Personalized Medicine: An Orthopedic Surgeon Weighs In

22KNEE-1445460477281-superJumboAs an orthopaedic surgeon and a specialist in joint replacement, I am often asked to give a second opinion on difficult cases. Recently, I had the pleasure to meet a very pleasant 52-year-old gentleman. Mr. N is a carpenter who had a total knee replacement two years ago in another state. After the normal healing process, he continued to have some mild pain and stiffness. He felt that his knee was better than before he had surgery, but wasn’t totally happy. It just wasn’t up to his activity level and often felt achy and not quite natural. Could I find out what was wrong with it? He asked.

In these cases, orthopaedic surgeons take a systematic approach. They examine the patient, take X-rays and perform a battery of tests to determine the cause of the discomfort. After finishing my evaluation, I presented Mr. N with my findings. His exam, X-rays and tests were all normal — I had no idea what was wrong with his knee.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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