Straith Orthopedics Combines Technology, Empathy And Compassion To Achieve Successful Surgery
Techology, Empathy and compassion
A chance to offer personalized care and a move away from the “mega hospital” approach to health care brought Dr. Michael Fleischman to the Straith Orthopedic Program at Southfield’s Straith Hospital for Special Surgery.
“I’m a fellowship trained, board certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in hip and knee joint replacements,” Dr. Fleischman said. “Physicians go into medicine to be able to help people. The landscape of medicine in SE Michigan and throughout the state has changed toward growing the hospital and making it a big business. That’s taken the ability to treat and care for patients out of our hands.”
Dr. Fleischman said practicing orthopedic medicine at Straith Hospital offers the ability to truly care for patients by pairing the right staff with the best available tools, techniques and procedures.
“We hand pick our physicians who take care of our patients in the hospital. We pick our surgeons, our nurses and the operating room staff and by doing so, we can provide that empathy, compassion and individualized care to each of the patients. That’s something we, as doctors, have been striving for our whole career,” Dr. Fleischman said. “I think Straith really provides that platform.”
That philosophy and professional environment has allowed Straith to build an orthopedic program that fully leverages the best available technology, including robotic surgery, in the hands of surgeons with vast experience.
“Robotic assisted joint replacement surgery is the most accurate and cutting edge way to implant a hip or knee. We’ve done thousands of robotic hip and knee replacements,” Dr. Fleischman said. “In SE Michigan, we are certainly the experts.” The Stryker Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee and Total Knee and Total Hip Joint Replacement Surgery uses 3D virtual modeling and a robotic arm for unparalleled precision at less than 1mm or 1 degree of error.
“There’s no way a human being can be that precise without it,” Dr. Fleischman said, “With the Mako robotic technology our patients are experiencing less post-operative pain and recovering faster, there is less blood loss during surgery, our incisions are smaller, and we believe that this precision is going to lead to longer lasting joint replacements.”
It’s all done in an environment that’s relatively small and more intimate. Unlike a larger hospital, Straith does not treat COVID-19 patients.
The staff believes all of these things provide an unrivaled sense of comfort for patients seeking an orthopedic consultation for shoulder, hip and knee pain or any orthopedic problem as the result of an injury related to work, sports or just wear and tear.
“I will say, personally, all my patients get my phone number in order to call me any time after surgery,” Dr. Fleischman said. “That’s what I can do here. I know my patients so well. I’m going to be vastly available to them.”
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“I’m Dana with the robotic surgery in my left hip. Dr. Brandt just did my hip replacement surgery 2 weeks ago. The best thing about it is usually when you go to the hospital you get 5-6 patients to 1 nurse, but it was the opposite. I had 5-6 nurses to 1 patient. The care at Straith Hospital was unbelievable! I wish I would have done it a lot sooner. The pain level was a 1 or 2 at the most.”
~Dana, Hockey Player & Total Hip Replacement Patient
Straith Hospital for Special Surgery
23901 Lahser Rd. Southfield, MI 48033