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April 29, 2013

ross henshaw whitejacketAny Danbury Orthopedics' patient will tell you, our docs are tops. So we’re pleased to share the news that one of our outstanding sports medicine specialists, Dr. Ross Henshaw, has earned Top Doctors™ status in the prestigious Castle Connolly survey – and not just once, but for the last three years running. He’s also been named a Top Doctor by US News and World Report.

Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™ selection process begins with surveys of thousands of physicians and healthcare professionals nationwide, asking them to identify excellent doctors in every specialty. Their researchers also make thousands of phone calls each year to leading physicians, chairs of clinical departments and vice presidents of medical affairs.

U.S. News Top Doctors was developed in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and other guides. These surveys serve a dual purpose: they help consumers find the doctors who can best address their needs, and they support doctors in creating a network of referral-worthy specialists.

As an outstanding knee, hip and shoulder surgeon, Dr. Henshaw was recently named Chief of the Orthopedic Section at Danbury Hospital. He epitomizes the caring commitment to excellence shared by all the Danbury Orthopedics staff.

April 03, 2013

dortho-merger-04032013Danbury, CT (April 2nd, 2013) - Danbury Orthopedics and New Milford Orthopedic Associates are pleased to announce the merger of their practices on April 1, 2013, forming Western Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists. The combining of these two groups follows the merger of Danbury Orthopedics with The Hand Center of Western Connecticut last year. The organizations look forward to providing comprehensive care to a wider area from New York City to the northwest corner of Connecticut.

"This merger creates an orthopedic group that has a combined history of over 90 years of service to our communities. As musculoskeletal care becomes more sub specialized, this association enhances our ability to administer exceptional and quality care for the total needs of our patient," says Dr. Anthony Viola, President of New Milford Orthopedic Associates and specialist in total hip and knee replacement surgery.

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March 26, 2013

Danbury, CT (March 26th, 2013) – Sports Medicine specialist Dr. Angelo Ciminiello of Danbury Orthopedics recently performed a new type of surgery called the All Inside ACL Reconstruction. This technique, which utilizes novel arthroscopic instrumentation, is a less invasive way of repairing a tear so that patients experience less trauma and an easier recovery. 

As one of the first doctors in Connecticut to perform this type of procedure, Dr. Ciminiello is on the leading edge of his field. This minimally invasive technique may reduce swelling, soft tissue hematomas and can simplify the rehabilitative process. 

Dr. Ciminello recently performed this procedure on a young active patient who was incapacitated by her ACL tear. “The All Inside ACL technique is an excellent procedural choice to repair this patient’s ACL as it allows for a less invasive solution, less postoperative pain and a more timely recovery - all crucial elements in her decision to move forward to a fully functional life.” He adds, “I am pleased to be offering this state of the art surgical technique as part of the broad array of services we offer through The Sports Medicine Center at Danbury Orthopedics.”

All Inside ACL Reconstruction is a special way to rebuild a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Using this technique, Dr. Ciminiello performs the surgery arthroscopically to avoid the standard larger incisions. The ACL is reconstructed using either the patients’s own tissue, or cadaveric tissue, to make a new ACL. Like other ACL reconstructions two bone tunnels are prepared, one in the femur and one in the tibia, to secure the new ligament. Instead of drilling these tunnels through larger incisions from the outside of the knee, the tunnels are prepared through the small arthroscopic portals utilizing special instruments from the inside of the knee; the new ligament is also secured from the inside of the knee. The patient enjoys the same benefits of a traditional ACL reconstruction in addition to reduced recovery time and smaller scars. 

Danbury Orthopedics pioneered the implementation of revolutionary surgical procedures in the area and Dr. Ciminiello’s use of this innovative procedure continues this tradition of excellence. For Dr. Ciminiello’s YouTube video depicting this case, please click here.

February 13, 2013

lunt-brown-news-photo2Drs. Brown and Lunt, upper extremity specialists and hand surgeons at The Hand Center at Danbury Orthopedics, have recently made an important contribution to their field. They have presented work on a condition of median nerve compression at the elbow which they call Lacertus Tunnel Syndrome, or LTS. This is a significant development in the treatment of upper extremity pain and weakness.

The latest findings on LTS were presented in December 2012 at the annual meeting of the prestigious New England Hand Society (NEHS) in Sturbridge, CT. This was followed by an invitation to The Hand Center in Hartford and the Combined Hand Service fellowship for a teaching/training session in February 2013.

NEHS was founded some 30 years ago by Dr. Kirk Watson of The Hand Center in Hartford. Dr. Watson is also founder and chief of the Connecticut Combined Hand Surgery Fellowship Training Program at Hartford Hospital, in association with the University of Connecticut. He has trained 134 orthopedic hand surgeons since starting the fellowship program.

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