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Congratulations, Dr. Racca, 2023 Albuquerque Top Doc, Orthopedics

We congratulate Dr. Racca for being chosen as the Top Doc for Orthopedics in Albuquerque Magazine’s 2023 edition. To read the entire article, subscribers can access the digital issue here. Additionally, a list of newsstands where the magazine is available for purchase can be found here.

 

New Mexico Orthopaedics is excited to announce the addition of our newest physician, Dr. Antony Kallur.

New Mexico Orthopaedics is excited to announce the addition of our newest physician, Dr. Antony Kallur. Dr. Kallur is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine and pediatrics.

Dr. Kallur has worked in Pediatric Orthopedics for over 12 years, and states that working with children is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a healthcare provider.

Dr. Kallur utilizes the latest technology (eg. Robotics and Navigation) and techniques (fusion and vertebral body tethering—a new, FDA approved non-fusion technique for scoliosis— to ensure the safest and most positive outcomes for intricate spinal surgeries.

He has worked in New Mexico for 10 years and enjoys a stellar reputation among referring physicians and fellow pediatric orthopedic surgeons.  He was also an associate professor at Baylor college of medicine and worked at Texas Children’s hospital for the last 2 years as senior faculty in pediatric orthopedics, with special interests in spine and spine deformity.

His specialities and interests include:

  • Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis— assessment, management,  bracing, observation or surgery
  • Neuromuscular, congenital, syndromic, and complex scoliosis in younger children— expertise in growing rods and casting
  • Back pain in children— both athletes and non-athletes
  • Conservative and operative interventions
  • Fractures in children— treating all aspects of trauma in children (including spinal trauma)
  • Lower extremity issues— limb length discrepancies, angular deformities, congenital malformations
  • Tumors— all benign tumors

Dr. Kallur loves the abundance of outdoor activities and great weather New Mexico provides. In his free time, he loves hiking the Sandia mountains and foothills. He also enjoys golfing and running (Albuquerque is perfect for both) and loves to watch the balloons!!

Dr. Kallur is currently accepting new patients.  To schedule an evaluation, please visit our self-scheduling portal here or contact 505-768-7507 today!

 

Techniques and Technology Improving Outcomes for Complex Scoliosis Surgeries

In Scoliosis Surgery, Lengthy and Complex (Albuquerque Journal), Dr. Anjali Subbaswamy (Pediatric Intensive Care Physician at UNM) answers questions regarding a patient whose pediatrician has suggested she may need surgery and is wondering what that entails.

She notes a recent observation of markedly improved conditions post-surgery, prompting her to ask her colleague  Dr. Antony Kallur (a Pediatric Spine and Orthopedics specialist formerly with UMN and currently with New Mexico Orthopaedics) what might be contributing to the improvements:

Q: My 14-year-old daughter has scoliosis and her pediatrician thinks she might need to have surgery. What does that entail?

A: The surgical repair for scoliosis is Posterior Spinal Fusion, and it is a surgery performed often in my hospital. It is a long surgery, often taking between 6 to 8 hours. The children usually, but not always, come to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) afterwards for postoperative care. They might stay in the PICU for 1 to 4 days, depending on how they recover. After that, they go to our inpatient Carrie Tingley Rehabilitation Unit, where they receive physical and occupational therapy. These therapies facilitate their ability to resume their activities of daily living, and also enhance their recovery. The therapists will give you exercises to continue at home. The entire hospital stay is typically 5 to 7 days.

There are 3 different kinds of pediatric scoliosis, all of which may require surgical treatment. They are idiopathic scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis and congenital scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis is by far the most common type. This affects otherwise healthy children, who have a sideways curve in their spine, which measures greater than 10 degrees. Your pediatrician may have done the Adams Forward Bend test to assess this, followed by some X-rays.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) provides the following information: If the spinal curve is between 25 degrees and 45 degrees and your child is still growing, your doctor may recommend bracing. Although bracing will not straighten an existing curve, it may prevent it from getting worse to the point of requiring surgery. Your doctor may recommend surgery if your child’s curve is greater than 45-50 degrees or if bracing did not stop the curve from reaching this point. Severe curves that are not treated could eventually worsen to the point where they affect lung and heart function. That is the main medical reason for intervening.

Now, here’s some good news. I have personally noticed that the patients I get from the operating room after this procedure are in much better condition than in years past. They are more stable in terms of their breathing and blood pressure, they start eating and drinking sooner after surgery, they start sitting up and getting out of bed sooner and their pain is better controlled. It is frankly amazing to me that some of these children don’t have to come to the PICU after surgery. This surgery takes a long time and involves blood loss and many hours of anesthesia. All of those factors are stressful to the body, and these children used to come out of surgery somewhat unstable. They would require active management of their fluid balance, blood pressure, pain and breathing. We would check labs and replace electrolytes and clotting factors. Nowadays, we barely do anything except watch them closely. They typically come out of the operating room breathing on their own, with stable blood pressure and good pain control. These changes are striking improvements, and prompted me to ask my colleague Dr. Antony Kallur, “What has changed?” 

Here’s Dr. Kallur’s answer:

Well, things definitely have changed for the better in a lot of ways.

First of all we understand the importance of three dimensional correction and restoration of spinal alignment. Anesthetic techniques have changed very much and are safer with newer medications and ability to keep children unconscious but maintaining baseline nerve and brain function so that we can monitor the child’s spinal cord.

Neuro-monitoring; which is now used all the time for any scoliosis surgery has made the surgery very safe reducing the incidence of neurological injury.

The surgical techniques and our understanding of how to correct the spine and the alignment that needs to be restored has made the children able to return to all activities after healing from surgery without any restriction. The implants used are advanced to help us correct the spine and maintain alignment to healing and can be placed safely. Titanium implants used now are also biocompatible and incidence of infection is negligible in healthy children. Our incidence at Carrie Tingley hospital is ‘zero’ in healthy children.

These days, the child does not need to stay in bed or use a brace after surgery. The newer instrumentation techniques mean that need to harvest child’s own bone (from the pelvic bone) as graft for achieving fusion/healing is not needed.

The recovery from scoliosis surgery has become so much easier to the child and family compared to how it was 10 to 15 years ago. So, we achieve better correction and alignment with safer surgery with a quicker recovery and return to activities. I hope things go very smoothly for your daughter!

Anjali Subbaswamy is a Pediatric Intensive Care Physician at UNM. Antony Kallur is a Pediatric and Adult Orthopedic Surgeon and Pediatric Spine Specialist at New Mexico Orthopaedics. 


New Mexico Orthopaedics is a multi-disciplinary orthopedic clinic located in Albuquerque New Mexico. We have multiple physical therapy clinics located throughout the Albuquerque metro area.

New Mexico Orthopaedics offers a full spectrum of services related to orthopedic care and our expertise ranges from acute conditions such as sports injuries and fractures to prolonged, chronic care diagnoses, including total joint replacement and spinal disorders.

Because our team of highly-trained physicians specialize in various aspects of the musculoskeletal system, our practice has the capacity to treat any orthopedic condition, and offer related support services, such as physical therapy, WorkLink and much more.

If you need orthopedic care in Albuquerque New Mexico contact New Mexico Orthopaedics at 505-724-4300 or utilize our self-scheduling tools here.

 

Congratulations, Dr. Franco, 2022 Albuquerque Top Doc, Orthopedics

 
We’d like to congratulate Dr. Franco for being selected Top Doc of ABQ 2022 for Orthopedics! Check out the article below to enjoy Dr. Franco’s entertaining answers to the interview questions. Those who know him know perfectly well why he was voted “best personality” in high school. 😀
Subscribers can access the digital issue here. Also, here’s a handy link to the list of newsstands where the magazine is on sale: newsstand locations.

 

Coronavirus Impacting Blood Supply, Urgent Shortage: Donors Needed

America’s blood supply, already limited, has been dramatically affected by the novel coronavirus epidemic. As part of recommended social distancing, many frequent or casual blood donors have curtailed their normal activities, including blood donation. Yet the need for blood products remains constant. As a result, blood supplies are rapidly running out.

“The American Red Cross is urging hospitals to reduce blood use in an effort to maintain suitable reserves for those patients who could need a blood transfusion, such as those with cancer, sickle cell disease, undergoing emergent surgery, trauma victims or post-partum women,” said Marisa Marques, M.D., director of Transfusion Services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “We are urging citizens to donate at this time of tremendous need.”

In the wake of COVID-19 responses, Vitalant is urging groups to continue organizing blood drives and individuals to continue donating blood, unless local public health officials specifically direct otherwise. Blood drives at schools, churches, community groups and religious institutions—which represent more than 60% of the nation’s blood supply—are events critical to health care in our country, and if canceled, could jeopardize patient care.

Vitalant—the second largest blood provider in the country—is working with other blood banks to avoid a critical failure of the blood supply. In parts of China and in the United States, the blood supply is at the “lowest levels” and is in “danger of collapse” as groups have canceled blood drives and individuals have stopped donating blood.

Organizations—schools, businesses, religious institutions—should follow the guidance of public health officials, rather than determining policies on their own. And if they are open (if classes are in session, if employees are working on site, if religious services are being conducted), they should continue to host blood drives. As part of the COVID-19 response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed guidance for “mass gatherings”—but those “mass gatherings” do not include blood drives.

If you are in the Albuquerque or Rio Rancho area and you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 please consider donating blood at the following locations:

Vitalant Albuquerque Location

Vitalant Rio Rancho Location

Sources:

uab.edu
vitalant.com

Master Dry Needling: Level 1 For PT’s & AT’s

Master Dry Needling: Level 1 For PT’s & AT’s

October 4th–6th, 2019: Albuquerque, NM | Limited Spots | Enroll Now!

  • 27 Contact Hours (CEU’s)
  • Registration Fee: $995

Price includes 27 hour live course with free retake of live. To register by credit card please visit masterdryneedling.com. To register by check please email us at totalmotion@gmail.com and we will send you the form.

  • Small Class Size
  • Limited Spots
  • Safety Emphasized Throughout
  • Evidence Based
  • OSHA Standards Discussed

Visit us at masterdryneedling.com

Course Objectives:

1. Have a thorough understanding of DN history and clinical applications.
2. Understand normal and abnormal muscle contraction physiology.
3. Identify precipitating and perpetuating factors in trigger point (TP) syndromes.
4. Identify muscle attachments and trigger points by surface anatomy and muscle testing.
5. Identify ligamentous and tenoperiostealtissues by surface anatomy.
6. Properly insert needles into each tissue identified including depth and angle of penetration.
7. Understand and apply Neural Therapy concepts into treatment.
8. Understand and apply Total Motion Release concepts into treatment.
9. Understand absolute and relative contraindications to DN therapy.
10. Identify type of tissue encountered at the end of a using “needle palpation.”
11. Utilize the different needling techniques and stimulation performed across the field.
12 .Discuss and apply electrical stimulation to inserted needles.

Continuing Education Credits Approved By:

FSBPT – PROCERT | BOC Course # CE14940 | OPTA Approval # 18S0821

Master Needling Class

Prerequisites

State practice act that includes dry needling as being within scope of practice. Active malpractice insurance. PA/AT Students are not allowed as per Board Rules.

  • Meets NM State PT Board Requirements
  • OSHA Standards Discussed (equal to 1.0 hour ceu)
  • Approved By TX PT Association (TPTA Approval #
  • Approved Provider, State Chapters Of APTA
  • Class Materials like needles etc. will be provided by us free of cost.
  • PT/ AT Students are not allowed as per Board Rules.

Target Audience

This training is specially designed for PT’s, AT’s, DC’s professionals. Approved for PT’s and AT’s for 27 CE hours. Other licensed healthcare practitioners, who are allowed to use dry needling in their practice and jurisdiction, including physicians, chiropractors, nurses, and nurse practitioners are welcome to attend.

Date & Location

Date: October 4th–6th 2019 | Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Seminar Location: New Mexico Orthopaedics – Uptown, 1700 Louisiana Blvd NE, Suite 120, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Type: Live Seminar

Seminar Timings:

Day 1: 8am – 7pm
Day 2: 8am – 7pm
Day 3: 8am – 3pm

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

TMR Seminars reserves the right to cancel the course. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, TMR Seminars will issue a full refund of the registration fee, if student purchased an individual seminar. If a package is purchased no refund will be provided. The student can re-register for a future course without additional costs. TMR seminars will not be responsible for any other charges incurred by the registrant due to the cancellation of a seminar.

Individual seminar registrations cancelled outside of two weeks (14 calendar days) of the course may receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, transfer to another course without penalty or keep a credit with us for a future course without penalty. Students canceling within two weeks (14 calendar days) of the course are not eligible to receive any refunds. Registrants have the option to transfer to another course or keep a credit with us for a future seminar.

Students who do not show up for a course have 1 week (7 calendar days) after the course to notify us their absence. At that time, registrants have the option to transfer to another course or keep a credit with us for a future seminars.

Students who do not notify us of their absence within the allotted 7 days will forfeit all funds.

About the Instructor

Dr. Scott Dixon, DPT, Cert. DN, CSCS, FMT
Dr. Scott L. Dixon, DPT, Cert. DN, CSCS, FMT

Dr. Scott Dixon began is career in Physical Therapy after graduating from Chatham University. After several years working for reputable clinics, Scott founded Integrative Physical Therapy out of a passion to focus on individual patient care and treating each person, not just their diagnosis. Though he has experience with a variety of diagnoses, he specializes in working with neck and back related issues. He has also treated celebrities, professional athletes, (including several Atlanta Falcons), as well as many weekend warriors. He specializes in helping improve function and movement of the body through individualized focus on the entire body, not just the site of pain or injury. His goal is to restore every patient to their fullest potential, to function better, and to prevent future injury. Utilizing dry needling, manual therapy, and movement screening, there is a gradual progression towards whole body healing and functioning.