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Media Coverage


Dr. Westrich Named Top Doctor in New York Magazine

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.

Study Launched to See if IV Acetaminophen Can Reduce Need for Opioid Medication After Hip Replacement Surgery

News-Line for Nurses, June 4, 2017

Dr. Westrich is leading a study at Hospital for Special Surgery to see if intravenous Tylenol can provide enough pain relief after hip replacement to reduce the need for opioid medication.

Deciding if Double Knee Replacement is Right for You

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.

Study Confirms That Losing Weight May Save Your Knees

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.

World Taveler Resumes Active Lifestyle After Partial Knee Replacement Surgery

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.

TXA safe, effective to reduce blood loss in joint replacement surgery

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.

Getting a Leg Up on Knee Pain

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.

Eastern Orthopedic Association Names Dr. Geoffrey Westrich President

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.

Driving safety: The effects of lower extremity impairment

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.

Proper patient selection key to simultaneous bilateral total joint 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.

Could Losing Weight Ease Your Arthritis Pain?

WebMD

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.

Metal Allergy Saga Resolved at HSS

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.

Latest Advances in Joint Replacement Surgery

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.

Weight Loss May Boost Success of Joint-Replacement Surgery

Health.com, March 18, 2014.

Numerous health websites wrote about a study Dr. Westrich conducted concerning weight change after joint replacement. The study found that people who manage to lose excess weight after knee or hip replacement do better down the road.

The Unexpected Rise of Hip Revisions and How to Handle Them

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.

What Patients Need to Know About Revision Surgery After Hip or Knee Replacement

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.

Easing Arthritis

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.

New simulator helps hip replacement patients get back on the road

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.

Medical Marvels

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.

LI Man's Ordeal Shows Perils of Hospital Infection

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.

Mixed Vibes on Body Shaker

Newsday, June 20, 2006.

Dr. Westrich weighs in on a new technology that uses vibration to stimulate muscles.

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.

Achieving All-Around Fitness with a Water Workout

Newsday, June 11, 2001.

Dr. Westrich weighs in on the benefits of aquatic exercise. He discusses how water workouts can strengthen muscles, improve range of motion and reduce stress on the joints. It is ideal for people with arthritis and rehab patients.

Doctor Saves Woman's Leg from Amputation

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.

Alex Rodriguez and Labral Tears

WNBC TV - New York, March 9, 2009.

WNBC-TV called on Dr. Westrich to explain labral tears in a live interview during the evening newscast. The Yankees' star third baseman had an operation in Colorado to repair a torn labrum. Dr. Westrich discussed arthroscopic surgery, in which doctors used small incisions, special miniaturized instruments and a video camera to repair A-Rod's torn labrum.

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.

Dr. Geoffrey Westrich: 4 Points on Hip & Knee Revision Surgery

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.

The Engineering of Better Joint Replacement Outcomes

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.

When to Get a Second Opinion

Erickson Tribune, May 2013.

Dr. Westrich advises that people with severe knee arthritis should get a second opinion if an orthopedic surgeon tells them that arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage will relieve their pain. Studies show it is of no use in patients with arthritis.

The New Face of Knee 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.

Top Health Myths

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.

Could Losing Weight Ease Your Arthritis Pain?

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.

Our Medical Heroes-Doctor Saves a Woman's Leg In Daring 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..."

Make Way for Melba

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.

Double Hip Replacement Surgery

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.

Little Known Hip Problem Means Years of Pain for Many

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.

Giving Your Own Blood Can Be Beneficial In Hip Replacement Surgery

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.

Fall Prevention

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.

Preventing Blood Clots on Long Flights

Weekend Today in New York, Summer 2001.

In a live interview, Dr. Westrich discussed "economy class syndrome," and preventing blood clots when flying.

Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

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.

Ice Storm Safety Tips

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

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.

Advances in Hip and Knee Replacement

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."

Rare Surgery Allows Woman to Walk Again

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.

Banking Own Blood May Have Real Benefits Beyond Safety Issues

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.

How to Manage Arthritis Pain

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.

Crossing to the Finish

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.

Joint Treatment Study for Arthritis in Knees

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.

Longer Lasting Hip Fix

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 Help for Arthritic Knees

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.

Keeping Winter Falls on Ice

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.

A Hip Way to Zip Back to Mobility

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.

Many Aren't Hip to Labral Injury

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 Joint Procedure is Easier on the Knees

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.

Osteoporosis is Not Just a Woman's Disease

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.

Easing In Does It

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.

Shakira, Hips do Lie

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.

Could That Pain in Your Leg Be Something Serious?

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.

Obesity Impedes Recovery from Total Knee Replacement

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.

Tips for Treacherous Walking

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.

Fall Prevention Measures - Save Your Own Life

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.

How to Manage Arthritis Pain

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.

Winter Fall Prevention Tips

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

Olympic Wannabes: Emulating Athletes Can Lead to Serious Injuries

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.

Partial Knee Replacements More Common

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.

Named Tops in Orthopedic Surgery

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.

Melba Moore Has Hip Surgery

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.

After Hip Replacement Surgery, Video Game Tests Driving Skills

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.

After the Fall

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.

Shape Up with a Water Workout

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.

Trade-In

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.

Joint Replacement Gives Sufferers a New Lease on Life

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.

Injured Skater Yagudin Won't Retire

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.

Russia's Yagudin Can Make Comeback, Say Doctors

Reuters, November 7, 2002.

Dr. Westrich is quoted in an article about his patient, Olympic gold medalist Alexei Yagudin.

Doctors' Advice Cheers 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

International Figure Skating Magazine, January 2003.

Dr. Westrich is quoted in another article about Alexei Yagudin.

Fitness Tips to Avoid Injury

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.

Baby Boomers Up and Running... Too Much Exercise, Too Soon May Have Painful Consequences

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.

Pain in the Butt, Don't Ignore It

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.

Bad Trips. How to Avoid Nasty Falls and Broken Bones

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.

Arthritis Revolution

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.

More Baby Boomers Refuse to Give Up Athletic Lifestyles

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.

Managing Arthritis Pain

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.

Study Aims to Give Patients a Leg Up on Knee Arthritis

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.

New Arthritis Treatments Spell Relief

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.

Custom Knee Replacement - Getting You Back on Your Feet Faster

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.

New Arthritis Treatments Spell Relief

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.

One More Reason to Take That Weight Off!

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.

Fitness Tips to Avoid Injury

North Shore Today, January 5, 2011.

Dr. Westrich gives helpful tips to people embarking on an exercise program.

New Techniques Revolutionize Hip and Knee Replacement

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.

Managing Arthritis Pain

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.

New Options in Joint Replacement

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.

Weight Loss May Be Key to Avoiding Joint Replacement Surgery

Examiner.com, Jan. 24, 2011

Dr. Westrich discusses how losing weight takes pressure off the joints and can relieve knee pain from arthritis.