Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery
At Westchester Health, our Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery Department contains board trained and certified physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of and injuries to the shoulder, elbow, hand, spine, hips, knees and ankles.
Our highly-trained orthopedists have extensive experience in their field, using the latest technology and techniques to diagnose, treat and perform surgery on all types of musculoskeletal conditions caused by injury, disease or normal wear and tear on the body.
Our orthopedic doctors are involved in leadership positions in national societies at the highest levels and are recognized as experts in their field. They are also involved in ground-breaking research to improve treatments and surgical procedures, and they lecture nationally and internationally on orthopedic conditions.
In addition, at Westchester Health we recognize that men and women have different muscular and skeletal compositions and often experience orthopedic conditions in gender-specific ways. That’s why our specialists tailor all diagnosis and treatment regimens to each individual’s specific needs.
Prevention as well as treatment
At Westchester Health, our focus is not only on the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal problems but also on preventative care. In addition to providing the highest quality of orthopedic care, we work closely with your primary care provider and other specialists to coordinate and implement a total treatment plan to achieve the best possible outcome. We also focus on educating you and your family about the lifestyle changes you can make to manage and improve your particular orthopedic condition.
What makes Westchester Health’s Orthopedics Department different?
At Westchester Health, we firmly believe that good treatment starts with good listening. We also believe that the best patient is an informed patient, and that patient education is critical to your long-term health.
From the first time you arrive at our offices, we spend as much time with you and your family as is necessary to make sure you understand your condition, the diagnostic tests we are recommending and all of your treatment options. Throughout your journey with us, we will continue to explain our recommended course of treatment and answer any questions you may have so that you understand what to expect.
Whether you have been with Westchester Health for years or are new to our practice, you quickly recognize that our Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery Department truly cares about each and every one of our patients. When you need us, we are here for you.
Always at the forefront of medicine
The world of medicine continues to change and evolve, especially regarding the treatment of orthopedic injury and disease. As part of Northwell Health, our orthopedists participate in its Department of Orthopedics training programs, making sure they are continually up-to-date on the newest breakthrough treatments for our patients’ orthopedic conditions. This emphasis on ongoing training also ensures that our orthopedists have ready access to the latest technological advances in musculoskeletal care.
In addition, our surgeons teach other orthopedic doctors the latest evidence-based surgical and nonsurgical treatments. They are involved with formulating clinical practice guidelines nationally and also teach residents in the Northwell Health system. At Westchester Health Orthopedics, we believe research is very important in advancing and improving care and as such, our doctors are involved with projects with other national experts in the field.
Orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons have extensive expertise in treating a variety of orthopedic conditions, including:
Arthritis refers to joint pain or joint disease and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, affecting women more than men and commonly occurring as people get older. Typical symptoms include swelling in the joints, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and difficulty walking or climbing stairs. Medications, physical therapy and sometimes surgery help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
Cartilage restoration is an early joint repair treatment that can delay or prevent the need for joint replacement surgery. Performed arthroscopically on all major joints—shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot and ankle—this procedure is used to stimulate growth of new, healthy cartilage tissue by creating a new blood supply inside the joint. Typical candidates for cartilage restoration are too young for a joint replacement but have significant joint pain and cartilage damage in their knee, shoulder or ankle and want to resume an active lifestyle.
Knee Cartilage Preservation
Knee cartilage preservation is an arthroscopic surgical treatment for knee pain and is used to repair articular cartilage, the smooth surface that covers the ends of bones and allows joints to glide smoothly while in motion. In some cases, knee cartilage preservation can reduce or prevent the onset or progression of arthritis and prolong the life of the knee joint, which, in turn, may reduce the need for a joint replacement.
Ligament reconstruction surgery is performed to repair a torn ligament if other medical treatment has not been effective. Ligaments are bands of tough, elastic connective tissue that surround a joint to give it support and limit the joint's movement. When ligaments are damaged (often from a sports injury), the joint may become unstable. During this procedure, the damaged ligament is replaced with a graft segment of tendon from another joint or a donor.
Meniscal tears are the most common injury seen by orthopedics, especially in younger, active patients. Any activity that causes you to forcefully twist or rotate your knee can lead to a torn meniscus. The menisci (fibrocartilaginous semilunar tissues) are integral to the overall function of the knee and play a key role in shock absorption and joint stabilization. Advances in technology and increased understanding of the functioning of the knee joint have made meniscus repair an important form of treatment. There are three basic types of meniscus repair surgery: outside-in, inside-out and all-inside.
Alignment problems or overuse of the patella (kneecap) can lead to wear and tear of the cartilage behind the patella, leading to knee pain, knee weakness and swelling of the knee joint. Problems can also arise from degeneration due to the aging process, osteoarthritis of the knee, misalignment of the legs between the hips and ankles, and imbalances or weaknesses in the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh. Treatment for patella problems include stopping the activities that make the knee hurt, the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy exercises and possibly surgery. To read more, click here for our most recent blogs.
Rotator Cuff Repair
Rotator cuff repair surgery is performed to repair a torn tendon in the shoulder due to overuse or injury and most often involves re-attaching the tendon to the head of the humerus (upper arm bone). This procedure can be done with a large (open) incision or arthroscopically, which uses smaller incisions. If you are very active and use your arms for overhead work or sports and are experiencing continual shoulder pain, your doctor may suggest this surgery.
Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a camera to look within a joint, rather than opening it completely. Arthroscopic surgery is preferred by doctors and patients alike because it is generally easier on the patient's body than open surgery and requires a shorter rehabilitation time. Typical problems that can be treated with arthroscopic shoulder surgery include rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, inflamed tissue above the shoulder joint, a damaged or torn ligament and arthritis of the clavicle (collarbone). Arthroscopic knee surgery is one of the most common knee surgeries orthopedists perform and is used to treat torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments (ACL or PCL), torn meniscus, fractures and dislocated patella (knee cap).
Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on helping people improve their physical fitness, increase their athletic performance, recover from injury and prevent future injuries. Most sports medicine doctors are certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine or another specialty and then receive additional training. Although sports medicine doctors often work with professional athletes, they also treat children involved in sports and adults who exercise for personal fitness, as well as people who have physically demanding jobs, such as construction workers. Other professionals who may work in conjunction with a sports medicine doctor include physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and nutritionists.
Total Shoulder Replacement
Although shoulder joint replacement is not as common as knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain and helping people resume their everyday activities. In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components (prosthesis). Surgical options include replacing only the head of the humerus bone (ball) or both the ball and the socket (glenoid). Many conditions can cause a person to consider joint replacement surgery, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rotator cuff tear and fractures.