Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement Surgery

Dr. Wasserlauf and Dr. Bissell enhanced their surgical expertise last weekend, becoming certified to perform robotic surgery for knee and hip replacements. Advanced Orthopedics New England is now the place to  come to see if robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery is right for you.

Dr. Wasserlauf was interviewed by Channel 3’s Kara Sundlun

Two-time Emmy-award winning journalist, Kara Sundlun sat down with Dr. Wasserlauf and UHart basketball star Liz Garcia to discuss common sports related injuries and how to prevent and treat them.

Liz suffered an ACL tear, which left her with instability in her knee. Dr. Wasserlauf will add an extra ligament to Liz’s knee to stabilize the joint and get her back to playing for the University of Hartford.

Watch the entire interview here.


Advanced Orthopedics on TV

We are on TV right now, showing off our Bloomfield Urgent Care and our Enfield office, while highlighting all our treatment capabilities. If you live anywhere close to these areas look out for our new advertisement in your favorite cable shows.

Professional athletes turn to AO’s sports medicine team

The Hartford Wolfpack, the AHL affiliate for the New York Rangers Hockey Club, opened its 20th season this past month. While the team has many changes to its players and staff each year, one constant has been its Head Team Physician. Dr. Brett Wasserlauf has been the team’s orthopedic surgeon and head team physician for 15 years.

Dr. Wasserlauf recently lectured to 200 sports medicine professionals about his experience leading the sports medicine team of a hockey organization. Earning the trust of the players, coaches, and training staff requires communication and diligence. Caring for these elite athletes demands maintaining knowledge and skills that are cutting edge. Dr. Wasserlauf feels that his attention to detail in managing professional athletes crosses over to his care for all of his patients.


Taylor Kelley, PA-C joins Advanced Orthopedics

We are excited to welcome Taylor Kelley to our practice.

Taylor is a recent graduate from the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program, with a Master’s of Science degree. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Providence College, where she was a four-year member of the Providence College Women’s Soccer team.

She completed her pre-graduate hours at Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group with Dr. Kimmel and Elizabeth McAvoy, PA-C, which played an influential role in choosing orthopedics as her specialty. She has also spent time as a medical scribe at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, MA.

She is very involved in coaching youth soccer in her hometown of Suffield, CT and loves to be involved with the young athletes. She recently had a baby girl, Charlotte, and is loving life as a new mom!

Dr. Amanda Fantry’s Interview with Channel 3

Dr. Amanda Fantry was interviewed by Channel 3 for their “Better Connecticut” segment. In the interview Dr. Fantry speaks about common foot and ankle injuries that occur as a result of sports related activities and slip and fall injuries. Also highlighted in the segment is Dr. Fantry’s work at the orthopedic urgent care clinic in Bloomfield. A mother walks into the clinic with her son, who fell and sustained an injury to his hand. The urgent care facility offers a full range of services and treatment capabilities. Dr. Fantry is able to access digital x-rays of her patient immediately for review. After diagnosing her young patient, he is fitted with a brace and scheduled for a follow-up visit. The patient’s mother is grateful for the quality care her son received and for the fact that she did not have to miss any work but could simply walk into the office at her convenience.

Moving out of Hartford office October 1st

We are moving out of our Hartford office on October 1st.  We recognize it can be difficult for our patients to physically get in to the office at St Francis Hospital. For this reason, we are relocating our Hartford practice to our current Bloomfield location; a modern, spacious medical building with great facilities and convenient parking.

We have a total of four offices that our patients can choose from: Bloomfield, Enfield, Rocky Hill and Springfield, Mass. For more information about our locations and office hours please visit our Contact page, or simply call our main line for information 860.728.6740.

For Orthopedic Urgent Care/Walk-in needs please visit our Bloomfield location.

See the locations our doctors provide care below:

Dr. Berkowitz – Bloomfield, Enfield, Rocky Hill, Springfield

Dr. Bissell – Bloomfield, Rocky Hill, Springfield

Dr. Fantry – Bloomfield, Enfield, Rocky Hill

Dr. Kimmel – Enfield and Rocky Hill

Dr. Kruger – Bloomfield, Enfield, Rocky Hill

Dr. Ruark – Bloomfield, Enfield, Springfield

Dr. Wasserlauf – Bloomfield, Rocky Hill

New Urgent Care facility launched in Bloomfield

Launched in January 2018 we have now opened an Orthopedic Urgent Care facility, conveniently located in Bloomfield, to take care of your injuries and orthopedic needs. Orthopedic injuries often occur outside of regular business hours. Waiting in ER can be a long and costly experience, but not here! Walk in—no appointment necessary.

At our Urgent Care facility, we are staffed with experienced Orthopedic Surgeons and orthopedic Physician Assistants, capable of treating all types of orthopedic injuries. We will take care of your sprains, strains and fractures, in fact all your orthopedic needs. For fast, expert treatment you won’t find any better.

Welcome to the practice Dr. Amanda Fantry

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Amanda Fantry will be joining our team in September 2018. Dr. Fantry is an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, who received her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. She completed her general surgical internship, her orthopedic surgical residency and her trauma fellowship at Alpert Medical School at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. Finally, Dr. Fantry completed her orthopedic foot and ankle fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Fantry is an expert in her field of orthopedic surgery and has shared her knowledge and expertise in multiple peer-reviewed publications and her research experience spans more than 10 years.

When she is not fixing feet and repairing ankles, Dr. Fantry enjoys playing basketball and volleyball. Rumor has it, that she is also a great baker.

New Tornier Implants for total shoulder replacement

Although shoulder joint replacement surgery is less common than knee or hip replacements, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain. Shoulder replacement surgery was first performed in the United States in the 1950s to treat severe shoulder fractures. Over the years, shoulder joint replacement has come to be used for many other painful conditions of the shoulder, such as different forms of arthritis.

Shoulder replacement surgery is highly technical. There are several different types of shoulder replacements; Hemiarthroplasty, Total Shoulder Replacement and Reverse Total Shoulder replacement. Dr. Wasserlauf will evaluate you and your specific situation, health history and goals before recommending a specific procedure type and choosing the appropriate implant.