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IU Health Saxony Hospital broadcasts live knee replacement surgery to international audience

  • IU Health Saxony Hospital broadcasts live knee replacement surgery to international audience

| Fishers—On Thursday, January 16, an Indiana University Health orthopedic surgeon led a live broadcast of a cementless total knee replacement surgery.

The procedure was live-streamed from an operating room inside Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers to an audience of a more than 200 orthopedic surgeons from around the world who gathered in Vail, Colorado for a conference hosted by the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction. The operation, which was the first live surgery to take place at IU Health Saxony Hospital, began at 11:20 a.m. and lasted approximately 90 minutes.

Broadcasting live from his operating room, R. Michael Meneghini, M.D. demonstrated an effective technique for performing a total knee replacement using next-generation cementless technology, durable orthopedic implants he helped to design and some of the latest surgical navigation devices. Conference participants were able to observe and interact with Dr. Meneghini in real-time throughout the surgery. An edited video of the surgery will be posted on the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction’s website and made available for the public to view within the next few weeks.

“It was truly an honor to participate in this live presentation and to share surgical techniques with our medical peers around the world,” said Dr. Meneghini, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with IU Health Physicians Orthopedics and Sports Medicine who specializes in adult hip and knee reconstruction, which includes total hip and knee replacement, complex revision hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement, hip impingement and dysplasia as well as minimally invasive surgical techniques.

A total knee replacement, also known as total knee arthroplasty, is a treatment usually recommended for individuals with osteoarthritis—a painful and degenerative joint disease that affects more than 20 million Americans. During the procedure, surgeons replace diseased or damaged joint surfaces of the knee with durable metal and plastic implants designed to relieve pain and improve the patient’s ability to move and bear weight on their joint.

IU Health, which performs more than 3,500 joint replacement surgeries a year, is home to some of the only orthopedic surgeons in the state who perform cementless total knee replacements, which studies have shown to be effective in relieving pain and restoring function—even 20 years later.

Dr. Meneghini is a Terre Haute, Indiana native who received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute, attended Indiana University School of Medicine and received his residency training in orthopedic surgery from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Following residency he completed a fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

A prolific researcher and author of more than 55 scientific articles on hip and knee replacement, Dr. Meneghini joined IU Health in 2010 and leads the state’s only joint replacement fellowship program at IU Health Saxony Hospital. He is also a member of the Knee Society, an exclusive and prestigious group of the nation’s top knee surgeons.

About IU Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
IU Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is Indiana’s only nationally ranked orthopedics program, according to U.S.News and World Report’s list of the nation’s top 50 programs. The comprehensive program is dedicated to providing convenient, quality and highly skilled care with the goal of getting patients back to their normal activities as quickly and safely as possible. Specialties include: joint replacement; pediatric orthopedics and spinal care; orthopedic and primary care sports medicine; arthroscopy; orthopedic trauma care; orthopedic oncology; shoulder, hand and upper extremity surgery; and foot and ankle surgery. Learn more at iuhealth.org/iuhp/orthosportsmed.

About IU Health Saxony Hospital
IU Health Saxony Hospital, a part of Indiana University Health, opened its doors to patients in December 2011. A 42-bed specialty hospital with services focused on cardiovascular, orthopedics, spine care and emergency services, the hospital is the first of its kind for residents in Fishers and northeastern Hamilton County. IU Health Saxony Hospital provides local access to the nationally ranked programs of Indiana University Health. In addition to the designated hospital space with all private patient rooms, the 200,000-square-foot facility also includes an outpatient surgery center, a Women’s Center for mammography, bone density and ultrasound, and a medical office building with a retail pharmacy, café, sleep disorders center, cardiac rehabilitation services and physician offices. To learn more about IU Health Saxony Hospital, visit iuhealth.org/saxony.

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