Joseph J. Czarnecki, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Joseph J. Czarnecki, MD

My interest in shoulder conditions includes arthroscopic rotator cuff, instability, labral, AC joint and cartilage repairs.

For the knee, my focus is on advanced cartilage repair including matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI), osteochondral autograft and allograft reconstruction, anterior and posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL) and other knee ligament reconstructions, meniscal repair and reconstruction, and patellofemoral joint problems such as instability and chondral defects, including osteotomies and medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstructions.

For the hip, I specialize in arthroscopic treatment of labral tears and femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI) as well as hip tendon tears including endoscopic proximal hamstring and abductor tendon repairs.

For the ankle, my interests include the treatment of cartilage lesions, tendon injuries, and instability.

Non-surgical treatment methods that we utilize to treat these joints also include the use of ultrasound-guided joint injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections.

My hobbies include striper and tuna fishing, snorkeling and playing sports with my three sons.

  • Dr. Czarnecki was one of the first surgeons in New England to perform ACL reconstructions using quadriceps tendon autograft
  • Dr. Czarnecki is one of a handful of surgeons in the US who performs endoscopic proximal hamstring repairs. This innovative technique reattaches torn hamstring tendons to the pelvis using three tiny incisions instead of a large 9" incision, causing much less pain with lower complication rate
  • Dr. Czarnecki continues to teach Orthopaedic Residents from the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program
  • Dr. Czarnecki serves as faculty for the Arthroscopy Association of North America teaching residents, fellows and practicing Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Haverford College, Haverford, PA – BA 1991
  • Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA – MD 1995
  • General Surgery, Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA – 1995-1996
  • Staff Physician, US Air Force, Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX – 1996-2000
  • Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency, Boston, MA – 2000-2004
  • Harvard / Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Fellowship, Boston, MA – 2004-2005
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – 2007, 2017
  • ABOS Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine – 2010, 2017
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America, Associate Instructor – 2016 to present
  • Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Hobart Amory Hare Honor Medical Society

Videos

In this video, Dr. Czarnecki demonstrates an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction using graft from the patient’s own quadriceps tendon. Using your own tissue (autograft) demonstrates a lower re-injury rate than using a cadaver graft (allograft.) This graft is a partial thickness graft so the architecture of the original quadriceps tendon remains intact. It also allows for a larger graft than hamstring tendons, and a thicker graft than the patellar tendon.

Dr. Czarnecki performs shoulder arthroscopic repair on an athlete with a significant injury after a shoulder dislocation that damaged the anterior and posterior labrum, also creating a cartilage injury on the glenoid socket as well as partial tear of the rotator cuff, and chronic bursitis.

Dr. Czarnecki performs knee arthroscopy on a 16-year-old female athlete for osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the medial femoral condyle (MFC) with internal fixation and bone grafting.

In this minimally invasive technique, Dr. Czarnecki repairs a chronic partial tear of the proximal hamstring tendon in a marathon runner. Rather than use an 8-10 inch open incision, three tiny portals are used to complete the repair. There is much less pain, and lower complications with this endoscopic repair technique that few surgeons perform.

Check out a clip of Dr. Czarnecki on WBZ News explaining the ConforMIS Total Knee Replacement Surgery!

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