Dr. Bal’s Book “The Direct Anterior Approach to Hip Reconstruction” Highlighted on YaleNews
“The Direct Anterior Approach to Hip Reconstruction” is a reference text that addresses contemporary surgeon interest in innovation and less invasive surgery. This resource will help with introductory learning, intermediate technical development, and advanced revision total hip skills using the direct anterior technique.
The book provides a stepwise learning process for surgeons interested in mastering total hip arthroplasty using the direct anterior approach, with detailed chapters and video instruction, contributed by a group of international experts in the field.
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Dr. Bal Presents research findings in Kyoto, Japan
Dr. Bal presented research findings related to silicon nitride ceramics for use in a number of orthopaedic platforms, including hip and knee replacements. This material is still investigational for hip and knee surgery, but has been used extensively in spine surgery.
ConforMIS patient-specific total knees achieve clinical results
ConforMIS released results from six clinical studies on their patient-specific implants for total knee replacement. Here are five things to know…
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Clinical results of patients treated with ConforMIS iTotal® customized knee implants presented at the 2014 International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR).
ConforMIS Customized iTotal® Knee Replacement Shown to Significantly Reduce Risk of Adverse Events and Improve Discharge Status with No Increase in Hospital Costs Compared to Off-the-Shelf Implants
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Custom-made implants offer new possibilities in joint-replacement surgery
Missouri resident Irene Sackreiter came to Dr. Bal with knee pain so unbearable that she couldn’t sleep. Dr. Bal told her about ConforMIS implants, which use digital imaging and 3-D models to create custom joint implants. For Sackreiter, the idea of a just-for-her knee joint was appealing. Her experience is captured in an article featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune. Read the article online.
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Need a new hip? Someday you may grow your own
In a decade or so, people now clamoring for metal and ceramic replacement joints may instead be able to have a fully functional biological replacement — a joint grown within their own bodies to their specific physiology.
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Joint Research: Knee bone connects engineers to surgeons
Some intriguing challenges in the operating room have enticed an engineering professor to apply his skills in mechanical and aerospace technology to helping improve surgical procedure.
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Research team produces biological joints
University of Missouri researchers are continuing to find ways to create biological joints they hope will one day replace the need for artificial metal joints.
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MU surgeon brings new approach to hip resurfacing
B. Sonny Bal, M.D., has received the HAP Paul Award from the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty for outstanding resarch in new technology for joint replacement.
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KOMU: Hip Relief Made Painless
Hip resurfacing is a surgical procedure performed to address a worn-out hip joint. It involves reshaping the ball of the femur, or thigh bone, and capping it with a metal cup. The concave socket of the pelvic bone is similarly lined with metal.
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Single Incision Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
Dr. Sonny Bal discussed hip and knee replacment on KBIA’s “Missouri Medical Focus,” which takes a look at medical issues of interest to people in central Missouri and the world.
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New, less invasive technique for hip replacement reduces recovery period.
A new, less invasive procedure introduced last month at Columbia Regional Hospital has some patients of hip replacement surgeries twisting and turning for joy.
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Navigational surgery pinpoints procedure for hip replacement
B. Sonny Bal, MD, a joint-replacement specialist at University of Missouri Health Care, recently performed the first image-guided minimally invasive hip-replacement procedure in the Columbia area.
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For the past 25 years, major advancements in hip and knee replacement have improved the outcome of the surgery greatly. Since the overall population of the world is aging, these procedures are becoming more and more common and technology is helping surgeons keep up to date in correcting patients’ ailments.
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