About My Practice

Practice Profile

Welcome to my orthopedic surgery practice.

My mission, in practice, is to provide the kind of advanced cutting edge orthopedic care that you would expect to find only in elite nationally acclaimed orthopedic centers here, in a community setting. I treat my patients with the respect they deserve, and expect my staff of trained medical professionals to do the same.  

I completed my orthopedic surgery training in New York at St. Luke’s\Roosevelt Hospital Center, a teaching hospital affiliated with Columbia University. I have been in practice in Manchester since 1991, at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Since 2001, I have been the only orthopedic surgeon in Wethersfield, Connecticut as a member of the staff of Hartford Hospital. Currently, I am on the active orthopedic surgery staff of both Hartford Hospital and Manchester Memorial Hospital. I am a board certified and, in 2003, was recertified in adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery. Presently, I am the Chief of the Section of Orthopedic Surgery for the Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN).

From 2007 to 2010, I was listed in Connecticut Magazines Top Docs issue as one of Connecticut’s best orthopedic surgeons for shoulders and knees. In fact, I was the only ECHN orthopedic surgeon to receive this recognition.

Also, in 2007, I left a group practice to begin my own practice, the Connecticut Center for Orthopedic Surgery, LLC. As the sole physician in the practice, I look forward to making sure you receive the kind of advanced orthopedic care available at leading orthopedic centers right here in your own community.

I am an independent orthopedic surgeon and do not work for any hospital system. There will never be a conflict of interest when it comes to selecting the best place for your healthcare. I maintain active staff privileges at ECHN, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Hartford Hospital. I also have surgery privileges at St Francis Hospital where I perform total knee and total shoulder replacements at the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute (CJRI).

What’s so special about this practice?

  • I have been in practice since 1991 and have accumulated a vast experience in the treatment of orthopedic conditions. After 19 years of practice and after over 10,000 surgical procedures, I have been around long enough to have seen “new” technology and techniques come and go. I utilize new techniques when they have been shown to be effective with reliable long term results.
  • I am the only orthopedic surgeon on the active staff of both Hartford Hospital and Manchester Memorial Hospital, giving patients a choice of hospital.
  • I don’t treat every orthopedic condition that exists. Over the past 19 years, the focus of my practice has narrowed to provide care for only those conditions that I believe I can provide the best orthopedic care.
  • As a member of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hartford Hospital, a regional Level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital for the University of Connecticut orthopedic residency, I am responsible for the education of resident orthopedic surgeons in training at Hartford Hospital. This requires that I keep abreast of the latest developments in orthopedic surgery through weekly educational conferences and journal reviews.

The Staff at the Connecticut Center for Orthopedic Surgery, LLC.

After 19 years of practice, I have learned what makes a great team member and have chosen people who are as obsessed as I am with making sure that you receive top quality care. If, at any time we disappoint you, let me know.

X-Ray

Our x-ray facility is the latest technology which provides the highest resolution digital x-ray images. These images reveal the finest detail of your bone on high resolution monitors. Since the digital images can be modified, magnified and enhanced, repeat x-rays and extra radiation are rarely necessary. Limb alignment, deformity, and joint narrowing can be measured accurately with a computer program after it is taken, so precise measurements are always possible. Images taken for knee and shoulder replacements can be computer templated on our state of the art computer system to ensure accurate sizing in the operating room. These images can be placed on a computer disk for you but will always be available in our office.

No other orthopedic practice in the area can offer this technology and safety to you and your family.

Physical Therapy

After years of practice, I have learned that the best physical therapy is usually associated with an orthopedic practice. As orthopedic surgeons, we usually know and hire the best therapists who know our protocols for getting you the best results from your orthopedic care and after your surgery. Our physical therapy is available only to the patients of our practice.

Office hours

Office hours are by appointment only. I generally see patients on Monday and Tuesdays and every other Thursday at 29 Haynes Street Manchester beginning at 8am. 

Every Wednesday, I see patients in the Wethersfield office in the Hartford Hospital Health Care Center, 1260 Silas Deane Highway Wethersfield.

Insurance

The practice accepts many, but not all insurances. Check with our practice to see if we participate in your plan.

Workers compensation

A very large part of my practice involves the care of individuals injured on the job. For 19 years, my practice has become the destination for so many of those injured workers because patients, insurers and employers realize that I understand the needs of all of those involved when an employee is injured. We go out of our way to satisfy the needs of the patient, employer and insurer, while providing the best care to the injured worker.

Patients need to be seen quickly, cared for effectively and compassionately, and encouraged to return to work when they are ready. Insurers and employers are always informed when there a patient has been evaluated and work capacity is determined at each visit.

Emergencies

For true medical emergencies, call 911 or go the nearest emergency room.

If you need to speak with me regarding an orthopedic emergency, call 860-649-CCOS (2267). The orthopedic physician assistant will answer your call and contact me when necessary. There is always someone on call for your urgent orthopedic needs.

Medication Refills

For medication refills, please call 860-649-CCOS (2267) from Monday through Friday noon. Give us 24 hours to call the medication into the pharmacy. Certain narcotic prescriptions can be refilled by written prescription only. These prescriptions should be refilled from Monday through Thursday and must be picked up in person by you or a designee who must show proof of identification. Calls for refills after the office closes or on weekends will not be refilled.

Refills of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are permitted for 3 months after they are initiated. Further refills are allowed if you are receiving ongoing care in our practice. If you need refills after 3 months, and are not following up in our practice, I ask that you get those refills from your primary care physician. The side effects of NSAIDs increase after 3 months, especially in patients over 65 years of age, and your primary care physician will need to monitor for those side effects with periodic blood tests.

Scheduling Tests

As part of your orthopedic evaluation, tests may be needed. These studies may be scheduled the day of your office visit. In some cases, the study will be scheduled after you leave the office. We will call you with the place and time of the study or may ask you to call us for the information.

You should have a follow up visit with me to discuss you test results.

Test Results

It is my practice to have you return to the office to discuss the results of the study in person. You should have a follow up appointment a few days after the study. It takes 2-3 days for us to get an official reading on most radiology studies such as MRI’s, CT scans, and bone scans.

In addition to an official report, I will need to see the actual study which should be provided to you on a CD (preferred) or in film format. The radiology facility may tell you that they will send the study or we can access the study on the computer, but the only way for you to make sure that your test gets to the office in time for your visit is for you to pick it up before the office visits and bring it for me to review.

Nerve conduction tests also take 2-3 days to get a result from the neurologist. 
Blood tests are available in 24-48 hours.

What kind of problems do I treat?

My areas of interest and expertise in practice include but are not limited to the following adult reconstructive and sports medicine areas of orthopedic surgery. They include the following:

  • Shoulder
    • Rotator cuff surgery – arthroscopic and minimally invasive repairs
    • Total shoulder replacement – I have one of the highest volume total shoulder replacement practices in CT
    • Reverse shoulder replacement for arthritis due to rotator cuff tears
    • Sports and work related injuries
    • Instability repairs for shoulder dislocations
    • Fracture repair – Humerus, scapula and clavicle
    • Major reconstruction and revision joint replacement
  • Elbow
    • Sports and work related injuries
    • Biceps / triceps ruptures
    • Tennis  / golfer’s elbow
    • Cubital tunnel syndrome
    • Complex fracture repair
    • Total elbow replacement
    • Elbow instability
  • Wrist and hand
    • Tendinitis
    • Carpal tunnel surgery
    • Basal joint arthritis
    • Wrist and hand fractures
  • Upper extremity trauma
    • Fractures
  • Lower extremity trauma
    • Hip and Femur Fractures
    • Knee Fractures
    • Ankle Fractures
  • Knee
    • Sports and work related injuries
    • Arthritis surgery
      • Arthroscopy
      • Gender specific minimally invasive total knee replacement
    • Meniscal surgery
    • Ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Ankle
    • Fractures
    • Sprains
    • Achilles ruptures

 


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