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Thursday, March 2, 2017 

We often attribute aches and pains to simply getting older. But here’s the truth: Life shouldn’t be painful no matter what age you are.

As part of its dedication to making a difference in the lives of its patients and communities, St. Luke’s Medical Center, along with Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians, members of IASIS Healthcare, is offering the general public a free, interactive joint health seminar from 9 a.m. to noon March 4 at The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park..

IASIS Healthcare is the official healthcare partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.

Attendees will hear from physicians from Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and the Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians about all aspects of hip, shoulder, knee and foot health.

Also available for demonstration is the NAVIO robot, which will showcase an innovative new surgical system for partial knee replacement, along with another demonstration available by MAKOplasty, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis.

Seminar sessions will share different approaches to keeping joints healthy, the latest on arthritis and options for treatment, including joint replacement procedures, robotic innovations, regenerative medicine and more. The event closes with a physician panel, giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions about joint health.

As a special treat, attendees will be welcomed by the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and cheerleaders, before enjoying a free FootMaxx Gait Analysis and breakfast. Registration is encouraged as space is limited; call 877-351-9355, or visit stlukesmedcenter.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:            Angela Menninger, 602-373-8212 or angela@dualitypr.com

Hips, Shoulders, Hands, Knees and Feet: Saturday, March 4
FREE seminar focuses on everything you need to know about joint health

PHOENIX – (Feb. 14, 2017) – We often attribute aches and pains to simply getting older. But here’s the truth: Life shouldn’t be painful no matter what age you are.

As part of its dedication to making a difference in the lives of its patients and communities, St. Luke’s Medical Center, along with Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians, members of IASIS Healthcare, is offering the general public a FREE, interactive joint health seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 4 at The Wigwam. IASIS Healthcare is the official healthcare partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.

Attendees will hear from physicians from Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and the Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians about all aspects of hip, shoulder, knee and foot health. Also available for demonstration is the NAVIO robot, which will showcase an innovative new surgical system for partial knee replacement, along with another demonstration available by MAKOplasty, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis.

Seminar sessions will share different approaches to keeping joints healthy, the latest on arthritis and options for treatment, including joint replacement procedures, robotic innovations, regenerative medicine and more. The event closes with a physician panel, giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions about joint health.

As a special treat, attendees will be welcomed by the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and cheerleaders before enjoying a FREE FootMaxx Gait Analysis and breakfast. Registration is encouraged as space is limited.

WHERE:
300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

WHEN:
Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m. – Noon
*Phoenix Suns Gorilla and cheerleaders onsite from 8 to 9 a.m.

WHO:    
Physician presenters and their respective sessions (in order), include:
Brandon Gough, M.D., Latest Innovations in Knee Replacement
Amy Jo Overlin, M.D., Sports Injuries in the Active Adult
Tim Bert, M.D., Regenerative medicine and Hip Arthroscopy
David Bates, DPM, Feet and Ankles
Walter Calvin Damper, D.O. & Mauricio Valdes, M.D., Back Pain
Michael J. Sumko, M.D., Latest Innovations in Hip Replacements
Phillip W. Bennion, M.D., Shoulders
Jimmy Chow, M.D., Robotic Innovations
Leah Brown, M.D., Elbow Injuries

The seminar is brought to you by members of IASIS Healthcare — St. Luke’s Medical Center (stlukesmedcenter.com), Hedley Orthopaedic Institute (HedleyOrtho.com) and Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians (AZFeet.com).

RSVP:
Space is limited! Attendees are encouraged to register by calling 1-877-351-WELL (9355) or visiting stlukesmedcenter.com.

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Getting Back into the Game

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Source: Phoenix Business Journal

leah-brown-resized-for-pga-websiteClick here to read about Dr. Brown in People On The Move .

 

Physician Group of Arizona, Inc., an organization comprised of primary and specialty care physicians, is pleased to announce the addition of Leah Brown, M.D., to the Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, which provides exceptional orthopaedic care and sports medicine services throughout the Valley.

leah-brown-resized-for-pga-websiteDr. Brown specializes in sports medicine and treatment of the knee, shoulder and elbow. She gained frontline experience working as a Battalion Surgeon and Orthopaedic Surgery Department Head on tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

She is the recipient of nine military honors and awards, including the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal and others and today she proudly continues her military service in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Her diverse background and expertise has led her to work with professional sports teams such as serving as assistant team physician for the 2016 NFC Champions, the Carolina Panthers, and the athletic departments at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. She also plans on working with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury as assistant team physician.

Aside from working with athletes, it’s certainly no secret that Dr. Brown is an athlete herself. In fact, Dr. Brown knows firsthand the injuries athletes can sustain, since she is a 14-time NCAA All-American and a two-time NCAA National Gymnastics Champion at the University of Georgia. In 2016, she was inducted into the University of Georgia’s Circle of Honor for these accomplishments.

Dr. Brown completed her residency in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego and her orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Brown is currently accepting new patients at the following three Hedley Orthopaedic Institute locations:

  • 230 S. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • 2122 E. Highland Ave., Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  • 1492 S. Mill Ave., Suite 113, Tempe, AZ 85281

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 602-553-3113, or visit www.HedleyOrtho.com.

cyclsit-624x336Karl Baumgart, a 44-year-old Scottsdale resident and cycling competitor, won a national championship, four silver medals, and the overall “Best All Around Rider” award at the 2015 USA Masters Track National Championship.

Just six weeks later, Karl continued on winning two silver medals at the 2015 Masters World Track Championships. These accolades were earned just 12 months after his total hip replacement for a chronic overuse injury.

For a newcomer who has only had his USA Cycling (USAC) racing license since May 2013, this is surprising, but for someone who has had a major hip replacement, this is almost unheard of.

In his short cycling career, Karl has logged more than 100 races, including big stage races such as Valley of the Sun, Arizona State Time Trial Championships and USA Masters National Time Trial Championships. In 2016, he once again won a national championship and repeated as the “Best All Around Rider” at the 2016 USA Masters National Track Championship. Continuing to test his ability to the next level, Karl shocked the cycling community with a silver medal in the 1 Kilometer time trial (kilo) at the 2016 USA Elite National Track Championships.

The average recovery time for a total hip replacement is typically four to six weeks, but Baumgart’s inner-drive and passion for cycling couldn’t wait that long. He turned to Brandon Gough, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at Phoenix’s Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and St. Luke’s Medical Center with extensive experience in hip and knee replacement for help. Dr. Gough performed an innovative medical procedure using micro-invasive surgical approaches as well as robotic surgery.

With this approach, Dr. Gough makes a small incision in the hip, which allows for adequate visualization and the proper placement of surgical components. In other words, the smaller surgical incision offers less muscle and tendon damage, less blood loss, and lower complication and dislocation rates. Additionally, this procedure requires low or no narcotics at all, and patients are often walking within four hours of surgery. In Baumgart’s case, he was cycling competitively again within six weeks.

“The day after winning the Arizona State Team Time Trial Championship, Karl was in my operating room for a hip replacement,” said Dr. Gough. “At Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, we pride ourselves in being one of the few practices in Arizona that offers the direct superior surgical hip approach. The leg remains in a more natural position during the surgery, which means the hip’s natural alignment is intact, and there is less pain. These are all things that are important to a patient, especially a cyclist.”

Currently, Baumgart is in preparing for the 2016 Masters World Track Championships in Manchester, UK, which is being held October 1-8; with the ultimate goal of winning a World Championship title.

Author: Brian McWhorter, D.O.

Whether you run 10 miles every weekend or prefer to crash on the couch, you’ll probably experience knee pain at some point. In fact, one survey found that 18% of American adults reported knee pain the last 30 days. As the knee pain exacerbates, many patients are advised to look into traditional knee replacement surgery.

Here at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, we’re able to provide an alternative to knee surgery – MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing. In this procedure, we’re able to repair only the damaged portions, leaving the healthy portions of your knee intact. Check out the top five MAKOplasty benefits for yourself:

#1 Faster knee pain relief.

Pain is the reason you had surgery in the first place; it shouldn’t follow you for weeks or months after the procedure. With MAKOplasty, many patients are able to stand and walk the same day. MAKOplasty knee surgery gets you back to what you love in less time.

#2 Better outcomes.

Remarkably, MAKOplasty knee surgery only has a 0.4% failure rate two years after surgery – a figure that’s nine times lower than manual partial knee replacements. What’s more, 89 percent of patients are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their new knee two years later.

#3 Quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay.

The average recovery period for traditional knee replacement is six to eight weeks. Plus, most patients stay in the hospital for anywhere from three to seven days. With MAKOplasty surgery, most patients recover in two weeks and only spend one to three days in the hospital.

#4 MAKOplasty knee surgery has a smaller incision.

I’ve never met a patient who doesn’t prefer a 2-3 inch incision (which MAKOplasty offers) over an 8-10 inch incision, which is what you’ll find the average knee surgery requires. Patients who choose MAKOplasty knee surgery also tend to have less scarring and reduced blood loss – another wonderful MAKOplasty benefit.

#5 More natural feeling knee.

Lastly, what good is a new knee if it doesn’t feel natural and improve your quality of life? Patients report a more natural feeling knee after MAKOplasty knee surgery – and for good reason. The implants patients receive have been specially designed for their knees, using pre-op 3D scans. This is arguably one of the biggest MAKOplasty benefits!

Learn more about MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute in Phoenix by calling 602-553-3113.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

Author: Andrew Wellman, M.D.

If you’re struggling with hip or knee pain, you may have heard about the new joint replacement technologies that are available. Here at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and around the world, surgeons are able to perform incredibly sophisticated joint replacement surgeries, some of which deliver results we could only dream of 20 years ago. Have questions about joint replacement surgery? You might find your answer below.

#1 How common is joint replacement surgery?

About one million people in the U.S. undergo joint replacement surgery every year. As technology becomes cheaper and more widely available, this number is increasing. The hip and the knee are the two most common joints replaced.

#2 How soon will I be able to walk after joint replacement surgery?

It depends on a number of factors, including your health, the type of surgery (knee v. hip), and how the surgery went. It’s not uncommon for patients who undergo MAKOplasty knee surgery or SuperPATH hip surgery to walk the same day or next day.

#3 What can I do to improve my outcome?

Losing weight is one of the best things you can do prior to joint replacement surgery. Getting rid of excess weight alleviates the stress placed on your joints. In fact, some patients have even been able to avoid joint replacement surgery altogether through weight loss.

#4 How much physical therapy do I have to do after joint replacement surgery?

Again, this varies patient to patient. However, it’s safe to say that every patient will need at least a few physical therapy sessions. A physical therapist can help improve your range of motion and provide you with exercises that strengthen the surrounding muscles.

#5 Does joint replacement surgery have complications?

All surgeries have risk. While the benefits of today’s advanced knee and hip joint replacement surgeries are frequently touted, a good orthopaedic surgeon will go over all possible complications with you during a pre-op evaluation. Possible complications include infection, joint loosening or dislocation, nerve and blood vessel damage, and blood clots. Though rare, it’s important to know about these complications going into surgery.

For more information about joint replacement surgery, please contact Hedley Orthopaedic Institute at 602-553-3113.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

Author: Tim Bert, M.D.

What’s the difference between embryonic and amniotic stem cells?

Stem cell therapy has received a lot of news coverage in the last few years. For many people outside the research and medical professions, it can be difficult to understand the differences between the various types of stem cells and therapies.

Embryonic stem cells are the stem cells most frequently labelled as “controversial” because their harvesting causes the destruction of an embryo. One reason proponents are in favor of embryonic stem cells is that the cells are pluripotent. This means that they can differentiate into all three primary germ layers and can generate all of the 220+ cells found in the adult human body. The potential of embryonic stem cells may well be limitless.

Amniotic stem cells, on the other hand, are derived from the amniotic sac. The stem cell injections we use here at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute are derived from amniotic fluid through a very rigorous, safe, and ethical process you can read about here. Most people have no ethical concerns about the use of amniotic stem cells. Unlike embryonic stem cells, these cells are not pluripotent. They are “multipotent,” which means they can only differentiate into certain cell types.

Why use amniotic stem cells?

Access to embryonic stem cells in the United States is currently limited to clinical trials. So, for the time being, amniotic stem cells are the only option for people who want a stem cell therapy with a proven track record.

Additionally, amniotic stem cells have some unique benefits when compared to embryonic stem cells. For one, they are immunoprivileged, which means that patient-rejection is extremely rare. Also, amniotic stem cells divide faster, show no signs of age, and can remain stable for years without developing tumors. In fact, amniotic stem cells can be frozen to -65ºC or colder for years without deteriorating or causing any adverse side effects.

What’s the future of stem cell therapy?

No one knows for sure. However, we’ve been getting good results at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute with the use of BioDFactor® Viable Tissue Matrix. If you’re interested in learning more about stem cell injections and their use in sports medicine, give us a call at 602-553-3113.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

Author: Jon J. Hanlon, M.D.

Are you suffering from thumb pain? Has it gotten to the point that you can no longer perform basic tasks like cooking or getting dressed? Is a splint the only way you can find any relief at all? If so, then you might have carpometacarpal (CMC) arthritis – also known as “thumb arthritis.” Based on what I’ve seen with many of my arthritic patients, I put together a short thumb arthritis Q&A that I’d like to share with you.

Why am I having pain only in the thumb?

The answer to this question will vary patient to patient. However, there are a number of reasons your arthritis may be limited to the thumb. CMC arthritis can be genetic; it can also be caused by past injuries (including hand fractures); also, some patients simply have more lax joints, which can lead to CMC arthritis.

The carpometacarpal joint has a very different anatomy than all the other finger joints. Its unique saddle shape and wide range of motion could make it more prone to be the first joint affected by degenerative arthritis of the hand.

What is CMC arthritis?

In short, CMC arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA) in the carpometacarpal joint. Osteoarthritis is the wearing down of cartilage layers between the joint. Over time, bones rub against each other, having lost their cartilage cushion, which causes the pain associated with OA.

What are the signs and symptoms of thumb arthritis?

  • Pain at the base of the thumb.

  • Pain may be worse when at rest or at night.

  • Difficulty pinching or grasping.

Also, it’s worth noting that thumb arthritis is most common in women over the age of 40.

How do you diagnose CMC arthritis?

An orthopaedic physician can typically make a diagnosis by evaluating your hand and performing several motion tests. Your medical history can also be helpful. X-rays may be used to confirm the diagnosis.

What kind of treatment options are available for thumb pain?

The first treatment option is almost always non-surgical – e.g. arthritis medications and splints. However, these treatment options only target symptoms and may not provide pain relief for more advanced cases of thumb arthritis. Joint reconstruction, fusion, and tendon rerouting may be used to treat CMC arthritis.

For more information about the treatment of CMC arthritis, please contact Hedley Orthopaedic Institute at 602-553-3113.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

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