Our orthopaedic surgeons care for patients of all ages and focus on joints, bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. These specially trained surgeons are skilled in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. Each care plan is unique and based on what is right for each individual patient.
Our surgical team performs many types of specialized orthopaedic surgery, including:
Our partnership with the surgeons at NOMS Access Orthopaedics offers each patient:
In most cases:
To schedule an evaluation with an orthopaedic expert, call: 419-663-5000
Kathy Zanotti has always led an active life.
The Sandusky resident and former Norwalk Catholic School educator was a color guard advisor for over 35 years, she took her fifth grade class camping, and would regularly get down on the floor and be with the kids she was teaching. She and her husband, Wally, liked to go to Cedar Point and walk around. She wasn’t the type of person to sit still.
After she retired in 2007, she began to experience some knee pain.
“After I retired, it went downhill fast after that,” Kathy stated.
In 2009, she had the torn meniscus on her right knee repaired by NOMS Access Orthopaedics. Unfortunately, she didn’t follow doctor’s orders for physical therapy and her knee didn’t heal properly.
“That wasn’t the doctor’s fault,” she said. “That was Kathy Zanotti’s fault for not doing what I was supposed to.”
As the years went by, her knee began causing some significant issues for her. It got to the point where she could barely walk, let alone go up and down any stairs. Even sleeping was difficult.
“I would have to lay on my stomach with my leg hanging off the bed to take the pressure off my knee,” Kathy said. “When I walked, you could actually hear my knee grinding – it was bone on bone.”
A seamstress, Kathy couldn’t even spend time doing something she loved because it hurt too bad to use the sewing machine.
“I used my right foot on the peddle,” she said. “I remember the one time I did a lot of sewing and I couldn’t leave the couch for three to four days.”
Another of Kathy’s favorite things to do was to spend time with her group of lady friends. She and her friends all taught together for over 30 years at Norwalk Catholic School.
But Kathy’s knee pain was beginning to interfere with her outings with her friends.
“If we went to a restaurant we had to sit at certain tables to accommodate my knee,” she said. “They would want to go places and I would just make excuses that I couldn’t go. But, it was because of my knee pain.”
She said seeing her friends lead fun, active lives while she was living with debilitating knee pain caused some depression. When Kathy’s friends saw what was happening, they sprang into action.
“These girls are my sisters,” she said. “They kept saying, ‘you gotta do it.’ They kept pushing me.”
Kathy contacted NOMS Access Orthopaedics where she met with Orthopedic Surgeon David Pocos, DO.
“He told me I was mentally and physically ready. It was just up to me,” she said.
Kathy was going to wait until after the holidays to get her knee fixed, but her daughter, Marisa, changed her mind.
“She said, ‘mom, if you get it done in October, you’ll be good for Christmas’,” Kathy said. “She said, ‘you are just putting it off because you are scared.’ I think it was her saying that. It was the push that I needed.”
So as her daughter instructed, Kathy had her knee surgery in October 2019 at Fisher-Titus by Dr. Pocos.
“I am so glad that I had it done,” she said. “The only thing I regret about it is that I waited so long. It hasn’t even been that long yet and I’m already walking for miles. I can bend, I can sew for hours.”
Kathy said that she had no reservations about choosing Fisher-Titus and NOMS Access Orthopaedics – all of her friends had their knees done by the orthopedic surgeons at the facility.
“I knew I didn’t want to go far from home,” Kathy said. “I have always liked Fisher-Titus and the Norwalk doctors.”
Kathy has raved so much about her knee that her brother-in-law, also a Sandusky resident, is having his knee done by Dr. Pocos at Fisher-Titus.
“If anyone is thinking about (knee surgery), they are the ones to do it,” she said.
And she’ll be having her left knee done in October.
“There is no apprehension this time,” Kathy said.
As a former area school teacher, Kathy said it was neat having some of her former students care for her while recovering at Fisher-Titus.
“I was getting ready to go under and I saw Karen Farris, a former student of mine,” she said. “I asked her to please be with me. She took my hand, looked at me in the eyes and said, ‘Mrs. Z, we got this. We’re going to take great care of you.’ Later that day she brought her son by with flowers for me. It is like a badge of honor for me to see my former students doing such good work.”
Kathy said everyone she encountered at Fisher-Titus was wonderful.
“The physical therapist and nurses I had were amazing. Everyone was so kind and so nice,” she said. “And staying at Fisher-Titus was like staying at a five-star hotel!”