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August 01, 2014

Coastal Orthopaedics, with offices in Norwalk, Westport, Darien and New Canaan, signed up 8 team members for the Bike CT Challenge, which was held on July 25, & 26. Three Coastal physicians, Dr. Jeffrey V. DeLuca, Dr. T. Jay Kleeman and Dr. Nicholas Poliforni rode 25 miles each while 4 other team members rode 10 miles. Other Coastal Team members include: Dr. Paul Protomastro, Donna Frydrych, Steve Frydrych, Doris Haniquet and Jacquelyn Spezzano.

The team has raised $20,640 to-date to support the cause even though they set a goal of $15,000, which they have already far surpassed and will be collecting for another 56 days. Dr. T. Jay Kleeman earned the most for the team and is currently in 5th place overall for money raised for the charity.

This important event helps raise funds for cancer survivors for special programs and research in exercise, nutrition and psychosocial support. The mission of the Bike CT Challenge is to empower cancer survivors to live longer, happier, healthier lives, by creating and funding programs, offering credible resources, and building community support.

For more information about the team and the Bike CT Challenge you may visit: Donations will gladly be accepted and participation is encouraged. The CT Challenge is a 501(c)(3) charity.

May 05, 2014

Sealey article-5-5-14by Randolph Sealey, MD
The Foot & Ankle Center at Danbury Orthopedics

It’s Spring at last, and with it comes a welcome return to outdoor activity. If you’re taking your fitness regimen outside, after months of exercising indoors, be aware that running or jogging on roads and trails means a major change to the impact exerted on feet and ankles. Even strong athletes experience a big change in lower extremity forces as they move from indoor facilities to outdoor terrain … forces that can lead to stress facture.

Stress fractures are a unique type of injury that occurs when the bones are overworked. The lower extremity, and specifically the foot and ankle region, accounts for the majority of stress fractures. In fact, 80% of these fractures occur in the tibia, fibula, metatarsal or calcaneus. 

Who’s at risk, and why
It’s no coincidence that a Prussian military surgeon was the first to describe stress fractures in an 1855 medical journal. Military personnel are at higher risk for these injuries, especially if there has been a change in their training. Runners also are more prone to stress fractures. Also at risk are people with certain foot types such as very high arches or a long second metatarsal fractures. And finally, hormonal imbalance such as hyperthyroidism, amenorrhea or osteoporosis can make the bones more vulnerable to stress, as can systemic problems such as smoking, alcohol abuse, nutrition problems and certain medications.

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May 05, 2014

TotalHipReplacement PatientAt 97-Years-Old, a Redding Man is Pain-Free Following Total Hip Replacement

Before he underwent hip replacement surgery last November, 97-year-old Henry McQuade had been suffering for years with arthritis pain in his left hip. Then, last fall his pain became so unbearable he worried that he wouldn't be able to do many of the things he loved. Outdoor work, including caring for his stunning field of daffodils, was one of the many activities that Henry, who turns 98 in June, looked forward to each spring.

Henry, a retired Joel Barlow High School teacher who lives alone since his wife died, sought help from Dr. Robert Deveney, an orthopedic joint surgeon at Danbury Hospital and Chairman of the Board of Managers, Western Connecticut Health Network Joint and Spine, LLC. Dr. Deveney advised him that since he was in good, overall health, he was a candidate for hip replacement surgery. "He scheduled my surgery for the very next week," said Henry. "I had been in pain for such a long time. I thought if I could fool others that I wasn't in pain, I'd fool myself. But that didn't work." Henry was happy to learn joint replacement surgery might offer a solution - and that his age was not an obstacle.

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May 04, 2014

One woman talks about what she did to get her life back