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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
3D Printed Knee Replacements at Emory Johns Creek
Feb 20, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center will provide advanced technology using 3D printers to design custom knees for patients in Johns Creek. The technology, made by ConforMIS, allows for knee replacements to have several large benefits. These include patient-specific procedures, quicker recovery, less blood loss, easier range of motion and better long-term wear for patients.

The Knee Replacement Procedure

"After performing a CT scan, we use an automated design that maps the size and shape of the joint in 3D," says Mathew Pombo, MD, orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Emory School of Medicine. "The software allows us to precisely match implants and instrumentation to the model of the knee." The design of the knee implant is then printed off using a 3D printer. Pombo bases his practice on caring for the elite athlete during their careers and afterwards. "The unfortunate reality is that all athletes transition from their prime into the aging athlete category where you can see the impact from a lifetime of sports and activity," says Pombo. "The patient-specific 3D knee implant is ideal for an aging athlete who suffers from an [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Heart Disease and Emory Women's Heart Center
Feb 20, 2017 By Emory Women's Heart Center

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. It is also preventable. The Emory Women's Heart Center is a program dedicated to the screening, prevention and treatment of heart disease in women. The number of women at risk is startling. “Believe it or not, a very small percentage of women fall into the low risk category for heart disease, and those people are mostly in their twenties,” says Stacy Jaskwhich, a nurse practitioner at Emory’s Johns Creek’s Women’s Heart Center. “When you consider family history, age, diet, activity levels and other existing conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, most women are at some level of risk.” "Most heart disease is preventable, so we want to reach these women, ideally between the ages of 40-60, to evaluate their individual risks and educate them on risk reduction. Starting treatment early, when it's necessary, will help save lives," says Gina Lundberg, MD, clinical director of Emory Women’s Heart Center and assistant professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lundberg founded [...]

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Cancer
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital to offer Gamma Knife Treatment
Feb 13, 2017 By Winship Cancer Institute

Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is the first hospital in the state and one of only seven medical centers in the nation to offer advanced radiosurgery for the brain with the Gamma Knife Icon. The device delivers minimally invasive radiation treatment for malignant and nonmalignant tumors, trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain syndrome) and other neurological disorders. “This technology pinpoints the tumor with the greatest accuracy to date, and also preserves cognitive function by avoiding critical brain structures. The Gamma Knife Icon is the best combination of all we’ve come to learn about stereotactic radiosurgery for the brain,” says Peter Rossi, MD, Winship director of radiation oncology at Emory Saint Joseph’s.

Gamma Knife Treatment

Gamma Knife treatment is an alternative to open brain surgery, as it does not require a scalpel or an incision. The procedure treats brain lesions with enough radiation to control them. As a result, the lesion will disappear, shrink or stop growing. This often occurs in the most critical, difficult-to-access areas of the brain. With Gamma Knife treatment, patients avoid whole brain radiation therapy, [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Breast Implants or a Lift: Which is Right for Me?
Feb 10, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

It’s not uncommon for women to feel dissatisfied with their breasts. Whether your breasts didn’t develop as you’d hoped or you’re unhappy with changes from aging, pregnancy or weight loss, there are many options for helping you achieve a breast size and shape you can enjoy.

First, Pinpoint the Real Issue

Zeroing in on which aspect bothers you — your breast volume or position — will help you choose the best procedure(s) to get the results you want. And, it’s not always as straightforward as it sounds. For example, you can’t assume you need to add volume if your breasts don’t project like they used to, even after extreme weight loss. A breast lift could very well give you the look you want.

So how do you pinpoint the real issue? I make this simple suggestion to all my patients to help determine if they’re truly unhappy with the size of their breasts:

Lift your breasts up or wear your favorite bra in front of a mirror and ask yourself, “Do I like the size of my breasts now with this additional support?”

If so, you’ll probably be happy with the results of a breast lift. But if you feel your breasts are too small even when lifted, you’ll likely

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Q&A with Atlanta Falcons Team Physician
Feb 10, 2017 By Emory Sports Medicine

Dr. Spero Karas

Dr. Spero Karas at the Super Bowl

In addition to his duties as an orthopedic surgeon at Emory Sports Medicine Center, Dr. Spero Karas has served as the head team physician for the Atlanta Falcons since 2011. He provides sideline support and oversees the orthopedic and medical care for both the Falcons’ athletes and coaches.

Last Sunday culminated in one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Atlanta’s hometown team after making it to the Super Bowl for the second time in the team’s history.

We caught up with Dr. Karas as he returned home from Houston to talk about the season, working with the Falcons and going to the Super Bowl.

Q: How has it been working with the Falcons this year?  

A: Well, the season was a success on a number of levels. We won our division, our conference, and of course played in the Super Bowl — one of the most exciting and memorable games in Super Bowl history. From the professional side, we took great pride in the care we provided the team. We gave them early access to all of Emory's outstanding subspecialties, as well as fulfilled all their sports medicine needs.

Q: What were some highlights on this journey to the Super Bowl?

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Transplant
Real Patients, Real Stories – Hear from an Emory Liver Transplant Patient
Feb 9, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Simone Whitehead was an active 30 year old, running half marathons and chasing around her 2-year old son. In April 2016, she began to feel ill, and she slowly started getting worse. Tests revealed that her liver was failing, and that she would need a liver transplant. Hear Simone’s story as she describes her experience receiving a liver transplant from the Emory Liver Transplant Program and how she was saved by an exclusive liver dialysis therapy machine called MARS. [...]

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Highlights
Emory Johns Creek Hospital to offer free health screenings at women’s health event
Feb 3, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) will host its annual Ladies’ Night Out event devoted to women’s health on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free health screenings will be offered to women including: glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index. Clinicians will also be on hand to educate women about breast health, cardiovascular disease and signs of stroke and heart attacks. Jennifer Graham, MSN, FNP-BC, Emory Heart and Vascular Center; Maria Piraner, MD, diagnostic radiologist, director of the Center for Breast Care at EJCH; and Patricia Yugueros, MD, chief of plastic surgery at EJCH, and will hold a panel discussion about trends in women’s health at 6 p.m. Doors will open to the Ladies’ Night Out event at 6:30 p.m. [...]

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Highlights
Foot Care for Seniors: 10 Important Tips
Feb 3, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Proper foot care is essential for older adults to help prevent injuries, falls and complications from chronic conditions like diabetes.Proper foot care is essential for older adults because it can help prevent injuries, falls and complications from chronic diseases like diabetes. Learn how to properly care for your feet so they can continue to take you wherever you need to go. 1. Be good to your soles. As you age, the muscle tissue in your feet can thin and your nerves may not work effectively. This can lead to loss of feeling in your feet (neuropathy). Use a long-handled mirror - it will extend your reach several inches - to see what you may not feel. Examine the soles of your feet and in-between your toes every day for cuts, blisters, sores or any areas of skin breakdown from moisture. This is especially important if you have diabetes. 2. Choose the right footwear. Wearing the right footwear can help you keep your balance, prevent falls and reduce the risk of blisters and other injuries. Never purchase shoes that rub or slide around on your heel as you walk - this is a common way to develop blisters that can become more serious sores. Also avoid shoes that are too tight, slick on the bottom, have high heels or pointy toes. If you have diabetes or neuropathy, talk with your doctor about [...]

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Vision
LASIK Recovery Time for Athletes
Jan 31, 2017 By Joung (John) Kim, MD

While athletes are an obvious candidate for LASIK surgery, it is important for each individual to understand their specific LASIK recovery time.Athletes must always be on their A game, anticipate the next move before it happens, and tune out any distractions. If disrupted by vision problems, though, they can become limited in their athletic abilities. Obstacles athletes commonly encounter from their eyewear include injuries from broken glasses, issues with peripheral vision, irritation from dust underneath contacts, and/or fogged up lenses. Undergoing LASIK eye surgery, however, would eliminate these setbacks by correcting vision problems and ensuring minimal distractions and inconveniences due to eyewear. While athletes may have a strong desire to have the procedure, they must understand the LASIK recovery time. It is important for any athlete to know how long to wait after LASIK surgery before getting back in the game. For example, swimmers must wait at least two weeks before getting back in the pool. Surgeons suggest that runners and participants in contact sports (i.e., soccer, baseball, and football) allow for a recovery of at least two days. Although athletes involved in contact sports have a shorter down time after LASIK surgery, they are at the greatest risk of complications during recovery. A [...]

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Vision
Computer Vision Syndrome Tips
Jan 31, 2017 By Ann Van Wie, OD

Computer Vision Syndrome causes vision problems such as eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes. Learn about preventing computer vision syndrome.The more technology evolves, the more difficult it can be to resist interacting with screens throughout the day. Nielsen confirmed this in June 2016 stating that adults in the United States spend around 10 hours and 39 minutes in front of screens per day. This means that using smartphones, laptops, computers, televisions, tablets, and other personal devices consumes almost half of the typical American adult’s day. As this usage increases, so does our susceptibility to Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is defined by the American Optometric Association as “a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader, and cell phone use.” CVS typically results in only temporary vision problems such as eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes, it is also possible for these symptoms to continue even after screen interaction has stopped. That’s why device users must be educated on their susceptibility to Computer Vision Syndrome and be aware of ways to prevent it. While the obvious suggestion to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome is to eliminate or decrease our daily screen time, this is easier [...]

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