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Sports medicine surgeon Emily J.M. Monroe, M.D., of Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, was part of several teams that recently investigated techniques in ACL repair for children, hip surgery and treating bone tumors. Her three most recent co-authored studies showcase rare, common and increasingly more common orthopedic conditions that require vigilant research, data and outcome tracking to further the science and techniques of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.

Since December 2018, Dr. Monroe has co-authored a total of six nationally and internationally published articles in peer-reviewed surgical and medical journals. In April 2019, two of Dr. Monroe’s co-authored articles were published nationally in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Also in 2019, Dr. Monroe co-authored an article published article in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.

“Sports and healthy activity are important for people of all ages,” says Dr. Monroe. “Like my colleagues at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, I am committed to continued research and outcome tracking to ensure our field keeps advancing so patients everywhere can keep pursuing the activities they love with confidence.”

Dr. Monroe worked on the study titled “Intra-articular Osteoid Osteoma of the Distal Femur Treated with Osteochondral Grafting: A Report of 2 Cases,” which examined treatment for relatively rare benign bone tumors that occur within the knee joint. Published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the report found that grafting bone and cartilage after tumor removal provides pain relief and a return to activities for patients. 

Because ACL injuries amongst younger patients are on the rise, Dr. Monroe joined a team of doctors in studying the outcomes of a specific technique. In The American Journal of Sports Medicine article fully titled “Partial Transphyseal Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Clinical, Functional, and Radiographic Outcomes,” Dr. Monroe and her team found that the technique investigated, partial transphyseal ACL reconstruction, has good functional outcomes and complication rates comparable to those of other common techniques. The team was able to conclude that the technique is a valid recommendation for adolescent ACL patients with five or fewer years of growth remaining.

For her recent Arthroscopy article, titled “Periportal Capsulotomy: Technique and Outcomes for a Limited Capsulotomy During Hip Arthroscopy,” Dr. Monroe and her team measured the overall effectiveness for one method of treating hip impingement, a common orthopedic condition. After reviewing over a hundred cases, the team found that the technique they were studying is safe, stable and afforded patients significant improvement for their condition.

“Orthopedic surgery and patient care have seen extraordinary advances over the years,” says Dr. Monroe. “By continually researching and finding the best possible approaches to treatment, we can better help our patients right now and build a better future for everyone impacted by the pain and limitation associated with orthopedic conditions.”

As a fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Monroe has received the highest level of subspecialized academic and clinical education in orthopedics. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her residency in orthopedic surgery at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She later underwent additional specialty training through a yearlong sports medicine fellowship at the University of California San Francisco.

To learn more about Dr. Monroe or to schedule an appointment, please call (800) 762-1177 or request an appointment online

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