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Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgeries for Shoulder & Elbow Injuries

When you lose your normal range of motion in your shoulder or elbow, pain and discomfort may be next. Don’t suffer through the soreness if you’re playing sports or completing everyday tasks. Visit our Central Iowa locations to get these versatile upper-body joints back in working order. We specialize in:

  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint resection
  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Labral repair
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder instability repair, including:
    • Capsular plication for shoulder
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Tendon repair, including:
    • Distal biceps tendon repair
    • Quadriceps tendon repair
  • Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) repair and reconstruction

Orthopaedic Surgeries for Knee Injuries

Your knee, which is the largest joint in your body, connects your thigh bone to the lower leg bones and includes your kneecap and cushioning cartilage called the meniscus. Knee injuries occurring from a one-time trauma or repeated wear and tear may require surgery or other repair procedure. Find relief from your pain — and get your knee back to working order – with help from our orthopaedic team specializing in:

  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Chondroplasty to repair damaged knee cartilage
  • Knee ligament repair and reconstruction, including:
    • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
    • Lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
    • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
    • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
    • Posterolateral corner (PLC)
  • Medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction
  • Meniscectomy
  • Meniscus repair
  • Osteotomy to correct knee alignment, including:
    • Distal femoral osteotomy
    • High tibial osteotomy
  • Patella stabilization
  • Patellar tendon repair

Other Orthopaedic Surgeries & Procedures

In addition to our specialization in the shoulders, elbows and knees, we offer these general orthopaedic procedures.

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) Lesion Treatment

Most common in children, an osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesion develops in a joint when a small piece of bone separates from the surrounding area due to a lack of blood supply. It can happen in any joint but it’s usually found in the knee, ankle or elbow. If these lesions detach and float around in the joint, a surgery may be needed. Treatments include holding the lesion in place with a pin or screw, drilling into the lesion to help establish new blood flow or grafting new bone or cartilage to replace the damaged area.

Cartilage Restoration and Transplant

Cartilage, a firm but flexible connective tissue found throughout your body, helps cushion your joints to keep them working smoothly. But when you tear or otherwise damage it, it can cause a lot of issues. Depending on the size and location, damaged cartilage can be restored and transplanted to avoid a full joint replacement surgery.

Fracture Repair & Care

Broken bones, whether partial, complete, compound, crosswise, lengthwise or spiral, most often result from trauma or overuse (called a stress fracture) to your knees, hips, shoulders or elbows. Depending on the injury, your orthopaedic surgeon may use a one or a combination of pins, plates, casts, braces or splints to hold a broken bone in the correct place while it heals. Often, bone fractures take a couple of weeks to a few months to heal.

Cyst Decompressions

A substance-filled, non-cancerous sac, known as a cyst, usually doesn’t cause problems and can be managed through nonsurgical procedures. But when a cyst becomes an issue or causes pain, you have options. Your orthopaedic surgeon can drain the cyst or remove it surgically.

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