Hip Tool Creates Better Joint Surgeries

They say necessity is the mother of invention, so who better than a top orthopedic surgeon to create new devices that could improve the way many bone and joint surgeries are performed.  Enter Dr. James K. Brannon, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Director of the Joint Preservation Center, and Founder, President and CEO of the Seal Beach, California based Orthopedic Sciences, Inc.. Dr. Brannon's inventions use cutting-edge medical technology in order to offer less-invasive and reduced-risk surgical alternatives to patients suffering from a range of skeletal disorders and bone-related medical conditions.

Dr. Brannon's most recent invention, a new surgical device named the Hip ToolTM, could provide an alternative to radical hip replacement surgery for many patients suffering from a debilitating hip condition called osteonecrosis/avascular necrosis.  Osteonecrosis/avascular necrosis may occur as a side effect of steroid use, a variety of medical conditions that block the blood flow to the hip joint, or in patients receiving highly active antiretroviral medication, HARRT, for individuals with H.I.V. 

The Hip ToolTM device and procedure invented by Dr. Brannon and represented by his Seal Beach, California company Orthopedic Sciences Inc., offers many of these patients a chance to save their hip, while also allowing for minimally-invasive surgery with a relatively speedy, less painful recovery. 

The 'Hip ToolTM' surgery involves removing the dead bone from the affected area inside the hip and replacing it with the patient's own healthy bone, using the Hip ToolTM device.  The healthy bone heals as would a simple fracture in the affected area, offering renewed life to the hip.  Dr. Brannon has also developed a similar procedure for the knee, shoulder and the ankle joint.

Dr. James Brannon

Dr. Brannon is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery, and is known for several other innovative products, including the Outologous Trephine-AspiratorTM (OT-ATM), for large volume percutaneous bone marrow harvesting, and the Bone ToolTM for large volume bone and bone marrow collection.  His company, Orthopedic Sciences, Inc. (OSI), continues to grow by emphasizing the basic sciences of orthopedics, with unique products invented by him that provide clinical benefit to many patients and that are easy to use by surgeons. 

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