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Sunday, October 25, 2020

AOI: Getting you back to the life you love

John T. Williams Jr., MD (L) and Alfred J. Cook Jr., MD (R)

Keeping people active and doing what they love, is not only the passion of AOI’s Orthopedic Surgeons … it’s their life’s work.

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Joint or muscle pain, stiffness, locking, giving way (buckling), creaking, swelling or an inability to walk or play without pain can occur because of traumatic injury, arthritis, or overuse. And that’s not okay with Dr. Alfred J. Cook, Jr., and Dr. John Williams, Jr., founders of Advanced Orthopedics Institute (AOI), who want you to live life at your best. “We’re not just treating knees, shoulders, and hips,” said Dr. Williams. “We’re treating grandparents and golfers, kayakers and workers, weekend warriors and elite athletes. And we’re not going to be satisfied until we get every one of them back to where they’re happy in their lives.“ “Similar conditions can impact two people in totally different ways,” said Dr. Cook. “Someone who leads an active lifestyle may find an injury totally upends their life, while someone who is less active may be happy just to relieve their pain. 

Dr. Cook is among the nation’s leaders in reverse shoulder replacements to restore rotator cuff function, performing more in a year than many orthopedic surgeons do in a lifetime. He is also performing outpatient shoulder replacements. 

Dr. Williams is at the forefront of hip and knee replacements and revision surgeries nationally. He is now performing outpatient knee and hip replacements on patients who are good candidates.

Before we create a treatment plan for our patients, we look at how their condition affects their lifestyle, discuss what their goals for treatment are, and review the state of their overall health. Most of the patients we see can be treated non-operatively. We lay out every option. And we have a lot. Surgery is only considered when patients don’t respond to more conservative treatments.

Nurse Practitioners

Dispensing comfort and caring without a prescription.

Megan Benoit, MSN, FNP-C, APRN, RNFA

Megan Benoit, MSN, FNP-C, APRN, RNFA

Megan works with Dr. Williams, seeing patients, providing pre- and postoperative education and care, visiting patients in the hospital and rehabilitation facilities and assisting in surgery. 

Her nursing philosophy is to treat the whole patient, and she feels her patients are really receptive to that. “For some patients it’s enough to be able to walk without pain. Others want to get back to their active lives, play golf or enjoy more of the things they love to do. I believe you help tailor their treatments to what they’re looking for. Working with Dr. Williams is amazing.”

Heather Fleming, MSN, APRN-C, RNFA

Heather Fleming, MSN, APRN-C, RNFA

Heather works with Dr. Cook in clinic and the OR, and is excited to help educate her patients, prepare them for procedures, and coordinate their home health, rehab, transportation and other care needs.

“We’re here for often when they’re in the worst shape of their lives. They may have broken an arm or a hip, torn a rotator cuff or worn out a knee. They’re here because they want to get better and they know this is a great place to do that. I’m able to give Dr. Cook more time to do what he does best and our patients get the best of both of us. 

AOI introduces its own line of CBD products

People who suffer from arthritis and other types of joint pain may have considered cannabis-based treatments, such as cannabidiol (CBD) oil, as an alternative to opiod and other prescription medications. They may also be unsure about which ones to buy, and where to buy them. 

After considerable research and due diligence, AOI has introduced its own line of CBD products to give patients a healthier alternative for pain relief.

Benefits include:

  • Minimal (if any) side effects
  • Few known medication interactions
  • Reduced inflammation throughout the body not just joints, muscles and tendons.

AOI CBD products are available to patients and non-patients by visiting the office during normal hours, and include:

  • Pain Management CBD Salve
  • Full-Spectrum CBD Sublingual Tincture (Peppermint and Natural)
  • CBD Salve/ Pain Stick
  • Lavender or Eucalyptus Body-Soothing Bath Bombs

Let’s get you back to living

If you are experiencing pain or weakness in a knee, shoulder, or hip and feel it’s time to do something about it, there’s no time like right now. If you have other musculoskeletal problems that are causing you pain, get moving and call 352.751.2862 for your appointment to come see us. We’re here for you.

1400 N US Hwy 441, Suite 552
The Villages, FL 32159


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