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Gilford surgeon first in N.H. to use innovative procedure

GILFORD — Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists (AOS) in Gilford is proving to be at the forefront of the latest in medical advancements. Dr. Alexander Hennig was the first surgeon in New Hampshire to perform a new, minimally-invasive medical procedure known as Subchondroplasty.

Subchondroplasty is less than two years old and is used when the bone under cartilage is inflamed. It's otherwise known as Bone Marrow Edema (BME). "It is theorized that this inflamed bone is a strong pain generator, but if we can support it through this procedure, it may have time to heal and decrease the pain and inflammation" states Dr. Hennig.

The procedure is performed though three 1 cm incisions placed around the knee. An MRI is used to locate the precise area of the BME and a needle is then inserted into the area of edema. A small amount of Calcium Phosphate is then injected into and around the area. This hardens in less than 10 minutes, becoming as strong as the surrounding bone, which provides support for the knee again. Within a few years, it gets absorbed and is replaced by the patient's own bone. The procedure takes just 30-45 minutes and is performed as an outpatient.

Dr. Hennig performed the surgery for the first time on a patient who is an avid runner. She was experiencing pain from early arthritis and her lateral knee pain took away her ability to run anymore. With a complex knee realignment planned, it would have meant 6-8 months of recovery for this patient. Wanting to find a better solution for his patient, Dr. Hennig did some research and suggested they try the Subchondroplasty procedure instead. The patient agreed and the results have been positive.

Following surgery, she was fully weight bearing within a few days, pain free after 7-10 days, and back to running after 3 months. There are several benefits to having a Subchondroplasty. It's a short, outpatient surgery that provides little risk and a quick recovery for the patient. In addition, this surgery can also address any meniscus or cartilage damage and is about one-fourth the cost of a knee replacement.

Dr. Hennig states, "While it is still a relatively new procedure, we have seen promising results. There are limited treatment options for the pain of early arthritis. Now we have another tool to help with this pain that can allow individuals to get back to, or continue, the active, healthy lifestyle that joint pain has kept them from living."

Not all patients are the right candidate for Subchondroplasy. The right patient would be an active individual who has good knee function, but has pain related to early arthritis, or has MRI findings consistent with Bone Marrow Edema (BME).

Dr. Hennig is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy and has been practicing in the lakes region for 6 years. After a year in Boston where he served as an assistant team physician for the Boston Celtics, he moved to Gilford, where he is currently on staff as a US Ski and Snowboard Team physician and cares for multiple local high school athletic programs. More than 200 surgeons in the United States have performed the surgery to date. For more information regarding this medical treatment call AOS at 528-9100 or log on to www.advortho.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 07:42

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Gilford Parks & Rec plans Red Sox Trips in July

GILFORD– The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department still has space available in our two trips to watch the Red Sox at Fenway Park this summer. The first trip is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1 to see the Red Sox Play the Chicago Cubs. The second trip is scheduled for Tuesday, July 29 to watch the Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays.

Travel to and from each game will beprovided aboard a Coach Company, Luxury Coach fully equipped with climate control, DVD Video System and lavatory. These trips are limited to 53 participants each. The cost is $65.00 per person or $240.00 for a four-pack

For more information call the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 11:13

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Ashland plans pancake breakfast, parade, party and fireworks for 4th of July

ASHLAND —  The Ashland Fourth of July Committee announces its 54th consecutive year of Independence Day events for 2014.

Events kick off Friday, July 4 at 7 a.m. at the Common Man, Ashland, for the annual Pancake Breakfast. From 7-9 a.m. parade participants muster at the Ashland Fire House, Mill Street. All parade participants, including marchers, must check in with a parade attendant for line-up assignment.
The parade begins down Main Street beginning at 10 a.m.

Saturday evening's events start at 6 p.m. with a midway on the L.W. Packard Ball Field. There will be concessions and entertainment with Magician Jim Gleich; Disc Jockey Chris White and Musician and Master of Ceremonies Art Harriman. At 9:30 p.m. the region's best fireworks display lights up the night.

The funding for this annual celebration comes strictly through donations and the sale of commemorative T-shirts and buttons. The Ashland Fourth of July Committee is made up of a small group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to keep their hometown tradition going. For more information, contact Katie Maher, Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 10:52

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Greater Meredith Program installs window boxes

MEREDITH — As part of their town-wide beautification effort the Greater Meredith Program has installed window boxes along Main St. While some stores already had boxes, the GMP noticed that some did not and offered to build them for the merchants if they would plant them with flowers and water them. Nine businesses took them up on the offer, Antiques at Meredith Bay, Family Affair, Hawkins Photography, Ruel's Barbershop, Park Place Salon, Patricia's Specially for You, Bootleggers Footwear, Lake Region Cupcakes, and Hermit Woods Winery.

The boxes were designed and built by Moe Gouin of Meredith and painted by Inter-Lakes Elementary students in Stephen Watson's class.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 10:34

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