Vail Health Magazine 2013 - page 16

Like anything in life, a
major surgery is easiest on those
who are best prepared. Unfortu-
nately, as far as major surgeries go,
preparedness is a luxury that’s
usually unavailable.
But it doesn’t have to be, says
the team of surgeons at The Stead-
man Clinic in Vail, Colorado. If the
major surgery you need is a total
joint replacement, you may be able
to delay that operation without
causing more pain, long-term
damage or a reduced quality of life,
The Steadman Clinic is of the opin-
ion that you should absolutely opt
for that delay, and use the extra
time to prepare yourself.
And they have the research to
back it up.
Influencing orthopaedics
Founded in 1988 by orthopaedic
surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman as
the Steadman Sports Medicine
Foundation, the Steadman Philip-
pon Research Institute (SPRI) is a
501(c)(3) charitable organization
dedicated to keeping people of all
ages physically active through or-
thopaedic research and education
in arthritis, healing, rehabilitation
and injury prevention.
It all started with a wing of
the surgery center Dr. Steadman
called the Clinical Research
Department, recalls Karen Briggs,
the Director of the Center for
Outcomes-Based Orthopaedic
Research who has been with
Steadman for nearly two decades.
“Our goal was to build a da-
tabase of all the patient-derived
outcomes — how the patients
felt — along with all the surgical
information,” says Briggs. “And
that, 25 years later, has driven us to
the point where we are now a cen-
ter for outcome-based orthopaedic
research, where we determine how
patients do based on their opinion
and the physician’s opinion. We
publish those outcomes, and share
that knowledge with the world.”
Award-winning results
These days, the SPRI database con-
sists of more than 20,000 patients.
Joint replacement can
be delayed up to 10 years
with innovations in
arthroscopic surgery
The Proof Is in the Package
By John LaConte
Dr. Richard J. Steadman is the
founder and managing partner of
The Steadman Clinic, as well as the
founder and chairman of the board
of the Steadman Philippon Research
Institute. A renowned innovator and
mentor in the field of orthopaedic
sports medicine, Dr. Steadman
is internationally known for the
development of several advanced
surgical procedures for the knee.
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