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TRI STATE AREA AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP MEMBER TO EXPLAIN ADVANTAGES OF HIS PROSTHESIS AT BON SECOURS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL PUBLIC FORUM JANUARY 26

Retired Port Jervis Police Officer Will Demonstrate Benefits of the Osseoanchored Prosthesis Compared to the traditional Socket Device

PORT JERVIS, NY  – (January 14) On Thursday, January 26, the public is invited to hear Mike Halloran, an active member of the Tri State Amputee Support Group, explain and demonstrate the benefits of his new Osseoanchored Prosthesis for above-the-knee amputations.

The event will be held in Bon Secours Community Hospital’s cafeteria at 1:30 p.m. and all are invited to attend.

Halloran, a retired Port Jervis Police Officer, became an Above Knee Amputee (AKA) several years ago following a motorcycle accident in Ohio.

After his recovery from the accident he had been walking with a traditional socket prosthetic leg when he attended a lecture on osseointegration by orthopedic surgeon Dr Munjed Al Muderis, founder of the Osseointegration Group of Australia.

He learned that Osseointegration surgery, a procedure similar in concept to having a dental implant, involves the insertion of a titanium implant into the femur or tibia of an amputee. The implant then connects with a regular external prosthetic component, which eliminates the need for traditional rigid socket prosthetics. The surgery and the follow up is intended to provide patients with a greater quality of life through increased mobility and reduced discomfort.

This past November, Halloran, who lives in Barryville, NY with his wife Darlene, traveled to Sydney, Australia, where Dr. Al Muderis and his team performed the procedure. And, upon his return, Halloran began a program of physical therapy under the direction of Karen Little, MSPT, Physical Therapist, and Clinical Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services at Bon Secours Community Hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation Department.

“Mike went to Australia to have Osseointegration as a means to improve his walking ability, his confidence with walking, his safety with walking, and, in turn, his overall quality of life,” said Little. “He has begun physical therapy here to re-learn how to walk properly with the new osseointegration attachment to his prosthesis.”

Little believes Halloran, who has a positive attitude, will be able to walk safely without crutches or difficulty after about four months of physical therapy.

“I’m a real cyborg,” quipped Halloran, referring to a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts.” And I’m very grateful for the therapy I receive at Bon Secours Community Hospital and for the Tri State Amputee Support Group. They’re great.”

Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology and cardiac rehabilitation are among rehabilitative services offered at Bon Secours Community Hospital.

For more information, contact Karen Little at 845-858-7110 or karen_little@bshsi.org

About Bon Secours Community Hospital, a Member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network

For nearly a century, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, has served the residents of Western Orange County, New York, Pike County, Pennsylvania, and Northern Sussex County, New Jersey, as the area’s premier healthcare provider.  The hospital serves its community with 122 beds for acute care and medical-surgical services, a 24-hour emergency department, long-term care and rehabilitation, a dedicated bariatric surgery unit, behavioral health, and outpatient services.  For more information about Bon Secours Community Hospital and the services provided, visit www.bschs.bonsecours.com or follow the hospital at www.facebook.com/bschs and www.twitter.com/bschs

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,500-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, NY, spanning seven hospitals and several campuses and locations in the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 10,000 people, with nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1 and Level 2 Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals and numerous health-related centers, programs and services, today WMCHealth is the leading and pre-eminent provider of integrated health in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit www.WMCHealth.org

                               
PHOTOS:


1.    Mike Halloran with his Osseoanchored Prosthesis.


2.   Mike Halloran began a program of physical therapy under the direction of Karen Little, MSPT, Physical Therapist, and Clinical Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services at Bon Secours Community Hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation Department.

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