Technology

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...


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.


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...


Akron Children’s Hospital Helps Kids and Caregivers Breathe Easier, Expands Pulmonary Services and Facilities


(L-R): Jyoti Krishna, MD, Director of Sleep Medicine; Starla Martinez, MD, Director of The Robert T. Stone, MD, Respiratory Center; and Rajeev Bhatia, MD, Medical Director, Clinical Exercise Physiology, at Akron Children’s Hospital. Photo by Ken Love Photography, Copley, OH.

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World Class Epilepsy Care Now at Cleveland Clinic Akron General


An Adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at Cleveland Clinic Akron General opened last year. Shown here are team members Camille Goldberg, RN, and Gregory Bilowsky, RN, CNRN.

Epilepsy can be a “hidden” health problem. First, it is difficult and often slow to diagnose since many other...


The Nurse Practitioner Will See You Now — By Telehealth

In the last issue, I discussed how Ohio House Bill 216, effective on April 7, has expanded the authority and independence of nurse practitioners (APRNs or mid-levels) in response to the shortage of primary care physicians. In this issue, I want to push the boundaries further by considering a...


Advances in Treatment for Complex Epilepsy Cases: The Benefits of Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) with Robotic Neurosurgical Assistant (ROSA®)

Epilepsy is a common neurological problem which presents unique challenges in both diagnosis and treatment, particularly for young patients. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, the average incidence of epilepsy in the U.S. is around 150,000 each year. The incidence is higher among...


Akron Children’s Expands Interventional Radiology Services


(L–R) Janice McDaniel, MD, Division Director of Interventional Radiology, and Michael Rubin, MD, Chairman of Radiology at Akron Children’s Hospital

Pediatric interventional radiology (IR) is a relatively new and evolving subspecialty. While adult interventional...


Laser Interstitial Thermotherapy (LITT) with ‘Mini’ Craniotomy: An Option for ‘Inoperable’ Brain Tumors

A new paper in the October issue of the journal Neurosurgical Focus finds the use of laser beneficial for the removal of large, “inoperable” glioblastoma (GBM) and other types of brain tumors. The paper is authored by Andrew Sloan, MD, and his colleagues from University Hospitals Cleveland...


University Hospitals Fights Cancer with the Power of Protons

In the past 50 years, improvements in photon (X-ray) based radiotherapy technology have made tumor treatments more accurate and enabled the delivery of higher and more effective radiation doses. Equally if not more important have been the ongoing efforts to decrease radiation exposure to healthy...