I recently underwent a 5 level spinal fusion surgery with Dr. Fiore. Surgery took 10 1/2 hours, and 5 nights in the hospital. I was walking with the hospital therapists the day after surgery and doing stairs the next day. Dr. Fiore motivated me to walk often, so I did, and I didn’t have to go to a rehab hospital. Dr. Fiore’s skills as a surgeon, manner with me, and overall ability to communicate effectively all contributed to a superb recovery and magnificent result. I’d love to give him 100 stars. (Comment from Health Grades)
I was injured in my military career and for 29 years, have managed through neck and spine pain that was caused from it. It became unbearable with numbness in my fingers and inability to sleep, sit or work. I have never had nerve pain like I did and when I saw Dr. Nocek, he sent me for an X-ray then MRI to determine what was happening. While waiting for results, he sent me to physical therapy and to Dr. Heftler, a physiatrist, for an injection to help relieve the symptoms until we could determine what to do. Bottom line, I needed spine surgery. I saw ONS neurosurgeon Dr. Fiore, who got me right into surgery, repaired 3 discs, and cleaned up the problems. Immediately, and that’s no joke, immediately, I could tell I was on the mend. I’ve had chronic pain for 29 years and now, almost three months out, the constant ache and nerve pain isn’t there. I had lost feeling in part of my had and fingers which has since returned. Best part of my ONS experience was that everything is onsite and getting to the bottom of this just took a few short days. Everyone works like a team. They are specialists, unlike my experience at the VA. Meanwhile, they helped me manage the pain. I have never experienced this before and I’m very pleased with the results. If you need a neurosurgeon, specialized orthopedist, physiatrist or physical therapy, I totally recommend ONS. ( RateMD)
I wish there were 100 stars available for Dr. Fiore. He is that good, dedicated, compassionate and knowledgeable. I have been his patient, due to hereditary spine diseases, for over ten years now, and even other neurosurgeons are in awe of the results he has achieved on my spine. My entire spine, except cervical, is fused. I have total mobility and walk standing tall and with perfect posture. Each surgery has had a wonderful result, and his ability to instill confidence in me has been a huge part of my recovery. Awesome neurosurgeon and person. (comment from RateMD)
Top in his skills, knowledge and manner, along with his partner, Dr. Amory Fiore, the two of them make an incredible winning team. They have operated on me with astounding results, and if I could give them both a rating of 100 stars, I would be happy. Dr. Apostolides exudes great confidence in his patients and you know he will perform his surgery brilliantly, which he always does. There is a reason he has such a fine reputation and it is well deserved. He and Dr. Fiore are both top in my book. (comment from RateMD)
These doctors have saved my life 2 times. Originally it was Dr. Camel and this time happened to be Dr. Fiore. I always send my friends and family the ONS information and tell them how great the practice is. Thank you once again! (Patient Survey)
Dr. Fiore– When sharp pain shooting down my leg began to wake me up at night, I was very worried that the decades of heavy work-related travel combined with sitting behind a desk for very long hours were catching up with me. An MRI and exam revealed that I had severe spinal stenosis, scoliosis and degenerative disc disease.
A New Yorker for 30 years, I was inclined to believe the notion that if you had a medical problem, you had to see a ‘top surgeon in the city.’ So I went to that top doctor and had spine surgery at a major New York hospital, which was not successful. My problems worsened.
In the meantime, my father, age 85, developed a serious spinal problem that required a 10-hour, complicated spinal fusion. Furthermore, he had quadruple bypass surgery a year and a half before, making him a high risk patient. That was when I met Dr. Amory Fiore, the talented neurosurgeon who performed the difficult surgery on my father that rescued him from severe pain and restored his ability to walk.
So when my own spine condition deteriorated two years later, I turned to my father’s surgeon in Greenwich for help. Dr. Fiore said I would need a spinal fusion on the same disc that was operated on in New York. He and his colleague Dr. Paul Apostolides did the surgery, and this time I recovered beautifully. I did my PT religiously, walked a mile with my dog each day, and within months I was completely pain free.
Eighteen months later, I started to have pain in my lower spine. An MRI showed instability in two more vertebra and disc degeneration. Dr. Fiore said I would need another surgery to fix the problem. This time they did a triple spinal fusion. Surprisingly, I was up and out of bed and doing stairs at Greenwich Hospital the next afternoon. Again, my recovery went smoothly, and since then I have had no pain and have regained complete mobility. I have even played 18 holes of golf with my surgeon. Now, if only Dr. Fiore could come up with a surgery to fix my golf game…
I am so thankful to Dr. Fiore, Dr. Apostolides and the ONS therapists for not only giving me my life back but allowing me to have more fun in my life too. (ES)