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cellestThe condition: Franz Ryerson has been performing on the cello all her life and has worked with generations of young musicians. Her active schedule included teaching five public school orchestras and tuning dozens of violins and cellos each day. However, the last five years were filled with pain due to arthritis in both her thumbs, and it was interfering with Franz’s ability to play the music she loved. She tried cortisone shots, but they didn’t alleviate the terrible pain. A fellow cellist who had very successful surgery with Dr. Lunt, recommended that Franz see the doctor to see what he could do to help.

The treatment: Dr. Lunt took a staged approach to Franz’s case.  An attempt was made to alleviate the pain and disability without surgery, but the arthritis continued.  Finally, surgery was suggested for the left hand and Dr. Lunt had his office create a brace for the right thumb so that Franz could get full use of both hands.  After the initial round of surgery, Franz had just over three months of physical therapy to ensure full movement and thumb strength. Franz’s next step is to schedule surgery for the right hand.

The result: Ask Franz about her thumb and she will say, “It’s been wonderful! I don’t have any pain at all!” Not only is Franz thrilled with her results, she has become a huge fan of Dr. Lunt. “I can’t say enough about the Hand Center at Danbury Orthopedics and Dr. Lunt. I’ve seen him with patients and his bedside manner is something you rarely see these days. I felt great with him.”  Franz also appreciated having a certified hand therapist in the same building so that she could piggyback appointments and have the two medical professionals work closely together. Now Franz is making plans to have Dr. Lunt operate on her right thumb. In fact, she’s spoken about Dr. Lunt so much, her sister -- a violinist who lives right near some of the finest hospitals on the west coast -- is thinking about making it a family affair and flying in to have her own hand surgery at the same time as Franz’s.

 
 

casestudy-strongmanThe condition: Fitness and strength are what Matt Mills is all about.  As a competitive power lifter and strongman, Matt needs to be in prime physical condition. When Matt completely ruptured his pectoral muscle, he consulted a number of doctors. All said they had never seen an injury so severe and all doubted that Matt could ever fully regain his strength or mobility—vital components to Matt’s success in competitions.

The treatment: In July 2011 Matt turned to Dr. Angelo Ciminiello, sports medicine specialist and knee and shoulder surgeon, for pectoralis major repair to reattach the muscle.  "Matt sustained a complete rupture of his pectoralis major muscle.  This is a devastating injury for a professional weight lifter.  Given his high athletic level, we decided that urgent surgical repair would be in his best interest to maximize his function."

The result: After surgery, Matt quickly regained his mobility and flexibility. Matt’s strength had completely returned in less than seven months.   By January 2012, Matt was able to re-enter competition.  Matt couldn't wait to share his good news with Danbury Orthopedics: "Thanks to the amazing work Dr. Ciminiello performed, I took home first place at the Bigg Strongg Dogg Winter Strongman Challenge. I highly recommend Dr. Ciminiello as an orthopedic surgeon." Although we can’t guarantee all our patients will be able to pull 650-pound sleds, duckwalk with 400 pounds on their backs, do a 250-pound key run, or deadlift 450 pounds, we are extremely proud of Matt’s results and impressed with his continued commitment to his passion. If seeing is believing, we invite you to take a look.

 
 

Overcoming a Rare Ankle Condition to Walk Without Pain

casestudy-brian-sharpThe condition: At 32-years-old, Brian Sharp was living in constant pain. He faced losing his growing landscape design business due to a very rare and debilitating ankle condition called osteochondritis dissecans. Because his business requires moving around properties and gardening nurseries, Brian was running out of options…and time.

The treatment: Brian's primary care physician referred him to Dr. Randolph Sealey, a specialist in foot and ankle reconstruction, as "the only guy I would trust for this case." Considered one of the best foot and ankle surgeons in Connecticut, Dr. Sealey immediately grasped Brian’s condition.  Brian’s other options were a local physician who offered a temporary solution and a specialist in California. Not only did Dr. Sealey become Brian’s surgeon, he also become his advocate and repeatedly appealed to Brian’s insurance company to make sure the complicated surgical procedure was covered.

The result: Today, Brian is at work and pain-free. "I’m walking around like a normal person and keeping my business.  Mine wasn’t a typical case; Dr. Sealey went above and beyond. He gave me my life back."

 
 

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