Dr. Aruna Seneviratne, MD. Mount Sinai Orthopedic Faculty Practice

Dr. Aruna Seneviratne, MD.
Mount Sinai Orthopedic Faculty Practice

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Patients Stories

About a month ago, Dr. Seneviratne operated on my right shoulder, repairing a pretty significant tear in my labrum. The surgery was performed at his state of the art facility in NYC and went extremely well; so well that I barely had any pain post-op and was walking around that day. Currently, I am 2 weeks ahead of schedule for physical therapy and I’m sure that that is a testament to the job done by Dr. Seneviratne. Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you look at the circumstance), I have seen Dr. S more than this one instance and one of the many things that I’ve taken away from my visits with him is that not only is he incredible at what he does, but also that he cares deeply about his patients and always offers accurate/specific advice for them as well. As an athlete, hopefully I won’t have to call on him once again to “fix me up”, but if need be, I know I’ll be in good hands with Dr. Seneviratne.

Jack N
If I were one of those macho-posturing writers like Ernest Hemingway or Norman Mailer, fond of military metaphors, I might say that Dr. Aruna M. Seneviratne impressed me immediately as being like a general I would willingly follow into battle. But since I am not, I will simply say that the man radiated a kind of confidence, competence, and professionalism that gave me heart at one of the worst moments imaginable: It was Sunday morning, the hospital corridors almost eerily empty and quiet. My wife, Jeannie, the love of my life, was lying on a gurney, looking more frail and physically vulnerable than I have ever seen her in all our years together, as she waited to be rolled into the operating room for emergency surgery. “Don’t worry, I’ll take good care of her,” Dr. Seneviratne assured me, after showing me to the waiting room, and I believed him. By nature, I am a pessimist. My wife says I make even Woody Allen seem optimistic by comparison. And I was painfully aware that even the most minor surgeries (which a full hip replacement most certainly is not) can go terribly wrong. Yet although I had just met Dr. Seneviratne a few minutes earlier, all my best instincts told me that Jeannie was in the best of hands. Which is not to say that I did not pace the circumference of the waiting room until I was so dizzy that I could no longer stand. Nor that the ninety or so minutes that the operation took did not feel like an eternity. But I knew that my confidence in Dr. Seneviratne was justified the moment he walked through the door, beaming, and told me that when she came out of the anesthesia, my wife jokingly asked him, “What was all that hammering I heard? It sounded like I was a house that you were building!” That sounded like Jeannie all right; one of the many things I have always loved about her is her sense of humor. Still, this surgery is no laughing matter, and I credit Dr. Seneviratne for the fact that she came through it so marvelously well. Although I argued that we should skip an issue off the small art magazine that we publish, Jeannie insisted on coming directly home and meeting our obligations to our advertisers upon being released from the hospital, rather than going to the recommended rehab. And with the help of a visiting physical therapist, she made an amazing recovery, graduating from walker to crutches to cane in record time. Soon she dispensed with the cane as well and was matching my pace up and down the stairs of our fifth floor walkup, and had her outpatient follow-up terminated early when the therapist who had been working with her decided that he could no longer justifying prolonging her sessions to the insurance company. Now, four months after the surgery, I’m sure Dr. Seneviratne, who strikes me as remarkably modest for a miracle worker, must think I sound like a broken record every time I accompany her to the office for one of her checkups and boast to anyone who will listen about how accurate my instincts were from the very moment I met him. But I just can’t help myself, given how grateful I am to have my beautiful, vibrant better half back in such perfect working order.

Ed M
Managing Editor
Dr. Seneviratne is a very knowledgeable surgeon whose surgical skills are second to none. Once in his presence you immediately realize the depth of his knowledge, and how he’s able to correctly diagnose a situation. His staff was great to deal with. All of them were pleasant and were always looking to help you. While I had serious issues with my shoulder, and knee Dr.Seneviratne encouraged me to try physical therapy before choosing surgery. I eventually chose surgery, and due to his surgical skills my recovery was amazingly fast. Within one week of my meniscus knee surgery I was walking around Disney world with my family. My shoulder surgery took a little longer to recover from, because I needed to wear a sling for a few weeks after surgery. But soon after removing the sling I was in physical therapy and within a couple weeks I once again had use of my arm. The pre-surgery pain is now gone from my shoulder and I’m gaining my strength back to when before I had injured myself. Surgery is a big decision to make. And I truly believe that I made the right choice by choosing Dr. Seneviratne.

Roy I
Dr. Seneviratne understood where I needed to go with my athletics, I need to be the best I can, and I needed his help repairing the years of physical abuse to my body from personal training. He’s conducted two surgeries on me so far, and everything has gone smoothly. I will definitely go to Dr. Seneviratne for the two shoulder surgeries I need in the future. Highly recommend.

Jonas S
Founder Phyt Condition
I am a senior in high school and I just finished my football season. I injured my knee early in the year and Doc S got me back in time for playoffs and we won the state championship!! I owe it all to Dr. Seneviratne, he is a great doctor hands down.

Ryan G
Dr. Seneviratne is an exceptional doctor. I had a partial knee replacement on both knees. The second day after my surgery I was able to walk using a walker. This should speak for itself. Before my surgery he took his time explaining to me my diagnosis and made sure I knew what my options were. He was very attentive and paid close attention to details. After my surgery Dr. Seneviratne continued to work with me. During follow ups Dr. Seneviratne paid close attention to my recovery. It has now been 3 months since my surgery and my recovery has gone better then expected thanks to Dr. Seneviratne.

Zenebework T
One of the best surgeons I have ever had. Zero side effects; perfect treatment. Great person who really cares.

Craig P
As a physical education teacher, swimming coach, softball coach former college wrestling coach and college athlete, I have witnessed and sustained many injuries over the course of my career. In 1982, I received some devastating news after seeing an orthopedist for shoulder pain, who diagnosed my condition as a moderate arthritic right shoulder. At that time, I was told there was no recourse but to live and bear the pain. I was never given any guidance on how to continue my career as a physical education teacher and coach with a shoulder that had limited motion and presented me with severe pain after exercise, especially after swimming. In 1997 I had my first surgery to “clean-out” my shoulder joint, with two more surgeries to follow. Although each surgery did give me some relief, it was always short lived because of the severe arthritis limiting my movement. In 2003, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my left shoulder, which was progressing rapidly. I new my career as a physical education teacher, softball and wrestling coach and ocean lifeguard was in jeopardy. I felt hopeless at times but refused to give in and accept that there was nothing that I or anyone else could do. I met Dr. Steve Nicholas when he was a fellow at Lenox Hill Hospital. He was one of three “fellows” who treated our athletes while I was still the wrestling college at Hunter College. I always felt there was something special about Dr. Nicholas and how he treated and talked to his patients. So about five years ago, I decided to seek his help. Dr. Nicholas treated me for a period of two years, performing one more surgery on my shoulder to increase my mobility and reduce the pain from my arthritic right shoulder. When Dr. Nicholas could no longer accept my insurance he referred me to Dr. Seneviratne, his associate at New York Orthopedics. I felt as secure with Dr. Seneviratne as I did with Dr. Nicholas knowing they worked together and also knowing their reputations as expert surgeons. Like Dr. Nicholas, Dr. Seneviratne had a plan, conservative at first, to help me continue with my career as a teacher, coach and summer lifeguard. Like Dr. Nicholas, Dr. Seneviratne, explained the plan of action that would, in his opinion, eventually require both shoulders being replaced. Being told this would be the end result was somewhat intimidating and scary. However, I knew I was in good hands. Dr. Seneviratne explained the team approach they would use during the surgery and post-op. Both physician assistants, Daniel Acevedo and Rocco Racanelli were well trained and extremely competent and would be involved during the surgeries. Dr. Seneviratne also explained that both he and Dr. Nicholas always confer and sometimes operate together for these types of extremely invasive surgeries. In October of 2010, I finished a two-mile ocean swim at Manasquan Beach in New Jersey. As I exited the water, I could hardly lift either arm out to my side. I knew it was time to seek Dr. Seneviratne’s help. After an MRI on both shoulders revealed I was at an “end-point” with my arthritic shoulders, with Dr. Seneviratne’s advice, I elected to have the surgery on my left shoulder first. Dr. Seneviratne scheduled me for surgery on November 10, 2010. We thoroughly discussed the procedure and he informed me that he would probably elect to perform a hemi-arthroplasty instead of a complete shoulder replacement. He felt this was my best option to return to swimming and teaching with normal function of both of my shoulders. I never doubted his words. He was confident in his ability to perform these surgeries and my ability to fully recover as his patient. After several months of physical therapy and follow-up visits with Dr. Seneviratne, he felt I was ready for my next surgery. I had the same surgery to my right shoulder on March 10, 2011 and never looked back. Four months following my last surgery, I was given the green light to swim. I proceeded slowly and am now in early October, not only teaching and coaching swimming again, but also training for my ocean lifeguard exam for this summer. My whole quality and outlook on life has changed. Dr. Seneviratne and his team gave me back my life. I also must give special thanks to the therapist at NISMAT, especially Tak Funaga and a special thanks to Chris Johnson, a former NISMAT therapist and one of the top therapists in the field. When I encounter friends who seek my advice concerning athletic injuries, I always refer them to NY Orthopedics. Their team approach, patient care, and genuine concern for people are unmatched.

Robert G
“When I tore the meniscus in my right knee performing Romeo in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet I thought my time in New York would come to an end and I’d be on the first plane home back to England. Thanks to the dedication, skill and enthusiasm of Dr. Seneviratne and his team I was back on stage playing Brutus in Julius Caesar within two weeks and beginning a full recovery.” Here are a couple of reviews that mention the knee…. Sam Troughton, meanwhile, makes a brilliant Brutus, the noble Roman torn between love for Caesar and the freedom-loving republic. Injured while playing half of the star-crossed duo in “Romeo and Juliet,” the actor performs using a crutch. If he’s a more vulnerable Brutus, there’s nothing tentative in his work. He is magnetic and convincing. NY DAILY NEWS But the show’s dominant force is Troughton’s Brutus. The actor badly injured his knee in “Romeo and Juliet” a couple of weeks ago, so he now uses a cane. Instead of being distracting, this adds extra vulnerability to Brutus, a strong man tortured by ambivalence and the responsibility of a bad decision. NY POST

Sam T
Royal Shakespeare Company