Replacements, Fusions and Transplants Heal Common and Chronic Injuries
New technologies developed in the last decade have helped ankle surgeons achieve better outcomes for a range of injuries and conditions.
The Mills-Peninsula Orthopedic Ankle Center team now offers total ankle replacement, a procedure that replaces a painful, arthritic joint with metal and plastic implants, similar to knee and hip replacements. Total ankle replacements are typically recommended for people who have advanced ankle arthritis, destroyed joint surfaces, or pain and stiffness that interferes with daily activities. Studies show that ankle replacements can safely and reliably ease pain and maintain mobility in patients. Improved ankle replacement parts made of metal and a smooth plastic material (polyethylene) can relieve the pain of bone rubbing against bone.
“As people get older, they’ve had more time to injure their ankles and joints,” says Todd Kim, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula orthopedic surgeon who has specialized training in both ankle and shoulder repairs.
The Mills-Peninsula Health Services Diabetes Research Institute in San Mateo, California, was the lead site and David C. Klonoff, M.D., was study chair of a national, multicenter study called ASPIRE (Automation to Simulate Pancreatic Insulin REsponse), an in-home clinical trial of the integrated MiniMed insulin pump with automatic insulin suspension, a feature called Threshold Suspend which is unique to MiniMed insulin pump systems. The trial was conducted at multiple investigational centers across the United States to determine the safety and efficacy of Threshold Suspend.
This clinical trial is the first, large in-home study to show the results of the integrated system when Threshold Suspend is incorporated. The trial compared two MiniMed sensor-augmented insulin pumps (integrated insulin pump with continuous glucose monitoring): one with the Threshold Suspend feature and one without.
Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) and the Central California Alliance for Health (The Alliance) have named Aaron Surrey, a June 2013 Health Sciences graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), as the recipient of the 7th annual Primary Care Physician Award. The award comes with a $10,000 scholarship.
“Aaron is the seventh UCSC Health Sciences senior that we have sponsored since the inception of this program,” said Larry deGhetaldi, M.D., president of Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz and SMSC community board member. “This has been a wonderful collaboration with The Alliance and UCSC. We are very proud of each of the seven future primary care physicians.”
Mills-Peninsula has received an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2013 Hospital Safety Score. This is the third consecutive time Mills-Peninsula has earned an “A” rating for hospital safety from Leapfrog. The Hospital Safety Score grades general acute care hospitals on how safe they are for patients. It is calculated twice each year using publicly available data on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections at hospitals.
A panel of patient safety experts provided guidance to The Leapfrog Group to calculate the grades from A to F. The panel selected 26 measures of hospital safety data, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure.
For the third consecutive year, Mills-Peninsula has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Award, part of the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Prevention Program.
The award recognizes Mills-Peninsula for treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association standards of care for at least 24 consecutive months and achieving 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures in the Get With The Guidelines program.
The quality measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation – all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.