SBES Distinguished Lecturer Series – March 6

March 6, 2014, 11-12, 310 Kelly (ICTAS)/WFU: 151 Biotech Bldg./VTCRI: R2139

Dr. Robin Queen

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center

Optimizing Life Long Function Following Surgical Intervention

Orthopaedic surgical intervention and post


operative return of function are vitally important to longterm health and function. Currently the postsurgical management of orthopaedic patients is not based on objective measures of function and ability; instead the clinical decisions that are made are based solely on surgeon experience and the time since surgery. Through this talk we will explore what is currently known about postoperative function following a variety of orthopaedic surgical interventions including joint replacements and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, followed by a discussion of potential objective measures of function and ultimately how to improve longterm health and improve mobility in these patient populations.

In the first half of the talk, I will discuss previous work we have completed examining lower extremity function and loading patterns following these various surgical procedures. Recent work at the Michael W. Kzyzewski Human Performance Lab at Duke University has shown that following surgical intervention significant side-to-side asymmetries exist with regards to lower extremity gait mechanics independent of the surgical population that is being studied. This work has allowed us to begin asking questions about how to better quantify function in the clinical setting and how those measurements are related to threedimensional gait assessment. In addition through this work, we have begun to ask questions about how to improve function through additional, non-surgical interventions as well as identifying way to prevent secondary injuries following surgery. The goal of this work and this talk is to being to discuss method for improving longterm joint function and activity level following orthopaedic surgical interventions and to explore ways of keeping people healthy and active as they age.

Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

317 ICTAS, Stanger St., (0298) Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 • 540-231-8191 •

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