(ALBANY, NY) – William Montgomery, MD, a surgeon on the OrthoNY spine team, is among the first in the Northeast to be certified for placement of the new Mobi-C®, an artificial disc that can be implanted at two adjacent levels of the neck. The device, which can also be used for single-level disc replacement, was approved by the FDA in August and studied in a large multicenter clinical trial, with results published in the November 2013 Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.
Unlike spinal fusion, the standard procedure for many patients who have degenerative disease that affects two adjacent damaged discs, Mobi-C® implantation doesn’t just relieve pain. It also allows for a good postoperative range of neck motion and is less likely than fusion to cause degeneration of surrounding discs.
“The Mobi-C® Disc is a significant advancement for patients with certain types of cervical spine disease,” states Dr. Montgomery. “These patients often have severe neck pain, with pain radiating down the arm. It is very common for those with this condition, also known as radiculopathy, to have cervical disc degeneration at two levels. If they meet the criteria for Mobi-C®, it offers an alternative that can provide better results and fewer long-term complications than fusion.”
The Mobi-C® is implanted to replace two adjacent damaged discs in the neck, or cervical spine, from levels C3-C7. The device is made for people who have not responded to non-surgical care, and have damaged discs that may or may not cause neck pain, but do result in loss of feeling, loss of movement, pain, weakness or tingling down the arm and possibly into the hand. Surgery with Mobi-C® can help keep neck movement, while reducing the pain and tingling caused by the damaged discs.
Although just approved in the Unites States, Mobi-C® has been in use since 2004 in 24 European nations, where more than 17,000 have been implanted.
“While other artificial discs have been available here for a number of years, this is the first time we have one that can be implanted at two levels,” adds Dr. Montgomery. “It presents an incredible opportunity for pain relief related to cervical disc damage, and I’m excited to bring this state-of-the-art treatment to St. Peter’s Hospital.”
A Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Montgomery is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and highly specialized in spinal disorders. He completed a coveted two-year fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and is one of the few spine surgeons dual-trained by both neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques in the management of complex cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine disorders.
To schedule an appointment, call (518)489-2663, or visit www.orthony.com.
Yes, OrthoNY can now claim to have visited the Antarctica. This picture is of Jeremy Muller (husband of OrthoNY employee Meagan Muller). Jeremy is stationed there for three months with his US Air Force colleagues from the Stratton Air National Guard based at Schenectady, New York.
Meagan made Jeremy promise to “take that shirt and make sure you take a good photo and no matter how cold it is the only top you can have on is the OrthoNY shirt.” The photo was taken November 18, 2013 at McMurdo Station, Antarctica in front of Castle Rock. It was minus 3 degrees!!
Jeremy, thank you for listening to Meagan and for bringing OrthoNY to the ”bottom” of the world.
You may have a rotator cuff injury if you have pain in your shoulder, especially at night, and difficulty or weakness with overhead activities.
What is a Rotator Cuff?
A rotator cuff is a combination of muscles and tendons in your shoulder. They connect to the top of the humerus (upper arm bone), and help to position your hand in space. The rotator cuff also helps to stabilize the shoulder joint which has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body.
What Are Rotator Cuff Disorders?
Some of the common rotator cuff problems include:
• Tendonitis or inflammation of the tendons
• Bursitis or inflammation of the bursa, a small, fluid-filled sac that serves as a cushion between the tendons and bones.
• Impingement or abnormal contract between the bursa and underlying rotator cuff with bone above it.
• Rotator cuff tendon tears.
• Calcific tendonitis or buildup of calcium in the rotator cuff tendons
Treating Rotator Cuff Injuries
Properly treating rotator cuff injuries is important. If they go untreated for too long, often systems will worsen and treatment may be more difficult. Treatment options include:
• Resting the shoulder.
• Using anti-inflammatory medicine to relieve pain and decrease the amount of swelling.
• Physical therapy to help increase shoulder strength and range of motion.
• Steroid shots in the shoulder. Though steroid shots don’t cure all rotator cuff disorders, they help reduce pain and swelling and can help improve symptoms associated with many problems affecting the rotator cuff.
Alyssa Greer, physician assistant with OrthoNY, was the female champion at the 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge. MVP Health Care sponsored this 5K race in the Saratoga Spa State Park on Saturday, October 19, 2013 to benefit Saratoga Bridges. Saratoga Bridges has proudly provided the highest level of quality professional services to people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 55 years.
Over 2,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers packed the Columbia Pavilion, raising $30,000 NET for Saratoga Bridges’ programs and services. Alyssa led the female runners by coming in at a time of 19 minutes and 14 seconds, coming in 6th place overall! To see the 5K Results– CLICK HERE.
Alyssa works in OrthoNY’s Saratoga and Malta, Route 9 offices.
OrthoNY, in conjunction with St. Peter’s Hospital and Stryker Medical Equipment Corporation, sponsored an informational lecture on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame Major League catcher with the Cincinnati Reds, joined Drs. Fred Fletcher and Frank Congiusta of OrthoNY, to speak about total joint replacement options for patients with osteoarthritis.
Mr. Bench spoke of this experience having both of his hips replaced with both seriousness and humor. Over 350 persons enjoyed the presentation. Johnny also attended a cocktail party in his honor at St. Peter’s Hospital and a dinner with OrthoNY physicians the night before the lecture.
Kristin Kandiel, a physician assistant who works with Dr. William Montgomery at OrthoNY, was a proud participant in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in London, England in September 2013. This race used an identical course and venue as the London 2012 Olympic Games. Kristin participated with 5000 athletes from all over the world!
We are happy to announce here that Kristin finished 4th for the Americans and 36th in the world!!!
Dr. Jon Gainor, Total Joint Replacement specialist at OrthoNY, will be in attendance at the NY’s #1 Over 50 Boomer Expo being held
this Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Saratoga Springs City Center from 11am to 4pm. The cost for this event is “free.”
This dynamic Expo will feature life enhancing information, products and services, entertainment and Raffle prizes, 100 booths from Kayaks
to Health Care to bicycles to Retirement Planning. Get your questions answered by the professionals! Enjoy the Iron Chef Throwdown & food tastings by
ShopRite. Come to this exciting Expo that culminates with a performance by Tribute artists Donny Elvis at 4:00.
Dr. Gainor will be available to answer your questions about Total Knee and Hip surgery, general Orthopaedics, and OrthoNY, the recent
merger between Orthopaedic Associates of Saratoga and Northeast Orthopaedics of Albany. Stop by and say, “Hi”, and tell
him you heard about it on the OrthoNY website or on the OrthoNY Facebook page.
Enjoy the weekend and the Boomer Expo this Sunday. For More Information Call: 518-395-3045
Tournament brings patients together to celebrate joint replacement success
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY) – OrthoNY will host the 13th Annual “Best Foot Forward” Golf Invitational next Wednesday, September 25, at Brookhaven Golf Course in Porters Corners. More than 100 golfers, all practice patients, are registered.
The unique tournament is free for invited golfers and celebrates their successful recovery from joint replacement surgery. Festivities kick off with lunch at noon, followed by nine holes of golf, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Prizes will be awarded to the winners, and for the longest drive and closest-to-the-pin. Golfers will also have the chance to shoot for a $10,000 hole-in-one.
“We started the ‘Best Foot Forward’ with just 27 golfers in 2001,” states Regina Colaes, COO, Saratoga Region. “Not only has it grown with the number of joint replacements we see, it has become a popular event because of the camaraderie. Complete strangers, with seemingly nothing in common other than a joint replacement, have become good friends because of this tournament, and beyond it.”
CEO Alan Okun commented, “OrthoNY is pleased to host this special golf outing for joint replacement patients. It’s the ultimate example of how we are saving lifestyles®, enabling people to recover and return to the activities they love.”
OrthoNY providers will be guest lecturers at the Albany Medical Center’s Center for Physician Assistant Studies. This program is a 28-month Physician Assistant Program leading to a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. The following physicians are speaking to the students this week and next:
- Frank Congiusta, MD – Total Joint Surgeon — Hip and Pelvis Problems; Knee and Lower Leg Problems
- William Montgomery, MD – Spine Surgeon — Back and Spine Problems
- Samuel Dellenbaugh, MD – Foot and Ankle Surgeon — Foot and Ankle Problems
- Richard Dalaba, PA – Principles of Orthopedic Evaluation & General Fracture Management
- Cody Misener, PA – Shoulder Problems
Listen in as Hall-of-Fame catcher and Stryker total hip recipient Johnny Bench shares his personal experience with joint replacement. Johnny Lee Bench is a former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench, a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, was a key member of The Big Red Machine, which won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history
• Arthritis of the Hip and Knee
• Surgical and Non-Surgical Joint Pain Treatment Options
• Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
Where? The Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211
When? Wednesday, September 25, 2013
9:30am to Noon
Light morning refreshments provided.
How? Space is limited! To Register call 518-525-2227
Sponsored by Stryker Orthopaedics and St. Peter’s Hospital