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OrthoNY is Growing Again in Schenectady

Apr 10, 2014

Schenectady Regional Orthopedic Associates to join OrthoNY

(ALBANY, NY) – Schenectady Regional Orthopedic Associates (SROA) will join OrthoNY this July to expand whole orthopaedic care in the Capital Region. The affiliation will combine both physician teams’ resources and expertise to create the most effective total bone and joint care for patients.

With the addition of SROA’s physicians and four office locations, OrthoNY will include 39 physicians, 23 physician assistants and two nurse practitioners, strengthening their ability to provide quality orthopaedic surgery and pain management throughout the Capital/Saratoga Region. More than 250 clinical and administrative staff will support patient care in 12 offices from Delmar to the Adirondacks, and East Greenbush to Schenectady. These locations include the SROA Center for Sports Medicine, in both Schenectady and Clifton Park, adding physical therapy and sports training to the services currently offered by OrthoNY.

“Our team is very excited to work with the physicians and staff of Schenectady Regional Orthopaedic Associates, continuing their tradition of excellent orthopaedic care,” said Alan Okun, CEO of OrthoNY.

“We are committed to SROA’s patients and referring physicians and look forward to enhancing services for them in Schenectady, Clifton Park and Guilderland, as we have at our other locations in Delmar, Albany, East Greenbush, Latham, Malta, Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls. Providing as much care as possible where patients work and play is how we are Saving Lifestyles.”

Sandra McMahon, SROA practice administrator, added, “Our decision to affiliate with OrthoNY will significantly benefit our patients. The number of skilled physicians, many trained in orthopaedic surgery subspecialties, working in collaboration with a comprehensive support team, will present a level of orthopaedic care unparalleled in New York State.”

OrthoNY was formed by the merger of Northeast Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Associates of Saratoga in January 2013. To learn more, visit www.orthony.com.

OrthoNY Expanding Its Reach To Glens Falls

Apr 02, 2014

The group’s ninth location will be Saving Lifestyles® in northern Saratoga and Warren Counties.

(ALBANY, NY) – OrthoNY will begin seeing patients in Glens Falls on April 14, 2014, in One Broad Street Plaza, the professional arts building, at 125 Broad Street.

One of nine OrthoNY locations in the Capital/Saratoga Region, the Glens Falls office will offer the community sports medicine, foot and ankle surgery, hand surgery, total joint surgery and general orthopaedic care, with the added convenience on onsite imaging services. Surgeries will be performed at nearby Glens Falls Hospital.

Initially, the new location will be staffed by providers from OrthoNY’s Saratoga and Malta teams. The team will include physician assistants working together with Drs. Justin Ferrara,  William O’Connor, Kevin Rosas, and George Silver.  A national search is ongoing for orthopaedic surgeons to be based solely in Glens Falls.

“We are excited to bring the OrthoNY team of bone and joint experts to Glens Falls,” states Alan Okun, CEO. “Until now, many patients from Warren County and the northern Saratoga Region have had to travel a significant distance for orthopaedic treatment.” “OrthoNY was created to care for patients where they live, work and play. Our mission is to get them back to the life they love as quickly as possible. We’re Saving Lifestyles.”

To schedule an appointment today, call (518)489-BONE (2663), or visit www.orthony.com.

OrthoNY Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

Mar 10, 2014

Nursing leader will provide administrative oversight for daily patient care

(ALBANY, NY) – OrthoNY has hired Mary Hannan, MS, RN, as Chief Operating Officer. She will work in both the Albany and Saratoga regions to oversee day-to-day functions for the practice’s eight locations.

Prior to joining OrthoNY, Hannan worked at Albany Memorial Hospital for 13 years, most recently in the Chief Nursing Officer position. In that role, she directed all aspects of nursing practice and  fostered strong partnerships with physicians and support departments to encourage collaboration, team development and quality patient care.

Hannan began her nursing career at Albany Medical Center. During her 25-year tenure there, she gained experience in the oncology, coronary care and adult critical care units before being promoted to supervisory positions in adult surgical and cardio-thoracic surgery. Hannan then spent 17 years as Nurse Manager for Trauma/General Surgery and Patient Triage Manager.

“We are very excited to welcome Mary to OrthoNY,” said Alan Okun, CEO. “She brings a wealth of experience in operations, patient care, quality initiatives and staff development.”

“Mary’s leadership will be a tremendous asset for our team of bone and joint experts. Her knowledge and enthusiasm support our mission to continue saving lifestyles® from Albany to the Adirondacks.”

Hannan is an AONE Board Certified Nurse Executive. In 2004, she earned a Masters in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. Hannan also holds a diploma from Samaritan School of Nursing in Troy and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY Utica/Rome.

OrthoNY Physician Certified to Implant New Artificial Spinal Disc

Feb 12, 2014

(ALBANY, NY) – William Montgomery, MD, a surgeon on the OrthoNY spine team, is among the first in the Northeast to be certified for placement of the new Mobi-C®, an artificial disc that can be implanted at two adjacent levels of the neck. The device, which can also be used for single-level disc replacement, was approved by the FDA in August and studied in a large multicenter clinical trial, with results published in the November 2013 Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

Unlike spinal fusion, the standard procedure for many patients who have degenerative disease that affects two adjacent damaged discs, Mobi-C® implantation doesn’t just relieve pain. It also allows for a good postoperative range of neck motion and is less likely than fusion to cause degeneration of surrounding discs.

“The Mobi-C® Disc is a significant advancement for patients with certain types of cervical spine disease,” states Dr. Montgomery. “These patients often have severe neck pain, with pain radiating down the arm. It is very common for those with this condition, also known as radiculopathy, to have cervical disc degeneration at two levels. If they meet the criteria for Mobi-C®, it offers an alternative that can provide better results and fewer long-term complications than fusion.”

The Mobi-C® is implanted to replace two adjacent damaged discs in the neck, or cervical spine, from levels C3-C7. The device is made for people who have not responded to non-surgical care, and have damaged discs that may or may not cause neck pain, but do result in loss of feeling, loss of movement, pain, weakness or tingling down the arm and possibly into the hand. Surgery with Mobi-C® can help keep neck movement, while reducing the pain and tingling caused by the damaged discs.

Although just approved in the Unites States, Mobi-C® has been in use since 2004 in 24 European nations, where more than 17,000 have been implanted.

“While other artificial discs have been available here for a number of years, this is the first time we have one that can be implanted at two levels,” adds Dr. Montgomery. “It presents an incredible opportunity for pain relief related to cervical disc damage, and I’m excited to bring this state-of-the-art treatment to St. Peter’s Hospital.”

A Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Montgomery is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and highly specialized in spinal disorders. He completed a coveted two-year fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and is one of the few spine surgeons dual-trained by both neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques in the management of complex cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine disorders.

To schedule an appointment, call (518)489-2663, or visit www.orthony.com.

OrthoNY hits the Antarctica!

Dec 03, 2013

Yes, OrthoNY can now claim to have visited the Antarctica.  This picture is of Jeremy Muller (husband of OrthoNY employee Meagan Muller).  Jeremy is stationed there for three months with his US Air Force colleagues from the Stratton Air National Guard based at Schenectady, New York.

Meagan made Jeremy promise to “take that shirt and make sure you take a good photo and no matter how cold it is the only top you can have on is the OrthoNY shirt.” The photo was taken November 18, 2013 at McMurdo Station, Antarctica in front of Castle Rock.  It was minus 3 degrees!!

Jeremy, thank you for listening to Meagan and for bringing OrthoNY to the ”bottom” of the world.

Rotator Cuff Disorders

Nov 13, 2013

Shoulder Injuries

You may have a rotator cuff injury if you have pain in your shoulder, especially at night, and difficulty or weakness with overhead activities.

What is a Rotator Cuff?

A rotator cuff is a combination of muscles and tendons in your shoulder. They connect to the top of the humerus (upper arm bone), and help to position your hand in space.  The rotator cuff also helps to stabilize the shoulder joint which has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body.

What Are Rotator Cuff Disorders?

Some of the common rotator cuff problems include:

• Tendonitis or inflammation of the tendons
• Bursitis or inflammation of the bursa, a small, fluid-filled sac that serves as a cushion between the tendons and bones.
• Impingement or abnormal contract between the bursa and underlying rotator cuff with bone above it.
• Rotator cuff tendon tears.
• Calcific tendonitis or buildup of calcium in the rotator cuff tendons

Treating Rotator Cuff Injuries

Properly treating rotator cuff injuries is important. If they go untreated for too long, often systems will worsen and treatment may be more difficult.  Treatment options include:
• Resting the shoulder.
• Using anti-inflammatory medicine to relieve pain and decrease the amount of swelling.
• Physical therapy to help increase shoulder strength and range of motion.
• Steroid shots in the shoulder. Though steroid shots don’t cure all rotator cuff disorders, they help reduce pain and swelling and can help improve symptoms associated with many problems affecting the rotator cuff.

Call OrthoNY if you think you may have a rotator cuff injury.  Our shoulder surgeons include Drs. James Alfandre, Kyle Flik, Leonard Goldstock, Lee Kaback, Joseph LaRosa, and George Silver.

Alyssa Greer Wins 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge

Oct 21, 2013

Alyssa Greer, physician assistant with OrthoNY, was the female champion at the 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge.  MVP Health Care sponsored this 5K race in the Saratoga Spa State Park on Saturday, October 19, 2013 to benefit Saratoga Bridges. Saratoga Bridges has proudly provided the highest level of quality professional services to people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 55 years.

Over 2,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers packed the Columbia Pavilion, raising $30,000 NET for Saratoga Bridges’ programs and services.  Alyssa led the female runners by coming in at a time of 19 minutes and 14 seconds, coming in 6th place overall!  To see the 5K Results– CLICK HERE.

Alyssa works in OrthoNY’s Saratoga and Malta, Route 9 offices.




Johnny Bench Speaks to More Than 350 Persons

Oct 07, 2013

OrthoNY, in conjunction with St. Peter’s Hospital and Stryker Medical Equipment Corporation, sponsored an informational lecture on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.  Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame Major League catcher with the Cincinnati Reds, joined Drs. Fred Fletcher and Frank Congiusta of OrthoNY, to speak about total joint replacement options for patients with osteoarthritis.

Mr. Bench spoke of this experience having both of his hips replaced with both seriousness and humor.  Over 350 persons enjoyed the presentation.  Johnny also attended a cocktail party in his honor at St. Peter’s Hospital and a dinner with OrthoNY physicians the night before the lecture.


Kristin Kandiel, PA, Triathlon Winner!

Oct 04, 2013

Kristin Kandiel, a physician assistant who works with Dr. William Montgomery at OrthoNY, was a proud participant in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in London, England in September 2013.  This race used an identical course and venue as the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Kristin participated with 5000 athletes from all over the world!

We are happy to announce here that Kristin finished 4th for the Americans and 36th in the world!!!

Congratulations Kristin.  We are very proud of you and your accomplishment.

Dr. Gainor To Be At Boomer Expo

Oct 02, 2013

Dr. Jon Gainor, Total Joint Replacement specialist at OrthoNY, will be in attendance at the NY’s #1 Over 50 Boomer Expo being held
this Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Saratoga Springs City Center from 11am to 4pm.  The cost for this event is “free.”

This dynamic Expo will feature life enhancing information, products and services, entertainment and Raffle prizes, 100 booths from Kayaks
to Health Care to bicycles to Retirement Planning. Get your questions answered by the professionals! Enjoy the Iron Chef Throwdown & food tastings by
ShopRite. Come to this exciting Expo that culminates with a performance by Tribute artists Donny Elvis at 4:00.

Dr. Gainor will be available to answer your questions about Total Knee and Hip surgery, general Orthopaedics, and OrthoNY, the recent
merger between Orthopaedic Associates of Saratoga and Northeast Orthopaedics of Albany.  Stop by and say, “Hi”, and tell
him you heard about it on the OrthoNY website or on the OrthoNY Facebook page.

Enjoy the weekend and the Boomer Expo this Sunday. For More Information Call: 518-395-3045