The 1st Annual TOCA Foundation Golf Tournament!

The TOCA Foundation’s mission is to improve the community in the areas of math, science and medical research.  The Phoenix Public Schools desperately need further funding in the area of math and science to improve our community’s educational outcomes and future leaders in these areas.  Together with your help, we will provide our students the tools to complete in a global future.

TOCA Foundation Federal Tax ID #20-0574111

Upcoming Events

The 1st Annual TOCA Foundation Golf Tournament 

The Orthopedic Clinic Association is pleased to announce our first ever Charity Golf Classic to be held on Friday, April 27th, 2017 benefiting Phoenix Public Schools.

Please join TOCA for the 2017 Charity Golf Event to help children in our area.  This Tournament will be held at the ASU Karsten Golf Course and will start with a Tee-off box breakfast,  and conclude with a raffle, silent auction and an awards luncheon following your day of golf.  We humbly request your donation, which would greatly contribute to our event’s success and would be deeply appreciated.  Together, we will make this a dynamic event!

Date: Thursday April 27th, 2017

Location: ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Consider your involvement in this memorable event:

  • Register your team today! We expect this tournament to sell out so call or email us today!
  • Become a sponsorship partner! There are several packages available, ranging from $500 to $5000.
  • Donate! If golfing isn’t your game of choice, consider becoming a friend of our foundation! Any donation to the foundation will have an impact on the youth in our community!

This Tournament is sure to be a hit, so sign up today to secure your team’s position in this year’s Charity Golf Classic by Clicking Here.  If you have any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities or to register your team, please contact Lisa Paulson at lpaulson@tocamd.com or 602.512.8525.

We recognize there are many golf tournaments and organizations you can support and we appreciate your consideration to participate in this event

#RECOVERY.RESULTS.RELIEF.

TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association) Performs First Meniscus Replacements in Arizona

TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association) Performs First Meniscus Replacements in Arizona with NUsurface® Meniscus Implant: Phoenix Suns Physician Treats Local Resident with Persistent Knee Pain in SUN Clinical Trial – Dr. Thomas R. Carter.

PHOENIX, Arizona – March 24th, 2017 – TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association), a one-stop resource for orthopedics in Arizona , and Active Implants, a company that develops orthopedic implant solutions, today announced that the first meniscus replacement procedures in Arizona were successfully performed by Dr. Tom Carter. TOCA is the only center in the state – and one of just 10 sites nationwide – enrolling patients with persistent knee pain caused by injured or deteriorating meniscus cartilage in the SUN trial, which is designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of the NUsurface® Meniscus Implant (pronounced “new surface”) in restoring function similar to that of a natural, healthy meniscus.

The first patient to receive the implant in Arizona was Sean Kirkman, a 47-year-old Phoenix resident and owner of Doggy Daze, who tore his meniscus 12 years ago after years of snow skiing and playing softball. Although he underwent several partial meniscectomies to treat the tear on his left knee, he experienced constant pain requiring him to wear a knee brace for the last 10 years in attempts to stabilize his knee. Kirkman’s knee was consistently throbbing with pain whether he was sitting, walking or playing sports. The pain became so intense, he had to quit playing softball.

The meniscus is a tissue pad between the thigh and shin bones. Once damaged, the meniscus has a very limited ability to heal. Over 1 million partial meniscectomies to remove or repair a torn meniscus are performed in the U.S. every year, about the same as the total number of hip and knee replacement surgeries combined. However, many patients still experience persistent knee pain following meniscus surgery.

“There aren’t many options for patients who experience persistent knee pain following meniscus surgery,” said Dr. Tom Carter, orthopedic surgeon at TOCA. “We hope the NUsurface implant alleviates pain in these patients, helps them delay or avoid knee replacement surgery, and gets them back to the activities they enjoy.”

Kirk received the NUsurface Meniscus Implant on October 20 through a small incision in his knee and completed a six-week rehabilitation program. Five months into his recovery, Kirk is most looking forward to getting back into snow skiing.

“My knee pain over the last 12 years was completely psyche changing as I was too young for knee replacement and had resigned myself to just living with the pain,” Kirk said. “A couple weeks after receiving the NUsurface Meniscus Implant, my debilitating knee pain had subsided and I no longer felt the need for a knee brace I had been wearing the last decade. I can finally walk around to places and resume my life.”

The NUsurface Meniscus Implant has been used in Europe under CE Mark since 2008 and Israel since 2011.

About the Clinical Trial
The SUN study (Safety Using NUsurface®) will enroll approximately 120 patients as part of regulatory process to gain approval from FDA to sell the device in the U.S. All patients who meet study requirements and agree to enter the trial are offered the NUsurface Meniscus Implant as treatment. Treatment with NUsurface in the SUN trial is eligible for coverage by Medicare and some private insurance companies. To be eligible for the study, participants must be between the ages of 30 and 75 and have pain after medial meniscus surgery that was performed at least six months ago. To learn more about the SUN study, please visit http://sun-trial.com or call (844) 680-8951.

About the NUsurface® Meniscus Implant
The NUsurface® Meniscus Implant is an investigational treatment for patients with persistent knee pain following medial meniscus surgery. It is made from medical grade plastic and, as a result of its unique materials, composite structure and design, does not require fixation to bone or soft tissues. The NUsurface Meniscus Implant mimics the function of the natural meniscus and redistributes loads transmitted across the knee joint. Clinical trials are underway in the U.S., Europe and Israel to verify the safety and effectiveness of the NUsurface Meniscus Implant.

About TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association)
TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association) has served the Valley with orthopedic care since it was founded in 1949. TOCA is a one-stop resource for orthopedics in Arizona, led by nationally recognized, established orthopedic physicians who are passionate about quality care. TOCA brings expertise in orthopedics and sports medicine, numerous sub-specialties, physical therapy and hand therapy. Each TOCA Physician brings their own passion and integrity to a common purpose, honoring TOCA’s mission statement: “Serving our Patients through Innovative and Comprehensive Orthopedic Care.” Our physicians and staff are dedicated to providing for each person’s needs and ensuring the highest level of care for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. For more information, visit https://tocamd.com/.

About Active Implants
Active Implants, LLC develops orthopedic implant solutions that complement the natural biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system, allowing patients to maintain or return to an active lifestyle. Active Implants is privately held with headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. European offices are in Driebergen, The Netherlands, with R&D facilities in Netanya, Israel. For more information, visit www.activeimplants.com.

 

CAUTION Investigational device. Limited by United States law to investigational use.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carter visit www.tocamd.com or call 602-277-6211!

#RESULTS. #RECOVERY. #RELIEF #orthopedicimplants #activeimplants#DrCarter

Congratulations Dr. Evan Lederman!

Congratulations Dr. Evan Lederman (Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Shoulder & Knee Reconstruction Orthopedic Physician and Surgeon at TOCA)! Dr. Lederman has been invited as a speaker to the 2017 Current Concepts in Joint Replacement (CCJR). The 18th annual course is held in Las Vegas, Nevada annually in May. The CCJR meeting is one of the largest joint replacement in the US with over 1,000 attendees.

Dr. Lederman will be speaking on topics such as “Controversies in Shoulder Reconstruction”, “Preventing Infection in Shoulder Arthroplasty: Navigating the Minefields”, “What would YOU do? Challenges in Shoulder Surgery” and “Tips, Tidbits & Surgical Pearls: Critical Keys to Success in Shoulder Arthroplasty – Humeral Cemented Revision: Techniques for Safe Extraction”.

To learn more about Dr. Lederman or to schedule an appointment visit www.tocamd.com or call 602-277-6211!

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course is open to orthopaedic surgeons, residents, nurses, and members of the orthopaedic and allied health industries.

• This meeting will focus on both primary and revision outcomes, surgical approaches, new materials and design as well as address problems of articulation choice, fixation, bone deficiency, instability, trauma, and infection for hip, knee, and shoulder replacement.

• Topics delve into a triad of design, patient factors and technical proficiency responsible for achieving clinical longevity in hip, knee, and shoulder reconstruction.

• Hemi and total shoulder arthroplasty topics focus on improved instrumentation, design modularity, evolving surgical techniques, and optimal patient outcomes.

• An assemblage of contemporary thought leaders will probe the boundaries of these problems and offer solutions for joint pathologies where arthroplasty is indicated.

• An assemblage of contemporary thought leaders will probe the boundaries of these problems and offer solutions for joint pathologies where arthroplasty is indicated.

• Plenary commentary, didactic clinical reports, technique videos, debate, case challenges, and live surgery define the formats of presentation, which provide an optimal learning opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons and other allied professionals involved in joint reconstruction.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

As a result of attending this symposium, the participant will be able to:

• Appraise evolving surgical techniques and implant technologies through didactic and interactive live presentation as well as evaluate early and long-term clinical outcomes.

• Identify problems and concerns relevant to hip, knee, and shoulder arthroplasty including polyethylene wear, short and long term tissue response, inter-component failure, and peri-prosthetic fracture.

• Discuss optimal clinical application of current and evolving fixation techniques in primary and revision procedures including cement, hydroxyapatite, porous coating, press fit, impaction grafting, and evolving porous metal technologies

• Appreciate current solution options for hip, knee and shoulder arthroplasty failure where revision is an endpoint and understand the contributory roles of bone loss, soft tissue deficiency, and infection.

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT

The Current Concepts Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

#Recovery #Results #Relief #JointReplacement #Orthopedics#Sportsmedicine

The TOCA Foundation Supports Local Arizona Schools!

The TOCA Foundation Supports Local Arizona Schools! The TOCA Foundation’s mission is to improve the community in the areas of math, science and medical research. Local Public Schools desperately need further funding to improve our community’s educational outcomes and future leaders in these areas. Tegether, we will help provide students the tools to compete in a global future!

Recently, TOCA donated stability balls to a 1st grade classroom as a part of a research project geared towards improving student focus (and posture!) in the classroom. TOCA received this artistic drawing and thank you note from one of the students!

To learn more about the TOCA Foundation and upcoming events please visit: www.tocamd.com/TOCAfoundation

Questions? Call TOCA at 602-277-6211!
#Recovery #Results #Relief #Education #Research #Math #Science #Supportourschools #TOCAfoundation #stabilityballsrock

Random Acts of Kindness week (#RAKWeek2017)

Random Acts of Kindness week (#RAKWeek2017), Feb 12-18, is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. Formally recognized in 1995, this seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same.

Share your random act of kindness! 

Learn more at: www.randomactsof.us 

1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
2. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
3. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
4. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
5. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
6. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
7. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.
8. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
9. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.
10. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
11. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
12. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
13. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
14. Smile at five strangers.
15. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else.
16. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
17. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
18. Hold up positive signs for traffic or in a park for people exercising outside!
19. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
20. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
21. Have a clean up party at a beach or park.
22. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
23. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
24. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
25. Everyone is important. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.
26. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
27. Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital.
28.Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
29. Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.
30. Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
31. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
32. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.
33. Put your phone away while in the company of others.
34. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
35. Hold the door open for someone
36. Tell a joke
37. Donate outgrown clothes
38. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while just to say hello
39. Smile at everyone. It’s contagious.
40. Bring your neighbors’ garbage cans up for them. 
41. Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you. Or wave a thank you to someone who lets you in!
42. Give someone a hug
43. When you go somewhere to get or do something, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need
44. Let someone have the parking spce
45. Stop to talk to a homeless person
46. Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home. Sixty percent of them will never have a visitor during their stay.
47. Hold the elevator
48. Empathize
49. Text someone good morning or good night
50. Say yes at the store when the cashier asks if you want to donate $1 to whichever cause
51. Be encouraging! 
52. Help someone struggling with heavy bags
53. Be kind to the customer service rep on the phone. It’s not their fault
54. Be patient
55. Compliment a stranger
56. Be thoughtful – Did your co-worker have a bad day today? Bring them them a coffee in the morning. 
57. Say “Thank you”, a lot – Everyone works hard. 
58. Send a care package to a solider
59. Leave nice comments on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook
60. Slow way down when you drive past a pedestrian — 35 mph can seem like the Indy 500 to a someone walking their dog.
61. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.

#kindness #randomactsofkindness #Recovery#Results #Relief #RandomActsofTOCA

The 1st Annual TOCA Foundation Golf Tournament!

The TOCA Foundation’s mission is to improve the community in the areas of math, science and medical research.  The Phoenix Public Schools desperately need further funding in the area of math and science to improve our community’s educational outcomes and future leaders in these areas.  Together with your help, we will provide our students the tools to complete in a global future.

TOCA Foundation Federal Tax ID #20-0574111

Upcoming Events

The 1st Annual TOCA Foundation Golf Tournament 

The Orthopedic Clinic Association is pleased to announce our first ever Charity Golf Classic to be held on Friday, April 27th, 2017 benefiting Phoenix Public Schools.

Please join TOCA for the 2017 Charity Golf Event to help children in our area.  This Tournament will be held at the ASU Karsten Golf Course and will start with a Tee-off box breakfast,  and conclude with a raffle, silent auction and an awards luncheon following your day of golf.  We humbly request your donation, which would greatly contribute to our event’s success and would be deeply appreciated.  Together, we will make this a dynamic event!

Date: Thursday April 27th, 2017

Location: ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Consider your involvement in this memorable event:

  • Register your team today! We expect this tournament to sell out so call or email us today!
  • Become a sponsorship partner! There are several packages available, ranging from $500 to $5000.
  • Donate! If golfing isn’t your game of choice, consider becoming a friend of our foundation! Any donation to the foundation will have an impact on the youth in our community!

This Tournament is sure to be a hit, so sign up today to secure your team’s position in this year’s Charity Golf Classic by Clicking Here.  If you have any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities or to register your team, please contact Lisa Paulson at lpaulson@tocamd.com or 602.512.8525.

We recognize there are many golf tournaments and organizations you can support and we appreciate your consideration to participate in this event

#RECOVERY.RESULTS.RELIEF.

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Huston and TOCA who have been nominated for the 2017 Executive Awards!

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Huston and TOCA who have been nominated for the 2017 Executive Awards! The 2017 Executive Awards are designed to honor those providing exemplary expertise within the crucial Health Care Industry.

“Health care is a critical element of daily life surging in demand with each passing moment. In turn, health care businesses must adapt accordingly and mold its services around the demand of its clientele and the rapidly evolving nature of the health care business industry.

From the firms and organisations developing new and innovative ideas to save lives and change the way healthcare is delivered, to the stalwarts working behind the scenes to provide exceptional care on a daily basis, we are keen to turn the spotlight on everyone working to support the healthcare systems around the globe. These awards are focused  to showcase the people behind the success stories.

The 2017 Executive Awards have been designed to honor those who work tirelessly to ensure that demands are met on time and to an impeccable level. In an industry that is ever-changing, these individuals have displayed great passion, achieved remarkable results and shown true dedication to their area of practice.”

To learn more about Dr. Huston or to schedule an appointment call the dedicated TOCA staff at: 602-277-6211.

#Recovery #Results #Relief #InterventionalSpine #PhysicalMedicine 

 

TOCA Welcomes Dr. William Stevens January 3rd, 2017!

TOCA Welcomes Dr. William Stevens January 3rd, 2017!

Dr. William Stevens is excited to be joining the outstanding physicians at The Orthopedic Clinic Association. He is fellowship trained in Orthopedic Spine Surgery.

At the age of 12, a young William Stevens knew he wanted to be a doctor. When that dream was realized, he fell in love with the challenges and opportunities afforded by spine surgery. As a spine surgeon, he has the chance to have a life changing impact on the lives of his patients by giving back to them, their quality of life.

Dr. William Stevens is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon with his expertise in spinal disorders and received his Medical Degree from Brown University in Providence, RI. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Spinal Deformity Surgery from UC San Francisco and Residency in Orthopedic Surgery and Internship in General Surgery from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The North American Spine Society, the Scoliosis Research Society and the Orthopaedic Surgeons Network of Arizona.

In addition to his numerous publications and presentations Dr. Stevens has traveled to the Bahamas several times over the past 12 years for surgical missions to perform corrective surgery on children with spinal deformity.

Appointments scheduled with Dr. Stevens and his dedicated staff will be at the new TOCA SPINE office located at: 3133 E. Camelback Road Suite #245, Phoenix, AZ 85016!

602-277-6211

www.tocamd.com

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Blazuk who passed the Sports Medicine Boards!

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Blazuk who passed the Sports Medicine Boards! Dr. Blazuk is a Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine, Non-Surgical Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician at TOCA.

Dr. Joseph Blazuk strives to get patients back to the activities that add happiness and meaning to their lives, whether that involves running a marathon or simply going up and down stairs without pain. He practices medicine with the mind set that the body’s natural state is one of health and often injury occurs when a cycle of muscle imbalance, improper biomechanics, and pain takes shape, couched in a poor environment for healing. His focus includes using musculoskeletal ultrasound to provide an accurate, timely diagnosis and developing a patient-centered treatment strategy that avoids the costs and complications of surgery when possible. He has published on adolescent throwing injuries and the usefulness of regenerative medicine injections, among other topics.

He is a fellowship-trained, nonsurgical Sports Medicine specialist.  Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Blazuk earned his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and then returned to New England to complete medical school at the University of Massachusetts.

After finishing residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago, he went on to complete a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship in Atlanta at Emory University. He trained under Dr. Ken Mautner, a leader in the field of Orthobiologics treatment and a pioneer in musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Blazuk has extensive experience working with athletes at the elite level including professional football players and Cirque du Soleil performers. He has provided sideline medical coverage at collegiate and high school games, amateur roller derby bouts, and several running events including the Chicago Marathon. Most importantly, he enjoys working with folks who value staying healthy and active.

To learn more about Dr. Blazuk or to schedule an appointment call the dedicated TOCA staff at: 602-277-6211.

#Recovery #Results #Relief #SportsMedicine

 

TOCA is proud to be a sponsor for the Arizona Sports Radio KTAR 98.7 Holiday Heroes Benefiting the 100 Club for the 4th year in a row!

TOCA is proud to be a sponsor for the Arizona Sports Radio KTAR 98.7 Holiday Heroes Benefiting the 100 Club for the 4th year in a row! Listen live today starting at 10:00 am to 6:00 pm!

Join TOCA and Arizona Sports 98.7FM for the Holiday Heroes event on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, at ASU Karsten Golf Course (1125 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281) from 10am-6pm, benefiting the 100 Club of Arizona.

Holiday Heroes is an annual fundraiser and golf tournament put on by Arizona Sports 98.7FM! This event provides financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line-of-duty.

We encourage you to help by making a donation now! On December 7th, you will also be able to text in, make a donation and will be entered to win great prizes like autographed jerseys, helmets, footballs and more from the Just Sports Jersey Wall, or join us on-site and purchase raffle tickets for some fabulous prizes.

Help us help those that keep us safe on a day-to-day basis by contributing to Holiday Heroes!

#Recovery #Results #Relief #100Club #TOCA