics. You are amazing.

Karen Goldstein Pushups

- Karen Goldstein

From pre-op to post-op, Dr. Magur was absolutely exemplary. I needed forefoot surgery in order to be able to walk around the block without pain, but my number one goal was to be able to keep running long distance — and Dr. Magur made it clear, with humor and clear language, that he understood my aim. Because I was wary of general anesthesia, he agreed to use a sedative and a nerve block during the procedure — and I was further grateful for his willingness to accommodate my needs. Dr. Magur had come recommended from a knowledgeable friend, and while I didn’t actually witness him perform surgery, I am sure, based on my post-op treatment, that this recommendation was warranted. To minimize the risk of infection, Dr. Magur insisted on two immediate follow-up visits in the first ten days; most other surgeons, I’ve heard, generally don’t schedule one visit until 14 days out (and therefor deal with a higher rate of infection.) Toward achieving a quick, full recovery, Dr. Magur also insisted that I not bear weight for four weeks; other surgeons, I’ve heard, settle for two weeks, which seems to me like a short-term gain for a long-term loss. That said, Dr. Magur and his incredible assistant Ele made those first four weeks manageable by patiently, politely, and quickly answering my many questions and concerns. I am still flabbergasted by the level of support — always welcoming — that Ele provided. Never before have I seen such remarkably attentive care or concern. Now, not even four months out, I’m walking six miles a day (and starting to run a couple miles), and I’m sure that Dr. Magur is a stellar surgeon.

 

- Laura Waldman

I’ve been going to Washington Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Chevy Chase for my medical needs since 2013.  For me this is the best office in the area, which is extremely well managed and has friendly environment, with professionally behaved, pleasant and welcoming staffs.

My favorite physician is Dr. Barth!  Although he is often busy caring for his patients, I always get the feeling that he is truly involved with my medical needs, wellbeing and progress.  The very best thing any person needs to receive in order to trust, respect, love and stay loyal to his/her physician.  

Furthermore, Alex is the jewel.  She is the best assistance Dr. Barth has ever had.  She is caring, attentive, and extremely pleasant.  She never fails to respond to your messages and emails!

Kevin McGinness has been my therapist since 2013 at SMARTherapy.  He is friendly, extremely pleasant, caring, attentive, effective, and accommodating.  I recently had an shoulder injury and he was booked for almost a month, he however find a way to get me in and start the therapy.  I am grateful for his healing therapy.

- Mimi Diba

I’m writing to thank Dr. Barth and the staff of WOSM for the high quality care I received recently for Dupuytren’s Contracture.  My entire experience was extraordinary!  I had a a very successful treatment with Xiaflex, the enzyme treatment in lieu of surgery.  Dr. Barth advised me that the treatment would be successful in spite of my fairly advanced contracture and the effect was immediate.  I did have a relatively minor skin tear, which he also predicted, and within 7-8 days it was completely resolved.  It was so much better than having to treat open surgical wounds and a face a 3-4 month recovery.  I was always warmly greeted by the receptionists and medical staff and seen within minutes of arriving in the office.  The SmartTherapy staff who I saw twice, once in the Barlow Bldg. and once at Sibley, was also very professional. The whole experience was very positive.  God willing, sports injuries and winter weather don’t bring me back in the near future, but I will highly recommend Dr. Barth and the staff of WOSM to any of my friends who require extraordinary quality care.

Thank you all for all you do.

 

- Geoff Grant

In December 2012, while playing ice hockey for the University of Maryland, I suffered a hip check to my left hip. I immediately went down to the ice in serious pain and was unable to put any weight on my leg. Over the next 10 months I saw multiple doctors who mis-diagnosed my injury 3 times. I was initially told that I had a bone contusion, then a fracture of my tailbone, and then a partial labral sprain. Finally, I was referred to Dr.Andrew Wolff. Dr. Wolff reviewed my imaging (I had multiple MRIs and X-Rays done on the hip) and was able to immediately tell me that I torn at least 3 cm of the labrum in my left hip joint and that I suffered from Femoracetabular CAM Impingement. I was very impressed at Dr. Wolff’s ability to immediately recognize the source of my pain and discomfort. He clearly explained that the pain I was feeling in my groin manifested from the injury in my hip joint and that the best solution at this point was to have surgery for the injury. Dr. Wolff conducted the surgery himself and oversaw my rehabilitation process. Although I missed the entire 2013-2014 hockey season, I have started every game in 2014-2015 and have no pain whatsoever. The procedure to correct my CAM impingement and labral tear was a complete success and I owe that completely to Dr.Wolff.

Dr. Wolff consistently impressed me in two different ways: his medical knowledge and his bedside manner. Dr. Wolff is easily the most knowledgeable doctor that I spoke to from the time of my injury to my recovery. He fully understood the injury, its causes, the healing process, and was able to answer any questions that I had. He was able to anticipate my progress and clearly articulate the nuances of my injury without being too technical. Dr. Wolff’s bedside manner is exceptional. He is very patient, kind, and easygoing. I have had many doctors for various illnesses and injuries, but have felt they were impatient or couldn’t relate to my activities. Dr. Wolff was always very welcoming and took a genuine interest in my overall health and recovery process. I felt that I could ask him any question and trust him to provide an honest answer.

I highly recommend that if you have an injury involving the hip, that you take the time to meet with Dr. Wolff.

- Michael McGovern

I met Dr. Wolff in December 2013 and was quickly diagnosed a hip labral tear with cam impingement. I decided to go ahead with the surgery which he performed in April 2014. After 4 weeks on crutches and small steps forward, I started an intense 6-month period of rehabilitation and physiotherapy. In August 2014, I walked the John Muir trail and in December 2014, I climbed Mt. Aconcagua 23000ft. I am ready now to start training for a marathon. Dr. Wolff has been superb. He has great attention to detail, he listened to my every need and answered every question during our visits. He is extremely personable and proved to be available at any time during my pre and post-surgery period. His staff has been outstanding. I would highly recommend him. Running is my big passion and after years of hip pain, thanks to Dr. Wolff, I can finally run pain-free!

Wolff Testimonial

- Luigi Laraia

Dr. David Moss is a wonderfully compassionate and extremely competent orthopedic surgeon.  My wife and I came to him after suffering negligence from another surgeon who was not monitoring how my wife’s broken wrist was healing at a bad angle that would badly compromise the wrist’s mobility.  Dr. Moss explained the situation and we agreed to emergency surgery the next day, which included attaching a titanium plate to ensure the wrist would heal in the correct position.  Two months later my wife’s wrist is fully healed and complete mobility is restored.  Dr. Moss turned a very bad situation into an outstanding outcome.  In addition his staff and those at the Bethesda Surgery Center were all efficient while also sensitive to our needs.  Washington D.C. is fortunate to have such a gifted medical practitioner in our area!

- Nigel Ogilvie and Louisa Woodville

Tony: (Dr. Unger)

I’ve wanted to tell you something for a few weeks but I’m hard wired that all good things end shortly after I discover them so I’ve waited a bit.  The news is quite astounding….for the first time in my life….I can walk. Not sorta walk. Not limp. Not up and down stairs one at a time.  I can simply walk.  To me it almost feels like flying.  Both legs work.  I can launch off both and land on both.  The pain in my legs is the least it has EVER been.  All the issues with my left ankle (no i didn’t really tell you how much it hurt) have largely melted away.  The pain in my femur is gone.  The swelling that was routine and common seems to be nonexistent. My stride gets longer by the day. I run all over NYC like I have not a care in the world. Its beyond words. And…
I owe it all to you my friend. 51 years old and I can finally understand how it feels to walk. I think I walk around with a smile on my face about half the time. I no longer stop and then step on or off a curb.  I can just navigate it. In and out of subway stations used to cause me stress every time.  I feared that my legs would fail me. I can stop and turn without fear that just that simple rotation will cause my legs to give way. You get the point. It’s just mind blowing.
I will tread carefully with my newfound gift.  I’ve been enormously patient with letting my leg recover. And I’m sure my normal state of discomfort for most would be limiting but for me its manageable. I’m still figuring out my limits and have yet to really work out my legs much beyond walking but nonetheless it is something I wanted to share you you.  Its all because of you Doc.  Nothing I could ever say or do will adequately express my deepest sense of appreciation for all you have done for me. Whatever life I have had has been given to me by you. You are a hero in my eyes. And I thought I should tell you.
You are the best.
Greg
PS:  Catherine is pretty awesome too 🙂
- Gregory Burnell

Dave, (Dr.Moss)

If you ever tire of surgery you can become a custom tailor (great stitches). I appreciate your kindness and care. You are the best! Warmest wishes for a new year filled with abundant health and happiness!

 

- Epatia Peters
Four years ago, I was injured from a traffic accident and had developed traumatic hip arthritis which had caused me no longer able to walk without aids. My rheumatologist had recommended hip replacement surgery. Dr. Anthony Unger from Sibley Memorial Hospital was selected to be my surgeon. Dr. Unger is an internationally recognized expert in total joint replacement and minimally invasive surgery. He has developed a technique with an anterior approach, which is a true “muscle sparing operation”; This has several advantages; patients recovered faster and had fewer complications than the standard posterior approach.  My operation conducted by Dr. Unger and his team went so well that after the surgery, I had suffered no pain and with minimum discomfort. This was due to the fact that Dr. Unger has an in-depth knowledge on the medical aspects of the bone disease and he also has superior and skillful techniques in conducting this type of surgery- that’s why I had a seamless and successful operation.Thank you Dr. Unger! The staff was friendly and helpful during my time of need, I would also like to thank them to deliver such positive care to me!  If you need hip replacement surgery, go to Dr. Unger!!
by Dr. Marlee M. Tai, Professor, Nutritional Biochemistry on Jan 7th, 2014 (as written on vitals.com)
- Dr. Marlee M. Tai