Success Stories

At The Center for Orthopedics, we offer the first-rate care you need, right where you need it. Our seven 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.

When Peg Libecap’s knee started to interfere with walking, she looked for a doctor with a good reputation and found Robert Zanotti, MD at the UH Center for Orthopedics. After seeing him for a while, and being content with cortisone shots, Peg’s left knee got so bad it essentially collapsed. It became very difficult to even administer a shot. That’s when she and Dr. Zanotti decided it was time for the total knee replacement.

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Peg says, “Getting this done with CFO was a seamless process. Dr. Zanotti sent me to a seminar to learn all about the procedure and I understood what would happen before and after.”

But it wasn’t just a thorough preparation that impressed Peg. It was also Dr. Zanotti’s commitmen...

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Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Relieves Pain, Restores Function

temp-post-imageRobert Knight, 78, a retired air traffic controller from Elyria, Ohio, fell off a ladder and severely tore the rotator cuff in his left shoulder. As it turned out he severely damaged his tendon and his traditional rotator cuff repair did not restore function. He was in constant pain and had no movement in his upper arm.

“To put my left hand on the table, I had to lift it up with my other hand,” Robert recalls. “I thought I was going to have to live the rest of my life with my shoulder the way it was. Then a friend of mine saw an article about Dr. Robert Zanotti at center for Orthopedics performing reverse total shoulder replacement and I went to see if I...

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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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