Source: Sherman Publications

Emerging technologies reduce recovery time
Free seminar will cover orthopedic surgery, prosthetics and more

by Phil Custodio

September 28, 2011

The world of medicine and technology has changed the lives of millions of people. World-wide and right here in Independence Township. Tomorrow, (Sept. 29) local doctor Shivajee V. Nallamothu will highlight trends and accomplishments in the world of orthopedic surgery, of which Dr. Nallamothu is a leader.

On Thursday area residents are invited to a free presentation to learn about the latest in orthopedic surgery. The presentation is from 6 to 7 p.m., at Clarkston Medical Building, McLaren Physical Therapy, Suite 310, 5701 Bow Pointe Drive.

"We're using new technology to provide longer use and reduce recovery time," said Nallamothu, the region’s most experienced bone and joint doctor.

The free educational seminar will include discussion of emerging technologies in hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgeries.

Prosthetic joint implants range from cobalt chrome and titanium to advanced Oxinium, an alloy of zirconium with ceramic zironium oxide surface.

"It's less abrasive than other surfaces," he said. "It provides longer use, 15-20 years. Normal use now is 10-15 years."

Some of the technology and techniques they use to repair knees, hips, and other joints come from the space program, he said.

"We look at technology and advances in other areas and see how we can use it in our department," he said.

One project with which he has worked is a new type of Continuous Passive Machine, designed to improve recovery.

After knee surgery, the machine moves the joint automatically to help it heal and keep it from getting stiff. In other designs, the patient uses it while lying in a bed. The new design is used in the seated position.

"The patient can sit up and read, use it in different parts of the house," he said. "We have a prototype we've been tweaking for months."

Biomet Sports Medicine hosts the Free Educational Series presentation.

Dr. Nallamothu is from the Michigan Center for Orthopedic Surgery and works in conjunction with McLaren Physical Therapy.

"We see the entire mix of orthopedic care in the Clarkston population – hip and knee replacement for the elderly, sports medicine for students at Clarkston High School, and Everest Collegiate, as well as kids getting hurt in the playground and adult work injuries," he said.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. A question-and-answer session follows the presentation. Refreshments will be provided.

Registration is required at 248-922-6820.