Orthopedic Services

With an emphasis on positive outcomes, McLaren Northern Michigan's orthopedic team provides the best in surgical procedures and rehabilitation. Our surgeons provide excellent general orthopedic services from back injuries and sports trauma to joint replacement, scoping procedures, spine surgery, and hand surgery. After the procedure, our unmatched rehabilitation teams are available to aid in a quicker return to your quality of life.

Orthopedic Conditions

The Orthopedic Surgery team at McLaren Northern Michigan treats patients with many different injuries and conditions associated with the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Bone problems may include: bone deformities, bone infections, bone tumors, fractures, need for amputation, nonunions and malunions and spinal deformities

Joint problems may include: arthritis, bursitis, dislocation, joint pain, joint swelling and ligament tears

Orthopedic Services at McLaren Northern Michigan

McLaren Northern Michigan Orthopedic Care Center program provides the region's most comprehensive orthopedic services. Our team of orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, physiatrists, nurses certified in orthopedic care and other healthcare professionals provide integrated medical care focusing on prevention, education, testing, treatments, surgical interventions and rehabilitation.

The types of surgery include:

  • Arthroscopy - an arthroscope is inserted into the joint so that the physician can directly visualize the inside of a joint
  • General Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hemiarthroplasty - surgical replacement of half the joint
  • Osteotomy - surgical fracture of the bone to realign the leg
  • 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

The McLaren Northern Michigan Acute Rehabilitation Unit offers an inpatient unit specializing in physical, occupational, speech and nursing rehabilitation. Patients receive three hours of therapy a day to help in their recovery process to regain strength, endurance and independence.

Orthopedic Services
Ortho: Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I be in the hospital?

Most people are well enough to be discharged two days after their surgery.

When can I resume sports activities?

Most patients are able to resume low impact sporting activities in approximately 8 to 12 weeks. High impact sporting activities must be cleared by your surgeon.

When can I use the stairs?

You should be able to go up and down stairs as soon as your therapist deems it appropriate. Your therapist will assist you in performing the stairs safely during your treatment in the hospital. The number of stairs that you have to perform at home are the number of stairs you will perform in therapy.

When can I shower?

Most patients can resume showering activities upon discharge from the hospital but you are instructed to avoid immersing the surgical wound in water. DO NOT take a soaking bath.

How long will I need to use my walker, cane or crutches?

Your orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist will give you a recovery plan before you leave the hospital.

When can I return to work?

Most patients are cleared by their physician in eight weeks to return to work, however, this is dependent upon your work related physical demands.

What are the major risks associated with Joint Replacement Surgery?

Most joint replacements go well without complications. Two complications your clinicians will watch for are blood clots and infection. In an effort to avoid these health concerns you will be given antibiotics and blood thinners.

What is the McLaren Joint Replacement Program?

McLaren's Joint Replacement Program helps prepare patients who elect to have a knee or hip replacement how to have the best possible outcome, a quick recovery, and a faster return to daily living. Patients attend a preoperative education class where representatives from nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, blood conservation, case management and nutritional services cover what you can expect before and after surgery.

When can I drive?

If your surgery is on the left leg, you should be safe to drive as long as you are off of narcotic pain medication (assuming you are driving an automatic transmission). If your surgery is on the right leg, you should wait six to eight weeks after surgery before resuming driving.