Orthopedics

MACI: New Tool for Cartilage Repair

In the past 30 years, orthopaedic knee surgery has come a long way. With recent advancements in medicine and technology, it’s now possible to preserve a patient’s knee. The goal is to replace one’s own damaged areas with new, healthy cartilage — and not just replace damaged tissue with...


Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) for Ankle Arthritis

Ankle arthritis is a fairly common condition that occurs when the articular cartilage on the tibia and/or talus bones wears away. It most commonly occurs as a result of trauma (fractures or sprains), primary degenerative arthritis, or from an inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid...


New Surgical Technique Treats Lateral Hip Pain

Lateral hip pain affects up to 20 percent of people over the age of 65. Historically this pain has been attributed to a specific type of bursitis called greater trochanter bursitis. However, in 1997 Dr. T.D. Bunker published an article entitled “Rotator cuff tear of the hip” in which Bunker...


GPS technology Is Improving Shoulder Surgery

Total shoulder replacement is a challenging but very successful surgery. Outcomes are improved by picking a surgeon and a hospital that performs a high volume of total shoulder replacements, but even high volume surgeons can improve their outcomes. Some of the same technology that helps you navigate while driving can help a surgeon improve the placement and outcomes of a total shoulder surgery. Shoulder surgeons here at Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center are using this technology to improve their patients’ shoulder replacement surgery.


Hand Surgery — A Minimally Invasive Approach

It’s no secret that patients today seek the best possible outcomes with the least invasive procedures in order to minimize downtime in their daily lives. Improving these minimally invasive procedures and quickly returning patients to their full potential has also been the goal of orthopaedic...


Paul R. Fleissner, Jr., MD: On the Cutting Edge of Cartilage Repair

When pediatric orthopedist Paul R. Fleissner isn’t seeing patients at Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, he is looking for innovative ideas that will improve his treatments and results. So when he learned about a new device — the Reveille® Cartilage Processor — that enabled 1-stage, instead of...


Orthopaedic Surgery — the Last Option?

One in seven Americans suffers an orthopaedic impairment and more than 7 million require hospitalization, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Patients with chronic knee, back and shoulder pain are often referred to an orthopaedic surgeon, and often they assume that...


Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) for Ankle Arthritis

Ankle arthritis is a fairly common condition that occurs when the articular cartilage on the tibia and/or talus bones wears away. It most commonly occurs as a result of trauma (fractures or sprains), primary degenerative arthritis, or from an inflammatory condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis...


Customized Knee Implants May Offer Higher Satisfaction for Patients

By 2030, the number of people turning to joint replacement surgery to end knee pain and regain mobility will increase from 700,000 to 3.5 million annually, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.1 For many patients, recovery from knee replacement surgery can be painful and...


The Orthopedic Institute at Summa Health: Easy Access, Excellent Care

When Summa Health launched its Orthopedic Institute in early 2016, it was with this goal in mind: to provide the highest quality orthopedic services, both surgical and nonsurgical, via a team approach to patient-centered care. With eight fellowship trained specialists, the Orthopedic Institute...