Hand, wrist, elbow specialist Dr. Matthew Cantlon

Matthew B. Cantlon, MD

Matthew B. Cantlon, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and a fellowship-trained specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of hand and upper extremity conditions and injuries. His expertise includes treatment of arthritis of the hand, wrist and elbow, fractures of the hand and upper extremity. In addition, he treats nerve compression syndromes of the upper extremity including carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndromes. He is trained in the treatment of masses such as ganglion cysts, and rehabilitation of sports injuries of the hand and upper extremity. Dr. Cantlon has extensive training in the most current surgical techniques including the breakthrough Wide-Awake hand surgery. He is surgically skilled in microsurgical nerve reconstruction, arthroscopy of the wrist and elbow, tendon and ligament repairs/reconstructions, and hand, wrist and elbow joint replacement.

Dr. Cantlon earned his medical degree at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed his residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, Hospital for Joint Diseases. He completed fellowship training in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, Rothman Institute.  Dr. Cantlon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

A native of New Canaan, CT, Dr. Cantlon has served as a hand and upper extremity physician to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater group, the Long Island University and New York University Athletics teams, and the New York Public School Athletic League (PSAL) High School Football.

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Testimonials

Today was my 1st visit to see Dr. Cantlon and he has such a great bedside manor, he’s gentle soft spoken, and easy on the eye lol. In all seriousness I really appreciate him and his staff taking such great care of me, and let me add no wait time which is very important to those of us who work.  (5 Star Review on Healthgrades from D.M.)

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

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)

Keep up the good work Dr. Cantlon!

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

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Watch Dr. Cantlon’s presentation on Wide Awake Hand Surgery:

Dr. Cantlon discusses Advances in Peripheral Nerve Surgery of the Upper Extremity:

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

AWARDS/HONORS

Chief Resident Teacher of the Year – Hospital for Joint Diseases
Executive Chief Resident – Hospital for Joint Diseases
AOA Resident Leader – Hospital for Joint Diseases
Gold Humanism Honor Society, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons

TEAM COVERAGE EXPERIENCE

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Long Island University Athletics
New York University Athletics
Public School Athletic League (PSAL) High School Football

PUBLICATIONS

Martin D, Wilt Z, Cantlon M, et al. Controversies Surrounding the Management of the Isolated Type-II Radial-Head Fracture. JBJS Reviews. 2017 Dec;5(12):e3

Egol K, Cantlon M, Fisher N et al. Percutaneous Repair of a Schatzker III Tibial Plateau Fracture Assisted by Arthroscopy. J Ortho Trauma. 2017 Aug;31:S12-13.

Miller A, Lutsky K, Shearin J, Cantlon M, et al. Radiographic Patterns of Radiocarpal and Midcarpal Arthritis. JAAOS Global Research & Reviews. 2017 Jun;1(3):e017

Cantlon M, Yang S. Wide Awake Hand Surgery. Bull Hosp Jt Dis. 2017 Mar;75(1): 47-51

Cantlon M, Miller J, Ilyas A. Hand Surgeons and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Call Coverage of Acute Upper Extremity Injuries: Where Should the Line be Drawn? Hand. 2017 Jan. 1558944716688530

Yoon RS, Tyagi V, Cantlon M, et al. Complex Coronoid and Proximal Ulna Fractures: Are We Getting Better at Fixing These? Injury. 2016 Oct;47(10): 2053-9

Cantlon M, Marcano A, Egol K. Does Malunion in Multiple Planes Predict Worse Functional Outcomes in Distal Radial Fractures? Cur Orth Practice. 2016 Jul;27(4): 371-4.

Patel N, Yoon R, Cantlon M, et al. Intramedullary Nailing of Diaphyseal Femur Fractures Secondary to Gunshot Wounds: Predictors of Post-Operative Malrotation. J Orthop Trauma. Apr 2014.

Cantlon M, Egol K. Calcium Phosphate Cement Augmentation of Proximal Humerus Fractures. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2013 Dec;28(4):302-7.

Stein D, Cantlon M, Mackay B et al. Cysts About the Knee: Evaluation and Management. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2013 Aug;21(8):469-79.

TEXTBOOK CHAPTERS

Ayalon B, Cantlon MB.  Pulp Space Infections.  In: Orthopaedic Hand Trauma.  Ed: Eltorai A, Akelman E; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2019: Chapter 42​

LECTURES

“The How and Why of Wide Awake Hand Surgery” – Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

“Posterolateral Rotatory Instability” – Dept of Sports Medicine Grand Rounds, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

“Small Joint Arthritis of the Hands” – Dept of Hand & Upper Extremity Grand Rounds, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

“Pediatric Sports Elbow Injuries” – Dept of Pediatric Orthopaedics Grand Rounds, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

“Emerging Biologic Treatments in Intervertebral Disc Degeneration” – Dept of Spine Surgery Grand Rounds, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

Frank A. Ennis, MD

Dr. Frank Ennis specializes in hip and knee replacement, hip arthroscopy, complex revision arthroplasty of the hip and knee, and treatment of complications from hip fractures. He is fellowship-trained in adult reconstructive surgery. Dr. Ennis is a staff orthopedic surgeon at Greenwich Hospital and was among the first orthopedic surgeons in the New York Metropolitan area to do computer-assisted surgery for total knee and hip replacement. This cutting edge technique uses computerized navigation to guide the surgeon for improved accuracy in joint replacement surgery.

Further, after completing undergraduate studies at Yale University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Harvard University, he graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Yale University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Ennis completed Fellowship training in adult reconstructive surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston,  MA.

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Jeffrey Heftler, MD

Jeffrey Heftler, MD is an interventional physiatrist who specializes in spinal injections. He also specialized in other non-operative treatments for spinal and musculoskeletal disorders.

Interventional physiatry is a branch of physiatry that treats pain using precisely placed anti-inflammatory injections into the spine and pelvis guided by a specially equipped x-ray. At ONS these procedures are performed in our advanced on-site radiology suite. Dr. Heftler is highly skilled at administering injections and has administered over 6000 fluoroscopically guided therapeutic injections.

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Testimonials

Unbelievable experience after many years and many doctors and feeling incredibly defeated I randomly saw ads for this place and figured what do I have to loose. After one visit with Dr Heftler figured it out. By this point I’d already had 6 MRIs from other doctors, medications, injections to no avail. He called me with the news himself not a nurse. I couldn’t be more impressed and grateful. I couldn’t be more grateful to him after years of debilitating pain someone finally figured it out. He then referred me to Dr Greene for surgery, another fantastic experience. All in all I will ONLY ago here for any orthopedic needs and send everyone else here. PT employees are fabulous, nurses and desk staff always made a pleasant experience. Highly recommend. (5 Star Review on Yelp from E.C.)

 

I have living with chronic pain for years from a 14 year-old injury … I didn’t realize how used to it I had gotten. For the last 2 1/2 years, the pain became debilitating and I’ve gone to SO MANY doctors with no answers or guidance except physical therapy and meds and stretching! CLEARLY this wasn’t helping. One day I saw an ad for ONS on TV,  then a billboard on the highway and decided it was worth one more try. While they didn’t have insurance compatibility yet in Harrison which is more convenient for me …  they did in Greenwich and I went to see Dr. Heftler.  I ran a couple minutes late and was stressing because usually doctors’ offices are so rude when you run late ….. but  she couldn’t have been more patient, understanding and put me at ease.  At  my first visit, Dr. Heftler was super helpful and asked me questions no other doctors had.  He prescribed  something no one else had that helped to slowly reduce the pain. I’ve had 5 MRIs and not one doctor asked if I had had one with contrast until Dr. Heftler. I then had one with contrast and he found the problem. Now onto the next steps. I couldn’t be more relieved, grateful, validated and appreciative. Thank you so much for thinking outside the box to figure it out. You have no idea what you did for me. I will recommend this establishment to everyone I know … (5 star review on Google written by E.C.)

Dr. Heftler has an excellent bedside manner and takes his time with you. I was just in for an epidural injection for a bad herniation of my L5-S1 and he provided me with the time I needed, to be certain all of my questions were answered. On the day of the procedure, the doctor was extremely pleasant and kept my mind calm with plenty of fun conversation. My fingers are crossed that I get some relief from the injection, but hands down he is highly recommended and I won’t go anywhere else. (comment from Health Grades)

I was injured in my military career and for 29 years, have managed through neck and spine pain that was caused from it. It became unbearable with numbness in my fingers and inability to sleep, sit or work. I have never had nerve pain like I did and when I saw Dr. Nocek, he sent me for an X-ray then MRI to determine what was happening. While waiting for results, he sent me to physical therapy and to Dr. Heftler, a physiatrist, for an injection to help relieve the symptoms until we could determine what to do. Bottom line, I needed spine surgery. I saw ONS neurosurgeon Dr. Fiore, who got me right into surgery, repaired 3 discs, and cleaned up the problems. Immediately, and that’s no joke, immediately, I could tell I was on the mend. I’ve had chronic pain for 29 years and now, almost three months out, the constant ache and nerve pain isn’t there. I had lost feeling in part of my had and fingers which has since returned. Best part of my ONS experience was that everything is onsite and getting to the bottom of this just took a few short days. Everyone works like a team. They are specialists, unlike my experience at the VA. Meanwhile, they helped me manage the pain. I have never experienced this before and I’m very pleased with the results. If you need a neurosurgeon, specialized orthopedist, physiatrist or physical therapy, I totally recommend ONS. ( RateMD)

Dr. Heftler is wonderful. He shows exceptional bedside manner and spends plenty of time with each patient. My back issues have placed a lot of strain on me, and it has been comforting to have a doctor like him work with me using non-surgical treatments. Highly recommended. (Patient Survey)

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. Heftler is my angel! He is simply the best!! (Patient Survey)

“Having recently completed four months of treatment at ONS, I wanted to share my positive experience as too many times this recognition may not be communicated.  Suffering from an old injury of a herniated disc, David Nocek, MD determined it had developed into sciatica.  Early physical therapy sessions with Fey Adamarola, DPT, had temporary relief,  so I was referred to Jeffrey Heftler, MD to get my pain to lower levels to pave the way for an aggressive PT regimen.  It was Fey’s positive outlook that gave me the confidence to stay the course and lead to a very positive outcome. I am grateful to the full team at ONS.” (E.H.)

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.”

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Steven E. Hindman, MD

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Hindman treats the full spectrum of orthopedic conditions and injuries from ankle sprains to ACL ruptures to degenerative joint disease. He is actively involved in injury prevention on behalf of the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, and speaks to community groups on fall prevention, skiing injuries and osteoporosis. Dr. Hindman is the Director of Orthopedics at Greenwich Hospital.

Dr. Hindman was born in Newtown, MA and graduated from University of Rochester, New York. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 1982 and did his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Montefiore Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York from 1982 to 1987. Dr. Hindman is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a former Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Further, Dr. Hindman is included in the list of Castle Connolly New York Area Top Doctors.

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Testimonials

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)

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. Hindman– Thank you for coming the the Mogul Meister Ski Club meeting to give us a presentation on injury prevention. It was very much appreciated.

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

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Tamar Kessel, MD

Dr. Tamar Kessel, physiatrist, specializes in non-operative treatments of musculoskeletal injuries such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), viscosupplementation, and steroidal medications.  She is also a fellowship trained spine and sports medicine physician. Dr. Kessel has a special interest in the use of ultrasound to target medications to the precise location of tissue damage. This method of therapeutic injections shows to be safer and to greatly improve treatment results. Other treatments Dr. Kessel performs include fluoroscopic-guided spinal injections, electromyography, and general sports medicine procedures.

Moreover, Dr. Kessel graduated from Cornell University where she majored in Human Biology Health & Society. She earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, Dr. Kessel went on to receive fellowship training in sports and spine medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York where she was Chief Fellow in 2011.

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Christopher Sahler, MD

Dr. Sahler is an interventional physiatrist specializing in sports medicine. His practice focuses on non-operative treatments for musculoskeletal injuries, restoring proper function and promoting active lifestyles. He uses biomechanical assessments and diagnostic ultrasound to determine the precise source of the problem. He is skilled in treatments including ultrasound and X-ray guided steroidal injections, viscosupplementation and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).

Moreover, Dr. Sahler completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan where he was elected Chief Resident. He continued his training at the Mount Sinai for an additional year to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Interventional Spine Treatments. During that time, he also served as team physician for the Globe Institute Junior College Football, Basketball, Soccer and Baseball teams, and was a physician and team captain for the New York City Marathon. Dr. Sahler is published in peer-reviewed journals and is a chapter author in various medical text books. He has given numerous medical presentations at national conferences and universities and he is board certified in sports medicine.

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Testimonials

Dr Sahler puts you at ease immediately and explains everything really well. My procedure today was a little nerve racking for me but everything went so smoothly and I didn’t feel any pain at all. He’s awesome. (5 Star Review on Healthgrades from S.G. in Stamford, CT)

Great visit. I came in because of pain in my upper back/neck. Dr. Sahler was friendly and concerned and spent time asking me questions about my sports activity and lifestyle. After having me x-rayed, he was really great about showing me the x-rays on his laptop and clearly walking me through what the issue was (it was ligament-related in my neck…a sprain). It was also good that he showed me what was healthy + good about my spine too. We then talked about simple lifestyle changes. (5 Star Review on Healthgrades)

Doctor is a good listener, thorough regarding review my case and explained treatment & follow up very professionally.(5 Star Review on Healthgrades from Dr. H in Redding, CT)

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. Sahler has provided exceptionally good care taking patience and gave a long view in tracking down and treating residual pain after back surgery. He provided as much art and detective work as traditional medicine. I am grateful that he has stayed with the chosen course because with each treatment, the pain is less and I become closer to getting my old life back. (Patient Survey)

Dr. Sahler was very knowledgeable and helpful!!! (Patient Survey)

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)

I want to thank Dr. Sahler for the tremendous job he did giving my daughter an injection and taking the time and effort to have a heart to heart talk with her. In my experience, most doctors wouldn’t take the time to do that, usually next in line is right at the door. She really had a connection with him and I wanted to make sure all of the time that he gave us was very much appreciated. (D.S.)

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Dr. Miller: Shoulder Replacement

Arthritis had taken its toll on my shoulders. I was in constant pain. Sleeping was difficult and the activities I love, like kayaking, were difficult. Two friends with similar shoulder issuesD.Hapke in Kayak referred me to Dr. Miller at ONS.  When I met him, I immediately knew he was the doctor I wanted to care for me. He was thorough, thoughtful and patient. He has a great bedside manner and took the time to completely answer all my questions. Continue reading “Dr. Miller: Shoulder Replacement”