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Total Ankle Replacement – Valerie's Story
Apr 13, 2017 By admin

Valerie's total ankle replacement

Valerie on Mount Kilimanjaro

After an accident in 1979 that resulted in an ankle injury, Valerie underwent surgery on her left ankle to repair the joint. At the time, total ankle replacement was in its infancy and regarded as an experimental procedure. It wasn’t until the late 80s and early 90s that advancements in design made total ankle replacement a viable option for patients. Initially, the ankle surgery worked, but after five years, Valerie began to experience constant pain at her ankle. Being resilient, she didn’t let the pain stop her from living her life, so she carried on without realizing that she had changed her gait to compensate for the pain. Valerie walked on the tips of her toes for 25 years! She didn’t anticipate the arthritic damage caused by changing her body’s natural movement or the pain it would cause in other areas of her body. After her [...]

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Student Athletes Must Undergo a Pre–Participation Sports Physical
Mar 22, 2017 By admin

Student Athletes helped by Emory Orthopedic Doctors After months of being dormant during the winter, student athletes are anxious to get back in the game. While increased exercise and participation in sports outweigh the risk of injury or illness, it is crucial that every child undergo a pre–participation sports physical before beginning practice. In the U.S., a pre–participation exam (PPE) is required for student athletes who want to take part in sports and/or sports camps.

Pre-Participation Exam Benefits

 
  • Identifies potential life-threatening conditions, such as risk of sudden cardiac death
  • Evaluates existing conditions that may need further treatment or monitoring
  • Diagnosis orthopedic conditions that may need physical therapy or other treatments
  • Identifies student athletes at high risk for violence, substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, anemia, asthma, hypertension, and more
  • Reviews history
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Back Pain Diaries: Herniated Disc – Signs, Symptoms and Treatment 
Mar 10, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Dr. Lisa Foster discusses herniated discs

Dr. Lisa Foster, Emory Clinic

A herniated disc is a common lower back injury, but did you know lower back pain is the number one cause of disability around the world, according to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study. For this blog, we spoke with our own Emory Clinic physician, Dr. Foster, to better understand those rubber like discs that sit between our spinal bones. Your spine is made up of 26 vertebrae bones. Between them are soft disks filled with gel-like substance. These discs cushion the vertebrae bones and keep them in place. As we get older, the discs tend to degrade. When this happens, the discs lose their ability to cushion the vertebrae bones and this can lead to pain if the back is stressed.

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc, also commonly referred to as a ruptured disc or slipped disc, occurs when a cartilage disc in the spine becomes damaged and [...]

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Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center Welcomes Dr. Lisa Foster
Mar 6, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center welcomes a new non-operative spine physician, Lisa Foster, MD, to its Johns Creek practice. Foster joins Kyle Hammond, MD; Neeru Jayanthi, MD; Scott Maughon, MD; Oluseun Olufade, MD; Mathew Pombo, MD; and Richard Thomas, MD at the clinic located at 6335 Hospital Parkway in Johns Creek. “Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center now has 23 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and management of spinal disorders ranging from the most simple herniated disc or back sprain, to the most complicated scoliosis deformities or spine tumors,” says Scott D. Boden, MD, director of Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Foster is a board certified, fellowship trained interventional physiatrist. She has extensive training in minimally invasive, fluoroscopic guided procedures for the treatment of various spinal disorders. “We’re confident Dr. Foster will [...]

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Emory Healthcare named Official Team Healthcare Provider of Atlanta Braves
Mar 1, 2017 By admin

Atlanta Braves & Emory Helathcare The Atlanta Braves announced a new medical partnership that names Emory Healthcare as the Official Team Healthcare Provider of the Braves. The partnership provides the Atlanta Braves with comprehensive and seamless state-of-the-art medical care. This includes access to Emory’s world class Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, and Spine Center physicians and more. The partnership also provides the Braves access to Emory’s sports science research and performance measurement expertise at the new Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Brookhaven, opening fall 2017. “We are thrilled to develop this relationship with Emory Healthcare,” said John Hart, Braves president, baseball operations. “This agreement is very important to our club and will help us to continue to provide the best possible healthcare to our players and staff.” “Everyone at Emory is very excited to play a [...]

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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 [...]

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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

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Emory Healthcare Physicians Provide Care for Falcons as They Approach Super Bowl LI
Jan 25, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

v__3a31 Emory Healthcare Team Physicians for the Atlanta Falcons, Spero Karas, Jeffrey Webb and Brandon Mines, are pictured here on the Georgia Dome field following the Falcon’s historic win on January 22nd against the Greenbay Packers. The atlanta falcons are on a historic run after a monumental win in the NFC Championship Game, advancing to the Super Bowl LI. “We’re very excited to help take the team to the next level”, says Falcons head team orthopedic physician, Spero Karas. Emory Healthcare, the most comprehensive academic healthcare system in Atlanta, treats the Atlanta Falcons on and off the field, overseeing the orthopedic and medical care for the Falcons’ athletes and coaches. “Each player’s health and well-being is important. So if a player is injured, we’re here to keep them safely in the game and help them reach their dream- a Super Bowl [...]

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Takeaways from the Live Chat on Hip and Knee Replacement
Dec 21, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

joint-replacement260x200Are you or someone you know considering hip or knee replacement after living with pain for an extended time? Whether you have just begun exploring treatment options or have decided to undergo hip or knee replacement surgery, we answered some questions that may be helpful about the procedure and recovery time. Thank you to everyone who participated in our live chat on Tuesday, December 13 at 12 PM EST with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Bradbury of Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center where he answered questions about hip and knee replacements, new treatment options, recovery and more. We received a lot of great questions, and below are some of the highlights from this live chat. Read the full chat transcript here.   Question: Will I need physical therapy about a knee replacement? Dr. Bradbury: Yes, physical therapy is much more important after knee replacement than [...]

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Becker’s Recognizes Emory Healthcare as Top Performer in Orthopedics
Dec 16, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

ortho-story-squareEmory Healthcare’s orthopedic programs received top recognition in two nationwide lists released this Fall in Becker’s Hospital Review. In its annual list, “100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs 2016,” Becker’s named Emory among the national leaders in orthopedic care. Specifically, Becker’s recognized Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The only other hospital in Georgia to make the list was University Hospital in Augusta, Ga. To develop the list, the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team examined several rankings and awards for orthopedic care, including U.S. News & World Report, Joint Commission certification and Magnet nursing accreditation. In a separate list, Becker’s recognized Emory University Hospital, which includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, [...]

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