Dr. Lyall A. Gorenstein

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

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4 reviews
Overall rating
 
8.1
Ease of Correspondence with Doctor
 
8.8(4)
Doctor's Friendliness and Courtesy
 
8.6(4)
Clarity of Doctor's Explanations
 
7.5(4)
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions
 
7.3(4)
Doctor's Apparent Knowledge of Procedure
 
8.5(4)
Doctor's Availability During Recovery
 
8.8(4)
Rate Your Cosmetic Outcome
 
7.8(4)
Would Recommend to Others
 
7.6(4)
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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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