As a partner of Florida Medical Retreat, we are happy to share community events such as this hosted by Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  For more information please contact us today!

The nation’s largest Parkinson Disease symposium is again coming to Sarasota on Feb. 4, 2012. The event is open to patients, caregivers and physicians, and features physician lecturers from around the world. Almost a thousand people are expected to attend.

This year’s Suncoast Parkinson Disease Symposium – hosted by Neuro Challenge Foundation and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System – will be held 10 am-1 pm (registration begins 9 am), Feb. 4, at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota (1/2-mile west of I-75 off Clark Road). Distinguished speakers will include world-famous drug inventor Dr. Moussa Youdim, who is coming from Israel to speak about the popular drug rasagiline (Azilect); Dr. Cynthia Fox, co-founder of the headline-making Big and Loud voice therapy and a Research Associate at the National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, CO; Dr. James M. Schumacher, Neurosurgeon at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Research Associate, Neuroregeneration Institute, Harvard Medical School.; and Dean P. Sutherland, MD, PhD, Founder, Southeastern Center for Parkinson Disease, Sarasota.

“Our annual symposium provides an interactive venue for the PD community to come together and discuss the latest global developments in Parkinson’s Disease care, as well as to meet and talk with others affected by PD,” says Doreen Sutherland, President and CEO of Neuro Challenge.

It is estimated that as many as 1.5 million people in the United States have PD. In Southwest Florida, it is projected that approximately 9,000 people have PD and another 5-10,000 are directly affected as professional or family caregivers.

Cost to attend is $25 and includes continental breakfast. Scholarships are available. Valet parking and hotels located conveniently nearby. Registration is required for the event and seating is limited. For more information, visit:  or call the Sarasota Memorial Healthline at (941) 917-7777.

Florida Medical Retreat exhibits with Snowbird Extravaganza 2012

Florida Medical Retreat is pleased to be part of this year's Snowbird Extravaganza in Lakeland, Florida. The lifestyle expo will run January 31st - February 1st from 9am-4:30pm daily. Admission is free! Florida Medical Retreat will be giving away two 3 day- 2 night stays from our partner hotel resorts on Lido Beach and Longboat Key. Come join the fun and enter for your chance to win!

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Dr. Thomas Sweeney to Speak at Doctors Hospital

Dr. Thomas  Sweeney, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Florida Medical Retreat partner physician will be speaking at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota on Tuesday, January 31st at 5:30pm. The lecture will be held in Doctors Hospital Auditorium.

For additional information please contact Crystal at (941) 552-3288 or (800) 643-0529.

Free Health & Wellness Event

Florida Medical Retreat is pleased to participate in this exciting event.  Dr. Edward Stolarski, Knee & Hip Orthopaedic Surgeon and Florida Medical Retreat physician partner will be speaking. Please plan to attend all the fun and informative events! We hope to see you all there.

Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center presents an Orthopaedic Health Fair for the entire community!

This free HEALTH & WELLNESS EVENT will feature physician-led seminars, fitness demonstrations and other activities designed to promote good orthopaedic health along with tips to help you maintain an active lifestyle.

When: Saturday, January 28, 2012   9am-2pm

Where: Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center, 6050 Cattleridge Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34232

Event Highlights:

  • Healthy refreshments/Giveaways/Door prizes
  • Live performance by Pine View jazz band
  • New Balance fit system
  • Suncoast blood mobile
  • Health screenings
  • Gold swing analysis with PGA golf pro
  • Jazzercise/Qigong/Yoga demonstrations

Guest Appearances by

  • Sarasota's own Casey "Mr. Baseball Florida" Kelly
  • Former MLB pitcher Tom Niedenfuer, China Smith, two time NBA heavyweight world champion
  • The Baltimore Orioles bird

Due to limited seating, reservations for educational seminars with Kennedy-White physicians are recommended. Call (941) 552-7870 or visit

Patient testimonial from shoulder surgery for Dr. Schofield

We are always happy to share kind words from happy patients!

"Dear Dr. Schofield,

I want to thank you again for the terrific job you did on my shoulder. It's so wonderful to be pain free. My range of motion is good and one of the first movements I got back was being able to reach all the way across my back.

I would refer you to anyone I know and tell them it's worth the trip to Florida. Thanks for everything!"

Dr. Thomas Sweeney to Speak at Doctors Hospital

Dr. Thomas  Sweeney, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Florida Medical Retreat partner physician will be speaking at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota on Tuesday, January 31st at 5:30pm. The lecture will be held in Doctors Hospital Auditorium. For additional information please contact Crystal at (941) 552-3288 or (800) 643-0529.

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release surgery by Dr. Christopher Sforzo

Endoscopic surgery uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera attached (endoscope). The endoscope is guided through a small incision in the wrist (single-portal technique) or at the wrist and palm (two-portal technique). The endoscope lets the doctor see structures in the wrist, such as the transverse carpal ligament, without opening the entire area with a large incision.

If you have endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery, you likely will not have to stay in the hospital. You can go home on the same day.

Endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery is considered when:

  • You still have symptoms after a long period of nonsurgical treatment. In general, surgery is not considered until after several weeks to months of nonsurgical treatment. But this assumes that you are having ongoing symptoms but no sign of nerve damage. Nerve damage would make surgery more urgent.
  • Severe symptoms (such as persistent loss of feeling or coordination in the fingers or hand, or no strength in the thumb) restrict your normal daily activities.
  • There is damage to the median nerve (shown by nerve test results and loss of hand or finger function) or a risk of damage to the nerve.

A person who is having surgery on both wrists, or who depends on a wheelchair, a walker, or crutches, may choose endoscopic surgery because the healing time can be shorter than with open surgery.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, receive a second opinion or request additional information on Dr. Sforzo contact Florida Medical Retreat at (941) 552-3200 or toll free (800) 643-0529.

Frequently Asked Questions About Knee & Hip Replacement Surgery with Dr. Stolarski, Part III

Our third installment of FAQs with Dr. Edward Stolarski. For more information, please contact Florida Medical Retreat.

1.  When there is a defect in the bone or inadequate bone in the hip what is used to fix it?

Dr. Stolarski uses a bone graft from the head.

2.  Why do some people have one leg that is shorter than the other after they have a hip replacement?

One of the benefits of the anterior approach is that leg length can be optimized during the surgery.  The bottom line though is that if the leg being operated is shorter it should be able to be made equal, if the legs are equal or the leg having surgery is longer, it may be longer after your replacement.  The joint has to be brought back to the level it was before the arthritis took away the cartilage.

3.  Can the problem of one leg being shorter than the other be prevented?

The anterior approach provides more stability than other approaches therefore your legs have the best chance of being equal.  There is no guess work with leg lengths with this approach.

4.  Can I use running as a type of exercise?

Long distance running such as marathons will wear a total joint out faster than more reasonable forms of exercise.  Gentle jogging, swimming biking and other lower impact exercises are best.

5.  How long will it be before I no longer require help at home?

The main hindrance is driving.  Two to three weeks is fine. If you do not have the means necessary for this then inpatient rehab could be an option for you.

6.  When is it safe to fly on a plane?

It is preferred you don’t fly for two weeks so we can keep an eye on your incision.

7.  Do I have to take an antibiotic for teeth cleaning?

Yes all forms of total joint replacements should take antibiotics prior to dental procedures.  This helps prevent bacteria getting to your joint.  The current recommendations are lifetime.

8.  When can I sleep on my side with a new hip?

The anterior approach allows for a patient to sleep on their side when they are comfortable.

9.  If I suffer from bursitis will the bursa be removed during surgery?

No.  Bursitis is a separate issue and is not a reason to have a total joint replaced.

10.  When can I cross my legs at the ankles?

This can be done immediately after surgery but at the ankles only.

11.  When standing in one place for a long time is it normal for the surgical side to become tired and sore?

Yes it does take time to heal.

12.  When will numbness disappear?

A small percentage of anterior total hips will have a numb patch over their lateral thigh.  It is usually temporary and not painful.  Most resolve over the first year.

13.  When moving from a sitting to standing position why is the surgical side “stiff” until it is walked out a little bit?

Surgical inflammation and swelling causes this feeling and will subside with time.

14.  Does Dr. Stolarski use metal on metal for the anterior approach to hip replacement?

Metal on metal is an excellent bearing surface for certain individuals.  All bearing surfaces have their risks and benefits.  It’s a decision made together.

15.  How long do I have to be on a blood thinner and what type do I use?

For a hip replacement you will be giving yourself a Lovenox injection for 4 weeks unless otherwise specified followed by two weeks of

Aspirin (325 mg).

For knee replacements you will be on two weeks of Lovenox injections followed by four weeks of aspirin(325 mg).

16.  If I have a hip replacement can I bend over to tie my shoes?

If you have an anterior approach hip replacement it is ok to bend over but if you have a revision or posterior approach please do not bend past ninety degrees and follow the other hip precautions.

17.  If I have a knee replacement can I kneel on my new knee?

Most people can eventually kneel.  The incision has to be completely healed and you must have good range of motion.  A small percentage of people are never comfortable kneeling.


More Frequently Asked Questions about Knee & Hip Replacement Surgery with Dr. Stolarski, Part II

Continuing our FAQs from Dr. Edward Stolarski, board certified Orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Stolarski specializes in Knee & Hip Replacement surgery. For more questions, contact Florida Medical Retreat.

1.      Do the muscles have to be cut before the site can be entered?

No muscles or tendon are cut at all.

2.      Does Dr. Stolarski do only hip and knee surgery?

He is trained in all orthopedic surgery but he is fellowship trained in adult reconstruction and specializes in hip and knee replacements and complex revisions.

3.      How long is the recovery time for a hip replacement?

Recovery means different things to different people.  Many people go home the next day. Have therapy in their home for a couple weeks then may participate in outpatient therapy.  Most people are off their cane at 2-4 weeks.

4.  How long is the recovery time for a knee replacement?

A Total knee replacement takes longer to recover because of the need to be aggressive to get the best range of motion.  Therapy is often for 6 weeks.

5.  How long will I be in the hospital?

That depends on many factors.  A healthy person with no major medical problems usually go home the next day if they do well with physical therapy.  You should be in the hospital no longer than three days. 

6.  How long is physical therapy and how many times a week?

Physical therapy is usually 2-5 days a week for 4-6 weeks or as long as needed for an excellent outcome. 

7.  When can I start playing sports again?

Six weeks for low impact sports such as golf and twelve weeks for high impact sports such as tennis. But only return to these activities if everything feels good. 

8.  When can I return to work?

This depends on many factors such as type of surgery and the physical demands of the surgery.  We have sent people back to work in a week and others have taken much longer. 

          9.  When can I start driving again?M

Two to three weeks as long as you are no longer using a walker or taking narcotic pain medication and feel safe.           

10.  What about the bearing surface? (what rubs on what)

                                The bearing surface is individualized for each patient depending on many           variables.  It is a decision the patient and doctor make together.  Options include metal on plastic, ceramic on plastic, ceramic on ceramic and metal on metal.

Dr. Edward Stolarski Answers Frequently Asked Questions for Knee & Hip Replacement, Part 1

Dr. Stolarski is an industry leader and developer of new approaches to joint replacement allowing quicker rehabilitation and shorter hospital stays.  His interest in research and the advancement of the treatment of arthritis keeps abreast of new developments such as computer/image guided joint replacement systems.

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Dr. Edward Stolarski and share frequently asked questions.  If you have more questions,would like to schedule an appointment or second opinion with Dr. Stolarski contact Florida Medical Retreat at or call toll free (800) 643-0529.

1. What are the benefits of doing a hip replacement using the Anterior Approach or ASI?

  • Truly minimally invasive
  • No muscle or tendons are cut
  • Much more accurate with leg length (legs should be equal)
  • Minimal to no hip precautions
  • Sleep in almost any position
  • Quicker recovery
  • All implant positions and sizing are verified with fluroscopy

2. Why should Dr. Stolarski do my hip or knee replacement?

  • National and international physician educator of total hip replacement utilizing the anterior approach
  • Performed over 1,000 total hips using this approach
  • ACGME fellowship training in all aspects of hip and knee replacement and revision surgery
  • Vast experience dealing with all complications regarding hip and knee replacement

3.  Does Dr. Stolarski make a front incision for a hip replacement?

Yes, Dr. Stolarski does use the anterior approach; in fact he is a pioneer and physician educator for this type of procedure.

4.  How big is the incision for the anterior approach hip replacement?

It will be about three to four inches in length or as long as necessary for safe placement of implants.

5.  How long does a hip replacement last?

The goal is 20 years or longer. This depends on many factors such as bearing surface, patient's weight and activities.

6. How long does a knee replacement last?

The goal is 15 to 20 years based on weight and the type of activities performed.

Stay tuned for more FAQ. If you don't see your question, please give us a call. Our Patient Care Coordinators are happy to assist.

Dr. John Sylvester, a world leader in Brachytherapy

Florida Medical Retreat has partnered with Dr. John Sylvester to bring you cutting edge treatment for prostate cancer. Dr. John Sylvester completed both his Medical Degree and specialty training in Radiation Oncology at UCLA. He was awarded the American Cancer Society Fellowship while chief resident at UCLA.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Sylvester has performed over 3,000 prostate brachytherapy procedures. He has developed, and assisted in the development of several technical improvements in the procedure, including how to better visualize the urethra during the procedure and how to optimally utilize R.A.P.I.D. strand.

He was the first physician in the U.S. to use 1 Echo Seed, a more visible (on ultrasound) radioactive seed. He was the lead investigator in a gene therapy protocol for salvage of external beam radiation therapy failures. He helped develop the newest thinnest seed with Ge-Oncura (ThinStrand). He has trained thousands of physicians in prostate cancer treatment.

The Image guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) program at his office at Lakewood Ranch Oncology Center uses cutting edge technology: Cone beam CT guidance, MRI/CT fusion treatment planning, the thinnest fiducial market (22 gauge) and latest rectal balloon technology.

Dr. Sylvester is also one of the four clinicians who wrote the most recent ABS guidelines used by prostate cancer Brachytherapists worldwide. He continues to lecture and lead prostate cancer panels at major medical meetings, such as the 2010 ABS Conference where he gave 9 talks while moderating a session on prostate cancer, and the 2011 ABS meeting where he was chosed to debate on prostate cancer treatment techniques. He is also the co-author of "The Prostate Cancer Treatment Book."

Dr. Sylvester recently published the results of his technical improvements in prostate cancer treatment in 1131 consecutive patients. He demonstrated a 100% success rate at avoiding rectal over dosage, a feat never before published.

To learn more about Dr. Sylvester, to schedule an appointment or phone consultation or learn more about Florida Medical Retreat, call today, toll free (800) 643-0529 or visit

Canadians Warming Up To The Idea of "Medical Tourism"

More than 60 per cent of Canadians would be willing to leave the country for medical procedures if they were covered by healthcare, according to an upcoming report by an international consulting firm.

Medical tourism is a growing industry, said Mark Fam, a senior manager with Deloitte's National Health Services. The industry is divided into two sectors: inbound, the number of patients travelling into a country to receive treatment; and outbound, those travelling outside the country.

In terms of outbound, "over two per cent of Canadians right now are already travelling outside the country to receive services," Fam told CTV News Channel.

According to the report, to be entitled "Evolving medical tourism in Canada -- Exploring a new frontier," this presents insurance companies an opportunity to provide additional coverage that includes medical tourism; and also offers Canadian hospitals a chance to free up bed space.

Procedures sought outside Canada include cosmetic operations, fertility treatments and cardiac care.

The issue made headlines last year when former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams travelled to a Florida hospital for heart surgery -- proof, according to critics of public health care, that a private system is better.

"Provincial governments have the opportunity to encourage citizens to seek out procedures abroad to alleviate their health systems' wait times, improve access to care and also position Canada as a medical tourism destination…" the report says. "But before doing this, governments should determine if the cost of medical tourism services be less than the delivery of services locally."

In addition to speedier care, the benefits of travelling abroad to receive treatment can include the prospect of receiving cutting-edge treatment and a chance to relax.

Many patients treat it as a vacation, said Farm. Still, patients need to be diligent and ask questions about the facility they are visiting, post-op recover time and treatment options, he said.


Currently, medical tourism is unregulated in Canada.

If Canadian hospitals were allowed to sell services for "inbound" medical tourism, Farm said it could be a win-win situation. "It's an opportunity to bring in foreign travelers and receive additional funds in the system which actually can be used to provide more services to Canadians here."

Opponents of medical tourism are concerned the industry promotes a two-tiered system that favours the wealthy.

Farm said however, that it's not just the rich who are seeking outside services. "Regardless of income level, we see a range of 15 to 25 per cent of Canadians willing to travel."

Sarasota Memorial Brings Patients the iSuite

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is powered by the next generation in surgery...operating rooms that are intelligent, interactive and fully integrated. Sarasota Memorial's new iSuite is the most technologically advanced suite of operating rooms in the region. A new, state-of-the-art surgery center houses their iSuites, four operating rooms with multiple high-definition cameras and digital monitors, interlinked with voice-activated surgical equipment and room controls...and astounding capabilities, from real-time electronic medical records to two-way videoconferencing and beyond. You know the only way to impress brilliant surgeons? Exceed their expectations. Wow them. And that's just what Sarasota Memorial is doing.

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to partner with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and offer clients that latest technology available. For more information call today, toll free at 800-643-0529.

Patient testimonial for The Inn at the Sarasota Bay Club

"Dear Dr. Sandberg, … I recently departed The Inn at The Sarasota Bay Club (AKA The Ritz Carleton North) after 17 glorious days and nights as a “guest”. Never before in my 73 years on this planet have I had a more memorable experience. From the top administrator to the newest employee, all of the staff was incredible…”




Testimonial from a customer

Florida Medical Retreat partners with the Consulate General of Canada in Miami

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to have partnered with the Consulate General of Canada in Miami, Florida through their medical provider referral service. Florida Medical Retreat's services will be referred to those Canadians that find themselves in need of medical care while in Sarasota, Florida.

For additional questions call Florida Medical Retreat at (800) 643-0529 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Hi Tech Open House with 2 Florida Medical Retreat physician partners

Florida Medical Retreat would like to invite you to join Sarasota Memorial Hospital's robotic surgeons team for a high tech open house spotlighting the latest treatment options available with the da Vinci S Surgical System. Two of Florida Medical Retreat's partner physicians, Dr. Swor of Swor Women's Care and Dr. Perry of Florida Urology Specialists will be speaking.

The open house will be held in the Grand Foyer at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 9am-noon on Saturday Dec. 10. Enjoy refreshments while learning about the benefits of a da Vinci robotically assisted surgery for  a range of minimally invasive procedures, including cardiovascular, thoracic, urology, gynecology, oncology, bariatric and general surgery.

Florida Medical Retreat is proud to have Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a partner. SMH is the first hospital in the region to pioneer da Vinci robotic surgery for patients on the Suncoast and beyond. They have two robots, the nation's most advanced i-OR suites and a team of 18 da Vinci-trained doctors making them the most experienced robotic surgery team.

Call Sarasota Memorial's HealthLine at (941) 917-7777 for event information.

Hearing Loop system at the Silverstein Institue

The Silverstein Institute has announced the installation of their new Hearing Loop system. The hearing loop is the only system that sends the voice of a speaker from the microphone directly into the hearing aids and cochlear implants of those in the audience. They are planning to host a lecture about using this technology in January.

For details please call Crystal at Florida Medical Retreat at (941) 552-3288.

Pateint testimonial for The Inn at the Sarasota Bay Club

 We are pleased to share a patient testimonial from their stay at The Inn at the Sarasota Bay Club.

“Dear Dr. Sandberg, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for the wonderful care I had received during my rehabilitation at the Inn…The Inn is such a serene, lovely, ideal place to recover…In addition, my appreciation extends to the culinary team who were exceptional in meeting my dietary needs in the most gracious way. In the future I will always hold the Inn of Sarasota By Club in the highest regards to those enduring for future rehabilitation purposes.”



Florida Medical Retreat offers Cochlear Implants

Millions of Americans & Canadians have some degree of hearing loss, and an estimated three out of every 1,000 children in the US may be born with hearing loss .

Whether it’s present at birth, or happens suddenly or gradually over time, hearing loss can leave you feeling isolated and separated from friends and family.

Many people can treat their hearing loss with traditional hearing aids, while other degrees of hearing loss may require more advanced treatments. 

For many people, access to the hearing devices that Cochlear offers is limited in their area or even country or province. Florida Medical Retreat's, Dr. Jack Wazen was the principal investigator for Bone Anchored Cochlear simulator in single sided deafness with contralateral sensorineural hearing loss.  He was also the principal investigator in single sided deafness study with BAHA. His extensive knowledge and experience makes Dr. Wazen a leading authority on these types of hearing loss and treatments.

For more information on Cochlear Implants and to learn if you might be a candidate please contact or call (941) 504-9543.




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