Physician Detail

Mark Shekhman, MD

Practice

Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, PC

Specialty

Orthopedic Surgery < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Joint Replacement Surgery < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Adult Hip and Knee Replacement, Hip Injuries, Hip Surgery, Knee Injuries, Knee Surgery, Mako Robotic Arm-assisted Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma, Orthopedics, Robotic Surgery, Total Joint Arthroplasty, Trauma/Fractures

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/MarkShekhman

Institute URL

https://hartfordhospital.org/ortho

Phone

860.549.8221

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Gender
Male

Languages
English


Office Locations


  • Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, PC

    345 Western Boulevard
    Glastonbury, CT 06033
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    Phone: 860.549.3210
    Fax: 860.244.8816

  • Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, PC at Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital

    31 Seymour Street
    Suite 100
    Hartford, CT 06106
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    Phone: 860.549.3210
    Fax: 860.247.3803

  • Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, PC

    1111 Cromwell Avenue
    Suite 301
    Rocky Hill, CT 06067
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    Phone: 860.549.3210
    Fax: 860.247.3803

  • Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, PC

    499 Farmington Avenue
    3rd Floor
    Farmington, CT 06032
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    Phone: 860.549.3210
    Fax: 860.549.8937


Bio

TECHNOLOGY IN ORTHOPEDICS HAS ADVANCED TO GIVE PATIENTS MORE OPTIONS FOR JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY THAN EVER BEFORE…

DOCTORS AT THE HARTFORD HEALTHCARE BONE & JOINT INSTITUTE AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL ARE UTILIZING THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY TO CUSTOMIZE JOINT REPLACEMENTS FOR EACH PATIENT - MAKING RECOVERY EASIER.

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON DR. MARK SHEKHMAN JOINS US WITH MORE…

Q. AT THE BONE AND JOINT INSTITUTE YOU USE TOOLS TO ASSESS THE BEST ROUTE FOR EACH PATIENT TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE READY FOR SURGERY. WHAT ARE THOSE TOOLS?

A. Our first and foremost attempt at treating a patient with an orthopedic problem is to treat them without surgery. We try to maximize use of therapies, medications and supportive devices to improve one’s function. But if these attempts are exhausted and a person does need to progress to surgery a combination of assessment tools are used. These include a combination of the old fashioned history and physical examination, of course, but also the use of questionnaire tools that most orthopedic offices are utilizing these days. Most visits start off with a computerized questionnaire about their problem and function which get processed by the computer program to give us a score and provide us with a better objective assessment of their disability. In addition, the use of x-rays, MRI's and other imaging tools will help us create a plan that is unique and specific to each patient’s needs.

Q. THERE IS TALK OF A NEW TYPE OF KNEE REPLACEMENT – THE UNI-KNEE, HOW IS THIS HELPING PATIENTS?

A. The uni-compartmental knee replacement, also known as a partial knee replacement is not really new. We have been performing it for over 20 years. However, the technology has evolved over time and improved to make the procedure more successful and reliable. One-advancement in this procedure is the use of robotics that has improved the accuracy in which the surgeon can implant the partial knee replacement. This in turn has resulted in better outcomes and faster recovery. In fact, most of the uni or partial knee replacements that I perform now are done in an outpatient setting. The surgery has become a same-day procedure allowing the patient to be home later that same day. In the past most patients had to undergo a total knee replacement in the hospital, and some still do, but for those that qualify the partial knee replacement offers the patient the ability to forgo an admission to a hospital and have it performed in a surgical center, like the Hartford Surgical Center which is affiliated with the BJI at Hartford Hospital but still a separate entity and just next door.

Q. MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERIES SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND ARE NOW HAVING TO HAVE REVISIONS TO THAT SURGERY. YOU SPECIALIZE IN THIS, HOW DO PATIENTS KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME FOR THE REVISIONS?

A. As we all know nothing lasts forever. In the case of our joint that initially needed to be replaced, those replacements also have a life span. They are subject to daily wear and tear but despite being made of advanced materials like titanium and ceramics they will too eventually wear out. Our earlier generations of joint replacements lasted about 10-15 years. With today’s materials and technology they might last twice that long. The first sign of a problem is experiencing a change in the usual function of that joint. Pain is common sign but not always. If something seems wrong or different it might warrant a checkup. More importantly is a periodic check up with your surgeon to make sure the joint is functioning well. Just like bringing in your car to the mechanic for periodic tune-ups our joint replacements should also be checked up on. Seeing your surgeon about every five years for a check-up with an x-ray might allow them to catch early signs of abnormal wear that might allow for a simpler fix than if one waited until the joint has worn out completely.

THANK YOU, DR. SHEKHMAN, FOR SHARING THIS VALUABLE INFORMATION IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 855.HHC.HERE.

Dr. Mark Shekhman completed his medical training at the University of Toronto and his orthopedic residency in Vancouver where he also traveled to England to complete additional elective training. From there, he went on to complete a sub-specialty fellowship in joint replacement at the Hospital for Special Surgery at Weill Medical College.

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Education

Fellowship

  • Hospital for Special Surgery, Arthroplasty (Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee)

Undergraduate

  • University of Western Ontario (Canada) 1998 BS

Residency

  • University of British Columbia 2002, Orthopedic Surgery

Medical School

  • University of Toronto 2002 MD

Faculty Appointments

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Clinical Instructor
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Membership


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