The University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
held the grand opening of its new Surgical Skills Laboratory on November 13, 2008. In attendance for the inaugural educational surgical skills session was esteemed guest, Dr. Freddie Fu.
The new skills lab uses the most modern and advanced technology for surgical skills, techniques and education. The laboratory is available for specialized training in performing and analyzing an array of medical and surgical procedures both current and experimental. Equipped with six complete arthroscopy stations, the skills lab enables users to perform arthroscopic, as well as open surgical techniques, providing opportunities to perfect and develop procedures and products.
"With new arthroscopic techniques emerging more and more rapidly, training courses have become a necessity for every sports medicine surgeon in the country," said
Dr. Christian Lattermann, UK assistant professor and director of the Center for Cartilage Repair and Restoration. "Training facilities like ours provide the necessary state-of-the-art framework to teach excellence and innovative surgical techniques. This is the finest training facility in Kentucky and will provide orthopaedic residents and board certified orthopaedic surgeons outstanding access to further their knowledge and skills."
Fu is the David Silver professor and chairman of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Fu specializes in sports medicine and holds secondary appointments as professor of physical therapy, health and physical activity, and mechanical engineering and serves as the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh's athletic department. His research efforts have led to more than 120 professional awards and honors, 748 national and international presentations, and editorship of 28 major orthopaedic textbooks.
Fu is one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform a double-bundle reconstruction of the torn ACL. This technique restores both functional bundles of the ACL, the vertical bundle and the oblique bundle. The fundamental principle in anatomic double-bundle ACL reconstructive surgery is restoration of native anatomy. This is achieved by restoring the two-bundle anatomy of ACL, as well as reproducing the insertion sites and tension pattern of each bundle.
UK's chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine,
Dr. Darren Johnson,
did his fellowship with Fu at Pittsburgh in 1993 and is the only surgeon in the state of Kentucky who performs the double-bundle ACL surgery.
"We are truly honored to have such an accomplished and world renowned physician such as Dr. Fu here to join us in opening this new center," said Johnson.