Proudly Welcoming Dr. Richelle Takemoto, Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Richelle Takemoto consulting with a patient.

As we continue to evolve to meet and exceed the needs of area residents, the CMH healthcare community is proud to welcome Dr. Takemoto to our organization. She brings an extraordinary level of expertise that allows us to advance our commitment to providing world-class orthopedic care.

Exceptionally skilled. Highly experienced.

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Bone Fracture? Call our Orthopedics Office 315-824-7040

If you are calling after hours or on the weekend, please leave a detailed voicemail and the office will contact you the next business day. If you suspect you have a broken bone, do not wait. Visit the Emergency Department at Community Memorial, 150 Broad Street, Hamilton NY 13346.

Orthopedic & Robotic Care at Community Memorial Hospital

Chronic joint pain is a reality for many of us. Knowing where to go is a critical first step toward recovery. The Orthopedic Program at Community Memorial is one of the most experienced in the region and now offers the latest in joint replacement robotics. And if you ever have a joint injury, choose our Emergency Room in Hamilton. We have low wait times, and we can connect you with an orthopedic surgeon next-day. This is what world-class orthopedic care looks like.

Orthopedist talking to patient on crutches

Why Choose Community Memorial Hospital for Orthopedic Care?

We provide premier orthopedic care in a highly personalized atmosphere. We are pleased to offer our patients the very best care available, using state of the art technologies, such as the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution in conjunction with the ATTUNE® Knee System. Operations are performed by a highly trained staff in our ultra-modern surgical suites, so you can rest assured that the care you receive is the best available in our region.

Tell me more about Robotics at Community Memorial Hospital.

Knee replacement has come a long way. Breakthroughs in surgery means less pain, a faster recovery and, in many cases, you’re in and out of the hospital in one day. The Orthopedic Program at Community Memorial in Hamilton is the only team in the area using the latest in Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement – the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution in conjunction with the ATTUNE® Knee System. We perform more joint replacement surgeries than many larger regional hospitals. We’re recognizes as one of the most experienced orthopedics teams in the area.

Velys robotic assisted solution machine

Learn More About the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution

The Community Memorial Hospital Difference

2021 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award for Joint Replacement Excellence

Low infection rates

Exceptional care and service, including escorts to and from the parking lot

Personalized, attentive care including warm blankets and massages

Physical therapists and nurses provide a highly skilled, expert level of care

General Orthopedic and Sports Medicine consultation and diagnosis

Reconstructive surgery

Arthroscopic Reconstructive Surgery of the knee, ankle and shoulder, including rotator cuff repair

Total joint replacements and revisions

Treatment of spine injuries and diseases

Joint Orientation

Learn More About Our Joint Orientation Program.

Who will help me get the orthopedic care I need?

At Community Memorial Hospital, our orthopedic providers are at the forefront of their field. They are actively seeking to obtain advanced knowledge, skills, and techniques in the area of orthopedics. They’re a team of surgeons, orthopedists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. They’ll provide you with personal, high-quality care, because their number one priority is helping you feel better, move easier, and enjoy a happier, healthier life.

Meet Our Orthopedics Team

Nicholas Qandah, DO

Nicholas Qandah, DO




Frank Walczak, PA-C, ATC, CSCS

Orthopedic Surgeon specialist, Doctor Richelle Takemoto, Community Memorial Hospital

Richelle Takemoto, MD

We’re ready to help you get the orthopedic care you need.

To learn more about the Orthopedic Program at Community Memorial Hospital or schedule an appointment, use our form or call Hamilton Orthopedics at (315) 824-1250.

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Dr. Richelle Takemoto's Areas of Specialty:

  • Comprehensive fracture and sprain care
  • Trauma, with fast access to additional specialists as needed
  • Post-traumatic reconstruction
  • Total joint arthroplasty of hips, knees and shoulders
  • Carpal tunnel surgery, cubital tunnel surgery
  • Trigger finger release
  • Achilles and quadriceps tendon repair

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Preparing for Surgery

  • Make a list of questions for your physician/surgeon.
  • Determine if the surgical procedure is right for you.
  • Obtain a second opinion, if desired.
  • Check your health plan costs and coverages.
  • Your physician will arrange preoperative laboratory tests and meet with your anesthesiologist.
  • Follow all instructions during the weeks and days preceding surgery.
  • Discontinue indicated prescription or over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements prior to surgery, as directed by your surgeon/physician.
  • Arrange for necessary home care, equipment, etc., following surgery (this will be covered in your discharge plan).
  • Sign all informed consent, and other legal forms, before surgery.
  • Quit smoking to help in your recovery process.
  • If you use a CPAP machine for sleeping, ask your provider for your settings.