Spotlight: Orthopedic Surgeon & Joint Replacement Specialist Philip A. Frndak, D.O.

Spotlight: Orthopedic Surgeon & Joint Replacement Specialist Philip A. Frndak, D.O.

As a young man, Dr. Frndak’s interest in orthopedics was first rooted, as it often is, in physical fitness. As he tells it, being athletic first led to an interest in physical therapy, which eventually expanded to include orthopedics and joint replacement. Now, decades later, Frndak continues to maintain a Board Certification in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hip & Knee Surgeons (F.A.A.H.K.S.) and even offers professional peer review services to a monthly professional publication, Arthroplasty Today. Of course, it all had to start somewhere, and that was with a desire for patients to not have to suffer in order to rehabilitate.

Dr. Frndak began practicing physical therapy in the late 1970s. The practice of total knee rehabilitation had its beginning earlier in the decade. Initially, the approach was to put the postoperative patients into a cast, which did in fact allow them to heal readily, but left the joint extremely stiff; on the other hand, when rehabilitation to regain motion and strength was pushed too hard, patients would experience much greater discomfort and slower healing times. When Dr. Frndak first became a surgeon, he began to analyze rehabilitation methods, and in the early 1990s, developed a hybrid approach with the intent of minimizing the amount of pain patients would experience while optimizing the quality of the result. This philosophy would help inform and carry over into Dr. Frndak’s current work with the Whole Health Joint Replacement Institute.

After practicing for 25 years, Dr. Frndak retired in 2017 – a retirement that would prove short-lived. For two years, he visited locations in Central America and Africa, continuing to practice hip and knee joint replacement surgery there. Prior to retirement, wanting to pass the ball so to speak, he looked to Dr. Molli, who he’d met previously at a conference. Both had gone to the same center for fellowship training (albeit twenty years apart), and before he knew it, Dr. Frndak was pulled back into practice, this time with new, state-of-the-art knee implants. In fact, Dr. Frndak says advances in knee implants have been so dramatic that joint replacement has become a more rewarding procedure than ever.

Dr. Frndak is married with three children. In his free time, he enjoys recreational outdoor activities, exercising, and remaining physically fit – the very thing that drew him to joint replacement in the first place. Professionally, above all else, he enjoys seeing patients smile on the first visit back, knowing how much less pain they’re experiencing due to his optimized surgical and rehabilitation methods.

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About Kinematic Alignments & Total Knee Arthroplasty

Kinematic alignment in knee joint replacement, also known as KA total knee arthroplasty, is a new method of knee replacement that aims to restore the unique natural anatomy of a patient’s knee and limb. To do this, rather than implanting every artificial knee as if all knees should be exactly the same, Dr. Frndak and his team at the Whole Health Joint Replacement Institute perform measured bone resections and avoid the release of normal ligaments – namely, the posterior cruciate, collateral, and retinacular ligaments. This results in a personalized placement of the artificial knee in an orientation nearly identical to what was normal for each patient prior to the development of arthritis.  Whole Health has performed over 700 kinematically aligned total knee procedures since December 11th, 2018. None of them required a primary care referral.

Generally, using kinematic alignment techniques to implant an artificial knee leads to a more predictable, stable, and natural feeling knee than previous “one size fits all” alignment knee replacement techniques. With KA total knees, most patients experience little to no post-operative stiffness or balancing issues. Of course, personalized pre-operative care is just as important as post-operative care, and Whole Health believes in the benefits of equipping patients with thorough knowledge of the potential risks or complications associated with their operation. Patients will leave their consultation knowing what their individual road to recovery will look like and how they can utilize realistic expectations to optimize their wellness and post-operative results. Read more about the TKA procedure, as well as the pre-operative care offered by Whole Health Joint Replacement Institute.

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Had my left knee done 6 weeks ago, no pain, cant say enough good about your staff.  Have recommended 5 people to your trusted care.  Great job! Having my right knee done next, and looking forward to it!

Thomas G.

Dr. Molli and staff are fantastic, on time, professional, and personable.  Staff at Edgewood were also very professional.  Made the surgical experience as enjoyable as a surgery can be.  I was willing to stay an extra day for the meals and staff!

Mike D.

I am very pleased with the outcome of my surgery and found Dr. Molli’s protocol not difficult at all.  The staff both at Whole Health and Edgewood were helpful, considerate and caring.

Jane C.

My surgery went very well and from beginning to the end I was very comfortable with all the stuff I came in contact with.  I was truly impressed with the organization of the office and also Dr. Molli’s expertise and bedside manner – Great Experience!

Douglas D.

If I would have known how much better I would have felt I would have done it much sooner!  Great Job Dr. Molli!

Katrina G.

When you can have a partial knee replacement at 10:30am and be home making yourself an omelet by 5:00pm, you know your surgeon has done a good job!  This was the 2nd knee replacement Dr. Molli has done for me .  I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else.  We’re very fortunate that Dr. Molli returned to our area to provide world class care right here in Crawford County.

Sue H.

My hip replacement experience was very efficient and easy.  Needing a hip is much more painful than getting a hip.  Thank You!

Michael K.

I had both of my hips replaced last fall, the second one completed a year ago yesterday. We have since moved to Virginia, but I wanted to send a picture of me up on the ladder, painting the barn, so Dr. Molli could see how well I am doing! I’m so thankful for the great job that Dr. Molli did! If he doesn’t remember me, I am the farmer whose hips he had to chisel out since they hadn’t moved for years! Thank you again.

Erich B.

This medical procedure and related activity was, by far, the absolute best I have encountered!  I am without reservation, 100% satisfied with my surgical outcome and will return for my other knee.  Thank you to all staff involved.

Walter K.

Everyone was pleasant and professional.  They were concerned about pain level and were accommodating.  Pleased with the results of my new knees!

Jane Z.