(Centralia, IL) Dr. James Stiehl was recently invited by Dr. Harry Rubash, Chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Harvard University School of Medicine and Chief of orthopaedics of Mass General in Boston, Massachusetts to lecture on his knowledge of computer navigation and his recent innovative work to study ligament balancing in total knee replacement surgery.
During his trip, Dr. Stiehl was also the guest of the Biomechanics Laboratory, where he taught Harvard residents and fellows in orthopaedic surgery on his advancement in computer aided ligament balancing during knee surgery.
Ligament balancing of the knee has proven to be a source of problems for patients when having total knee replacement. Dr. Stiehl’s continued work with computer navigation during knee surgery will allow surgeons to complete ligament balancing in total knee replacement surgery. In his laboratory at St. Mary’s Hospital, Dr. Stiehl uses cadaver knees to continue researching potential innovations in the use of computer aided navigation in knee surgery. For over 10 years Dr. Stiehl has successfully used computer navigation as a method during knee replacement surgery.
Dr. Stiehl is the Editor-In-Chief of The Knee, an international journal publishing studies on the clinical treatment and fundamental biomechanical characteristics of the knee. He has published two major text books and 18 articles on computer aided and robotic surgery.
Dr. Stiehl currently practices general orthopaedics in Centralia and serves as chief of Surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.Internationally known in his field, he has over 30 years’ experience in orthopaedic trauma surgery and adult reconstructive surgery.