If you’re a die-hard New Orleans Saints follower, you know the rules of being a fan. Be at the Mercedes Benz Superdome extra early, arrive dressed in your Saints gear, and make sure the Saints’ war cry “WHO DAT?!” is yelled at the top of your lungs, as often as possible. "Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?" A year ago, Larry “Chip” Bankston was sitting in the stands of the Superdome, cheering on the saints. He was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he still lives with his wife and two young children.
Replacement for knee replacement? Trial surgery on Baton Rouge woman may help sufferers of torn meniscus
Debra Tongue, 46, of Baton Rouge, was suffering knee pain after an operation on torn cartilage last year, stopping her in her previously active tracks. “The pain was not going away, and it wasn’t lessening,” she said. “I knew that this is just what I have to live with.” But then her husband left the radio on, and the former personal trainer heard an ad for a possible solution to her discomfort. Doctors at Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic were part of a surgical trial to test a new meniscus implant created for people like her — those who lived with pain after a common surgery for a torn meniscus.
Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic Performs First Meniscus Replacement in the South with NUsurface® Implant
Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic, a comprehensive orthopaedic clinic treating a wide variety of injuries and illnesses, and Active Implants, a company that develops orthopedic implant solutions, today announced that the first meniscus replacement procedure in the South has been performed by orthopedic surgeons Dr. Larry “Chip” Bankston and Dr. Robert Easton. Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic and its affiliated Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge is the only site in Louisiana – and one of just 10 sites nationwide – enrolling patients with persistent knee pain caused by injured or deteriorating meniscus cartilage in the SUN (Safety Using NUsurface®) clinical trial, which is designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of the NUsurface® Meniscus Implant (pronounced “new surface”) in restoring function similar to that of a natural, healthy meniscus.