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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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October 15, 2012

10-15-12-photoDANBURY, 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.   

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April 27, 2012

From StamfordPlus.com

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 myorthoct.com.

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