Patient Stories

Foot and Ankle: Meet Dr. Paul Cooper

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Meet Dr. Paul Cooper, board-certified orthopedist specializing in the treatment of all foot and ankle problems and Director of the MedStar Georgetown Foot & Ankle Center.

Hand and Elbow: Amy

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Amy Rizzotto is a yoga instructor and wellness entrepreneur who was devastated when she was hit by a car and shattered her wrist in 2015. But six months later she was doing handstands again thanks to her hand surgeon Michael Kessler and her physical therapy team at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute.

IN MOTION: Community Newsletter

IN MOTION, published twice yearly, shares the latest news from MedStar Orthopaedic Institute with our community. The Institute is made up of dozens of specialists throughout the Washington, D.C. region.

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Shoulder and Elbow: Betsy

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Betsy Bassan of Maryland runs her own company and leads a busy life that includes tennis and trips to the gym. When a torn rotator cuff began to slow her down, she sought help with the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Dr. Brent Wiesel. Watch Betsy tell her story of treatment and recovery.

Spine: Neck Surgery Patient Praises New Procedure

At 61, Brian Paul, DMD, was no stranger to neck pain. The periodontist, Navy veteran and self-described “fitness nut” suffered his share of muscle strains, injuries and deteriorating joints over the years, the result of his lifestyle and occupation. But the discomfort was something he could manage.

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Sports Medicine: Dominic

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When Dominic Nwanji injured his knee on the basketball court and injured his ACL, his research brought him to orthopaedic surgeon William Postma of the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. See how Dominic bounced back and why he chose repair over reconstruction.

Sports Medicine: Ice Hockey Player Returns to the Game After ACL Repair

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Nathalie Lawyer of Alexandria, VA returned to ice hockey quickly after having her torn ACL repaired at MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre.

Sports Medicine: Kaniya

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About 200,000 people injure their ACL each year. The rate of injury is higher in people who play high-risk sports, such as basketball, football, skiing and soccer. In this video, orthopaedic surgeon Wiemi Douoguih with MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, explains more about the procedure, and his patient Kaniya Brown shares how she was able to fulfill

Sports Medicine: Safely Managing Pain: Opioids Aren’t the Only Option

“Will I get addicted?” is one of the most frequently asked questions related to pain management asked by Dr. Atiemo’s patients. His answer: No. Edward Joy of Leonardtown was one of those patients concerned about taking narcotics following surgery.

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Sports Medicine: Tanasia

Tanasia Miles felt the pop. Just 30 seconds into her first scrimmage following a summer knee injury, the varsity basketball player took a shove from an opponent. Then a junior at The King’s Christian Academy in Callaway, Tanasia had been “feeling good, dribbling, warming up” before she felt the burst of pain and fell during a November 2016 game.

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