Orthopedics New computer-assisted technology eases knee replacement for atypical anatomies

New computer-assisted technology eases knee replacement for atypical anatomies

An innovative procedure at Norton Orthopedic Institute provides precise, computer-assisted guidance to surgeons performing knee replacement for patients with atypical bone structure. Those atypical anatomies can include scarring from prior surgery, a congenital condition or damage from injury. “Those surgeries are more complex than your typical knee replacement, because even though those patients healed from …

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Orthopedics Complex scoliosis surgery aided by 3D model of patient’s severely curved spine

Complex scoliosis surgery aided by 3D model of patient’s severely curved spine

Pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville recently printed a 3D model of a patient’s severely curved spine to prepare with greater precision for her complex surgery. The 3D model of Gracie Latkovski’s spine was used to create custom-made drill guides for each of her affected vertebra. Joshua W. Meier, M.D., and his …

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Orthopedics When a torn meniscus won’t heal, surgery may be needed

When a torn meniscus won’t heal, surgery may be needed

Some meniscus tears will not heal. In those cases, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery may be needed. The next question will be what kind of surgery. Athletes aren’t the only patients to experience a meniscus tear. The C-shaped discs of cartilage connect the thighbones to the shinbones. They act as shock absorbers and help keep the …

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Orthopedics Welcome Charles F. Moore Jr., M.D., to Norton Rheumatology Specialists

Welcome Charles F. Moore Jr., M.D., to Norton Rheumatology Specialists

Charles F. Moore Jr., M.D., is the newest member of Norton Rheumatology Specialists. Dr. Moore earned his medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics. During that time he became the internal medicine/pediatrics chief resident. Dr. Moore completed a fellowship in rheumatology …

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Orthopedics PRP injections Platelet-rich plasma helps accelerate healing

PRP injections Platelet-rich plasma helps accelerate healing

As an alternative to surgery, the platelet-rich plasma injection is getting attention for its ability to help the body use its own healing properties to treat muscle, tendon and ligament injuries. During a PRP injection procedure, the doctor harvests platelets from the patient, then concentrates them in the patient’s own plasma before injecting them into …

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Orthopedics New implant allows for less invasive shoulder replacement

New implant allows for less invasive shoulder replacement

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new less invasive implant for shoulder replacement that requires less healthy bone removal to anchor the new joint in place. By removing less bone, patients potentially may have less pain while recovering and better range of motion than with conventional shoulder replacements. Norton Orthopedic Institute …

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Orthopedics Norton Sports Health offers weekend evaluation and treatment of sports injuries

Norton Sports Health offers weekend evaluation and treatment of sports injuries

Do you have a patient who is an avid runner or participates in group sports and are susceptible to injury? Refer them to Norton Sports Health’s Saturday Sports Injury Clinics. Norton Sports Health offers evaluation and treatment of athletes with sports-related injuries, including concussions, at its Saturday Sports Injury Clinics. The clinics are staffed with …

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Orthopedics New interactive technology makes physical therapy feel like a virtual reality game

New interactive technology makes physical therapy feel like a virtual reality game

The new Norton Mobility Lab, supported by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, provides new technology that takes mobility or gait therapy to a whole new level with virtual reality simulations. It’s the only technology of its kind in Kentucky. With the new technology, therapists can create a number of different interactive simulations, such as walking in …

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Orthopedics Severe scoliosis cases on the rise in children

Severe scoliosis cases on the rise in children

John R. Dimar, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Norton Leatherman Spine Center believes the lack of scoliosis screenings in schools across the country may be contributing to the increase in severe scoliosis cases. Many school districts stopped screening for scoliosis several years ago, when it no longer became a state requirement. “Some scientific articles suggest that …

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Orthopedics Welcome Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville surgeon, Kent L. Walker, D.O.

Welcome Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville surgeon, Kent L. Walker, D.O.

Kent L. Walker, D.O., pediatric orthopedic surgeon, has joined Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville. Dr. Walker earned his undergraduate degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. He completed his residency at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, and a pediatric …

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