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Another "First" for the Grand Strand

The Grand Strand has once again attained the status of “first.” But this time in the field of orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Steven M. Callihan of Strand Orthopaedic Consultants was among the attendees at the 2003 annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference in San Francisco.

This week-long event, recognized as the world’s premiere orthopaedic conference, focused on the many facets of orthopaedic medicine including technology, medical breakthroughs, education and industry updates.

Among the highlights of this year’s conference was the presentation of the new and highly acclaimed knee replacement instruments, which, according to experts, will revolutionize knee replacement surgery.

Presented at the conference by John Walklin, a local biomechanical engineer and assisted by Dr. Callihan, the system aids surgeons in making the properly contoured bony saw cuts and alignment measurements necessary during total joint replacements. Less than a year old, the system, already in use by orthopedists throughout the southeast, is touted as having exceptional clinical results.

In addition to assisting in the development of the instruments, Dr. Callihan was the “first” surgeon in the country to utilize them during surgery. That surgery was conducted in August 2000 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, a hospital recently recognized as one of the top 100 orthopaedic hospitals in the nation.

A graduate of the University of Rochester and SUNY-Upstate, New York Medical School, Dr. Callihan completed his internship and residency at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Horry County Medical Society and the South Carolina Medical Association.

Callihan joined Strand Orthopaedic Consultants in 1984. Recognized for its work in orthopaedics and sports medicine, the group consists of five highly trained and board certified surgeons. They are the team physicians for Coastal Carolina University and the majority of the area’s high school sports program. Their services are sought for such special events as the Beach Ball Classic, the Senior PGA Tour, the Ping Myrtle Beach Junior Classic, and the Kathy Ireland/ LPGA event.