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
This Surgical Outcome study is an international study that Dr. Czarnecki asks you to participate in as a way for him to monitor patient outcomes for 2 years after your surgery. Traditional research takes years to provide information about best treatments and focuses upon X-rays and MRI’s. This study focuses upon you - the patient - and the impact of treatment upon your function. It allows for real-time review for sports medicine procedures, leading to more timely decision making about cutting edge treatments.
You will be asked to complete an online pre-surgery questionnaire. You will then receive subsequent short surveys via email after your surgery with follow up questions about how you are doing. In participating in this study, you will be helping Dr. Czarnecki to better understand how his patients perform after each surgery to better understand your overall improvement, pain management as well as long term functionality and satisfaction. It may seem overwhelming initially, but you can quickly get the hang of it, and we sincerely appreciate your participation! For more information, visit https://surgicaloutcomesystem.com/
- 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
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!
"Dr. Czarnecki - I believe I answered all survey questions "excellent". I mean that. The effort to help and serve each patient is obvious. It takes really good leadership to create such an atmosphere, especially with the large staff you have. Thanks for everything."
“I have used Excel for a number of surgeries and physical therapy sessions. I have always had wonderful care. Dr. Czarnecki could not be any nicer and more thoughtful and compassionate. He goes above and beyond to make sure that everything works out well. I will continue to be a loyal Excel patient. Thanks so much for your awesome organization for providing such wonderful care to your patients."
"Dr. Czarnecki has performed five surgeries on me. Both my femurs spontaneously fractured, the right femur in 2015 and the left femur in 2016. He put Humpty Dumpty together again. I am an ultrasound technologist and stand to scan 8-9 hours a day. I am still working. Unbelievable how he aligned my fractures. He also has done multiple knee surgeries. He’s a miracle man. Very caring, great bedside manner, communicates well with me. I thank my lucky stars he is my orthopedic physician. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am."
"I have osteoarthritis in both shoulders which makes many activities difficult, especially when interacting with my grandchildren. Dr. Czarnecki has made my pain disappear for months at a time. He is patient, kind and even had a sense of humor! What could be better than that? He is on time with his appointments, yet never makes one feel rushed. He is the best! The front reception desk is helpful and expedient in dealing with checking in and making appointments. I wouldn't go anywhere else, and I'm picky!"
"Dr. Czarnecki is hands down one of the best doctors that I've worked with and I've practiced as a PT in the ortho-sphere for 20 years. I refer patients to him on a regular basis and am consistently impressed with his thoroughness and sincere compassion."
"I liked that Dr. Czarnecki really explained my issues and I left with a clearer understanding of what was actually wrong. I also appreciated that he was flexible in my treatment, helping me to walk on vacation and then starting a different treatment on my return. I found him easy to talk to, which hasn't always been the case with all doctors!”