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     When it’s time to see an orthopedic physician, patient recommends ‘Dr. Mike’

    Teresa Hughes, of Rome, put up with her sore knee for a long time.

    “It had been giving me problems for years,” Teresa said. “It hurt a lot, it was wobbly at times and sometimes it would give out all together. The pain and swelling made it hard for me to get around, I had trouble going down stairs and I really could not stand very long before it was hurting so much that I had to sit down.”

    Teresa knew she needed to see a doctor about her knee troubles, so she started asking her friends and coworkers for recommendations on orthopedic physicians. The answer she got a lot was Dr. Mihail Radulescu of Rome Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, located at Chestnut Commons in Rome.

    Dr. Radulescu, or “Dr. Mike” as his patients know him, provides comprehensive orthopedic care to help reduce pain and improve function for his patients so they can get back to normal activities. A member of Rome Memorial Hospital’s medical staff, he has 16 years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon and is specially trained to perform primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery, total shoulder replacement, hip and knee arthroscopy and has extensive expertise and training in orthopedic trauma surgery. He also is experienced in anterior approach hip replacement surgery.
    Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2016, Dr. Radulescu was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in January of 2018. This demonstrates his ongoing commitment to excellence.
    Dr. Radulescu earned his medical degree from Carol Davila University of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania, and completed a five-year residency in orthopedic surgery at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He advanced his orthopedic training with a specialized fellowship in hip and knee reconstruction at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich., which is a nationally recognized leader in orthopedics. Dr. Radulescu is also certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
    “From the first time I met Dr. Mike, he made a big impression on me right away,” Teresa said. “He is so pleasant and personable. He has a real gentlemanly way about him, always saying ‘my dear’ when he talks to you.”

    Prior to seeing Dr. Radulescu, Teresa had received some treatment for her knee including injections, but nothing had really helped. She was not surprised when Dr. Radulescu recommended surgery.

    “At first he thought maybe I would only need a partial knee replacement,” Teresa said, “but he told me that he would be prepared to do a total replacement if he saw that it was necessary. I had been told that Dr. Mike’s surgeries sometimes take a bit longer than other surgeons, but he assured me that that is only because he wants to be sure that everything is perfect.”

    When Theresa had her surgery Aug. 1, 2017 at Rome Memorial Hospital, Dr. Radulescu determined that a total knee replacement was the best option for the best outcome. 

    Dr. Radulescu recognizes that each patient is different and develops a program for recovery that varies with the amount of support needed. He knows that some patients need the extra support that only a hospital and a short-term rehabilitation program can provide. That’s why at Rome Memorial Hospital, Dr. Radulescu’s patients receive individualized care planning which includes:
    • Specialized pre-op and patient education
    • Physical therapy evaluation and education before and after surgery for best outcomes
    • Advance care coordination with rehab services tailored to the patient’s individual needs

    “I work closely with my patients to understand their goals and develop the best plan of care for them,” Dr. Radulescu said. “The main objective is to relieve their pain and restore their ability to lead an active lifestyle. Managing post-surgical pain is a top priority so patients can begin the rehabilitation process promptly and recover more quickly.”

    After Teresa’s surgery, Dr. Radulescu prescribed eight weeks of physical therapy. Teresa did her physical therapy at Chestnut Commons Physical and Occupational Therapy Services with three sessions per week for the eight week period.

    “I owe a lot to physical therapy,” Teresa said. “I am certain that the therapy helped to speed my recovery. I was told that I would need a walker for about a week and I was done with it and using just a cane after just a few days, then I was able to walk without the cane in about a week. I also was able to begin driving again sooner than originally suggested and I was back to work just four weeks after my surgery.”

    Teresa said she feels the therapy helped with her pain after surgery too. “I was given a prescription for pain medication after my surgery but I never needed to take it,” she said. “I was able to manage what pain I had with just Tylenol.”

    Different patients will have different experiences, but Teresa said her surgery and recovery were easier than she expected and she is very pleased with the outcome. Now Teresa is one of those friends who is recommending Dr. Radulescu to others.

    “I think he is a great doctor and would recommend him to anyone, in fact I already have,” Teresa said. “I would also say to anyone who is suffering from knee pain, don’t put off going to see Dr. Mike. You won’t believe how much better you can feel.”

    Rome Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is located in Chestnut Commons, 107 E. Chestnut St., Rome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 315.338.9200.

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    Radulescu, of Rome Orthopedics & 
    Sports Medicine, worked with his patient 
    Teresa Hughes to develop the best plan
    of care for her knee.  For Teresa, that 
    plan included total knee replacement 
    surgery at Rome Memorial Hospital.