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Dr. Myers’ Journey to Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Myers’ Journey to Orthopedic Surgery

Why did you want to become an Orthopedic Surgeon? I initially became interested in orthopedics through my involvement in playing various sports and athletic activities, and by sustaining and recovering from some of my own orthopedic injuries. I always wanted to pursue a career where I could help people and serve my local community, and I have always been fascinated with the human body and the musculoskeletal system. The entire mechanical design of our bodies is logical and practical, a system of levers and pulleys that can produce movements varying from finely detailed to...

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Lymphatic Drainage as a Treatment to Reduce Post-Operative Swelling

Lymphatic Drainage as a Treatment to Reduce Post-Operative Swelling

It is normal to have a moderate amount of swelling after surgery. However, techniques such as elevation, compression, and the right balance of motion can reduce painful swelling. Over the course of the following year, the swelling will decrease but can be present for a minimum of 6 months. This is due to the 4 phases of healing that spans from day 1 after surgery up to 1-2 years. How do you know if the swelling you have is a normal amount or excessive and limiting your ability to receive benefit from Physical Therapy? The following are signs and symptoms of excess swelling:...

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Injury Prevention in Young Athletes

Injury Prevention in Young Athletes

As youth participation in sports continues to increase, so has the number of sports-related injuries. The obligation of injury prevention is the responsibility of the parents and the coaches. If the proper caution is taken, a significant number of injuries can be prevented each season. However, if injuries do occur, it is important to seek medical attention from a physician that specializes in sports medicine and never allows a young athlete to “work through the pain”. If left untreated, injuries can cause permanent damage and may interfere with proper physical growth. Young...

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3D Printed Titanium Cages: Q & A with Dr. Keith Heier, M.D. – Orthopedic Surgeon

3D Printed Titanium Cages: Q & A with Dr. Keith Heier, M.D. – Orthopedic Surgeon

How Long Has 3D Printing Been Used by Orthopedic Surgeons? 3D printing technology has been available for over 30 years, but has only been used by orthopedic surgeons for the past 8-10 years. How Long Have You Used Them in Your Practice? I have used 3D printed titanium implants in my practice for 4 years. What is The Difference Between a Custom Made and Off The Shelf Titanium Cage? Off-the-shelf titanium cages refer to pre-manufactured 3D printed cages where the patient does not need any type of imaging to create them. Custom-made titanium cages require the patient to have a...

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