Restore Your Grip and Motion
By Cheryl Lassota
“Above and beyond” is how patients Audrey and Marilynne describe Dr. Patrick D. Devanny’s attitude. Dr. Devanny and his team at Incline Orthopaedics work together to find the causes of musculoskeletal system problems. They treat a wide range of issues, including skier’s thumb, bicep tears, rheumatoid arthritis, and degenerative osteoarthritis. Dr. Devanny is known for specializing in elbow repair, using minimally invasive elbow arthroscopy to diagnose and treat painful elbow issues.
Longtime patient Marilynne, age 76, mentions seeing Dr. Devanny in 2008 after suffering a serious wrist break when falling on ice. “I had broken the head of my wrist,” she recalls. “He T-plated it, and I have had full range of motion and full strength in it ever since. No issues, no pain. I highly recommend Dr. Devanny!”
“In the last couple years, I’ve begun to see more patients with rheumatoid issues,” Dr. Devanny notes. “This is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system begins to attack itself. It can be debilitating for those who don’t respond to oral medication. With rheumatoid arthritis, the joints are under attack. I can help surgically, especially with the hands. A little change can make a big difference for these patients. Even if I work on just one or two joints, it can change their lives drastically, as far as being able to care for themselves and perform simple daily tasks.”
Dr. Devanny recalls one patient with severe rheumatoid arthritis in her hands. “She couldn’t comb her hair because she couldn’t grasp a comb,” he reflects. “After surgery on both her hands, she can comb her hair, eat, brush her teeth, and write—all things she couldn’t do before.” That patient, Audrey, considers it a “stroke of luck” that she was referred to Dr. Devanny. “Over the course of the last year and a half, I have had almost all of the knuckles replaced in my fingers and both my hands,” Audrey shares. “The technical term is ‘arthroplasty,’ but I refer to them as ‘knuckle installations.’ With every new installation, my hands have become more useful. Before the surgery, I had to wear mittens; now, I can wear actual gloves. Little things mean a lot!” Dr. Devanny concurs, adding, “It was such a great gift for me to be able to take care of her.”
Dr. Devanny enjoys change and likes stepping outside his comfort zone. Since last June, he has expanded his work by maintaining a once-a-week clinic attached to a surgery center in Castle Rock. “It adds variety to my work,” he says. “I do more shoulder and elbow work there. Dr. David Labosky, my partner since I came to town, steps in to see Colorado Springs patients for one day a week or when I’m out of town.”
Nurse practitioner Jason Valle is a recent addition to Dr. Devanny’s practice. “Jason is eager to learn and brings energy to the office,” Dr. Devanny reports. “I’m excited to teach Jason and share patient care with him. We have so much in common, both at work and life at home. Having Jason here revives my energy, breaks up routine, and helps me to think about the details of my job which have become routine.”
Originally from the Niagara Falls area of upstate New York, Dr. Devanny began his medical career with studies at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, and did his fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh. He has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and has been in Colorado Springs since 2004.
Dr. Devanny’s personal interests include mountain biking and aerobic fitness. He also enjoys the “great stress relief” found in joining his son, Colin, for evenings of indoor climbing. “My wife, Kiki, and I go to Cheyenne Mountain State Park to bike in the summer and fall. It’s amazing that it exists in town, yet you can feel like you’re in the middle of the mountains and woods—just five minutes into a ride,” he says.
If you are in need of specialized and comprehensive care of the upper extremities, contact Dr. Devanny at Incline Orthopaedics, located at 2960 North Circle Drive, Suite 125, in Colorado Springs. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 719-471-4994. They will take care of you with great skill and the utmost respect. As patient Audrey concludes, “Dr. Devanny is kind, truthful, and has a great sense of humor. You can tell what kind of a person a doctor is by the way you are treated by the office staff. I am always greeted with genuine professionalism and warmth by Dr. Devanny and his team, be it at the office or in the hospital.”
Dr. Patrick D. Devanny