Quantum OPS Founding Surgeon, Dr. Sudhir B Rao
Sudhir B Rao, MD is the President of Big Rapids Orthopaedics PC, where he has been improving his patients quality of life for the last 20 years. Dr. Rao specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, and has a passion for designing, constructing, and improving whatever task is at hand.
Many shoulder surgeries are done in a sitting or beach chair position. The existing positioning devices on the market were crude and poorly designed, and therefore were hazardous to the patient and complicated the surgical procedure. Because they were difficult to install, nurses in the operating room despised the existing chairs.
Knowing what didn’t work, Dr. Rao set out to come up with a unique design that addressed all of the shortcomings of the previous versions. He collaborated with Keith Harper, engineer, over a several year time span. This project was entirely self-funded with multiple prototypes, resulting in each one being incrementally better than the previous one. Eventually, a patent was obtained.
After several pilot studies were done at a local hospital, the completed design hit the market in 2012. A large number of physicians are now enjoying the benefits of the device’s exceptional capabilities, due to the surgeon-inspired design and outstanding engineering.
The Quantum Shoulder positioning system is used to safely support anesthetized (paralyzed) patients of all shapes and sizes in the upright sitting position for several hours during highly physical surgical procedures without causing injury or pain.
In an effort to achieve this goal, we were determined to enlist the best possible designers. We ultimately realized: who has more expertise than someone who spends their entire waking life in a chair that is meant to support their entire body, comfortably, functionally, and without causing injury or pain? Then we found Joe Olsen, who enthusiastically agreed to take up the the task, and the rest is history.
Meet Joe, and hear him tell the Quantum story: