The orthopedic physicians at Newton Wellesley Orthopedic Associates in Newton and Wellesley, MA are making news regularly. Below you will find news, podcasts and videos about our latest endeavors. Whether it is a new surgical procedure or new orthopedic treatment, we will keep you updated.

Dr. Katz discusses Gordon Hayward’s leg injury

Gordon Hayward, Celtics small forward, injured his leg and ankle in the opening game of the season. Laurie Katz, MD joins Rob Bradford from WEEI sports radio to talk about this injury, treatment, and expected recovery.

Dr. Leslie publishes study examining surgical complications in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Bruce Leslie, MD was the lead author on a study entitled “Inadvertent Harvest of the Median Nerve Instead of the Palmaris Longus Tendon” published this month in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). JBJS is the premier scholarly journal of orthopedic surgery, published and read by orthopedic surgeons world-wide.

The study itself was a multi-center collaborative effort involving the departments of hand surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York as well as the Philadelphia Hand Center in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. This study examined the factors which may contribute to a rare and disastrous complication of hand and upper extremity in which the median nerve instead of the palmaris longus tendon is harvested for use in reconstructive surgery.

The published paper may be viewed here.

Dr. Leung named assistant chief of hand surgery at NWH

Nicky Leung, MD has been named assistant chief of the division of hand surgery within the department of orthopedic surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Dr. Quinn talks about Tyler Thornburg and surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Dr. Hanmer discusses Isaiah Thomas hip injury with WEEI Sports Radio’s Rob Bradford

Kenneth Polivy, MD talks about Craig Kimbrel’s knee surgery

Ken Polivy, MD talks with WEEI radio’s Ken Laird about Craig Kimbrel’s knee surgery.

Daniel Quinn, MD talks about surgical repair of Pablo Sandoval’s labrum injury in the shoulder

Daniel Quinn, MD talks to John Tomase from WEEI sports radio about Pablo Sandoval’s shoulder surgery.

Dr. Schumer Nominated to Boston Magazine’s List of 2015 Best Doctors

Evan Schumer, MD has been nominated to Boston Magazine’s list of 2015 Best Doctors. This is the second consecutive year that Dr. Schumer has earned this distinction.

Dr. Polivy talks about Julian Edelman’s foot injury

New England Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman sustained a foot fracture during the week 10 matchup with the Giants. Dr. Polivy joins Chris Price at WEEI sports radio to talk about the injury, treatment, and expected recovery.

Dr. Kenneth Polivy named to the AAOS Board of Councilors

Dr. Kenneth Polivy has been named to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Councilors. Congratulations Dr. Polivy! He will be serving as an advisor on relations between the AAOS and state/regional orthopaedic societies. Learn more about AAOS on their website.

Dr. Leung Speaks with Ben Kichen from WEEI about Tommy John Surgery on Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow last week by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Florida. To help clarify what Tommy John surgery is and what the postoperative recovery is like, Nicky Leung, MD spoke with WEEI’s Ben Kichen.

Dr. Leslie Performs 500th Distal Biceps Tendon Repair

On Tuesday, March 24 Dr. Leslie performed his 500th distal biceps tendon repair. Distal biceps tendon ruptures are an uncommon but increasingly recognized injury of the elbow. Dr. Leslie and the late Dr. Arthur Thibodeau refined this surgical technique and it was first performed by Dr. Leslie at Tufts Medical Center (at that time the New England Medical Center) in 1986. To date, no surgeon worldwide has performed as many such surgeries. The event was celebrated at the Newton Wellesley Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center last week.

Kenneth Polivy, MD voted one of Boston’s Top Doctors

Kenneth Polivy, MD has been named by Castle Connolly as one of the greater Boston area’s best orthopedic surgeons. Nominations for this award are given by other physicians in the community and greater Boston area.

Evan Schumer, MD voted one of Boston’s Top Docs

Evan Schumer, MD has been voted one of Boston’s top doctors. Dr. Schumer is one of 3 orthopedic surgeons at Newton-Wellesley Hospital to have been awarded the honor this year. Rankings are determined annually by peer nominations from other physicians.

Laurie Katz, MD Invited to Instruct Multiple Arthroscopy Courses

Laurie Katz, MD continues to balance a busy clinical practice with ongoing educational obligations. She was most recently invited to be an instructor at the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) in Palm Desert, CA and, for the third consecutive year will be serving as Associate Master Instructor for the AANA arthroscopy course in Rosemont, IL. Both courses are highly attended by practicing orthopaedic surgeons wishing to improve their skill in arthroscopic surgery.

Dr. Katz focuses her practice on arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Tufts University School of Medicine. She regularly gives lectures to orthopaedic surgery residents and medical students on a wide range of topics in orthopaedic surgery.

NWH Outpatient Surgery Center Receives Press-Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award

The Outpatient Surgery Center (OSC) at Newton-Wellesley Hospital has been named a 2014 recipient of the Press-Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for patient satisfaction. The award is given to surgery centers reaching the 95th percentile in categories of patient satisfaction, physician engagement, and employee engagement.

Most outpatient procedures performed by our physicians are performed at the NWH OSC.

Dr. Leung talks about Rondo’s hand injury

Nicky Leung, MD speaks about Rajon Rondo’s hand injury with WEEI’s Ben Kichen.

Dr. Schumer talks about Dustin Pedroia’s wrist surgery

Evan Schumer, MD talks with WEEI Sports Radio’s Rob Bradford about the latest in a number of hand and wrist surgeries performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Kenneth Polivy, MD talks about lumbar disc surgery on Shane Victorino

Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino recently underwent lumbar disc surgery. Kenneth Polivy, MD spine surgeon at NWOA, discusses rehab and expectations from this type of surgery. Note: this is an audio-only interview. No video will play below.

Laurie Katz, MD talks about shoulder injuries as part of Newton-Wellesley Hospital “Doc Talk” series

Dr. Quinn Talks about Patriots first-round draft pick Dominique Easley’s knee injuries

Daniel Quinn, MD talks about Dominique Easley’s ACL injuries.

Dr. Leslie Publishes Article on Private Practice Survival Strategies

Recent trends in healthcare are pressuring physicians to leave private practice medicine or to sell their practices entirely to enter a hospital employment arrangement. Dr. Leslie was recently invited to write an article about this trend. The article was published in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of Hand Surgery and can be accessed here.

Dr. Leslie Leads Hand Surgeons at NOLC Conference on Capitol Hill

Dr. Leslie recently returned from the 2014 AAOS National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) where he met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss the SGR fix and other issues affecting Medicare patients. Dr. Leslie continues to serve as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Podcast: Dr. Messina talks about Grady Sizemore, knee injury, and microfracture surgery

Dr. Messina talks about Gronk’s ACL injury

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski tore the ACL and MCL in his knee during a late comeback victory against the Cleveland Browns on December 8. Matthew Messina, DO joins Chris Price from WEEI Sports Radio to talk about ACL injuries and how they are treated.

Laurie Katz, MD on WEEI Sports Radio: Vince Wilfork’s torn Achilles Tendon

Dr. Katz takes a minute with WEEI radio’s Chris Price to talk about achilles tendon ruptures and what this means for Patriots’ defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, who injured his achilles tendon in last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Laurie Katz, MD is Board-Certified in orthopedic surgery and specializes in the care of sports injuries of athletes at all levels.

Bruce Leslie, MD leads symposia on health policy at ASSH Annual Meeting

Bruce Leslie, MD gave lectures on Health Policy as well as Pursuing Value and Quality in Hand Surgery at the 2013 meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) from October 3rd-5th in San Francisco. The ASSH is the largest international organization representing hand and upper extremity surgeons all over the world. Dr. Leslie serves as the chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the ASSH.

WEEI’s Salk and Holley interview Dr. Polivy on what Gronkowski can expect from back surgery

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery this month for a lingering back problem. To learn more about the surgery and expected recovery, WEEI’s Salk and Holley talk with NWOA’s Kenneth Polivy, MD.

Dr. Polivy and WEEI Radio’s Chris Price talk about Gronkowski’s back injury

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be undergoing surgery to treat a lingering back problem this month. Join Kenneth Polivy, MD and WEEI radio’s Chris Price to learn more about this injury

Dr. Polivy and Dr. Glaser talk about back and neck pain

oin Dr. Polivy and Dr. Alan Glaser of Wellesley Primary Care for a discussion of back and neck pain. (note: first 24 minutes are a discussion of senior care with Donna Plummer from Home Instead Senior Care)

Dr. Hanmer discusses Rondo’s ACL injury

The Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee in the January 27th 100-98 double-overtime win over the Miami Heat, and will be out the remainder of the season after having surgery to reconstruct the ACL. Join Dr. Hanmer and WEEI’s Rob Bradford to learn more about ACL injuries.

Dr. Laurie Katz serves as Associate Master Instructor for AANA Shoulder Course

Dr. Laurie Katz recently served as an Associate Master lab instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America’s (AANA) Master Course in Shoulder Arthroscopy, held in Rosemont, IL from January 25-27. Orthopedic surgeons from all over the country travel to this course every year to experience hands-on learning in the most advanced techniques in arthroscopic shoulder surgery from prominent experts in arthroscopy and sports medicine.

Dr. Messina and Dr. Glaser talk about sports injuries in children

As more children are participating in organized sports at higher levels than ever before, athletic injuries are becoming unfortunately common. Hear Dr. Messina and Dr. Alan Glaser from Wellesley Primary Care discuss pediatric sports injuries at the WRKO Health and Wellness Hour.

Dr. Leung and Dr. Glaser talk about bone health on WRKO Health and Wellness Hour

Dr. Leung and Alan Glaser, MD of Wellesley Primary Care talk about bone health.

Dr. Leslie speaks with WEEI about Gronkowski’s forearm fracture

Rob Gronkowski sustained a forearm fracture during the Patriots’ week 11 blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Bruce Leslie, MD joins WEEI’s Chris Price to talk about forearm fractures and how they are treated.

Dr. Hanmer appointed Associate Chair of Orthopedics at Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Alfred Hanmer, MD has been appointed to the position of Associate Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. This department is one of the hospital’s largest clinical services, and one of the largest departments of its kind in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Comprehensive cutting-edge care is provided by orthopedic surgeons treating the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders, including:

  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Total Joint Replacement and Reconstruction
  • Spine Surgery
  • Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Many of the physicians on staff hold academic appointments with Tufts University and Harvard University School of Medicine and are routinely involved in research and the training of other orthopedic surgeons. Many are also nationally and globally regarded leaders in their specialties who regularly give lectures and presentations at national meetings.

Dr. Schumer explains Pedroia’s thumb injury on WEEI Injury Report

Dr. Schumer and Rob Bradford of WEEI Sports Radio talk about Dustin Pedroia’s thumb injury. Watch this at WEEI.

Dr. Leslie leads hand surgeons to Capitol Hill to discuss national health care issues

On April 26, 2012 Bruce M. Leslie, MD lead a delegation of hand surgeons to the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) in Washington, D.C. Orthopaedic surgeons from around the country converged on Capitol Hill for the 3 day leadership conference where they discussed national health care issues and met with Members of Congress.

Dr. Leslie currently serves as chair of the government affairs committee of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Quinn explains Jacoby Ellsbury’s shoulder injury

Dr. Daniel Quinn joins Rob Bradford of WEEI sports radio to discuss the injury sustained by Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Dr. Quinn explains exactly what the injury is, along with what Ellsbury now faces in terms of recovery time.

Dr. Schumer talks about Andrew Bailey’s thumb injury and thumb ligament reconstruction.

Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey recently underwent ligament reconstruction surgery in the thumb. For more information on this injury and its treatment, Rob Bradford of WEEI Sports Radio recently interviewed Evan Schumer, MD on the WEEI injury report.

Evan Schumer, MD discusses Carl Crawford’s wrist injury on WEEI Injury Report

Carl Crawford of the Boston Red Sox underwent arthroscopic surgery of the wrist in January for a TFCC tear. To find out what a TFCC tear is and how it is treated join Evan Schumer, MD and WEEI Sports Radio’s Rob Bradford for a discussion of this very common sports injury.

Nicky Leung, MD talks about Tommy John surgery on WEEI Injury Report

Daisuke Matsuzaka, Rich Hill, and John Lackey of the Boston Red Sox have all undergone Tommy John surgery for reconstruction of the medial collateral ligament of the elbow. Join Nicky Leung, MD and Rob Bradford of WEEI Sports Radio as they discuss what Tom my John surgery is and why it is done.

Dr. Quinn comments on Gronkowski’s ankle injury

On February 10, 2012, Daniel Quinn, M.D. was interviewed by WHDH TV news regarding Patriots’ All-Pro Tight End Rob Gronkowski’s recent ankle injury. Gronkowski sustained the injury during the AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens and will be undergoing surgery to treat it during the offseason. Click here for more details.

Bruce Leslie, MD lectured at the AAOS Hawaii Wrist Course October 28-30

Bruce Leslie, MD recently returned from the Hawaii Wrist Course in Maui, sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He joined an internationally recognized faculty of experts in the field of hand surgery, giving lectures on pediatric wrist fractures and treatment of failed basal joint surgery before an international audience of hand and wrist surgeons.

The Latest in Hip Surgery: One Patient’s Success Story

Pain from Osteoarthritis
Day Acheson has always been active. Growing up, he played soccer and began rock climbing and mountaineering at age 20. In his late 30s, Day began to notice problems with his left hip, but continued his active lifestyle. At 40, he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and made the decision to limit his activities in order to preserve use of his hip for as long as possible.

“I have worked in the health care field for 25 years and have helped many people rehabilitate after joint surgery, but I was always reluctant to consider surgery for myself,” says Day. “As an alternative therapist, I’ve used acupuncture, tai chi and yoga regularly, which have each contributed to prolonging the life of my hips. However, by my late 40s, I found I needed to give up many of my outdoor interests including ice skating, skiing and running, as they all became too painful.”

Considering Surgery
Day knew he needed to consider surgery in order to continue enjoying his favorite activities, but he didn’t want the procedure to limit his range of motion. He came to meet with Daniel Snyder, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Assistant Director of the Center for Joint Reconstruction Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Snyder introduced Day to minimally invasive hip replacement, called mini hip, as an option.

“The mini hip surgery uses a bone-preserving stem that is designed to fill the femoral neck as opposed to the femoral shaft; therefore, leaving more of the bone,” says Dr. Snyder. “The prosthesis we use allows the patient to have unrestricted activity and unlimited range of motion once they have recovered from surgery. We use mini hip as an alternative for patients who are not candidates for hip resurfacing. In Day’s case, his poor bone quality made this a better option.”

Mini Hip Procedure
After meeting with Dr. Snyder, Day decided to go ahead with the mini hip procedure since the bone quality was found to be too poor for resurfacing. During the surgery, Dr. Snyder used a direct-anterior approach, which is a technique that spreads the muscles instead of cutting them to gain access to the hip joint. A small incision of about seven centimeters is needed to prepare the joint and fit the prosthesis.

“The size and shape of the mini hip components makes the direct-anterior approach, which is the most soft tissue preserving, easier to do,” adds Dr. Snyder. “Since we are able to preserve more bone and not cut through the muscle, recovery for patients is faster. They usually stay one or two nights in the hospital and have crutches for less than a week then a cane for a few weeks.”

Day knew that Dr. Snyder has preferred the anterior approach for several years, which is why he chose him to do the surgery.

A Successful Surgery
“I knew that this method would help decrease my recovery time,” says Day. “I underwent the operation in September 2010 and was up walking the day of my surgery. During my hospital stay, I encountered a very positive attitude from staff as well as from all the patients happily walking around with their new joints. Although the rehab was hard work, I was thrilled with the results. Within a week I was down to one crutch, largely finished with the cane at four weeks and at five weeks I was cautiously resuming my favorite activities of rock climbing and motorcycling. By 12 weeks I felt as if no surgery had ever been done.”

Procedure on Second Hip
After having success with the surgery on his left hip, Day decided to have Dr. Snyder perform the procedure on his right hip, which was also seriously affected by osteoarthritis.

“My second hip surgery was planned from the outset as a mini hip due to the ease of recovery and athletic abilities that I experienced with my left hip,” says Day. “I also really liked having such a small incision. As it turned out, my recovery the second time was much quicker than the first. I returned to my normal activities within days instead of weeks.”

In the second week after his second operation, Day was walking without assistance and even biking to work. In a month, he was taking part in activities like mowing grass, outdoor rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking and running. He could even cross his legs for the first time in 15 years! Day attributes his success to being dedicated to his rehabilitation. He utilized his knowledge of muscle function, yoga and tai chi to undergo an intense rehab routine.

“Each morning I completed a stretch-exercise routine so that I could walk without a limp,” he adds. “In addition to the usual in-home and outpatient physical therapy, other important therapies incorporated in my rehab were acupuncture, active release muscle therapy, tai chi, Zen therapy and yoga sessions. I was back at work in the second week and after another six weeks my life was as busy as always.”

Rapid Recovery
Dr. Snyder explains that many patients who undergo the mini hip procedure way to recover from hip problems since it isolates the hip muscles and strengthens them.”

After a few weeks, Day no longer needed to complete his morning rehab. He was cleared by outpatient physical therapy and began to include more of his favorite activities now that both hips were fully functioning.

“As the weeks progressed I continued to try my favorite activities and have been delighted that all are a joy again,” he says. “Both of my hip joints feel have a rapid recovery from the surgery. “I’ve had quite a few patients who experience this same speed of recovery,” says Dr. Snyder. “One advantage to Day’s recovery was his use of tai chi. I encourage all of my patients to take up this practice. I find it to be an excellent seamless and have returned to normal strength and flexibility. I find it easy to do powerful activities that I long ago gave up. I am pleased that my waiting brought me to this place and am grateful that the technology in hip replacements advanced to meet me when I needed it. I know that I have many years of enjoyment of life ahead of me.”

Bruce M. Leslie, M.D. led a delegation of hand surgeons to the AAOS National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference

The National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference is a political gathering of orthopaedic surgeons from across the country. The purpose of the meeting was to educate and introduce orthopaedic surgeons to the political process and to inform legislators of issues affecting orthopaedic surgeons and their patients. Dr. Leslie is the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the American Society of Surgery of the Hand.

Washington, D.C. April 6-8, 2011.

Dr. Bruce Leslie gave Grand Rounds at the Department of Orthopaedics Northwestern Medical School in Chicago, Illinois

The topic was: “What I Have Learned After 350 Distal Biceps Tendon Repairs”

In the fall of 2010, Dr. Leslie was appointed Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

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