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Dr. Russell T. Garland attends ArthoLondon
Dr. Russell T. Garland of Crossville Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine was one of 1,200 orthopaedic surgeons to attend ArthroLondon held Sept. 28-29 in London, England, and one of only 34 attendees from the United States.
"It was the opportunity of a lifetime," said Garland. The international symposium was targeted to orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee. The course was designed to teach cutting-edge techniques and was presented by a prestigious group of international orthopaedic surgeons. Many of the procedures discussed at the symposium were not available even a year ago.
"After the presentation, the surgeon would go into the lab and would broadcast a video so that he could show us how to perform the procedure," Garland said. In addition, the company, Arthrex, provides additional training at its facility in Naples, FL, or a mobile van can be sent to Garland here in Crossville, allowing him additional practice with the highly-specialized instruments that allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery for patients.
"In rotator cuff surgery, we use three holes and a four-inch incision," Garland explained. Where once the procedure required cutting through the deltoid muscle and an inpatient hospital stay, the arthroscopic procedure is done as an outpatient procedure and patients are up and about quicker and feeling better sooner.
"You have to put the brakes on some patients," Garland said. Though the SutureBridge double row technique has patients feeling better in a few weeks, it still takes nine months for the torn tendon to fully repair itself. The surgery just holds the tendon in place so that it can properly heal. "It's revolutionary," Garland said of the procedure he's used for more than 10 years, and of new procedures that can lead to better outcomes for patients needing knee or shoulder repairs.
Garland is already putting the new knowledge to work in Crossville, performing two of the new procedures for knee and shoulder repair in mid-October.