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.

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Michelle Kaiser, who has been seeing Dr. Zanotti for six years for her bad knees, was frustrated getting approval for her orthovisc injections.

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temp-post-imageAngela Simone had the vacation of a lifetime in Italy -- she walked cobblestone streets, climbed the stairs to gorgeous churches and wandered in sprawling piazzas. Then she came home to growing knee pain. After a week of it getting worse instead of better, Angela knew she needed to schedule an appointment... with someone.

However, she also knew it would take awhile to get an appointment with her family doctor and then he’d make a referral to a specialist, which she knew would take even more time. The issue was that the pain was bad enough that she didn’t want to wait that long, but it wasn’t really bad enough for a trip to the ER. She considered her local urgent care, but figured they might just her back to her primary ...

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Linda Erlenbach first learned about the Center For Orthopedics after her mother fell, broke her hip and needed emergency surgery. Dr. Robert Berkowitz had been the doctor on call. She and her mother had a great experience during that trying time, so, when Linda’s hip bursitis got too painful for cortisone shots to work, she called up CFO and was referred to Dr. Robert Zanotti.

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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.

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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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