The doctors at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are all very active in both the communities they live in and the communities of the global medical field. Here’s a brief professional update on the latest from two of our surgeons:
Phillip M. Stegemann, MD, specializing in Shoulder Surgery & General Orthopaedics for UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, was recently appointed effective January 1, 2014 as a Board Member to the Physician Leadership Board (PLB). Dr. Stegemann is Chief of Orthopaedics at Erie County Medical Center and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics for the School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. He also serves on the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
The Physician Leadership Board (PLB) is a group of physicians that provides oversight to the Optimum Physician Alliance. Board members are committed to supporting efficient, high-quality, cost-effective, evidence-based health care that is backed by published national guidelines and governed by the principles of patient-centered health care.
Thomas R. Duquin, MD, specializing in Elbow & Shoulder Surgery, General Orthopaedics for UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, recently was one of the leaders behind a new study published by the British publication Bone & Joint Journal involving triceps function after treatment of deep infection following total elbow replacement surgery. Dr. Duquin is an Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics for the School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, and is also Director of Medical Student Education.
The goal of this study was to assess triceps function in patients treated for deep infection complicating a total elbow replacement (TER). Triceps function was assessed by examination and a questionnaire. Outcome was measured using the Mayo Elbow Performance Score (MEPS).
The study found that while the treatment of an infected TER is often successful in eradicating or suppressing the infection, the extensor mechanism (the muscles and tendons on the outside of the elbow) may be compromised by both the infection and the surgery, leaving triceps weakness occurring in more than half of the patients and may represent a major functional problem. The Bone & Joint Journal, formerly known as The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (British Volume), provides leading research and clinical practice in orthopaedic surgery.Full citation for the article: Bone Joint J 2014;96-B:82–7.