Boston, Massachusetts (PRWEB) June 10, 2013
As an experienced orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Anthony Schepsis has focused on shoulder and knee reconstruction as well as sports medicine. He has extensive knowledge when it comes to knee injuries. A recent article on Midlands Connect highlights a new development in the repair of ACL injuries. Dr. Anthony Schepsis is already utilizing this technique.
Approximately 200,000 people suffer from ACL injuries each year. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a vital part of the structure of the knee. It provides stability and rotational control. Tearing this ligament can have long-lasting results. For some athletes, it ends their career, or at least the remainder of their season. And tears can happen in an instant.
Athlete Danny Hansen is an avid basketball player. He has managed to tear his ACL three times playing the sport. He had reconstructive surgery twice before, in 2004 and 2007. Now that he has a son, he wants to share his love of basketball with him. He just had his third surgery, but this time a newer technique was used.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tony Nguyen knows why Hansen’s previous surgeries have failed. According to the article, he cites older techniques resulting in the misplacement of the new tissue. Doctors were putting the tissue in the wrong position, which was not beneficial to the knee. It can limit the knee’s ability to rotate. The tissue was almost a centimeter and a half away from where it should correctly attach.
Rather than performing reconstructive surgery, Dr. Nguyen used anteromedial drilling to repair Hansen’s torn ACL. By using a piece of tendon from the knee and this new technique, he was able to perfectly place the new tissue. Patients gain more rotational control because the natural anatomy of the knee is restored. It has a higher success rate than traditional reconstructions which fail up to 25 percent of the time. It is a breakthrough in sports medicine.
Dr. Anthony Schepsis is familiar with the development of newer treatment procedures. “A major advancement in the success of ACL reconstruction over the past several years,” he comments, “has been the development of newer techniques and implants that have led to more successful outcomes. A better understanding of the anatomical attachment site of the ACL on the femur has led to different drilling techniques to prepare the socket or tunnel attachment of the graft on the femur. This anteromedial drilling technique, as it is called, has become the standard for most orthopedic surgeons who routinely perform ACL surgery. It allows them to more precisely place the graft at its anatomic attachment site, markedly decreasing the chance of failure.”
Providing patients with procedures that produce the most beneficial outcomes is important to Dr. Schepsis. He performs both open and arthroscopic procedures. Staying up to date with current trends and developments allows him to have options when it comes to treating patients. He considers each injury and what procedure is the most helpful. Not all patients require the same treatment depending on their injury and contributing factors. Dr. Anthony Schepsis focuses on each patient as an individual and considers their unique needs.
Dr. Anthony Schepsis is an orthopedic surgeon in the Boston area. He is a Master Instructor for advanced knee and shoulder reconstructive procedures at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Illinois. He has spent many years researching and performing surgical procedures, even developing some of his own techniques. Dr. Anthony Schepsis shares his knowledge and work with others through a variety of publications, conferences, and courses.