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GOING THE DISTANCE...
WITHOUT PAIN
As a former marathoner, 68-year-old Jan Rovelli, of New Rochelle, knew he was running out of steam when chronic pain in his right knee prevented him from functioning at his maximum physical level. The seasoned financial planner, who also spent nearly seven years as a personal trainer during a business career shift, had run an average of 2,500 miles a year—or nearly 50 miles a week—for decades to stay fit. But the pain became too debilitating to maintain his beloved daily workouts. In November 2015, Mr. Rovelli underwent surgery at a New York City hospital, followed by a tough recovery and less than satisfactory outcomes. “I was barely able to use my leg, and was constantly in pain,” he recalls. The surgeon
who performed the operation said he thought Mr. Rovelli needed a total knee replacement. And even if the surgery improved his pain level, the surgeon explained, he would most likely never be able to run again.
Seeking a second opinion, Mr. Rovelli contacted White Plains Hospital orthopedic surgeon Rick Weinstein, MD, in late 2016. Dr. Weinstein and his partners at Westchester Sport and Spine had joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates just a few weeks earlier, part of the growing ranks of specialty physicians and surgeons aligned with the Hospital. He recommended a procedure called “subchondroplasty”—a new and fairly complex operation that very few other surgeons were performing, in which bone defects are repaired through the injection of bone substitute material. Dr. Weinstein felt that Mr. Rovelli had a good chance
of achieving a positive outcome and a full recovery with this innovative approach, which he had on December 8, 2016, at White Plains Hospital. Exactly two months later, something occurred to Mr. Rovelli during a trip to the grocery store following a physical therapy session. “I suddenly realized that for the first time in more than two years, I was no longer in pain,” he says. “It was an incredible feeling.”
Dr. Weinstein expects to get his patient running again very soon. “By staying on the cutting-edge of medicine, we often help patients who have not had success at other hospitals,” he maintains. “It doesn’t matter if you are approaching 20 years of age or 70. When we can utilize innovative techniques to help our patients restore their quality of life, we do it.”
“I suddenly realized that for the  rst time in more than two years, I was no longer in pain.” — Jan Rovelli
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