What is Orthopedics?

Orthopedics is the branch of medicine concerned with the prevention and correction of disorders, injuries and diseases of the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and related tissues. Although disorders such as joint degeneration or a torn ligament may require surgical intervention, often patients with orthopedic problems are successfully treated without surgery.

What Conditions Does the Community Memorial Hospital Orthopedics Clinic Treat?

As part of CMH's Musculoskeletal Institute, we offer comprehensive orthopedic care and rehabilitation close to home. Our orthopedics department includes expert staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques.

Total Joint Replacement:

Through advances in orthopedic surgery and artificial joint technology, orthopedic surgeons are now able to replace immobile or painful joints with metal or metal-and-plastic prostheses.

Anterior Approach for Total Hip Replacement

Community Memorial Hospital is one of only a few facilities in Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana that offers the Anterior Approach for Total Hip Replacement. This technique is performed using a specialized surgical table, allowing surgeons to make shorter incisions and avoid cutting any muscle. Many patients recovery times are nearly cut in half when the anterior approach is used and virtually all patients enjoy a faster return to function.

Patient Specific Implants

In addition to traditional joint implants, we also offer patient-specific implants that are custom designed and positioned for each individual patient. Before the day of your surgery, your doctor will send you for a highly precise MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of your knee. Using this 3-D image and software developed exclusively for this purpose, your surgeon creates a detailed plan for your surgery — including customized instrumentation that shows exactly how your new knee should be positioned. We also offer gender specific options contoured to fit the anatomical shape of women's knees.

Joint Camp:

Our Joint Camp program ensures that patients and caregivers receive the information needed prior to surgery, and the aftercare needed to return to an active, healthy lifestyle as quickly as possible. Aftercare programs include coordinated physical therapy, diet and nutrition consultation and individualized preparation for the return home.

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Orthopedic surgeons at CMH treat the numbness, pain, and weakness of carpal tunnel syndrome through a procedure called carpal tunnel release. This minimally invasive procedure releases pressure on nerves and restores hand functioning. The carpal tunnel release procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and patients typically have full use of the hand in approximately four weeks.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Repair:

Minimally invasive surgical procedures allow surgeons to reconstruct a torn or damaged ACL without opening the knee. Several small incisions allow physicians to insert tiny surgical instruments and miniature video equipment into the joint. The damaged portion of the ACL is removed, and a healthy segment of ligament, taken from a donor or from another part of the patient's own body, is carefully attached.

What other orthopedic conditions are treated by CMH specialists?

  • Arthritic Joint Pain
  • Joint Instability
  • Joint Dislocations
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement & Tears
  • Frozen or Stiff Shoulder
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Labral Tears
  • Meniscal Tears
  • SLAP Tears
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Worker’s Compensation Injuries

Rehabilitation and Aftercare:

Following an orthopedic surgical procedure such as knee or hip replacement, the road to recovery involves a program of specialized rehabilitation and aftercare. To meet the individual needs of recovering orthopedic patients, Community Memorial Hospital offers rehabilitation and aftercare on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Services are provided by skilled physical and occupational therapists at Health Fit Rehabilitation & Wellness, located right here on the CMH campus.

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