New York, NY-- Beth Israel Orthopedics, a premier hospital-based provider of orthopedics services in New York City, will present a four-segment webcast featuring common orthopedic conditions that can be corrected with orthopedic surgery. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Beth Israel provides comprehensive care in every subspecialty of orthopedics, and their fellowship trained surgeons are recognized experts in their respective areas of subspecialty. Beth Israel was rated "Best in Manhattan for Overall Orthopedics Services" and was 5-Star rated in Spine Surgery, Joint Replacement and Hip Fracture Repair in 2008 by Healthgrades, an independent hospital ratings agency.
The webcast will highlight:
Welcome message from Dr. Peter D. McCann, Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Dr. Charles P. Melone, Chief of Hand Surgery at Beth Israel and a nationally known hand surgeon, will perform carpal tunnel release surgery. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a debilitating condition that can produce symptoms such as pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the hand or fingers, and is caused by increased pressure on the median nerve, at the wrist, from the transverse carpal ligament.
During carpal tunnel surgery, the transverse carpal ligament is cut, releasing the pressure on the median nerve, often relieving symptoms immediately. If conservative treatment has failed to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms after 3-12 months, carpal tunnel surgery should be considered. Carpal tunnel surgery is an outpatient procedure, and typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The hand surgeons at Beth Israel Orthopedics also perform surgery for relief of De Quervain's Tendinitis, a condition similar to carpal tunnel syndrome that affects the thumb.
Hip and Knee Replacement
Dr. Steven F. Harwin, Chief of Adult Reconstruction (hip and knee replacement) at Beth Israel, and an innovator and design consultant for numerous hip and knee replacement implants, will demonstrate, with anatomic models and animations, how hip and knee replacement surgery is performed and how it can benefit patients.
Hip and knee replacement is recommended when osteoarthritis has seriously limited a patient's normal activity level due to joint pain, or a serious fracture has damaged the joint beyond repair. There are over 500,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries in the United States every year. Hip and knee replacement has a very high success rate, a low level of complications, can relieve severe joint pain and allows patients to return to most of the activities they used to enjoy.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Surgery
Dr. Jerry A. Lubliner, Chief of Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Orthopedics and vastly experienced in surgical treatment of sports injuries, will be performing an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery. The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the many ligaments that provide stability to the knee. The ACL is frequently injured, and when this occurs, usually requires surgical reconstruction.
Surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL involves replacing the ligament precisely in the knee, either with the patient's own donor graft, called an autograft, or a cadaver graft, called an allograft. Using minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery techniques (a little as 1 cm incisions), the surgeon removes the torn ends of the existing anterior cruciate ligament and repairs any damage to the surrounding tissues. Tunnels are then drilled into the tibia (shin bone) and the femur (thigh bone) for placement of the new tendon graft, in the exact position of the original ACL.
The tendon graft is then threaded into these new tunnels and held in place by specially engineered plastic or metal screws and other fixation devices, creating a new anterior cruciate ligament. The surgeon tests the tension of the new ACL and makes sure there is full range of motion before closing. ACL reconstruction surgery patients go home the same day of surgery, and often return to work within one week. After six months, the patient is allowed to return to sports without restrictions and without a brace.
To find an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Beth Israel Orthopedics in New York City, go to www.bethisraelortho.com.
Charles Melone, MD
Chief of Hand Surgery, Beth Israel Medical Center