New 1.5T Open MRI Available Now!

On June 30th, 2020, we will scan our first patient on a brand new 1.5T open MRI machine. This new MRI machine is one of few in the region that offers this level of detail and clarity, along with the largest field of view to create the most comfortable patient experience.

The state-of-the-art 1.5T GE Voyager is a 70 cm open MRI, and is considered to be the gold standard for imaging. The machine comes fully equipped with new, innovative features including:

-MAVRIC software that allows imaging for patients with implants with no reduction in image quality. As more patients are receiving joint replacements, this is a terrific solution to improve medical care that they need.

-A wider and more comfortable table design that sits lower to the ground, allowing for feet-first or head-first imaging. This features memory foam surfacing, is easier access for patient positioning and accommodates up to 550 lbs.

-The open 70cm of headroom is the most comfortable patient experience without compromising imaging quality. 1.5T imaging is preferred by radiologists.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of having this new machine at our Portsmouth, NH location, please let us know.

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Welcome Matt Lane!

Please help us welcome Matt Lane, our new Director of Business Operations at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine!

To learn more about Matt, read the entire news article HERE.

Dr. Akhil Sastry & Dr. Deeptha Sastry Provide PPE for First Responders

When COVID-19 started to impact the United States, our very own Dr. Akhil Sastry and his wife and Dr. Deeptha Sastry decided to partner with Dr. Robert Cho, and Ellen Bennett to help New Hampshire first responders. The Sastry’s voiced their concern about first responders not having enough personal protective equipment during this crucial time. Together they came up with an idea to make cloth masks. Ellen Bennett (founder of an apron business for restaurant employees) volunteered to help by using her manufacturing resources. Their goal was to ensure that first responders in southern New Hampshire communities were supplied with personal protective equipment.

To read the full news article about the Sastry’s contribution to our community, please click HERE.

Robotics Surgery Growing Fast at Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Did you know Portsmouth Regional Hospital is a Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery and now has the largest fleet of surgical robots on the Seacoast – including one Mako and two da Vinci robots?
 
Dr. Sastry, the first Master Robotics Surgeon in New England, was recently featured in the Portsmouth Herald talking about the accuracy and precision of joint replacement surgery using the Mako. “These are exciting times in the world of robotic surgery. The accuracy and precision of surgery is vastly improved, and surgery is less invasive and violent than previously. We rely on our technology, on AI to tell us, to simulate how the operation will go before it is performed. Each surgery is customized to the patient. We have done over 1,000 robotic surgeries at Portsmouth Regional Hospital!” said Sastry.
 
Read the full article HERE
 
If you’re interested in learning more about robotic joint replacement, please contact us today!
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First In Maine!

Dr. Mayo Noerdlinger, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and provider at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, recently became the first surgeon in Maine to perform a computer navigated stemless total shoulder replacement using ExactechGPS-guided technology, an innovative new procedure for shoulder replacement. Already one of the top shoulder surgeons in the Northeast.

Dr. Noerdlinger and his patients continue to benefit from this new technology, a major advancement in shoulder replacement. Dr. Noerdlinger also performed the first GPS-guided total shoulder surgery at York Hospital, the first hospital in the Northeast to purchase ExactechGPS.

ExactechGPS shoulder replacement, also called ExactechGPS Shoulder Application, improves the precision and predictability of shoulder surgery from preoperative planning to real-time execution. This new technology helps the surgeon better understand his or her patient’s anatomy before entering the operating room, and during surgery ExactechGPS provides a real-time view of the implant placement process and guides the surgeon toward any necessary adjustments.

“The shoulder replacement technology keeps getting better, allowing the surgeon to reproduce the patient’s anatomy in a more minimally invasive and bone sparing manner,” said Noerdlinger. “By replicating the patient’s anatomy, we anticipate the functional outcomes will improve and the recovery times will shorten. As life expectancies increase, the longevity of joint replacements becomes more and more of an important issue. Shoulder replacements are thought to last 15-20 years before patients might develop pain needing revision surgery. With the stemless design, there is less metal going into the bone, which will make future surgeries easier to perform. This new design is a particularly attractive option for younger patients undergoing shoulder replacement surgery.”

Mayo Noerdlinger, MD, FAAOS, CIME, specializes in orthopedic, reconstructive and arthroscopic surgery; shoulder surgery and replacement; reverse shoulder replacement; treatment of torn tendons and ligaments; sports medicine and others. He is also the physician behind Seacoast Shoulder, which offers patients the latest in state-of-the-art treatment for shoulder ailments of all kinds. Visit www.atlanticorthopaedics.org for more information, or call 603.431.1121.

Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is a group of Board-Certified physicians who utilize the latest concepts in orthopaedics and sports medicine, coupled with preventive and surgical techniques. For more information, visit www.atlanticorthopaedics.org, or call the Portsmouth clinic at 603.431.1121.

York Hospital‘s surgery center mixes advanced technology with personalized care in a comfortable, and caring environment. The center is equipped with five surgical suites staffed by a dedicated and highly trained team of specialists that care for patients preoperatively, during surgery and in recovery. Our center is well-equipped with the latest advances in technology and instrumentation for the more than 6,500 surgical procedures annually. For more information, visit yorkhospital.com or call 207-351-2385.

Dr. Sastry Achieves Accreditation as Master Surgeon in Robotic Surgery

Dr. Akhilesh Sastry of Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has recently achieved accreditation as the first Master Surgeon in Robotic Surgery in New England by Surgical Review Corporation. This accreditation distinguishes Dr. Sastry from many other surgeons by providing the highest quality of care to patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited Master Surgeon means that Dr. Sastry has met nationally recognized standards. Not all hospitals and surgeons seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site inspection process are granted accreditation.

Healthcare organizations and surgeons seeking accreditation by SRC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site inspection. This process includes physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in the accredited program. The inspection is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization or surgeon improve its care and services.

Dr. Sastry began using the MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System in 2016, and was the first surgeon in New Hampshire and Maine to perform a robotic-assisted knee replacement.
Dr. Sastry is also the premier robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgeon at Atlantic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and has privileges at both Portsmouth Regional Hospital and York Hospital.

About SRC – Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC is the leading administrator of quality improvement and accreditation programs for surgeons and hospitals worldwide. SRC’s proven methodology, know as the “Cycle of Excellence,” results in quantifiable and unparalleled improvement in outcomes, patient safety and costs across surgical specialties. For more information, visit www.surgicalreview.org.

Morwood Published in Injury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured

Our very own Dr. Morwood has been published in the journal, Injury.

Dr. Morwood recently wrote about treating tibial fractures around total knee replacements. Although they are rare, tibial fractures can cause some serious complications, but chances of successful healing can be improved with the techniques detailed in Dr. Morwood’s paper!

You can read Dr. Morwood’s piece by clicking here.

Morwood Published in The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma

The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma is a premier orthopaedic journal, and Dr. Morwood was recently published in it.

Dr. Morwood, who specializes in knee replacements, wrote about how implants can be used to treat difficult fractures at the bottom end of the tibia to allow for immediate weight-bearing. That means a much faster recovery time for patients!

You can learn more about Dr. Morwood’s study by clicking here.

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Dr. Akhil Sastry Will Teach at the Champions Mako Program

Dr. Akhil Sastry, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and provider at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, will be on the faculty of Stryker’s Champions MAKO program on May 9 and 10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, and their MAKO system is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants.

Their Champions program is a master’s instructional course for surgeons who have robotics experience, and are working to enhance their skills, technical know-how and understanding of the applications on the partial knee, total knee, and total hip with the MAKO robot.

Dr. Sastry has taught and chaired multiple MAKO courses for Stryker nationally. He began using the MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System in 2016, and was the first surgeon in New Hampshire and Maine to perform a robotic-assisted knee replacement. Dr. Sastry has been participating in their educational programs throughout the country, teaching full knee, partial knee and total hip replacement on the robotic platform.

Dr. Sastry is also the premier robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgeon at Atlantic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He states that the robot allows for a level of precision that enables a quick recovery and fewer issues for the patient once fully rehabilitated.

Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is a leading practice on the Seacoast, with offices in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and York, Maine. Their physicians have full medical staff privileges at both Portsmouth Regional Hospital and York Hospital.

Dr. Cameron Eilts Speaks at Specialist Meeting in Newport, Rhode Island

Dr. Cameron Eilts Speaks at Specialist Meeting in Newport, Rhode Island.

Dr. Cameron Eilts, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, was a speaker at The Podiatry Institute and The Rhode Island Podiatric Medical Association meeting in Newport, Rhode Island on April 25th through the 28th.

The meeting, called Surgical Pearls by the Sea, discussed current trends in the management of foot, ankle and leg disorders.

Dr. Eilts was a speaker for multiple segments throughout the weekend, and audiences included other Doctors of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. Eilts is a faculty member at The Podiatry Institute. His specialties include Foot surgery; ankle surgery; wound care; diabetic limb salvage; non-surgical and surgical treatment of foot pain, foot deformity, pediatric flatfoot, ankle and foot fractures, plantar fascia, tendonitis, neuropathy, neuromas, heel spurs, ingrown toenails, hammertoes, warts, corns, calluses, bunions and other podiatry services. Learn more about Dr. Eilts here: https://www.atlanticorthopaedics.org/providers-surgeons-nh-me/eilts/

Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is a leading practice on the Seacoast. They have offices in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and York, Maine and physicians have full medical staff privileges at both Portsmouth Regional Hospital and York Hospital.