Michael Clarke Syracuse

The Research Activities of Dr. Michael Clarke of Syracuse, New York

About Michael Clarke Syracuse

The recipient of a medical degree from the University of Oxford, Dr. Michael Clarke presently practices medicine in Syracuse, New York. An orthopaedic surgeon with Syracuse Orthopaedic Specialists and the New York Center for Hip Resurfacing, he has spent nearly a decade in the field of total hip resurfacing. He is trained in numerous forms of orthopaedic hip surgery, including the U.S. FDA-approved Birmingham technique. Furthermore, Dr. Michael Clarke speaks about this topic on local television programs and at medical education events.

In addition to treating patients, Dr. Clarke has served as the primary investigator on numerous research projects throughout his academic and professional career. During his clinical training, he obtained grants to research the lubricating mechanisms of osteoarthritic joints, the development of a mechanical hip simulator, and the metal ion levels following resurfacing arthroplasty. Zimmer Holdings awarded him corporate grants to perform clinical outcome evaluations of porous, uncemented total knee replacements, as well as the fluid film lubrication of hip replacement bearings. Another corporate grant came from Stryker International, which funded his analysis of subclinical bacterial DNA in native knee joints. Moreover, Dr. Michael Clarke received a grant from NASA to create a metal/ceramic nano-matrix composite for improved joint-replacement bearings.

Operation Walk Syracuse - Orthopaedic Surgeries in Panama and Ghana

Dr. Michael Clarke leverages more than two decades of surgical and orthopaedic knowledge to serve as a surgeon in adult reconstruction. He is currently employed at Syracuse Orthopaedic Specialists in New York, where he focuses primarily on hip and knee replacement surgeries. Dedicated to public service in Syracuse and around the world, Dr. Michael Clarke performs orthopaedic procedures as a volunteer with the charitable organization Operation Walk Syracuse.

Operation Walk Syracuse has provided free surgical treatments to patients with debilitating joint and bone conditions through numerous mission trips around the world, with its most recent being a 2013 journey to Panama City. During this trip, a team of 53 volunteer physicians and support staff performed a total of 74 joint replacements over four days. Sixty-one knee replacements and 13 hip replacements helped change patients’ lives by granting them pain-free mobility.

In the spring of 2015, Operation Walk will focus its efforts on Guatemala in South America and in 2016 on Ghana in Africa. A nonprofit group in Ghana requested Operation Walk’s assistance, and the medical services organization has already started scouting, researching, and planning the upcoming mission.

An Introduction to Hip Arthroscopy

An accomplished surgeon and hip reconstruction specialist, Dr. Michael Clarke practices at Syracuse Orthopaedic Specialists in New York. Dr. Michael Clarke stands out as one of only a few surgeons in the Syracuse area to perform labrum reconstruction, cartilage restoration, and other hip surgeries using arthroscopic techniques.

If a patient is experiencing pain or problems with functioning due to a hip condition for which non-surgical treatment has proven unsuccessful, arthroscopy may provide relief without much of the trauma of traditional surgery. Hip arthroscopy allows a surgeon to view the inside of the hip joint with a small camera known as an arthroscope, which the surgeon inserts using two or three incisions of approximately 0.25 inches to 0.5 inches in length. Once inside, the arthroscope can transmit images of the joint's interior to a monitor near the surgeon.

With the aid of a secondary instrument called a fluoroscope, which helps the surgeon place instruments precisely, the surgeon can often identify and address the issues that cause the patient pain. Such conditions can include hip impingement, bone overgrowth, tears of the labrum and the presence of loose cartilage or bone inside the joint. A qualified surgeon can discuss the treatment with a potential patient and determine whether arthroscopy is a promising alternative.