Christopher J. Lena, MD

Christopher J. Lena, MD

Christopher J. Lena, MD

Specialties

Sports Medicine
Shoulder
Knee
Hip Arthroscopy

Biography

Dr. Christopher Lena focuses his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder and knee injuries as well as sports related conditions.  He performs arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery on the shoulder, hip, elbow and knee.

Following medical school and an orthopedic residency at the University of Connecticut, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at Yale University and then was invited to serves as a Clinical Instructor in the Yale Sports Medicine Department.  In 2001, Dr. Lena joined Orthopedic Associates of Hartford.  During the last sixteen years, he has performed well over ten thousand surgical cases. 

Since arriving in the Hartford area, Dr. Lena has helped to care for the Hartford Wolf Pack AHL ice hockey team, Connecticut Crush women’s football team, USA Gymnastics Tour of Champions and Cirque du Soleil.  He is also the team doctor for Goodwin College and the Glastonbury and Wethersfield High School Athletic Departments.  He has been named among America’s Top Docs by US News and World Report and Castle Connolly 2009-2017.

Dr. Lena is a member of numerous academic societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the Connecticut Orthopedic Society and the Hartford County Medical Association.

With a firm commitment to the educational aspect of orthopedics, Dr. Lena obtained additional subspecialty certification in sports medicine and completion of the recertification process in 2012.  He actively participates in the education and training of orthopedic residents as an Associate Clinical Instructor of Orthopedics for the University of Connecticut Department of Orthopedics.  He is an Associate Master Instructor for the orthopedic learning center courses for the Arthroscopy Association of North America where he helps surgeons from around the world acquire new techniques and surgical skills.  He serves as the orthopedic liaison for the Center for Education and Innovation (CESI), a simulation center for training and innovation in arthroscopic techniques.

Dr. Lena is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He was a Collegiate All-American Rugby player and a 1999 inductee into the Dartmouth College Athletic Hall of Fame.  He currently enjoys cycling, skiing and spending time on the Long Island Sound with his family.

Meet Dr. Lena

Team Lena Sports Medicine

Education

Under Graduate:Dartmouth College 1988 BA
Medical School:University of Connecticut 1992 MD
Internship:University of Connecticut Health Center 1992-1994 General Surgery
Fellowship:Hartford Hospital 1994-1996 Transplant Research
Residency:University of Connecticut Health Center 1996-2000 Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship:Yale University 2000-2001 Sports Medicine

Curriculum Vitae

Hospital Affiliations

CT Joint Replacement Institute in St. Francis Hospital

Glastonbury Surgery Center

Hartford Hospital

Orthopedic Associates Surgery Center

Patient Information

Dr. Lena Discusses Anatomy & Injuries: Videos

ACL and MCL Tears and Instability

Arthritis and Partial Knee Replacement

Hip Impingement

Introduction to Hip Anatomy

Introduction to Shoulder Anatomy

Managing Pain and Post-Operative Procedures

Meniscus Tears

Office Instructions and Procedures

Problems of the Knee

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Shoulder Arthritis and Treatment Options

Shoulder Replacement

What to Expect in Surgery

Rehabilitation Protocols

Elbow

Distal Biceps Tendon Repair
Distal Triceps Tendon Repair
Lateral Epicondyle Release/Tennis Elbow Release

Foot and Ankle

Achilles Tendon Repair
Ankle ORIF (Open Reduction Internal Fixation)
Ankle Arthroscopy
Brostom Ankle Ligament Reconstruction

Hip

Hamstring Tendon Repair
Postoperative Instructions Following Hip Arthroscopy for Trochanteric Bursitis
Postoperative Instructions Following Hip Arthroscopy
Postoperative Instructions Following Hip Arthroscopy for Iliopsoas Release

Knee

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
AMZ (Anteromedialization of the Tibial Tubercle)
Oxford Partial Knee Replacement
Arthroscopic Chondroplasty
Collateral Ligament Repair/Reconstruction (MCL/LCL)
Lateral Retinacular Release
Partial Knee Replacement
Meniscus Repair
Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy
Medial Patellafemoral Ligament Reconstruction (MPLR)
Manipulation Under Anesthesia/Lysis of Adhesions (Frozen Knee/Adhesive Capsulitis)
Patella Tendon Repair
Zimmer® Gender Solutions™ Patello-Femoral Joint (PFJ) System
Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Open Prepatellar/Infrapatellar Bursectomy
Quadriceps Tendon Repair
Arthroscopic Chondroplasty/Subchondroplasty
Arthroscopic Synovectomy
Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)

Shoulder

AC Joint Reconstruction with Dog Bone
AC Joint Reconstruction with ST Allograft
Bankart Repair/Shoulder Stabilization
Biceps Tenodesis (Proximal)
Clavicle Open Reduction Internal Fixation
How To Use Crutches
Manipulation Under Anesthesia/Lysis of Adhesions (Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis)
Open Pectoralis Repair
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair and Spur Removal
Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Protocol
Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression and Distal Clavicle Resection
Arthroscopic Superior Capsular Reconstruction
Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Post-Operative Instructions & Return to Sport

Ankle and Foot

Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair Return-to-Sport Protocol

Knee

ACL

Pre-Operative ACL Repair Protocol

ACL Reconstruction w Hamstring graft Return to Sport

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) with Hamstring Tendon Autograft or Allograft Techniques Reconstruction Protocol
Return-to-Sport ACL with Hamstring Tendon Autograft or Allograft Techniques Reconstruction Protocol

ACL Reconstruction w-meniscus Repair Return to Sport

Return-to-Sport After ACL with Meniscal Repair Reconstruction Protocol
Return-to-Sport After ACL with Meniscal Repair Reconstruction Protocol

ACL Reconstruction with bone-to-bone Return to Sport

ACL with Patellar Tendon Autograft Reconstruction Protocol
Return-to-Sport ACL with Patellar Tendon Autograft Reconstruction Protocol

ACL Reconstruction with LCL involvement Return to sport

Return-to-Sport After ACL with LCL Involvement Reconstruction Protocol
Return-to-Sport After ACL with LCL Involvement with Reconstruction Protocol

ACL Reconstruction with MCL involvement Return To Sport

Return-to-Sport After ACL with MCL Involvement with Reconstruction Protocol
Return-to-Sport After ACL with MCL Involvement Reconstruction Protocol

ACL Repair

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Protocol
Pre-Operative ACL Repair Protocol

ACL Revision Return to Sport

Return-to-Sport After ACL Revision Reconstruction Protocol
Return-to-Sport After ACL Revision Reconstruction Protocol

Meniscus Repair

Post-Operative Protocol Meniscus Repair
Return-to-Sport Meniscal Repair Protocol

Non-op PCL

Return To Sport After PCL Non-Operative Rehabilitation
OAH Return-to-Sport After PCL Non-Operative Rehabilitation

Post Op Surgery Center

Achilles Tendon Repair
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Ankle Arthroscopy
Bankart Repair/Shoulder Stabilization
Biceps Tenodesis (Proximal)
Brostom Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
Arthroscopic Chondroplasty
Postoperative Instructions Following Hip Arthroscopy
Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression and Distal Clavicle Resection
Distal Biceps Tendon Repair
Distal Biceps Tendon Repair
FAQ’s- Arthroscopy (Frequently Asked Questions)
Hip Arthroscopy Post Operative Instructions
Hip Arthroscopy
How To Use Crutches
Collateral Ligament Repair/Reconstruction (MCL/LCL)
Lateral Epicondyle Release/Tennis Elbow Release
Lateral Retinacular Release
Manipulation Under Anesthesia/Lysis of Adhesions (Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis)
Meniscus Repair
Arthroscopic Meniscectomy
Post Operative Instructions Pain Pump Removal
Patella Tendon Repair
Shoulder Arthroscopy Postoperative Instructions
Hamstring Tendon Repair
Quadriceps Tendon Repair
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair and Spur Removal
Arthroscopic Snapping Scapula Resection

Shoulder

Non-Operative Mgmt of Shoulder RTS

Non-Operative Shoulder Rehabilitation Protocol
Non-Operative Management of the Athletic Shoulder and Overhead Athlete Injuries

Post Operative

Capsullorhaphy and Anterior Labral (Bankart Repair)

Return-to-Sport After Capsulolabral Repair
Return To Sport Protocol Following Shoulder Capsulolabral Repair with and without Bankart Lesion

RTC Repair

Post-Operative Rehabilitation Protocol: Rotator Cuff Repair
Rotator Cuff Surgical Repair Return To Sport Protocol

SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior)

Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior (Slap) Repair (Type I & Iii) Return To Sport Protocol
Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior (Slap) Repair (Type I & Iii) Return To Sport Protocol
Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior (Slap) Repair (Type Ii) Return To Sport Protocol
Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior (Slap) Repair (Type Ii) Return To Sport Protocol

OAH Physical Therapy Videos

Intro to Physical Therapy

Hip and Lower Extremities

Stretching the Hamstring

Stretching Joints for Flexibility

Stretching lower extremities with foam roller

Strengthening exercises for hip and low back

Strengthening exercises for hip and core

Stability exercises with the ball

Wall Sits

Exercises for rotator cuff core and hip

Stretches for shoulders and upper chest

Conclusion

General Videos on Sports Injuries

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Cartilage:

Shoulder:

Hip:

Foot and Ankle:

Elbow:

Hand & Wrist:

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