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About University's Orthopaedic Program
The orthopaedic surgeons who practice at University Hospital provide expert medical care for patients by evaluating and treating degenerative joint disease; arthritis of the hip, knee, shoulder or ankle; or conditions requiring joint replacement.
University's orthopaedic services includes a 36-bed unit with a dedicated nursing staff of nationally certified clinicians. The fellowship-trained physicians who practice at University can work in one of our 19 total joint rooms and patients are supervised at the start of their recovery in the physical therapy gym located on the orthopaedic unit.
Evaluation and Diagnosis
After giving their medical history, the patient receives a physical examination that is supplemented with blood tests, radiographs (X-rays), computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MRI) scans or bone scans.
The surgeon talks to the patient about their symptoms and medical history then examines the affected area, as well as related areas. Radiographs are commonly obtained to view the affected area and CTs and MRIs also may be ordered.
Treatment options include:
- Knee Arthroscopy - This procedure involves the examination and treatment of cartilage tears within the knee joint using a camera and small skin incisions.
- Partial Knee Replacement - During this procedure, the surgeon replaces the inside or outside of the knee joint only.
- Total Knee Replacement - The procedure involves the complete resurfacing of the knee (thigh bone, shin bone and knee cap).
- Partial Hip Replacement - During this procedure, the surgeon replaces the ball of the hip, usually after a fracture.
- Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement - The hip is accessed from the front of the leg rather than fromthe back.
- Total Hip Replacement - The surgeon completely replaces the hip (ball and socket).
- Foot and Ankle Reconstruction and Trauma Surgery - This procedure is for fractured ankles or injuries from falls that cause fractures in the heel or other bones of the foot.
- Hand, Elbow and Shoulder Reconstruction and Trauma Surgery - In this procedure, some injuries, such as rotator cuff tears, can be repaired by using a camera and small skin incisions
- Adult Spine Surgery - This spinal fusion surgery is used to correct conditions caused by arthritis or instability of the spine. In this procedure, the painful vertebrae are fused together so they heal into a single, solid bone.
Board certified physicians who practice at University Hospital provide expert medical care for all traumatic injuries of the bones of the extremities and pelvis. Surgical specialists treat acutely injured patients with broken bones, open wounds of the extremities and multiple injuries. Surgeons also provide care for any subsequent complications of the injury after treatment, such as bone infections, deformities and non-healing bones.
Board certified physician who practice at University Hospital also attend many sporting events at area schools to provide medical care and support for our growing athletes.