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Quad Cities Hand Surgeon Helps Develop Micro-Invasive Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC explains the benefits of micro-invasive carpal tunnel release using the Sonex SX-One MicroKnife™, including low downtime and reduced discomfort.

Davenport, IA — Providing effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is of primary concern to Dr. Tyson Cobb, an orthopaedic hand surgeon in the Quad Cities. To better assist patients suffering from this common condition, he helped to develop a procedure called ultrasound-guided micro-invasive carpal tunnel release, which utilizes the innovative Sonex SX-One MicroKnife™. He says the advanced technique and instrument can reduce downtime, minimize pain, and improve results.

Dr. Cobb explains that this new method of carpal tunnel release can be performed in-office or in a surgical center and requires only local anesthetic, making the technique more accessible to patients who cannot receive traditional anesthesia. “For patients who fail medical clearance, it allows us to do a simple office-based procedure, similar to what you might have in a dental office.”

Part of what makes this procedure so unique, Dr. Cobb reveals, is the use of ultrasound technology to guide the process and identify essential anatomic structures. Once the area of concern is identified, he can insert the SX-One MicroKnife™ through a tiny incision and reduce pressure on the median nerve—the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dr. Cobb says the SX-One MicroKnife™ has several built-in safety features, including a blade that extends and retracts, as well as inflatable bumpers. Both elements are designed to minimize risk of harm to surrounding tissues in the treatment area. The diminutive size of the device also means the incision can be as small as four or five millimeters, or about the size of the top of a pencil eraser. Dr. Cobb adds that sutures typically will not be needed to close the incision; an adhesive bandage is sufficient.

As the first surgeon in the state of Iowa to perform the treatment, Dr. Cobb hopes to bring relief to many individuals suffering from CTS who have been unable to find a suitable solution. Dr. Cobb reports: “All Sonex procedures have been successful, and all of my patients have been very happy with the outcome. We are very excited to be able to offer this new treatment option and we enjoy seeing patients benefit from a much shorter recovery.”

About Tyson Cobb, MD
Dr. Tyson Cobb is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and the Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC. He has completed additional training, including earning a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand and accomplishing a Fellowship in Hand and Microvascular surgery. Dr. Cobb holds patents on several minimally invasive surgical devices, and he has traveled internationally to lecture at prestigious conferences and to train surgeons in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Cobb and his practice, please visit osquadcities.com and facebook.com/osquadcities.

Contact:

Orthopaedic Specialists, PC
Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
(563) 344-9292

Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-4170

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044
www.rosemontmedia.com

Micro-Invasive Carpal Tunnel Surgery Reduces Recovery for Quad Cities Patients

Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC discusses how the SONEX SX-One MicroKnife™ can reduce pain and speed recovery when utilized for carpal tunnel release.

Davenport, IA — A condition affecting millions of Americans, severe carpal tunnel syndrome can cause significant discomfort and limit mobility. A new instrument that enables micro-invasive carpal tunnel release offers better results, shorter recovery, and reduced pain compared to traditional surgery, says Quad Cities orthopaedic surgeon Tyson Cobb, MD. He indicates the SONEX SX-One MicroKnife™ requires a tiny incision and includes tissue-sparing features that promote faster healing and minimize the risk of complications.

The SX-One MicroKnife™ is designed to enter through a four to five-millimeter-long incision, an opening smaller than the end of a pencil eraser. Dr. Cobb explains that once the device is inserted he can guide the instrument to the transverse carpal ligament (TCL) using ultrasound technology, which supplies an image of the interior structures. Once positioned, he says the TCL Blade™ can be activated to release the irritated ligament and allow smoother, pain-free movement.

In addition to the blade remaining enclosed until needed, Dr. Cobb notes that the SX-One MicroKnife™ includes Stealth MicroGuards™, which deploy to create a safe space around the scalpel and minimize the risk of damage to surrounding tissues. He says the blade and guards can all be closed back up and removed through the same small opening, and no stitches are required—an adhesive bandage is sufficient to seal the incision.

Dr. Cobb reveals that traditional open carpal tunnel surgery requires an incision that is half-an-inch to an inch long or greater. He says this size opening typically takes longer to heal, causes the patient more pain, and has a higher risk of causing damage to nearby blood vessels, tendons, and nerves than the micro-invasive technique using the SX-One MicroKnife™. For these reasons, Dr. Cobb believes patients with severe carpal tunnel syndrome may benefit from consulting with an orthopaedic hand surgeon who is adept with this advanced technology. “We are proud to be the first to bring this technology to the Quad Cities. In addition to faster recovery and less post-operative pain, this new technology will allow the convenience of an in-office procedure that costs less than half of traditional surgery.”

About Tyson Cobb, MD

The Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC, Dr. Tyson Cobb is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. He holds patents for a number of innovative minimally invasive technologies and travels to prestigious medical conferences around the globe instructing surgeons on the latest endoscopic techniques. Dr. Cobb is an active member of the American Association for Hand Surgery, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Cobb and his practice, please visit osquadcities.com and facebook.com/osquadcities.

Contact:

Orthopaedic Specialists, PC
Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
(563) 344-9292

Bettendorf Office:
4480 Utica Ridge Rd., Ste. 2240
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 344-9292

Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-4170

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044
www.rosemontmedia.com

Quad Cities Orthopaedic Surgeon Discusses Past, Present, and Future of Hand Surgery

Dr. Cobb discusses Arthroscopic Assisted Treatment of CMC Arthritis

Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC recently presented his research and experience performing minimally invasive treatment of CMC Arthritis at the combined conference for IFSHT and IFSSH.

Davenport, IAQuad Cities orthopaedic surgeon Tyson Cobb, MD was an invited guest speaker at the 2016 combined meetings of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) and for Hand Therapy (IFSHT) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 24-28 of October. Dr. Cobb was selected to present his experience and expertise in the minimally invasive treatment of thumb arthritis, Arthroscopic Assisted Treatment of CMC Arthritis.

“In order to respond to the demand for safer, better, faster surgical outcomes,” says Dr. Cobb, “my attendance and collaborative interactions at meetings like the one in Buenos Aires allow me to respond to patient demands by being on the cutting-edge of the latest surgical advancements. Although it was an honor to be asked to present at the meeting, I really enjoy the opportunity to learn from and discuss ideas with brilliant surgeons from around the world.”

With more than 120 speakers and over 1,500 attendees from all over the world, hand surgeons and hand therapists from North America, South America, Asia Pacific, and Europe gathered to share their latest scientific findings and clinical experience. When not speaking, Dr. Cobb attended lectures and engaged in scientific discourse, “constantly seeking to learn how to better serve my patients using the most up-to-date minimally invasive treatment options.”

According to Dr. Cobb, the theme of the meeting was to discuss the Past, Present, and Future of Hand Surgery. Topics relevant to Dr. Cobb’s Davenport area practice included microsurgery of nerves and tendons, wrist surgery, treatment of finger contractures, hand trauma, wide-awake hand surgeries, and the use of ultrasound for diagnosis and minimally-invasive surgical treatment.

About Tyson Cobb, MD
Dr. Tyson Cobb is the board certified Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at the Orthopaedic Specialists, PC. A member of several distinguished medical organizations, including the American Association for Hand Surgery and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, he is also a pioneer of minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Cobb earned his medical degree from the Texas Tech School of Medicine and completed additional training at the Mayo Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the University of Texas. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Cobb and his practice, please visit osquadcities.com and facebook.com/osquadcities.

Contact:

Orthopaedic Specialists, PC
Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
(563) 344-9292

Bettendorf Office:
4480 Utica Ridge Rd., Ste. 2240
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 344-9292

Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-4170

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044
www.rosemontmedia.com

Orthopaedic Specialists and Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Join Forces to Provide Enhanced Patient Care

In an effort to offer our patients the best possible care at an affordable price, Orthopaedic Specialists, PC has partnered with Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa (PCI). As two independent physician organizations, both PCI and Orthopaedic Specialists place the highest value on efficiently performing a comprehensive selection of leading medical procedures. By combining forces, we are able to lower costs while continuing to deliver exceptional care.

The healthcare industry is constantly evolving. Our team of board certified orthopaedic surgeons and medical professionals wants to ensure that, as things change, patients retain access to the best care and treatment available. PCI is well-equipped to handle modifications in payment methodologies, and it has experience navigating developments and innovations.

This collaboration also prioritizes the patient-doctor relationship and helps our physicians maintain an active role in each person’s healthcare. Consolidating our practices enhances efficiency, expands resources, and develops a greater system of support. As a result, we hope to see high patient satisfaction.

We always welcome your feedback, and we encourage you to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable office team to learn more about this merger.

Quad Cities Orthopaedic Surgeon Discusses Minimally Invasive Arm Pump Surgery

Dr. Cobb discusses arm pump surgery.

Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC explains how chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) can be especially dangerous for motocross racers and how arm pump surgery can address this condition.

Davenport, IA — Chronic exertional compartment syndrome, or CECS, is a muscle and nerve condition that typically occurs as a result of repetitive stress through athletic exertion. Dr. Tyson Cobb, an orthopaedic surgeon in the Quad Cities area, explains that CECS may develop in the forearms of competitive motocross riders, who are then at greater risk of crashing as a result of the symptoms. He says this concern, colloquially known as “arm pump,” can often be addressed with a surgical procedure that offers excellent results without the need for the patient to give up the sport.

Arm pump, Dr. Cobb explains, causes a wide range of side effects, including severe pain, swelling, numbness, cramping, and weakness in the forearms. As a result, he says riders with this condition may have a reduced ability to brake, shift gears, or otherwise operate their bikes effectively. Non-surgical treatments for CECS are available, but the Quad Cities area surgeon says that they require rest and behavior modification—something many professional athletes cannot do without losing their ranking.

Dr. Cobb says arm pump surgery is commonly recommended to treat CECS of the arms for multiple reasons, one of which is the potential for the patient to regain full function and improved performance in competitions. He says successful surgery also means that riders should be able to return to racing. Minimally invasive techniques, he adds, can also help to reduce recovery time with most patients returning to riding within a week or two after surgery.

Arm pump surgery typically involves fasciotomy, which opens up the fascia (the inelastic tissue that surrounds each compartment of muscle) to reduce pressure on the affected muscles and nerves.

Dr. Cobb emphasizes that arm pump surgery is not for everyone, and that a patient experiencing the symptoms of CECS should discuss their concerns with a qualified physician. He says a thorough evaluation will be necessary to develop a customized treatment plan that best suits the individual’s needs, goals, and athletic activities.

About Tyson Cobb, MD
The Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC, Dr. Tyson Cobb is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He earned his medical degree from the Texas Tech School of Medicine, after which he completed a five-year orthopaedic residency at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Cobb also completed a Fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Texas. A member of several prestigious medical organizations, Dr. Cobb is also considered a pioneer in minimally invasive orthopaedic techniques. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Cobb and his practice, please visit osquadcities.com and facebook.com/osquadcities.

Contact:

Orthopaedic Specialists, PC
Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
(563) 344-9292

Bettendorf Office:
4480 Utica Ridge Rd., Ste. 2240
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 344-9292

Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-4170

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044
www.rosemontmedia.com

Quad Cities Orthopaedic Surgeon Presents Minimally Invasive Thumb Arthritis Treatment

Dr. Cobb discusses his research into minimally invasive thumb arthritis treatment

Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC presented his primary research on innovative minimally invasive treatment of thumb arthritis at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting.

Davenport, IA — Dr. Tyson Cobb, an orthopaedic hand surgeon in the Quad Cities area, was chosen by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) to share his analysis into thumb arthritis treatment at their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. He says this conference, held from March 1-5, hosted over 25,000 orthopaedic surgeons from over 30 countries. The goal of the meeting, Dr. Cobb explains, is to provide surgeons with the opportunity to hear the latest scientific and clinical knowledge from across all specialty areas of orthopaedic surgery, discover new solutions at the world’s largest display of orthopaedic technology and services, and share experiences with colleagues.

Dr. Cobb has been internationally recognized for his development of a new technique for treating thumb arthritis that he says results in faster recovery, better range of motion, and better pinch strength than the older, more traditional open surgical methods. Dr. Cobb’s method is a modification of the original arthroscopic technique. His long-term results have shown excellent pain relief, patient satisfaction, and return of pinch strength in most patients. His published series are the largest in the world literature.

“The new minimally invasive technique,” says Dr. Cobb, “also allows for less soft tissue dissection, which results in less postoperative scarring, pain, and swelling. My patients are able to return to work, sports, and other leisure activities faster, which is really important to them.”

Dr. Cobb believes that rapid return to activity is promoted through a combination of patient education and motivation, minimally invasive surgery with minimal tissue disruption, and effective pain management. Dr. Cobb treats many “out of town” patients who travel to have this minimally invasive procedure. Dr. Cobb reviews their x-rays and discusses treatment options on the phone prior to any travel. Once the surgery is scheduled, most patients see Dr. Cobb in the morning, have surgery in the afternoon, stay in a nearby hotel, see Dr. Cobb the next morning, and then return home.

When performing his new treatment for thumb arthritis, Dr. Cobb says he employs a new state-of-the-art anesthesia technique. This new anesthesia technique, he says, allows patients to go home after surgery, sleep in their own bed, and usually remain pain-free for around 18 to 36 hours after surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Cobb indicates that these new anesthesia techniques developed by Dr. Don Lalonde can provide several benefits, including substantial cost savings and enhanced post-operative pain reduction when compared to the traditional anesthesia services.

About Tyson Cobb, MD

Dr. Tyson Cobb is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity treatment. He is the Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC and is considered to be a pioneer in minimally invasive orthopaedic techniques. Dr. Cobb received his medical degree from the Texas Tech School of Medicine, and he completed a five-year orthopaedic residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, followed by a Fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Texas. Dr. Cobb is an active member of several prestigious medical organizations, including the American Association for Hand Surgery, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Cobb and his practice, please visit osquadcities.com and facebook.com/osquadcities.

Contact:

Orthopaedic Specialists, PC

Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
(563) 344-9292

Bettendorf Office:
4480 Utica Ridge Rd., Ste. 2240
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 344-9292

Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-4170

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044
www.rosemontmedia.com

Does an ACL Injury Require Surgery?

ACL Injury Prevention If you watch or play sports, you may be aware of how often ACL injuries can occur during recreation. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the two major ligaments that help to stabilize the knee. If damaged or torn, the ACL can cause a great deal of pain and severely reduced mobility. Many professional athletes undergo ACL reconstruction to repair this ligament at some point in their careers. However, not everyone who experiences an ACL injury will need an operation. Our experienced orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. John Hoffman, offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatment options, and he will provide customized care based on your singular needs.

Depending on the severity of your injury, Dr. Hoffman typically will recommend trying conservative techniques before suggesting a more advanced option. If the ACL injury is mild to moderate, non-surgical methods offer many benefits. Some examples of treatments include rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, a knee brace, or cortisone injections. One or more of these methods may alleviate your pain and restore function with time. If your condition worsens, however, Dr. hoffman may suggest surgery. At Orthopaedic Specialists, we utilize advanced minimally invasive surgical modalities that are designed to reduce downtime and enhance mobility as safely as possible.

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