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Making a Plan for a Perfect Fit: Customizing Knee Implants
Often when patients visit Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine for the first time, they are confused or at the very least a little overwhelmed by the many buzzwords they’ve heard regarding knee replacement surgery. They may have heard the terms “robotics,” “computer-assisted,” and “patient-specific” but don’t have a good understanding of what those words mean. As a result, these patients usually enter the office and say something like, “My buddy had his knee done here and was happy with the result, so I’d like to do the same thing he did.”
A Walk a Day Can Keep the Orthopaedic Doctor Away
“Walk daily — that’s the underlying theme,” says Swank, one of Cincinnati’s busiest surgeons who specializes in computer assisted minimally invasive hip and knee surgery. A decade ago, Swank realized that if he could just get people to walk 30 minutes a day, it would be more meaningful than all the knees and hips he could ever fix. Therefore, he trademarked Walk30 initially for postoperative joint replacements because he had a protocol for getting people to walk following surgery.
IN & OUT: Patients Safely Experience Outpatient Joint Surgery
Not only did I find orthopaedic surgery interesting, but those doctors seemed happier than cardiac surgeons. They really seemed to like what they were doing,” Swank says. “In orthopaedic technology, there were joint replacements, trauma techniques, spine surgery, all relatively new territory. I thought there would be more expansive opportunities available in terms of innovation and research in the orthopaedic world.
A Top Doc is Pioneer in Orthopaedics
When you’re in pain, there’s only one thing you care about: finding the cause and stopping the hurt. That’s where Michael Lawson Swank, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon with Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, comes in.
His path to orthopaedics was a journey. Swank moved to Cincinnati in seventh grade and attended St. Xavier High School. At Georgetown University, he double-majored in English and psychology, eventually becoming a Rhodes scholarship finalist. Then it was on to medical school.
Hall of Fame Health Designates Beacon Orthopaedics as 1 of 25 'Elite Care Centers' in the Country
Hall of Fame Health, an entity the Pro Football Hall of Fame formed in early 2020 to assist former NFL players address health-related issues, today announces the launch of a new designation it is placing on select health care providers, giving them the distinction of becoming a Hall of Fame Elite Care Center.
Plans include certifying these centers within specific areas of focus – such as joint replacement, cardiovascular care, neurosciences, women’s health, and behavioral health – and follows significant research and due diligence into these providers in their outcomes data, patient experience and clinical leadership.
A Walk A Day Can Keep The Orthopaedic Doctor Away
Walk this way. Or that way. It doesn’t really matter as long as you are moving. That’s the message from Michael Lawson Swank, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.
Walk daily — that’s the underlying theme,” says Swank, one of Cincinnati’s busiest surgeons who specializes in computer assisted minimally invasive hip and knee surgery. A decade ago, Swank realized that if he could just get people to walk 30 minutes a day, it would be more meaningful than all the knees and hips he could ever fix.