Common Orthopedic Treatment
The right care at the right time can make a huge difference in terms of maintaining or recapturing quality of life. Often treatment for orthopedic conditions does not require an inpatient hospital stay.
Many conditions can be managed by your orthopedic physician in the office. Patients who require surgery should discuss with their surgeon whether they will require admission to the hospital.
Patients typically admitted to the orthopedic unit include trauma patients and those acutely recovering from orthopedic surgery. All of our orthopedic unit rooms have wireless telemetry (heart monitoring) available should patients require it.
Patients receiving orthopedic outpatient (ambulatory) surgical care at Providence Alaska Medical Center are treated with the same clinical expertise and advanced medical technologies as our most complex inpatient cases.
Common Orthopedic Treatments:
- Braces and Supports
- Therapy and Rehabilitation
The Joint Replacement Program at Providence
The physical pain and the psychological stress of arthritis and joint trauma don't have to compromise your quality of life. At Providence, comprehensive total joint replacement procedures are performed by a collaborative team. Patient care begins with thorough evaluation and education and continues through post-surgical therapy and follow-up.
Arthrodesis involves fusing together the two bones that form a joint. When the bones are joined together in this way, they lose their flexibility. But fused joints can bear weight better, are more stable and are no longer painful.
Arthroscopy gives doctors a way to diagnose and treat a variety of joint problems without the need for a large incision or a long recovery.
Osteotomy involves cutting and reshaping or repositioning bones to improve their alignment. Often used on knee joints, this surgery can help shift weight-bearing stress from a damaged section of the joint to a healthier section.
Synovectomy involves removing the diseased lining of the joint—the synovium—to help relieve pain and swelling. Depending on the size of the joint, the surgery can be done either through a standard incision (open surgery) or through one or more smaller incisions with tiny instruments.
For more information
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