A Day in the Life of Dr. Crawford’s Volunteering, Week 2

Long bone fractures, such as the femur, tibia and humerus, make up the vast majority of our patients’ injuries. Traditionally, these mostly occurred from falls at a height, climbing a tree to get fruit. As Tanzania has become more developed in the past few decades, the injury patterns have changed dramatically. Very few people own cars here so they must rely on public transportation.

A Day in the Life of Dr. Crawford’s Volunteering, Week 1

I am now at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Northern Tanzania. This is my twentieth trip volunteering with Orthopedics Overseas, a group dedicated to teaching orthopedics in less developed countries. My wife, Suzanne, and I came here as medical students in 1985, and were frustrated (as were all the doctors working here) at the difficulty treating needy patients in a resource-poor environment.

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.

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.

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Michael Morwood Joins Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Practice

Dr. Michael Morwood, Orthopaedic Surgeon, has joined Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine practice effective March 1.

Dr. Morwood is entering the practice after his Adult Reconstruction fellowship at the Hofmann Arthritis Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. His training included techniques in minimally invasive hip replacement, and muscle-sparing total knee replacement. Prior to Salt Lake City, he completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma at Tampa General Hospital in Florida, a nationally renowned Level 1 Trauma Center. He began his training in 2012 at Duke University, where he completed his internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Morwood specializes in computer-navigated total knee replacement, muscle sparing total knee replacement and anterior total hip replacement. He is also an expert in orthopaedic trauma care, including the treatment of fractures, dislocations, and complex soft-tissue injuries.

“My mission is to improve the lives of my patients by restoring function through providing exceptional care using the highest quality evidence-based practices, innovative technologies, and cost-effective strategies,” said Dr. Morwood.

Dr. Morwood is currently accepting patients, and is excited to begin the next step in his career as a provider at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Call 603-431-1121 for an appointment, and visit the website to learn more about Dr. Morwood at atlanticorthopaedics.org.

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Dr. Akhil Sastry to Speak at ‘Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics’ Conference

February 22, 2019 — Dr. Akhil Sastry, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and provider at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, will speak at the 29th Annual Winter Conference for Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics. The conference takes place March 8th-10th at Sugarloaf Mountain Inn, Carrabassett Valley, ME.

Dr. Sastry was invited as a guest speaker to give his lecture, “Advances in Total Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery: The Robotic Revolution.”

Dr. Sastry has co-authored articles in publications and given numerous podium presentations throughout the United States on this topic. He was the first surgeon to perform with Stryker’s MAKO Robotic-Arm technology on the Seacoast and has collected research and data from numerous surgeries to show its positive outcomes.

Robotic-assisted surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years, allowing for more precise surgical techniques, extensive preoperative and patient-specific planning, and improved soft tissue protection.

Other physicians attending the conference will learn from the many lectures speaking about advances in technology, and be able to discuss surgical and medical treatments to improve patient outcomes.

Co-sponsored by St. Joseph Healthcare, Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics is a non-profit organization committed to providing learning opportunities and personal interaction with orthopedic colleagues and allied health professionals in mind, while also providing a forum for paper and research presentations by regional professionals.

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Dr. Akhil Sastry Study to be Presented at Orthopaedic Research Society Meeting

FEBRUARY 2, 2019 — Dr. Akhil Sastry, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and provider at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, will have his surgical research data presented at the 2019 annual Orthopaedic Society Research meeting in Austin, Texas from February 2-5.

The meeting brings together hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons, nationally and internationally, with a mission to support and encourage research in surgery while providing a forum to share information for the well-being of patients.

Dr. Sastry’s research and data was collected from numerous surgeries performed with the MAKO robotic-arm assisted technology and shows its positive outcomes.

Robotic-assisted total joint arthroplasty has become increasingly popular in recent years, allowing for more precise surgical techniques, extensive preoperative and patient-specific planning, and improved soft tissue protection.

Dr. Sastry said it was an honor to be accepted to present his findings, with support from the Cleveland Clinic. His research includes data revealing robotic-assisted surgery patients had faster recovery times, and improved range of motion 90-day post-operation compared to those patients who were manually operated on, among other benefits.

Dr. Sastry was the first surgeon in the area to perform with the MAKO robotic-arm, leading the paradigm shift in how other orthopaedic surgeons think about surgery. He has since become a leading national expert, travelling and teaching other surgeons how to perform total knee, partial knee, and total hip surgery with the robotic-arm.

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Dr. Sastry to Chair Styker’s Robotic Surgery Conference

FEBRUARY 8, 2019 — Dr. Akhil Sastry, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and provider at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, will Chair Stryker’s National MAKO Program on February 8 and 9. He will head the conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL as the leading surgeon there and teach MAKO courses in partial knee, total knee, and total hip surgery to other attending surgeons.

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.

This is the second program Stryker has asked Sastry to Chair. 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. Sastry has been participating in their educational programs throughout the country teaching full knee, partial knee and total hip replacement on the robotic platform.

Sastry is also the premier robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgeon at Atlantic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and has said 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. 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.

Dr. Cameron Eilts to Teach National Cadaver Course at The Podiatry Institute

Cameron Eilts, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, will be teaching a Cadaver Course at The Podiatry Institute in Decatur, Georgia from December 3 through December 6.

Surgeons in various specialties from around the world will attend this course for rearfoot and ankle procedures. The surgeons attending will learn through live surgical observation and hands on participation with cadaver limbs. They will also learn multiple alternative options for fixation of osteotomies and/or fractures and be exposed to new techniques and the latest procedural trends.

Dr. Eilts is a faculty member of The Podiatry Institute, an honor in his specialty. The faculty members are all volunteers who serve without compensation and are committed to ongoing education in the area of foot and ankle surgery.

The Podiatry Institute is a non-profit educational foundation that offers a variety of programs including conferences, workshops and postgraduate courses. The Institute has achieved national and international recognition for its leading role in developing and advancing podiatric medicine and surgery.

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Atlantic Orthopaedics’ Dr. Tyler Welch Introduces State-of-the-Art Operating Table “The Guardian” at York Hospital

Dr.  Tyler Welch was accepted into the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy, and Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will be introducing the hip arthroscopy procedure at York Hospital with a state-of-the-art operating table called the Guardian.

The Pivot Guardian System is a device produced by one of the nation’s lead medical suppliers, Stryker.  The Guardian is specifically designed to mitigate complications, as it limits the amount of force applied to a patient’s hip during surgery.  The Guardian also enables the surgeon to obtain better visualization of the hip during surgery compared to other operating tables. 

The system’s boots enhance patient comfort and safety during surgery, and the surgeon can make precise range of motion adjustments during hip surgery with the Guardian.

The demand for hip arthroscopy is increasing every year, and surgeons in the US are projected to perform 271,000 hip arthroscopy procedures by the year 2021. This will be a compounded annual growth rate of 18.5%, compared to a 3.9% projected growth in shoulder arthroscopy and 1.6% projected growth in knee arthroscopy by the same year. 

Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is a leading practice on the Seacoast for orthopaedics and sports medicine. 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.