With our population aging and more and more baby boomers reaching retirement age, our nation's need for orthopaedic care and services has never been higher. To help meet this burgeoning demand in our community, Toledo Clinic orthopaedic surgeons Jason Levine, MD, and Kraig Kristof, MD, have combined their highly specialized skill sets to form the Glass City Orthopaedic & Spine Center.
"This new center will offer the people of Toledo and the physicians of the Toledo Clinic a specialized facility that takes care of both basic and complex issues affecting the spine, shoulder, elbow, knee, and hip," says Dr. Levine. "Dr. Kristof will focus exclusively on spine work, and I'll perform my specialty of arthroscopy and sports medicine in addition to seeing patients for other orthopaedic complaints."
As the senior segment of our population expands, Drs. Levine and Kristof anticipate—and are already seeing—a growing demand for orthopaedic services such as joint replacement. The number of hip fractures and other traumas is also rising along with the average age of our population. What's more, as we get older, it's natural to experience more degenerative processes in the spine that require orthopaedic intervention.
Drs. Levine and Kristof have known each other since they were in residency together back in the early 2000s, and both were fellowship trained in highly respected programs known throughout the country and around the world for producing exceptionally skilled surgeons. Dr. Levine completed his fellowship in arthroscopy and sports medicine at the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson, Mississippi, and Dr. Kristof (who was featured in the November 2013 issue of Healthy Living News) earned his spine fellowship at William Beaumont in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Dr. Levine was at the University of Toledo for six and a half years and served as the orthopaedic surgeon for the UT Rockets for seven seasons before coming to The Toledo Clinic. He is one of only a few orthopaedic surgeons in the region that are trained to perform the minimally invasive hip arthroscopy procedure.
Hip arthroscopy involves the insertion of an arthroscope (a thin, flexible, lighted scope equipped with a camera) through a small incision to examine the inside of the hip joint for disease or abnormalities. If a problem is noted—for example, damage to the tissue that surrounds the hip socket or loose pieces of bone or cartilage that interfere with the hip's movement—additional instruments can then be inserted to repair the damage, remove the loose body, etc.
"In the past, there was nothing we could do for patients complaining of hip pain other than wait for the problem to advance to the point that replacement was necessary. Now, using this minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure, we can halt the progression of damage to the hip and hopefully eliminate the need for replacement in the future," Dr. Levine explains.
Dr. Levine also works arthroscopically on the shoulder, elbow, and knee. Using a minimally invasive approach and small incisions, he can do procedures that traditionally require very large incisions to perform.
Dr. Levine's first day of clinic at the Glass City Orthopaedic & Spine Center will be January 6, and Dr. Kristof has been seeing patients there since this past summer. "If you're experiencing back pain, joint pain, or other orthopaedic complaints, just call our office at 419-479-5424 and we'll get you in to be seen right away," he says.