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Danbury Doctors Perform First Single Day Total Knee Replacement

Gary Furtak (center), who recently received a total knee replacement procedures on an outpatient basis with Amy Tagg, RN, (left) and Tricia Brody, physical therapist (right), both of the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association. Photo Credit: Contributed
Dr. Robert Deveney and Dr. John Dunleavy, of Danbury Orthopedics, are performing the first total knee replacement procedures ever done in this area on an outpatient basis. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- Danbury doctors Robert Deveney and John Dunleavy performed the first total knee replacement procedures ever done in this area on an outpatient basis last month. 

Total knee replacements have been done on an outpatient basis on the West Coast for some time. Now, new technology allows for very specific preparation prior to surgery, reducing operating time and allowing for quicker post-operative recovery time. 

Both doctors, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, and specialists in the treatment of hip and knee disorders at the Total Joint Center at Danbury Orthopedics, said in the past patients needing joint replacements were required to stay overnight in the hospital. Now they can perform this surgery, for patients meeting the criteria, at the Western Connecticut Orthopedic Surgical Center at 226 White St. 

Danbury Orthopedics and Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) partnered to provide a smooth transition from outpatient surgery at the center to recovery at home. 

“Our physical therapists and nurses provide care at home that is usually provided in a hospital setting, and the patient response so far has been extraordinary. Their outcomes are excellent, and they enjoy being able to recover at home," said Summer Williams, director of Clinical Operations for RVNA.

“Recovering at home from day one is a huge plus for our patients,” said Deveney. “We anticipate better recoveries and improved mobility because of the immediate and focused physical therapy they receive.” 

For more information on the center and the surgical center team, please visit To learn more about this procedure at Danbury Orthopedics, visit or call 203.797.1500. 

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