New Knee is Driving Force for New Milford Golf Enthusiast
DANBURY, Connecticut – October 15, 2012 - After meeting her future husband, Peter, on the golf course 32 years ago in New Milford, Brenda Wilkes is happily “learning the game all over again” with him, thanks to orthopedic surgery in February 2012. They had many years of enjoyable play together, until arthritis pain and stiffness began chipping away at Brenda’s favorite game. When the arthritis pain had outlasted more conservative therapy, the 65-year-old Newtown resident decided to get out of the rough with a total knee replacement by Robert Deveney, M.D., a total hip and knee specialist at Danbury Orthopedics.
“I’ve been an active person all my life. When I was young, I played softball, basketball, jogged and water skied. Over time, there’s been a lot of wear and tear on my knees. But, I like to golf, garden and walk. I still mow the lawn and shovel the driveway. I don’t know how to sit down for very long,” said Brenda.
The business professional, golfer and avid gardener returned to full-time work only 5 weeks after surgery. “People were amazed with my progress. I worked very hard in physical therapy following surgery Now, I do my exercises at home using my indoor bike. I think the pre-surgery preparation I did to strengthen my quadriceps using an elliptical machine really helped me to heal and recover well,” Brenda said.
According to Dr. Deveney, Brenda had the right attitude for success after total knee replacement. “Brenda was an ideal patient in that she had very specific goals in mind with respect to resuming an active lifestyle after knee surgery. She was realistic about the situation and prepared herself so that she had the right support to aid in her rehabilitation and recovery,” said Dr. Deveney.
Our own Foot & Ankle specialist, Dr. Randolph Sealey, is in the news!
New ankle, New game for a Danbury tennis enthusiast
DANBURY, CT - Twice a week, Guenther Duethorn, 76, of Danbury has two words on his mind: Tennis, anyone? The retired United Nations professional is back on the court following a total ankle replacement to repair what started as a sprain while learning to ski as a teenager.
Over the years, Duethorn’s ankle condition developed into tendonitis and arthritis caused by a growing misalignment of his foot and leg. The conservative therapy that included cortisone injections was no longer providing enough relief to allow him to walk, travel and enjoy life without pain and with proper balance.
“My ankle had bothered me all my life, but about three years ago I couldn’t move freely anymore. There was a clear gap in my ankle on the x-ray. What started innocently enough just got worse,” Duethorn explained.
Dr. Randolph J. Sealey, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery, reconstructed Duethorn’s ankle eight months ago also repairing the delicate tendons and ligaments to restore his balance and coordination. Recovery included six weeks in a cast followed by a walking boot and several months of physical therapy, which has renewed Duethorn’s strength and determination both on and off the court.
“Dr. Sealey did a super job. You can’t even see the scar where the tendon was repaired, and I am back doing the things I enjoy. I am very glad I had the surgery,” Duethorn said.
“In the past, patients with a condition like Mr. Duethorn would have had little options beyond wearing a boot and coping with pain and problems with balance and walking,” Dr. Sealy explained. “If we fused the leg, securing it with screws, he still would have had a lack of mobility. More advanced techniques now allow total reconstruction of the foot and ankle to improve both function and lifestyle. With the correct alignment of the foot and leg, we have restored his freedom of movement and reduced his risk for injury.”
Dr. Sealey and the comprehensive team of orthopedic joint specialists are always striving to enhance the scope of care for patients at Danbury and New Milford hospitals, which formed Western Connecticut Health Network in 2010. The range of services includes partial and total joint replacement, including sports medicine, and a full array of rehabilitation services to promote rapid recovery and a return to active lifestyles. The network’s orthopedic joint services are complemented by a highly specialized spine program to address painful conditions of the back and neck.
Known for its high-quality outcomes, Danbury Hospital was recently designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement surgery. Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Danbury Hospital was selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care for pain and functional limitations that come with injury or illness of the bones, joints and muscles. The Hospitals’ orthopedic physicians are committed to providing expert diagnostic evaluation, medical treatment, and surgical procedures for a variety of musculoskeletal, orthopedic and spinal conditions.
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For appointments with Dr. Sealey, or for more information, please call Danbury Orthopedics at 203.797.1500 or visit the website at dortho.com.
Dr. Ross Henshaw to speak at RUN LIKE A MOTHER "Healthy Running!" event Thursday, April 12th
Dr. Ross Henshaw, sports medicine specialist, will speak at the Run Like A Mother "Healthy Running!" event to be held at Ridgefield Physical Therapy, 66 Grove Street in Ridgefield, at 7:30 pm on April 12th. The program will provide information on the basic tools to ensure a healthy approach to running. How to be proactive in preventing injury, recognize common injuries, how to treat them and when to seek medical help. This is an interactive session in which Run Like a Mother's medical professionals, including Dr. Henshaw, Ridgefield Opthalmology and Ridgefield Physical Therapy will welcome questions. Dress comfortably if you want to actively participate, though not required.
Dr. Ciminiello, Safety Director for Ridgefield Little League, to discuss Injury Prevention on March 28th
Dr. Angelo Ciminiello, Sports Medicine specialist, and Safety Director of Ridgefield Little League, will speak on March 28th at 7 pm at Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield. He will discuss Injury Prevention for young athletes, particularly baseball specific prevention methods for Little League players. Parents, coaches and the general public are welcome to attend.
A fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Ciminiello’s goal is to “provide the same high level of care to recreational and young athletes as is available to high level athletes competing on nationally recognized teams.” As the new Safety Director for Ridgefield Little League, he will advise on strength training and practice techniques and help coaches and players adhere to pitching guidelines to prevent injury over time.
Dr. Ciminiello brings in-depth on-the-field experience to his credentials as a sports medicine expert. After completing his fellowship in Sports Medicine at The New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Ciminiello served as Assistant Team Physician to the Boston Celtics and Northeastern University. In earlier years, as captain of his college's Division I baseball team, he earned numerous scholar-athlete honors while leading the players to a Big East Championship and the NCAA College World Series Tournament. His personal experience on the field and with high level athletes make him uniquely qualified to understand the physical demands and psyche of the competitive and recreational athlete.
Dr. Ciminiello is one of the area’s leading orthopedic sport medicine specialists, focusing on arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery, complex knee and shoulder surgery, hip surgery, orthopedic trauma and fracture care. He has authored several articles on rotator cuff repairs and is frequently asked to speak to surgical residents and civic groups on sports medicine. Dr. Ciminiello is the team physician for the professional hockey team, the Danbury Titans, as well as for Ridgefield High School.