Orthopedic Patients Applaud New Pain-Reducing Procedure

Opioids after orthopedic surgery could become a thing of the past.

Recovery from total shoulder replacement surgery usually includes weeks of excruciating pain.  This was not the case for Manhattan, NY resident, Marjorie Purnick, 71, who was out to dinner with surgeryfriends the night after Dr. Paul Sethi performed the procedure using a new, slow release analgesic called Exparel.  Marjorie said she has never taken a single pill for pain in the four months since her shoulder replacement surgery.

“It was incredible. I kept waiting for the pain to hit, but it never did.  Friends who have had the same surgery don’t believe me when I tell them that I had no pain,” she said.   With the help of physical therapy, Marjorie has regained close to 100 percent of her range of motion, a recovery that she said is 4 to 8 months quicker than her friends. “I think I’ve recovered so quickly because I didn’t have pain holding me back.  I could get started with therapy right away.”

As soon as 49 year old Michele Herrera of Rye, NY heard about this new pain treatment, she asked Dr. Sethi to use it during her surgery to correct torn biceps and bone spurs in her right shoulder.  Vivid memories of the agonizing pain she had endured following a similar surgery on her left shoulder five years ago had been preventing her from undergoing the procedure again.
“I was petrified to have the surgery again because of that pain,” she recalled.  This time around, however, it was completely different.  “I am the happiest person in the world.  I had surgery on Thursday and I was out walking the dog that same day.”  When the medication did start to wear off 4 days later, she said she took pain medication because she afraid of how intense the pain would be. She was pleasantly surprised. “I only took one pill instead of two, and once I realized that I only felt a little sore, I switched to Tylenol.”

The search for an alternative to opioids at ONS is borne from a real concern about the increasing national opioid addiction epidemic and the role prescribed opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone play in addiction. Every day, 78 Americans die from an opioid overdose, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Since the late 1990s, the number of deaths from prescription opioids has quadrupled.

“It is frightening as a surgeon to think that an opioid prescription that is intended to help a patient recover could lead to a lifelong battle with addiction or death,”  said ONS orthopedic surgeon, Paul Sethi, MD.  He has seen college athletes in need of surgery who are willing to suffer great amounts of pain if it means avoiding opioids post-surgery.

Dr. Sethi and ONS colleagues Seth Miller, MD, Katherine Vadasdi, MD and Marc Kowalsky, MD, have been performing shoulder surgeries with the use of  this new analgesic,  that is injected directly into the surgical site and numbs the area for three days or more.  Some patients who have been administered Exparel have not needed any narcotics for pain, or if they did, they’ve needed far fewer than with traditional post-surgical pain control, Sethi said.

“When patients need additional pain relief instead of prescribing 30 narcotic pills post-surgery for instance, there is only a need to prescribe 10,” he said.

Moreover, patients are able to regain movement more quickly because they are not consumed by pain.

Physicians at ONS are optimistic that as more non-narcotic methods of pain relief are made available, the number of prescribed opioids for surgical pain will plummet.  Sethi and others in the practice are conducting a peer-reviewed study about Exparel’s overall effectiveness in reducing pain after other types of surgeries. “The injection has to be specifically tailored to each surgery in order for it to be effective,” Dr. Sethi said.
They plan to expand its use for other surgical procedures such as repairs to ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL).
Currently, about 70 percent of opioids used for non-medical reasons are obtained through family or friends and 18 percent through a prescribing doctor, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

ONS Surgeon Named Doctor of Distinction

Paul Sethi, MD, was named one of Fairfield County’s Doctors of Distinction by Westfair Communications.

Dr. Sethi, a sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon at ONS, will be presented with the Cutting Edge Award  at the annual Fairfield County Doctors of Distinction Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 3.  Dr. Sethi has received this recognition from Westfair Communications for his ongoing research into improving orthopedic surgical procedures  and help in creating international orthopedic surgical standards.  Doctors of Distinction

As President of the  ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, Dr. Sethi’s research has recently included the establishment of  better methods for surgical skin preparation (cleaning) to lower the risk of surgical infection; development of a new technique to repair chronic or weakened biceps tendons; and the evaluation of surgical needles in tendon surgery to establish international guidelines on needle use. Additionally, Dr. Sethi has recently contributed a textbook chapter on shoulder fractures, and two chapters on treating elbow injuries in throwing athletes.

Learn more about Dr. Sethi’s outstanding career here.

 

ONS Featured in Greenwich Sentinel

sentinel_logo_transparentYou can learn about the early days of ONS and the philosophy that made us the most comprehensive and advanced practice the region. The writer, Sara Poirier Correa, did an excellent job explaining that with 22 top sub-specialty trained physicians, ONS is able to provide personalized services to patients. The article also highlights the Women’s Sports Medicine Center and the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, which has published internationally and competes among researchers at larger universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins. http://bit.ly/1PNTkfh

 

15 ONS Physicians Rated Among Top Doctors in Connecticut

 

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Fifteen orthopedic surgeons with Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) were named among Connecticut’s Top Doctors in a report published this month by Moffly Media. The doctors were selected by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd, a well-respected national healthcare research and information company.

Among the physicians recognized for medical expertise and excellence were ONS’s entire neurosurgery team — Paul J. Apostolides, MD, Mark H. Camel, MD, Amory J. Fiore, MD and Scott Simon, MD. Orthopedic surgeons, Michael R. Clain, MD, James G. Cunningham, MD, Francis A. Ennis, MD, Steven E. Hindman, MD, Brian P. Kavanagh, MD, Seth R. Miller, MD, David P. Nocek, MD, Paul M. Sethi, MD, and Katherine B. Vadasdi, MD, were ranked among the top in their category as was Jeffrey M. Heftler, MD, for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. John F. Crowe, MD, who retired from ONS at the end of 2015 after 30 years of practice, was one of the leading physicians in his area of specialty, Hand Surgery.

 

ONS Success Story: William McHale

William McHale TestimonialWilliam McHale started off as many other athletes did, full of energy and feeling invincible. As we all know, that feeling of invincibility is only a feeling. In the 7th grade, young William broke his ankle playing football; fortunately he was then referred to Dr. Paul Sethi.

Dr. Sethi considers all of the athlete’s needs which helps set the stage for a successful and timely recovery period and translates into an ideal patient-doctor experience.  When McHale got older, he started as a linebacker in 30 consecutive games between his sophomore and senior years at  Yale University. During his senior year though, the labrums in both of his shoulders tore. Time was of the essence if he wanted to recover in time for his Pro Day in front of NFL Scouts. Who did he contact? None other than our very own Dr. Sethi.

The MRIs originally taken of the injury did not reveal the full extent of the damage but Dr. Sethi corrected all issues encountered during the surgery. After the procedure, William was scheduled to go to physical therapy multiple times a week and overall, it took about six to seven months for a full recovery. Since then, William has not had any other issues regarding his shoulders.

Where is William McHale now? He played to his full potential on Pro Day, was invited to Minicamp with the New Orleans Saints, and just returned from playing football in France; congratulations!

ONS Sports Medicine Specialists and Orthopedic Surgeons awarded 2nd place at The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Meeting for “Incidence of Culture Positive Propionibacterium Acnes in Shoulder Arthroscopy”

UNDERSTANDING AND PREVENTING SURGICAL SITE INFECTION

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) was founded primarily as a forum for research and education for orthopedic surgeons, physicians and health care professionals in the field of sports medicine. Each year the AOSSM holds a conference to highlight areas of recent research, surgical techniques and to debate and share clinical insights about hot topics in the field of sports medicine. Physicians are recognized and awarded for their efforts in research and presentations about sports medicine conditions.

At the annual AOSSM meeting held in Seattle, Washington this July 10th-13th, ONS orthopedic surgeons Timothy Greene, MD, Katie Vadasdi, MD, director of the ONS Women’s Sports Medicine Center and Paul Sethi, MD, President of the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, were awarded 2nd place for research presented on “Incidence of Culture Positive Propionibacterium Acnes in Shoulder Arthroscopy.” This research is best described in a statement below from Dr. Paul Sethi:

“As the field of shoulder surgery and, particularly, shoulder replacement grows, the risk of developing shoulder infection increases. When treated imperfectly, infection may cause devastating complications. Our goal is to help develop a universal measure to absolutely minimize post-surgical infection. Reducing complications adds value to patient experience and avoids the costly road of infection eradication. The bacterium (Proprionibacter Acnes) most commonly attributed to shoulder infection is a very unusual organism. Until recently, it was not properly recognized because it was so difficult to identify.

Now that one of the greatest bacterial offenders (in the shoulder) has been more clearly identified, we are looking for ways to prevent it from infecting patients. In our last study we took over three hundred cultures and studied them. After careful analysis, we were able to identify when (during surgery) patients are most susceptible to this bacterial infection and were able to determine just how frequently this bacteria is present. Now that we know when this bacterium may gain its access to patients, we are developing ways to attack it at the patient’s point of vulnerability.”

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Sethi PM, Greene T, Vadasdi K, Miller S.  Incidence of P. Acnes Culture after Primary Shoulder Arthroscopy.  AOSSM Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. July 2014

Posters are judged by the AOSSM Education Program Committee. With just three poster awards available, we congratulate our physicians on their research and 2nd place award.

ONS Foundation Awarded 2nd Place in AOSSM Poster Contest
ONS Foundation Awarded 2nd Place in AOSSM Poster Contest

For more information on the AOSSM Annual Meeting, please click here: http://www.sportsmed.org/Education/Meetings/Annual_Meeting_2014/2014_Annual_Meeting/

Program:
http://www.sportsmed.org/uploadedFiles/Content2/Education/Meetings/Annual_Meeting_2014/AOSSM%202014%20Final%20Program.pdf

Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists PC (ONS) is an advanced multi-specialty orthopedic and neurosurgery practice in Greenwich, CT. ONS physicians provide expertise in sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopaedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. For more information, please visit www.onsmd.com.

 

 

Is the Screwball Pitch Hard on the Arm? ONS Orthopedic Surgeon Paul Sethi, MD Weighs In

BaseballWhen you think of baseball pitchers, what comes to mind? Fastball? Curveball?

These are common terms used to describe pitches thrown during Major League Baseball games. Professional pitchers that have perfected these two conventional styles may not have the special skill and expertise to pull off one of the most, if not the most difficult pitches in baseball history, the screwball.

New York Times article The Mystery of the Vanishing Screwball,” by Bruce Schoenfeld, describes the “screwball” as “erratic, irrational or illogical, unexpected.”

In his article, Schoenfeld writes about the screwball technique gleaning inside information from Hector Santiago of the Los Angeles Angels who says the secret to the pitch is “like driving with your right wheels going around a curve.”

Schoenfeld goes on to write that “Unlike the knuckleball, which is easy to throw but hard to master, the screwball requires special expertise just to get it to the plate. The successful screwball pitcher must overcome an awkward sensation that feels like tightening a pickle jar while simultaneously thrusting the wrist forward with extreme velocity.”

Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is quoted in the article saying “the word on the street is that the screwball is hard on the arm.” Although there is no documentation of this, many experts continue to debate as to whether or not the intensity of such a throw is harmful to the arm.

According to the article, Schoenfeld found no existing research to help answer the screwball pitch question. That’s when he contacted ONS Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist Paul Sethi, MD.

Dr. Paul Sethi, a Connecticut orthopedist, was willing to help generate some new data. Sethi is a disciple of Dr. Frank Jobe, the man who did an ulnar collateral graft in Tommy John’s elbow in 1974 and so created the most famous baseball-medical connection since Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Paul Sethi, MD

I met Sethi at the Center for Motion Analysis in Farmington, Conn., in a 108-foot-long room as bright as an operating theater. A dozen cameras were mounted on the walls. A tattooed 26-year-old named Matt Bartolomei stood on a portable pitcher’s mound while technicians adhered sensors to his body.”

Dr. Sethi, along with a team of experts, were able to watch in slow motion and concluded that the force exerted on the elbow of the pitcher when he threw a screwball during the experiment was identical to that of a fastball or curveball.

“In fact, the screwball doesn’t exceed the fastball in any parameter.” The results were hardly definitive, especially given the data set of one. “But looking at the data compared to the normative data kind of makes me tingly,” Sethi said.

If he and Nissen could confirm the conclusions, Sethi believed they might rescue the screwball from near-extinction. While assisting Jobe in Los Angeles, he worked with Dodgers pitchers. He liked the idea of contributing to their cause. I was less certain, though, that a doctor could revive the flat lining screwball. For a pitch to be used regularly by major leaguers, or even Little Leaguers, it needed a stronger selling point than mere safety.”

Although the “screwball” has been somewhat “abandoned” by baseball, the research conducted by Dr. Sethi and the team he worked with could make for a comeback. In a phone message yesterday Dr. Sethi confirmed, “the “screwball” pitch isn’t a cause for higher risk of injury than that of a fastball or knuckleball. It puts the same amount of stress on the arm as the other pitches do.”

Paul Sethi, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, the shoulder and elbow. He served as an orthopedic consultant to the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. Sethi was also a former assistant team physician of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, Los Angeles Kings hockey team, Los Angeles Dodgers, and University of Southern California football team.

Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists PC (ONS) is an advanced multi-specialty orthopedic and neurosurgery practice in Greenwich, CT. ONS physicians provide expertise in sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopaedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. For more information, please visit www.onsmd.com.

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ONS Docs Included in Castle Connolly New York Top Doctors Guide, 17th edition

14 Specialists from ONS included in New York Area Medical Guide Book top primary care and specialty care doctors in the tri-state metropolitan New York area.

Fourteen physicians from Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) on Valley Drive are included in the latest edition of Castle Connolly Top Doctors, New York Metro Area guidebook. The resource directory, which is in its seventeenth edition, is a guide to finding the top primary care and specialty care doctors in the tri-state metropolitan New York area. It details information on over 6,400 physicians in 65 specialties. Physicians profiled in the guide were nominated by their peers and screened by a research team at Castle Connolly.

ONS Neurosurgeon Paul Apostolides, MD
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Mark Camel, MD
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Amory Fiore, MD
Scott Simon, MD
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Michael Clain, MD
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John Crowe, MD
James Cunningham, MD
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Brian Kavanagh, MD
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Katie Vadasdi, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist
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Jeffrey Heftler MD, Physiatrist
Jeffrey Heftler, MD

Castle Connolly Top Doctors® are nominated by their peers including physicians and hospital executives throughout the New York metropolitan region in an online survey process. Nominations are open to all board certified MDs and DOs. Nominated physicians are selected by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team based on criteria including medical education, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and much more.

ONS physicians included in the 17th edition of the guide are neurosurgeons Paul Apostolides, MD; Mark Camel, MD;  Amory Fiore, MD; and Scott Simon, MD, orthopedic surgeons Michael Clain, MD; John Crowe, MD; James Cunningham, MD; Frank Ennis, MD; Steven Hindman, MD; Brian Kavanagh, MD; Seth Miller, MD; Paul Sethi, MD; and Katie Vadasdi, MD and physiatrist Jeffrey Heftler, MD.

“We congratulate our physicians who have been recognized as ‘Top Doctors’ by Castle Connolly,” said hand and wrist specialist Dr. John Crowe. “Having fourteen of our fine doctors included in this authoritative guide is a reflection of the commitment and quality of excellence of all our physicians and entire staff at ONS. The multidisciplinary nature of ONS makes it possible to provide patients with access to the most advanced care available in orthopedics, neurosurgery and physiatry.”

Survey recipients are asked to nominate those doctors who, in their judgment, are the best in their field and related fields– especially those to whom they would refer their own patients and family members.

Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists PC (ONS) is an advanced multi-specialty orthopedic and neurosurgery practice in Greenwich, CT. ONS physicians provide expertise in sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopaedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. For more information, please visit www.onsmd.com.

14 Doctors from ONS included in Greenwich Magazine’s Top Doctors list

When you need the name of a good doctor, ask another doctor.  As a means to that end, each year Moffly Media asks Castle Connolly, the physician-led medical research team that vets doctors nationwide, to provide a list of top physicians in Fairfield County for their annual Top Doctors list. The January 2013 Top Doctors issue of Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan/ Darien and Westport Magazines contains information on over 323 doctors in 48 medical specialties.  This year’s list includes 14 doctors from Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists, PC (ONS) in Greenwich Office Park:  neurosurgeons – Paul Apostolides, MD, Mark Camel, MD, Amory Fiore, MD and Scott Simon, MD; orthopedic surgeons – Michael Clain, MD; James Cunningham, MD; John F. Crowe, MD; Frank Ennis, MD Steven Hindman, MD; Brian Kavanagh, MD; Seth Miller, MD; David Nocek, MD; and Paul Sethi, MD; physiatrist – Jeffrey Heftler, MD.

“Once again, we are proud to have so many of our skilled physicians recognized in this year’s Top Doctors lists,” said Dr. Seth Miller.  “Our doctors are among the very best in the country. Each has been hand-picked for their superior credentials and experience”

Each year Castle Connolly’s experts ask medical leaders across the country to identify physicians they believe to be the best in their respective fields. The nominees’ credentials, including educational and professional experience, are then carefully screened and the list compiled.

Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists PC (ONS) physicians provide expertise in the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. The main office is located at 6 Greenwich Office Park on Valley Road, Greenwich, CT. For more information, visit www.onsmd.com or call (203) 869-1145.

ONS Foundation Along With NFL Alumni Chapter Held Concussion Talk at Greenwich Library

Concussions are the hot topic in the NFL and on high school and college campuses across the country with ongoing concern about the brain health of players of contact sports.

The ONS Foundation wants to raise awareness about the risk of concussion and help educate high school athletes about concussion signs and symptoms. According to neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Simon of the ONS Foundation, concussions are the most common type of brain injury sustained in sports and most concussions do NOT involve loss of consciousness.

Where: Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
When: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

For more information, click the link below:
http://www.onsfoundation.org/home/concussions/

 

A Good Deed Goes A Long Way

Amy Sethi wasn’t that surprised when her 9-year-old daughter Karina said she wanted to do something nice for the patients at Greenwich Hospital.  After all, Karina’s dad, Paul Sethi, is an orthopedic surgeon with the hospital, so she knows how tough it is to be sick or in pain. Like her father,  Amy knows how much a little kindness can mean to someone who is ill.

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Third graders Annabelle Boots, left, and Karina Sethi deliver bracelets to Greenwich Hospital. The bracelets were made by the two girls and other third graders at Riverside School

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ONS Foundation Discussion: Concussion Prevention & Management Strategies for Youth Athletes

On Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library, The ONS Foundation and the NFL Alumni Chapterwill present a free seminar on Youth Sports Concussion Awareness and Prevention. The Greenwich Branch of Wells Fargo Advisors is pleased to sponsor the ONSF/CT NFL Alumni Chapter Concussion Seminar.

Concussions are a hot topic in the NFL and in high schools and colleges across the country with particular concern about the brain health of players of contact sports. The ONS Foundation and the NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter want to raise awareness and educate parents and coaches of youth athletes about the signs and symptoms of concussion.

The discussion will cover the latest information on concussion management on the field, in the doctor’s office and what parents/coaches/teachers need to know to support recovery from concussion.

Speakers include:
Tim Hasselback– ESPN Analyst, retired NFL Quarterback: Greenwich Youth Football Coach

Steve Thurlow– President NFL Alumni CT Chapter- Retired Running Back for the Redskins and New York Giants

Panelists Include:
President of the ONS Foundation, ONS Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist, Paul M. Sethi, MD

Tricia McDonough Ryan, PhD

ONS Spine Surgery Specialist Mark Camel, MD.

Kindly RSVP to Kelly McCory, NFL Alumni CT Chapter at m3kellymc@aol.com

Don’t Miss Out! Hurry and Sign Up for The ONS Foundation PLAY Strong, PLAY Safe 5K Race/Walk!

 

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On Sunday, September 22, the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education PLAY Strong PLAY Safe 5K Run/Walk will take place in Old Greenwich. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Katie Vadasdi and Joseph “Casey” McKee will serve as event Co-chairs. “It seems only fitting that the ONS Foundation host a 5K race to benefit the organization’s research and education around treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries,” said Dr. Vadasdi. “What better venue for highlighting the importance of mobility and physical health at any age than a 5K walk/run aimed at the whole family.” Proceeds from the PLAY Strong PLAY Safe 5K will benefit the Foundation’s education initiatives as well as the youth sports programs of the OGRCC. Details about the event and registration are available online at http://www.onsf.org/. Registration packets may be picked up on Saturday, September 21, at OGRCC between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on race day between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Same day registrations are accepted.

The race will begin in front of the OGRCC (Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center) on Harding Road at 8 a.m. on Sunday. The USATF certified 5K course travels through scenic residential areas of Old Greenwich. The course goes south past the Innis Arden Club and is relatively flat for the first 2 miles. Bypassing downtown Old Greenwich, runners and walkers will encounter a hill as they leave the Binney Park area and enter Summit Road. Then, the course runs adjacent to the Riverside School before turning onto Owenoke Way and on to the finish line at the OGRCC.

“The course is designed for all athletic abilities whether you are a serious runner or a power walker,” said Dr. Vadasdi who is also an accomplished triathlete. “We invite elite runners, corporate challenge teams, joggers, student athletes, weekend warriors, power walkers and families to participate.

ONS Foundation 5K Run/Walk Facts

What: ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education Play Strong, Play Safe 5k Run/Walk

When: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Packet Pick Up/Race Day Registration 6 – 7:30 a.m.
5K Start 8 a.m.
Kids 0.5 Mile Costume Run/Walk 9 a.m.

Where: Meet at (OGRCC) Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center
90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich, CT 06870

Registration details: Register and pick up packets -Saturday, September 21, at OGRCC from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Includes a Race T-Shirt)

Fees:
Adults: $40
Students (12-18 years): $25
Child (8-11 years): $15
Child (7 & younger): FREE

In addition to the race, the event will feature a Health Expo located at the OGRCC where participants and their families will be able to learn more about nutrition, training, injury prevention and running equipment. “We are fortunate to have exhibits from ONS Physical Therapy, EHS PT, Greenwich Running Company and Green and Tonic,” said “Casey” McKee. “ONS doctors will also be on hand to host clinics on injury prevention and management”.

Sponsors for the ONS Foundation 5K include Greenwich Hospital Fairway Market, Elite Health Services, Greenwich Running Co., Jeep, Green and Tonic, Johnnie-O, and the Greenwich United Way. For information and online registration, go to http://www.ons-foundation.org/

The ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, a Greenwich Hospital alliance, works to develop, validate, formalize and disseminate the latest advances in surgical techniques, rehabilitation protocols and clinical outcomes in orthopedics and neurosurgery to improve patient care on regional and national levels.

 

 

 

Greenwich Hospital New Mini-Med Seminar series begins with talk on Joint Disease by Paul Sethi, MD

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Orthopaedic surgeon Paul Sethi, MD

On Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30-7:30 p.m., Greenwich Hospital will begin a new Mini-Med Seminar series. The first program, “Let’s talk about Joints: Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD); Causes, Symptoms and Treatments,” will be presented by ONS orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Paul Sethi in Hospital’s Noble Conference Center at 5 Perryridge Road. Attendance is free. To register, call 203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253, or register online.

Also known as osteoarthritis, DJD affects over 30 percent of the US population over age 65 and is characterized by joint pain and stiffness and a progressive loss of mobility. DJD occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joint breaks down and begins to wear away. By 2030, a projected 67 million people will have been diagnosed with DJD. Understanding the latest research on the causes of the disease and the surgical and non-surgical treatment options will be the focus of this seminar. Dr. Paul Sethi, who is also President of the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, will lead this educational and interactive program.

Greenwich Hospital Mini-Med seminars offers tuition-free monthly programs that focus on basic anatomy and physiology, common disease conditions, and possible cures and treatment options. The series aims to introduce the public to the science of human health and the groundbreaking changes taking place in the field of medicine today. The audience will gain a greater awareness of significant health issues, and about the role of medical research in advancing healthcare. The seminars are presented by Greenwich Hospital staff physicians and are designed to be causal and highly informative. No science or medical background required! Ample time will be given to a question and answer period. Whether you’re a student, teacher, caregiver, healthcare provider, or someone with an interest in research and medicine, you will gain a better understanding of basic terms and medical concepts from the seminars.

Surgeons to hold Special Seminar on Shoulder Pain and Shoulder Replacement Surgery at Greenwich Hospital

On Thursday, December 8 at 1:30 p.m., orthopedic surgeons Seth Miller, MD and Paul Sethi, MD will present a free community health talk about the latest solutions for shoulder pain. The talk takes place in the Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital on Perryridge Road. Registration is requested; call (877) 585-0125 to register.

“Severe shoulder arthritis and chronic shoulder pain can make daily-life activities, like combing hair, reaching for a lamp or putting on a sweater extremely difficult,” says Dr. Miller who is also a shoulder specialist and one of the foremost shoulder experts in the New York Metropolitan area. “If you can’t do the simple things you once did, you may be suffering from a shoulder condition. There are reliable solutions for chronic shoulder pain. It is important to learn about your options in order to make the best decision for you.”

Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Seth Miller of ONS

Many people are familiar with hip or knee replacement to treat chronic pain caused by advanced arthritis.  In the last 25 years, shoulder replacements have been used by a select group of skilled orthopedic surgeons to help their patients with chronic shoulder pain, restore mobility and stop pain. Dr. Seth Miller and his colleague Dr. Paul Sethi have performed over 1000 shoulder replacements at Greenwich Hospital in the past 20 years, earlier than at any other hospital outside New York City. For their patients this means regaining the mobility they thought was permanently lost.

Doctors recommend shoulder replacement for patients with severe shoulder arthritis, who have not achieved pain relief from conservative treatments, or who have had a severe fracture. In the procedure, the surgeon replaces the damaged or arthritic joint surfaces with a highly-polished metal ball attached to a stem, and a plastic socket. In cases where the patient’s own ball is severely fractured and the socket is normal, the surgeon may replace only the ball.

In addition to being a staff orthopedic physician at Greenwich Hospital, Dr. Seth Miller serves as Clinical Associate Professor of orthopedic surgery specializing in shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Medical Center. He is also assistant Attending Physician in orthopaedic surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Seth Miller is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. After his residency at New York Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, he completed a research fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and a shoulder surgery fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He has been an orthopaedic consultant to the New York Mets for more than eight years.

Paul Sethi, MD is a Board-certified orthopedic surgeon with sub-specialty training

Orthopaedic surgeon Paul Sethi, MD

in sports medicine and the shoulder and elbow. Dr Sethi graduated with honors from Cornell University. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his internship and residency at Yale University. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles, CA. His research on athletic performance while a resident surgeon at Yale, his studies on professional basketball players and his own experience as a college varsity athlete have provided Dr. Sethi with first-hand experience, and an invaluable perspective in understanding sports-related injuries and conditions.

Dr. Sethi is a former orthopedic consultant to the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and former assistant team physician of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, Los Angeles Kings hockey team, the Los Angeles Dodgers and University of Southern California football team.

Six Doctors from ONS included in Greenwich Magazine’s Top Docs list

Greenwich Magazine asked Castle Connolly to compile a list of the area’s top medical experts

When you need the name of a good doctor, a good place to find one is from another doctor that you respect. Moffly Media asked Castle Connolly, the physician-led medical data research team whose job it is to vet doctors around the country, to provide a list of the top physicians in Fairfield County for their annual Top Docs list. As a result, the January 2011 Top Doctors issue of Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan/ Darien and Westport Magazines provided information on over 757 doctors in 25 medical specialties.  This year’s list included six physicians from ONS including neurosurgeons Paul Apostolides, MD and Amory Fiore, MD; orthopedic surgeons Michael Clain, MD; James Cunningham, MD and Paul Sethi, MD; and physiatrist Halina Snowball, MD.

“ONS is proud of our team and our commitment to providing excellence in care for our patients,” said Dr. Apostolides. “The multidisciplinary nature of ONS makes us unique and makes it possible to provide patients with access to the most advanced techniques and treatments available in orthopedics, neurosurgery and physiatry.”

To compile this list, the Castle Connolly’s experts first asked medical leaders in lower Fairfield County to point out physicians believed to be the best in their respective fields. The nominees’ credentials, including educational and professional experience, were then carefully checked.