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“Stryker Mobility Zone” event at The Barclays Golf Tournament

by Sunil Sunder Raj | Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014

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On Thursday August 21st Stryker Corporation hosted a “Stryker Mobility Zone” event at The Barclays PGA Tour event at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. Specifically, Stryker’s is the official joint replacement products of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. The flagship mobility zone travels around the country has 11 stops on the PGA tour. Orthopedic surgeons were on hand to explain how the products are made and can return to an active lifestyle. Stryker’s facility in Mahwah, New Jersey conducts sessions on how the implants are made and manufacturing process.

There were honorary observers and patients walking the course with PGA Golf players at The Barclays. Two PGA Tour Champions in Fred Funk and Hal Sutton have undergone replacement procedures. Funk underwent In addition, Funk has been a brand ambassador of Stryker since 2011 and Sutton since 2013.

Alissa Sellers, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at Stryker explained the process involving hip replacements. “We incorporate 3D printing into the implants which allows more opportunities to advance technology and ensure the implants stay in the patient as long as possible.” She alluded to the fact former MLB player and Hall of Famer Catcher for the Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench is one of the spokespersons for Stryker.

Sellers also mentioned the fact Stryker has a partnership with the Fischer House Foundation, a military charity that finds housing and amenities for families going through difficult times. “We also have a partnership with Fred Funk and Hal Sutton where we sell Fred and Hal’s hats on the PGA Tour with 100 percent of the proceeds getting donated to the Fischer House Foundation.” She commented that Funk and Sutton visit local Fischer Houses along the tour stops. “We feel very strongly about the military and have a trauma division in Mahwah.”

Discussing the process that patients go through before and after undergoing either a hip or knee replacement surgery, Dr. Mark M. Pizzurro, M.D. explained patients first go to their primary doctor if they experience knee or hip pain. Next the patient is sent to an orthopedic surgeon and then on to a knee or hip specialist. Pizzuro on the reason why people undergo hip replacement, “You have an osteoarthritis breakdown of your joint cartilage, a fracture of your hip or avascular necrosis.” On the recovery period Pizzurro said most patients are in the hospital two or three days and then go home with either a cane or walker. Some people who are older will head to a rehabilitation center. Their surgery last typically between 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

 

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