The decision to have elective surgery is never an easy one and joint replacement surgeries are no exception. Many factors — including pain level, range of motion, strength, stability, age, lifestyle, alternative therapeutic options, comfort with surgery — contribute to the decision and the timing.
In “When to Say When: Am I Ready for a Joint Replacement?,” John Dunleavy, M.D., Total Joint Specialist, and Hip and Knee surgeon with OrthoConnecticut, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at RVNAhealth, highlight the decision-making process as well as discuss the before, during and after of joint replacement surgeries.
The panel discussion is being hosted virtually by the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, September 10 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Attendees may register at the Ridgefield Library website. To learn more, please contact RVNAhealth at 203-438-5555 x1033 or RehabCenter@RVNAhealth.org.
About the Presenters
RVNAhealth and OrthoConnecticut are frequent partners in the treatment and care of joint replacement patients, with OrthoConnecticut performing life-changing surgeries to restore mobility and strength, and RVNAhealth working with patients before and after surgery to optimize their treatment and help ensure a successful recovery.
John Dunleavy, M.D, Total Joint Specialist, Hip & Knee Surgeon, OrthoConnecticut
Specialty Areas: joint replacement surgery, total hip replacement, total and partial knee replacement, complex hip and knee reconstruction or revision, minimally invasive hip and knee replacement techniques, customized knee replacement, geriatric, and general trauma.
Dr. Dunleavy is an educator in the field and speaks regularly on joint replacement topics, including state-of-the-art technique and treatment. He is board-certified and fellowship-trained through the Harvard Adult Reconstructive Surgery program and is a member of the AAHKS (American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons). myorthoct.com, 203.797.1500
Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services, RVNAhealth
As director of rehabilitation services, Georgette Gugliotta Weiss, MSPT, CDP, CKTP, —otherwise known as Gigi —oversees both RVNAhealth’s in-home care and outpatient rehabilitation therapists. In this role, she supports clinicians in the field, and manages the RVNAhealth Rehabilitation & Wellness Center.
Gigi has extensive experience working in acute care, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient services at Norwalk Hospital. After seven years at a local outpatient physical therapy center, she joined RVNAhealth as a per diem home care therapist, and in 2010 was promoted to her current position.