First, we must answer the question – What is a tendon? A tendon is a rope-like structure that connects muscle to bone. When a muscle contracts the tendon provides an attachment point to assist in movement. Unfortunately, just like ropes we use to lift and pull objects in everyday life our tendons are susceptible to becoming frayed and damaged. Continue reading
History of Knee Replacement:
Knee replacement is a surgical procedure–performed in the US since the 1960s – in which a diseased or damaged joint is replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. Made of metal alloys and high-grade plastics the prosthesis is designed to move just like a healthy human joint. Over the years, knee replacement techniques and instrumentation have undergone countless improvements. Today, greater than 90 percent of patients undergoing knee replacement have a complication free result which relieves pain and restores mobility.
If doctors can perform knee replacement surgery without cutting through the quadriceps muscle and tendon of the thigh, it makes sense that patients should have less pain and an easier rehabilitation than in traditional more invasive surgical techniques. Or does it? Continue reading
Anterior hip replacement can lead to quicker recovery
By: MARJORIE PRESTON
Staff Writer, The Current
SOMERS POINT – Greg Gregory, owner of Gregory’s Restaurant & Bar on Shore Road, had his second hip replacement in September of 2011. Two days later he walked out of the hospital under his own steam, aided only by a cane. Two months later he hiked to the top of a 3,400-feet peak on the Appalachian Trail.
It’s a marked difference from his first operation in 2004, because the operation itself was different. Continue reading
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Dr. Thomas Barrett of Shore Orthopaedic University Associates spent the week of March 8-14 volunteering in the surgical department of the Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The center offers free medical care for the poor and disadvantaged of the country, which continues to rebuild after decades of civil war, including the reign of Pol Pot, whose Khmer Rouge practiced widespread genocide during the late 1970s.
Barrett visited the country to instruct surgeons in the use of locked plating techniques to set fractures of the wrist, knee, elbow and other joints. Locked plates for certain fracture types provide superior stability and improved patient outcomes. Continue reading