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University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center’s Ninth Annual Ortho Day to feature physician talk on new Total Hip Replacement surgery

Monday, September 16, 2013

Free October 12 community event offers orthopaedic education and screenings

GEAUGA COUNTY – University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center’s Ninth Annual Ortho Day will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 700 Banquet & Conference Center, 700 Beta Drive in Mayfield Heights. The theme of the free community event is “Let’s Get Moving – Fun and Fitness.” Lunch will be provided.

This year’s Ortho Day will feature free health screenings and interactive educational presentations by the hospital’s expert orthopaedic team. Gregory Sarkisian, DO, Division Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at UH Geauga Medical Center, will deliver a keynote presentation on “Joint Camp: Hospital or Hotel.” Guests will include the hospital’s 2012-2013 Joint Camp patients.

Ortho Day offers the latest information about the treatment of back pain and hip, knee and extremity problems. University Hospitals orthopaedic and pain specialists will discuss the latest innovations in joint surgery, rehabilitation and interventional procedures that can help those living with arthritis and other orthopaedic conditions improve their quality of life.

One of those specialists is Kraig K. Solak, DO, Orthopaedic Surgeon at UH Geauga Medical Center, who will lead a seminar on a new state-of-the-art hip replacement procedure. “With anterior supine intermuscular total hip arthroplasty, there is a much faster return to function for the patient because I’m operating between the muscles rather than splitting them and going through them,” says Dr. Solak, who is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. “We’re also seeing a far lower risk of blood clots compared with conventional hip replacement techniques.”

For patients with severe arthritis, there are other benefits to the new anterior procedure. “We use real-time X-ray during surgery, which allows me to perfectly position the implants,” says Dr. Solak, who performed the first anterior total hip replacement at UH Geauga Medical Center in June. “This enhanced precision dramatically reduces the risk of dislocation. We’re also able to better equal the length of the legs at the time of surgery because the patient is positioned on his or her back.” Patients are usually able to leave the hospital within one or two days following surgery, and there are no hip precautions for them once they return home.

Gregory Ramsey of Auburn Township underwent the anterior total hip arthroplasty at UH Geauga Medical Center in late August. “I had osteoarthritis in my left hip and quite a bit of pain – my quality of life was not good,” says Ramsey, 60. “My surgery was on a Wednesday, I was on my feet the next day and I went home Friday afternoon. The hip pain I’d had for two years is gone and I’m not limping anymore. My experience was fantastic. I wish I would have had the procedure done sooner.”

To learn more about the new anterior supine intermuscular total hip arthroplasty, as well as the array of other orthopaedic treatments and procedures available at UH Geauga Medical Center, attend the hospital’s Ninth Annual Ortho Day on October 12. Registration is required. To reserve your place by October 7 or schedule an orthopaedic consultation, call UH Geauga Medical Center at 440-285-7757.

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