My name is Frank Vellucci, a Queens resident. For six years, I’ve suffered with terrible left shoulder dislocations. Year after year, the condition only grew worse, to the point where a simple sneeze would send my shoulder out of its socket. I’m not sure what took me so long to get the surgery (that was long overdue), but it was the one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
I went in for surgery in November 2022 as an outpatient and left the hospital with a sling on. By December, I was already starting physical therapy and was cleared to remove the sling. I went back to work in March, almost fully recovered, while still in the process of getting back my strength.
As I write this in July 2023, I can happily say that my shoulder not only feels great, but I feel confident. I have had no need to worry about if the shoulder will dislocate on a moment’s notice from a small movement, stretching too hard, or comically… sneezing – a huge improvement from pre-surgery to today. A huge shout out in a big thank you to Dr. Alaia. He is really great at what he does so if you’ve been putting off any orthopedic problems, go see him!