Arthritis of the Spine Seminar

Dr. Robert Berkowitz will be giving a community education seminar on the topic, Arthritis of the Spine, Monday, September 28 at 1pm at the O’neill Healthcare Skilled and Assisted Living Facility in North Ridgeville.  The event is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend should RSVP by Friday, September 23rd by calling 440.387.4975.




Arthritis of the Spine, sometimes called, Spinal Osteoarthritis, occurs when cartilage breaks down in discs and joints of the neck and back. This can sometimes put pressure on nerves in the spinal column and cause stiffness, weakness or pain in the neck, back, arms or legs. Once diagnosed, there are many ways to treat this condition, and many include changes in lifestyle including weight management, exercise and other non-drug treatments.

Learn more by joining Dr. Berkowitz at 1pm in the Assisted Living Bistro at O’neill Healthcare in North Ridgeville. Enjoy light refreshments and learn how to help yourself and loved ones who may have Arthritis of the Spine.

If you suspect you have Arthritis of the Spine and want immediate treatment, don’t delay. Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Berkowitz by calling 440.329.2800.

Add comment Posted in  Arthritis ,Back and Spine September 7, 2016

CFO Wins 2016 Sports Medicine Team of The Year!

CFOteamofYearThe Arena Football League Office has awarded our team of sports medicine doctors, for the Cleveland Gladiators AFL, the Sports Medicine Team of The Year Award! The Arena Football League Office announced the winners in August for the Front Office/Support Staff of the Year, Sports Medicine Team of the Year, Equipment Manager of the Year and Fox 40 Official of the Year.

While the Sports Medicine Team of the Year might have gone to any of the other nine teams, it went to the Cleveland Gladiators and their staff, of which, CFO physicians are the official Orthopedic Team. As the orthopedic team physicians for the Gladiators, our doctors do the player’s physicals prior to the season and also cover all home games for any needed on-site and post game treatments, including any needed surgeries.  CFO doctors are also the official orthopedic team for the Lake Erie Crushers.

We bring that level of professional sports medicine care to you and your athletes all year long. From weekend warrior accidents to the most complex athletic injury, the physicians at The Center for Orthopedics have the training to get you back in the game. All of our physicians specialize in sports medicine and have advanced training, which means we’re equipped to treat a wide variety of conditions, whether you require surgery or primary care sports medicine.


Add comment Posted in  News ,Sports Medicine August 28, 2016

TKR Patient Bound for Olympics… or Golf Course

FullSizeRender (1)Robert Pesti is almost fully recovered from his second total knee replacement and ready to take on the world.  “Look for me in the Senior Olympics. I’m going to set the new record in the Senior High Jump. It’s currently 1 ft. 2 inches.”

All joking aside, Robert is thrilled to be back to his active lifestyle, which is not actually as an Olympian, but an avid golfer. Golf was what brought him to Dr. William Stanfield. A tee-time friend had also had knee replacement done and recommended Center for Orthopedics and Dr. Stanfield, specifically, three years ago.

“The first knee I had done was bone-on-bone and just walking and bending were painful,” says Pesti. “I went through a phase of getting injections, but it just didn’t help me, and I was already 70, so I wanted to get new knees while I could still recoup.”  

His recovery on the first knee surgery went well, but the second knee replacement three years later went even more smoothly, despite being three years older. “Dr. Stanfield’s assistant, Eric, said this second knee was worse than the first. But I did lots of exercises as instructed before surgery, and then also in post op, and I was out of the hospital within two days.”

Robert opted to do post op recovery at home, even though he owns a tri-level, and CFO sent physical therapists to his home that first week to aid recovery.

“That worked out really well for me. Within two days I was going up and down steps with effort, and within 2 weeks, I was doing stairs normally. I have been in sports all my life, which may have helped. But I think the main contributor to my recovery was doing the exercises that the physical therapists prescribed. Everyone who helped me work on the therapy was very knowledgeable and understanding.”

And the pain?  Robert says he was nearly pain free post op, which is good since he also had a poor reaction to pain medication.  In fact, for surgery itself, anesthesiologists had to perform a nerve block versus a spinal epidural since arthritis in his spine prevented an epidural from working. All in a day’s work for Dr. Stanfield and his team at Center for Orthopedics and University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center.

Robert was impressed by the professionalism of CFO’s staff — from office personnel to nurses, therapists and doctors. “Dr. Stanfield was a great communicator. I would ask questions and I knew he was answering them honestly. Communicating with him was comfortable. And the rest of the staff was also very good. Everyone at CFO knows what they’re doing, they pay attention to you and they answer your questions. You can tell they enjoy what they’re doing and communicate well. I especially appreciated their ability to see what a patient can and cannot do in regards to recovery.”

And Robert is recovering well.  He’s excited for his final appointment, coming soon, because it’s the moment he learns if he’s ready to get back on the golf course. And will he be recommending knee replacement with CFO to his other golf buddies?

“Yes. If you’re an active person, I would recommend seeing Dr. Stanfield about knee replacement. Don’t just start sitting around because it bothers you to move. Operations now are very different than they were 30 years ago. Recovery time is much shorter and that makes a big difference.”

Thanks for sharing your story, Robert, and we hope you experience an Olympic-worthy performance (even the senior version) out there on the golf course!

Add comment Posted in  Replacements ,Surgeries July 27, 2016

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