Improving Patient Care Through Surgical Innovation
The thought of being on an operating table is the exact reason why Toronto resident George Danylkiw avoided surgery on his shoulder for so long – even though it was filled with pain.
“Over the last year or so, the pain became so bad, I couldn’t sleep at night, sitting down was painful and moving my arm above my head was impossible,” he recalls.
But thanks to an innovative approach to the positioning which facilitates arthroscopic shoulder surgery, developed by Dr. Amr Elmaraghy, an upper extremity Orthopaedic surgeon at St. Joe’s, Danylkiw knew he could overcome his apprehension to surgery for the benefit of his health.
Dr. Elmaraghy’s approach to creating space makes it easier to use the necessary hand and power tools to repair damage in the shoulder, while ensuring that no additional damage is done to the surrounding cartilage and tissue.
Two months after surgery George says he feels “like a million bucks”. The only proof of his surgery are the five tiny marks left from the incisions made by Dr. Elmaraghy to repair his rotator cuff. His shoulder pain is completely gone.
Did you know?
0 – The number of C. difficile outbreaks at St. Joe’s over the last fiscal year
34% – The drop in C. difficile bacteria infection rate since 2012-2013 fiscal year
18% – The drop in Emergency Department wait times since 2012-2013 fiscal year