Entries by Diana Hanford

At The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care, our concierge approach to personalized care is linked to successful and faster recoveries

A decade ago, Dr. William A. Leone, head of The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, made a compassionate and well thought-out decision, transforming the patient care model for his orthopedic practice. An award-winning orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Leone’s vision was to create a destination practice, intentionally reducing the number…

Q&A: Total hip replacement, mini-posterior vs. direct anterior surgical approaches

How invasive is the mini-posterior approach?            This approach involves separating the muscle fibers of the large buttock muscle (gluteus maximus) located at the side and the back of the hip. Because only the “distal” or bottom third of the muscle fibers are separated, not cut, the nerve pathways are not…

William A. Leone, M.D., F.A.C.S. Named Top Orthopedic Surgeon by Castle Connolly Medical for 10th Consecutive Year

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (June 3, 2019) – William A. Leone, M.D., F.A.C.S., head of The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, was named a 2019 Top Orthopedic Surgeon by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., a national healthcare research firm that identifies top physicians and best practices in the American medical…

Should I have both hips or knees replaced at the same time or separately? What if I don’t feel like coming back for the second procedure?

I see many patients who have arthritic symptoms from both their hips or knees, although one side is usually more painful or disabling than the other. This is because there is often an underlying genetic basis or predisposition that led to the arthritic destruction of the joint in the first place, such as dysplasia with…

I had my hip or knee replacement and I’m still in pain. Now what? When is it time for a second opinion?

When should someone who already has had a hip or knee replacement and who is not satisfied with the results seek a second opinion? In my experience, it is healthy and honest to seek another opinion if the result after surgery is not acceptable to you. If you think you need one or would simply…

When should I have my hip or knee replaced? When you’re surviving but not thriving.

Like almost everything in life, this decision is seldom black or white. It’s personal and different for each of us. I tell my patients that ultimately the decision to proceed with surgery is made “from within their own heart” and “when it feels right”. Not a very scientific answer, but it’s what I tell my…