Tony Award-Winner Melba Moore Praises Dr. Westrich on Today Show!
Tony Award-winning singer/actress/dancer Melba Moore praised Dr. Westrich for helping her overcome her arthritis pain with hip and knee replacement. Click below to watch the interview.
Autumn Years magazine - Summer 2022
Dr. Westrich talks about advances in joint replacement surgery, and his patient reveals why she had both knees and both hips replaced. The article also discusses joint replacements few people may know about: shoulder, ankle, wrist and even finger joint, all performed to relieve severe arthritis pain.
Study: Halting in-person postoperative visits due to Covid-19 did not affect knee replacement outcomes
News-Medical.net - June 2, 2022
A study by Dr. Westrich and colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found that halting in-person postoperative visits in March 2020 due to COVID-19 did not lead to a higher complication rate, nor did it affect patient-reported outcomes after knee replacement surgery.
Medical Express - May 11, 2022
A study by Dr. Westrich and colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found that the antidepressant duloxetine reduced the use of opioid medication when added to a multimodal pain management regimen after knee replacement surgery.
Newswise - April 27, 2022
The uplifting story of a young woman whose failed hip surgery led her to HSS and Dr. Westrich for help. After he performed a robotic-assisted hip replacement with virtual range of motion (VROM) technology, she was back on her feet and able to resume one of her greatest passions: horseback riding.
Orthopedics This Week - April 22, 2022
A study by Dr. Westrich and his colleagues at HSS found that knee replacements that did not use bone cement saved about 25% of operating time and did not have a higher risk of complications compared to traditional cemented knee implants. "This bodes well for the future of cementless knee implants, as they have the potential for greater longevity, especially for younger patients," Dr. Westrich said.
Study Finds Cementless Knee Replacement Outcomes Comparable to Standard Knee Implant, Less Time Needed in OR
Newswise - March 22, 2022
Cementless knee replacement, an alternative approach to traditional cemented knee replacement surgery, is garnering interest in the field of orthopedic surgery. Dr. Westrich and colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) launched a study to compare outcomes of a modern cementless knee implant to the standard knee implant that requires bone cement for fixation. They found similar early outcomes and at two-year patient follow-up, but the uncemented knee replacement saved almost a half hour in the operating room. Dr. Westrich believes that long term, the cementless implant could last longer.
Healthday news - January 19, 2022
Healthday news reports on a study by Dr. Westrich and colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery that finds outpatient hip or knee replacement, in which patients go home the same day they have surgery, is a safe option for many patients. Outpatient joint replacement is on the rise, and individuals in good general health may be candidates for forgoing a night in the hospital.
Orthopedics This Week - December 29, 2021
Analyzing information in a large national data base, Dr. Westrich and colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery found that knee replacement performed with robotic assistance resulted in a lower complication rate in the first three months following surgery compared to conventional knee replacement. They also found that the frequency of robotic system use for knee replacement surgeries in the U.S. increased more than 2,000% from 2010 to 2018.
AARP magazine - December 17, 2021
Dr. Westrich offers excellent tips on getting your home ready before knee replacement surgery. His advice includes creating a first-floor sleeping space if your bedroom is on the second floor and preparing a convenient recovery area. It should include a go-to chair that is sturdy and stable, with arms to help you stand up, or a recliner so you can elevate your leg. If you do not have a recliner, you can use a footstool to elevate your leg. He recommends placing items you might need such as tissues, glasses, TV remote control, reading materials, wastebasket and laptop within easy reach.
Autumn Years magazine - Winter 2021
Dr. Westrich provides expert advice in an article on avoiding holiday hazards to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.
Orthopedics Today - November 22, 2021
Robotic technology has continued to improve over the past several years. It has taken off, and from 2010 to 2018, robotic knee replacement increased more than 2,000%, Dr. Westrich explained in the article. He also noted that robotic-assisted knee replacement also led to a lower rate of complications in the first three months following surgery.
Study Finds Knee Replacement with Robotic Assistance Leads to Lower Complication Rate First 90 Days After Surgery
Newswise - November 12, 2021
A study by Dr. Westrich and colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found knee replacement performed with robotic assistance led to a lower complication rate in the first three months following surgery. The research also found that the nationwide use of a robotic system in knee replacement increased more than 2,000% from 2010 to 2018.
Healthcare Business Review - September 2021
Dr. Westrich discusses robotic-assisted joint replacement, uncemented knee replacement and other innovations that benefit patients in an article he wrote for Healthcare Business Review magazine. He notes that as hospitals seek to remain competitive with the latest technology, the needs, goals and values of patients must always play a key role in health care decisions. He discusses the importance of patient-centered care, in which the latest and greatest tech advances go hand-in-hand with respectful and compassionate care.
HSS YouTube Channel
In a video produced by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), where Dr. Westrich sees patients, he discusses the potential advantages of the "dual mobility" hip replacement. Studies show that it reduces the risk of dislocation and could be a good option for younger, active patients.
Considering More Than One Joint Replacement to Relieve Arthritis Pain? What to Expect and How to Have the Best Outcome
Newswise - August 7, 2021
Describing herself as a "bionic woman," Lorry has had four joint replacements over the last six years: both knees and both hips, so she could enjoy life without pain. Dr. Westrich, her physician, says it is not unusual for patients to have advanced arthritis in more than one joint, although having four joint replacements is less common. For those needing more than one knee or hip replacement, Dr. Westrich provides advice to obtain the best outcomes, recommending that patients do their research to find a high-volume joint replacement center and a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon. He advises them to choose a doctor who takes the time to answer all their questions and with whom they feel comfortable.
Newswise - July 9, 2021
Studies by Dr. Geoffrey Westrich and colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery have found that the dual mobility implant reduces the risk of dislocation, one of the most common complications after hip replacement surgery.
Newswise - April 19, 2021
Dr. Westrich discusses "cementless" knee replacement surgery. The procedure uses a newer type of implant that does not require bone cement. With "biologic fixation," the bone will grow into the implant. This type of knee replacement may last longer, an important consideration for younger patients seeking pain relief for their arthritis.
Newswise - March 3, 2021
Dr. Westrich discusses advances in technology, surgical technique and pain management that make outpatient hip or knee replacement a viable option for patients who meet certain criteria. They generally have joint replacement early in the morning and go home at the end of the day.
News-Medical.net - January 29, 2021
Robotic-assisted knee replacement to relieve arthritis pain has advantages for patients, according to Dr. Westrich. He says the robotic system allows orthopedic surgeons to customize the procedure for each individual patient, allowing for optimal alignment and positioning of the implant, along with optimal ligament balancing. He notes that this could potentially lead to a longer-lasting knee replacement.
Newswise - December 17, 2020
Extensive precautions and advances in joint replacement, such as going home the same day and remote physical therapy, benefit patients.
July 21, 2020
Dr. Westrich is among the top five hip and knee replacement surgeons with the best value outcomes in New York City, according to Dexur, a data-driven hospital and healthcare news and research service.
June 8, 2020
Dr. Geoffrey Westrich of Hospital for Special Surgery has been named a top orthopedic surgeon in the New York magazine 2020 Best Doctors issue. This is the latest honor for Dr. Westrich, who has appeared on top doctors lists in several prestigious consumer guides since the beginning of the year.
HSS Live Well Blog: May 27, 2020
Many people with arthritis have needed to postpone doctor visits, physical therapy appointments and even joint replacement surgery. Dr. Westrich offers advice for managing arthritis pain at home.
April 29, 2020
A study by Dr. Westrich and colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery found that patients who had a "dual mobility" hip replacement had zero dislocations and good outcomes in pain relief and function.
Pain Week - April 6, 2020
Dr. Westrich discusses a new kind of uncemented knee replacement that could last longer.
Newswise - April 3, 2020
Robotic surgery, cementless implant make knee replacement surgery a viable option for younger patients to relieve pain and enable them to resume activities they enjoy.
Newswise - February 5, 2020
Dr. Westrich discusses how advances in knee replacement and other orthopedic procedures are enabling people in their 40s, 50s and 60s to enjoy active lifestyles and athletic pursuits.
Autumn Years magazine - Winter 2019/20
Dr. Westrich discusses advances in pain management after knee and hip replacement surgery. A technique known as "multimodal pain management" involves the use of two or more medications targeting multiple pain pathways to block pain and reduce the need for opioids.
Newswise - October 30, 2019
A standard knee replacement can last 15 to 20 years, but not indefinitely. Robotic-assisted surgery and a newer cementless implant are among the advances that could lead to a longer-lasting knee replacement. This is of particular concern to younger patients in their 40s and 50s considering knee replacement surgery to maintain their active lifestyles.
Best Life - September 12, 2019
Dr. Westrich weighs in on when it's time to change doctors in an article that seeks to educate and empower health care consumers.
Orthopedics Today - June 2019
When diagnosing hip pain, it's important for doctors to check the spine, and vice versa. Dr. Westrich discusses the important relationship between the hip and the spine.
Medicalresearch.com - March 19, 2019
Dr. Westrich discusses his study, which looked at pain management after hip replacement surgery. He and colleagues at the Hospital for Special Surgery compared intravenous acetaminophen to the pill form as part of a multi-faceted pain management plan after surgery. They found that there was no benefit to the more costly and invasive IV form.
Newswise - March 7, 2019
Dr. Westrich discusses how "multimodal analgesia" - the use of many different types of anesthesia and pain medications targeting multiple pain pathways - has resulted in less pain after joint replacement surgery. This, in turn, has helped reduce the use of opioid medications and their side effects.
Orthopedics This Week - November 26, 2018
Dr. Westrich discusses a study he and his colleagues conducted at Hospital for Special Surgery that found that a hip replacement implant known as "dual mobility' reduced instability in revision hip replacement patients. Patients who have a second hip replacement, known as a revision surgery, are at greater risk of instability and dislocation, so the dual mobility implant could be an attractive option for them.
MedPage Today - November 6, 2018
Dr. Westrich notes that the definitive treatment for advanced hip or knee arthritis is joint replacement, "and the state of the art today reflects advances in materials, fixation, and technology." He adds: "We are now telling patients that when we operate on them, there's a really good chance that the replacement can last the rest of their life."
MedPage Today - November 5, 2018
In an article on arthritis treatments, Dr. Westrich cautions against arthroscopic knee surgery for people with advanced bone-on-bone arthritis. He advises patients to get a second opinion if arthroscopy is recommended as a treatment. For individuals with severe arthritis, knee replacement is often the best option to relieve pain and improve function.
Arthritis Today - August 1, 2018
Dr. Westrich comments on a study that found that aspirin was just as effective as a common blood thinner in preventing blood clots in the first few days after hip or knee replacement surgery.
Arthritis Today- June 1, 2018
Dr. Westrich discusses the most common causes of knee pain and the best way to treat it.
Arthritis Foundation Blog - April 9, 2018
Dr. Westrich discusses the outlook for joint replacement surgery and advances in the field. He notes that joint replacement procedures "are now state of the art, with newer implant technology, excellent pain relief and return to function." He adds that improved technology has also allowed younger and younger patients to undergo joint replacement surgery so they can return to their active lifestyles.
Orthopedics This Week - March 22, 2018
A study by Dr. Westrich at Hospital for Special Surgery found that a newer type of "dual mobility" hip replacement implant reduced the risk of dislocation after surgery. It could benefit younger, more active hip replacement patients, who tend to put more stress on their joint and are at higher risk of dislocation,
The Daily Telescope - January 22, 2018
Dr. Westrich's patient wrote a book about his hip replacement experience. "Diary of Hippie: A Real-Life Journal of What to Expect during a Total Hip Replacement," chronicles the author's journey from his diagnosis to choosing an orthopedic surgeon and hospital, through the procedure and recovery. Starting his journal several weeks prior to surgery, he shares his fears, hopes, milestones, and information he gained so others considering surgery might know what to expert. The author thanks Dr. Westrich for providing "such amazing care."
Arthritis Foundation Blog - January 8, 2018
Dr. Westrich comments on a study that found that although physical therapy and certain exercises can help people with knee arthritis, many doctors fail to prescribe PT or recommend physical activity to manage pain. Dr. Westrich notes that although medications like ibuprofen are also recommended for people who can tolerate them, 'physical therapy or a home exercise program with muscle strengthening may also help patients manage their pain, increase activity and potentially improve their quality of life.'
New Joint, New You?
Arthritis Today magazine - February 2018
Dr. Westrich talks about knee and hip replacement, and offers advice for exercising and strengthening muscles once patients become pain-free.
Autumn Years magazine - Winter 2017/2018
Dr. Westrich discusses the most common causes of hip pain, signs of a serious problem and what you can do to get relief. (Scroll to page 18 to see article.)
New York magazine, May - June 2017
Dr. Westrich has been named a top doctor in orthopedic surgery in New York magazine's latest guide to the "Best Doctors in New York."
Know Your Options: "Thanks to my partial knee replacement, I'm as active as ever!"
Arthritis Health Monitor, Spring edition
Dr. Westrich's patient, who travels the world for his work, describes how a partial knee replacement enabled him to resume his active lifestyle. Dr. Westrich explains who is a good candidate for a partial knee replacement.
US News and World Report, June 2, 2017
Many people have painful arthritis in both knees. When considering knee replacement, they may need to decide whether they should have both knees replaced on the same day or have two separate surgeries. Dr. Westrich discusses important issues to consider.
Arthritis Foundation Blog, May 22, 2016
Dr. Westrich comments on a study that found that losing excess weight may help preserve knee cartilage in people who have or are at risk of knee osteoarthritis.
News-medical.net, December 2, 2016
World travel is an important part of David's job, but severe knee pain from arthritis was slowing him down. After consulting with a number of doctors, he decided to travel to see Dr. Westrich at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where he learned he was a candidate for a partial joint replacement.
Sciencedaily.com, March 1, 2016
Dr. Westrich and colleagues launched a study to see if the drug TXA, which has been used for decades in heart surgery and to stop bleeding in hemophilia, was safe and effective in reducing the need for blood transfusions after joint replacement surgery.
Autumn Years magazine, December 2015
Dr. Westrich discusses the primary causes of knee pain and strategies one can take to alleviate the discomfort. He talks about measures that work, such as physical therapy and over-the-counter medication; useless and bogus treatments to avoid; and when to consider knee replacement.
Becker's Orthopedic Review, July 1, 2015
Dr. Westrich was named president of the prestigious Eastern Orthopaedic Association at the group's annual meeting in June. The article highlights Dr. Westrich's qualifications and his goals for the organization. Click on the headline above to read the article.
Lower Extremity Review, July 2015
In an article that discusses driving after surgery or after a leg injury, Dr. Westrich discusses his study that sought to answer the question: when is it safe to drive after joint replacement? His research used a high-tech driving simulator to test patients' ability to drive after hip replacement.
Orthopedics Today, March 2015
Same-day double hip or knee replacement can provide patients with a "one-and-done" anesthesia and recovery, but not every patient is a candidate for simultaneous joint replacement. Orthopedics Today called upon "noted surgeons," including Dr. Westrich, who emphasized the importance of making sure a patient meets certain criteria for double joint replacement, to achieve a good outcome.
Dr. Westrich discusses how excess weight puts stress on one's joints and how losing weight could help alleviate arthritis pain, improve function and slow the progression of the disease.
Allergic to Metal in Knee Replacement: Desperate for Help, Patient Travels to NY to See Dr. Westrich
WCBS-TV, January 30, 2015.
A patient suffers a severe reaction to the metal used in an implant after knee replacement at another hospital. After nine months of searching for answers and debilitated by her terrible symptoms, she travels to New York to see Dr. Westrich. He removes the knee implants and replaces them with implants that do not contain the metals that she is allergic to. Her symptoms go away. Grateful, she says, "Dr. Westrich gave me my life back." Click on the headline above to see the video.
Orthopedics This Week, December 19, 2014.
After knee replacement surgery at another hospital, a patient became allergic to the metal used in the implants. When her original doctors could not find the cause of her severe symptoms, she traveled to New York to see Dr. Westrich. He replaced the implants with new ones, and the woman's severe pain, fatigue and weakness went away. "Dr. Westrich gave me my life back," she said.
Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio, October 14, 2014.
Dr. Westrich discusses the latest advances in knee and hip replacement surgery on the "Health, Wealth and Wisdom" radio show, which airs on WHNZ 1250 AM in Tampa, Florida and online. In the 24-minute interview, Dr. Westrich talks about how more younger patients in their 50s are opting for the surgery to resume their active lifestyles, and he provides tips for choosing a doctor. He also discusses how partial knee replacement, mini-incision joint replacement and computer-assisted surgery have benefited patients.
Orthopedics This Week, March 17, 2014.
Dr. Westrich discusses the rise in revision surgeries after hip replacement. He sheds light on the reasons why someone would need a second hip replacement and advises orthopedic surgeons on the best way to proceed.
When Patients Can Drive After Hip Replacement
DailyRx.com, March 13, 2014.
A study conducted by Dr. Westrich determines when it is safe to drive after hip replacement surgery. Using an interactive driving simulator to test patients' reaction time after surgery, Dr. Westrich found that it was safe for most patients to resume driving after four weeks. His findings challenge the traditional recommendation to wait six weeks before driving.
Sciencedaily.com, December 31, 2013.
Over the past two years, Dr. Westrich has seen an increase in the number of people coming in for a second hip or knee replacement, called a revision surgery. People may need a revision if the implant wears out or for another reason.
Dr. Geoffrey Westrich Recognized as One of Nation's Best as He Helps Patients Battle Orthopedic Problems
Times Ledger, March 15, 2013.
Dr. Westrich has been included among a select group of doctors in the Castle Connolly book, "America's Top Doctors." The article profiles Dr. Westrich, who discusses some of his more memorable cases.
Oh My Aching Knees
Today Show, May 7, 2011.
Dr. Westrich shares his expertise in a report on how baby boomers can remain active and athletic after knee replacement for severe arthritis. The segment features Dr. Westrich's patient who resumed rock-climbing after the surgery.
What to Expect from Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Lifescript.com, May 10, 2011.
Advances in materials and surgical technique have made hip replacement safer and more successful than ever. Dr. Westrich discusses the latest innovations and what to expect when having hip replacement.
Top Arthritis Myths
Ivanhoe Medical News, December 4, 2010.
In a report that aired on television stations around the country, Dr. Westrich debunks the leading myths about arthritis, including treatments that do more harm than good.
Injections May Boost Knee Surgery Success
Yahoo! Health, MSN Health, January 28, 2010.
Numerous health web sites picked up an article about a study conducted by Dr. Westrich concerning patients with early-stage knee arthritis and a torn meniscus cartilage. Dr. Westrich found that two treatments generally used separately to relieve knee pain can work better when combined.
Less Painful Knee Surgery
CBS News, February 20, 2008.
In a report that aired on dozens of CBS affiliate stations from coast to coast, Dr. Westrich discusses partial knee replacement. Also called "unicompartmental" knee replacement, it's an alternative to total joint replacement when damage is limited to just one area of the knee. The procedure leads to a quicker recovery, a shorter hospital stay and less pain following surgery.
HealthWatch: "New Injection Could Significantly Decrease Your Knee Pain"
CBS 2 News, May 11, 2010.
Dr. Westrich discussed his study concerning knee arthritis. He found that two treatments generally used separately to relieve knee pain can work better when combined.
Bogus Arthritis Treatments Can Do More Harm Than Good
CBS 2 News, November 24, 2009.
Bogus arthritis treatments are not only a rip-off, they can give patients false hope and delay needed medical treatment. The scams often target patients desperate for relief. CBS 2 health correspondent Dr. Max Gomez interviewed Dr. Westrich to find out which treatments really work, and which ones are a waste of money.
CBS 2 News, August 4, 2009.
Dr. Westrich discusses how the latest advances in joint replacement, such as partial knee replacement, benefit baby boomers sidelined by arthritis.
Referred Pain in the Hip
CBS 2 News, August 27, 2007.
Dr. Westrich discusses the latest advances in total hip replacement, and Tony award-winning singer/actress Melba Moore is featured in the report. Ms. Moore went to see Dr. Westrich after severe pain and trouble walking made her curtail her activities. She had such advanced arthritis in her hip that joint replacement was her best option to become pain-free and resume her busy schedule. Following the surgery, she is back on her feet with a one-woman play and a new DVD.
Fox News, February 22, 2012.
Dr. Westrich launched a study to test driving reaction time to see when patients can safely get back behind the wheel after hip replacement.
Five Arthritis Myths Debunked
Fox News, April 20, 2011.
Dr. Westrich discusses the leading myths vs. facts about arthritis.
Better Fix for a Bum Knee, with Faster Results
Fox News, March 8, 2008.
Each year, more than 500,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed in the United States. Depending on the diagnosis from an orthopedic surgeon, patients may qualify for a less invasive procedure that could get them back on their feet a lot quicker. Dr. Westrich talks about partial knee replacement, a viable alternative to total joint replacement for many baby boomers who want to stay active.
Custom Knee Replacement is Literally What Doctor Ordered
Fox News, May 24, 2005.
A new type of partial knee replacement can provide significant pain relief to patients who have arthritis under their kneecap. Instead of replacing the total joint, Dr. Westrich replaces only the arthritic area of the knee with a custom-made implant. A CT scan takes detailed pictures of the knee joint. The pictures are transferred to a CD-rom and sent to the manufacturer, who designs a model of the implant and sends it to Dr. Westrich for review.
Dr. Westrich was named in New York magazine's "Best Doctors" Issue in the Category of Orthopedic Surgery.
New York Magazine
Physicians named in the guide are selected based on a survey of their peers, taking into account professional qualifications, reputation and patient care skills, according to New York magazine.
New York Magazine, June 11, 2006.
Dr. Westrich's patient gratefully recounts how he saved her leg after five doctors told her it would likely need to be amputated from the hip. After Dr. Westrich gave her hope, she said, "I was so thrilled, I broke down in tears. Somebody positive." Dr. Westrich performed a rare and complex procedure called a total femur replacement, replacing her thigh bone and performing a hip and knee replacement at the same time. Her leg was saved, and now she is pain-free and able to walk again.
Hip Implant Results
Newsday, February 19, 2013.
Dr. Westrich comments on a new study about hip replacement and women. He also discusses the joint registry at the Hospital for Special Surgery, which follows up on patients and keeps track of outcomes after joint replacement.
Newsday, January 7, 2012.
A Long Island man developed a severe infection following hip replacement surgery at another hospital. He was in terrible pain and at risk of losing his leg when he came to see Dr. Westich at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Westrich was able to eradicate the infection and give the man his life back.
Winning a Battle with Every Race
Newsday, November 11, 2006.
The article discusses how Dr. Westrich repaired the hip fracture of a world-champion handcyclist who was an amputee. The man had been participating in the handcycling division of the New York City marathon when he was cut off by other riders and fell from his handcycle. Dr. Westrich faced a particular challenge in fixing the hip fracture, because it was on the same side as where the man's leg had been amputated from above the knee. The operation was a success and the man is looking forward to his next race.
Pulmonary Embolism Can Kill the Young, Too
Newsday, May 18, 2004.
A blood clot in the leg can be life-threatening if it travels to the lungs and becomes a pulmonary embolism. People traveling in cramped conditions for extended periods of time, such as on an airplane, or who are bedridden following surgery or due to illness are at particular risk. Dr. Westrich discusses ways to prevent blood clots and talks about how they are treated.
Great Strides for Arthritis Sufferers: Advances in Joint Replacement Surgery Give Patients a New Way of Walking
Newsday, December 9, 2001.
Dr. Westrich discusses the latest advances in hip and knee replacement surgery, and how joint replacement for severe arthritis has given many people a new lease on life.
Exercise Can Help Curb Seniors' Tendency to Fall
Newsday, August 14, 2001.
Dr. Westrich talks about fall prevention. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in seniors.
Empowered Health News - WB 11 News at 10 - New York, March 25, 2006.
Dr. Westrich performed a rare two-part operation to save a woman's leg after five doctors told her it would likely need to be amputated from the hip. In the complex procedure, called a total femur replacement, Dr. Westrich replaced her thigh bone with a metal prosthesis. He also performed a total hip replacement and a total knee replacement. The grateful patient's leg was saved, and she is able to walk again. The report was picked up by numerous television stations nationwide that subscribe to Empowered Health News.
Doctor Saves Woman's Leg from Amputation
WNBC TV - New York, March 17, 2006.
Dr. Westrich saved a woman's leg after five doctors told her it would likely need to be amputated from the hip. In a complex, two-part operation, he first eradicated a severe infection by placing time-released antibiotics into her leg. In the second operation, Dr. Westrich replaced her thigh bone with a metal implant, performing a total hip replacement and a total knee replacement at the same time. The grateful patient's leg was saved, and she is able to walk again. The report aired on NBC affiliate stations from coast to coast.
Becker's Orthopedic Review, July 10, 2013.
On a leading orthopedic surgery website, Dr. Westrich discusses the reasons for revision hip or knee replacement and why it is important for patients to see a highly experienced expert if revision surgery is needed.
Becker's Orthopedic Review, May 22, 2013.
Dr. Westrich discusses how his engineering background steered him toward a career as an orthopedic surgeon, the changes he has seen in joint replacement over the years, and what the future may hold for knee and hip replacement.
Spryliving.com, August 2, 2011.
Dr. Westrich is featured in an article that discusses advances in knee replacement surgery that are giving life back to people in their 40s and 50s.
Sprymagazine.com, April 1, 2011.
Dr. Westrich lists one of the most common misconceptions about arthritis.
Younger Patients are Opting for Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery
Dallas Morning News, September 7, 2010.
Dr. Westrich discusses the latest advances in joint replacement that make it a viable option for younger people with arthritis who want to resume active lifestyles. The article features Dr. Westrich's patient, a woman who was able to go rock-climbing just six months after knee replacement.
WebMD, October 1, 2010.
Dr. Westrich discusses how losing weight can be helpful in alleviating arthritis pain, allowing greater function, and prolonging the time before joint replacement surgery.
HealthWorldWeb.com, March 4, 2009.
"There are doctors who are willing to follow the common path and those that are willing to blaze an entirely new path. Dr. Geoffrey Westrich follows no one else's path..."
Arthritis Health Monitor Magazine, June/July 2009.
Dr. Westrich's patient, Tony award-winning singer/actress Melba Moore, talks about how hip and knee replacement helped her resume her active lifestyle. No longer sidelined by arthritis, she is performing her one-woman show around the country and even in Europe.
Channel 7 Eyewitness News, June 15, 2006.
For patients with severe arthritis in their hips, double hip replacement surgery can give them a new lease on life. The report features one of Dr. Westrich's patients, a former postal worker, who could barely walk without pain before his hip replacement. He says the operation has vastly improved his quality of life.
Channel 7 Eyewitness News, February 4, 2005.
Dr. Westrich discusses labral tears, an often misdiagnosed hip problem that can cause pain, locking in the joint and can limit one's activities. A labral tear, which can be likened to a torn cartilage in the knee, is difficult to diagnose because it is not visible on x-rays orstandard MRI's. Special high-resolution MRI's at the Hospital for Special Surgery can show a labral tear.
Channel 7 Eyewitness News, September 26, 2001.
Dr. Westrich discusses his study that found that people who donate their own blood prior to hip replacement surgery have a lower incidence of blood clots.
Channel 7 Viewpoint, July 13, 2003.
In an in-studio interview, Dr. Westrich gives vital information on fall prevention. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to older people in the U.S. Each year, more than 11 million people over age 65 fall, but there are important measures they can take to stay safe.
Weekend Today in New York, Summer 2001.
In a live interview, Dr. Westrich discussed "economy class syndrome," and preventing blood clots when flying.
News 12 Long Island, January 27, 2003.
Dr. Westrich discussed minimally invasive total hip replacement surgery, which entails a 3" - 4" incision as opposed to 10" - 12". "Mini-incision" hip replacement results in a quicker recovery, less pain, faster rehab and a better cosmetic result, compared to standard hip replacement.
1010 WINS Radio, February 2, 2011.
Snow and ice storms are turning streets into obstacle courses. Dr. Westrich discussed precautions to take to prevent falling on slippery streets.
WCBS News Radio 880, Spring 2002.
In two separate segments that were part of a special health series, Dr. Westrich discussed preventing knee injuries and pool workouts for people with arthritis.
WRTN-FM, June 15, 2006.
Dr. Westrich discussed the latest advances in hip and knee replacement in a half-hour interview on the radio program, "Medicine for the Millenium."
Journal Inquirer, CT, March 18, 2006.
A woman from Vernon, Connecticut, gratefully recounts how Dr. Westrich saved her leg after five doctors told her it would likely need to be amputated from the hip. When Dr. Westrich told her that he wanted to try to save her leg, she said, "To hear some positive feedback, I couldn't hold the tears. I was just so thankful." Dr. Westrich performed a rare and complex procedure called a total femur replacement, replacing her thigh bone and performing a hip and knee replacement at the same time. Her leg was saved, and now she is able to walk again.
Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2001.
Dr. Westrich discusses his study that found that people who donate their own blood prior to hip replacement surgery have a lower incidence of blood clots.
New York Daily News, November 12, 2008.
Dr. Westrich gives useful advice on how to manage hip and knee arthritis with conservative treatments. He also discusses the latest advances in joint replacement, such as minimally invasive hip and knee replacement; partial knee replacement, a less invasive option; a ceramic hip implant it is believed will last longer.
New York Daily News, January 8, 2007.
The article discusses how Dr. Westrich repaired the hip fracture of a world-champion handcyclist who was an amputee. The man had been racing in the New York City marathon when he fell from his handcycle and broke his hip, yet he got back on and managed to finish the race. Dr. Westrich faced a particular challenge in fixing the hip fracture, because it was on the same side as where the man's leg had been amputated. The operation was a success and the man is looking forward to his next race.
New York Daily News, December 28, 2003.
Dr. Westrich is conducting a study that combines two standard treatments for knee arthritis to see if they work better together. Study participants will have arthroscopic surgery for a torn cartilage and will receive three injections of a treatment approved to treat arthritis in the weeks following surgery.
New York Daily News, August 10, 2003.
Dr. Westrich discusses a new type of hip replacement surgery using an implant with ceramic materials instead of the usual metal and plastic. The new implant lasts longer and gives new hope of pain relief to younger patients.
New York Daily News, May 25, 2003.
Dr. Westrich talks about an innovative procedure for knee arthritis in which he uses a custom-made knee implant. It is a less invasive procedure for people who have arthritis just under their kneecap and results in less pain following surgery and a quicker recovery.
New York Daily News, February 9, 2003.
Dr. Westrich talks about the hazards posed by snow and ice, and gives advice for preventing falls on slippery streets.
New York Daily News, December 15, 2002.
Dr. Westrich discusses minimally invasive total hip replacement, which entails a 3" - 4" incision, as opposed to the usual 10" - 12" incision. The minimally invasive procedure results in less pain, a quicker recovery, faster rehab and a better cosmetic result.
New York Daily News, June 23, 2002.
Dr. Westrich discusses labral tears, a hip problem that is often misdiagnosed and can eventually lead to arthritis if untreated.
New York Daily News, December 16, 2001.
Dr. Westrich discusses unicompartmental knee replacement, a less extensive procedure for people whose arthritis is limited to one specific area of their knee.
New York Daily News, August 12, 2001.
Dr. Westrich talks about osteoporosis in men. This disease that makes bones fragile and weak is often undiagnosed in men, but can have catastrophic consequences if they fall and break a hip.
New York Post, September 4, 2007.
Dr. Westrich is called on to comment on a new exercise program that allows people who have been inactive to start slowly and work at their own pace.
New York Post, December 12, 2006.
Dr. Westrich discusses an under-diagnosed hip problem called a labral tear that causes years of pain for many people who fail to get the correct diagnosis. In addition to pain, may people experience catching or locking in their joint, or a feeling that their hip is "giving way." The correct diagnosis and minimally invasive surgery can relieve their pain and help them return to normal activities.
ReadersDigest.com, September 18, 2008.
Dr. Westrich discusses deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, a blood clot in the leg that could be life-threatening. He gives good information about who is at risk, the signs and symptoms of DVT, and how to prevent it.
Arthritis Today, March 5, 2008.
The article discusses Dr. Westrich's study that found being overweight leads to a slower recovery and more limited range of motion after knee replacement.
Top Arthritis Myths
Queens Courier, May 4, 2011.
Dr. Westrich discusses the facts about arthritis, debunking common misconceptions.
Queens Courier, February 3, 2011.
Snow and ice storms are turning streets into obstacle courses. Dr. Westrich gives safety tips to avoid falling on slippery streets.
Queens Courier, September 30, 2010.
Dr. Westrich has seen hundreds of patients who have suffered broken bones resulting from a fall. He discusses important measures and gives safety advice to prevent a potentially devastating fall in one's home.
Queens Courier, March 5, 2009.
Dr. Westrich discusses non-surgical ways to manage hip and knee arthritis. He also discusses the latest options in joint replacement for advanced arthritis, when conservative treatments do not provide relief.
Queens Courier, December 31, 2008.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to older people in the United States. Each year, more than 11 million people over 65 fall - one out of every three senior citizens. Dr. Westrich discusses precautions to take to prevent a fall when snow and ice cover the streets
Queens Courier, August 7, 2008.
The buzz surrounding the Olympic Games motivates some weekend warriors and other occasional athletes to spring into action. But anyone who has been inactive for an extended period or tries to do too much too soon is at risk for injury. Dr. Westrich discusses the right way to exercise and gives tips for injury prevention.
Queens Courier, December 6, 2007.
At one time, the best option for people whose knees were worn out by arthritis was a total joint replacement for permanent pain relief. Now a less extensive procedure called partial or "unicompartmental" joint replacement is gaining favor among baby boomers whose arthritis is limited to just one area of the knee.
Queens Courier, September 13, 2007.
The article talks about Dr. Westrich's inclusion in the book, "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area." According to the book publisher, it is the authoritative guide to finding the best physicians in the tri-state area in more than 70 medical specialties.
Queens Courier, August 2, 2007.
The article discusses how Tony-award winning singer and actress Melba Moore was able to resume her busy lifestyle, including a new one-woman play, following a hip replacement performed by Dr. Westrich. Ms. Moore, who had severe arthritis in her hip, explains how important it is to get the right diagnosis to end pain and disability. Dr. Westrich performed minimally invasive hip replacement with small incisions and used a hip implant made of ceramic materials that will last longer.
Brooklyn Spectator/Home Reporter News, January 9, 2012.
Dr. Westrich launched a study to test driving reaction time to see when patients can safely get back behind the wheel after hip replacement.
Rye Sound Shore Review and Various Health Websites, April 17, 2009.
Dr. Westrich discusses ways to prevent falls in the home. He recommends going from room to room to ensure one's home is as fall-proof as possible.
Wellness Magazine, October 2006.
Dr. Westrich discusses the benefits of water aerobics. He says water exercises build muscle strength and maintain muscle tone without the use of weights. Since water provides more resistance than air, simply moving one's limbs becomes more challenging than it is on land. Overall, it is an excellent workout.
New York Resident, September 8, 2003.
Dr. Westrich discusses custom-made knee replacement, an innovative procedure he developed for people who have arthritis just under their knee cap. The new technique is much easier on the patient than total knee replacement, and can relieve pain and improve mobility.
Courier Life newspapers, October 29, 2001.
Dr. Westrich discusses how hip and knee replacement surgery is allowing people to free themselves of the pain and disability brought on by arthritic joints.
Associated Press, November 7, 2002.
Dr. Westrich is quoted in an article about his patient, Olympic gold medalist Alexei Yagudin. Wire service article picked up by newspapers nationwide.
Reuters, November 7, 2002.
Dr. Westrich is quoted in an article about his patient, Olympic gold medalist Alexei Yagudin.
Hartford Courant, November 8, 2002.
Dr. Westrich is quoted in an article about his patient, Olympic gold medalist Alexei Yagudin.
International Figure Skating Magazine, January 2003.
Dr. Westrich is quoted in another article about Alexei Yagudin.
Balance Magazine, Fall 2003.
Dr. Westrich provides tips to women who are embarking on an exercise program, discussing proper warm-up, technique, precautions for injury prevention and what to do if you're injured.
Long Island Woman, August 2003.
Dr. Westrich provides tips for active baby boomers on exercise, injury prevention and what to do if one is injured. He also discusses an often misdiagnosed hip injury called a labral tear.
The Globe, February 28, 2005.
Dr. Westrich discusses labral tears, an often misdiagnosed hip problem that can cause pain, locking in the joint and can limit one's activities. A labral tear can be likened to a torn cartilage in the knee. Many patients go for years without the right diagnosis, and the tear can cause the hip joint to deteriorate and lead to arthritis.Special high-resolution MRI's at the Hospital for Special Surgery can show a labral tear and confirm the diagnosis.
The Globe, January 17, 2005.
Dr. Westrich gives tips on fall prevention in the winter whenstreets are covered with ice and snow. Recommendations include wearing rubber-soled shoes or boots that provide good traction, walking at a safe pace, avoiding shortcuts over piles of snow and looking where you're going to avoid icy patches.
The Globe, August 2004.
Dr. Westrich discusses how revolutionary advances in hip and knee replacement are helping patients overcome the pain of arthritis and return to activities they have abandoned.Advances include minimally invasive joint replacement, the latest ceramic hip implant, and custom-designed knee implants.
Anton Community News Healthy Living Digest (Long Island), December 2010.
More and more patients with severe arthritis refuse to be sidelined. Dr. Westrich discusses new options in joint replacement, such as minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, that allow them to resume their active lifestyles.
Anton Community News Healthy Living Digest (Long Island), April 2009.
Dr. Westrich discusses non-surgical ways to get a leg up on arthritis pain, such as physical therapy and over-the-counter medication.
Anton Community News Healthy Living Digest (Long Island), August 2004.
Dr. Westrich talks about a study he is conducting to see if combining two standard treatments can relieve arthritis pain.The treatments are arthroscopic surgery for people who have a torn cartilage, followed by injections of Hyalgan, a substance approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce pain and restore mobility.
Healthwise Magazine, November 2004.
Dr. Westrich discusses the latest innovations in hip and knee replacement, including "mini-incision" joint replacement, which results in less pain and a quicker recovery; the latest ceramic hip implant, which lasts longer than standard hip replacements; and custom-designed knee implants for patients who have arthritis under their knee cap.
Healthwise Magazine, December 2005.
A new type of partial knee replacement can provide significant pain relief to patients who have arthritis under their kneecap. Instead of replacing the total joint, Dr. Westrich replaces only the arthritic area of the knee with a custom-made implant.
North Shore Towers Courier, October 2004.
Dr. Westrich discusses how revolutionary advances in hip and knee replacement are helping patients overcome the pain of arthritis and return to activities they have abandoned.The article also talks about a study Dr. Westrich is conducting that combines two standard treatments for arthritis pain to see if they work better together.
MSNBC.com, March 5, 2008.
The article discusses Dr. Westrich's study that found obesity limits range of motion and leads to a slower recovery after knee replacement surgery.
North Shore Today, January 5, 2011.
Dr. Westrich gives helpful tips to people embarking on an exercise program.
North Shore Today, November 18, 2009.
Dr. Westrich discusses the latest advances in hip and knee replacement. These include "mini-incision" joint replacement and partial knee replacement. These new techniques often lead to a faster recovery and shorter hospital stay.
North Shore Today, May 27, 2009.
Dr. Westrich has a list of recommendations for people who suffer from hip and knee arthritis to help relieve the pain.
Queens Tribune, Feb. 25, 2010.
Dr. Westrich discusses the latest advances in hip and knee replacement, including partial knee replacement and minimally invasive hip and knee replacement.
Examiner.com, Jan. 24, 2011
Dr. Westrich discusses how losing weight takes pressure off the joints and can relieve knee pain from arthritis.