Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your surgeon to see inside your joint and treat some common ailments. During an arthroscopic examination, your doctor will make a small incision and insert a pencil sized instrument with a lens and lighting systm to help magnify and illuminate the area to help clearly see what is happening. This procedure is usually done in an outpatient surgery setting which means you will more than likely be discharged the same day. Arthroscopy is commonly performed to treat acute or chronic injury of shoulder or knee.
Bones will flex and bend somewhat when subjected to force. However, if the force is too much a bone will fracture. Most fractures do not penetrate the skin, but when a broken bone causes a break in the skin itis commonly referred to as an “open” fracture.
Fractures are usually accompanied by pain, swelling and possible deformity of a limb. X-rays provide a more accurate look at the bone area and allow your doctor to accurately diagnose your injury and discuss treatment options with you. These are some common ways that fractures are treated:
- Immobilization of the broken bone with a cast or splint.
- A functional cast or brace that may allow some movement of nearby joints.
- Reducing the fracture which is manually realigning the broken bone without opening the skin
- Surgery to restore normal alignment of the bone. This may include plates, screws, pins or other forms of hardware.
Hand and Foot Surgery
At Northern Orthopaedics, we offer many non-surgical and surgical treatments for your specific hand and foot needs. Some common areas that are treated are:
- Hand pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Trigger fingers
- Sports injuries
- Ganglion cysts
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Bone spurs
As we age, our joints undergo natural “wear and tear.” Some patients develop arthritis which is more severe “wear and tear” that can result in pain, prevent them from participating in the activities we enjoy.
Our experienced staff will diagnose your joint problem and develop a plan of care that fits your needs. We make every attempt to offer non-surgical treatment when appropriate before considering surgery. If surgery does become necessary, our experienced surgeons have the ability to replace all major joints, including hips, knees and shoulders. We will guide you through the entire process of joint replacement surgery, beginning with diagnosis and not ending until you have returned to your desired lifestyle.
The goal of joint replacement surgery is to relieve pain and restore the ability to work, care for oneself and loved ones or participate in recreational activities. Our comprehensive program is designed to return you to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. In addition, we will keep you involved in your treatment every step of the way because we believe that you play the most important role in achieving a successful recovery.
Our experienced Joint Replacement team includes physicians, physician’s assistants, patient care assistants, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and many others who specialize in the care of the Joint Replacement patient. Our team will help you plan your individual treatment program and act as your guide. Before your surgery, you will be asked to attend a preoperative class that will prepare you for the process and answer any questions you may have. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve better mobility and return to enjoying your daily life.
The goal is to return you to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. We believe the patient plays a key role in promoting a successful recovery. Patients and their families attend educational classes prior to surgery to help them understand what to expect every step of the way.
Unique features of the Joint Replacement Program include:
- Experienced Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Dedicated nurses and therapist trained to work with total joint replacement patients
- Private rooms
- Family and friends participating as coaches in the recovery process
- A Case Management team who coordinates your discharge planning
- A comprehensive PATIENT GUIDE for you to follow from six weeks before surgery until three months after surgery
Whether you are a professional athlete, a member of a school or recreational sports team or just a “weekend warrior,” we recognize that the needs of all athletes are unique. The providers at Northern Orthopaedics work with your unique situation to offer the best care and recovery plan with the goal of returning to your sport as soon as possible. We work closely with our Physical Therapy colleagues to ensure excellent care and a speedy return to the field.
Many sports injuries are the result of a traumatic injury, but some are related to the overuse of muscles and joints. Common sports injuries:
Fractures – Broken bones. The arms and legs are most common. The patient may experience tenderness, swelling and increased pain in the affected area.
Stress fractures – These are fractures that can occur from severe overuse in normal bones, but can also occur with normal use when the bone is weak (osteopenic or osteoporotic.)
Shin splints – overuse with injury to the covering of the shin bone. This injury is often seen in runners and may be related to shoe wear.
Tendonitis – pain and inflammation of a tendon caused by overuse of a joint.
Tennis Elbow – Repetitive motion injury that results in pain around the elbow, named because it is commonly seen in tennis players.