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Dr. Brock Cummings named Medical Director of
Total Joint Replacement Program
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CHICO, Calif., Jan. 14, 2013 – Brock Cummings, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement, now has an office in Chico and has been named medical director of Enloe’s Total Joint Replacement Program.
Dr. Cummings has been in private practice in Paradise, Calif., since 2003 and a member of the Enloe Medical Staff since 2009. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. His medical degree and residency were completed at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Over the years Dr. Cummings has focused on hip and knee replacements using advanced techniques. The latest methods include minimally invasive techniques, computer navigation, patient-specific instrumentation and the anterior approach to hip replacement. These techniques can provide tangible benefits to those who suffer from severe joint pain or joint dysfunction. For example, less-invasive surgical techniques result in a shorter hospital stay and quicker healing.
The “anterior approach” to hip replacement has brought the most dramatic benefits of all of the advanced techniques for joint replacement, Dr. Cummings said. This method involves the surgeon accessing the hip between a muscle group rather than detaching the muscle. “With the anterior approach, recovery is certainly quicker,” Dr. Cummings said. “Some patients are walking without a cane seven or eight days after surgery, compared with four to six weeks without this approach.”
Patient-specific instrumentation utilizes cutting guides that are custom-made for each patient based on MRI or CT scan images. This aids in rapid and accurate restoration of proper alignment and also allows improved pre-operative planning and sizing of the implants, said Dr. Cummings. This also means less time is spent in surgery. Computer navigation in the operating room provides improved accuracy in bone cuts and implant placement compared with traditional techniques.
The demand for joint replacement has steadily increased as our nation’s population ages, and surgery is in high demand nationwide. Additionally, due to more durable joint replacement parts, people are able to have surgery sooner. Parts can last 20 or more years, compared with 10 or 15 years previously. “As the products become more durable, it dramatically reduces the waiting time and improves people’s quality of life,” said Dr. Cummings.
About Enloe’s Total Joint Replacement Program: The goal of the program is to restore function and mobility, minimize pain, and facilitate a return to the patient’s normal lifestyle. Surgical procedures offered include minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, the anterior approach to hip replacement, patient-specific instrumentation for total and partial knee replacement, total shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement. Treatments offered include steroid injections and viscosupplementation injections. The office is located in the Fountain Medical Plaza, 251 Cohasset Road, Suite 130, and the phone number is 332-6045. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.enloe.org/joint.
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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.