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Hampton Roads Hand Specialists Now Offering New Non-Surgical Treatment Xiaflex® for Dupuytren’s Contracture
Dupuytren’s Contracture can best be described as a painless disorder in which fingers of the hand gradually bend in toward the palm and cannot be fully extended. It is caused by the progressive thickening of a ligament (forming rope-like cords) which shortens over time and prevents affected fingers from fully straightening. The rate of progression noted in patients with Dupuytren’s varies, however it often develops into a debilitating condition resulting in deformity and loss of hand function.
The specific cause of the disorder is unknown, although it may be genetic in nature. Occurring more commonly after the age of 40, it may also be associated with diabetic conditions or suffering from seizures. There is also no evidence connecting the condition with occupational trauma.
Until recently, patients needed to undergo surgery to correct Dupuytren’s and restore their fingers’ normal range of motion. The need existed for a less invasive procedure that would restore mobility and provide immediate improvement in patients.
Hand specialists at Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists have been very pleased with results seen in patients recently treated with a new, FDA approved treatment for this condition. Xiaflex ® is a collagenase (enzyme) medication that breaks down the scarred, thickened tissue in the hand. Xiaflex ® therapy involves injecting the thickened cord, and the next day patients are seen again by the physician to pop the cord and straighten out the finger.
Drs. Paul N. Krop, Samuel C. Kline and Chad R. Manke at Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists are currently seeing and treating patients with this condition. If you feel that you may have symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture and would like to be seen, please contact the Patient Appointment Line at (757) 321-3360.
Orthopaedics for the Primary Care Physician: Update on New Treatments for Disorders of the Hand, Foot and Ankle to be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Virginia Beach
On Saturday, October 22nd, Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists and Eastern Virginia Medical School will co-host a Continuing Medical Education program entitled “Orthopaedics for the Primary Care Physician: Update on New Treatments for Disorders of the Hand, Foot, and Ankle”. The conference will be held at The Westin-Virginia Beach Town Center from 8:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. and offers participants 4 AMA PRA Category 1 credits in CME. Physicians from throughout the Hampton Roads area are invited to hear presentations on Nerve Compression Syndromes, Tendonitis, Degenerative Joint Conditions, Common Disorders of the Hand & Foot, Running Injuries, Hand Therapy and Splinting, select case presentations and two panel discussions. Faculty for the program include Drs. Donald A. O’Neill, Paul N. Krop, Chad R. Manke, Samuel C. Kline, Michael A. Campbell and J. Alexandra Dale, all board certified orthopaedic specialists with AOS. Ruth Tubb, OTR/L, CHT from AOS Physical Therapy will present on Hand Therapy and Splinting. For additional information, please contact the EVMS CME office at (757) 446-6140.
Note: Please check our website in the future for information on upcoming Continuing Medical Education programs in 2012.
Michael A. Campbell, M.D., Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon Begins Practice with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists
Michael A. Campbell, M.D., an Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, has recently joined Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists (AOS) team of trained specialists. Dr. Campbell earned his medical degree from the State University of New York- Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He did his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. and completed his Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.
Dr. Campbell is now seeing patients at the 844 Kempsville Road, Ste. 101 (next to Leigh Hospital) in Norfolk, 160 Kingsley Lane, Ste 405 (next to DePaul Hospital) in Norfolk) and 733 Volvo Parkway, Ste. 100 (Greenbrier section of Chesapeake) office locations of Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists.
Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists Workers’ Compensation Conference scheduled for Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 in Virginia Beach
Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its annual Rehabilitation Professionals Workers’ Compensation Conference on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.. The program will be held at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center located at 2800 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The goals of this program are to strengthen the channels of communication between professionals in the Workers’ Compensation field, including rehabilitation nurses, occupational health nurses, safety managers and risk managers through participation in a highly interactive and educational medical program.
To pre-register or to obtain additional information about this upcoming conference, please call (757) 321-3322.
Direct Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement talk on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 to feature Orthopaedic Surgeon from Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists
Dr. Wilford K. Gibson of Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists will be giving a presentation entitled ìInnovations in Hip Replacementî on Thursday, April 13, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. The program will take place at Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy located at 7300 Newport Avenue in Norfolk, VA.
In this talk, Dr. Gibson will discuss the direct anterior approach to hip replacement and how the procedure results in a shorter recovery period. In addition, patients have lessened post-operative pain, reduced trauma to nearby muscles, and experience a quicker resumption of their everyday activities.
Register online @ bshr.com/calendar or call 889-CARE (2273)
Refreshments will be available. Seating is limited. Registration is required.
Wilford K. Gibson, M.D. elected Secretary, Board of Councilors at Annual Meeting of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in San Diego
Wilford K. Gibson, M.D., an Orthopaedic Surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, has been elected to serve as Secretary, Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Dr. Gibson will in addition be a member of the AAOS Board of Directors for a term of three years. He has also received a committee appointment to AAOS News.
Dr. Gibson previously has served as president of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society (VOS) and the Norfolk Academy of Medicine. He is the current President of the Seaboard Medical Association.
The Board of Councilors serves as an advisory group to the AAOS’s Board of Directors and its many committees. In working with state orthopaedic societies, the Board of Councilors represents grassroots efforts of the profession and conducts a wide range of educational programs for orthopaedists and their patients.
Doctors at Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists are now performing hip replacement surgery utilizing the minimal incision, anterior approach. This muscle sparing method allows for muscles associated with hip movement to be retracted instead of being cut, as in standard THR procedures. With reduced trauma to tissues there may be less bleeding, less days in the hospital and potential for a more rapid recovery.
For further information please contact Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists at (757) 321-3300.
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. announced a recall of their ASR Hip Replacement System. A small number of patients with this hip implant have experienced problems that require evaluation and potentially further treatment. If you received the DePuy implant please call 757-321-3300 and asked to speak with your physician’s secretary. You my click the links below to view a DePuy notice regarding the recall as well as a medical release for DePuy to monitor your treatment and keep you up to date on the recall.