As our nation’s opioid crisis continues to make headlines, it’s important that we not merely raise awareness of this raging epidemic but offer solutions. Kathleen Hogan, MD, a surgeon at New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, is heeding that call and taking steps to help combat this dangerous issue.
While many opioid abusers are recreational users, many others developed their addictions after taking painkillers following surgical procedures. Drugs such as fentanyl, among others, have long been prescribed for patients in these situations, and while effective, these types of medications can also be highly addictive.
That’s why Dr. Kathleen Hogan, a Board-certified orthopaedist specializing in knee and hip replacements, opts to treat her patients using a non-opioid medication called Exparel whenever possible. The anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the patient during surgery and not only greatly reduces pain, but can minimize or eliminate the need for post-op opioid prescriptions.
This is one component of Dr. Kathleen Hogan’s multimodal approach to pain management, which was recently featured in The Nashua Telegraph. In the article, Dr. Kathleen Hogan mentions that in addition to taking opioids out of the equation, this treatment option also speeds up recovery times for most patients.
While the opioid issue knows no geographic boundaries, New Hampshire is one of the country’s biggest problem areas. Although Dr. Kathleen Hogan is leading efforts to eradicate opioid addiction in her community, the work doesn’t end there. She is also introducing this alternative treatment plan to other parts of the world. As part of the Women Orthopaedist Global Outreach group, Dr. Kathleen Hogan does mission work in other countries such as The Republic of Congo and Cuba, among others, performing knee replacements and providing safer pain management to underserved regions.
New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center is proud to call Dr. Kathleen Hogan one of our own. She is an innovative and passionate leader who is dedicated to all those she serves.
There’s no denying that Douglas Joseph, M.D. is one of the area’s premier orthopaedists. Specializing in minimally-invasive hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement, revision hip and knee replacement, and arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder for torn meniscus, ligaments and rotator cuffs, he was named the Top Orthopaedic Surgeon by New Hampshire Magazine seven times.
New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center is proud to have Dr. Joseph as a member of its team and he is one of many who help provide the day-to-day care that their patients need to achieve comfort and recovery. Although Dr. Joseph will continue treating patients, he will no longer be performing surgical procedures, instead referring them to his partners at New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center.
“We have an incredible staff here at New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center and I believe we provide better comprehensive care than anybody else in the community and state,” said Dr. Joseph. “I will continue doing my best to make our patients pain-free.”
A practicing orthopaedist since 1978, William Rix, M.D. recently announced his retirement. He will truly be missed by those who had the privilege of working with him, as well as by the countless patients he treated and helped keep in motion throughout the years.
For Dr. Rix, you could say that being an orthopaedist is in his blood. Or, better yet, his bones. His father was an orthopaedist and his grandfather was a surgeon.
He acknowledges that growing up, his only aspiration was to become an orthopaedist. He accomplished that goal and has served as a general orthopaedist more than four decades, and has been a vital member of the team at New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center.
For the past few years, Dr. Rix shifted his focus to musculoskeletal medicine and also assisted his partners with some of the more challenging orthopaedic injuries they were attempting to treat – “head-scratchers,” as he called them.
Practicing since 1978, Dr. Rix recently announced his retirement. He will truly be missed by those who had the privilege of working with him, as well as by the countless patients he treated and helped keep in motion throughout the years. The team at New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center is thankful for the opportunity to work with such a wonderful doctor and appreciates the countless contributions he made to the community.
The team at New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center is thankful for the opportunity to work with such a wonderful doctor and appreciates the countless contributions he made to the community.
What happens when 7 female surgeons travel to Cuba? 53 knee replacements in 3.5 days of surgery! Together with anesthesiologists, internists, nurses, scrub techs, physical therapists, and interpreters, we restored mobility and function to over 37 patients, all of whom left the hospital before we left the country.
WOGO – Women Orthopaedist Global Outreach – is a non-profit organization which seeks to transform lives in underserved global communities by reducing the chronic burden of arthritis through joint replacement. We also educate and train in-country orthopedic surgeons, serve as role models for women in medicine in developing countries, and give back to the communities we visit. Our previous trips have included Nepal, Guatemala, Tanzania, and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Each year, roughly 3,000 physicians licensed to practice in New Hampshire are asked to nominate specialists they would most recommend to family and friends. Those selected as ‘Top Doctors’ received the greatest number of recommendations within 45 specialties. New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center physicians have been voted ‘Top Doctors’ in New Hampshire Magazine 32 times since 2001-more than any other orthopaedic group in the state.
The votes for 2018 have been counted and seven New Hampshire
Orthopaedic Center physicians have been included in the Top Doctor listing:
Eric R. Benson, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
James C. Vailas, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Gregory W. Soghikian, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Robert J. Heaps, MD – Top Doctor for Hand Surgery
Jinsong Wang, MD, PhD – Top Doctor for Hand Surgery
Douglas M. Joseph, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Marc J. Michaud, MD – Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery
Congratulations to all those voted ‘Top Doctors’ for 2018.
These days, some veterans struggle to get any medical care at all, let alone the quality of care that they need in order to live healthy and productive lives. According to the Boston Globe, 25,000 veterans visit the Manchester VA hospital for outpatient care and surgery each year, and some of them wait months just to see a doctor.
To see if you or a veteran you know is eligible for treatment from New Hampshire Orthopedic Center, call 603.883.0091 today.
The first step towards managing joint pain is understanding it. Join Dr. Kathleen Hogan for her free and informative seminar, “Taking Control of your Joint Pain.” Taking place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, the seminar will cover topics including arthritis of the hip and knee, as well as non-surgical and surgical treatment alternatives.
Space is limited, so call 603-672-5037 or email Cindy@ledgewoodbay.com to register today!
Click here to read about our very own Dr. Bryan K. Houseman in the Union Leader. Dr. Houseman discusses the three surgeries performed at Elliot Hospital on Derrick Vossbrinnk of Merrimack, after a tractor trailer jackknifed on 1-293 hitting Vossbrinnk’s car.