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Orthopedics (Bone and Joint)
 

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Steven Curtis, M.D.
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Whether you are experiencing pain from degenerative joint disease or from a ligament torn during a sporting activity, our providers work to return you to the activities you enjoy as soon as possible. At United Hospital District, we routinely perform joint replacements for hips, shoulders and knees as well as treatment for activity-related injuries.

Many procedures are done with an arthroscope, a thin fiber optic scope that the surgeon introduces into the joint area through a small incision. These minimally invasive procedures with small incisions decrease the amount of pain patients experience following surgery, minimize the risk of infection, and frequently allow patients to go home the same day.

If your concerns range from age-related wear and tear to a sports-related injury, you can rest assured that United Hospital District’s team of orthopedic specialists can provide complete orthopedic care for diseases, injuries and conditions involving your bones, joints, spine and muscles.

UHD Orthopedic Services

  • Joint pain and arthritis care
  • Sports injuries and management
  • Tendonitis care
  • Back pain
  • Broken bone, strain and sprain care
  • Workers compensation injuries and management
  • Joint reconstruction or replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Diagnostic imaging

    Arthroscopic Surgery

    Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to diagnose and treat problems in the joints. The most common type of arthroscopy is arthroscopic knee surgery. Other common types include shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle and hip arthroscopy.

    Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery

    The potential benefits of arthroscopy over traditional open surgery include:

  • less pain following procedure
  • lower risk of complications
  • shorter hospital stay or the procedure may be done as out-patient surgery
  • reduced recovery time
  • less scarring

  • After arthroscopic surgery it is important to follow your surgeon’s and physical therapist’s instructions carefully. This will allow you to return to the activities you enjoy more quickly.

    Orthopedics FAQS

    Q: Can you fix my shoulder, hip and knee?
    A: Yes. UHD’s surgeons provide a full scope of orthopedic procedures.

    Q: What happens if I need to see a specialist?
    A: Your provider will arrange a referral to the specialist of your choice.

    Q: Can I get physical therapy at UHD if I had my surgery elsewhere?
    A: Yes. We take referrals from all providers.

    Q: I have arthritis. How can you help?
    A: Our orthopedic care includes medical as well as surgical management for arthritis.

    Q: Do you offer sports medicine programs?
    A: Yes, we have an outreach physician on staff to provide sports medicine services.

    Q: Can you repair an ACL injury?
    A: Yes. We have the most current arthroscopy equipment available as well as the implants needed to perform ACL surgery.

    Q: How current is UHD’s technology?
    A: We update our equipment yearly as new technologies are available.

    Q: What happens if my surgery becomes high-risk?
    A: UHD would arrange for your care at a higher-level facility.

    Q: When can I come and tour the facility?
    A: Anytime. Just call 507-526-7972 and arrange a time with our surgery department.

    Q: How long does it take to get a cast put on?
    A: Application of a cast takes approximately 10 minutes.

    Q: How do I know which of your orthopedic services will be covered by my health insurance?
    A: We are happy to confirm your coverage through our billing office at 507-526-7911.

    Q: Do you treat back injuries?
    A: Yes. Pain clinic injections are offered with a referral from your provider (orthopedic or family provider)

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