Sutter Auburn Faith Doctor to Give Back in Nicaragua

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Jeffrey Bergeson, D.O. - Orthopedic Surgery

Jeffrey Bergeson, D.O.

Local orthopedic surgeon, Jeff Bergeson, D.O., will join medical staff in Jinotepe, Nicaragua, when he volunteers his time and medical expertise with Ministry of Mercy, a non-profit, faith based charity that sponsors short term health mission trips to Nicaragua to provide much needed health services to men, women and children in the local villages.

The July 20 medical mission will focus on providing orthopedic services for approximately 25 patients at Hospital Regional Santiago in Jinotepe.  Sutter Auburn Faith medical staff Mary Nicosia, RN, Venae Crabtree, RN, Jake Thomas, imaging technician, medical student Keifer Bergeson, nursing students Miranda Reed, high school student Brecken Chorley, and Ministry of Mercy President John Nicosia will join Dr. Bergeson on this mission.

Dr. Bergeson will perform knee and shoulder arthroscopies on patients living in poverty and will train the physicians on how these procedures are performed. By training the hospital’s staff on arthroscopic surgery, many more patients will be able to receive this care once Dr. Bergeson and the Sutter nurses return home.

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Dr. William Bargar Awarded SARTA Med Start Pomerory Award

Posted by on May 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Dr. William Bargar with ROBODOC

Dr. William Bargar with ROBODOC

Dr. William Bargar, inventor of ROBODOC ®, a precision surgical system for joint replacement, has been named winner of the SARTA MedStart 2013 Claire Pomeroy Award for Innovation in Medical Technology.

The award was presented at the SARTA Med Tech Showcase in Sacramento.

 The Claire Pomeroy Awards were instituted by SARTA MedStart in 2010.  They recognize Sacramento region inventors whose med tech innovations have had a global impact in transforming medicine and health care.  Five nominees were considered for the 2013 award.

 Dr, Bargar, an orthopedic surgeon with aeronautical and mechanical engineering degrees, began his private practice in Sacramento at Sutter General Hospital with Read More

Living With Osteoarthritis

Posted by on May 6, 2013 | 0 comments


Johnn Meehan, M.D.

John Meehan, M.D.

An estimated 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. Known as the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints, linked to old age when the cartilage between the joints breaks down, and creates joint pain and reduced motion of limbs.

 “The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain in the affected joints,” says John Meehan, an orthopedic surgeon with Sutter Orthopedic Institute.  “Because osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen over time.”

 Osteoarthritis symptoms vary from patient to patient, with some patients debilitated with excruciating pain while others are relatively pain free.  In addition, osteoarthritis is a progressive disease that worsens over time.

 Osteoarthritis is diagnosed through a physical exam of the affected joint to see if there is pain or restricted motion and to learn if there are grinding noises.  In addition, Read More

Sutter Orthopedic Institute Surgeon Cautions Use of Platelet Rich Plasma in Surgical Repair

Posted by on May 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Stephen Weber, M.D.

Stephen Weber, M.D.

Kobe Bryant went to Germany two years ago to receive platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy on his ailing joints, and retired NBA All-Star Brandon Roy tried to make a comeback after receiving PRP treatments for his knee issues. Even Tiger Woods tried PRP therapy. Because of this high-profile publicity, other athletes and even weekend warriors are flocking to their orthopedic surgeons for PRP therapy. While it has FDA approval, early results have been mixed and health insurance companies will not cover the procedure.

But does PRP actually work? Sacramento orthopedic surgeon Stephen Weber, M.D., led a research study on the use of PRP during arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. This double-blinded, randomized study, recently published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, compared Read More

Youth Safety Month – Avoiding Overuse Injuries in Sports

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Thomas Merchant, M.D.

Thomas Merchant, M.D.

April is Youth Sports Safety Month and sports medicine specialist Thomas Merchant, M.D., with Sutter Independent Physicians, wants to spread the word on avoiding sports injuries. Dr. Merchant treats sports injuries on young athletes year round. He says overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students.

  A common story might sound like this: A 13-year-old boy participates in baseball games and practices 12 months of the year, plays on travel teams, the local park’s little league team and then throws balls in his own backyard most nights. Then due to the prolonged, Read More

Are You at Risk for Osteoarthritis?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Paul Sasaura, M.D.

Paul Sasaura, M.D.

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, creates joint pain and reduced motion. “Osteoarthritis symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen over time,” says Paul Sasaura, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Sutter Independent Physicians.  Signs that you may be experiencing osteoarthritis include:

Pain in the joint during or after movement

  • Joint tenderness when light pressure is applied
  • Joint stiffness upon awakening or after being inactive for a period of time
  • Loss of flexibility due to decreased range of motion
  • A grating sensation when moving the joint

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones deteriorates over time.  Dr. Sasaura says when the cartilage wears away, the bones under the cartilage begin to rub together causing pain, swelling and loss of motion. Read More