Orthopaedic Specialists

Orthopaedic Specialists-Great River Medical Center treats patients with conditions that affect bones, joints, ligaments and soft tissue. Patients may have:

  • Congenital conditions
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Trauma from accidents or sports injuries

The primary symptom any orthopaedic patient experiences is pain. You may feel pain when you do certain activities, such as climbing stairs or running. Or you may feel it all the time. Some specific event—such as an injury—may have caused the pain. Or it may have developed gradually over time. You may feel other symptoms such as a tingling sensation or numbness in your fingers or toes, swelling, redness or warmth in a joint.

The goal of orthopaedic treatment is to return patients to the activities they enjoy doing and help slow the progression of diseases.

Orthopaedic Specialists-Great River Medical Center uses many treatments, both surgical and nonsurgical, to treat patients. Nonsurgical treatments may involve taking medicine, wearing a brace or cast or going to physical therapy. If a problem does not respond properly to nonsurgical treatment, the physician may use a surgical intervention. Some surgical procedures are minor, and the patient can go home later the same day. For more complex procedures, a patient may stay in the hospital overnight or for a few days.

Diet, exercise, and smoking affect the success of orthopaedic treatment. Excess weight causes stress on bones and joints. Proper exercise strengthens bones, joints, and ligaments. Smoking slows the healing process and can decrease bone growth.

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Nonsurgical treatments include:

  • Bracing or casting
  • Injections
  • Medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgical treatment

Orthopaedic surgeons perform many different kinds of surgeries. These are some of the most common:

  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee or shoulder – An instrument with a light and lens is inserted into a buttonhole-size incision. While looking at the inside of the joint on a monitor, the surgeon inserts surgical instruments through other small incisions to complete the procedure.
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel release – Surgical procedures that relieve pressure on nerves in the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome) or elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome). Both “tunnels” refer to channels containing nerves going to the hands and fingers.
  • Minimally invasive total joint replacement of the hip or knee – Removing diseased or damaged bone and replacing it with man-made devices through small incisions. This results in faster recovery, less pain and better motion after healing.
  • Total replacement of the hip, knee, shoulder or elbow – Surgical replacement of damaged bone and cartilage at the ends of the bones in the joint with implants made of metal alloys and special plastics

Spine Procedures

Cervical Laminoplasty
For patients with painfully restricted spinal canals in their necks, this procedure immediately relieves pressure by creating more space for the spinal cord and roots. The technique is often called an open-door laminoplasty because the back of the vertebra is made to swing open like a door.

Lumbar Microdiscectomy
Surgery involves removing a small part of the bone over the nerve root or disk material from under the nerve root, to relieve pain typically leg pain because of a herniated disk in the lower back and thus provide more room for the nerve to heal.

Spine Fusion
The affected disk space is removed from the spine and replaced with a bone graft. The procedure’s goal is to stimulate the vertebrae bones to grow together, or fuse, into one solid bone. Fusion creates a rigid, immovable column of bone in the problem section of the spine. There are several types of fusion surgeries.

Thoracic Kyphoplasty
A minimally invasive spinal surgery procedure that is used to treat painful vertebral body fractures. These fractures usually are caused by osteoporosis. Patients with osteoporosis are prone to compression fractures in the spine bones. The bones crack under pressure, causing them to collapse.

Sports Medicine

Many injuries that occur during sports or exercise damage joints and related tissues. An important part of Orthopaedic Specialists’ practice involves a range of measures intended to prevent, diagnose and treat those injuries.