Orthopedic Partners

Orthopedic Partners A Partnership of Board Certified & Fellowship Trained Physicians committed to delivering quality care
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Orthopedic Partners is the largest full-service orthopedic group in southeastern Connecticut. Our specialists cover all areas of bone and joint medicine. Many of our physicians have fellowships with specific, advanced training in speciality areas. We provide Specialists in Spine, Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement, Foot/Ankle, Hand and Physiatry (pain management). We provide a full range of orthop

edic care including: Worker's compensation, sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, Fluoroscopic injections, EMGS and PRP injections. Orthopedic Partners physicians are involved in a number of studies and utilize new technology to improve patient care and outcomes. We realize that medicine is not just science and technology, but also caring for people, one at a time, with respect and dignity. Give us a call - We're Here When You Need Us! 860-889-7345

12/01/2023

Occupational Therapist Amy, shows us improper and proper form for this chest opener exercise.

Can you see the difference in the proper form in Amy’s Door Pec Stretch?

Chest openers (pec stretch) are often prescribed to patients working through neck and shoulder pain.

One of the most common mistakes we see with patients trying to follow along to a PDF version of this stretch is the positioning of their spine in relation to the door.

Check out these Big 3 Mistakes to watch for to make your chest opener more effective and help your shoulders sit a little easier today:

❌ Don’t lean forward to try to feel the stretch more. Notice the arch in the low back - ouch!
✅ Do Position your hips so they sit in line with your upper back to avoid unnecessary spinal tension

❌ Don’t do these too quickly.
✅ Do Hold the stretch for about 15 seconds per rep (or as instructed).

❌ Try only one of these variations.
✅ Do Our pec muscles insert at multiple angles, so if you’re only doing one version of this stretch, you could be missing out on significant relief. Starting with the lower he overhead position is going to put the most stress on the shoulder joint

Save this to do as soon as you stop scrolling - your posture, will thank you!

Follow along for our 6 part shoulder health series.

11/30/2023

Fellowship-trained Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Dr. Emily Vafek, is helping take the fear away from patients who have been avoiding seeking help for their bunion because they’re afraid of the surgery.

If you’re considering bunion surgery, seeking a fellowship-trained surgeon like Dr. Vafek can ensure you have access to the latest in minimally invasive surgery options which are dramatically reducing post-op pain and recovery timelines.

With Winter boot season right around the corner, find the best option for your pain today.

11/29/2023

Enjoying looking back at some of the last fishing views from this year’s Fall season while we wait for ice season.

We’re grateful for this beautiful state and waterways that lure us outside all year round. Share with your favorite outdoor enthusiast who should schedule their 2024 Connecticut visit today. 🎣

11/28/2023

Physical Therapist, Jim Montana had two big reasons for ‘retiring’ back into working at Orthopartners:

1. After more than 30 years working in the Industry, Orthopedic Partners continues to impress him with our quality of care.

2. He wasn’t done helping people, connecting with his neighbors and giving back to his community.

Jim brings a wealth of experience and good conversation to his patients. We're glad to have him here at Orthopartners.

11/21/2023

Who else wants their doctor’s eyes to light up like this when they explain why they pursued their specialty?!

🙋‍♀️🙋🙋‍♂️

Hand & Upper Extremity specialist, Agnes Dardas, MD, will be opening up her schedule to include our Westerly location this week.

If you’ve been considering finding relief for your hand pain, use our online booking options to schedule your appointment with Dr. Dardas for compassionate care you can count on.

Earlier this month, our Orthopedic Partners team had an opportunity to come together and thank Dr. Ken Paonessa for his ...
11/16/2023

Earlier this month, our Orthopedic Partners team had an opportunity to come together and thank Dr. Ken Paonessa for his service to our community and wish him well in retirement.

Known for both his tireless commitment to spending one-on-one time with each patient and his life-changing scoliosis surgeries in Ghana, Ethiopia, Jamaica, and the Philippines, Dr. Paonessa sets the bar high for our next generation of surgeons.

We’re proud to carry his legacy forward and wish him luck - and many powder days in his well-deserved retirement. ⛷️

A thank you to for sharing your space with us.

It’s been all smiles getting to welcome and learn from these two new additions to our team of Fellowship-trained surgeon...
11/13/2023

It’s been all smiles getting to welcome and learn from these two new additions to our team of Fellowship-trained surgeons.

One of the best aspects of working at Orthopartners is having daily opportunities to learn from some of the top minds in Orthopedics.

Spine surgeon, Karan Patel, M.D., and Upper Extremity surgeon, Agnes Dardas MD, are impressing patients and employees alike with their clear communication and kind patient care.

What should be on their list of top things to enjoy in Connecticut? Share in the comments!

Next week, we're taking you back inside the operating room to watch Dr. Nimit Patel perform a Pectoralis Major Repair. S...
11/09/2023

Next week, we're taking you back inside the operating room to watch Dr. Nimit Patel perform a Pectoralis Major Repair.

Stay tuned! 👀

11/07/2023

Our entire team at Orthopartners would like to congratulate Dr. Paonessa on his retirement! He has been an invaluable member of our team and will be missed. 💙

Stay tuned for some funny anecdotes from his colleagues 👀

Have you found yourself stuck with some extra candy in the house after the trick or treaters went home last night? 🍭It's...
11/01/2023

Have you found yourself stuck with some extra candy in the house after the trick or treaters went home last night? 🍭

It's okay to enjoy sweets in moderation, but if you want to avoid a trip to see your ortho team or your primary care doctor, it might be best to avoid the excess sugar.

Recent research suggests that high sugar intake may impact your joint health and inflammation-related conditions. In addition to well-known health issues, high sugar intake has been linked to conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and low-grade chronic inflammation (among others).

These types of studies help inform preventative care plans for your joints and overall health.

Have a happy and healthy November!

Source:
Ma X, Nan F, Liang H, Shu P, Fan X, Song X, Hou Y, Zhang D. Excessive intake of sugar: An accomplice of inflammation. Front Immunol. 2022 Aug 31;13:988481. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.988481. PMID: 36119103; PMCID: PMC9471313.

We hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!! 🎃💀-From all of us at Orthopartners and the Center for Bone and Joint Care 🧡
11/01/2023

We hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!! 🎃💀

-From all of us at Orthopartners and the Center for Bone and Joint Care 🧡

How does Dr. Patel’s training, as a fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon, differ from a traditional non-fellowship...
10/29/2023

How does Dr. Patel’s training, as a fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon, differ from a traditional non-fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon?

Following his 4 years of undergraduate school and 4 years of medical school (both at UConn, ), Dr. Patel completed his 5-year residency in orthopedic surgery at Drexel University and then chose to further specialize in Sports Medicine

Dr. Patel completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship, at Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. As part of his studies in this highly competitive program, based in the heart of Philly, Dr. Patel worked as Assistant Team Physician to:

🏈 Philadelphia Eagles
⚾️ Philadelphia Phillies
🏀 Philadelphia 76’ers
🏒 Philadelphia Flyers

Fun fact, The Sports Medicine Fellowship program is the only fellowship to provide care for all four major professional sports teams in the country.

This program prioritizes working with athletes in clinic, on the athletic field, in the operating room and collaborating with other orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and nutritionists to create the most comprehensive recovery plan possible for their patients.

10/26/2023

Join us in welcoming Dr. Dardas to the Orthopartners team!

Dr. Dardas is a fellowship-trained orthopedic doctor specializing in hand, wrist, and upper extremity surgery. She completed her sub-specialty fellowship training at the Harvard Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship, working as a staff surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass General Hospital with additional training at Boston Children’s Hospital.

She completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at the University of Pennsylvania which included training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. During her time in residency, she was recognized by the University of Pennsylvania with the Trainee of the Year Award for her excellent holistic care of patients.

She received her medical degree from Washington University in Saint Louis and her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology from Harvard University.

Dr. Dardas provides comprehensive surgical and non-surgical treatment of various conditions of the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Contact us through our website to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dardas. ⭐

https://www.orthopartners.com/dr-agnes-dardas/

10/23/2023

How much is the robot doing compared to your surgeon for robot-assisted surgery?

Dr. Karan Patel gives us a breakdown of how our spine surgeons use Globus Medical technology to optimize patient surgery.

Essentially, this high-tech navigation system provides better imaging and guidance during surgery, acting as both a high-powered measuring tool and a second hand to increase precision.

Approved by the FDA for spine surgery in 2017, Globus’ ExcelsiusGPS® robotic navigation system represents one of the most advanced technologies in spine surgery.

By continuing to invest in the latest technologies for our surgeries, we can ensure our patients have access to the best possible orthopedic treatment available and receive top-quality care from our local experts they know and trust.

Fellowship-Trained Total Joint Replacement surgeon Dr. Adam Green knows patient care goes beyond the operating room and ...
10/17/2023

Fellowship-Trained Total Joint Replacement surgeon Dr. Adam Green knows patient care goes beyond the operating room and takes the time to listen to his patients and help them understand the Why behind their care.

Swipe to see him working with a post-op hip replacement and see what the hip replacement looks like on an X-ray.

Like or comment to thank Dr. Green for sharing his knowledge and his smile with patients. 💙

10/12/2023

Do you know the 4 common injuries we see in our avid golfers and how to avoid them, so you can keep playing late season?

With cooler temperatures and the new FedEx Cup Fall schedule underway, it’s only natural to want to extend your time on the green as long as possible.

If you’re tuning in to watch the Shriners Children’s Open, you might want to also check out our latest blog and learn more about how to keep yourself healthy for a long golf season with Sports Medicine expert and avid golfer, Dr. Biren Chokshi.

Check out theses 4 common golf injuries and how to avoid them:

1. Golfers' Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis):
This condition is characterized by pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow, where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. It usually arises due to overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons, which can create tears in the tendons. It's common in golf due to the repetitive action of the golf swing.

Management and Prevention:
🧊 Rest, ice, compression, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, and physiotherapy are common management strategies. Regular stretching and strengthening exercises for the forearm can help prevent this condition.

2. Lower Back Pain:
Lower back pain is prevalent in golfers due to the rotational stresses placed on the spine and frequent bending over the ball. It can result from poor swing mechanics, lack of flexibility, muscle weakness, or overuse.
Management and Prevention:
🧊 Maintaining proper swing technique, core strengthening, regular stretching, and avoiding overexertion can minimize the risk. Management typically involves rest, physiotherapy, and sometimes therapeutic exercises.

3. Rotator Cuff Injury:
This injury involves inflammation or tears in the muscles and tendons of the shoulder. It occurs due to the high forces and repetitive motions of the golf swing impacting the shoulder, especially in players with pre-existing shoulder issues.
Management and Prevention:
🧊 Regular shoulder strengthening and flexibility exercises can reduce risk. Treatment typically includes rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and in severe cases, surgery.

4. Knee Pain and Injury:
The twisting motion of a golf swing can put strain on the knees, potentially leading to pain and injury. Pre-existing conditions like arthritis can be exacerbated by the forces generated during golf play. Additionally, improper form or overuse can lead to knee issues.
Management and Prevention:
🧊 Proper swing mechanics, regular exercise to strengthen the muscles around the knee, and wearing supportive footwear can minimize risk. Management may involve rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and knee supports or braces.

Do you know what it’s like to have a physical therapist or massage therapist use their massage stick to roll out your ca...
10/11/2023

Do you know what it’s like to have a physical therapist or massage therapist use their massage stick to roll out your calf muscles?

This SMR (self-myofascial release) technique can have some powerful benefits to help improve your mobility and reduce leg pain by:

☑️ Releasing tension
☑️ Improving circulation
☑️ Breaking down adhesions
☑️ Reducing muscle soreness

If you don’t have Okey or another therapist to help you, you can get a similar benefit by using a foam roller or lacrosse ball at home.

: If you’re having trouble rolling along the lacrosse ball due to shoulder strength, place a book or slightly elevated hard surface under your leg first. Instead of rolling, you can do ankle circles while the lacrosse ball stays in place on a spot that feels tight.

We’re lucky to have Dr. Wei as part of our Orthopartners team! Thank you for the quality care you provide for our patien...
10/10/2023

We’re lucky to have Dr. Wei as part of our Orthopartners team! Thank you for the quality care you provide for our patients.

10/06/2023

Our phones are back up and running! Thank you for your patience.

10/03/2023

Meet Dr. Karan Patel 👋

Dr. Patel embarked on his medical journey after completing his undergraduate studies and enrolling at NYU School of Medicine. His zeal for orthopedic surgery led him to pursue a rigorous six-year residency program at NYU , followed by a coveted one-year spine surgery fellowship at Rush University in Chicago.

Within the intricate field of spine surgery, Dr. Patel discovered his true passion: minimally invasive spine surgery. This specialized approach aims to minimize the disruption to surrounding tissues, emphasizing precision, patient comfort, and great outcomes.

Dr. Karan Patel’s commitment to enhancing the lives of his patients is evident in his holistic approach to spinal health. With his expertise, dedication, and the support of Orthopedic Partners, he continues to transform the landscape of spinal care, one patient at a time.

To learn more about Dr. Karan Patel, or to book an orthopedic consultation with him, visit our website: orthopartners.com

10/03/2023

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09/27/2023

Why are Giant’s fans groaning after learning Saquan Barkley’s is confirmed as a high ankle sprain instead of a regular ankle sprain?

Let’s Break it down. 👇

High Ankle Sprains occur when the foot is planted and the leg is externally rotated compared to a regular ankle sprain, typically caused by an inward rolling of the ankle.

In a High Ankle Sprain, the ligaments above the ankle that connect the tibia to the fibia (your two lower leg long bones) are injured.

The structures at this joint, the syndesmosis, are crucial for weight-bearing and stability and more complex than the ligaments damaged by a regular ankle sprain. Due to the injury location, this can significantly hinder the range of motion and increase pain when running, cutting, and pivoting. Even after healing, the reduced biomechanical efficiency can long-term speed, agility, and overall functionality on the field.

Most often, working under close supervision of physical therapists is the best way to restore full function. Incomplete or rushed High ankle sprain rehab can potentially compromise a player’s career longevity.

Fan’s feelings are mixed for the Giant’s star running back, with many encouraging Saquon to take longer to rest until the Giants can get more talent around him.
Others, frustrated with Saquan’s injury history (2019 right ankle sprain, 2020 right ACL tear, 2021, High left ankle sprain), are quick to call for the team to cut the running back.

Looking for more in-depth analyses of player injuries this season?

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09/26/2023

Our Orthopedic Physician Assistants bring top-tier orthopedic expertise to our clinic and are an essential aspect of our patient care continuum.

Similar to our surgeons, orthopedic PAs undertake specialty training or postgraduate residency programs focusing on orthopedic medicine and surgery.

These programs provide extensive exposure to various sub-specialties within orthopedics, such as sports medicine, joint replacement, trauma, pediatrics, and spine surgery.

Curious to learn more about your PA? Visit our website to learn about your PA’s personal career journey and their orthopedic specialty.

https://www.orthopartners.com/physician-assistants/

09/21/2023

From pre-op to post-op, undergoing surgery can be an emotional rollercoaster. Dr. Thoms from Orthopedic Partners explains how even among the calmest patients, anxiety and blood pressure tend to spike right before surgery. This is a normal response, and it's okay to be nervous. Undergoing surgery is a big deal, and Dr. Thoms speaks specifically about hip replacement surgery, which can often have a long and painful recovery.

Once you decide to "board the rollercoaster", it's best to focus on the end result: getting back to your daily life and activities. Once you make it through surgery and have a successful recovery, you'll be able to live your life in full motion again. 💪🏃

It's the last week of summer! Nothing is better than a Connecticut summer (except a Connecticut fall..). We're looking b...
09/20/2023

It's the last week of summer! Nothing is better than a Connecticut summer (except a Connecticut fall..). We're looking back at our favorite coastal sunsets from this summer, and remembering how grateful we are to live in such a beautiful place!

You shouldn't have to travel far from your home to receive top-tier orthopedic care. We're here to make sure you can come to an appointment and get right back to living your life in the best corner of the best state. 🏆

09/19/2023

In order to keep your hips functioning and healthy, it's important to maintain a balance between the strength and flexibility of your hip flexors. Stretching and strengthening exercises for these muscles are important components of a well-rounded fitness routine. Taking breaks from prolonged sitting and incorporating regular hip flexor stretches can help prevent discomfort and maintain your hip mobility.

Our physical therapist and orthopedic clinical specialist, Manali, walks us through a great stretch for your hip flexors. All you need is a stretch strap, but you can also substitute a dog leash or a belt.

Our awesome rehab team of physical and occupational therapists specialize in working with patients recovering from orthopedic related injuries and looking to prevent future injuries. Preventative care gives you the tools you need to remain strong, mobile and living your life in full motion. 💪

You may have noticed that we now have two Dr. Patel's here at Orthopartners. We are fortunate to have Dr. Nimit Patel an...
09/18/2023

You may have noticed that we now have two Dr. Patel's here at Orthopartners. We are fortunate to have Dr. Nimit Patel and Dr. Karan Patel on our team. Although they have the same last name, they specialize in different areas of orthopedic care.

Dr. Nimit Patel specializes in sports medicine. He completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He focuses on Sports-Related Injuries, Cartilage Restoration, Fracture Care, Osteoarthritis, and Joint Replacement.

Dr. Karan Patel is a spine specialist with a talent for minimally invasive spine surgery. He completed his Spine Surgery Fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, following his 6-year residency at NYU.

Both physicians are incredible surgeons, and we are lucky to have them on our team. Visit our website to learn more about our doctors, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. N. Patel or Dr. K. Patel.

https://www.orthopartners.com/

White coat syndrome is the physiological response in which an individual's blood pressure rises when measured in a medic...
09/15/2023

White coat syndrome is the physiological response in which an individual's blood pressure rises when measured in a medical setting due to anxiety, stress, or nervousness triggered by the presence of healthcare professionals. This phenomenon can result in temporarily elevated blood pressure readings that are higher than the person's baseline.

This is a common occurrence and is nothing to be alarmed about. There are also ways you can help mitigate the effects of white coat syndrome before and during your visit:

🔵 Relaxation: Practice calming techniques like deep breathing or meditation to reduce anxiety.

🔵 Communicate with your Doctor: Tell your doctor that you are feeling nervous, so they can help you feel more comfortable during visits.

🔵 Be Prepared: Have a list of questions or concerns ready for your appointments.

🔵 Exposure: Ask to drive a family member or friend to their next medical appointment to practice entering a clinic without stress.

🔵 Get Support: Consider talking to a counselor if anxiety is a big issue.

Remember that your care team is on YOUR team. You can feel comfortable knowing that we are here to give you the best care possible. Speak with your doctor if you have feelings of nervousness or anxiety at your visit, we're here to help.

09/13/2023

Why are Football fans everywhere Googling 'What is an Achilles Rupture?"

This week, New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers tore his achilles during the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

An Achilles Rupture typically feels like being hit or kicked in the back of your ankle/calf area, typically accompanied by a popping sound.

A rupture is generally caused by a sudden increase in stress on your Achilles Tendon with movements like:

⚠️ Forcefully pushing off your foot (sprinting, jumping)
⚠️ Sudden Deceleration or Stopping
⚠️ Unexpectedly stepping into a hole or off a curb.

With Roger's injury, we see his left ankle forced into hyper-dorsiflexion in as he scrambled to avoid the slack.

The Jets confirmed Rodgers' injury and anticipate he will be out for the rest of the season after confirming the achilles rupture on his MRI.

In order for Rodgers to reach his goal of playing to age 45 like Brady, he'll need to work closely with his rehab team and stay accountable to rest and good nutrition.

Often times, our body gives us a warning - such as a smaller strain or a twinge, and addressing these 'smaller' pains earlier can help reduce your risk of a greater injury.

We're sending our condolences to all the out there and wishing a very speedy recovery to so he can get back to enjoying all the East coast has to offer 🏈

09/08/2023

Dr. Vafek is an expert in orthopedic ankle care and minimally invasive bunion surgery. She cares for her patients throughout their recovery journey to ensure that they have a successful return to daily life and activities when they are "released back into the wild."

She received her medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2011 and went on to complete her Orthopaedic Surgery Training at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

She completed Sub-Specialty Training with a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago.

She provides comprehensive Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatment of Foot and Ankle disorders, with a special interest in:
⭐ Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery
⭐ Deformity Correction
⭐ Sports-Related Injuries
⭐ Arthritis
⭐ Fracture Care

Visit our website to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vafek for any of your ankle concerns. www.orthopartners.com/foot-ankle/emily-vafek-md/

Casting materials for treating broken bones have evolved over the years, with traditional plaster of Paris being widely ...
09/06/2023

Casting materials for treating broken bones have evolved over the years, with traditional plaster of Paris being widely used in the past. However, modern medicine has introduced newer materials that offer several advantages.

➡️ Plaster of Paris (POP) has been a long-standing choice for casting broken bones. It consists of gypsum powder mixed with water to create a paste that can be molded around the injured area. Plaster casts are known for their rigidity and ability to conform closely to the patient's body shape. They are relatively inexpensive and provide excellent support and immobilization. However, plaster casts take longer to dry and are heavier than fiberglass casts. They can also be more prone to damage from moisture.

➡️ Fiberglass casts have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their lighter weight and durability. These casts are made from fiberglass material and a water-activated resin. They are quick to harden, which reduces the patient's waiting time. Fiberglass casts are also less likely to break or crack when compared to plaster casts. They are available in various colors, allowing patients to choose their preferred color for the cast.

Both types of casts have their advantages and disadvantages, but the fiberglass technology is our preferred method, depending on the type and location of the fracture.

Join us in extending a warm welcome to Karan Patel, MD, our newest Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon. Dr. Patel joins the...
09/05/2023

Join us in extending a warm welcome to Karan Patel, MD, our newest Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon.

Dr. Patel joins the team with a specialty in minimally invasive spine surgery.

Becoming a fellowship-trained spine surgeon is a significant undertaking that goes beyond the standard medical training. For a deeper specialization in spine surgery, after completing medical school, these surgeons then pursue an additional one to two years in a spine surgery fellowship.

A Surgical Spine fellowship offers intensive training focusing solely on the intricacies of the spine, from minimally invasive procedures to complex reconstructions. By the end of this journey, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon has dedicated over a decade to focused study and hands-on practice, ensuring they're equipped with the expertise to handle the most challenging spinal conditions.

Dr. Patel's specific journey to become a Spine Specialty Surgeon:

🎓Undergrad:
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD

⚕️Medical School: New York University Grossman School of Medicine, New York, NY


🩺 Surgical Residency: New York University Langone Orthopedic Hospital, New York, NY


🩻 Spine Surgical Fellowship: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Il

As a , what are some must-do, must-see, must-eat locations for Dr. Patel to check out?

Share your advice in the comments and let's give a warm welcome to Dr. Patel!

The Mobi-C cervical disc replacement is an innovative medical procedure aimed at addressing cervical spine issues, parti...
09/01/2023

The Mobi-C cervical disc replacement is an innovative medical procedure aimed at addressing cervical spine issues, particularly the degeneration or damage of cervical discs.

The human spine consists of a series of vertebrae separated by soft discs. These discs act as shock absorbers and facilitate the flexibility and mobility of the spine. Each disc comprises a central, gel-like core (nucleus pulposus) enclosed by a tough, fibrous outer layer (annulus fibrosus).

Over time, these cervical discs may deteriorate or sustain damage due to factors like aging, trauma, or disease. This can lead to chronic pain, reduced mobility, and neurological symptoms.

When conservative treatments prove ineffective, surgical intervention becomes necessary. Traditionally, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) has been the standard procedure. ACDF involves removing the damaged disc and fusing the adjacent vertebrae with bone grafts and hardware.

Mobi-C offers an alternative approach. It involves removing the problematic disc and replacing it with an artificial disc implant. This implant is a highly engineered device constructed from biocompatible materials like cobalt-chromium alloy and polyethylene.

Mobi-C cervical disc replacement technology aims to preserve neck motion, alleviate pain, restore function, and improve the patient's overall well-being. The choice between Mobi-C and fusion depends on the individual patient's condition and treatment goals. Ask your orthopedic provider about whether a Mobi-C disc replacement could be the right treatment for you.

Watch Dr. Halperin's cervical disc replacement surgery on our YouTube channel. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0okvWTnkuw

Have you had a chance to catch a coastal Connecticut sunset this summer?We love living and working in paradise. ☀️
08/29/2023

Have you had a chance to catch a coastal Connecticut sunset this summer?

We love living and working in paradise. ☀️

08/28/2023

In the realm of orthopedics, no two patients will have the same journey to recovery. Just as our bodies differ in countless ways, so do the challenges and triumphs that come with orthopedic care. 🏥💪

Each patient's story is influenced by factors like their injury type, its severity, their age, overall health, and personal resilience. For one patient, it might be a swift and straightforward recovery. For another, it may be a longer process, requiring patience, determination, and a carefully tailored treatment plan.

There can be moments of frustration and doubt, but these moments are also part of the journey. Each patient's support network plays a crucial role, from family and friends to healthcare providers who guide them through the process.

At Orthopedic Partners and the Center for Bone & Joint Care, your physician is here to answer all of your questions and monitor your recovery. Our entire team is here to cheer you on and support you on your journey towards living your life in full motion again. 💪

We think so too. Helping patients get back to living their lives pain-free seems pretty heroic to us. Dr. Stanat special...
08/22/2023

We think so too. Helping patients get back to living their lives pain-free seems pretty heroic to us.

Dr. Stanat specializes in fixing prior total hip and knee replacements that might require revision from pain, loosening or infection. When needed, osteotomies, allograft reconstruction and tumor prosthesis are utilized. For primary joint replacement he utilizes muscle sparing approaches, bone preserving implants and where possible, computer navigation techniques.

Dr. Stanat is currently Medical Director of the Joint Replacement Program, for Hartford Healthcare’s Eastern Region. He is the primary author of multiple publications in the field of Orthopedics and Total Joint Arthroplasty. Currently, he serves as a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

If you are having problems with a previous joint replacement, Dr. Stanat is here to help.

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