Success Stories

At The Center for Orthopedics, we offer the first-rate care you need, right where you need it. Our six orthopedic surgeons and one medical orthopedist, are all highly trained in the most cutting-edge procedures. From total joint replacement and sports medicine to fracture care and physical therapy, we’ve got you covered. In fact, our number one goal is getting you back to living better. Just ask our patients.

Retired physician, Dr. Paul Spierling, did not want to have back surgery for his spinal stenosis, but he knew he had to do something because of the crippling pain. His primary care physician recommended he see Dr. Robert Berkowitz.

temp-post-image“You like the guy the minute you get introduced,” says Dr. Spierling. “He was immediately concerned about my problem and said, ‘You and I both don’t want surgery.’ And he was right about that.”

Dr. Berkowitz and Dr. Spierling tried many different options including physical therapy, pain management and chiropractic care, but ultimately, both agreed that surgery was no longer avoidable.

Spierling says, “I was getting to be a housebound cripple and I wanted it taken ca...

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Jean Paris had been to the same doctors office for her arthritic knee pain for over six years, but only saw the doctor once. She also only experienced one course of treatment -- cortisone shots. Finally she demanded something different and was offered radiofrequency ablation or nerve cauterization for pain. She had an uneasy feeling and sought a second opinion from Dr. Dan Zanotti.

“When I found Dr. Zanotti, it was like finding gold,” says Jean. “He offered so much more than just a cortisone shot.”

While Dr. Zanotti did let Jean know that he did not think radiofrequency ablation was a good solution for her arthritic knee pain, he did suggest a change in arthritis medication, special orthotics and a few other in-off...

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It's a new hip, but the same zeal for cardiologist, John Schaeffer, M.D. To say he leads an “active lifestyle” would be a serious understatement. A typical bike trip would be a 50 mile excursion, his favorite skiing spots are found by helicopter, and a casual vacation is hiking overseas.

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Grover Simpson was undergoing pain management for back, arm and shoulder problems with little relief, but when he fell and an MRI revealed that he needed to see a surgeon. That surgeon was Dr. Robert Berkowitz. Since Simpson was only thirty five, he was a candidate for Cervical Disc Replacement, which is ideal for younger patients.

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My wife, Rose, and I are offering our Highest Praise to Dr. Robert Zanotti and your staff at the Center for Orthopedics.

Rose has been experiencing a lot of knee pain in both her knees for quite some time with the right being the worst, so she made an appointment with our family Doctor (Peter Gotsis) to have this checked out. After examining her, X-rays etc., he referred Rose to Dr. Robert Zanotti at the Center for Orthopedics.

From the moment we walked through the doors at the Sheffield Village location we were made to feel welcome and told that Rose's reasons for being there were of the utmost importance!

After meeting Dr. Zanotti and his Physician's Assistant (Bob), we knew that we had been referred to the right people! Outstanding, Cou...

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Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology, developed in 2006, is transforming the way joint replacement procedures are performed. Over 83,000 Mako hip and knee replacement procedures have been performed around the world since the technology’s invention and now UH Elyria Medical Center offers this technology for partial and total knee replacement and total hip replacement.

Center for Orthopedic physicians Dr. William Stanfield, Dr. David Marsh and Dr. Matthew Popa are all advance-trained in Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology. Dr. Stanfield recently completed the first two Mako total knee replacements at UH Elyria Medical Center.

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Sue and Woody Schubert live an active lifestyle. They hike, walk their dogs 5 miles a day, and Woody also enjoys running. Approximately three years ago, their fit way of life got sidelined by pain. Sue was having knee trouble while Woody's hip was giving him problems.

Sue was the first to take action, having her right knee replaced by Dr. Robert Zanotti. Then Woody decided to get a consultation on his hip with Dr. William Stanfield. Both Sue and Woody said their experience with CFO, Dr. Stanfield and Dr. Zanotti could not have been any better.

As Sue said, “The doctors were fantastic. The office staff was fantastic. The whole program at CFO was top notch. Even as busy as it is in the office, they run it smoothly and the process &mda...

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Bill Moroney has been a basketball official, running the courts, for 14 years. He was running the courts when he noticed he was having issues walking and bending. He spent the next two years hating to bend a certain way or put on his right sock. After a fall shoveling snow, he started using crutches and could no longer manage steps.

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Kevin began treatment with cortisone injections, but after those had run their course, Dr. Dan Zanotti offered and educated Kevin about PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections.

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Kevin said, “After the second injection, my world changed. The difference was nothing short of a miracle. In 3-7 days, I stopped being aware of any knee pain at all. I could walk, run, bike and do anything and everything virtually pain free. I honestly, don’t even think about my knee anymore. I’m very thankful.”

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Jackie Koepf is no stranger to Center for Orthopedics. She works at UH Elyria Medical Center checking in patients. So the day after her trip to the ER for a broken wrist, she scheduled a next day appointment at CFO’s Orthopedic Injury Clinic.

When she came into the Injury Clinic, and saw Dr Marsh, she knew she didn't want to do surgery and asked about other options. “I’m the kind of person who barely takes over the counter pain medication. I didn’t want to have surgery if I didn’t have to. Dr. Marsh let me know there was another, not very pleasant option — manipulation. I knew it was the harder road, but for me, it was worth it.”

After the manipulation procedure, Jackie said she felt immediate reli...

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