January 2018

Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s now offers Robotic Assisted Orthopedic Surgery using MAKO®

Using a new procedure performed by Santa Rosa Orthopedic surgeons Michael McDermott, M.D., and Nathan Ehmer, D.O., joint replacement surgery advances into the future.

Santa Rosa Orthopaedics now offers a revolutionary surgical option for some joint replacement patients using the robotic assisted device called RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. This highly advanced procedure is essentially a minimally invasive technique that reduces damage to the bone and surrounding tissue for faster recovery. The MAKO®  system is currently available primarily for partial knee replacement and is offered by both Dr. Michael McDermott and SRO’s Dr. Nathan Ehmer at Sutter Santa Rosa […]

New study reveals that female athletes experience higher concussion injury rate than male athletes

Concussions are common injuries among contact sport athletes. While most athletes experience full recovery within a few weeks and can return to their sport, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, female athletes tend to experience a higher concussion injury rate than male athletes. Additionally, athletes who suffered a concussion injury prior to college were three times more likely to suffer a contact sport-related concussion than their collegiate peers without a history of the injury.

In a 15-year retrospective study of 1,200 varsity student athletes at Columbia University in […]

December 2017

Simple evaluation and screening could catch a quarter of hip fractures before they happen

Santa Rosa Orthopeadics surgeon Dr. Nathan Ehmer D.O., talks about the latest research on hip fractures, and the importance of prevention.

A new study published by The Lancet discovered that hip fractures may best be prevented in older adults through routine evaluations and bone density screening. This early detection process could help significantly reduce the occurrence of traumatic hip fractures in the more vulnerable elderly populations.

The research, which followed more than 12,000 women aged 70-85, found that screening helped to identify people at risk of suffering a fracture, which in turn allowed patients to be targeted for treatment. For […]

Younger Patients Benefit Long Term from “Reverse” Shoulder Replacement Technique

Dr. Michael McDermott and Neema Pourtaheri M.D. of Santa Rosa Orthopaedics discuss the findings on patients with severe damage to the rotator cuff muscles who benefit long term from “reverse” shoulder replacement.

An exciting new study just released by The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery revealed that patients under the age of 60 who have severe damage to the rotator cuff muscles gain long-term improvement with reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) technique.  The majority of patients in this study reported that they were satisfied with the outcomes of RTSA as much as a decade or more later.

“This study is […]

November 2017

SRO’s Dr. Christian Athanassious joins the leadership team at Sutter Santa Rosa

Dr. Christian Athanassious has recently been given a seat at the medical staff leadership table at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. In this position Dr. Athanassious will help to oversee improvements in quality of patient care and professional performance by members with clinical privileges in the department.

Dr. Christian Athanassious is a board certified spine surgeon with fellowship training in spine surgery from Stanford University. Dr. Athanassious is the Medical Director of The Total Spine Health Program.

An advocate of the whole-body medical approach to treating patients, Dr. Athanassious completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from UC Davis with the intention of pursuing […]

SRO’s Top Doctor Awards: Focus on Orthopaedic Trauma Care

Santa Rosa Orthopaedics was recently recognized under the category of Orthopaedic Surgery by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey highlighting Dr. Frederick Bennett and Nathan Ehmer, D.O for their expertise. Today we would like to expand on the work these fine physicians do on the Orthopaedic Trauma Team. 

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.
About SRO’s Orthopaedic Trauma Team
Fellowship trained orthopaedic trauma specialists, Dr. Nathan R. Ehmer and Dr. Frederick S. Bennett, provide expert […]

SRO’s Top Doctor Awards: 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 and Dr. Gary A. Stein for their expertise. 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.  Survey results revealed that SRO’s orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Thomas […]

October 2017

Dr. Ehmer’s Patient is Back on the Court Following Total Hip Replacement

I’m so grateful to Dr. Ehmer for resolving my hip pain, making it possible to enjoy my retirement, play tennis again (every day) and return to the things I love in life. ~Theresa Lane

As an avid recreational tennis player, Theresa developed progressive hip pain over the years. Being a professional nurse with osteoarthritis, she knew that a hip replacement was inevitable. She also was well versed about the latest surgical techniques and benefits of the “anterior approach.” After extensive research, she found Dr. Ehmer was the local expert. In June, Theresa had a total hip replacement to resolve her disabling […]

2017 Top Doctor Award In-depth Focus on SRO’s Hand Center

Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s was recently 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 expound on 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 Dominic […]

September 2017

New study identifies connection between foot pain and lower extremity joint pain

New study says look at hip and knee for complete diagnosis

New guidelines may be in order for evaluating and treating lower extremity pain. Investigators set out to determine if there was a relation between foot pain and lower extremity joint pain, and they found a significant association between foot pain and knee or hip pain.

A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and Harvard Medical School suggests new guidelines may be in order for evaluating and treating lower extremity pain. Investigators set out to determine if there was a relation between foot pain and lower […]

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