Research & Awards

Dr. Suri is a Principal Reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and a Reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, both high quality peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Suri has co-authored presentations at the AOSSM 2006 Annual Meeting, the AAOS 2007 Annual Meeting, the Orthopaedic Research Society, and Canadian Orthopaedic Society. He has been published in several journals, including the prestigious American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Instructional Course Lecture (2007) on “Shoulder Disorders in the Overhead Athlete.” A book chapter by Dr. Suri on the shoulder has been recently published.

His research has won several awards at prominent meetings. Dr. Suri’s research on microfracture was highlighted by The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting (AOSSM), when his research was selected as “Best Poster” to represent the AOSSM at the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) 56th Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 6-9, 2010. His research was also awarded by The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) at the 2009 Annual Meeting when it was selected as a Poster Award recipient – Second place; announced in Keystone, CO on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 8:36am in the Scientific Session. The title of Dr. Suri’s award winning poster is “Improved Percentage Fill After Microfracture with Complete vs. Central Hole Placement in a Mature Lapine Model,” and coauthors are Juan J. Rodrigo, MD; John D. Des-Jardins, PhD; Douglas J. Wyland, MD; Steven B. Singleton, MD; Paige Boatwright, BS; and Matthew Hoyle, BA.

Dr. Suri’s research project on Hip Arthroscopy won the “Best Paper” at the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, March 17-19, 2011. The title of the research project is “The Arthroscopic Management of Intra-Articular Hip Pathology: A Prospective Cohort Study.”

Dr. Suri has several on going research projects and Book Chapters in progress involving Shoulder Elbow, Hip & Knee Arthroscopy and Surgery

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Dr. Suri Selected to Present Study Results at Conference in Germany

Ochsner orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Misty Suri, MD, along with clinical research coordinator Stephanie Pawlak, BA, CCRC, recently concluded a study of arthroscopic treatment of two types of severe pediatric hip deformities and these promising results have been selected for presentation at the prestigious International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA) annual conference in October in Munich, Germany.

ISHA is an organization of hip arthroscopy specialists from around the world and is at the forefront of emerging techniques in hip arthroscopy. The annual ISHA conference provides an international forum to share and discuss new ideas and techniques for developing treatments using hip arthroscopy.

“It is an honor to be selected to present our research findings at ISHA,” Dr. Suri said. “I am looking forward to introducing and discussing this technique which has proven to be successful in my patients to the hip arthroscopy community worldwide.”

Even the names of the conditions of Dr. Suri’s patients—slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease—are intimidating. These conditions, which most commonly affect young boys, occur in the ball-and-socket joint where the thighbone and pelvis meet.

In SCFE, the ball part of the joint located at the upper end of the thighbone (femur) slips off the neck of the thighbone, typically during the growth years of early adolescence. Although the slippage occurs slowly, it can become unstable and the ball can slip completely. In Perthes disease, the blood supply to the ball part of the joint is interrupted. Because of the lack of blood flow, the bone can lose vitality, break more easily, and not heal properly. The ball of the hip can collapse and flatten out of its normal spherical shape.

In patients with either of these conditions, the bones of the hip are abnormally shaped and do not fit together the way they should. Because the bones don’t fit together properly, they rub against each other and damage the joint. That condition is called femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), and it can result in premature cartilage breakdown and osteoarthritis. The short and long-term result for the children affected with either of these conditions is pain and loss of function.

The traditional surgery used to treat FAI resulting from Perthes and SCFE has proven successful to date, but it is an open procedure that requires a much larger incision and usually requires longer recovery. This open procedure is challenging for teens and children who are anxious to get back to their daily lives: school, sports, and regular physical activity.

As an alternative to the traditional open surgery, Dr. Suri took an arthroscopic approach to address the deformity and problems in the hip joint. He performed arthroscopic surgery on 8 patients ranging in age from 10 to 18 years. The patients had an average follow-up of 1 year after surgery.

Dr. Suri treated 3 adolescent patients with post-SCFE FAI, and all 3 patients experienced symptom improvement, including improvement in functional activities and pain. The average age of these 3 patients was 16.5 years, representing the youngest patient series documented to date of arthroscopically treated FAI in SCFE patients. Dr. Suri also treated 5 patients with FAI resulting from Perthes disease. In that group, 4 of the 5 patients reported improvements in function and pain. One procedure failed.

“Many of these patients have come from out of town for surgery and my clinic staff, especially Alicia Strickland R.N., has done a phenomenal job taking care of these patients, making arrangements and making them feel comfortable. It has been a great team effort.”

Dr. Suri’s preliminary results show that arthroscopic treatment, a less invasive option than the traditional open procedures, can be used effectively to relieve symptoms from these debilitating hip deformities. When his study results are published in the journal Arthroscopy, they will be the first published results for post-SCFE arthroscopic osteoplasty in adolescents and one of the only published studies of arthroscopically treated Perthes disease.

“Seeing this group of patients recovering so well has been very exciting and rewarding!” Dr. Suri said. “I feel privileged to be able to offer a solution to improve this group of younger patients’ pain, function, and quality of life. I am hopeful and optimistic that this treatment will
minimize the long-term effects of their significant hip problems.”