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Seattle Mariners Opening Night at Safeco Field



Spring has sprung and OSS is excited that baseball season has started!

Seattle baseball fans, tonight is the night to cheer on the Mariners as they take on their division rivals, the Angels!  Seattle swept the Angels in a three-game series to open the season in Anaheim, and tonight’s meeting will be a rematch between the Mariners’ James Paxton and Halos left-hander Hector Santiago from the season’s third game, which Seattle won, 8-2.  Tonight’s home game also a number of new faces, including new manager Lloyd McClendon and superstar second baseman Robinson Cano, who signed as a free agent this winter.  Fernando Rodney, Logan Morrison, John Buck, Corey Hart and Chris Young are also among the new Mariners set to be introduced tonight.

Other highlights of tonight’s home opener include:

  • The Mariners will salute the Super Bowl-champion Seahawks tonight as part of their Opening Night ceremonies at Safeco Field, with quarterback Russell Wilson among several players who will be part of a pre-game presentation and the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Opening Night festivities will begin at 4:40 p.m. PT, when the gates of Safeco Field open to the general public with a countdown at the Home Plate Gate. Pre-game ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. PT.
  • With catcher Mike Zunino and reliever Dominic Leone, the Mariners are the only team in the Majors with two players from the 2012 Draft on their active roster. Zunino was Seattle’s first-round Draft pick, and Leone was a 16th-round selection.
  • Ibanez made his first start in left field on Monday. The 41-year-old designated hitter won’t come close to matching the 832 1/3 innings he spent in the outfield with the Mariners last year, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has said he’d like to get him some time out there periodically.



OSS wants to wish the Mariners an exciting and injury-free season!  Now… let’s play ball!


2014 Sochi Olympic Injuries

The 2014 Sochi Olympics has had a fair share of injuries, none more so than the extreme sports that were added to the winter games as a way to attract a younger audience to watch and show interest in the Games. OSS admires all the Olympians competing for the Gold as well as glory for their respective country; and as the final week rounds out this year’s Winter Olympics, we want to wish all the athletes who were involved in some kind of injury, a speedy recovery.

According to Dr. Charlie Peterson, “These events demonstrate that even at the elite level of competition, injuries are part of the game for all athletes. It re-emphasizes the need for maximum fitness and proper techniques and equipment to minimize the chance of injury, as well as the timely treatment of injuries when they occur.”

Here is a rundown of athletes and their injuries:

• Ski-cross racer Maria Komissarova of Russia broke her spine during a practice run at the Extreme Park and is being treated in Munich after undergoing surgery in Krasnaya Polyana, the nearest town to the venue.

• Canadian skier Yuki Tsubota suffered a mild concussion and a fractured cheekbone in a Feb. 11 crash during the women’s slopestyle event, where athletes soar and slide over obstacles before launching themselves off progressively larger jumps. The 20-year-old landed short and was taken off the course on a stretcher. She has returned home to see if she needs surgery.

• During the women’s snowboard cross event on Feb. 16, Jacqueline Hernandez of the U.S. was carried off after she banged her head, as was Norway’s Helene Olafsen with a knee injury.

• Islanders star John Tavares is out for the season after suffering a left knee injury in Team Canada’s win over Latvia on February 18.

• Bode Miller owns a U.S.-record six Olympic Alpine medals, including a bronze in the super-G from last weekend that made him the oldest ski racer to win a Winter Games medal. He said Wednesday, February 18 that his knee bothered him after that race, and it’s been swollen during the Sochi Olympics.

• Heidi Kloser of Vail injures right knee in crash, out of Sochi Olympic moguls

Cheers to Chambers Business Expo a Success

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle (OSS) was proud to be a part of this year’s Cheers to Chamber Business Expo! Hosted by the Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Phinney/Greenwood and Queen Anne Neighborhood Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations; the focus was on connecting residents and business leaders to form a stronger local community. OSS was pleased to meet new business owners as well as current businesses and find out the latest goods and services in each respected community.

The Master of Ceremonies of the event was Mark Aucutt and Mayor Murray was on hand to say a few words to everyone at the Expo.

Congratulations to John Marshall for winning the OSS gift basket! OSS hopes to be a part of this event again next year!

Save the Date: Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle (OSS) will be part of the 2014 Cheers to Chamber Business Expo

Originally begun as Cheers to Wallingford nearly 4 years ago, the 2014 Cheers to Chambers Business Expo will feature businesses from Wallingford, Fremont, Ballard, Greenlake, Greenwood/Phinney, Queen Anne and other North Seattle neighborhoods.

OSS has been part of the Wallingford community for many years and look forward to meeting you! Our services include: Treatment of arthritic conditions of the foot, ankle, hand, wrist, hip, knee, elbow and shoulder; total joint replacements of the shoulder, hip, ankle, and knee arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle; teatment of fractures and soft tissue trauma; treatment of sports injuries to cartilage, ligaments and bones; endoscopic carpel tunnel release surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome; joint restoration procedures and anterior approach hip replacement surgery.

Come out and meet OSS and register to win a Seattle Basket Giveaway from OSS!

Date: February 19, 2014
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Fremont Studios
155 N. 35th Street, Near Phinney Ave N
In Fremont

To find out more about Cheers to Chambers Business Expo, visit:

We hope to see you there!

Google Glass Technology: 21st Century Solutions for Medical Professionals and Their Patients

Have you heard of Google Glass?  It’s a new form of technology that has the potential to facilitate better and more efficient patient care.

Carl Spitzer, M.D. and Craig Rosenberg, Ph.D. are the founders of the startup company Healium, based in Seattle, WA. They developed software for Google Glass with an eye on how wearable computing can help physicians.

This latest technology development has particular significance for Spitzer, according to the King5 article, is not only a practicing emergency physician at Marin General Hospital, but is also its chief medical informatics officer. It’s his job to research the latest technologies and see if there are applications for his profession.  According to King5’s article, Dr. Spitzer said, “I saw this as an opportunity to kind of create a solution that would serve my needs and the needs of the doctors that I’m serving, and also help patients.” The article goes on to say that Healium’s application provides patient intake information in the Glass heads-up display, and real-time communications with other doctors or facilities. Doctors and paramedics wearing Healium-powered Glass can record videos and send/receive them for consultation.  Rosenberg, with a deep background in user experience and systems design in a variety of industries, is Healium’s chief technology officer. He and Spitzer view the hands-free nature of Glass as a potential advantage for ER physicians as well as first responders.

Dr. Ruhlman from OSS had this to say about this new technology, “It would be very helpful to go back to the imaging (x-rays, etc.) very quickly with Google Glass, or even more powerfully, to be able to have access with other surgeons – to have an interoperative consultation with somebody 3,000 miles away – to say, hey, I’m looking at this, you see it, what do you think?”

King5 explains that Healium’s application provides patient intake information in the Glass heads-up display, and real-time communications with other doctors or facilities. Doctors and paramedics wearing Healium-powered Glass can record videos and send/receive them for consultation.  Those qualities highlight what Spitzer sees as the benefits of Glass for physicians – “the fact that it’s wearable, the fact that it’s on all the time and I can consult with it in the middle of a trauma resuscitation, or in the middle of interviewing a patient,” he said. “I can be seeing a patient in one room and get called by the nurse about a patient in another room, and be able to reference their lab results, their x-rays.”  He goes on to say, “It’s one thing to hear that report,” Spitzer said, “It’s another thing to see the accident scene and to see the extrication (patient removal from accident wreckage) and that actually kind of helps to set the level of expectation for the types of injuries to expect, so it’s another way that it can positively impact patient care.”

Spitzer also believes it will be easier – not to mention less expensive and time-consuming – for physicians to simply record their patient interviews via Glass and then transfer that information into electronic health records. He’s also aware of questions regarding patient privacy/confidentiality, so transparency and giving patients the ability to opt out are important.

Read the full article here and check out Dr. Ruhlman’s thoughts in the video from King5 regarding this new, emerging technology:


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OSS January Newsletter!

Check out our January Newsletter here! We hope you enjoy!


OSS Wishes the Seattle Seahawks Good Luck!

OSS Wishes the Seattle Seahawks Good Luck!

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers… Clash between two NFL titans!

We know that the rivalry between Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh goes back to their college jobs at USC and Stanford adds to the intensity of Seahawks-49ers match-ups; and on Sunday, January 19, at 3:30 pm, these teams will battle for the NFC Division Championship at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington.

Blue Friday is in full swing here at OSS as well as in Seattle! Even Starbucks is marketing Blue Friday, offering 12th-Man coffee instead of a “tall” for only 12 cents to all Seahawks fans sporting the team’s colors! As big fans of the Seahawks, we want to wish them good luck and let’s bring home that NFC Championship so we can move on to the Super Bowl!

Go Seahawks!

OSS December Newsletter!

Check out our December Newsletter by clicking on the following link:
December Newsletter

Dr. Ruhlman and his family are leaving for Kenya this Christmas Eve!

Dr. Ruhlman and his family are leaving for Kenya this Christmas Eve. Dr. Ruhlman served at Tenwick Hospital in Bomet, Kenya last year and he is doing it again. According to Dr. Ruhlman, “The country was quite beautiful and the people are very generous and accommodating. Just about a 4-hour drive out of Nairobi, Tenwick Hospital is a rural 300- bed hospital serving a very large under served area. The hospital employs over 500 local kenyan workers and has significant international support. World Medical Mission supports the hospital with logistics and helping volunteers travel to Tenwick and that is how I got involved to help with their Orthopedic Surgical load.”

Last year, Dr. Ruhlman performed 3-5 surgeries per day working with the resident and attending surgeons and helped teach them techniques that he uses in his practice.

What a great way to pay it forward Dr. Ruhlman! Kudos to you and Happy Holidays to you and your family while you will be in Kenya!

2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk – A Successful Run!

On Sunday, December 8, 2013, Team Proliance Surgeons participated in the Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis event held at the Westlake Center in Seattle, WA. 150 runners and walkers from Team Proliance Surgeons, OSS’parent company, braved the cold weather to participate in the event and raise awareness about arthritis.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, “The Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk is the largest in the country, raising the most money for critical arthritis research and programs! This year we aim to raise even more awareness and more money than ever before to improve the lives of the 1.3 million people with arthritis who live in Washington State.”

Team Proliance Surgeons was the #1 Fundraising team for 2013! We also rank #10 nationally, having raised $12,457.00, the largest amount out of all the teams for this great cause!

Overall, the Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk event raised $649,044.00 giving Seattle, WA the top spot as the highest fundraisers for this event!

Go Team Proliance Surgeons!