Norma Conaway – Front Range Orthopedics & Spine Patient of the Week

Norma Conaway

Surgeon:  Dr. William Cooney

Reason for orthopedic care: double hip replacement

Norma Conaway received a double hip replacement . Performed by Dr. William Cooney of Front Range Orthopedics & Spine.

Norma Conaway received a double hip replacement.  Performed by Dr. William Cooney of Front Range Orthopedics & Spine.

Norma Conaway has been through three hip replacement surgeries.   Her first experience with Front Range Orthopedics & Spine was following a hip replacement by another office.  “Six months after my hip replacement I was still in pain.  My primary care doctor suggested I go see Dr. Cooney for another opinion.”

Norma was facing a failed hip replacement.  The diagnosis: the “stem” was loose (the “stem” is the hardware that extends down into the femur).

Norma and Dr. Cooney devised a game plan to replace her stem.   “After surgery with Dr. Cooney my pain went away.  Before I was in constant pain from my failed hip replacement not to mention the years of pain before I decided to have a hip replacement,” Norma said.

Six months after Norma’s revised hip replacement surgery her other hip began to hurt, “My other hip was deteriorating because of years of over compensation.”  Norma elected to have Dr. Cooney replace her other hip too.

“Now I can pick things up off the floor,” Norma said with a smile.  “Before my hip replacements I couldn’t bend over to tie my shoes… now I can. I don’t limp anymore either.”

“Life is wonderful now that I don’t have pain.  I am so thankful.  I can do so much more now that I couldn’t do before.”

Meet Dr. William Cooney here.

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Front Range Orthopedics & Spine New Location Now Open in Frederick!

Front Range Orthopedics & Spine is pleased to announce the opening of an additional location in Frederick, Colorado, along the I25 corridor at the Highway 52 exit.

“With the rapid growth that is taking place in the area, we wanted to be a part of it. Frederick and the Carbon Valley area are a great community and we are pleased to serve as the orthopedic and spine anchor,” said Dave Demchuk, Front Range Orthopedics & Spine CEO.

To schedule an appointment with an orthopedic and spine doctor in Frederick please call 303.772.1600.

Front Range Orthopedics & Spine is dedicated to comprehensive care that empowers patients to keep their bodies in pace with their passions. With over 42 years in the business and more than 120 years of combined experience, this team of doctors is truly dedicated to ensuring patients receive the highest quality orthopedic care and guidance. In keeping with the pursuit of excellent health care, Front Range is honored to serve as the new orthopedic and spine anchor in Carbon Valley as well as Longmont, Lafayette and Estes Park.

Rotator cuff repairs & double knee replacement

Francesca Repetto
Surgeon: Dr. Robert FitzGibbons
Reason for orthopedic care: rotator cuff repairs & double knee replacement

“I have more energy overall”


Francesca’s first experience with Front Range Orthopedics & Spine was in 1998 when she started developing pain in her left arm.  When her weakness started causing her to drop things she decided to make an appointment with Dr. FitzGibbons.   The discovery: a major tear in the rotator cuff.  “The tear was due to many years of wear and tear: carrying kids and carrying too many groceries.”  Dr. FitzGibbons repaired Francesca’s tear with the results being “perfectly successful.”

In 2002 Francesca’s fate led her back to Front Range after she slipped on ice and tore both Rotator Cuffs.  “It was a freak accident… Dr. FitzGibbons repaired both shoulders, five months apart.”

Francesca went on her way for several years, but when the pain in her knees became unbearable she scheduled another appointment with Dr. FitzGibbons to discuss knee replacements, “The decision to have a knee replacement didn’t scare me at all.  Pain is exhausting.  It takes it out of you… I did what I had to do.”

Francesca had her first knee replacement in 2011, “I was on my feet the same day as surgery.  At six months I was still developing strength but it gave me back my life.”

In 2012, Francesca had her other knee replaced, “I can walk normal. I can get in and out of the car.  The pain is gone.  I have stiffness, but no pain.  Nothing like what I was living with before.”

“I have more energy overall now that my shoulders and knees are fixed.  I’m not dealing with pain anymore.  I have a lot more things on my ‘to-do list’.  I volunteer at the hospital and I make blankets for the Hope Cancer Center.”   To add to Francesca’s post-operative successes, “Because I had my shoulders repaired I was able to handle the fabric to make my granddaughter’s wedding gown.”

From ankle surgery to dancing on the beaches of Ireland, meet Heather Corey

Heather Corey
Surgeon: Dr. Gregg Koldenhoven
Reason for orthopedic care:  Talus Bone Surgery

“Dr. Koldenhoven – I have enclosed a photo of my recent trip to Ireland to illustrate my joy & success with the results of your 12/30/11 Talus bone surgery.  On this trip to Ireland I was able to fulfill a couple of dreams – horseback riding across the hills of Ireland and dancing on the shores of Galway Bay.  None of this would have been possible if not for your expert help.  I was mentally thanking you with every step!  Thank you for keeping me dancing!” – Heather Corey

Heather Corey, Front Range Orthopedics & Spine Patient of the Week

Heather Corey, Front Range Orthopedics & Spine Patient of the Week


Heather Corey, Front Range Orthopedics & Spine Patient of the Week

Patient of the Week



Scott Evans
Physical Therapist: Katharina Altgelt
Reason for orthopedic care: dislocated shoulder

Scott Evans, Front Range Orthopedics & Spine Patient of the Week.  Patient of Dr. William Cooney, Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon in Longmont and Lafayette

Scott Evans, Front Range Orthopedics & Spine Patient of the Week. Patient of Dr. William Cooney, Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon in Longmont and Lafayette

Last April it rained… it froze… and then it snowed. When Scott stepped out the front door, he didn’t realize there was ice under the snow.  That realization became evident when he hit the ground two steps down, “I tried to get up but I couldn’t. My shoulder was burning. ”

Scott was taken, by ambulance to the ER.  When he arrived at Longmont United Hospital they confirmed that he had a dislocated shoulder.  The ER put his shoulder back in place and sent him home; nevertheless, the pain continued.    Scott decided to make an appointment with Dr. Cooney, “I chose Dr. Cooney because my daughter saw him after a skydiving accident…  She had such a great experience that I knew right away that was who I wanted to go to.”

Dr. Cooney performed a Rotator Cuff Repair, Labrum Repair and Bicep Tenodesis.  “I trusted Dr. Cooney.  I liked him too.”

After surgery, Scott went on to receive 15 sessions of physical therapy with Katharina.  At the end of Scott’s physical therapy Katharina made sure Scott was equipped with the knowledge to continue his care.  “Katharina took the time to put notes on everything and made sure I was set to continue my exercises at home… I still do my exercises,” Scott said. “My shoulder is hardly an issue in my life anymore.”

“I was extremely comfortable with everyone at Front Range.  Every single person was great through the whole process.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Front Range Orthopedics & Spine to anyone.

Patient Of The Week

Determination: After an ACL tear Kristy is back for her second season at Longmont High School

Kristin (Kristy) Lee
Surgeon: Dr. Robert FitzGibbons
Reason for orthopedic care: torn ACL

Kristy Lee overcomes an ACL tear

Kristy Lee overcomes an ACL tear

From the moment Kristy enters a room you can feel a surge of energy: her enthusiasm is contagious and her determination is something to be admired.  Nonetheless, Kristy’s character was tested when her athletic career came to a screeching halt.

In 2012, Kristy was playing on the varsity soccer team (as a freshman) and within the first ten minutes of the game she fell to the ground in excruciating pain, “I heard that signature pop,” she explained. “I felt like my life came to an end… I went down and I knew.”

Kristy chose Dr. FitzGibbons to be her surgeon, “everyone knows if it deals with your knees, you have to go to Dr. FitzGibbons,” she said. “When he told me it was my ACL, I was in tears.”

The preparation for surgery proved to be scarier than the surgery itself, “I was really scared (for surgery), but afterwards it was like I was out for only three minutes,” she said.

Kristy recalls the day after surgery as the worst day of the whole experience, “I felt like I was paralyzed. I felt awful,” she explained. “Dr. FitzGibbons called my house that night to make sure I was doing okay. He told me to lift my leg, but I didn’t want to move. Then he told me that if I didn’t lift my leg he would come over,” she laughed. “I lifted my leg.”

The reason Dr. FitzGibbons wanted her to lift her leg was so she could engage her quad muscle, “After surgery your body tells you that if you lift your leg it is going to hurt, but our goal is to re-engage the quad muscle and avoid as much atrophy as possible,” Dr. FitzGibbons said.

Kristy really liked working with Dr. FitzGibbons, “He motivates you,” she said.

During Kristy’s recovery, she held on to the idea that she could be stronger and faster than before. She knew that if she kept her mind strong then her body would follow.

Today Kristy is back on the soccer field. In her first game back the team won 5-0.

“Kristy is a great young woman.  With her determined attitude, I anticipate a full recovery,” Dr. FitzGibbons said.

Patient Of The Week

Cartilage Transplant and ACL Repair. Meet Jen Kearns, Front Range Orthopedics & Spine Patient of The Week

Jennifer Kearns
Surgeon: Dr. Robert FitzGibbons
Physical Therapist: Lonnie Gilmore
Reason for orthopedic Care: ACL reconstruction & cartilage transplant

“The six weeks of physical therapy with Lonnie were crucial.. I’m a go-getterwhen it comes to PT. I set my own personal goals. I had surgery on December 27th and my goal was to be back on my bike by the following May……and I was.”