October 2018

ACL repair success rates improved by long-term physical therapy

A third of people who undergo ACL reconstruction surgery will have osteoarthritis in their injured knee within 10 years. Within two decades, nearly 50 percent will — terrible odds for getting a debilitating condition with no known cure.

While no one yet knows exactly why this is the case, researchers have explored two related theories:

The knee injury itself may cause persistent and chronic inflammation resulting in underlying joint tissue changes.
People who sustain an ACL injury end up moving differently during activities like running, jumping and walking, which causes damage to cartilage over time.

Keying on those theories, researchers from […]

SRO’s Dr. Neema Pourtaheri Gains Recognition as Among 2018 Top Doctors

Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s Dr. Neema Pourtaheri has been selected by his peers as among the best orthopaedic doctors by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey for 2018.

Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey is distributed annually to local doctors who are asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to someone they care about. More than 300 professionals emerged as top docs in 50 specialties of medicine.  Survey results revealed that SRO’s orthopaedic surgeon Neema Pourtaheri, M.D. is viewed as exemplary in the field of shoulder surgery.
SRO Shoulder Surgery Highlights
According the most recent statistics about 53,000 people in the U.S. have […]

September 2018

SRO’s Spine Health Program Director, Dr. Christian Athanassious Makes Top Doctor List for 2018

Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s Dr. Christian Athanassious has been selected by his peers as among the best orthopaedic doctors by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey for 2018.

Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey is distributed annually to local doctors who are asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to someone they care about. More than 300 professionals emerged as top docs in 50 specialties of medicine.  Survey results revealed that SRO’s orthopaedic surgeon Christian N. Athanassious, is viewed as exemplary in the field of spine surgery.
About the Spine Health Program
The Total Spine Health Program employs innovative diagnostic testing, minimally invasive […]

SRO’s Top Doctor Awards 2018: Focus on Sport’s Medicine Center

Santa Rosa Orthopaedics was recently recognized under the category of Sports Medicine by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey highlighting Dr. Thomas Degenhardt, Dr. Gary A. Stein and Dr. Michael McDermott for their expertise as orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine doctors. Today we would like to expand on the work these fine physicians do at the Sports Medicine Center.

About the Top Doctor Nomination
Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey is distributed annually to local doctors who are asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to someone they care about. More than 300 professionals emerged as top docs in 50 specialties of medicine.  […]

2018 Top Doctor Award with at look at SRO’s Hand Center

Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s has been once again recognized under the category of Hand Surgery by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey highlighting Dr. Mazur and Dr. Mintalucci for their expertise. Today we would like to detail the work these fine physicians do at the SRO Hand Center.
About the Top Doctor Nomination
Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey is distributed annually to local doctors who are asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to someone they care about. More than 300 professionals emerged as top docs in 50 specialties of medicine.  Survey results revealed that SRO’s orthopaedic surgeons Kai-Uwe Mazur and […]

Treatment options for ACL patients over the age 40 highlighted in new review

This new AAOS  article highlights positive ACL surgery outcomes and risks of inadequate treatment in Generation X and older athletes
ROSEMONT, Ill . (August 21, 2018)—One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprain or tear, and doctors are seeing a greater number of older athletes end up in their offices with the injury. An estimated 200,000 ACL-related injuries occur annually in the United States. Some patients choose to undergo surgical reconstruction of the ACL while others opt for non-surgical intervention. A new review article published in the August 15th issue of the Journal of the American Academy […]

August 2018

Overweight children have greater risk of developing knee and hip osteoarthritis

The results of a study to be presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018) suggest childhood and adult obesity increase the risk of developing hip osteoarthritis (OA) and knee OA but not hand OA.

Obesity and OA are two interconnected health care problems affecting a large proportion of the adult population worldwide, however studying causality in this association is difficult due to confounding factors. To test the hypothesis that the association between obesity and OA is causal, investigators used a method know as ‘mendelian randomization’, which uses genetic variants to investigate whether a biomarker has an effect […]

July 2018

New study points to top reasons patients chose rotator cuff surgery

Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s (SRO) Dr. Michael McDermott shares insights on recent arthroscopic rotator cuff repair patient study 

Research presented at American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s recent Annual Meeting queried 149 patients prior to arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (ARCR) to determine the underlying reasons for choosing surgery. “Results of this study reflects sentiments we hear from our own patients,” says Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s (SRO) Dr. Michael McDermott. “Improving shoulder function and increase range of motion is something patients who suffer a rotator cuff injury most often talk about, and it turns out to be the most common reason for choosing […]

Wrist surgery with Dr. Mintalucci gets patient back to favorite sport

Adnan Jerkovic is a device representative in the medical field and often works with Santa Rosa Orthopaedics (SRO) physicians. So, when Adnan sustained a serious wrist injury from playing water polo, and after getting x-rays through his primary physician, he contacted SRO. Based on the nature of his injury, he was referred to Dr. Dominic Mintalucci.

In September 2017, after offices visits and thorough analysis along with imaging, he was diagnosed with scapholunate instability in the right wrist. While only in his 30’s, Adnan’s issue was a possible chronic issue and exacerbated by his water polo activity. The best longterm treatment option was “full reconstruction of the joint”. […]

SRO Patient Speaks Out About Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Dr. Neema Pourtaheri of Santa Rosa Orthopaedics responds to TSR patient’s story of recovery and shares information on why this surgery works so well on older patients.

Following three decades of a career in law enforcement Santa Rosa resident Michael Armstrong enjoyed being active over his 22-year stretch of retirement that followed, until a nagging shoulder pain turned into something he could no longer ignore. Unbearable pain caused by advanced arthritis, bone spurs and bruising eventually led Armstrong to be referred to Dr. Neema Pourtaheri at Santa Rosa Orthopaedics where he underwent total should replacement surgery on the right side. […]

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!