Wednesday, 14 of November of 2018

Tag » Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center

Choosing The Right Orthopedic Surgeon – 4 Things To Know

Choosing the right doctor is an important part of your treatment process, especially if you’re looking for a orthopedic specialist. But how do you make the decision about which physician is best? Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

1. Check The Doctor’s Educational Background

The first step in learning more about the doctor’s qualifications is to ask about education and training, which includes medical school, internship and residency training. The surgeon should also be board-certified, which means he or she has achieved a certain level of expertise by passing a rigorous national examination and demonstrating in-depth knowledge in a particular specialty. In addition, ask about ongoing training and certification, which ensures that the doctor values staying at the forefront of advances, such as minimally invasive and computer-assisted techniques.

2. Ask About Expertise

How do you determine the doctor’s level of expertise? Years of experience in practice is one indication. Just as important is how often the doctor performs the particular type of procedure that you are considering. Practice makes perfect. The more frequently the doctor undertakes the procedure, the better he or she will be at it and the better the outcome will be for you.

3. Find Out The Doctor’s Reputation in the Community

Chances are someone you know – friends, family member or co-workers may have first-hand experience with the physician you are considering. Another good source of advice is your primary care physician. Although it’s not essential, you might also find out if the physician participates in the community outside his or her private practice. For example Dr. Kagan and his partners are involved with Florida Everblades minor-league hockey team and the Minnesota Twins Baseball Team during spring training in Fort Myers.

4. Evaluate Your Comfort Level

Once the physician’s credentials have been established, you’ll want to make sure that you have a certain level of comfort, confidence and trust in the physician – that the doctor-patient relationship works for you and the doctor has your best interests in mind. For example, does the doctor take time to listen, answer your questions, address your concerns and explain exactly what will take place during the procedure? Patients today are more educated about their healthcare and most want to feel they have an important voice in their treatment options.

In addition to feeling confident about your doctor, you’ll also want to make sure that the office staff is friendly, professional and caring. When you call the office, is the receptionist pleasant? Are you placed on hold for very long? Are your messages returned? Is there a process for reaching the doctor after hours during an emergency? And finally, is your time respected? While you may occasionally wait longer than expected to see the doctor because of an unexpected emergency or other situation, an hour-long wait in the lobby gets tiresome very quickly.

Want to learn more about orthopedic surgery or find out Dr. Kagan’s scope of practice and expertise? Go to


Dr. Peter Walimire has joined our team

I am pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Walimire to my practice. A podiatrist, Walimire specializes in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery, including foot and ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage and application of both internal and external fixation devices. Walimire joins our medical team which includes Drs. Michael Jugan, Pedro Monserrate, Peter Curcione and David Sudderth at the Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center, a full-service orthopedic medical and surgical practice with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. Walimire will treat patients in all three locations.

 Walimire is a graduate of Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Mich. and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland. He completed his residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at Florida Hospital East Orlando and served as chief resident. Walimire is an associate member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Florida Podiatric Medical Association. In addition, he is a volunteer with the Special Olympics of Florida Healthy Athletes Initiative’s Fit Feet division.

Our team is devoted to providing the highest level of quality care and treatment of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves. AORC specializes  in total joint replacement, fracture care, sports medicine, hand surgery, neurology, podiatry and general orthopedics. For more information call 239-936-6778 or visit or

What you need to know about osteoporosis

Do you or someone you care about suffer from osteoporosis? You are not alone! More than 1.5 million bone fractures occur a year due to osteoporosis. Fracture care is one of our areas of expertise at Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center. And given that today is National Osteoporosis Day, I want to recognize the impact that the disease has on patients and families and to provide some insight and tips on preventive care and treatment options.

Most people are unaware that they have osteoporosis until a fracture occurs. Osteoporosis affects everyone as they age, but the degree to which bone loss occurs can vary.

Although there is no known cure for osteoporosis, there are a number of preventative measures patients can undertake to slow down the loss of bone.

Bone is a living tissue, comprising mainly of calcium and protein. Healthy bone is always being remodeled; that is, small amounts are being absorbed in your body and small amounts are being replaced. When bone is no longer being replaced as quickly as it is removed from the body, osteoporosis occurs. If the mass of the bone is greatly reduced, the bone becomes weaker and can fracture.

There is not one specific cause of osteoporosis. In fact, there are a number of factors that come in to play, such as: aging, physical activity, reduced levels of estrogen, heredity, excessive cortisone or thyroid hormone, smoking and excessive alcohol intake. Although some of these factors can be controlled by the patient, many of them require help from an orthopedic specialist.

To help prevent osteoporosis, I recommend getting the proper amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Also, doing regular weight bearing exercises, such as; walking, jogging, or dancing, three to four hours a week can help to build strong bones and are investments in future bone health. Smoking and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol should be avoided because they increase bone loss.

Early treatment for osteoporosis is the most effective way to reduce bone loss and prevent fractures. However, treatment programs after a fracture has occurred are also valuable and will help to prevent future fractures. If you would like to check your bone density and evaluate your risk for osteoporosis, please contact our office at 239-936-6778 or visit

Dr. David B. Sudderth Joins Our Team

I’d like to welcome Dr. David B. Sudderth to our practice! Dr. Sudderth joins me and my colleagues, Drs. Michael Jugan, Pedro E. Monserrate, Peter J. Curcione and Peter B. Walimire at the Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center, a full-service orthopedic medical and surgical practice with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres.

Dr. Sudderth is a board-certified neurologist with more than 25 years of experience in treating patients with back and neck injuries and pain; carpal tunnel and other nerve problems; and migraines and other types of headaches. He is fellowship trained in electromyography and has more than 20 years of experience using MRI. Sudderth will see patients in all three locations and can assist patients who speak Spanish, German and Scandinavian languages.

A graduate of the University of Copenhagen Medical School in Denmark, Dr. Sudderth completed his residency in neurology at Emory University Hospital. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians and the American Academy of Neurology. He has also co-authored six books including, “Headache: The Cure” and “The Arthritis Cure.”

We are glad to have Dr. Sudderth on our team!

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/content/53/6203553/html/Kaganorthoblog/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1938

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/content/53/6203553/html/Kaganorthoblog/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1938

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/content/53/6203553/html/Kaganorthoblog/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1938