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PALM COAST, Fla., November 25, 2015 – On Nov. 15, nearly 200 community members joined Florida Hospital Flagler for a free orthopedics symposium and luncheon at Hammock Beach Resort.
The physician panel, featuring Florida Hospital Flagler orthopedic surgeons Dr. Dennis Alter, Dr. Jeffrey Keen, and Dr. Corey Rosenbaum, discussed the latest advances in technology and treatments for both common and complex orthopedic issues.
In 2011, more than 325,000 people in the U.S. had a total hip replacement, and Alter discussed one such surgical approach: the anterior approach to total joint hip replacement. In this advanced approach, the surgeon makes an incision on the front, or the anterior, side of the leg. This is in contrast to the traditional approach, where a surgeon to make an incision on the side or back of the leg, also referred to as the lateral or posterior side of the leg.
“In this new anterior hip approach, we operate between the hip muscles and tissues, without detaching them from the hip or thigh bones,” Alter said. “This new surgical option results in less trauma to the body, fewer restrictions during recovery and much faster recovery.”
Keen addressed the advancements the medical field has made in knee replacements.
“Knee pain strikes millions every year. Many people delay treatment and by doing so, may risk greater pain and worse outcomes,” Keen said. “Women are at a greater risk than men. They are two to eight times more likely than men to have knee problems and delaying treatment can result in more serious knee problems.”
“As physicians, we educate patients and families about arthritis and its treatment options, joint health, and recovery through smart lifestyle choices,” Keen added. “Recovery after surgery is a cooperative effort and successful recovery is a collaboration of patients, doctors and caregivers.”
Rosenbaum, the only orthopedic surgeon with fellowship-training in foot and ankle surgery in Flagler County, spoke about the diagnosis and treatment of ankle pain.
“The ankle is the most commonly injured joint in body,” he said. “Post-traumatic arthritis often occurs after an ankle injury, such as a sprain or fracture. It can occur months or even years after an injury.”
About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states. With 99-beds, Florida Hospital Flagler employs nearly 1,000 caregivers. Florida Hospital Flagler is comprised of the hospital’s main campus; Town Center Surgery, a freestanding outpatient center; and the Parkway Medical Plaza which includes a walk-in clinic, laboratory, imaging and women’s center and physician offices. For more information, call (386) 586-2000 or visit www.FloridaHospitalFlagler.com.
Florida Hospital Flagler orthopedic surgeon Dr. Corey Rosenbaum discussed the diagnosis and treatment of ankle pain to a crowd of nearly 200 during a free orthopedics symposium and luncheon at Hammock Beach Resort on Nov. 15.