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Replacement Seminar Set In St. C

For anyone preoccupied with their joints, a local orthopedic surgeon will give you a free seminar on total joint replacement – that’s hips and knees, for you boomers – at Alternative Home Health in St. Clairsville at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16. The seminar, which will be led by Dr. Michalski, is open to the public. Michalski is an orthopedic surgeon who has an office at East Ohio Regional Hospital’s medical building.

The presentation is designed to raise awareness of joint replacement treatment and what patients should expect when getting the surgery. Michalski has been on the forefront of joint replacement surgery and will be discussing a minimal incision before surgery technique, according to Sheila Smith, Alternative Home Health administrator. Many orthopedic surgeons have found that smaller incisions are led invasive and offer a more positive recovery and often results in a faster recovery, she added.

Michalski is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and is a member of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons and Arthroscopy Association of North America. Michalski performs computer- assisted knee replacements at East Ohio Regional Hospital. He focuses on improved mobility and outcomes by precise cuts using computers during surgery. No other surgeon in the area has this training, Smith said.

Michalski is also one of only 200 orthopedic surgeons in the nation qualified and trained to do hop resurfacing surgery. This type of surgery preserves more of the patient's own bone. Michalski is certified on advanced unicompartmental knee replacement training to help those patients who need only a partial knee replacement, according to Smith. He also has certification and special training in arthroscopy, joint reconstruction, shoulder replacements, as well as custom and partial knee replacements. “We focus on improved results with increased technology and quality patient care.

We do our minimal invasive surgeries in the high tech, brand new operating rooms at East Ohio Regional Hospital. We are the only minimally-invasive sports and joint replacement program in the region that employs centrifuged platelet spray to encourage improved healing, as well as computer-assisted navigation to help make more precise cuts for surgery,” Michalski said.

It is important for people to realize they do not have to have serious joint problems to attend the seminar. The presentation will be full of information that could be helpful to everyone, Smith said. Alternative Home Health and East Ohio HomeCare will provide home care at no cost to Medicare and Health Plan beneficiaries after surgery, including physical and occupational therapy and nursing.

This continued health care at home enhances the patient’s outcomes and mobility. Medicare beneficiaries receive home care at no cost. Seating for the seminar is limited. To reserve a seat, call Alternative Home Health, 740-699-7000. Alternative Home Health is located at Griffin Park Church on East Main Street.