Determining the Need for Total Knee Replacement Surgery

In the first of two blog posts focusing on computer assisted total knee replacement surgery (TKR), I will discuss the physiology of the knee joint, how it works, what causes its breakdown and the possible need for a TKR.  Orthopedic surgeons generally categorize the knee joint as having three compartments: the inside (medial compartment), the…

Dr Leone Interviewed on The Cutting Edge

Dr. William Leone, head of the Leone Center for Orthopedic Care at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently appeared as a guest on WWNN radio show, The Cutting Edge.  During his half-hour interview with host Anita Finley, Dr. Leone discussed the benefits of computer assisted total knee replacement surgery and robotic assisted partial…

When to Have Hip Revision Surgery Due to Metal-on-Metal Prostheses

Total hip replacement surgery has been one of the most successful surgeries ever developed. In fact, total hip replacement and cataract surgery are considered by many as the two surgeries that during the last century have had the greatest effect on improving quality of life. The age range of people now seeking hip replacement surgery…

Common Symptoms of Corrosion Problems from Metal-on-Metal Implants

In my last blog, I outlined the serious complications associated not only with use of metal-on-metal hip replacement prostheses (a metal ball moving in a metal socket) but also from the metal ions which can be released into the body from corrosion of implant parts where components connect.  These include the taper (which is the…

Dr. Leone’s expertise and PAL devise fix a from-birth hip problem

For 43 years, Peruvian native Robert Sotomayor suffered from birth from a congenital dislocation of his left hip. Enduring many operations, nothing worked until he saw Dr. Leone. With the help of his PAL invention, Dr. Leone not only corrected the problem by performing total hip replacements, but corrected the patient’s leg length.  Robert Sotomayor…

Taper Corrosion Due to Metal-on-Metal Components in Hip Replacement Prostheses

In a previous blog, I talked about the mounting concerns for patients who have been implanted with metal-on-metal hip prostheses during total hip replacement surgery.  These devices have ball-and-socket joints made from metals including chromium and cobalt, and originally were thought to be more durable and lasting when first devised. Now, serious problems associated with…

Desafíos en el reemplazo de cadera

El doctor Leone fundador del Centro de Leone de cuidado ortopédico en el Holy Cross Hospital localizado en Fort Lauderdale es el inventor del nivel de alineación pélvica (PAL). Ha creado un dispositivo que le permite alcanzar una mayor precisión de implante cuando realiza un reemplazo de cadera. Lo que esto significa para sus pacientes…

Two Upcoming April Seminars

As a surgeon, I feel it’s important to reach out to the community and provide people with the latest information about my specialty so they are able to make better and more informed decisions when dealing with hip and knee pain. In April, I will participate in two informative seminars. Hope for Aching Knees and…

High Marks for the Holy Cross Hospital Orthopedic Team

I would like to congratulate the Holy Cross Hospital orthopedic nursing staff for its stellar 4W Orthopedics HCAHPS Composites Spotlight Report, a survey which chronicled patient feedback on topics including pain management, responsiveness of staff, care transitions, communication with nurses and more.  Conducted by NCR PICKER, a division of National Research Corporation, the survey results…

Can Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) lead to early onset osteoarthritis?

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint with a layer of cartilage that covers the ball (femoral head) and socket to create a smooth, low-friction surface.  This allows the bones to glide easily against each other so you can move your hip comfortably. Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) is a condition resulting from the ball rubbing against the…