Need Orthopedic Care? Go East

Need Orthopedic Care? Go East

Kentuckiana has a new home for musculoskeletal medicine: the “Ortho Hub” at Medical Center Jewish East, part of KentuckyOne Health.

Staffed by four full-time orthopedic surgeons, a physician assistant and two advanced practice registered nurses, the Ortho Hub is the region’s one-stop destination for bone and muscle care.

Dr. Kevin Harreld, Orthopedic Surgeon“Patients can have an office consultation, diagnostic imaging, surgery, postoperative care and their follow-up all in one beautiful, convenient facility,” said Kevin Harreld, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Medical Center Jewish East. “We can accommodate patients for same- and next-day appointments, as well as walk-ins.”

 

Everything From Shoulders to Toes

 

The Ortho Hub team cares for conditions affecting all areas of the musculoskeletal system, with special expertise in shoulder and elbow disorders as well as sports medicine. The orthopedic surgeons take a conservative approach to care that begins with nonsurgical treatments. If surgery is required, patients are in good hands.

“At the medical center, we have unbelievable nurses at patients’ bedsides and in the operating room,” Dr. Harreld said. “Our anesthesia providers offer the most up-to-date, ultrasound-guided nerve blocks to ease postoperative pain and expedite recovery. If patients need surgery, there’s no better place than Medical Center Jewish East.”

Big things are in store for the Ortho Hub’s future. Orthopedists are developing an outpatient joint replacement program that will feature total and partial knee replacements as well as bone-preserving total shoulder replacement. The program will offer patients a path back to the activities they love — a path back to themselves — free from the pain of arthritis.

 

Meet the Team

 

The staff of the Ortho Hub at Medical Center Jewish East, part of KentuckyOne Health, includes:

Convenience is a hallmark of the Ortho Hub at Medical Center Jewish East, part of KentuckyOne Health. Orthopedic surgeons and other providers on the team coordinate with a network of rehabilitation locations throughout Kentuckiana, allowing patients to have physical and occupational therapy close to where they live, work and play.

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 edition of One Health magazine. Receive more health and wellness news and information by signing up for your free subscription to One Health.

Taking a Swing at Elbow and Shoulder Pain

Taking a Swing at Elbow and Shoulder Pain

Taking a Swing at Elbow and Shoulder Pain

You don’t have to live with long-term problems related to your elbow and shoulder.

When your elbow or shoulder hurts, it can be hard to make it through the day, much less pursue activities you love. Arthritis, or the wearing down of the joint, can cause discomfort when the bones rub together. Sometimes arthritis results because of a prior traumatic injury, but the condition can also develop for no apparent cause.

Although it is not always possible to prevent arthritis from affecting shoulders and elbows, you can take steps to address your arthritis-related pain.

Addressing Arthritis-related Pain

“Many patients believe they will just have to live with consistent pain and disability associated with their shoulder or elbow,” said Ryan Donegan, MD, MS, divisional chief of orthopedics at Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health, and orthopedic surgeon and shoulder/elbow specialist with Bluegrass Orthopaedics and Hand Care. “If you have consistent shoulder and elbow pain, see a provider with extensive training in these conditions — there are more options available for treatment than you might think. Shoulder and elbow reconstruction allow us to replace damaged anatomy in the joint with other materials, including the patient’s own tissue.”

The most common surgical procedure for elbow and shoulder pain due to arthritis is total joint replacement. Just like a replaced hip or knee, doctors remove the damaged elbow or shoulder and replace it with an artificial joint that allows for greater mobility and less pain.

Individual Care to Help and Heal

“Each patient’s case is different and requires significant time spent understanding the unique anatomy of the problem and how arthritis has affected the joint,” Dr. Donegan said. “An intensive review of X-rays, MRIs or CT scans prior to every surgery is necessary to deliver the best possible result.”

Most major shoulder and elbow reconstructive procedures require up to six months for complete recovery. However, the majority of patients feel significant improvement to their arthritis pain within days of surgery.

Though shoulder and elbow replacement surgery are less common than knee or hip replacement surgery, these procedures can have an extremely positive impact on patients’ lives. Each year, approximately 53,000 shoulder replacements and 3,000 elbow replacements are performed nationwide.

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of One Health magazine. Receive more health and wellness news and information by signing up for your free subscription to One Health.

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