A man standing in front of a robotic total joint replacement machine at a medical conference.

Embracing Cutting-Edge Technology: Dr. Sastry’s Experience with Stryker at the AAOS Conference

As orthopedic surgeons, staying at the forefront of advancements in medical technology is crucial for providing the best possible care to patients. Recently, Dr. Sastry had an exciting opportunity that not only showcases the innovative strides in orthopedics but also highlights the trust in his skills. Stryker, a leading medical device company in orthopedics, reached out to Dr. Sastry after learning about his plans to attend the 2024 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) conference. The request? To conduct a live demonstration of the robotic-assisted total knee replacement on Thursday, February 15th. This wasn’t his first time being asked to showcase this groundbreaking procedure; he had the honor a few years ago as well.

The AAOS Conference
The AAOS conference is the largest orthopedic gathering nationally, attracting thousands of surgeons from around the world. This prestigious event was hosted in San Francisco, providing a platform for professionals to exchange knowledge, discuss advancements, and explore the latest technologies in the field. It’s an incredible opportunity to network, learn, and contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of orthopedic surgery.

Stryker’s Leadership in Orthopedics
Stryker’s invitation underscores their position as a trailblazer in the orthopedic industry. With a focus on developing cutting-edge medical devices, Stryker has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation. Their commitment to advancing technology has not only transformed surgical procedures but has also improved patient outcomes, making them a trusted name in the medical community.

Robotic-Assisted Total Knee Replacement
The robotic-assisted total knee replacement is a prime example of the revolutionary technologies introduced by companies like Stryker. This procedure combines the precision of robotics with the expertise of surgeons, enhancing accuracy and optimizing the patient’s experience. As Dr. Sastry demonstrated this technique at the AAOS conference, it’s a testament to the collaborative efforts between medical professionals and industry leaders to bring about positive change in orthopedic care.

Promoting the Future of Orthopedics
The significance of this opportunity extends beyond the conference walls. It’s an opportunity to showcase the advancements in orthopedics to a global audience, but more importantly, it’s an opportunity to promote the benefits of such groundbreaking procedures offered to our patients. By embracing innovative technologies, Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine can offer patients improved outcomes, quicker recoveries, and a better quality of life.

Dr. Sastry enjoyed sharing this experience with colleagues from around the world and, more importantly, with patients who stand to benefit from these advancements in orthopedic care.

NH Magazine names 8 AOSM Surgeons Top Docs!

NH Magazine Announces 2023 Top Docs

Each year, over 3,000 licensed New Hampshire physicians nominate their peers for the opportunity to receive the honor of ‘Top Doctor.’ Those named Top Doctors received the greatest number of recommendations within 55+ specialties, and the results are in! We think all of our docs are top, but this year, eight of our physicians were voted ‘Top Doctor,’ including:

Glen Crawford, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Robert Eberhart, MD* – Top Doctor for Hand Surgery
Andrew McMahon, DO – Top Doctor for Sports Medicine
Mayo Noerdlinger, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
H. Matthew Quitkin, MD – Top Doctor for Hand Surgery
Akhilesh Sastry, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
William Sutherland, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Tyler Welch, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery

Congratulations to all the 2023 Top Doctors!

Learn more about our providers in Portsmouth, NH and York, ME HERE. Or click HERE to make an appointment with our orthopaedic and sports medicine team.

*As of January 1, 2023 Dr. Robert Eberhart officially retired.

NH Magazine Names AOSM Doctors, 2022 Top Docs

2022 Top Docs

Each year, over 3,000 licensed New Hampshire physicians nominate their peers for the opportunity to receive the honor of ‘Top Doctor.’ Those named Top Doctors received the greatest number of recommendations within 55+ specialties, and the results are in! We think all of our docs are top, but this year, seven of our physicians were voted ‘Top Doctor,’ including:
(Pictured below from left to right)

Glen Crawford, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Robert Eberhart, MD – Top Doctor for Hand Surgery
Andy McMahon, DO – Top Doctor for Sports Medicine
Mayo Noerdlinger, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
H. Matthew Quitkin, MD – Top Doctor for Hand Surgery
Akhilesh Sastry, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
William Sutherland, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery

Congratulations to all the 2022 Top Doctors!

Learn more about our providers in Portsmouth, NH and York, ME HERE. Or click HERE to make an appointment with our orthopaedic and sports medicine team.

Dr. Sastry Leads MAKO Robotics Training at The New England Baptist Hospital

July 2020 – Dr. Akhil Sastry, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and provider at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine recently led a MAKO Robotics training at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Sastry was the sole faculty member to facilitate the launch of their MAKO Robotics training program.

As robotic-assisted knee and hip replacement surgeries penetrate Boston’s most elite academic and fellowship programs, Portsmouth’s very own Mako Master Surgeon Akhil Sastry was selected to facilitate the launch at the New England Baptist, one of the most heralded institutions of orthopedics in the country.

To prepare for their first robotic knee surgery in a few weeks, Dr. Sastry trained a total of 8 surgeons in this one-time training session and has been invited back to provide additional training to another group of surgeons on August 6, 2020.

Dr. Sastry provided hands-on training and proctoring on how to perform this innovative and cutting-edge procedure. Dr. Sastry was not only one of the first surgeons to perform a robotic-assisted knee replacement in the world in 2017, in addition, he continues to teach and advance robotic concepts with joint replacements nationally. He has been selected to Chair these programs on many occasions and has trained over 100 surgeons from across the country.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sastry.

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.

AOSM Physicians Named 2020 Top Orthopaedic Surgeons in NH

We’re so happy to announce that Dr. Sastry, Dr. Noerdlinger and Dr. Quitkin were named 2020 Top Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Hampshire Magazine.

Each year, thousands of physicians licensed to practice in New Hampshire are asked to nominate specialists they would most recommend to family and friends. Those selected as Top Doctors’ received the greatest number of recommendations within 57 specialties and are recognized for their skills and caring.

Their hard work and dedication to their patients is truly appreciated.

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!

Special Event – Innovations in Robotic Joint Replacement Surgery with Dr. Sastry

Join York Hospital and Dr. Akhilesh Sastry to learn about the exciting innovations in joint replacement surgery. Offering robot-assisted partial knee replacements since 2016; Dr. Sastry will present information about this minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.

Wednesday, November 20th at 6:00pm
University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Community Education Center
88 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04104

Dr. Sastry will explain how using robot-assisted surgery for partial knee procedures, patients may experience the following benefits:

– Reduced pain
– Minimal hospitalization
– Faster recovery
– Less implant wear and loosening
– Smaller scar
– Better motion and a more natural feeling knee

Dr. Sastry will appear at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Community Education Center at 88 Bedford Street in Portland, ME 04104 on Wednesday, November 20th at 6pm. A light dinner and refreshments will be served during the presentation; Q&A will follow.

This event is complimentary but RSVPs are required. Please call 207-351-2385, email [email protected] or register HERE.

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.

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.

Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine