“Keeping You in Motion”: Enjoy free talks by Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence doctors

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fall River, MA - Are achy knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, or hands keeping you from enjoying everyday activities?

If so, plan to learn this spring from specialists at Saint Anne’s Hospital’s Center for Orthopedic Excellence about the range of options that can help keep you active.

Saint Anne’s free “Keeping You in Motion” community orthopedic series will include specialists who will discuss both non-surgical and surgical options for a variety of bone and joint and sports-related conditions and diseases.

Get help for your achy joints with these programs

Whether you’ve suffered an injury or are coping with osteoarthritis, you can learn more about what you can do to relieve your achy joints.

Just register for the following free “Keeping You in Motion” programs at locations as noted. All will feature specialists from Saint Anne’s Center for Orthopedic Excellence and be held from 6-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Reserve your place by calling Steward DoctorFinder at 1-800-488-5959.

Please note that "Knee or Hip Pain Wearing You Down?", originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, at Saint Anne's Hospital, has been rescheduled for the same time and place on Thursday, April 17.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4: “Knee or Hip Pain Wearing You Down?”

Get information about the range of treatments available for knee and hip pain, including robotic-assisted MAKOplasty. Saint Anne’s led the way in Massachusetts by being the first hospital in the state to offer innovative MAKOplasty technology in 2011.

  • Speaker: Jerald Katz, MD, chief of orthopedics, Saint Anne’s Hospital
  • Special guest: Steve Velho, lead CT technologist at Saint Anne’s and MAKOplasty patient
  • Location: Rachel’s Lakeside, 950 State Road (Route 6), North Dartmouth

THURSDAY, MARCH 13: “Taking the Direct Approach: What’s New in Total Hip Replacement”

Learn about surgical options in total hip replacement, including minimally invasive procedures that include the direct anterior approach.

  • Speaker: Edward Klein, DO, orthopedic specialist
  • Location: Rachel’s Lakeside, 950 State Road (Route 6), North Dartmouth

THURSDAY, APRIL 3: “Shoulder Pain? Get Answers!”

Find out about the range of surgical and non-surgical treat¬ment options for common shoulder conditions, including rotator cuff problems.

  • Speaker: Mena Mesiha, MD, orthopedic specialist
  • Location: Venus de Milo, 75 GAR Highway (Route 6), Swansea, MA

THURSDAY, APRIL 10: “Coping with Sports Injuries, With or Without Surgery”

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a casual participant, learn how orthopedic specialists can help prevent and treat sports injuries.

  • Speakers: Matthew Kippe, MD, and Chad Beattie, MD, orthopedic and sports medicine specialists
  • Location: Rachel’s Lakeside, 950 State Road (Route 6), North Dartmouth

THURSDAY, APRIL 17: “Knee or Hip Pain Wearing You Down?” – special third anniversary MAKOplasty anniversary session (rescheduled from Wednesday, March 26)

Get information about the range of treatments available for knee and hip pain … plus enjoy free anniversary cake and “meet the MAKOplasty robot” as Saint Anne’s celebrates three years of robotic-arm assisted MAKOplasty for knee resurfacing and hip replacement.

  • Speaker: Richard Smith, MD, orthopedic specialist
  • Special guest: Gayle Skeffington, MAKOplasty patient
  • Location: Saint Anne’s Hospital, Nannery Conference Room (Clemence Hall, Room 134), opposite Saint Anne’s Hospital Medical Office Building, 851 Middle Street, Fall River.

Free parking is available in the office building parking lot. 

About Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence team

From diagnosis through surgery, rehabilitation and recovery, Saint Anne's Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence is focused on reducing pain, restoring motion, and renewing lives.

With a team that includes more than 30 orthopedic surgeons, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, plus anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, surgical support staff, and rehabilitation specialists, Saint Anne’s Center for Orthopedic Excellence offers comprehensive surgical and non-surgical orthopedic care for adults and children of all ages.

Together, the team performs more than 5,000 orthopedic procedures at Saint Anne’s three surgical locations at the main hospital campus in Fall River and satellite centers in North Dartmouth and Attleboro.

Surgical specialties include arthroplasty (including MAKOplasty® robotic-arm-assisted surgery for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement, as well as direct anterior approach for total hip replacement); arthroscopic surgery; orthopedic trauma; hand, arm and shoulder surgery; sports medicine; and pediatric orthopedics.

In addition, the team includes non-surgical orthopedic care specialists, including board-certified sports medicine physicians and rehabilitation and sports training professionals; and anesthesiologists trained in a special anesthesia technique called regional anesthesia. Used in conjunction with ultrasound, regional anesthesia has been shown to speed recovery by reducing post-operative pain, bleeding, blood clots, and surgical site infections.

Recognition for quality and safety

In recognition of superior patient outcomes, Saint Anne’s has twice consecutively been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a “Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.” This distinction recognizes Saint Anne’s quality of surgical care, plus superior clinical outcomes, patient education, quality management, high performance on The Joint Commission’s “Surgical Care Improvement Project” measures, and the hospital’s full range of patient support services, including comprehensive rehabilitation.

Saint Anne’s also was recently named by The Leapfrog Group as a “2013 Top Hospital” for patient safety and quality. This highly competitive national hospital quality award places Saint Anne’s in the top 5% of all U.S. hospitals for safety, quality, and efficient use of resources. In fact, Saint Anne’s was just one of 55 urban hospitals nationwide, and the only hospital in the Greater Fall River-New Bedford area, to earn this.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital – Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children from southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island at its main campus in Fall River and its community satellites. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England. Saint Anne’s has been recognized time and again for quality, safety and service by such organizations as The Joint Commission, Healthgrades, The Leapfrog Group, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Additional information is available at www.steward.org and http://steward.org/Saint-Annes.

Steward Health Care System LLC is the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines more than 3,000 physicians, 11 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care.  Further information is available at www.steward.org.  

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