Kaua‘i surgeon at forefront of orthopaedic technique

A Kaua‘i pioneer of computer assisted surgery in Hawaii, Dr. Richard Goding was recently invited to give a keynote speech at the Hawaii Orthopaedic Association conference, states a press release issued by Kauai Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center.

The annual conference is held in Honolulu every spring and invites speakers from across the nation to lecture on emerging techniques and technologies in the field of orthopaedics.

Goding’s lecture centered on the benefits of computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery and was presented to orthopaedic surgeons from around the state.

“It was an honor to be able to present this technology to my peers in Hawaii,” states Goding in the release.

Of the six keynote speakers, Goding was the only speaker from Hawaii. He was joined by speakers from California, Massachusetts, and Washington. The conference is a forum offering discussion on topics from around the nation and contributes to the continuing education of the states orthopaedic surgeons and trainees.

CAOS uses computer modeling to implant joint replacements and other orthopaedic components more precisely.

Goding was invited to give his talk about CAOS as a result of his experience with the computer modeling technique. Goding introduced this technology at West Kauai Medical Center/Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital in 2005.

KVMH was the first hospital in Hawaii to use this technology and Goding continues to be the pioneer of this technique in the state.

“Dr. Goding’s use of the technique is revolutionary and I’m interested in learning this technique and employing it at the Queen’s Medical Center. I expect most surgeons in the state will follow Dr. Goding’s lead in learning this technique over the next several years,” states Dr. Morris Mitsunaga, Chief of the Department of Orthopaedics at Queen’s Medical Center, in the release.

Several surgeons from Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island, and some orthopaedic trainees in Honolulu are scheduling visits to Kaua‘i to observe and learn from Goding.

Goding states in the release, “I’m happy that we were able to bring this technology to Hawaii and I’m encouraged that many other doctors will begin using this technique soon. This will be a great benefit to patients statewide.”

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