Joint replacement surgery offers a safe and popular option for decreasing pain, restoring function, and improving quality of life in patients suffering from advanced damage to the joint.
“In the last few decades, joint surgery has advanced considerably with improvements in not only surgical techniques and materials, but also in the approach to patient care,” said Wael K. Barsoum, MD, Chairman of Surgical Operations and Vice Chairman of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department.
Taking the first step
The Cleveland Clinic has recently implemented a program to help get patients up and moving the day of surgery, which has contributed to quicker discharges and improved function and pain. When NFL veteran turned Cleveland Browns broadcaster, Doug Dieken needed a double knee replacement, he turned to Dr. Barsoum. “I was struggling with my quality of life - walking up and down the stairs, mowing the lawn, and my favorite past time…golf. I knew it was time.” Dieken was thrilled with the quick results. “Dr. Barsoum and the Cleveland Clinic immediately improved my quality of life. From surgery to rehab I had an incredible experience. Their world class team got me back to the activities that I love in no time. I couldn’t believe that I had surgery in February and was back at it on the golf course in April.”
Dr. Barsoum stresses the importance of research and innovation in driving improved quality metrics and patient outcomes: “Our predictive modeling research has been very helpful in identifying important preoperative risk factors associated with joint replacement outcomes, such as treatment failure, complications, and discharge locations. With this information, we can give our patients more realistic expectations and personalized care.”
21st century care
Dr. Barsoum and his colleague, Joseph Iannotti, MD, PhD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute, have developed innovative software, virtual bone modeling techniques, and patient-specific guide instruments to aid in implant positioning for hip and shoulder replacement. Dr. Barsoum says these technologies “are important because every patient’s anatomy is slightly different. These tools allow us to preoperatively plan the surgery using advanced imaging and then once in the operating room, re-create and execute this plan with significantly improved accuracy.”