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Ortho Program

Orthopedic Procedures at McLaren Northern Michigan

Specializing in Musculoskeletal Care:

  • Surgical Procedures & Non-surgical Treatments
  • Joint Replacement
    • Posterior and Anterior Hip
    • Knee
    • Shoulder, including Reverse Shoulder
    • Ankle
  • Complex Hand and Foot Treatments
  • Elbow Procedures and Care
  • Orthopaedic Spine Care
  • Sports Medicine Care for Bone and Joint Injuries
  • Trauma Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Fracture Care
  • Finger, Trigger Finger, Tendinitis and Arthritic Care
  • Minimally-invasive Arthroscopic Procedures
  • State-of-the-art Ultrasound Guided Injections

General Orthopedic Surgery

A full spectrum of orthopedic surgical services is available for all levels of patient need. Improved techniques continue to evolve and are being incorporated into the options available for improved patient care. Shoulder arthroscopy and cartilage replacement are two examples of the more progressive treatments now being offered for qualifying patients.

Hand Surgery 

Specialized services are available for all hand care needs. Besides fracture care and carpal tunnel surgery, our specialists can treat unique patient needs such as digit reattachment and wrist reconstruction.

Joint Replacement

The orthopedic surgeons at McLaren Northern Michigan were some of the first in Michigan to offer joint replacement as an option for improved quality of life. This capability has grown over the years to encompass knee, hip, wrist, elbow and shoulder replacement. Through years of experience, the team caring for these patients has demonstrated some of the best outcomes in the state. The surgeons are continually evaluating and incorporating alternatives for joint replacement that fit the specific needs of the patient. Hemi-knee, mini-incision hip replacement and ceramic joint procedures are examples of the choices that can be considered for appropriate care.

Other Surgeries Available:

  • Arthroscopy - an arthroscope is inserted into the joint so that the physician can directly visualize the inside of a joint
  • Osteotomy - surgical fracture of the bone to realign the leg
  • Hemiarthroplasty - surgical replacement of half the joint
  • Total joint arthroplasty -  the surgical removal of part of the bone of the joint, and then replace that bone with a metal or polyethylene prosthetic component

Osteoarthritis Treatment 

Treatment goals for osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and wrist are designed to keep patients independent and active throughout the course of their lives. Treatment must be individualized based on diagnosis and severity of condition. Each treatment approach has some risk and should be discussed with an orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist prior to implementing a particular strategy. Some of the nonsurgical options are prevention measures, canes or walkers, braces, shoe wedges, and medications.

YOUR CARE TEAM

Orthopedic Care Center

The Orthopedic Care Center is located on the second floor of the Hospital and has 18 semi-private rooms. The layout of the care centers is designed with open spaces to facilitate interaction between nurses, other caregivers and patients. Use of natural themes and muted colors, artwork and reflected/indirect lighting will create the look of a nicely decorated home for promoting a healing environment.

Orthopedic Nurse Clinician

The Orthopaedic Nurse Clinician provides expert nursing care to patients with complex needs. The Orthopaedic Nurse Clinician has advanced education and received certification as an Orthopedic Nurse. With the assistance of the health care team, the nurse oversees the care of the orthopedic patients. All outcomes, data and clinical quality initiatives are also monitored by this position.

Your Orthopedic Specialists

Please call 800.248.6777 for more information about our Orthopedic Services.

Special services designed for our orthopedic patients include:

Imaging Services

Imaging Services offers a full range of diagnostic capabilities including MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Angiography, General Diagnostics, Ultrasound, Bone Densitometry and Breast Health Services. These tests may be ordered by your physician as part of the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment process.

Pathology/Laboratory Services 

The CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act) certified and CAP (College of American Pathologists) accredited laboratory provides comprehensive services to assist in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of orthopedic patients. The Pathology Department examines more than 17,000 surgical specimens and 17,000 cytology cases each year while the clinical laboratory performs more than 525,000 billed procedures each year. The Blood Bank provides an autologous blood transfusion service for those patients who require transfusion and desire to use their own blood products.

Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy

McLaren Northern Michigan Rehabilitation Services uses a coordinated team of rehabilitation professionals located in one facility, eliminating the need for patients to visit therapists at various sites. The team works together to increase the level of activity, improve quality of life, reduce pain and stress, prevent injuries, and provide education.

Total Joint Clinic and Joint Replacement Education

This program has been developed to inform patients who are having total hip or knee surgery of what to expect before, during and after their upcoming surgery. This program will inform them of what they can expect from the nursing staff, physicians and other support staff, as well as what is expected of the patient. The more the patient and their family know about the upcoming surgery, the better prepared the patient and their family will be.

Orthopedic Care Center 

The Orthopedic Care Center is located on the second floor of the Hospital and has 18 semi-private rooms. The layout of the care centers is designed with open spaces to facilitate interaction between nurses, other caregivers and patients. Use of natural themes and muted colors, artwork and reflected/indirect lighting will create the look of a nicely decorated home for promoting a healing environment.

Orthopedic Nurse Clinician

The Orthopaedic Nurse Clinician provides expert nursing care to patients with complex needs. The Orthopaedic Nurse Clinician has advanced education and received certification as an Orthopedic Nurse. With the assistance of the health care team, the nurse oversees the care of the orthopedic patients. All outcomes, data and clinical quality initiatives are also monitored by this position.

Your Orthopedic Specialists

Please call 800.248.6777 for more information about our Orthopedic Services.