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March 29, 2016

press release photo 2 22 16From left, Dr. Ross Henshaw, Dr. John Dunleavy and Dr. Robert Deveney, are surgeons in Danbury Orthopedics recently completed outpatient surgery facility.

The News-Times — Doctors at the practice recently completed their first outpatient total knee, hip and shoulder replacements, which were performed at the practice’s new surgical facility that opened last year at its 226 White Street, Danbury facility. The introduction of the new service, doctors say, was driven by patients.

“These days, more and more of the expense and the burden of medical care is being transferred to the patient,” said Dr. Robert Deveney, who recently performed both a total knee and a total hip replacement on an outpatient basis. “As a result, it’s our goal to provide the highest-quality care in the most cost-effective environment.”

By providing total joint replacement on an outpatient basis, patients can often save thousands of dollars they might have had to pay as part of an overnight stay at an area hospital. The patients also receive extensive post-operative care in their home as part of their program to ensure a successful outcome.

Deveney said the practice is working with the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association to provide additional care for their outpatient clients including a visit to the home prior to the procedure. A nurse and a physical therapist are also at the home upon the patient’s arrival. Nurses also make daily visits to the patient’s home for up to a week after the procedure.

Dr. John Dunleavy, who also recently completed a total knee replacement, said joint replacement for outpatients isn’t the right choice for everyone, and that doctors carefully select who is a best fit. Someone who has a significant heart issue, for example, wouldn’t be considered for an outpatient surgery.

“Of course, the most important factor is the patient’s interest in having the procedure performed on an outpatient basis,” he said.

Dunleavy added, however, that advances in technology have allowed outpatient services that weren’t available in the past.

“Because the technology has advanced so much in the past 10 years, including anesthesia techniques and the smaller incisions that are now necessary, these outpatient procedures are now a reality,” he said.

Deveney noted that several practices in the Midwest have been performing total joint replacements on an outpatient basis for several years, and the service is now catching on along the East Coast.

He added that patients are also much more knowledgeable about their procedures than in the past.

press release photo 2 22 16Dr. Ross Henshaw, center, is a surgeon in Danbury Orthopedics recently completed outpatient surgery facility.

“In the past we would have taken a lot of time explaining the procedure itself,” Deveney said. “But these days people do much of their own research online and are already well informed. When they get to us, they usually have a number of questions including the length of the recovery time and when they can return to work. Much of these changes have really been driven by patient demand.”

While only a small percentage of the practice’s patients are eligible for the outpatient services, Dunleavy said that number will only increase as the program gains traction.

“Our experience so far is mirroring what other practices have seen in the Midwest,” he said. “They started with a select group of patients and began expanding the services out from there.”

Danbury Orthopedics completed the surgical center last year as part of a $5 million renovation of the facility.

February 20, 2016

Baseball Clinic Celebrates Max RosenfieldWe are pleased to support the Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation, dedicated to supporting a range of children’s activities and spread kindness and goodwill.

A baseball clinic to support the Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation will be held on Saturday Feb. 20 at the Danbury Sports Dome. Rosenfield, 7, died in 2012 and was an avid baseball fan, especially the Boston Red Sox.

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February 01, 2016

By FRANCIS CARR Jr., Hour Staff Writer
Published 1:15 pm, Monday, February 1, 2016

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NORWALK -- A Norwalk Hospital orthopedic surgeon is the first in Fairfield County to implement a new, hi-tech knee replacement procedure.

Working with a company called ConforMIS, Dr. Michael Lynch of the Norwalk Hospital Joint Replacement Center has begun offering a new type of knee replacement that uses a 3D printer to create femoral and tibial implants that are unique for each patient.

A standard knee replacement procedure, according to Lynch, usually involves reshaping the ends of a patient's femur and tibia so that the bones will fit one of several sizes of pre-made knee prosthetics.

Occasionally, there are problems with a one-size-fits-all prosthesis, Lynch said.

"If it overhangs (the knee bones), then a tendon might rub up against it," for example, Lynch told The Hour.

By contrast, a custom-fitted knee prosthetic could have a notch cut into it to avoid contact with the tendon, Lynch added.

In the new procedure, a CAT scan of the patient's knee is fed by ConforMIS into a 3D printer which fabricates a nylon mold that is then used to cast a metal prosthetic for the patient.

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January 27, 2016

Patient Recovers Immediately at Home with Care from RVNA

Deveney Dunleavy 2 22 16DANBURY, CT. – Last month, Dr. Robert Deveney and Dr. John Dunleavy performed the first total knee replacement procedures ever done in this area on an outpatient basis.

Total knee replacements have been done on an outpatient basis on the West Coast for some time. Now, new technology allows for very specific preparation prior to surgery, reducing operating time and allowing for quicker post-operative recovery time.  

Dr. Robert Deveney and Dr. John Dunleavy, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, and specialists in the treatment of hip and knee disorders at The Total Joint Center at Danbury Orthopedics, are pleased to offer outpatient joint replacements locally. In the past, patients needing joint replacements were required to stay overnight in the hospital. Dr. Deveney and Dr. Dunleavy are able to now perform this surgery, for patients meeting the criteria, right here at the new, state-of-the-art Western Connecticut Orthopedic Surgical Center (WCOSC) at 226 White Street, Danbury.

press release photo 2 22 16Gary Furtak of New Fairfield has the distinction of being the first person in this area to have a total knee replacement operation and go home the same day. His ground-breaking surgery was performed by Dr. Deveney of The Total Joint Center at Danbury Orthopedics, at the Western Connecticut Orthopedic Surgical Center in downtown Danbury, CT ( Furtak is shown here (center) with Amy Tagg, RN, (left) and Tricia Brody, physical therapist (right), both of the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association. Tagg and Brody provided him with nursing care and physical therapy at his home, where his recuperation took place until he was ready to go to outpatient physical therapy at Danbury Orthopedics.

Danbury Orthopedics and Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) partner to provide a smooth transition from outpatient surgery at WCOSC to recovery at home.  Patients receive a home visit and safety evaluation from an RVNA physical or occupational therapist before the scheduled surgery date. An RVNA nurse meets each patient at home upon discharge, and visits each day for the first week after surgery. Meanwhile, RVNA physical therapists also make home visits every day during the first week after surgery to work with the patient and prepare him or her for outpatient physical therapy.  Additionally, RVNA can provide an occupational therapist and/or home health aide to help the patient return to functional daily activities and assist the patient at home, if the patient requests one.

RVNA Director of Clinical Operations, Summer Williams, RN, is excited to be supporting this state-of-the-art operative approach. “Our physical therapists and nurses provide care at home that is usually provided in a hospital setting, and the patient response so far has been extraordinary. Their outcomes are excellent, and they enjoy being able to recover at home.”

“Recovering at home from day 1 is a huge plus for our patients,” says Dr. Deveney. “We anticipate better recoveries and improved mobility because of the immediate and focused physical therapy they receive.”  Dr. Dunleavy concurs, “We are at a time when advanced surgical technique and the benefits of the outpatient delivery system combine to really give patients better options.  We expect reduced post-surgical pain, improved function and a better surgical experience for our patients.” The orthopedic team, including surgeon, anesthesiologist and Physician Assistant, are available by phone to each patient 24 hours a day during the first few days after surgery, as are the RVNA nurses and physical therapists.

Western Connecticut Orthopedic Surgical Center (WCOSC) opened last year to offer the highest quality, state-of-the-art orthopedic surgery on an ambulatory basis to the community. The outpatient facility offers the most advanced technology to assist surgeons with routine and complex procedures. For more information on the center and the surgical center team, please visit

About Danbury Orthopedics:
Danbury Orthopedics, founded in 1954, is a multi-specialty practice  staffed by leaders in orthopedic care; the practice is a member of OrthoConnecticut, along with New Milford Orthopedics and Coastal Orthopedics, providing comprehensive care to the community. The practice’s Centers of Excellence provide integrated treatment, offering individualized and compassionate care by a team of specialists. The goal of the practice is to help patients regain mobility, lead active lives and attain optimal well-being. To make an appointment with any of the practice’s specialists, or to learn more about this procedure, or other outpatient procedures at Danbury Orthopedics, please visit or call 203.797.1500.

About RVNA:
RVNA cares for patients in their homes in 28 towns in Western Connecticut, including seven day a week physical therapy by experienced orthopedic therapists.  Founded in 1914, RVNA is a non-profit, fully-accredited, Medicare-certified home health care agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. Services include skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapies, social work services, disease management, and private pay home health care, along with many community programs.  To learn more about RVNA or to request RVNA services, call 203-438-5555 or visit