Dr Vernon Williams
Los Angeles, CA
Dr Gary Schwartz
Oklahoma Surgical Hospital and Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma
The surgical and non-surgical staff at Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma in conjunction with Oklahoma Surgical Hospital worked together to implement an iovera˚ patient protocol for their chronic osteoarthritic pain patients and pre-total knee surgery patients. Listen to the team describe this journey in their own words, including the institutional changes they’re seeing to overall patient outcomes and care.
Integration Champions Sarat Kunapuli, DO and Christopher Browne, MD
Surgical partners Dr Kunapuli and Dr Browne integrated iovera˚ into their practice at Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma (AOOK) to benefit their chronic OA and pre-TKA patient populations. Listen to their challenges and research before introducing iovera˚, their feedback on the treatment itself, and the outcomes they hope to see from continuing treatments into the future.
Clinical Staff Chris Stephens, PA, Rob Ellison, PT, and Julie Keyes, RN
As an in-office procedure, implementation of iovera˚ often means the physician assistants, physical therapists, and nurses are the individuals performing iovera˚ treatments and following up on patients. Watch Chris Stephens and Julie Keyes reflect on the effects of iovera˚ treatment on their patients immediately following treatment, as well as Rob Ellison’s point of view as a physical therapist caring for patients through postsurgical rehab.
William Barrett, MD and Jana Flener, PA-C
"When I saw the results of this, I was actually very impressed. It’s fairly dramatic and I think it’s worthwhile to have people see that experience and see what the patient goes through."
William Barrett, MD
"iovera˚ has really changed the way I approach the discussion with the patient as we are talking about what it means to have a knee replacement and how we’re going to manage their pain."
Jana Flener, PA-C
Pieter Vreede, MD
"Instead of having days worth of pain control, we're now talking about, at the very minimum weeks, but more often months. This allows us to provide much better postoperative pain control, allowing people to go through therapy and get through the entire postoperative process in much greater comfort. We were so impressed with the results, it was pretty easy to incorporate into the practice. It was hard to resist the changes that this new approach provided in terms of pain control and better patient outcomes. . . . Try it. It really works and you'll be impressed with how well it works."