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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Linda Zochowski fell on an icy sidewalk and landed square on her knees. Although she had surgery afterwards for a damaged meniscus, walking was never quite the same. She missed pain free activities like bowling, bike riding and walking the dog.

So, she scheduled her first visit with Dr. Robert Zanotti and was impressed, especially by Dr. Zanotti’s no-pressure attitude about surgery.

“He explained all my options and never pushed me to choose surgery, even though I think we both knew that would be best. He also took the time to have a separate appointment to talk with my husband about surgery and recovery so he could be prepared.”

While Dr. Zanotti’s openness was remarkab...

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Darlene Gargalianos was having a relaxing time in Jamaica until she slipped on the pool deck and broke her wrist. She had never broken a bone before, but even so, she felt like the emergency room at the Montego Bay hospital in Jamaica might not done everything quite right.

So, she called CFO and went to see Dr. Scott Ciaccia and sure enough, it wasn’t set right and was going to heal crooked in the cast. Darlene saw the doctor on Monday and had wrist surgery on Wednesday... complete with pins and a plate to fix the error.

Darlene was worried about the plate and how it would affect range of motion and pain.

“Six weeks after surgery, I didn’t even know I’d had it done. If ...

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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.

"Dr. Zanotti’s Clinical Assistant, Val, jumped in and helped advocate and navigate the process with me. She called me at every step and followed through with everything. And, ever since that time, she has continued to do that and so I always know what’s going on. She does it for my medications and everything else that my family and I need done.”

Patients with chronic conditions get to know doctors and their treatment centers very well. They also often face unique challenges in navigating a sometimes complicated healthcare system full...

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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 f...

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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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Dr. Zanotti did an Xray and continued non surgical treatments, but when Linda rescheduled an appointment earlier than her usual follow up, due to a drastic increase in pain, he ordered an MRI. The MRI showed that Linda was suffering from Avascular Necrosis of the Hip, which is a known complication in patients w...

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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...

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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 to...

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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 b...

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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.

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-office treatment options beyond cortisone shots. Unfortunately, within six months, Jean’s kn...

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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.

So when his back, and then groin, began giving him trouble, Dr. Schaeffer was not surprised. He says, “it may have been all this bouncing around on dirt,” that made him a candidate for both back and hip surgery. Dr. William Stanfield scheduled surgery for a total hip replacement.

“Dr. Stanfield is an excellent surgeon and EMH was a great place to have surgery. The nursing and reh...

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