Thomas Youm, MD - Testimonials
Dear Dr. Youm,
I am writing to thank you for repairing a torn labrum on my right hip 8 weeks ago. I am having a good recovery from the surgery and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the fact that I had this procedure done.
Faced with the fact that I was 60 years of age, I had several doubts, one of them being whether or not to have this surgery done. After my initial consultation with you, I left your office feeling reassured that I had a good chance for a good outcome. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me when I expressed a few more concerns to you via email and you took the time out of your busy schedule to call me up and address them. Besides your excellent credentials, you are a wonderful person, as well as doctor.
Your office staff is professional and a pleasure to deal with. When I mentioned the fact that I live on Long Island, they assisted in making things easy in the way of correspondence (Crystal)…Jake delivered my hip brace and ice machine to the Langone Center since it wasn’t easy for me to pick them up prior to the surgery.
I was treated with the best of care at the Langone Outpatient Center. Everyone was very attentive and courteous and made things very comfortable for me. When I walked into the OR and mentioned to Dr. Popovic that I was feeling a little overwhelmed, he took action to get me under quickly. He was right when he told me I was in “good hands”.
I just want to add that I have not had any pain, only soreness which continues to improve each day. I am grateful to you for this. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to continue doing what I love to do, which is walking and hiking. It is so nice to know that I won’t have to settle for a sedentary lifestyle yet.
After years of issues with my hip and multiple visits to other doctors, Dr. Youm finally had an answer. The surgery he performed has helped me get back into running which I am incredibly grateful for. What stands out about Dr. Youm is the quality of care and professionalism I received from him. I have already referred multiple people to Dr. Youm for sports-related injuries and will continue to do so.
I saw Dr. Youm for a complicated labrum repair in September 2013. I had been increasingly in pain for the several years leading up to the surgery and was suspicious of the idea that the surgery would really address the problem. It did. Recovery from any surgery is necessarily incremental and slow, but within a year I was not only fully functional again, I am completely pain-free. Before the surgery I couldn’t sit still through a meal, much less a movie, because the pain was searing. I would shift around in my seat and eventually just have to get up and walk around until the pain eased. The real test came this Thanksgiving when I drove my standard transmission through three hours of rain and sleet, clutching and maneuvering through complicated traffic…with no pain! I’m very excited to be able to tout Dr. Youm’s remarkable skill and care throughout the process, from pre-operative to post-operative care. I’d whole-heartedly recommend him to anyone who asks.
Dr. Youm is a kind, compassionate doctor who has given me many helpful options for my arthritic knees. He does not rush me into surgery! I’ve recommended Dr. Youm to several friends and they’ve been very pleased. We need more doctors like Dr. Youm (I’m glad to know he is training medical students).
P.S. He’s helped my husband too! (with shoulder and back pain).
I had hip arthroscopy surgery by Dr. Youm to fix a torn labrum, on both the right and left hip. Having the surgeries helped improve my physical performance when working out and playing sports and drastically reduced the amount of pain I was experiencing. Prior to the surgery, I was very cautious and wasn’t able to work out to my maximum potential because of the pain. The surgeries helped my hip areas feel much tighter and secure and gave me the confidence to know it was safe to build back up my strength. Prio to the surgery, I could only walk a couple of blocks before I would experience extreme pain and living in NYC that’s quite disabling! After having the surgery, I’m able to walk endlessly without having pain and keep up with the hustle and bustle of the city. Furthermore, I’m an athlete and always have been. At 26, being told you need hip surgery is life changing. Going into surgery I was worried that my active lifestyle would have to change forever. Even though it took time to work through physical therapy, I can say that I feel as if I haven’t skipped a beat and have already built back up to the same performance level, if not better!
Everything about both Dr. Youm and his staff stands out. From my initial meetings to my follow up appointments, they were very thorough and conscious of my needs and keeping me informed. On the day of surgery, it meant a lot to me that Dr. Youm took the time to visit me both before and after going into the surgery to make sure I was comfortable and understood the process. I had no questions left unanswered at any point during the process, which I found very comforting. On top of that, Dr. Youm never seemed rushed during my visits and made sure that he explained everything to my understanding (and I would bring lists of questions!). This was refreshing in a world where I find most physicians are running a stop watch during your appointment.
I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Youm. I have several friends who have had labrum repair surgeries from other surgeons and have had poor results. I had absolutely no issues during or after my surgeries and would recommend him to my closest friends and family. He is absolutely amazing!