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Innovation & Research in Orthopedic Care

Excellence is a culture at Akron General's Orthopedic Center. We are able to offer the highest level of care in part because of the continued dedication to research and innovation in orthopedic care. Our patients benefit because they have better access to treatments that use the newest technologies and less invasive techniques.

Research also plays a big part in training the future of medicine. We also support the research of our residents through our Medical Education program. Learning from our experienced teaching faculty, our orthopedic surgery residency graduates are among the brightest and most well trained in the country, scoring on average over the last three years better than 99% of other orthopedic graduates nationally.

Research at Akron General in orthopedic surgery focuses on improving surgical treatment for knee injures.

For more information about resident research in orthopedics, please contact:

Steven Lippitt - View Profile
Resident Research Director
330-344-1980

John Elias, PhD - View Profile
Research Coordinator
330-344-6176

Original Research
Cement Hip Replacement with and without antibiotic

Ceramic-on-Ceramic Hip Replacement
The first ceramic-on-ceramic hip replacement using new type of citation stem was performed at Akron General Medical Center. Gregory Vrabec, MD performed one of the first procedures of this type in the country.

Hinged Total Knee
First porous press fit hinged total knee in the U.S.

Shoulder Prosthesis
Steven Lippitt, MD, an associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and specialist with Northeast Ohio Orthopaedic Associates helped design of first prosthesis made specifically for shoulder fracture.

Tumor Resection - Reconstruction with Vascularized Fibula
This study that provided was performed on a large series at Akron General Medical Center.

PMMA
Clinical technique & trial for removing tumor (GCT) & Reconstruction with cement

Leg Lengthening Reconstruction
Also called Ilizarov, this technique was first performed in Ohio at Akron General Medical Center.

Custom Computer-designed Distal Demur Replacement
First in Ohio

Cementless Stem for Mega Prosthesis in Tumors
First in the Country

Cell Saver for "Bloodless Surgery"
The Cell Saver System® is used for depositing platelets and plasma of the patient immediately before surgery, reducing the need for donated blood.




Date Updated: 24-FEB-2013



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