The Concordia Way Spring 2019 - Page 7



CONCORDIA RESEARCH
About the
Concordia
Hip & Knee
Institute
Thanks to vision,
innovation, collaboration,
and the ongoing support
of donors, Concordia’s
Hip and Knee Institute is
a step ahead in delivering
world-class treatment,
research, and education
for Manitobans and people
around the world.
A UNIQUE FACILITY
The Hip and Knee Institute opened in 2009 and provides joint replacement surgeries to approximately 1,500 patients a year from
Manitoba and parts of Ontario, Saskatchewan and Nunavut.
Our state-of-the-art, 60,000 square-foot space is unique in
Canada. The on-site x-ray and radiostereometric analysis (RSA) facilities give our surgeons and researchers instant, detailed insights
into the condition of joints and the performance of implants.
By bringing surgery, research, and education all under one roof,
our Institute is able to drive innovation in surgical techniques and
implant technology, improving patient outcomes in Manitoba
and across the globe.
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS
Hip and knee replacement are two of the most cost-effective
medical interventions ever developed. The reason? The benefits
they provide vastly outweigh the cost.
Hip and knee replacements are more effective at improving
quality of life than transplants, dialysis, and bypass grafting for
the heart.
Thanks to innovations in surgical techniques and the quality of
the joint implants we use, our patients can expect to return to a
normal, active life with very few restrictions—and the confidence
that their new joints will last at least 20 years.
RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Our mechanical testing labs measure the safety and efficacy
of new and current implant devices by putting them through
their paces in machines that simulate various forms of movement millions of times.
We also perform clinical trials of new devices and surgical
techniques such as Reverse Hip Replacements. Only 16 people
in the world have had a reverse hip replacement so far—and
each of the surgeries was performed right here in our facility.
In a reverse hip replacement, the ball and cup of the joint are
reversed from their normal arrangement. Researchers hope
this will reduce painful joint dislocations. So far the results look
promising—but as in all good research, it’s worth the time it
takes to be certain.
IMPLANT RETRIEVAL ANALYSIS PROGRAM
"It's incredibly
rewarding to see a
patient who came
here with severe pain,
who can't sleep, can't
walk, can't play with
their grandkids or kids,
come back in six weeks
and tell me they’re
walking normally
and free of pain."
DR. TOM TURGEON
(BOTTOM RIGHT, SECOND FROM LEFT)
When an implant fails, we need to understand why. Was it faulty
design, surgical technique, wear and tear, or something else? By
examining previous implants that have been removed from the
body after use, we develop better implants for the future and
avoid mistakes of the past.
Over the past 15 years, our Implant Retrieval Analysis Program
has collected more than 3,500 implants at our implant retrieval
lab—only one of two in Canada. We’ve published more than a
dozen research studies involving implants, helping surgeons in
Winnipeg and around the world.
In order for this vital research to continue, we need to raise
$250,000 to maintain it over the next five years.
ADVANCED TRAINING
Our training programs give us a unique opportunity to teach
the findings of our latest research to the medical community.
Our surgeons provide advanced, specialized training in hip and
knee surgical techniques to residents, fellows and practicing
surgeons specializing in arthroplasty who will go on to practice
all across Canada.
IMPROVING OUTCOMES
We are home to a confidential registry of local hip and knee
surgeons that tracks the outcomes of the surgeries they
perform. Since 2005, this registry has helped us reduce failure
rates by 50 per cent.
Stepping Forward
The Concordia Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Research Campaign
J
oint problems affecting the hips and
knees make life miserable for millions
of Canadians each year.
In fact, the number of people needing
hip and knee surgery continues to grow
at a rate of per cent annually.
Osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis,
is the main culprit—but today, more and
more young, active people need hip and
SPRING 2019
knee replacements due to wear and tear
from athletic pursuits or accidents.
Increasing our research capacity makes
good economic sense. Our research is
already making a difference—but good
research takes time, and we see so many
opportunities to find new ways to improve the lives of those suffering from
hip and knee problems.
By making a donation to the
Hip and Knee Institute Research Campaign
today, you’re stepping forward to end
hip and knee pain: now, and
for future generations.
CONCORDIAFOUNDATION.CA
FOUNDATION
DONATE NOW
Mail your cheque payable to the Concordia Foundation* to 1095 Concordia
Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2K 3S8
DONATE ONLINE
www.concordiafoundation.ca/donate
DONATE BY PHONE
204.661.7156
*Charitable Reg. # 13036 3336 RR0001
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