Dr. Vincent Sammarco of OrthoCincy Runs Training Course in Cincinnati for His Revolutionary Superconstruct Technique
Dr. Vincent James Sammarco, M.D.
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In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more than 100 million adults in the U.S. are now living with either diabetes or prediabetes. Additionally, the American Diabetes Association reports that 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can cause severe complications such as increased risk for infections caused by a weakened immune system; increased risk for stroke; diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness; nephropathy, or diabetes-related kidney disease; and diabetic neuropathy, causing a lack of blood flow and feeling in the feet, which can lead to infections, deformities, and even amputation.
Dr. Vincent James Sammarco, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at OrthoCincy, specializes in the treatment of Charcot foot disease, a result of diabetic neuropathy, as well as other disorders of the foot and ankle and musculoskeletal trauma. Charcot foot is generally a result of very severe cases of neuropathy where the bones have begun to break down, causing various fractures and dislocations leading to deformed feet. This can often lead to amputations. Ten years ago, the standard treatment for Charcot foot was casting or tightly bracing the foot to hold the bones and joints in place to prevent further breakdown. While this treatment does work for some patients, Dr. Sammarco wanted to do more.
A native of Cincinnati, Sammarco completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a fellowship in foot and ankle reconstruction in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to the Queen City in 1999. He then joined with his father, also an orthopaedic surgeon, and one of the first orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S. to specialize in surgery of the foot and ankle. In the next few years, Dr. Sammarco began developing a new treatment for the Charcot foot using large screws that would span the foot as “beams,” providing support and structure for the foot, realigning the affected area. This revolutionary innovation was first presented in 2002 and was published in its complete form in 2009.
Since then, Sammarco has been invited to speak about his “beaming technique” at various events around the world. Sammarco also began working with Extremity Medical to develop their Axis system to provide more resilient and effective hardware for the procedure. In September of 2018, Dr. Sammarco ran the Cincinnati Charcot Reconstruction course to train other surgeons in the use of this technique and equipment.
“The device has proven to be successful beyond my own expectations,” says Sammarco. “It has quickly grown in acceptance as the best device for this condition and represents Extremity Medical’s most successful product launch in their history.”
OrthoCincy is located at 8099 Cornell Rd., Suite 100 Cincinnati, OH 45249. For more locations and other information, call 513.793.3933 or visit www.orthocincy.com