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Innovation in Orthopedics

Innovation in Orthopedics and Spine

St. Vincent Charity’s master surgeons are actively working to bring new medical technologies and procedures to benefit orthopedic patients in Cleveland and across the nation.

Driving Innovation

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Cleveland State University's College of Engineering have been developing corss-functional collaborations between clinicians and researchers to bridge the gap between important biomedical research being conducted at CSU and the innovative clinical expertise at St. Vincent. These kinds of collaborations, often referred to as "marrying the bench and the bedside," accelerate the speed at which new diagnostic tools and treatments move from mere concepts to commercialization and clinical use, with the goal of significantly improving patient care.

Current collaborative projects include:

  •  Advanced Materials for Biomed Application (implants)
  •  Microarray bio printing/3Dbioprinting
  •  Functional Electrical Stimulation/Human Motion Control
  •  Human Movement and Computer-Aided Movement Analysis
  • Sensor fusion on implantable medical devices
  • Biomechanics

To learn more about these and other collaborative opportunities, please contact Thom Olmstead, Director University Collaborations.

Mobi-C Cervical Disc

The device, the first and only cervical disc replacement FDA approved for both one and two-level applications, was the subject of a rigorous FDA Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial. In the study, the two-level cervical disc replacement procedure demonstrated an overall study success rate of 69.7% as compared to traditional cervical fusion results of 37.4%.  At 24 months, those who received the two-level cervical disc replacement during the trial phase also returned to work on average three weeks earlier as compared to those patients who were treated with cervical fusion. The disc replacement patients also had lower rates of subsequent surgeries and reduced rates of ongoing degeneration at spinal segments adjacent to the surgery. Dr. Robert McLain is the one of a handful of surgeons in the region performing the total disc replacement. He was involved with the study and trials from the beginning. Visit www.cervicaldisc.com to see a video of how the implant works.

Joint Implant Surgery and Research Foundation

Dr. Lou Keppler is on the board of the JISRF and leads its orthopedic study group for product development for the advancement of total hip, knee and shoulder surgery. This team works with surgeons from around the world on developing better devices to achieve better outcomes for patients. As a master surgeon, Dr. Keppler also trains surgeons from around the country and the world on the most innovative techniques for joint replacement both at St. Vincent Charity and at national and international orthopedic conferences. Among the recent developments include the muscle-sparing total hip replacement.

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