Dr. Lyall A. Gorenstein

Dr. Lyall A. Gorenstein
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City
New York
Phone
212-305-3408

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5 reviews
Overall rating
 
8.5
Ease of Correspondence with Doctor
 
9.0(5)
Doctor's Friendliness and Courtesy
 
8.9(5)
Clarity of Doctor's Explanations
 
7.9(5)
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions
 
7.8(5)
Doctor's Apparent Knowledge of Procedure
 
8.8(5)
Doctor's Availability During Recovery
 
8.9(5)
Rate Your Cosmetic Outcome
 
8.2(5)
Would Recommend to Others
 
8.1(5)
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Life Changing Surgery - Thank you Dr. Gorenstein
Overall rating
 
9.9
Ease of Correspondence with Doctor
 
10.0
Doctor's Friendliness and Courtesy
 
10.0
Clarity of Doctor's Explanations
 
9.5
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions
 
10.0
Doctor's Apparent Knowledge of Procedure
 
10.0
Doctor's Availability During Recovery
 
9.5
Rate Your Cosmetic Outcome
 
10.0
Would Recommend to Others
 
10.0
At age 17, I sought out the best surgeon for my situation with my pectus excavatum. For as long as I can remember, I had embarrassment whenever I took off my shirt. I have always played sports for my whole life, and throughout my whole experience, I was always too shy to ever take off my shirt. Changing in the locker room was bad, but going to public places like the pool and beaches was the worst. I did everything in my ability to ensure no one would ever see me without a shirt. When I hit 15/16 I convinced my parents to let me join a gym in hopes of improving my condition. Despite 2 years of consistently working hard in the gym, everything about me grew minus my chest imprint.

When I turned 17, I was so fed up with living the kind of life I had with this condition, I had convinced my parents to take me to a specialist to see what can be done. I had originally gone to a doctor near my house in Long Island and after an initial consultation, I was told my surgery would likely be covered by insurance due to the severity. I then proceeded to go through all the preliminary testing required for the surgery. This was spread out over 3 months, and during the middle of the testing, my mother found out from a friend who works in the hospital, that my surgeon at the time had an ongoing malpractice suit. My parents quickly after finding this out, shut down this idea of me getting the surgery. I, for some time, assumed I wasn't going to get the surgery, however, within a couple of weeks, another one of mom's friends recommended Dr. Gorenstein and I was able to follow up with him.

From the beginning, Dr. Gorenstein was both very kind and supportive. Despite being a teenager soon facing major chest surgery, I felt pretty safe/confident by the time of the operation due to my interactions beforehand. For my surgery, I had two titanium bars placed inside my sternum. I spent about 1-2 weeks in the hospital before I was discharged. Post-op required a lot of pain medication, and follow-up appointments, however after about a month I was back to full activities. I did deal with some issues of infection during recovery, however, that was a situation I inflicted upon myself.

Five Years later (I was supposed to get them out the year prior, but with COVID I didn't want to be in a hospital), I finally get the bars removed. I could not be happier with the results, and how it looks. This surgery was truly life-changing and has granted me many moments in life that I would've passed on without it. I often think about how my life would be completely different if I had not gotten this surgery, and beyond grateful I did. I cannot emphasize how great Dr. Gorenstein's work is, and highly recommend seeking him out if you're looking for this surgery/close by. My review of giving Dr. Gorenstein a near-perfect score might seem too good to be true, however, that is really how my experience went with him and his team. He was super knowledgeable and kind and was transparent throughout my whole process. He gave me his email to contact him whenever I needed him, and I never spent too long waiting to hear back from him. My surgery could not have been in better hands, and I wish for anyone getting this procedure to receive the same positive experience I did.

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
Unknown - very severe
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Overall rating
 
3.4
Ease of Correspondence with Doctor
 
5.0
Doctor's Friendliness and Courtesy
 
5.0
Clarity of Doctor's Explanations
 
2.0
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions
 
2.0
Doctor's Apparent Knowledge of Procedure
 
5.0
Doctor's Availability During Recovery
 
5.0
Rate Your Cosmetic Outcome
 
2.0
Would Recommend to Others
 
1.0
Although I did not have a nightmarish experience with Dr. Gorenstein, I did not have a good one either. I regret choosing him as a surgeon.

I have two major complaints about my experience.

First, the procedure only partially improved my pectus excavatum. My pre-operative Haller index was approximately 4.5. I had one bar implanted. Immediately after waking up from the anesthesia, it was obvious that he did not fully correct the depression in my chest. My current Haller index is 3.9, which meets the criteria for "severe" pectus excavatum.

Second, I find it significantly harder to breathe since having the procedure with him. It's made exercise harder than it was before. I didn't know this was a potential outcome of the procedure.

To try to give Dr. Gorenstein some credit, I had no complications and my recovery was relatively easy. His bedside manner was also relatively pleasant. However when I voiced my two complaints, he didn't make an effort to assuage my concerns or offer a solution.

Based on my experience, I would not recommend him to other patients. Almost ten years later, I'm currently considering a revision with another surgeon.

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
4.5
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Thank you, Dr. Gorenstein!
Overall rating
 
9.8
Ease of Correspondence with Doctor
 
10.0
Doctor's Friendliness and Courtesy
 
10.0
Clarity of Doctor's Explanations
 
10.0
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions
 
9.5
Doctor's Apparent Knowledge of Procedure
 
10.0
Doctor's Availability During Recovery
 
10.0
Rate Your Cosmetic Outcome
 
9.0
Would Recommend to Others
 
10.0
Dr. Gorenstein is a fantastic pectus surgeon. I developed pectus excavatum during adolescence, and as a result, I suffered from restricted lung capacity and reduced self-confidence in the appearance of my chest. At age 23, I decided to address the issue, and after a few tests and a comprehensive pre-op consultation, Dr. Gorenstein performed the Nuss Procedure on me in December 2015. He inserted two bars across my chest, and we left them in for 4.5 years. Both the initial Nuss Procedure and the bar removal surgery were very successful, and Dr. Gorenstein was always kind and comforting throughout the five-year correction process. He is a very knowledgeable surgeon, and he demonstrates strong skill and bedside manner. My parents and I always trusted him, and we enjoyed the experience of working with him. I am incredibly grateful for my improved lung capacity (as is evident in my cardiovascular activities) and my improved confidence with my chest. I would highly recommend Dr. Gorenstein to others suffering from pectus issues.

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
3.4
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Changed my life!!!
Overall rating
 
9.6
Ease of Correspondence with Doctor
 
10.0
Doctor's Friendliness and Courtesy
 
10.0
Clarity of Doctor's Explanations
 
9.0
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions
 
8.0
Doctor's Apparent Knowledge of Procedure
 
10.0
Doctor's Availability During Recovery
 
10.0
Rate Your Cosmetic Outcome
 
10.0
Would Recommend to Others
 
10.0
Dr. Gorenstein didn't give up when the ravitch procedure failed to work for me, he then helped me get the Nuss procedure completely covered by my insurance, the results ARE AMAZING. He changed my life, THANK YOU!!!!

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
Don't recall
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Nuss-repair procedure
Overall rating
 
9.6
Ease of Correspondence with Doctor
 
10.0
Doctor's Friendliness and Courtesy
 
9.5
Clarity of Doctor's Explanations
 
9.0
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions
 
9.5
Doctor's Apparent Knowledge of Procedure
 
9.0
Doctor's Availability During Recovery
 
10.0
Rate Your Cosmetic Outcome
 
10.0
Would Recommend to Others
 
9.5
Dr. Gorenstein operated on me in New Jersey, not half an hour from my home. It was this convenience, along with his extensive knowledge of my specific condition, that made for a terrific working relationship. The procedure itself went as smoothly as possible, and I'm thrilled with my current *new* condition. Everything from pain management, to recovery timetables were accurately described. Dr. G splits his time between NY and NJ I believe; and recommend him individuals in the area suffering from pectus deformities.

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
5.6
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