Our Patients



Tom O’Neil

Life pain free is “beautiful.”

For too long, Tom O’Neil of Bethlehem had been living with constant knee pain. “I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t walk down the stairs,” he said. “This was affecting my quality of life.”   He contacted Dr. Paul Beauvais of Northeast Orthopedic & Hand Surgery and decided upon a total knee replacement at Waterbury Hospital. Tom began his journey to a new knee by attending the Perioperative Joint Replacement Class to understand what to expect, what treatment was going to be like, and to consider post-operative options. He said the whole process and treatment was wonderful—Dr. Beauvais was outstanding, the nurses were fabulous, and rehab began swiftly.   Tom was back to work within 10 weeks and within months he was back on the golf course.


Gary Welton

Gary’s getting a kick out of his new knee.

Gary Welton is a 66-year-old Sales Rep. from Middlebury who was always on the go. An avid golfer and Tai Chi instructor, he also happens to be a 6th degree black belt in karate. After chronic knee pain began to cramp Gary’s active lifestyle, he decided it was time to do something. He sought help from Waterbury Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Olson. Gary underwent a complete custom knee replacement procedure and says his experience with Dr. Olson and the orthopedic team at Waterbury Hospital was “top notch.

That’s why they’ve always been our hospital.

The best part: Gary’s pain is gone and his active lifestyle is no longer on hold. He’s back to the golf course with a brand new knee.



Donna Hersh

Donna’s total knee replacement surgery didn’t hurt, it helped.

Donna Hersh of Woodbridge underwent a successful total knee replacement procedure performed by Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Michael Kaplan and Dr. Erik Carlson at Waterbury Hospital. A successful surgery now has Donna ready to resume all the things she loves, swimming, walking even kayaking. She says: “I feel like a new person.”

The best part: our world class anesthesiologists employed a new “local” anesthesia block, which allowed Donna to recover with little or no pain. “After my surgery there were no highs and lows with pain which I believe was crucial to my recovery.” Donna and her new knee were discharged from the hospital after just 3 days and she didn’t require pain medication when she went home.