An exciting news bulletin was released today by Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in IL. Dr. Markarian will host 15 Brazilian doctors at the hospital where he will educate and train the surgeons on the Arthrosurface HemiCAP procedure. Read below for the entire statement.
Bolingbrook – Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gregory Markarian will host about 15 doctors from Brazil on March 20, teaching them a surgical technique to preserve, rather than replace, a patient’s knee.
Markarian will host the 15 doctors at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital on March 20, taking part in five surgeries that day. Brazil is in the process of granting medical approval to the technology that makes Markarian’s Arthrosurface approach possible, and he is teaching those doctors how to use it in advance of that approval.
“The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons is meeting the third week of March, so the timing is very good that this will soon be approved by Brazil,” Markarian said. “All their top doctors are coming March 20 to Bolingbrook to observe and learn.”
As a follow-up, Markarian plans to later travel to Brazil to work with the doctors again.
“I’m going to go down and help them with their initial cases and teach them down there,” Markarian said. “This is pretty involved and can’t really be learned in one setting.”
Markarian has done educational work internationally before. In November of 2009, Markarian went to Argentina to work with about 100 doctors there to teach the same technique. Markarian adopted this surgical approach in 2007, and his extensive knowledge of the approach allows him to teach doctors nationally and internationally.
“I feel that I have a responsibility as this technology grows to be able to demonstrate its proper use, so that people see the same results that I’m seeing,” Markarian said.
The Arthrosurface approach allows physicians to place small implants into small defects in knee cartilage, making it smooth again.
“The technology allows you to do that by going after smaller defects that eventually become bigger,” Markarian said.
Markarian said he has done between 100 and 150 surgeries using this approach. The need was apparent for patients between 40 and 60 suffering from knee pain but not yet candidates for total knee replacement, he said.
“There were a huge number of patients who were in limbo and couldn’t get treatment because the technology wasn’t there,” Markarian said.
Markarian is also the only doctor in the country using a hybrid of Arthrosurface along with an approach known as Tissue Guided Surgery to complete partial knee replacements, preserving patient ligaments and focusing on diseased bone.
A diplomat with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, Markarian previously served as a consultant to the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins for seven years. He was also head team physician for the XFL’s Chicago Enforcers. He’s a 1987 graduate of the University of Michigan and received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1991.
Markarian pursued orthopedics in medical school because it was the topic that interested him most.
“It was mechanical and very logical,” Markarian said. “You could understand the results. It was very intuitive.”