Rehab Medicine Now in Brier Creek!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Perico Arcedo begins today at Brier Creek, expanding our services available to patients in the Wake County area with the addition of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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Hip Preservation: An Emerging Approach to Hip Pain

If you are experiencing persistent or chronic hip pain, the emerging field of Hip Preservation may be able to provide answers – and get you back to your activities.  The field of Hip Preservation is a new aspect of Orthopaedics with three goals:

• To reduce hip pain

• To increase activity

• To prevent degenerative changes

Some hip conditions are misdiagnosed for an average of four or more years; with a correct diagnosis,  there are minimally invasive treatment options that not only alleviate the symptoms but reduce the risk of arthritis in the future.  Hip Preservation is a new approach to hip pain.

Michael Merz, MD, pursued a fellowship in this new field at Boston Children’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School.  He shares that the innovation of the subspecialty drew him to Hip Preservation: “It’s really this kind of new field, and I was very excited by the possibilities of helping bring this forward and expand on this field.”  He had comprehensive training with leaders in the field in hip conditions for patients from birth through middle age that included both arthroscopy and osteotomies of the pelvis and femur.

Like all of our Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Merz is trained in General Orthopaedics, and can see patients for all Orthopaedic issues.  His dual fellowship training is in Hip Preservation and Joint Replacement.  Specific conditions that he treats include: hip dysplasia (DDH), femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) or hip impingement, hip labral tears, Perthes disease, avascular necrosis (AVN) of the hip, femoral anteversion, and congenital hip dislocation.  Call (919) 220-5255 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Merz.

 

Emerge Better: Understanding Hernias in Women

When many of us hear the word “hernia” we think about a bulge that would be easy to identify.  This is a typical way that a hernia may appear in men.  But for women, hernias are much more difficult to identify, even for physicians.  Board Certified in General Surgery, Dr. Kathryn Baerman specializes in women’s health, and treats “hidden hernias” that are often misdiagnosed.

“I want to make women aware that if you have persistent groin pain, you may have a hernia that’s not appreciated that can be causing this,” says Dr. Baerman.  ”These are much harder to diagnose in women, just due to the different anatomy.”  Dr. Baerman explains that in women, hernias are not easily spotted with an MRI and are commonly misdiagnosed, being treated for  Endometriosis Pain or Chronic Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Pain. Symptoms for inguinal hernias include chronic groin and pelvic pain as well as shooting pain throughout the groin

Dr. Baerman performs procedures that can be done in clinic to aid in diagnosis and forming a treatment plan.  Treatments are usually surgical, with nerve blocks to assist with management of symptoms.  ”Once repaired, this can really improve the quality and alleviate a lot of pain and suffering for women,” says Dr. Baerman.

She shares a good article on Hidden Hernias from The New York Times.

Dr. Baerman is a General Surgeon treating patients in the greater triangle area.  With the training gained in her Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship, she specializes in benign and malignant breast disease.  Other surgical areas of expertise includes:

• Abdominal surgery – for diseases of the gallbladder, small bowel, appendix, and large bowel
• Endocrine surgery – for diseases of the adrenal, parathyroid and thyroid glands
• Hernia surgery – for inguinal, femoral, ventral/incisional, and other hernias

To see Dr. Baerman or any of our General Surgery Specialists, their direct number for scheduling is 919-281-1699.

Is Outpatient Joint Replacement An Option For You?

 

OUTPATIENT JOINT REPLACEMENT

GENERAL

If you are healthy enough, outpatient joint replacement (where you have surgery and go home on the same day) may be an option for you at EmergeOrtho.  In comparison to inpatient joint replacements, much of the process remains the same but there are a few differences.  Special consideration of the medical status of the patient is the biggest factor.  Anesthesia techniques (to make you more comfortable) are modified for outpatient replacement patients.  Physical therapy at home is begun the day after surgery.  Since you won’t be at the hospital where the surgical team can check on you, an earlier follow-up appointment is scheduled.  Lastly, you’ll need a caregiver or team of caregivers present with you to assist with walking, medications, and meals.

Some of the advantages to outpatient joint replacement include:

1) cost

2) convenience/comfort

3) fewer complications

Outpatient joint replacements often offer substantial cost savings since there is no hospital stay.  Also, they can be done at “surgery centers” which typically charge significantly lower fees than typical hospitals might.  Many patients are more comfortable being at home in a familiar environment while they recover.  Patients may be more likely to avoid complications since they are likely to move around the home more than they might at the hospital.  Lastly, the chance of picking up an infection from something or someone at the hospital is lessened the shorter the amount of time spent there.

Sometimes patients scheduled for outpatient surgery may end up having to stay at the hospital (or may be sent to a hospital from a surgery center) if unforeseen complications occur.  To lessen this risk, the patient’s health is carefully screened prior to surgery.   The bottom line is your safety is our top concern.

AT THE SURGERY CENTER

The main differences between inpatient and outpatient joint replacements at the surgery center involve the type of anesthesia used.  Outpatient patients often get a shorter-acting “block” or injection to allow them to move their legs sooner.  A long-acting “local anesthetic” to numb the tissue around the incision is frequently used to help provide comfort.  Special combinations of pain and nerve medications may be prescribed.  Generally, urinary catheters are not used for patients undergoing outpatient joint replacement.

Rather than being transferred to a hospital bed (also called “the floor”) after surgery, you will have physical therapy (PT) when recovered enough in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). When you have proven you can walk appropriately with PT and are felt to be safe to be sent home, you will be discharged. Patients undergoing outpatient joint replacements may stay in the PACU longer than inpatient replacement patients since they need to be fully recovered before being released.

 

RECOVERING AT HOME

  • Take your medications as directed in your discharge paperwork
  • Your leg muscles may be weak for the first day or so – make sure to wear any braces sent home with you and use your walker or crutches when you move around
    • Do not stop using braces until you are advised to do so by your therapist or surgical team
    • Try to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet – you need energy to heal
    • Follow the instructions for your dressings and showering given to you at the time of discharge

 

To learn about whether outpatient joint replacement surgery would be a good fit for you, visit www.triangleortho.com or call (919) 220-5255 to schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons.

 

Article By: William Silver, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Medical Director, EmergeOrtho Triangle Division

Emerging Orthopaedics: Do Clavicle Fractures Require Surgery?

Orthopaedic Surgeon and Triangle Division Medical Director Dr. William Silver specializes in Sports Medicine and treatment of the knee and shoulder.  He shares with us the outcome of a recent study comparing a surgical and non-surgical approach to displaced midshaft clavicle fracture.  Courses of treatment for many procedures depend on conversations between you and your medical provider as you discuss your goals.  What is the best way to help you Emerge Stronger, Healthier, Better?

A study published in the July 19 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery compares surgical and nonsurgical treatment approaches for displaced midshaft clavicle fracture. The authors conducted a prospective, randomized, controlled trial of 117 patients who received either nonsurgical treatment with a figure-of-eight harness or surgical treatment with anteroinferior plate osteosynthesis. At 6-week, 6-month, and 1-year follow-ups, they found no difference across cohorts in Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand score, visual analog scale pain level, time to return to previous activities, or cosmetic dissatisfaction. However, the authors note that seven nonsurgical patients (14.9 percent) developed nonunion, compared to none in the surgical group. Further, nonsurgically treated patients displayed radiographic evidence of greater clavicle shortening compared with those in the surgical cohort, and more patients in that group answered “yes” when asked if their clavicle felt short and if they felt bone prominence. In the surgical group, more patients answered “yes” when asked if they felt paresthesia.

In summary, 117 patients received either a nonsurgical or surgical treatment for a displaced midshaft clavicle fracture. The patients returned for a 6-week, 6-month and 1 year follow up to try and find the difference between the two treatment options. It was found that there was very little difference between the surgical and non surgical option other then 15% of nonsurgical patients bones did not complete connect, and also showed evidence of greater clavicle shortening.

Dr. Silver is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Silver, contact (919) 220-5255.

Dr. Liebelt Performs First Total Knee Replacement with New Robotic-Arm Assisted Application!

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NORTH CAROLINA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL NOW OFFERING NEWEST TECHNOLOGY IN TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT WITH STRYKER’S MAKO ROBOTIC-ARM ASSISTED TOTAL KNEE APPLICATION

Innovative Robotic Technology Allows Surgeons to Personalize Procedures to Each Patient in North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Durham, North Carolina – N.C. Specialty Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the Southeast to offer Stryker’s robotic-arm assisted total knee application for use with its Mako System. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed.

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 673 percent by 2030,1 yet studies have shown that approximately 30 percent of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery.2 Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically proven GetAroundKnee (Triathlon Total Knee System), which enabled surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy during laboratory testing.3

“Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed by providing each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Dr. Ralph Liebelt of EmergeOrtho, who performed the first procedure this Spring.  “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”

The Mako Total Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

“We are proud to be the first hospital in the state to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in our area,” said Randi Shults, Chief Executive Officer of NC Specialty Hospital.  “This addition to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”

 

New App for Joint Replacement Surgeries!

NEW BLOG app

 

Are you or a loved one planning to have a shoulder, hip, or knee replacement? Download our free App and be ready for the entire process from beginning to end!  Know what to expect from the first appointment through recovery after surgery, all in a user-friendly design from BeeWell.  We’ve created brand new video content so you can do your physical therapy practices with confidence.  Educate, Prepare, and Engage!

Available on Google Play and the App Store!

Google Play:

HIP REPLACEMENT

SHOULDER REPLACEMENT

KNEE REPLACEMENT 

 

iPhone:

HIP REPLACEMENT

SHOULDER REPLACEMENT

KNEE REPLACEMENT

 

iPad:

HIP REPLACEMENT

SHOULDER REPLACEMENT 

KNEE REPLACEMENT 

Welcome to Chapel Hill, Dr. Takenaga!

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“Dr. Takenaga was the most a personal, caring, and informative physician that I have ever encountered.”

Ryan Takenaga, MD is a General Surgeon who has been with us since  August of 2015.  We are pleased to announce that he will be seeing patients once a week at our Chapel Hill office!

A graduate of John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Takenaga completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. During his time in residency he performed research, published articles, and presented at meetings on topics such as fragility fractures and the long term outcomes of total hip arthroplasty.

Dr. Takenaga enjoys helping patients with general orthopaedic problems and is experience in fracture care, hand surgery, joint replacement, and sports medicine.  Dr. Takenaga patients and their family members are regularly impressed with his caring nature and excellent bedside manner. Dr. Takenaga is talks with you about all of the options, invasive or non invasive. He strives to work together with patients to help them achieve their activity and quality of life aspirations.

Dr. Takenaga is married and resides in Durham with his wife, Nancy, and their son Dylan and two daughters, Sophie and Lizzy. They enjoy various youth sporting activities, camping, and golfing. Together, they have also gone on medical mission trips to Kijabe, Kenya and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Dr. Takenaga is now at two locations, Chapel Hill and Oxford.

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Arthritis Support Group Meeting Monthly in Durham

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Arthritis Support Group in Durham!

Please join us as we share and learn ways of coping and living with arthritis.

 

Downtown Durham

Arthritis Support Group

Third Tuesday of the Month at 7:15 PM

Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church

927 W Trinity Ave (Gregson Street Entrance)

Contact Info: Dott at 919-477-4679.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 20th at 7:15 PM

Speakers: Physical Therapist Eric Chapman, PT, MDT, CKTP, and Occupational Therapist Beth Martin, MSOT, OTR/L, CHT

 

 

EmergeOrtho Rheumatologists and other providers will be attending these meetings, and speaking on a variety of topics.

The EmergeOrtho Rheumatology team treats patients in Chapel Hill, Durham, Southpoint, Raleigh, and Wake Forest.   For comprehensive musculoskeletal care, EmergeOrtho provides on-site resources such as physical and occupational therapy, orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation, laboratory services, infusion facilities for intravenous medications, as well as state of the art imaging.

It’s Wound Care Awareness Week 2017!

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Over 6.7 million people in the United States are living with chronic wounds. Due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care, the vast majority of these people do not receive the treatment they need and deserve. With this being said, we are excited to announce the fourth annual Wound Care Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to raising awareness of advanced wound care and its benefits to every patient living with chronic non-healing wounds. Through this effort, we will raise awareness of the chronic wound problem and help community physicians identify patients who may benefit from advanced wound care.

The EmergeOrtho Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center is an outpatient clinic based at North Carolina Specialty Hospital. This center has been open since 2013 and provides directed and specialized care for problem wounds that do not respond to a typical treatment plan. These type of injuries might include: Diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, pressure ulcers, non healing flaps and grafts, wounds resulting from past radiation therapy or injury, and persistent wounds associated with bony infection.

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center has many comprehensive treatment plans which are unique for each patient to coordinate maximum healing in the smallest amount of time to help the patient return to their normal activities. Some therapies that may help a patient include: improving medical comorbidities and nutritional status, advanced dressing care, aggressive debridement programs, negative pressure wound therapy, arterial revascularization procedures, reversal of venous insufficiency, application of dermal skin substitutes and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Dr. Burns is a graduate of Davidson College and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has worked in general surgery for 12 years. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two children.

Dr. Weeks completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University and obtained her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Weeks is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and is a member of the Society of Interventional Radiology American College of Phlebology Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, American College of Radiology, and North Carolina Medical Society. She lives in Hillsborough with her husband and four daughters.

Emerge Stronger This Summer with 21 Counties Across NC!

Across NC!

If your Summer Vacation is taking you beyond the Triangle, we’ve still  got you covered.  As a physician-owned, state-wide practice, we offer the best in patient-centered specialty care.  With one electronic health records system, our board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians can communicate across 21 counties.  Whether your travels take you to Western North Carolina or the Beach, chances are there’s an EmergeOrtho nearby.  And when you get home, you can follow up with your local EmergeOrtho provider, who will have seamless access to your medical records.

To check locations near your travels, just go to EmergeOrtho.com

Learn more about the EmergeOrtho locations from the Mountains to the Coast:

Triangleortho.com Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill, Burlington, Oxford, Johnston County, Roanoke Rapids, Roxboro and Wilson, North Carolina

10 Orthopaedic Urgent Cares, and complimentary specialty care in Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical and Occupational Therapy, traditional in-house, mobile, and open MRI scanners, CT, Rheumatology, General & Bariatric Surgery, Breast Care, Neurology, Bone Health, Wound Care, and Vein therapy.

 

brbj.com Asheville, Arden, and Hendersonville

Orthopaedic Urgent Care and Walk-in Clinic Services.  Our subspecialty clinics offer complete evaluation of the joint and musculoskeletal systems, with expertise in preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic orthopedic focusing on full-motion living. Subspecialty clinics include Foot & Ankle, Hand Elbow & Shoulder, Hip & Knee, Interventional Physiatry, Sports Medicine and Spine.

 

www.carolinaortho.com Unifour Area | Hickory, Newton, Lenoir, Morganton, Valdese and Taylorsville 

Ortho Quick Care – Walk-in Orthopaedic Clinic Comprehensive Orthopaedic Care, including sports medicine, spine, hip and knee joint reconstruction and revision, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, trauma and PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). We offer a complete range of services including diagnostic testing, treatment, rehabilitation and pain management.    

 

www.orthowilmington.com New Hanover, Brunskwick, and Onslow Counties

AccessOrtho for Walk-in Care. As the regional referral center for orthopaedics, the practice offers 23 fellowship-trained and board-certified experts in a variety of subspecialties within orthopaedics, including spine, sports medicine, hip and knee joint reconstruction and revision, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, trauma and PM&R (physical medicine and rehabilitation).

EmergeOrtho at Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery Conference!

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EmergeOrtho at Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery Conference!

 

This weekend Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery hosted Extremities in the Carolinas, a subspecialty conference for PA’s practicing in Orthopaedics.  Dr. Marshall Kuremsky was invited to speak on two topics, Compressive Neuropathies of the Upper Extremity, and Distal Biceps and Triceps Tears.

The conference took place in Charlotte, NC, the city where Dr. Kuremsky spent his Internship and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC).  In fact, he was introduced onstage by a Physician Assistant who had worked with him at CMC.  During his residency, at Carolinas Medical Center, Dr. Kuremsky was selected as a Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery.  He went on to become the only orthopaedic surgeon in the state with double Board Certification in Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine, and with this expertise he addressed the group of 250 Physician Assistants on Saturday.

Dr. Kuremsky treats upper extremity injuries in all age groups, with clinical interests including wrist and elbow arthroscopic surgery, elbow replacement, elbow ligament (“Tommy John”) reconstruction, labral and rotator cuff shoulder repair, endoscopic carpal tunnel release, and wrist ligament reconstruction, in the Apex, Brier Creek, and Raleigh locations of EmergeOrtho.

As the official organization for PA’s practicing in orthopedics, Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS) created this conference as an opportunity for surgeons and other experts to speak on the most requested topics in Orthopedics.  Dr. Kuremsky was one of twenty specialists sharing the latest techniques, current literature, and pearls of wisdom for PA’s practicing in orthopedics.

Sam Dyer, PA-C, has been a Physician Assistant with Triangle Orthopaedics, now EmergeOrtho, for almost 20 years, and runs the Orthopaedic Urgent Care in Chapel Hill.  Last year he was elected the President of PAOS, and in his tenure has been working to increase CME opportunities, including video, and building membership of PA’s and student PA’s.

Clifford Daub, PA-C, DC, and Jonathan Prentice, PA-C, also attended the conference.  Cliff specializes in the Spine and sees patients in Durham with Dr. David Musante.  Jonathan works with Dr. Ralph Liebelt seeing Hip, Knee, Spine, and General Orthopaedics patients at the Durham office of EmergeOrtho.

In the Triangle Divison of EmergeOrtho, over fifty Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners care for patients in Orthopaedics, Rehab Medicine, Bariatrics, and Bone Health.  They work closely with the physicians in clinic and in surgery.  The ten Orthopaedic Urgent Cares in the greater Triangle area are staffed by these providers, enabling patients to pay a specialist copay as a more efficient, less costly alternative to the ER.

According to the American Association of Physician Leadership, nationally there are 416 PA’s for every 1,000 Orthopedic Surgeons.  Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are important providers in EmergeOrtho’s mission to deliver patient-centered care.

 

$10 Sports Physicals!

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Prior to arrival, please complete Health History Form with Parent/Guardian signature!

Our fundraising events for local schools and organizations will be on Wednesday, May 17 from 6pm – 8pm at 9 of our locations:

Apex 910 West Williams Street

Brier Creek 7850 Brier Creek Parkway

Chapel Hill 100 Perkins Drive

Clayton 2076 NC Hwy 42 West

Durham 120 William Penn Plaza

Oxford 107 E. McClanahan Street

Raleigh 3100 Duraleigh Road

Roxboro 799 Doctors Court

Wake Forest 11550 Common Oaks Drive

 

Please bring your $10 as cash or check – all will be donated back to your school/organization.

If you can’t make it that night, visit any of our Orthopaedic Urgent Cares for a Sports Physical – cost is only $25.

 

Injury Prevention: Reduce Risk of ACL Tears in Pre-Season

Warmer weather means pre-season starts soon for many sports.  The pre-season is an impactful time for injury prevention: eight to ten weeks of proper conditioning can reduce risk of an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear by 60-90%!

Shepherd Rosenblum MD recently wrote an article for a recent Healthcare Guide with The Franklin Times, “Understanding and Preventing ACL Injuries.” He shares that of the 250,000 surgical ACL repairs each year, most injuries are non-contact.  This means cutting, twisting, and landing are risks for tears – and opportunities for pre-season training.  Increasing agility, balance, strength, and core strength with neuromuscular training enables athletes to improve their alignment and protect their knees.

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Dr. Shepherd Rosenblum is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine, shoulder, hip, and knee arthroscopy and reconstruction, and

cartilage repair. He has expertise in treating a wide variety of sports-related injuries, as well as problems related to degenerative conditions such as rotator cuff tears, ligament and cartilage problems of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. Dr. Rosenblum has been in practice since 1995, and has great experience in helping his patients to return to health and activities as quickly and safely as possible. He relies on a variety of techniques, emphasizing conservative management whenever possible, but Dr. Rosenblum is also able to offer the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical techniques available to his patients.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosenblum or any of our Orthopaedic Surgeons, please contact us at 919-220-5255.

Read Dr. Rosenblum’s article in the 2016 Healthcare Guide of the Franklin Times (or click the image below to enlarge.)

 

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Better Living with Arthritis Seminars

EmergeOrtho and the Arthritis Foundation are hosting our annual seminar series, Better Living with Arthritis.  All events are free and open to the public! RSVP to 919-281-1958.

Arthritis Seminar

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
Tony Ning, MD, Rheumatologist
Thursday, April 6 at 6PM
Durham | 120 William Penn Plaza

ARTHRITIS OF THE HAND
Marshall Kuremsky, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Wednesday, April 12 at 6PM
Raleigh | 7850 Brier Creek Parkway

HIP PRESERVATION
Michael Merz, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Wednesday, April 19 at 6PM
Durham | 120 William Penn Plaza

 

Our Atheltic Trainers meet with Wake Forest Mayor!

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Vivian Jones, Mayor of Wake Forest, North Carolina, issued a Mayoral Proclamation for National Athletic Training Month!  She met with Wake Forest area Athletic Trainers earlier this month, including two EmergeOrtho Athletic Trainers! Check out our ATC’s in blue!  Nate Rice, ATC, CSCS (left of Mayor Jones) provides medical care for all sports at Heritage High School, helping keep athletes safe and healthy!  Laurie King, ATC, CSCS (right of Mayor Jones) provides athletic training and sports medicine services at Wakefield High School.

Through EmergeOrtho’s Sports Medicine Outreach Program, each Athletic Trainer works with at least two schools in the greater Triangle area.  We are proud to be involved with Wake Forest schools!

National Athletic Trainers Month recognizes the important work that ATC’s do to ensure the safety and health of student athletes in the community.  They work closely with the students and coaches at practices and games, and ensure that any injuries are appropriately addressed.

Dr. Mark Burt, Team Physician for Heritage High School, is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine from the The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in conjunction with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.  Dr. Shepherd Rosenblum, Team Physician for Wakefield High School, is a board certified, fellowship trained Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine, shoulder, hip, and knee arthroscopy and reconstruction, and cartilage repair, including ACL’s and rotator cuff injuries.

In addition to comprehensive Orthopaedic Care, EmergeOrtho Wake Forest-Wakefield offers rehabilitation medicine, general surgery, bariatric surgery, rheumatology, physical therapy, x-ray, bone health services, and an urgent care.  To schedule an appointment here, call (919) 453-5740.

If you’ve got a Wake Weekly subscription, check out the article here: http://www.wakeweekly.com/town-raises-awareness-for-athletic-trainers/

It’s National Athletic Training Month!

National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers.  At EmergeOrtho, we are proud to have certified Athletic Trainers working in our clinics, physical therapy, and out on the field with athletes in the community!

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Dr. Viens’ Research Highlighted! Lateral Ankle Ligament Sprains, Secondary Reconstructions, and Allograft Reconstructions

If you get the Journal of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, you probably saw Dr. Viens cited in the cover ad!

After his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Viens pursued a fellowship in orthopaedic surgery of the foot and ankle at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.  Originally published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, his fellowship research is still referenced frequently today.  The two-part study was about treatment of lateral ankle ligament sprains and various techniques of secondary reconstructions, and allograft reconstructions.  These conditions are of particular interest to Dr. Viens, whose expertise from his fellowship has been further enhanced by his subsequent years specializing in Foot and Ankle at EmergeOrtho.

In addition to this article, he has co-authored publications in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Foot and Ankle International, Journal of Arthroplasty, and Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances.  He also co-authored the introductory chapter of the latest AAOS/AOFAS textbook on ankle replacement with his fellowship mentor!

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Viens, just call (919) 220-5255.

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National Women Physicians Day

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Celebrate Today and Pave the Way for Tomorrow – National Women Physicians Day

To recognize, honor, and celebrate female physicians and their contributions to healthcare, February 3rd has been declared National Women Physicians Day. This date also marks the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the U.S., who opened the door for the hundreds of thousands of female physicians who came after her.

Communities around the nation are asked to observe this holiday to celebrate how far we have come as a society in empowering females to choose careers in medicine, and to recognize the progress we still must make to support the development and equality of women in medicine. Female doctors are an integral part of our patient-centered healthcare system, yet today females only make up a third of the physician workforce. In a traditionally male-dominated field, female physicians often face challenges that their male counterparts do not, including unequal pay, gender bias, sexual harassment, and a workplace that tends to be inflexible to the needs of women who wish to have families and a medical career.

During National Women Physicians Day, efforts will center around honoring the physicians who paved the way for women in medicine, increasing awareness of the sacrifices and obstacles female physicians must overcome, inspiring the future generation of female physicians and pushing our society towards greater equality of the sexes within this field.

 

Physician Moms Group (PMG) was founded in November 2014 by Dr. Hala Sabry in an effort to bring together women physicians, who are also parents, so that they can collaborate and support each other while sharing their medical expertise in an open forum. The PMG mission is to provide resources, a platform to network, and an opportunity to share information with like- minded individuals. The PMG network includes over 65,000 women physicians of all specialties across the globe. For more information, visit mypmg.com.

 

EmergeOrtho PA, Krista Bartlett, PA-C, Receives National Recognition!

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EmergeOrtho PA Receives National Recognition

Johns Creek, GA, Jan. 11, 2017 – Krista Kathleen Bartlett, PA-C, who is employed by EmergeOrtho, has been nationally recognized for earning a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Bartlett was recognized for earning a CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in this specialty area. She is one of only four Certified PAs in North Carolina to earn a CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery since the program’s inception in 2011.

“Certified PAs are prepared and proven providers who contribute real value to the healthcare of this nation,” says Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “They graduate from demanding masters-level programs, pass a rigorous certification exam, and maintain certification at the highest level through continuing medical education programs and retesting throughout their careers. Certified PAs increase access to care for patients in every specialty and clinical setting, including those that are historically underserved.”

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

 About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification requirements. There are more than 115,500 certified PAs in the U.S. today. For more information, visit www.PAsDoThat.net.