Here’s what is making news at POA.

First Robotic Arm-Assisted Joint Replacement Surgery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

(Salisbury, MD)- POA Surgery Center is the first facility on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to offer Mako SmartRobotics™. This advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed.

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 189% by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 20% of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery. Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically successful Triathlon Total Knee System, which enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased precision and accuracy.

“With Mako SmartRobotics™ for Total Knee Replacement, I know more about my patients than ever before, and I’m able to cut less. For some patients, this can mean less soft tissue damage; for others, greater bone preservation.” said Dr. Petrera. “Mako’s 3D CT allows me to create a personalized plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy all before entering the operating room. During surgery, I can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee replacements.”

“We are proud to be the first facility to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in our area,” said David Davies, CEO of Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates. “This addition to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”

Elective Surgery Update

In light of the recent policy change at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional revolving around elective-surgery, we want to remind our patients of a few important things.

  1. TidalHealth Peninsula Regional is taking a temporary pause in elective, non-emergency surgeries that require an overnight stay. If your surgery does not require an overnight stay or if it is of an urgent need, your surgery will still go on as planned at the hospital.
  2. POA Surgery Center is operating at full capacity and performing outpatient elective procedures.
  3. TidalHealth Nanticoke is operating at full capacity and performing outpatient elective procedures.
  4. If your surgical procedure is affected by TidalHealth’s change in policy, we will call you as soon as possible.
  5. TidalHealth indicated this is a temporary pause and will resume at full capacity in about two weeks. However, this is a fluid situation, so their policy may be extended beyond their expected two week time frame. Again, we will contact you if your surgical procedure is impacted by this change.

Thank you for choosing Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates as your healthcare provider. Together we will continue to fight the good fight, and rise above all the challenges we have faced in 2020 and 2021. Please be flexible and provide our staff a little patience and grace as we navigate changes on a daily basis.

Questions, please call:

POA Surgical Services: (410) 860-4505

POA Surgery Center- (410) 341-9002

POA Welcomes Dr. Scott Gelman

(Salisbury, MD) Dr. Scott Gelman, joining Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates (POA) on September 1, 2021, is the perfect addition to expand POA’s Joint Replacement service line. Dr. Scott Gelman will work alongside our team of premier orthopaedic surgeons including Dr. Petrera, Dr. Trauger, Dr. Adrignolo, and Dr. Falvello. This team of experts are providing the most advanced and comprehensive treatment for hip and knee replacements in the region. POA is excited to expand upon its tradition of excellence with increased accessibility to quality orthopaedic providers on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Formerly practicing in Frederick, Maryland, Dr. Gelman will complement our successful arthroplasty program with a special interest in rapid recovery and advanced pain control, anterior hip replacement and total knee replacement as well as complex revisions of failed hip and knee replacements. He also has an interest in fracture care and will be assisting with our orthopaedic trauma coverage at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional. Dr. Gelman believes in an individualized, patient centered approach that focuses on returning each patient to their maximum function.

Dr. Gelman completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland and his Medical Doctorate Degree the Geisinger Commonwealth College of Medicine, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gelman selected Summa Health in Akron, Ohio to complete a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Pasquale Petrera says, “We welcome the addition of Dr. Scott Gelman who will bring knowledge, youth and excitement to our total joint team. His addition will help solidify POA as the premier total joint destination on the Delmarva Peninsula.”

Although Dr. Gelman’s wife Emily Gelman (Funk) was raised on the Eastern Shore, this is the first time Dr. Gelman is putting down roots on the Eastern Shore. He is excited to relocate his family from the Frederick area here to Salisbury, where they’ll be closer to his wife’s family.

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Gelman to our team on September 1st. He is accepting new patients in our Salisbury and Berlin locations. For patient referrals or to consult with Dr. Gelman, please call (410) 749-4154.

COVID-19 Preventative Measures at POA

At Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates you can rest assured that you will be seen safely for all your orthopaedic needs. We continue to remain vigilant about rigorous disinfecting measures in between each patient as well as at every contact point you may cross during your appointment. Although your appointment may look a little different, you can rest assured that you are still receiving the same, unmatched orthopaedic and physical therapy care.

To provide the safest environment for our patients and staff, we have implemented the following measures:

• Patients exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days are asked to reschedule. Signs and symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or other flu-like symptoms.

• Patients are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover mouth and nose.

• Visitor Restriction in place- Patients are only allowed (1) essential caretaker during appointments, which includes parents of minors and caretakers for patients requiring mental or physical assistance.

• Exam rooms and “high touch” areas are thoroughly disinfected and cleaning staff have been provided with detailed, written cleaning protocols and requirements for our clinic facilities including waiting areas, exam rooms, staff work spaces, and restrooms. As always, we are using only EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

We are fully prepared to evaluate and care for our patients at this time, and we are taking all possible precautions to protect our patients, their families, our staff and our communities. Thank you for your support and cooperation with these efforts and we look forward to serving you in the upcoming weeks.

POA Welcomes Dr. Anthony Falvello

(Salisbury, MD) Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates (POA) is pleased to announce the addition of Anthony Falvello, DO as the newest provider at POA, beginning January 1, 2021. Dr. Falvello brings over 10 years of orthopaedic excellence to the practice and will enhance accessibility to quality orthopaedic care specifically in Sussex County. Dr. Falvello will be serving the Southern Delaware communities with POA offices located in Seaford and Millsboro and provide patients with an unmatched orthopaedic experience for a wide range of injuries and conditions.

Dr. Falvello specializes in total hip and knee joint arthroplasty, orthopaedic trauma as well as general orthopaedics. Dr. Falvello performs direct anterior total hip arthroplasty and focuses on narcotic sparing as well as rapid recovery hip and knee replacements. Dr. Falvello will also be on staff at TidalHealth Nanticoke and performing on call services as well as orthopaedic surgical services.

Dr. Falvello completed a Bachelor of Science at the Pennsylvania State University and his Medical Doctorate at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Falvello selected UPMC Pinnacle Health Systems for a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery where he also held position of Co-Chief Resident. He had additional training in Orthopaedic Trauma and Foot and Ankle at Hershey Medical Center as well as Pediatric Orthopaedics at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

We are fortunate to bring such exceptional talent to POA. Dr. Falvello resides in Sussex County and is proud to continue to serve the community in which he lives. With Dr. Falvello’s addition, POA continues to deliver unrivaled patient care here locally, as well as provide greater accessibility for all orthopaedic needs.

Dr. Falvello is accepting new patients and travels to the Seaford and Millsboro, Delaware offices. Call today for more information (302) 629-4787.

Dr. Holt Newest Partner at POA

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(Salisbury, MD)- POA is pleased to announce Dr. Patrick “Andy” Holt as the newest Partner of the Practice. Dr. Holt is the tenth active Partner of POA and joins Drs. Brandon, Petrera, Greco, Trauger, Kang, Scopp, Huber, Adrignolo, and McGovern.

Dr. Holt joined POA in September 2018. Prior to joining POA, Dr. Holt completed his fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University as well as his orthopaedic residency at the University of Utah. He also completed a PhD degree at the same time he attended Medical School at the University of Louisville. Drs. Holt and Kang are two of the few fellowship-trained hand surgeons in the region.

Dr. Holt shared, “It is with humility and gratitude that I join the Partners at POA. It has been a tremendous two years and I am looking forward with enthusiasm to many years ahead providing orthopaedic care for patients on the Eastern Shore.”

Dr. Brandon, President of POA, also noted, “Over the last two years, Dr. Holt has continued to demonstrate leadership and exceptional care for all injuries and conditions related to the hand, wrist and elbow. We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Holt’s caliber at POA.”

To mark this momentous occasion, each newly-appointed Partner receives a commissioned artwork piece that highlights the new Partner’s hobbies and/or specialties. It also lists the date of partnership and the other active partners. Dr. Holt’s artwork depicts his two passions outside of work, hiking and diving. It is truly a beautiful piece created by a local artist, Rachel Alvarez, who also happens to be the daughter of a POA staff member.

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Holt. We look forward to many more years with Dr. Holt at POA!

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New Check-in Process

POA is introducing a new way to check-in for your appointment. Patients now have the ability to take advantage of a completely contactless check-in process for all appointments at POA. This new check-in process is convenient, touch-free, and does not require you to download an app or require a specific username and password. With just a few clicks on your mobile device you can:

    • Check-in and complete registration
    • Verify/change your personal information
    • Upload photo ID and insurance cards
    • Learn about your health insurance benefits
    • Make secure payments including co-pays and previous account balances
    • Complete forms, consents and policy reviews electronically

How does check-in work?

Express Check-in: You will receive a text message 45 minutes prior to your appointment time that says, “It’s time to check-in for your appointment at POA. Please click the link to check-in.” You will be able to verify your demographic information, upload a picture of your photo ID, insurance card, and pay your co-pay. You will also be able to sign all your registration paperwork that is required for new patients. Once you complete mobile check-in, please let the front desk know when you arrive in the building.

Kiosk Check-in: If you don’t check-in through your mobile device/Express Check-in, you will use one of the iPad Kiosks in the lobby. You can begin check-in by selecting “Enter Confirmation Code” and enter the first 4 letters of your last name and your date of birth.

If you don’t have a mobile number or device, don’t worry! We can still help you check-in at the kiosks that will stationed in the lobby. We are excited to provide our patients with a seamless and safe way to check-in for your appointment. We appreciate your patience in the next few weeks as we launch this new check-in process at all POA locations.

Questions or concerns, please give us a call: (410) 749-4154

Dr. Trauger presents on Calipered Kinematic Alignment

Dr. James Trauger, one of our Joint Specialists, was recently featured in a 4-part series called Total Knee Arthroplasty: Calipered Kinematic Alignment, sponsored by the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction. In Session 4, Dr. Trauger discusses the differences between Calipered Kinematic Alignment vs. Mechanical Alignment. This is great information to review if you or your loved one are planning to have a total knee replacement in the future.

Link for Video:

(Dr. Trauger is featured in Session 4, Marker 16:16)

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Trauger. Dr. Trauger conveniently sees patients at 3 POA offices: Salisbury, Berlin and Millsboro. Call Today! (410) 749-4154

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