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Orthopedics


At Mercy Medical Group, our highly trained team of orthopedic experts delivers comprehensive care for injuries and diseases affecting the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. From diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, our orthopedic surgeons work in concert with other specialists to restore a patient's strength, flexibility and function. Integration with our rehabilitation specialists helps deliver smooth transition from surgery to recovery, resulting in lower complications rates, more successful outcomes and shorter stays in a hospital setting for the majority of our patients.  

Advanced Treatment

With expert guidance on diet, exercise, medication and orthopedic surgery options, our orthopedic doctors can give you long-lasting solutions to your aches and pains. Mercy Medical Group’s orthopedic physicians offer:

 

  • Arthritis management
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Surgical and nonsurgical care of fractures
  • Sports medicine

Surgical Techniques

ACL reconstruction is one of the most common knee surgeries. “ACL” stands for anterior cruciate ligament. It connects your thighbone to your shinbone with a twist in the middle and helps stabilize your knee. Most injuries happen during sports and activities in which sudden stopping, pivoting or landing causes the ACL to tear.

With ACL reconstruction, a surgeon replaces the damaged ACL with another piece of similar tissue, typically taken from another part of the patient’s knee or thigh. Surgeons make a small incision in the front of the knee, usually less than a centimeter, and inserts an arthroscope, which is a thin tube attached to a video camera. This allows doctors to see inside the knee while surgery is underway. There are newer techniques that have been developed over the last 10 years that allow surgeons to better reconstruct the ACL in a more “anatomic” fashion, including anteromedial portal drilling. This better restores the natural anatomy and is why it’s important to see a sports-fellowship trained surgeon.

Through the anterior approach to hip replacement, the hip joint is accessed from the front of the hip rather than from the side or back of the hip. The benefits of anterior hip replacement include: 

Shorter time in surgery

Decreased hospital stay

Shortened recovery time

Reduced post-operative pain

Less scarring

Rapid return to normal activities

Full weight-bearing after surgery

A natural fit for long-term success

The last several decades have seen significant advances in arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive technique used to diagnose and treat joint problems. Mercy Medical Groups’ orthopedic surgeons repair and reconstruct joints using highly specialized instruments inserted through small incisions about half an inch long. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are used to lessen pain, reduce recovery time and allow a patient to regain the full use of the joint. Some arthroscopic procedures are also used in conjunction with open procedures to make the overall procedure less invasive.

For those suffering from moderate or advanced arthritis, joint replacement surgery restores freedom of movement and brings dramatic pain relief. These procedures require an orthopedic surgeon to remove the arthritic or damaged joint and replace it with an artificial composite usually made of titanium, surgical steel and polyethylene—a high-density plastic that is strong, durable and smooth. After recovery, patients are usually able to walk and resume their prior level of daily activities without pain or stiffness.

MACI is a new, innovative procedure that repairs cartilage defects in the knee. Cartilage is essentially cushion that protects the bones and helps the knee move smoothly. If cartilage is damaged and left untreated, it can lead to bigger issues in the joints. Because knee cartilage heals slowly due to the lack of blood vessels that can deliver oxygen and other healing agents in the bloodstream, MACI allows surgeons to take a sample of the cartilage with a biopsy needle, who then grow the cartilage in a lab, and put it back in the knee.

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Common Conditions

Arthritis

As a person ages, particularly from 40 years onwards, there is an increasing chance they will develop pain in the joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 46 million Americans (one in five adults) are affected by the disease. In some cases, arthritis can become so severe that sufferers cannot walk comfortably, climb stairs or participate in everyday activities. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and also the most common cause of joint pain. It is a progressive condition involving the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis differs from osteoarthritis in that it is not from overuse but rather a disorder in which the immune system attacks the healthy tissue that lines the joints, causing chronic inflammation, pain and loss of function.

Knee

Knee pain is by far the most common orthopedic complaint, and technology is always enhancing the capabilities of orthopedic medicine to treat it. Recent advancements in imaging and mapping are providing ever greater results and shorter recover times. Mercy Medical Group is proud to offer cutting edge procedures to address arthritis including knee replacement, knee resurfacing and arthroscopic surgery.

Tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common sports injury and will cause the knee to feel loose and unstable, especially with turning or pivoting motions. Partial tears of the ACL may heal on their own, but complete tears usually require surgical reconstruction in which a strip of patellar tendon or hamstring muscle is used as a graft and a new ACL is constructed. When a systematic rehabilitation and exercise program is followed after surgery, most patients recover full range of motion and ability to participate in vigorous daily activities, including sports.

Hip

Hip arthritis can make walking even short distances painful and disabling. At Mercy Medical Group, we pride ourselves on using the latest innovations in equipment and surgical techniques for the relief of hip pain and dysfunction. Surgical options include minimally invasive hip arthroscopy where painful bone spurs and loose cartilage can be removed. We also perform total hip resurfacing and hip replacements, offering both anterior and posterior approaches. Coupled with guided physical therapy, you can get back to walking pain-free in a relatively short recovery time.

Hand

Hands and wrists are prone to injury due to repetitive motions, sports-related injuries, arthritis and trauma. Once the condition is accurately diagnosed, our doctors provide treatment options beginning with the least invasive approach possible. Mercy Medical Group offers surgical care for both chronic and acute problems of the hand, including endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery.

Shoulder

With age and overuse, a shoulder joint may develop arthritis similar to a knee or hip joint. Shoulder arthritis is the loss of cartilage from the two bones that create the joint: the ball (humerus) and the cup (glenoid). Advances in surgical techniques have made shoulder replacement a great option to relieve pain and restore function.

Foot

The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body, consisting of 26 bones and numerous joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. All of these parts are susceptible to pain, inflammation and injury. The most common foot problem is heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. Left untreated, this painful condition can result in bone spurs which may need to be surgically removed. Other common foot problems include bunions, hammertoes and ankle sprains. Recurrent ankle sprains can damage ligaments and tendons, causing instability and predisposing one to the formation of arthritis.