Ankle Arthrodesis versus Arthroplasty
Dr Sangeorzan’s cutting-edge research on arthrodesis and arthroplasty for end-stage ankle arthritis is making exciting progress in limb loss prevention. The comparison between arthrodesis – traditionally considered the ‘gold standard’ of treatment – and arthroplasty has provided vital insight into the efficacy of each option in terms of both physical and psychological gains.
In addition to the physical benefits described by increased step activity in both arthrodesis and arthroplasty patients, Dr Sangeorzan was able to identify some pre-operative baseline differences between patients undergoing arthrodesis and arthroplasty which could enhance surgical decision making and aid in the assessment of postsurgical treatment efficacy. Findings from the ongoing study indicate self reported pain reduction and improved gait function after surgery for both treatments.
Dr. Bruce Sangeorzan’s research was featured in the latest issue of International Innovation. International Innovation, published by Research Media, is the leading global dissemination resource for the wider scientific, technology and research communities,dedicated to disseminating the latest science, research and technological innovations on a global level. More information and a complimentary subscription offer to the publication publication can be found at: www.researchmedia.eu
Link to the article: Ankle Arthrodesis versus Arthroplasty
VA Secretary and U.S. Senator Visit the Center of Excellence
During the visits, Dr. Glenn Klute spoke about recent advances in prosthetic engineering, such as the Controlled Energy Storage and Release Foot (CESR). The CESR foot is a collaborative development effort between the Seattle VA and Dr. Art Kuo at the University of Michigan. The CESR foot is unique because it stores energy when the foot contacts the ground and releases it later to assist with propulsion. Mr. Will Silva, a Veteran amputee, demonstrated the use of the CESR foot. He said the CESR foot is “not as tiring” as a regular prosthetic foot, and “it gives you a push when you walk.” Dr. William Ledoux also spoke with Senator Murray and Secretary Shinseki. He described his efforts to develop a 3D x-ray system that tracks the motion of individual foot bones. This system can be used to study bone motion and differences in how the tissues of the foot deform in healthy patients compared to diabetic dysvascular patients who are at increased risk for foot ulcers.