Dr. Kowalsky: Tennis Elbow

After receiving no relief from a major NYC Ortho hospital for a severe case of tennis elbow, I found Dr. Kowalsky. He assured me that even at my age, 66, there was no reason that my tennis days had to be behind me. He performed surgery flawlessly, and I was back on the tennis court in 3 months, playing some of the best tennis I have played in years. I will be eternally grateful to him for not putting me out to pasture and I will continue to recommend him to others. He is kind, caring and an excellent surgeon. Simply the best! (5 Star Review on Healthgrades from K.K.)

Dr. Wei: Wrist Pain

My 30-minute visit with Dr. Wei relieved three years of intermittent wrist pain. Dr. Wei was professional and helpful. He was also punctual–I was seen about 5 minutes after I arrived at the office. He answered all of my questions and helped me explore different avenues to resolve my wrist pain. After being treated, I left satisfied and in less pain. I found ONS through my insurance provider, and I am so happy I came here. Great staff and facility. (Anonymous 5 star review on Yelp)

Dr. Ennis: Knee Replacement

Dr. Ennis was extremely professional and knowledgeable during all phases of my recent total knee replacement surgery. I would not hesitate to highly recommend his services to anyone in need of hip or knee intervention. (5 star review on Healthgrades from L.T. in Westport, CT)

Dr. Kowalsky: Meniscus Repair

So much praise for Dr. K so I hope this will sum up who he is as a physician, surgeon & man. He knew I was pressed for time to get my meniscus repaired so he scheduled me first thing in the morning (also my preference). As I was leaving after recovery, I met him in the parking garage. He came in early to operate on me alone and then went on with the rest of his day! Who does that but a kind, compassionate, considerate human! Also, I came home with pics which he explained later. I’m eternally grateful! (5 star review on Healthgrades from J.C. in New York)

Dr. Delos: Shoulder Surgery

In a little less than two years ago, I had a small accident and broke my right shoulder. I had been seeing another physician for almost five months and my shoulder still wasn’t healing. The physician had tried of number of different things but nothing seemed to help. Needless to say my frustration level was over the top. Being right handed, many things in my life were quite difficult especially since my job requires me to type a lot on a computer.  I had just seen the physician for an appointment and he wanted to wait a few more weeks to see if what we had been trying for months might finally work to get my bone to heal. A member of my family convinced me to see a doctor in the ONS practice because they had helped him a few years earlier. I made an appointment for Friday, July 29 with Dr. Delos. I met with him and conveyed my overwhelming frustration and I needed something done quickly. After reviewing my case and seeing the other things that had been tried, he realized surgery was the only option left. I agreed but told him it needed to be done as soon as possible because in six weeks I was going away and needed to be well on the way to being healed by then. Well, he and the staff took my request very seriously and started jumping through hoops to get me in for surgery. The staff was very helpful in getting everything together. Everything about the surgery was explained so I understood the procedure and recovery very well. Well, five days later on Wednesday, August 3, I was in Greenwich Hospital getting my surgery. The surgery was a total success. All my follow ups went well and the staff took great care of me. I would easily recommend ONS for any orthopaedic needs, big and small. Thank you. I can’t explain how good it was to get back the use of my arm.  (F.V.O, 5 star review on the ONS Facebook page)

Dr. Sahler

Dr. Sahler is very compassionate, listens to you, works with you to plan treatment. (5 star review on Healthgrades from P.B. in Wilton, CT)

Dr. Clain

Dr. Clain performed bilateral bunionectomy surgery for me this year and I couldn’t be happier with the care he provided. His surgical skills are known to be outstanding, and they are matched by his compassion and attentiveness. I highly recommend him to anyone who is suffering from foot problems. (5 star review on Heathgrades from a patient in Ludlow, VT)

Dr. Kowalsky: ACL Reconstruction

Dr. Kowalsky performed ACL reconstruction on my knee and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result! He’s an excellent surgeon, but also has superb bedside manager and is willing to spend whatever time is necessary for his patients to feel informed and cared for. He managed my expectations all through the process, from surgery through physical therapy. I’m cleared for skiing again and couldn’t be happier. (5 star review on Healthgrades from K. in Norwalk, CT)

Dr. Delos: Bilateral Knee Replacement

I had a bilateral knee replacement in May of this year and I could not be more pleased. While there was some concern about doing both knees at the same time, the procedure went extremely well and the recovery has been all I could have hoped for. I would highly recommend Dr. Delos for this procedure. If possible, he exceeded my expectations.  (5 star review on Healthgrades from a patient in Stamford, CT)

Dr. Berliner: Anterior Hip Replacement

Dr. Berliner is absolutely the best! I did much research before having my total anterior hip replacement and because he is young and starting his practice, I could not find much information on him. I took a chance because I had a good feeling and he did an outstanding job with my surgery. He was very present and available and didn’t have the doctor ego where he wouldn’t answer questions etc. etc. He was nothing short of incredible. I’m so thankful to him and all the team at ONS. (5 Star Review on Healthgrades by M.F. of Danbury, CT)

Dr. Levchenko

I left the appointment with confidence that my issue could be treated. Dr. Levchenko was very clear with the information he provided and was also very kind. (5 star review on Healthgrades from J. in Greenwich)

Dr. Levchenko

This doctor is an excellent specialist, very compassionate and caring.  The stuff is excellent as well.  (5 star review on Healthgrades by E. in New York)

Dr. Miller: Shoulder Replacement

Over years of playing tennis and abusing my shoulder in ways I wasn’t aware of, the cartilage in my shoulder joint wore away and I was living with a painful bone-on-bone condition. I eventually went to have it checked out two years ago, but I didn’t want to go through the ordeal of a shoulder replacement. I stopped playing tennis and more and more the pain interfered with my life.  I finally decided to let Dr. Miller do the surgery and I am so glad I did.  The whole experience was so much better than I could have ever possibly expected.  Dr. Miller has a tremendous amount of humanity and compassion. I don’t know if it’s possible to give a person more credit. Dr. Miller said I could be playing tennis in a month, and even serving the ball the month after.  Knowing what I know now, I should have had this done years ago. (patient S.D.)

Dr. Berliner: Total Knee Replacement Revision

When I first came into your office, I was nine months post-operative from a  total knee replacement from a doctor in Florida. He did a horrible job. I was +70/65 bend. Just horrible. I met Dr. Berliner after he came highly recommended. He changed my life on 12/15/17. He did a total revision on my right knee. I am now 8 days post operative and bending 80 already and -5. I am so blessed for him.  It was a very tough surgery and he did an amazing job.  (J.B., 5 Star Reveiw on ONS Facebook page)

Dr. Delos: Fractured Collarbone

Dr. Delos is a wonderfully gifted orthopedic surgeon who is also incredibly compassionate and personable. He instills a well-deserved sense of confidence in his patients, and even has a sense of humor! Dr. Delos surgically repaired my fractured collarbone by affixing a metal plate. The fractured bone and surgical wound healed completely without complication and post-surgery pain was well-controlled and never an issue. I highly recommend Dr. Delos and the highly efficient staff at ONS. (Five star review on Healthgrades from a patient in Port Chester, NY)

Dr. Delos: Torn Meniscus Repair

Dr. Delos recently performed arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus. I was pleased by his conservative approach to addressing my injury with a plan I was comfortable with. I started with Physical Therapy first, and then ultimately surgery. He thoroughly explained what the surgery would entail, the recovery process and set a realistic expectation of when I could return back to exercising. (Five star review on Healthgrades from M. in CT)

Dr. Miller: Shoulder Replacement

I had advanced arthritis in my right shoulder at the age of 55. I had lost most movement and was in constant (albeit endurable) pain. Dr. Miller performed a shoulder replacement just over a year ago. I have no pain and complete mobility. I would recommend him to anyone with shoulder arthritis. (Five star review on Healthgrades from J.G. in Clifton, NJ)

Dr. Sethi

Dr. Sethi is kind and compassionate and inspires confidence. From the very first appointment, through surgery and recovery, he proved to be an expert in his field. (Five star review on Healthgrades from D. in Bedford, NY)

Dr. Kowalsky: Clavicle Repair

Dr. Kowalsky repaired my non union clavicle. I had a graft and 2 plates. I now have full range of motion on my shoulder. Dr. Kowalsky is a skilled surgeon and has a great bed side manner. He spends time with you and explains procedures every step of the way. I could not have asked for a better surgeon and doctor. (Five star review on Healthgrades from a patient in Weston, CT)

Dr. Kowalsky: Rotator Cuff Tear

I had a complete tear in one of my rotator cuff tendons. I had gotten 2 opinions, one locally and the other in NYC. I had heard of very positive results at ONS through a relative and scheduled an appointment with Dr Kowalsky. It was an instant fit, I was ready to make my decision. Dr Kowalsky took time to go over my MRI and my injury in detail and also his surgical procedure to repair it. The recovery process was also explained so I knew what to expect. Great results and great doctor! (Five star review on Healthgrades from A. in Easton, CT)

 

Dr. Cantlon

Dr. Cantlon was terrific. He spent time with me, asking me questions, clarifying info and asking me if I understood. Got additional Xrays (tech was great too) which showed no break. So I was happy. Very happy.

Hopefully I don’t have to go back, but Greenwich ONS (Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists), the staff, and Dr. Cantlon (Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon) were great. Highly recommended. (Five star review on Google)

Dr. Greene

Just took my daughter to an appointment with Dr. Tim Greene after a disappointing appointment at another orthopedic office not affiliated with ONS. If I was able to…I would give Dr. Greene and ONS a rating much higher than 5 Stars.

I could not have been more impressed with every aspect of my daughters care. The offices were clean & the staff was extremely welcoming & friendly. We were brought into the exam room early which in most cases doesn’t happen at a doctors office.

Dr. Greene came in and listened to our concerns/issues, examined our daughter and was in absolutely no rush to move on to his next patient. He answered all of our questions, explained the X-Rays to us and expressed genuine care for her injury and treatment. He made sure we understood everything and had a plan going forward.

We also had concerns about how to schedule MRI’s and other testing. He immediately sent a note to someone on his team to help us. We sat with Jessica who took her time and made all the arrangements for us. She also followed up the next day with info we needed to make sure everything was done right.

About 3 hours after our appt. with Dr. Greene my wife and I had a question we forgot to ask. We called the office after Dr. Greene had left but a message was taken and I was assured either Dr. Greene or his assistant would call back the next day. They called in the morning and answered everything for us.

Being an athlete and also a firefighter I have seen a lot of orthopedic surgeons and have been to many practices and I can say this was one of the best experiences I have had. In my opinion they go way above the standard of care. I would highly recommend Dr. Greene to anyone who may need orthopedic care. (5 Star Review from Google from P.F.)

Dr. Kowalsky: Shoulder Surgery

Dr. Kowalsky took EXCELLENT care of my 12 year old son who needed shoulder surgery. He is an outstanding doctor from beginning to end. (5 Star review on Healthgrades by patient’s parent from Harrison, NY.)

Dr. Clain: Foot Conditions

Dr. Clain is the best doctor to treat foot problems in Fairfield County, CT. He is a true professional, and also a very nice person. I recommend him highly. (5 Star review on Healthgrades by a patient from New Canaan, CT)

Dr. Sethi: Knee and Shoulder Surgeries

Dr. Sethi is an amazing doctor, and a really nice guy. He operated on my knee and my daughter’s shoulder. Both procedures had a perfect outcome!  He has a wonderful bedside manner and really cares about his patients. He explained everything and took the time to answer my questions. I highly recommend Dr. Sethi. (5 Star review on Healthgrades by S.B. of Rye, NY)

Dr. Sethi: Shoulder Replacement

Dr Paul Sethi is a wonderful person and a fine surgeon! His office is run efficiently and is always on time. Dr. Sethi is generous with his time and answers all the questions and concerns I have. I am very grateful to Dr. Sethi for giving me a new shoulder! I would recommend him to my friends and family! (5 Star review on Healthgrades by B.F. of New York, NY)

Dr. Miller: Shoulder Repair

I slipped and fell on the ice two years ago and tore my subscapularis tendon.  I saw four different surgeons who all said the damage was too massive to repair.  Then a friend of mine recommended his surgeon, Dr. Miller.  Dr. Miller thought he could do a series smaller repairs and during surgery, was  in fact was able to salvage some of the subscapularis tendon as well.  He was the only doctor who took the time to fully explain what he saw on my MRI and how he thought he could fix it.  I was impressed with his analysis of my injury and what he thought was possible.  There was one other doctor from a large New York City hospital who thought he could fix it, but I felt like I would just be a number at that place.  I felt like I would get personalized attention from the people at ONS and I did. Everything is healing well and for the first time in a long time I feel optimistic.  BH (Manhattan)

Dr. Miller: Shoulder Surgery

I am very, very pleased with my experience at ONS.  Everyone was terrific —  Dr. Miller, the nurses and the entire staff.  Everything was positive and went smoothly.  I had surgery two weeks ago and I’ve already recommended Dr. Miller to someone.  MR (Repair of rotator cuff and labral tears, bone spur removal).

Dr. Delos: Knee Replacement

Dr. Delos is an awesome surgeon. He performed a knee replacement for my husband. Could not have had a better surgeon. Dr. Delos also helped our daughter who was injured in Canada with a fractured hip. His approach to her was so positive, and he was extremely honest with her prognosis as long as she followed his direction. She is now doing full marathons and an Ironman. All of this was because of Dr. Delos. He is the best surgeon I have ever met. His people skills are beyond reproach as well as his office staff. (Comment from Rate MDs)

Dr. Sethi: Rotator Cuff Surgery

I had rotator cuff surgery in October 2016. Dr. Sethi was not only professional and knowledgeable, he was the most caring doctor I’ve ever met. Post surgery pain was minimal… 3 months later I am 99% better. I cannot say enough about him and his staff. (Comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Kavanagh: Total Knee Replacement

I am a 62 yo male. My minimally invasive TKR was done at Greenwich Hospital in Oct 2016. Within 10 days I had full range of motion (0 – 140), and walking w/o a walker in less than 2 weeks. Four weeks post surgery I was walking w/o a cane. Here I am at just under 4 months and my knee feels great, with only a little stiffness from sitting for long periods of time. Dr. Kavanagh is a highly competent surgeon, and his minimally invasive approach makes a huge difference with recovery time. Highly Recommended! (Comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Wei: Wrist Surgery

Dr. Wei scores all tens in my book.  Throughout my entire experience, he was caring, sensitive, and very thorough. He gave me all the time I needed to have all my questions answered. I never felt rushed. After the surgery, his follow up was outstanding.  Even the stafff — each person was lovelier than the next.  I’ve never been cared for like that.  If I ever need another operation I would go to him in a minute.  Dr. Wei is above and beyond. (SF)

Dr. Miller: Rotator Cuff Surgery

A fully functioning shoulder joint rotates 360 degrees. When I arrived at ONS, my range of motion was only a fraction of that. With the skilled hands and intelligent mind of Dr. Seth Miller, my significant rotator cuff tear has been successfully repaired and I can fly again! (comment from RateMD)

Dr. Kessel

Dr. Kessel is great. She takes the time to explain the procedure and overall, took sufficient time with me. Great bedside manner. (comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Miller: Rotator Cuff Surgery

I was in excruciating pain, waking up three times a night with a stabbing pain in my right shoulder that would not go away. I was fortunate to have Dr. Miller repair and make my shoulder better than new with a rotator cuff surgery . Best of all, I am totally pain free. My range of motion and strength are perfect. Dr. Miller is personable and is very empathetic. His surgical skills are of the highest caliber. ONS experience from pre op to full recovery was flawless. Thank You Dr. Miller. (comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Miller: Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Dr. Miller has performed two reverse shoulder replacements for me over a two & a half year period. Both  were extremely successful with no pain and a great range of motion. There is nothing I wish to physically do that I cannot. He is to be lauded for his competence, professionalism, warmth and superb patient skills. (comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Kowalsky: Knee Surgery

Thanks to Dr. Kowalsky, my knee surgery was very easy. I had no pain and the recovery time was unexpectedly quick and easy! I did not have to take any painkillers. He really knows what he’s doing! Thank you Dr. Kowalsky! (comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Kowalsky: Shoulder

I was so pleased with Dr. Kowalsky‘s professionalism. He was very thorough and spoke to me in “real talk” so that I understood what was going on with my shoulder. I also liked the fact that he told me if I had any questions or problems to feel free and call the office. I called him about a medication I was taking and his nurse got right back to me. I highly recommend Dr. Kowalsky. (comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Kowalsky: Knee Surgery

I had a serious knee accident with 3 detached quad muscles at the age of 68. Dr. Kowalsky performed a surgical procedure to reattach them all. I’m able to ski and bike again! Recovery takes time but I’m very happy with the results. Thanks so much! (comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Kavanagh: Knee Surgery

Dr. Kavanagh had a direct and logical approach to everything concerning my TKA. I was never in any doubt as to the intelligence and competence of him, his staff, and his operating team. (comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Delos: Shoulder and Arm

I broke my shoulder and arm and Dr. Delos was brought in to operate on me. He’s got a wonderful manner about him and he’s an excellent doctor who follows up with his patients. (comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Delos: Ankle Surgery

Dr. Delos is a very competent and caring surgeon, who is respectful of his patients as well as their time. He is knowledgeable and capable as well as kind. He operated on my broken ankle and I had an excellent results. (comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Delos: Total Knee Replacement

If it wasn’t for Dr. Delos I would not be walking without pain. I am almost 7 months out from TKR and I feel great!!! I am back to my normal routine. Dr. Delos’s bed side manner is fabulous. He is caring and listens to what you have to say. I recommend him all the time when people ask who did my surgery. (comment from Health Grades)

Dr. Clain: Ankle Surgery

I broke my ankle in Maine, and wouldn’t have anyone else do the surgery necessary to fix it, so I chose to drive all the way down with my leg in a cast. Dr. Clain is capable, competent and a great surgeon. (comment from Health Grades)

An ONS Experience

Great practice all around. Had my shoulder surgery at ONS surgical center, was extremely happy all around. Top notch staff, nurses and doctors. Thank you. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Wei: Wrist Surgery

I went to four different hand and wrist specialists for the severe pain I felt as a result of a serious car accident I’d had in August, 2015, and no one was able to help me.  Then the top hand surgeon at Columbia Presbyterian recommended Dr. David Wei at ONS.  Dr. Wei spent more time examining my hand and wrist than all four of the other doctors combined.  He was the only one who went beyond the X-rays and used MRI to diagnose that I had small fractures at the end of my ulnar bone and crushed tendons.  He was incredibly thorough and talked to me like I was a human being instead of an ailment.  He gave me such an incredible level of confidence that he could fix my problem and now, nine weeks after surgery, the pain is practically gone.  It was the best treatment I’ve ever received from a physician in my entire life.  It’s been a wonderful experience. I would gladly recommend him to anyone looking for a referral. (JS)

Dr. Vadasdi

Dr. Vadasdi was wonderful. She performed two surgeries, the first to find out what was wrong with a repair conducted by another surgeon, and a second to then fix the problem. She also thought to collect tissue samples during her first surgery, then finding that I had an infection that required 6 weeks of daily antibiotic infusion. I am now 100% healthy and back to normal routines, including yoga (at age 68!) (comment from RateMD)

Dr. Delos: Knee

I broke my knee cap in 7 pieces. Dr. Delos repaired my knee with such expertise that I have healed quicker than expected. His professionalism is excellent and I would recommend him to my family and friends. (comment from RateMD)

Dr. Delos: ACL and Meniscus

Dr. Delos is not only an exceptional doctor, but he is caring and compassionate. My daughter had a torn ACL and Meniscus and was scheduled to compete in Disney. Dr. Delos worked with her to assure she could take the mat and compete prior to her surgery. He was factual but understanding of the opportunity she had in going to Disney. I would recommend him to EVERYONE in need of his specialty. (comment from RateMD) 

Dr. Delos: Knee Replacement

Young, innovative, and on the cutting edge of his specialty. Dr. Delos replaced both my knees and I had wonderful results with minor pain, minimized by his phenomenal anesthesia formula. Best of all, the lack of external stitching (using medical glue instead) eased the healing process and left no ugly scarring. I could not ask for better results. Highly recommended by HSS and deservedly so. Thanks Dr. Delos. (comment from RateMD)

Dr. Sethi: Knee Surgery

I was fortunate to have Dr. Sethi with my two knee surgeries. I love the way he treats his patients, takes his time to explain, and makes sure you understand the problem and the options you have. Very knowledgeable and trustworthy. The prospect of surgery is never pleasant, however, Dr. Sethi and his team made the experience enjoyable. Very thankful! (comment from RateMD)

Dr. Sethi

Ready for my 50+ tennis career, all thanks to Dr. Sethi. He’s amazing and gave me a high degree of confidence through the entire process. Thank you! (comment from RateMD)

Dr. Clain: Foot Surgery

Dr. Clain performed extensive surgery on both of my feet in November and December of 2014. Both operations went extremely well and have made a remarkable difference in my life. The recovery time was much less than expected and while it has taken some time to get flexibility back, I am hugely grateful for his expertise, kindness and the support of his staff. I would recommend them to anyone. He is a genius! (comment from RateMD) 

Dr. Miller: Shoulder Replacement

I recently underwent shoulder replacement surgery with Dr. Seth Miller. As a plastic surgeon, my whole career depended on successful results. Being in practice for many years, I had access to the credentials of many top surgeons. Based on my research, the referral of several other doctors, and three people I knew who had successful shoulder replacements by him, I was very confident in my choice of Dr. Miller. My surgery went smoothly. I was back to performing surgery in two months and playing golf in four months! Dr. Miller is an extremely competent and well regarded shoulder surgeon. His staff was most polite, helpful and professional. Greenwich Hospital is like a four star hotel. The ONS rehab facility was excellent, especially my therapist Tanya who was most knowledgeable, effective and friendly. I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Seth Miller for shoulder surgery, especially shoulder replacement.  (RateMD)

Dr. Cantlon

Dr. Cantlon is very smart and is so nice. I would definitely go back and recommend. (Patient Survey)

An ONS Experience

I’ve had two surgeries with ONS surgeons and I have to say they were both as good an experience as one can have when needing surgery. I have been treated with dignity and respect and that’s all I can ask for. Thank you! Great job!!! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Cunningham

This is the best medical practice I have ever experienced. Dr. Cunningham was terrific and I cannot say enough good things about him. He has a great staff and it is very much appreciated. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Sethi

I wish every doctor had the bedside manner of Dr. Paul Sethi. Thank you so much! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Kavanagh

I am happy to be walking again! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Clain

Always a pleasure. Dr. Clain and his staff are excellent. The new Stamford facility and staff are fantastic! I will continue to recommend ONS. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Cantlon: Broken Thumb

Dr. Cantlon has been great. During our Greenwich Hospital ER visit for a pediatric broken thumb and the ONS follow-up visit, his efficiency, clarity, and bedside manner he had for me and my 11 year old was excellent! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Sethi and Dr. Miller

ONS is the best! My family and I would not go anywhere else. Dr. Sethi and Dr. Miller are top shelf. I refer everyone to go to ONS. (Patient Survey)

An ONS Experience

I would go back for sure!!

Dr. Kessel: Back Pain

Dr. Kessel  is warm, friendly, and most importantly, she is extremely competent. My back pain is being managed in a capable and efficient manner. Thank you all. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Wei

I love ONS. They are so above average compared to other doctors and offices. I have had 5 surgeries performed by three of your surgeons. I am seeing Dr. Wei and another doctor at ONS and so far on a scale from 1-10, I have to rate a 10. This includes the whole staff which are all very pleasant and helpful. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Delos

Dr. Delos and the entire staff at ONS are and always have been so friendly and professional. I cannot say enough positive things about him and will gladly recommend him and ONS to any and every one! Thank you all so much! (D.P.)

Dr. Sethi: Shoulder Surgery

Dr. Sethi has consistently been attentive, professional, competent, timely, and just an absolute pleasure to work with. My shoulder surgery was a huge success and he supported me through every step of the process. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Hindman

Dr. Hindman is a very kind and compassionate physician. I like that he goes the extra mile to help you return to your optimal health. (Patient Survey)

An ONS Experience

I have been very pleased with my (multiple) experiences both for myself and my children at ONS throughout the years. I can honestly say that after I fully recover from my most recent knee surgery, I will be more orthopedically healthy at 49 than I was at 40. I am very appreciative of my doctors, the physical therapy staff, and the friendly office staff. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Heftler and Dr. Sethi

My experience with the entire ONS practice is nothing short of exceptional. The doctors are beyond caring and are professional and respectful of my time which is almost unheard of these days. I recommend your facility for both Dr. Heftler and Dr. Sethi to anyone wanting fantastic quality and care. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Vadasdi: Shoulder Surgery

My experience was fantastic! Dr. Vadasdi was incredible. She did a great job on my shoulder. I strongly recommend that anyone who is facing shoulder surgery to use Dr. Vadasdi.

Dr. Kowalsky

Thanks to Dr. Kowalsky my surgery went extremely well. I am mystified at how I am recovering faster than I had expected. (Patient Survey)

An ONS Experience

My ONS experience was excellent. From pre-op through post-op and on they have thought out all the details that make the knee replacement (what I had) almost a breeze. I found the medical team to be truthful, compassionate, have a good sense of humor, and were actually able to admit when they did not know the answer to a question! I highly recommend ONS. (Patient Survey)

An ONS Experience

I love ONS! The entire process from booking to the actual visit is soooo efficient. There is very little waiting time as well as friendly and personable staff. Even having to fill out a prescription is an efficient and quick process. I love the fact that when you call the phones are answered by actual people and not picked up by a machine. There is no phone tag. Congratulations on doing such a great job. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Sethi: Shoulder Surgery

Dr. Sethi was amazing and caring. He listened to all of my concerns and fears. He spent time talking with me and had a wonderful bedside manner with my daughter. I would recommend Dr. Sethi to anyone because not only is he great, but the staff is exceptional as well. I truly appreciate everything that was done for my daughter in the office and at the time of surgery. When  I called after the surgery my call was returned immediately. Thank you all for taking such good care of my daughter. It means the world to me that she was in such good hands. All the best to all of you. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Ennis: Hip Replacement

Dr. Ennis and his staff always take good care of me and I have recommended him to several people and all of them have also used him for their hip replacements. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Vadasdi

I have had shoulder surgery before and Dr. Vadasdi is the best and so is the ONS staff! (Patient Review)

Dr. Wei

Dr. Wei was very professional. He took the time to explain in detail everything to my son. He spoke to him like an adult and not a child. He was knowledgeable which was extremely comforting to my husband and I. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Cantlon

My treatment with Dr. Cantlon was timely and accurate. A great experience overall. (Patient Survey)

An ONS Experience

Each and every person I have had contact with is very accommodating to my needs and friendly! (Patient Survey)

An ONS Experience

I would never even consider any other group. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Cunningham: Shoulder and Knee

Dr. Cunningham has been my doctor for many years and has done a successful meniscus repair 6-7 years ago. More recently he helped me with a stiff shoulder 3 years ago, (advising excellent stretching exercises that worked) and has been very helpful with my knee and ankle problem. On my latest visit he was very effective in assessing the problem with my knee by recommending and administering a cortisone shot (which had excellent results) and laying out a plan for the next six months so I can return to golf. As I age he is an important medical partner. (F.B.)

An ONS Experience

My experiences with ONS have always been exemplary. From check-in and payment to making MRI appointments ONS has never let me down. The fact that it is all in-house makes it so easy to be a patient. Thank you. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Vadasdi

I find Dr. Vadasdi to be a genius and compassionate doctor. Her care of me as her patient was outstanding! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Ennis

Dr. Ennis was great! He was caring and professional! I would definitely recommend Dr. Ennis to my friends and family. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Kavanagh

A note of thank you to Dr. Kavanagh and all of the staff of ONS. Truly very professional with personality and care for the patients. Thank you for all of your kindness! (Patient Survey)

An ONS Experience

Everyone I encountered has been kind, caring, and patient. I found the whole process to be well organized with attention to every detail. I was well informed and well prepared mentally and emotionally which I am certain has made my recovery that much easier. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Ennis: Knee Replacement

I travel down from the Hartford area just to see Dr. Ennis. I have had two knee replacements with follow-up appointments after each surgery. I think that says it all! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Kowalsky

Dr. Kowalsky took the time to hear me explain the progression of my symptoms. He gave me a thorough exam, asked all of the right questions and gave a very logical diagnosis and treatment plan. I am very pleased. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Hindman

Loved the in-practice availability. Dr. Hindman was able to schedule an MRI on an early Sunday morning very quickly with no hesitation which worked out perfectly for me. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Kowalsky

Dr. Kowalsky and his staff were very accommodating and professional. (Patient Review)

Dr. Vitale

Dr. Vitale was professional and explained everything very clearly. I was impressed with him as well as the entire process. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Miller

My continued thank you to Dr. Miller for the excellent work he performed on me. I will be eternally grateful. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Clain

Dr. Clain is a true gem at ONS. He is an excellent surgeon, listens with true care for his patients, and will go out of his way to make you feel comfortable and respond to your concerns. He is one of the best doctors I have ever worked with. (Patient Survey)

An ONS Experience

ONS is awesome! From the diagnosis and surgery to the post-op and physical therapy I couldn’t be more pleased with all aspects of their service. I would highly recommend ONS. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Ennis: Hip Replacement

Dr. Ennis is a great doctor! I have a 3 year experience, first in consultation regarding my need for a hip replacement and the surgical follow-up. I couldn’t be more satisfied with my surgical outcome, and Dr. Ennis’s patient and compassionate approach to patient care. I have recommended him to many others who are looking at the procedure I had. Now that I am in need of a second hip replacement, I wouldn’t place my care into anyone else’s hands. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Ennis

I was extremely impressed with Dr. Ennis and his knowledge of my rare condition and the time he took to fully explain my issues. (Patient Survey)

An ONS Experience

As always, ONS has again proven to be outstanding! (Patient Review)

Dr. Cunningham

ONS has some of the best physicians and Dr. Cunningham is one of the best! (Patient Review)

Dr. Clain: Foot

I am very grateful to have had Dr. Clain fix the toes on my foot. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Kowalsky

Dr. Kowalsky is one of the best and most caring physicians you’ll ever find. It is a blessing to be his patient. Thank you! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Kowalsky

As always, I was beyond happy with my ONS experience. My expectations for the treatment of my son were exceeded. This was our first time meeting Dr. Kowalsky and he was absolutely great! We were so well taken care of. Thank you! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Wei

I am a physician and all 6 of my family members have been using this practice for all of our orthopedic issues. They are amazing and I give big props to Dr. Wei for looking over my Harli two times now, and hopefully the last. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Ennis

I was extremely happy with the results of my surgery done by Dr. Ennis. I was impressed with how knowledgeable and professional the nursing staff was as well as the scheduling staff. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Kowalsky

Dr. Kowalsky has really done an excellent job for me. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Cunningham

Dr. Cunningham: After coming from a less than adequate experience from another practitioner and staff, I was truly amazed and pleasantly surprised at the professionalism and courtesy of your office extended to me as a new patient. From receptionist to doctor, I enjoyed my experience! Thank you!! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Miller

Dr. Miller has been truly amazing! (Patient Survey)

Dr. Delos

Dr. Delos has been an excellent physician throughout. I always felt like we were in this together. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Wei: Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dr. Wei was the third doctor I went to for treatment for my hand. I was so impressed by how caring and skilled he was.  He never left me sitting in the waiting room, and I appreciated that respect for my time.  Dr. Wei took the time to explain everything to me about my condition and the treatment he proposed. He made sure I understood it all. Dupuytren’s Contracture is difficult to treat.  The other two physicians were skilled but they couldn’t solve my problem.  Dr. Wei had a special technique that worked for me.  I would recommend Dr. Wei, and ONS, to anyone.  In fact, I already have. (PB)

Dr. Sahler: Lumbar Injection

Dr. Sahler is incredible! I was in a ton of pain and it felt like I was being stabbed in my back every time I got out of the car and up from my desk. I had fluoroscopic lumbar spin injections at the new surgery center  and felt immediate relief during the procedure. I had full relief within a few days!!! ONS has a great group of doctors and a wonderful support staff!!! I proudly and gladly call the the doctors at ONS MY Doctors!!! RV-C (Facebook)

An ONS Experience

Excellent customer service from the first time you call for an appointment until your follow up. (KB-J)

An ONS Experience

The best doctors with a wonderful staff. I drive from Long Island to see them. (MM-V)

Dr. Greene and Dr. Vadasdi: Hip & Elbow

I have been coming here for at least 15 years and have seen a variety of amazing doctors … Dr. Greene being a favorite in our household for years and would trust him with everything.  Recently I broke my elbow and was sent to Dr. Vadasdi.  She was amazing! Great with surgery and aftercare. Very compassionate throughout the whole process! Thank you ONS for getting me through everything! (E.D.)

Dr. Greene: Hip

The ONS team is like family. Dr.Greene is my hip doctor and he is excellent!! I feel that I am in great hands from the moment I walk in the doors.. Thank you ONS. (T.A.)

Dr. Delos

I’ve had my share of experiences with orthopedic surgeons. But I must say Dr. Delos is by far one of the best if not the best doctor I’ve ever been to. He strives to do the best for you and your recovery. Thank you for all of your help Doc because of you I can go back to my normal life. God bless you this and every day. (R.M.)

An ONS Experience

They are top notch and treat everyone with respect an friendliness from security, doctors, and especially the PT group are super friendly and amazing. Highly recommend them!!! (CCP)

Dr. Wei: Trigger Finger

When I first went to Dr. Wei about my Trigger Finger, I told him I was ready for surgery because I’d had the same condition with a different finger a few years ago.  If I had been anywhere else, I think the surgeon would’ve rolled me right into the operating room, but Dr. Wei made sure I understood all the non-surgical options first.  When I decided to go ahead with the surgery, he took the time to explain that I had the option to forego anesthesia, which I chose because I react poorly to anesthesia.  Throughout my entire experience, I felt like I was handled with kid gloves.  I couldn’t believe the high level of care and attention I was given for such a little procedure.  I have seen other doctors at  ONS over the years  and my experience has always been very positive. The people at ONS couldn’t be nicer or more accommodating.  (DPA)

Dr. Kowalsky

Dr. Kowalsky:  It’s almost a year since I met you in Greenwich Hospital. I want to thank you for the wonderful care and kind bedside manner you showed me over the past year.  I’m so grateful you were the doctor on call that day. I don’t know how I would have gotten this far without your gentle manner.. I have the utmost respect for you.  Sincerely, S.M.

Dr. Kowalsky: Knee Injury

Dr. Kowalsky was kind and understanding of my desire to “get back” to rowing and dance. He took time to ask questions to understand my commitments to my teams and how important my attendance was at upcoming events. I appreciated his empathy and straight-forward options. He was a nice person too. – (Patient satisfaction survey)

Dr. Delos: Knee Replacement

When my arthritis got so bad that I couldn’t walk, I knew I needed to have my right knee replaced. I went to ONS because my daughter had been treated by Dr. Camel and Dr. Sahler, and I was very impressed by how supportive and caring they were. As soon as I met Dr. Delos,  I had every confidence that I was in good hands. He has a great bedside manner, he’s honest and straightforward. He took the time to answer every question my husband and I had about the procedure. Two months after my surgery, I was able to take a trip to Cancun and walk around the Mayan ruins and the only thing that bothered me was the heat.  I’m going to Disney World next month, and I can’t thank Dr. Delos for making it all possible. I recommend ONS to everyone.  (S.S.)

Dr. Delos: ACL Repair

In July  of 2014, Dr. Delos performed ACL surgery on my daughter.  Brooke is doing great!  In fact, since surgery Brooke has returned to playing volleyball & basketball.  She played Varsity Volleyball from Stamford HS where she was a setter.  She also played Varsity Basketball where she was the starting point guard.  Both teams had a great year, but the girls basketball team had a historical year. The Stamford Knights won the FCIAC Title (District title) and the CIAC Title (State Championship.)  Thanks to Dr. Delos, Brooke was a huge part of the team’s success. (C.K.)

Dr. Ennis: Hip

Dr. Ennis: Let me first thank you for the great job you did replacing my hip. What I had not expected was to be so impressed by each and every member of the ONS staff that I had interactions with. The office staff was at all times courteous, knowledgeable, and professional. The medical staff patiently explained every aspect of my procedure and answered my questions clearly. At all levels, each and every member of the ONS team appeared to both enjoy and excel at their professions. Thank you for your good work and that of the ONS team. – WHP (Hip)

Dr. Ennis: Hip

Dr. Ennis: Thanks to you, I closed out 2015 on the slopes in NH with my son, catching the first snowfall and getting in two days of skiing.  All went smoothly. I stuck to the blues as you suggested (the only ones open anyway) and the hip performed better than ever. Then we returned to CT and I took my 4-year-old granddaughter to Mohawk yesterday. Thank you for the great work. Take care. (S.S.)

 

Dr. Ennis: Hip Replacement

Dr. Ennis: I am totally ecstatic with all aspects of treatment. The results of my total hip replacement surgery have been extraordinary in both length of time to being able to walk without pain and without cane, crutches or walker. Dr. Ennis is a magician. I have gone out on the golf course and its only been five weeks since the operation.  (Comment from patient satisfaction survey)

 

Dr. Vadasdi

Dr. Vadasdi: It’s been over a year now since my elbow surgery and I’m back in full swing. Literally! My golf swing- I had my best season to date (over 45 rounds) and achieved my lowest handicap score of 10.8. I can’t thank you enough for applying your surgical skills in repairing my elbow. With PT my recovery was smooth and quick. I was back up and running in just a few months. I feel better and stronger than ever. Your staff from start to finish was professional and compassionate. Thank you. (D.T.)

 

Dr. Vadasdi: Shoulder

Dear Dr. VadasdiI neglected to tell you today how much I appreciated the excellent rebuild of my shoulder.  You are obviously very talented as my recovery demonstrates. I recommend you to everyone! Thanks again for your time, concern, and operating skills. Have a great New Year!  (CS)

 

Dr. Miller: Rotator Cuff Repair

Dr. Miller is phenomenal. He is knowledgeable and thorough. He properly set my expectations and was patient with me as I asked a multitude of questions. The staff does a phenomenal job of scheduling appointments. I was always taken into the exam room early or on time.  I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my rotator cuff repair! The care I was received was first rate!!!! Thank you Dr. Miller for fixing my broken wing! – (D.M.)

Dr. Delos: Broken Shoulder

I came home from my vacation in the Dominican Republic with two broken shoulders. Dr. Delos was absolutely amazing. He has a kind and caring bedside manner and when he told me I needed surgery on my left shoulder, I never had a thought to go anywhere else. I highly recommend him. (J.R.)

Dr. Ennis: Hip Replacement

Dr. Ennis –  I am so impressed by Dr. Ennis’ confidence, compassion and skill as a surgeon. I have had a number of surgeries for my joints in the past and having my hip replaced was by far the easiest and relatively painless.  Physical fitness is extremely important to me. Before surgery, my hip had gotten to the point where just walking and going up stairs was excruciating. Dr. Ennis took the time to fully explain the mechanics of what was wrong with my hip and how he was going to fix it.  I was amazed that I walking without a cane two days after surgery! Now I can walk, ride a bike, do anything really because my legs are stronger than they have been in three years. I’m going out to California next month and I can’t wait to go windsurfing again. (J.B.)

Dr. Miller: Shoulder Joint Replacement

Dr. Miller – I just wanted to take a moment to thank you. In June of 2010, you gave me a full left shoulder joint replacement.  Prior to surgery, my severely arthritic shoulder was painful 24 hours a day.  I had a very hard time sleeping or doing anything with my left arm.  After the replacement and a reasonable recovery period, the new shoulder was pain free and fully functional, quickly getting to the point where I could do anything I would normally contemplate without giving it a second thought. Today, five years after the fact, I realize that your work was life-altering for me.  On a regular basis I think about what life over these past years would have been had I not found my way to your door. I’m sure you have 100s of patients that feel exactly the same way. If I were you, I’d feel pretty good about what I’d accomplished in life! Thanks again. (CH)

Dr. Vadasdi

Dr. Vadasdi– I was given great information prior to and post surgery. The staff and Dr. Vadasdi were very responsive.  I was very pleased with all aspects of the experience. (Anonymous)

Dr. Delos

Dr. Delos was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. He diagnosed my son’s Lyme disease almost immediately and this was confirmed by testing. (Anonymous)

Dr. Sethi: Knees

“Paul is an amazing orthopedist. I went to 3 orthopedists and physiatrists who told me there was nothing wrong with my knees….” read more on YELP from R.P.

Physical Therapy Staff

Fey and ONS PT Staff – Thank you for being such an important part of my recovery. I could not have done it without your help and support. You are such a nice and supportive group of professionals. From the warm and friendly greeting the moment you enter the door to the smiles and conversations by everyone at ONS (even if you are not interacting with that person on that specific day) to the excellent care and attention by you Fey, and the other physical therapists I have worked with. I am so glad I came to ONS for my recovery. Thank you for everything. (P.P.)

An ONS Experience

It’s been over a year now since my elbow surgery and I’m back in full swing. Literally! My golf swing- I had my best season to date (over 45 rounds) and achieved my lowest handicap score of 10.8. I can’t thank you enough for applying your surgical skills in repairing my elbow. With PT my recovery was smooth and quick. I was back up and running in just a few months. I feel better and stronger than ever. Your staff from start to finish was professional and compassionate. Thank you. (D.T.)

Dr. Vitale: Finger/Wrist

Dr. Vitale– I’ve been wanting to write to you for some time now to express my sincere appreciation and DELIGHT in the outcome of my finger and wrist surgery done by you back on April 4. I wish you could see the results! Nothing short of professional beauty!  — more than I had hoped for.  No one could believe the difference.  AND, I have complete movement with no limitations or pain at all.  Remarkable. Be assured, I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone I love or know! (SC)

Dr. Vitale: Wrist

Dr. Vitale– I wanted to tell you that it has been 10 months since my surgery, and it is great! I had a  major accomplishment last weekend when I won my USTA match with the team that I joined; I am the oldest guy by almost 20 years and am more than holding my own, that was the reason we did the surgery in the first place! So thank you so much for helping me continue my love of the game. (PT)

 

Dr. Miller: Shoulder

Dr. Miller– Just to let you know that I am grateful for the excellent surgery you performed on my left shoulder. I feel like I have completely recovered after seven months. Thanks so much for giving me back the use of my shoulder. Looking forward to playing golf again in the spring. (G.D.)

Dr. Kavanagh: Knee Replacement

Dr. Kavanagh and “The Kavanagh Team”- You and your team gave me a total right knee replacement on 01-10-12 (six months ago) at Greenwich Hospital. I am a new man! You and your entire team gave me the greatest gift, the ability play competitive sports again and to keep up with my wife! Five months after the operation I have no pain and no stiffness. I am almost back to my former level of tennis, but it’s a mind game, my knee is fine, but my mind still hesitates on instinctive shots. My tennis partners are amazed at my level of play with a new knee. My wife and I went on a cruise to Europe in May and I was able to take every excursion rated “rigorous”. A wonderful experience thanks to you and your team! Also, my wife and I walk our new Black Lab Rescue puppy on a 20 / 25 minute walk every morning and every evening, pain free! Finally, while I am delighted with no pain, my wife loves the compliments that my scar is near invisible and she also likes the idea that I can shop longer and complain less. You are the “Best!” (J.O.)

 

Dr. Kavanagh: Hip Replacement

Dear Dr. Kavanagh– And I do mean “Dear.” You may remember that nearly twenty-five years ago, you performed hip replacement surgery on my right hip. The replacement has been functioning perfectly for all of those years and seems to be continuing that pattern. May I add that my son, John Silker, who was injured in a motorcycle accident at about that same time that I had my hip surgery, is doing very well thanks to your outstanding and careful medical attention. Again, we want to thank you for that attention to detail. (N.S.)

Dr. Ennis: Hip Replacement

Dr. Ennis– I just wanted you to pass on a personal message to Dr. Frank Ennis of what a fantastic job he did on my hip replacement. I was walking up stairs 3 days after surgery and out of the rehab place in 48 hours. I had previously looked at options of getting this surgery done in Monaco, London, New York, and Boston and am blessed that I found Dr Ennis just down the road. Eternally grateful, all best. (P.E.)

Dr. Hindman: Appreciation

Dr. Hindman– Thank you so so much! (LMK)

Dr. Clain: Foot

Dr. Clain-Thank you so much for sending me the hardware that was in my foot! It is sad to think that I won’t have to see you anymore to assist with my endless amount of foot problems! Thank you for everything you have done! (H.H.)

Physical Therapy

Pete and Nick have been instrumental in my continued recovery. Thanks ONS (Anonymous)

Dr. Miller: Shoulder

Dr. Miller– Thank you Dr. Miller for fixing my broken wing! (DM)

Dr. Miller: Elbow

L.S. of Greenwich is an athletic 51-year-old mother of two, who has enjoyed sailing, skiing, golf and other sports over the course of her life. Two years ago she developed painful tendinitis in her left elbow. Her elbow became so painful that even picking up a glass of water was excruciating. The following June, Dr. Seth Miller gave her a cortisone injection into the joint which brought her initial relief. Unfortunately, the benefit wore off after about eight weeks. When she returned to Dr. Miller, he suggested she try a new treatment option called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). Although not FDA approved, the treatment is increasingly being used by orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists to treat soft tissue problems such as tennis elbow, hamstring strains, MCL strains and patellar tendonitis. At ONS, PRP is administered by physiatrist Dr. Jeffery Heftler, who explained the procedure, “First, 10 milliliters of blood was drawn from Lynn’s arm and then spun in a centrifuge for five minutes. This separates out the platelets from the rest of the blood. Then two to four milliliters of the separated blood is drawn out and injected it back into the injury site.” The theory behind the treatment is the platelets release growth factors which stimulate a healing response. Unlike a steroid injection, it can take up to six weeks to notice the full benefit of the injection. However, PRP seems to be effective in cases where steroids have failed. L.S. was instructed not to use her arm for anything strenuous for two weeks but by the third week, she could tell it was feeling better. She started physical therapy to help get back the strength in her arm and by three months she was entirely pain free. L.S. says, “I am a big fan of PRP. I am now free of pain and back to doing all my normal activities.”

Dr. Miller: Torn Rotator Cuff

After Greenwich resident and Brunswick Academy teacher T.S. seriously injured his shoulder, he sought relief from the disabling pain and loss of mobility from leading shoulder specialist Dr. Seth Miller. “I’d been taking lots of anti-inflammatory medication,” said T.S. who enjoys recreational softball and kayaking adventures with his students. “I kept trying to work through the problem but eventually realized I was losing strength in my arm.” Dr. Miller determined that his patient had torn a tendon of his rotator cuff, but an arthroscopic surgical procedure could repair the damage and end his pain. By using the latest arthroscopic technique, the tendons heal at about the same rate as in traditional surgery, but the less-invasive procedure has several big advantages. Arthroscopy is a same-day surgery and can be performed with local anesthesia. Patients experience substantially less pain after arthroscopy, which allows them to get back to their normal routine quicker. “Almost all rotator cuff tears can be repaired with arthroscopy and there are clear benefits,” says Dr. Miller. “T.S. had same day surgery and returned to his classroom the following day with his arm in a sling. Two months after surgery, he had regained complete range of motion and had full use of his shoulder. He was able to resume all his normal activities and even went on a rafting trip with his students.”

Dr. Miller: Torn Bicep

Dr. Miller– I wanted to take a minute to thank you for the excellent job you did repairing my torn bicep. The surgery and recovery went remarkably well, and I have probably recovered 95% of my strength at this time.  Your entire staff, from your office to Greenwich Hospital, provided nothing but the best of care and service.  Moreover, it was very much appreciated to be able to make a doctor’s appointment and actually be taken on time. I would not hesitate to recommend your practice to anyone. Thanks for everything. (AG)

Dr. Ennis: Broken Arm

Dr. Ennis: L.L. was a 15-year-old Port Chester High School freshman when he broke both bones in his right forearm while playing football in a game in Chappaqua, NY. His mother easily recalled how excruciating her son’s pain appeared to be as they raced to Greenwich Hospital. Dr. Frank Ennis was on call in the Emergency Room that afternoon. When he saw the deformed appearance of L.L.’ forearm, he knew his patient had suffered significant fractures in both his right ulna and radius. The bones were out of alignment and very unstable. Urgent surgery was required. It took two and a half hours for Dr. Ennis to insert two permanent plates and eleven screws to align and secure the bones. Everything went as expected and L.L.’s recovery went smoothly. L.L. was a serious basketball player and he had worried he wouldn’t be able to play on his school varsity team that November. After the surgery, Dr. Ennis gave him exercises to do at home and with conscientious effort, he regained full mobility of the arm in time to play the coming season with his team. Dr. Ennis attended his first game and congratulated L.L. on his recovery. (L.L.)

Dr. Miller: Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Dr. Miller: At 73, Wilton resident E.S. still missed his sport, skeet and trap shooting. He had been a serious competitor in skeet and trap shooting tournaments until twelve years earlier when he noticed his left shoulder “catching” as he followed his target. It didn’t sweep in the smooth arc that he was accustomed to. Before long, the problem became painful and also began affecting other activities including putting on shoes and even driving a car.

After consulting an orthopaedic surgeon, he learned that years of wear and tear had resulted in a torn rotator cuff. A year later, after losing much of his arm’s mobility and living with increasing pain, he underwent surgery to repair the tear. The result was only modestly successful and over the next nine years, he underwent two more surgeries. His condition continued to deteriorate, eventually forcing him to retire from his work as a plumbing contractor.

After the failure of his third surgery, E.S. was referred to Dr. Seth Miller, who was successfully using a brand new procedure known as a reverse shoulder replacement. Approved by the FDA in 2004, reverse shoulder replacement has been performed in Europe for nearly 20 years. The surgery uses a metal and plastic implant that works the opposite of a normal shoulder by placing the ball onto the shoulder blade and the socket onto the top of the upper arm bone. The reversed position of the ball and socket alters the mechanics of the shoulder, changing the center of the shoulder’s rotation. The strength needed to move the arm is shifted away from the damaged rotator cuff muscles, allowing the deltoid muscle to take over.

A reverse shoulder replacement is a breakthrough for patients with a rotator cuff that has degenerated to the point it no longer functions and cannot be repaired. “Many of these patients are unable to raise their arm more than a few inches and a traditional shoulder replacement is not an option because the tendons aren’t healthy enough to hold the shoulder ball into the socket,” explains Dr. Miller. “Until the reverse shoulder replacement was invented, there was no solution for a patient with such a badly damaged shoulder.”

Dr. Miller performed the surgery and E.S. remained in the hospital for three days. Soon after, he began a home exercise program to strengthen and train the deltoid muscle for its new job. In only a few weeks, he began to regain the ability to lift his arm and within two months, he was able to raise his arm well over his head, something he hadn’t been able to do for years. (E.S.)

Dr. Cunningham: Knee

Cos Cob resident J.M. was 24 when he was playing basketball with friends and tore his ACL. An x-ray at Stamford Hospital indicated no broken bones but Jason was advised to see an orthopedist. The next day, he visited James Cunningham, MD. A physical examination determined he had most likely ruptured his ACL. An MRI confirmed the diagnosis. “An avid basketball player and all-round athlete, J.M. was a good candidate for an ACL reconstruction,” said Dr. Cunningham who, in the surgery last April, used part of his patient’s patellar tendon to reconstruct the ACL. The surgery also included work on a partially torn meniscus. The surgery lasted an hour and a half and J.M. went home later the same day. His recovery was steady and his pain was managed with Advil. After five days he began a physical therapy program, which he followed three days a week for the first month and gradually reduced over the following few months. His knee regained full flexibility and before long he returned to playing basketball with his friends. (J.M.)

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