Orthopedic surgery is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic problems are commonly caused by previous injuries, degenerative conditions such as arthritis or chronic illnesses.
Orthopedic surgeons at Saint Francis Hospital use both surgical and non-surgical procedures to treat:
- Musculoskeletal trauma
- Joint reconstruction and revision
- Microvascular procedures, including nerve repair and muscle grafts
- Spine disorders
- Sports injuries
- Degenerative diseases
- Tumor surgery for bone cancers
- Congenital disorders
From partial replacements to total joint replacements, from minimally invasive procedures using arthroscopic techniques to traditional open procedures, orthopedic surgeons at Saint Francis Hospital provide individualized care that is specially designed to meet each patient’s specific needs.
Specialized orthopedic treatments available at Saint Francis Hospital include:
- Total joint replacement surgery for the hip, knees and shoulders
- Reverse shoulder arthroplasty (a prosthesis design that ‘reverses’ the mechanical structure of the shoulder, allowing the arm to function painlessly, even when the rotator cuff muscles are absent)
- Uni-compartmental knee arthroplasty (partial knee replacement surgery)
- Hip resurfacing arthroplasty
In the event you are a candidate for surgery, our orthopedic surgeons and specialized staff will make sure you are well informed about what to expect. They will answer questions, offer helpful tips and advice, and calm any anxiety you may have about the surgery.
A large percentage of orthopedic procedures performed at Saint Francis Hospital use minimally-invasive equipment and techniques. These procedures are designed to get you back to a normal state of health as quickly as possible, generally with less pain than traditional methods. In addition, smaller incisions result in smaller, barely noticeable scars. Within a few hours of surgery, most patients begin their rehabilitation with specially-trained physical and occupational therapists. This rapid rehabilitation approach helps with recovery, increases flexibility and strength and restores joint movement and muscle strength.
By coordinating care, the entire orthopedic team from physicians and nurses to physical and occupational therapists focuses on one goal – helping you recover your mobility as quickly as possible. Generally, orthopedic surgery patients spend just a few days in the hospital before returning home for continued recovery and rehabilitation.