Teresa Hughes of Rome put up with her sore knee for a long time.
“It had been giving me problems for years,” said Hughes. “It hurt a lot, it was wobbly at times and sometimes it would give out all together.
“The pain and swelling made it hard for me to get around, I had trouble going down stairs and I really could not stand very long before it was hurting so much that I had to sit down.”
Realizing she needed to see a doctor about her knee troubles, so Hughes started asking her friends and coworkers for recommendations on orthopedic physicians. The answer she got a lot was Dr. Mihail Radulescu. He’s affiliated with Rome Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, located at Chestnut Commons, 107 E. Chestnut St.
Radulescu, or “Dr. Mike” as some patients know him, provides comprehensive orthopedic care to help reduce pain and improve function for his patients so they can get back to normal activities. A member of Rome Memorial Hospital’s medical staff, he’s been an orthopedic surgeon for 16 years.
“From the first time I met Dr. Mike, he made a big impression on me right away,” said Hughes “He is so pleasant and personable. He has a real gentlemanly way about him, always saying ‘my dear’ when he talks to you.”
Prior to seeing Radulescu, she had received some treatment for her knee, including injections, but nothing had really helped. She was not surprised when he recommended surgery.
“At first he thought maybe I would only need a partial knee replacement, but he told me that he would be prepared to do a total replacement if he saw that it was necessary,” ” said Hughes. “I had been told that Dr. Mike’s surgeries sometimes take a bit longer than other surgeons, but he assured me that that is only because he wants to be sure that everything is perfect.”
When Theresa had her surgery Aug. 1 at Rome Memorial, Radulescu determined that a total knee replacement was the best option for the best outcome.
The surgeon recognizes that each case is different and his patients receive individualized care planning that includes: specialized pre-op and patient education; physical therapy evaluation and education before and after surgery; and advance care coordination with rehab services tailored to the patient’s individual needs.
“I work closely with my patients to understand their goals and develop the best plan of care for them,” said Radulescu. “The main objective is to relieve their pain and restore their ability to lead an active lifestyle. Managing post-surgical pain is a top priority so patients can begin the rehabilitation process promptly and recover more quickly.”
After Hughes’ surgery, Radulescu prescribed eight weeks of physical therapy. She did her therapy at Chestnut Commons Physical and Occupational Therapy Services.
“I owe a lot to physical therapy,” said Hughes. “I am certain that the therapy helped to speed my recovery.
“I was told that I would need a walker for about a week and I was done with it and using just a cane after just a few days, then I was able to walk without the cane in about a week. I also was able to begin driving again sooner than originally suggested and I was back to work just four weeks after my surgery.”
Hughes is sure the therapy helped with her pain after surgery too.
“I was given a prescription for pain medication after my surgery but I never needed to take it,” she said. “I was able to manage what pain I had with just Tylenol.”
Hughes said her surgery and recovery were easier than she expected and she is pleased with the outcome. Now she is one of those friends who is recommending Radulescu to others.
Radulescu is specially trained to perform primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery, total shoulder replacement, hip and knee arthroscopy and has extensive expertise and training in orthopedic trauma surgery.
He also is experienced in anterior approach hip replacement surgery.
Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Radulescu was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in January.
Radulescu earned his medical degree from Carol Davila University of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania, and completed a five-year residency in orthopedic surgery at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He advanced his orthopedic training with a specialized fellowship in hip and knee reconstruction at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.
He is also certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.