Dr. Stolarski specializes in minimally invasive and advanced total hip and knee surgery; Journey Deuce knee system, partial knee replacement, ceramic total hip replacement, as well as sports medicine and athletic/sports injuries.
As an industry leader and developer of new approaches to joint replacement, Dr. Stolarski's procedures allow shorter hospital stays and quicker rehabilitation time, so patients can get back to their active lifestyle. He is a national and international orthopedic surgeon educator on anterior total hip and revision surgery and has published many articles and textbook chapters in orthopedic literature. Dr. Stolarski is with the Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center in Sarasota, FL.
Dr. Stolarski instructed international physicians on his ASI techniques as they joined him in the operating room at the local Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.
Watch the following video to learn more about Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery
February 19, 2012
Dear Doctor Stolarski,
I would like to volunteer to be your Knee Replacement Poster Boy, at the tender age of seventy-one.
Seriously, I am writing to update you on my experience and recovery from a total knee replacement that you performed on August 25, 2011. My experience with you and your staff from the very onset was extremely positive. That included my office visits, pre-surgery visits, surgery, post-op. rehabilitation and physical therapy.
I was hoping that the surgery would enable me to return to a more active, pain-free lifestyle, that included tennis and golf. Within two months I was back playing golf, and within three months I was able to play doubles tennis. When I inquired about the possibility of downhill skiing, you gave me a green (yellow?) light that I should be able to, if I skied conservatively and avoided moguls.
Over the Christmas holiday Gust four months after surgery) I joined my sons and families in Utah for a ski vacation, not knowing if I would last an hour or a day. In fact, I lasted the full three days, each day skiing more aggressively and confidently. I was amazed at how well the new knee performed. It had been years since I had skied without pain, and had actually given up the sport a couple of years ago because the pain was too severe and the joint too weak.
In summary, I cannot thank you enough for all that you did for me. My new knee Is straighter and stronger than ever, and devoid of all pain----an affliction I had reluctantly accepted for fifty years, ever since I injured it in a serious automobile accident. Thank you for restoring the quality of my life, and please feel free to use this endorsement in any way that you deem appropriate.
Michael J Loparco
My name is Nelson G.
October 2003, in New York City, I had my left hip replaced. June of 2004, I had my left knee replaced. It was a year plus out of my life spent in recuperation and rehab! I did well but it took a long time to get back to normal.
In 2008 my right side, hip and knee, needed replacement surgery. Living in Sarasota, I elected to consult with Dr. Stolarski.
In our initial meeting, I was just about to ask Dr. Stolarski if there was any chance that he would replace both the hip and the knee at one time. Before I could ask the question, Dr. Stolarski asked me if I would be willing to have both surgeries, total hip and total knee replacements done in one operation. He told me that he used an anterior approach for the hip surgery (front entry) and it would be a much easier operation than the posterior operation (entry from the rear) which was the approach used in my first hip replacement.
I readily agreed. Dr. Stolarski said that I appeared to be in good physical condition and my attitude was positive.
The surgery went well. My stay at Doctor's Hospital was stress free and as nice as a hospital stay could be.
The first 6 weeks after surgery I was miserable. I expected this. Then, after 6 weeks, I turned the corner and have not looked back since. About 4 months after surgery I am very active. I am playing tennis, not ready for the US Open, but starting to play and enjoy doing so. I have more energy than I have had in years. I think that comes from less pain in my body. I actually feel good. Two new hips and two new knees have made a difference.
My new knee is a bit stiff but I have no pain.
The anterior approach for my hip surgery was very easy. I cannot believe I had surgery. I highly recommend this anterior approach, after having both methods done. As I understand it, no muscles are cut in the anterior approach. This eliminated a lot of the post op anguish.
My suggestion to anyone thinking about this type of surgery is to try and keep your weight down and be in as good a physical condition before surgery. Prehab makes rehab much easier. And, see Dr. Stolarski. He really knows his business.
Last but not least, James DellaVecchia, Dr. Stolarski's PA is really a fine professional. He is knowledgeable, caring and a good guy.
Good luck, and having a dog like MAX by your side, and a wonderful wife like my wife Laurin, who took great care of me, made this surgery a successful event.
It's inconceivable to me why anyone in otherwise good condition would choose anything but non-invasive surgery done by Dr. Stolarski. It has been six weeks since surgery and there is nothing I cannot do other than a mountain climb (too tiring.) And lot better than before! The man is a genius! I do wish that I had known that I would be swollen for a few days. Might have prevented the "OMG, they made me fat!" My PTs in Boca Grande deserve a lot of credit as does a husband who expected to be served dinner the day I got home (day three!) -I just realized that my age and body type are relevant: A slender seventy-two.
- Georgia M.
Here I am, almost five months after having both knees replaced and I feel ready to dance again.....well almost ready. I want to thank Dr. Stolarski and his staff for all the positive energy and encouragement. I think I worked even harder in rehab because, I believed I could have a great result, because you all believed it too. In the beginning, the rehab was very difficult and I used to call the Physical Therapist the Physical Terrorist. Now I have a big smile on my face because I just got back from a 28 day cruise on a huge ship. When I left, I wondered how I was going to handle all the walking and stair climbing just 4 months after surgery. It turned out to be a wonderful thing because if I wanted to eat, I had to walk, walk, walk. By the second week of the cruise, I was amazed at the improvement in my walking speed and stability. I guess if I had any advice for someone going through this surgery, I would tell them to work as hard as they can in rehab....the results are worth it. Thank you all again for making my world bigger again and my life a little easier.
- Judy B.
The knees picture (Left) is our friend Willie who had both his knees replaced 8 years ago (2000) by Dr. Booth - University of PA. He will be 83 years old in November and he has been playing tennis ever since. You can see his scars where they cut the tendon. He is Ulli's inspiration for having both knees done together. As the picture indicates you can hardly see his scars.
I thought Dr. Stolarski would enjoy seeing the knees shot.