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Distal Humeral Replacement
Dr. Alan Rosen is TOPS in the Advancement of Elbow Surgery.
TOPS Surgical Specialty Hospital of Houston, Texas is proud to recognize one of our outstanding surgeons, Dr. Alan Rosen, for his role in the advancement of elbow surgery. Dr. Rosen recently performed a distal humeral replacement using a new, advanced hemi-arthroplasty implant, known as the "Latitude Total Elbow Replacement System". This modular system enables replacement of different parts of the elbow and was developed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Rosen is the first surgeon to perform an elbow hemi-arthroplasty outside the renowned research and development site.
Dr. Alan Rosen completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California. He completed a Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell University in New York City. Dr. Rosen specializes in surgery of the hand and upper extremity and is an expert at both the repair of traumatic injuries and treatment of arthritic conditions. Dr. Rosen is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
In the past, patients required a total elbow arthroplasty (replacement of both humeral and ulnar components) to relieve their pain and restore function. The hemi-arthroplasty implant enables restoration of function and relief of pain with only partial removal of the elbow joint. The surgical use of the "Latitude Total Elbow Replacement System" is limited and is only offered to Orthopaedic surgeons that are fellowship trained in hand and elbow surgery and are regarded as highly skilled in treating complex elbow problems.
Surgeons Sean O'Driscoll MD, Graham King MD, and Ken Yamaguchi MD, of the Mayo Clinic, dedicated 4 years to the development of the modular elbow implant system now used by Dr. Rosen. The implant is designed for use in patients with complex distal humerus fractures, severe elbow joint dysfunction and/or degenerative disease. This device is not approved by the FDA for sale in the U.S. The hemi-Latitude device used in this surgery was a custom implant provided by Tornier, Inc.
January 25, 2006-1960 Sun Klein Vol. 33, No. 4