Lo­cal doc­tor hon­ored in Ger­many

Sur­geon with Ad­ven­tist Health Lodi Me­mo­rial a pi­o­neer in knee re­place­ment surgery

Lodi News-Sentinel - - BUSINESS -

Dr. Stephen M. How­ell, a board cer­ti­fied ortho­pe­dic sur­geon prac­tic­ing at Ad­ven­tist Health Lodi Me­mo­rial, was re­cently awarded an honorary membership to the Ger­man Arthro­plasty So­ci­ety. How­ell re­ceived the award at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s re­cent con­fer­ence held in Düs­sel­dorf, Ger­many.

How­ell, a pi­o­neer in the field of to­tal knee re­place­ment, was rec­og­nized by an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence of med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als from Ger­many, Aus­tria and Switzer­land for his work and de­vel­op­ment of the kine­mat­i­cally aligned to­tal knee re­place­ment pro­ce­dure.

Us­ing a pa­tient’s own nat­u­ral knee joint align­ment, kine­matic aligned to­tal knee re­place­ment uti­lizes 3D tech­nol­ogy to map the na­tive joint line of the knee, as it was prior to the de­vel­op­ment of arthri­tis. This “kine­matic align­ment” al­lows for a cus­tom and in­di­vid­u­al­ized place­ment of the implant in the knee for each pa­tient, al­low­ing for bet­ter out­comes. Pa­tients see faster re­cov­ery times, pain re­lief, func­tion and flex­ion, as well as im­proved implant sur­vival.

Known in­ter­na­tion­ally for his work as a clin­i­cian, re­searcher and in­no­va­tor in to­tal knee re­place­ment, and listed in the top three per­cent of ortho­pe­dic sur­geons na­tion­ally for out­comes, How­ell is hon­ored by this re­cent recog­ni­tion from his Ger­man col­leagues.

“It is truly an honor to be awarded this membership to a so­ci­ety of dis­tin­guished arthro­plasty pro­fes­sion­als,” he said. “We share the same fo­cus and ded­i­ca­tion to the care of our pa­tients and con­tinue striv­ing to pro­vide the very best out­comes.”

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Lo­cal sur­geon Stephen How­ell was re­cently hon­ored in Ger­many for his work with knee re­place­ments.

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