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ConforMIS Technology with Dr. Palumbo on Bay News 9

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Video Courtesy: Bay News 9

Florida Orthopaedic Institute surgeon, Dr. Brian Palumbo, discusses ConforMIS, a 3-D technology used to create a custom knee replacement. The ConforMIS implant is uniquely designed, sized, and shaped for each patient’s needs. Hear from Edward Kaloust, a patient of Dr. Palumbo, as he talks about his quest to finding knee pain relief and his experience with the surgery.

Tampa Doctors Reattach Teen’s Hand That Was Sawed Off

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BY: Shannon Valladolid
February 4, 2018

TAMPA, Fla.  — For any teenager, pouring a glass of milk may seem like no big deal but for 16-year-old Briant Cummings, it’s an accomplishment.

A year ago, while working on a project to repair his boat, Briant accidentally sawed off his hand.

“I turned the piece of metal and I brought it down too fast. So, it sucked my hand through and cut it at an angle,” says Briant.

Emergency crews were ready to fly him from Boca Rotan to Tampa general hospital but they left behind one important thing.

“We forgot the hand at the house because we were freaking out. The hand was still laying in the backyard,” he says.

Once he made it, hand and all, Doctors Jason Nydick, an orthopedic hand surgeon and David Halpern, Chief for the Department of Plastic Surgery at TGH, saved not only Briant’s hand but his life.

“I realized that this was going to be a complex case obviously. I put in a call to Dr. Nydick to assist me with the case,” says Dr. Halpern.

Time was ticking. DR. Nydick was off but he rushed to the hospital to help.

“His circumstances were actually quite good. He was stable, he was young, he was healthy,” says Dr. Halpern.

By the end of the surgery, Briant could move his fingers. Doctors didn’t think it would happen so quickly.

Since this type of surgery isn’t performed daily, doctors from Tampa General were able to learn from it.

“We recently just implemented different measures to make things more efficient just with equipment being available at all times,” says Dr. Nydick.

Thanks to caring doctors, Briant has a second chance to keep doing what he loves.

“I was able to grip the [hook] and I was able to reel it in and cast it out. Really cool. That was the first time. I never thought I would be able to fish again,” says Briant.

Briant will have another surgery soon.

Doctors hope he will be able to pinch his fingers, once it’s complete.

This surgery is also being used as a learning tool to help future physicians.

View the article here: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/tampa-doctors-reattach-teens-hand-that-was-sawed-off/514437047

New Years Guide to Exercising with Dr. Pappou

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BY: Source: Daytime Web Staff
Published: January 18, 2018, 11:52 am

You’ve made a resolution to work out, and you’re ready to go into warrior mode. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, before you hit the high intensity button, there are things to consider. What kind of shape are you in, any injuries, am I fit enough to start working out? Dr. Ioannis Pappou from the Florida Orthopaedic Institute is here to tell us how to up your game safely to prevent injuries.

Spine surgeon leader to know: Dr. Adil Samad of Florida Orthopaedic Institute

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Becker’s Spine Review

Written by  Eric Oliver | Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:35

Adil Samad, MD, is a spine surgeon at Tampa-based Florida Orthopaedic Institute.

After earning his medical degree from Washington, D.C.-based George Washington University, he completed a residency at Long Beach, N.J.-based Monmouth Medical Center and a fellowship at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Samad specializes in complex revision spine surgery and adult spinal reconstruction.

He has co-authored several publications and book chapters.

Outside of his practice, Dr. Samad enjoys spending time with his family and going to the beach.

Orthopedic surgeon leader to know: Dr. Christopher Baker of Florida Orthopaedic Institute

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Becker’s Spine Review

Written by  Eric Oliver | Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:34

Christopher Baker, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at Tampa-based Florida Orthopaedic Institute.

After earning his medical degree from Gainesville-based University of Florida, he completed a residency at Pittsburgh-based UPMC and a fellowship at Greenville, S.C.-based Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas.

Dr. Baker specializes in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction procedures.

He has authored several book chapters and received numerous awards and accolades.

Dr. Baker has worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Panthers, World Wrestling Entertainment and the Colorado Rockies.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute Implements Tobacco-Free Property Policy, Encourages Healthier Lifestyle

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Implements Tobacco-Free Property Policy, Encourages Healthier Lifestyle


Tampa, Fla. – December 19, 2017 Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is taking additional steps to make good on its promise to keep people active and healthy. The state’s largest orthopedic group today announced a new policy that bans smoke and tobacco products from its 10 campus locations in Tampa Bay. The policy is meant to encourage a healthier lifestyle and aligns with its overall wellness initiatives. Tobacco use is the single-largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.  The smoke and tobacco ban goes into effect January 1, 2018.

“As a health care facility that prides itself on doing what’s best for our patients, this just makes sense for us and it has been a long time coming,” says Roy Sanders, M.D., President and Chief Medical Officer of Florida Orthopaedic Institute. “Many health care facilities in the area, including Moffitt Cancer Center, USF, Florida Hospital and BayCare, are already tobacco-free properties.” In the coming weeks, employees and patients will see tobacco-tree property signage added to parking lots, facility entrances and the information will be added on to all of our communication channels.

The ban includes electronic cigarettes, as well as regular cigarettes. Employees, guests and patients who do smoke will not be allowed to do so on any of the properties.

“We know that quitting smoking is a process and that it requires a plan — often taking several tries and requiring a great deal of support. We encourage our staff to commit or recommit to healthy, tobacco-free lives – not just for a day, but hopefully for a long, long time to come,” added Sanders.

The move was inspired by the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, which takes place every year in November. The event is meant to encourage us all to help others make a plan to quit tobacco.
Approximately 36.5 million Americans remain cigarette smokers, and pipe, cigar, and hookah – other addictive and risky methods to smoke tobacco – are on the rise.

“There exists no ‘safe’ way to smoke tobacco,” says Gary M. Reedy, CEO of the American Cancer Society. “We know quitting is hard, but smokers can increase their chances of success with encouragement, and that’s precisely why we launched the Great American Smokeout. Receiving assistance by way of medication or counseling can double or triple the chances of successful quitting.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is one of Florida’s largest orthopedic groups, providing expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, anesthesiology, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine, urgent care, and weight management, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, an urgent care center in South Tampa, and 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Brooksville, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.


Big Pharma and Opioid Crisis

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BY: Elaine Silvestrini
December 15, 2017

PART 1: CHAPTER 2: Multi-Faceted Campaign

According to Andrew Kolodny, who co-directs the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University, the pharmaceutical industry is “almost entirely responsible” for the epidemic, but shares blame with the regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who failed to enforce the law as they should have.

Kolodny, who is executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, said the pharmaceutical industry funded a “multi-faceted campaign” that “changed the way the medical community thought about opioids and changed the culture of opioid prescribing in the United States in a way that would lead to a public health crisis.”

Adriane Fugh-Berman, professor of pharmacology and physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center, said the pharmaceutical industry created the crisis. “That’s been well documented by journalists, in legal documents,” she said. “It’s well documented what Purdue Pharma’s tactics have done.”

The campaign, Kolodny said, was a coordinated message sent through various channels to appear as if it wasn’t directly from drug manufacturers. If that had been apparent, he said, the medical community would have been more skeptical, “less gullible.”

Lunches, Conferences and Textbooks

One pain specialist, however, said that while the drug companies are “not innocent,” doctors bear more responsibility for failing to do their own research and not digging into the bogus information they were given.

Dr. Steven Barna, who practices in Tampa, Florida, said he was trained at Harvard “to give as much narcotics as possible” to alleviate pain. Barna remembers seeing the drug companies in action hosting lunch meetings and conferences. Drug companies sometimes even paid for textbooks, which was a lot of money for a young medical student.

Barna had his fellowship around 2001 and 2002, and remembers combing through thick patient charts, trying to determine which combinations of opioids they hadn’t yet received. That’s how he was trained — to administer various doses of different medications.

But when he became an attending physician responsible for his own patients, he saw that all those drugs over long periods of time weren’t helping them, and they had no quality of life.

So Barna dug deeper into the literature and realized there was no good evidence that opioids were effective at treating chronic, non-cancer pain. He decided to find non-narcotic alternatives to treat these patients.

‘Abuse-Deterrent’ Confusion

Doctors, he said, are educated and are supposed to be smart. “You should be able to look through this stuff and determine what’s right,” he said. “You can argue it’s the physicians’ fault for not being more critical about it.”

But health care professionals frequently don’t understand the dangers. According to one survey, for example, nearly half of internists, family physicians and general practitioners incorrectly thought that “abuse-deterrent” pills were less addictive than their standard counterparts. The pills may be harder to crush or manipulate, but they are just as addictive as traditional forms of opioids.

In that same survey, a third of health care providers wrongly said they believed that most prescription drug abuse is by means other than swallowing pills as intended. In fact, oral ingestion is the most common route by which opioids are abused.

In addition, a quarter of doctors responding to the survey said they were either slightly or not at all concerned about the potential for opioids to be diverted from legal use to the illicit market, even though this practice is common.

Messages from Different Directions

Kolodny and Fugh-Berman said the drug companies overwhelmed the medical establishment with the message from many different directions that appeared to be coming from peers and authority figures.

“It’s a multi-modal effort,” Fugh-Berman said. “It had catastrophic consequences and continues to have catastrophic consequences.”

The fact that the message came from various places is what made it work, Fugh-Berman said. “If it’s what your hear in a lot of different settings, it seems like a consensus,” she explained. “And that’s how industry controls medical discourse. You don’t have to get to everybody. You have to get to opinion leaders, who then affect the opinions of their peers…You have to get to their teachers.”

Opioid makers pumped money into professional societies and organizations, including the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Federation of State Medical Boards, as well as what Fugh-Berman described as “fake organizations” established for this purpose.

Certain doctors, who were dubbed “key opinion leaders,” were given funding to spread the message that opioids were an enlightened option for people in pain, and that those physicians who withheld them in the past were stingy and cruel.

“Many of the people involved in this campaign to increase prescribing did believe what they were saying,” Kolodny said. “But those who were getting paid well may have figured out much quicker that what they were saying wasn’t true if it wasn’t in their financial interest to keep doing this.”

Drug companies like Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, he said, “gave a megaphone to people who had these views.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: https://www.drugwatch.com/featured/opioid-crisis-big-pharma/#part-1

Non-motorized Scooters Responsible for Most Child Injuries

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ABC Action News

BY: Heather Leigh
December 12, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. — They are popular toys and parents every year are giving them to their kids under the tree, but scooters without a motor are most likely to send them to the emergency room than any other type of toy, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Commission.

2-year-old Valentina is taking a spin on her motorized scooter for the first time.

“The minute you take your eyes off your kid that’s when something happens,” said Jonathan Torres, her father, who caught her from going off the sidewalk curb just in time.

“See, that’s why you have to stay close,” he said. “It’s finding that fine balance between not being that helicopter parent, letting them learn the lesson, bump their knees and get some bruises and also making sure you’re also not putting them in an unsafe situation.”

Last year, 240,000 kids nationwide were taken to the emergency room and 27% of the time it was because of riding toys. And scooters made up more than 70% of the injuries caused by riding toys. The ones WITHOUT motors make up most of the injuries. However, on the flip side, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says those numbers have been slowly declining over the last 5 years.

“When we were younger and we had skateboards, wrist guards, elbow guards, knee guards, a helmet, I think those were options at the best,” said Dr. Anjan Shah, an Orthopedic Trauma surgeon for the Florida Orthopedic Institute.

He says those things were included with the pair of roller blades he just bought for his kids. He also thinks awareness is up.

Shah says his practice sees about 30 toy injuries a week and about half of those will need surgery. He operated on a 6-year-old Monday.

“He thought he was Spiderman and jumped from a trampoline onto the wall but didn’t stick,” said Dr. Shah, who added the child is going to be fine.

Shah says parents should be researching toys, and testing them out before they buy. Plus, having their kids ride in low traffic areas.

Tampa Doctor Finds Medicine’s Core Mission on Guatemalan Trips

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Tampa Bay Times

BY: Jasmine Wildflower Osmond
November 29, 2017

TAMPA — In Antigua Guatemala there is a hospital that you can’t go to with a sudden injury or traditional emergency. While there, Tampa orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Gustke saw potential patients lining the walls of every corridor, lobby and even the streets outside. All for the chance at lifesaving surgeries.

For thirteen years, Dr. Gustke has been making missionary trips to hospitals like this to perform hip and knee replacements for no cost to the patients.

“It brings us back to the reason that we went into medicine to begin with,” he said. “It’s not the entrepreneurship, or the business stuff, or headaches of paper work. It’s all back to the pure aspect of providing medicine. Providing medical care.”

For the past 20 years, a Los Angeles program started by Dr. Lawrence Dorr called Operation Walk has been organizing volunteer health professionals to go to countries like these and perform life changing knee and hip replacements for no cost to the patient.

For Gustke it can take up to a year to plan one of these trips. The first one was to Havana, Cuba.

In late August, Dr. Gustke brought six people from his team to Antigua, Guatemala: physician’s assistant Susie Heinrichs, nurse anesthetist Jessica Zavesky, registered nurse Marlyn Cua, scrub tech Jose Mesa, and translator Monica Coconubu-Sanchez.

There they were met with 54 other health care providers from across the country. Some who came by themselves to help.

The Hospital de San Pedro in Antigua, was set up by monks and used weekly by different medical missionary groups that come to perform every medical procedure from cleft palates to eye surgeries.

In one part of the hospital Gustke and his team were doing knee replacements, another group would be doing something completely different. Patients for every need lined the walls. Although for most trips he has provided both hip and knee replacements, this most recent trip they only did knees.

They can’t predict how many and what sizes of prosthetics they’ll need beforehand, so in order to help as many people as possible they focused just on knees.

It costs $100,000 to make one of these trips, he said. The majority of that is donated or fundraised through his existing patients at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute, of which he is a founding member. The attending staff for these trips needs to either take vacation days or to take the pay cut. No one gets paid for these trips, but no patients pay either.

“I just rely on patients that are grateful here for the knee and hip replacements I’ve done for them to provide donations to this kind of cause.

Even if a patient isn’t approved, they are often provided with physicals, walkers, therapy or other equipment to make their lives easier, said Susie Heinrich, a physician’s assistant.

Because the hospital is used exclusively by volunteers there is no traditional staff. Everyone cleaned. Everyone screened, and if a patient needed help getting out of bed, it was anyone’s job to step in.

“When we’re there it’s about providing care,” she said. “From the nurses to the scrub techs, we clean the rooms, we mop the floors, we take care of everything.”

For many who did receive surgery, it was life changing, said Monica Coconubu-Sanchez, the translator. One man made 40 three-hour trips just for a chance to be seen.

Like many other patients, the condition of his knees prevented him from walking, working, and taking care of his family. After more than a hundred hours in travel, he was finally given his freedom back.

“The patients are so grateful and their families are so grateful,” Coconubu-Sanchez said. “And it just makes you feel like you’ve done something good.”

Contact Jasmine Wildflower Osmond at hillsnews@tampabay.com.

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