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Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Roger Paquette is a shoulder surgery patientRoger Paquette remembers how his shoulder pain started gradually, then built to the point where he couldn't sleep on his right side. After six months the pain intensified, no longer a nagging twinge, but a throbbing ache.

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Orthopedics

Our highly-skilled orthopedic surgeons offer comprehensive care for a full range of joint and bone conditions and injuries. From carpal tunnel to sports related injuries to total joint replacement, we have orthopedic specialists that are experts in restoring mobility and comfort. They are diligent about first exploring all treatments and working with Milford Regional’s physical therapy/sports medicine therapists to provide a non-surgical remedy to a patient’s orthopedic concern. However, if all non-invasive treatments prove to be ineffective, they are prepared to discuss surgical options with the patient.

When it comes to orthopedic surgery, Milford Regional has gone the extra mile to provide a safe, sterile operating environment. Two of our eight state-of-the-art surgical suites were created specifically for orthopedic surgery with input from our surgeons. These two operating rooms are equipped with laminar flow ventilation – a $200,000 investment which provides an added layer of protection against infections by reducing the number of infective organisms present in the air. During joint replacement surgery, key operating staff also wears special body exhaust suits to maintain an ultraclean environment. The design and technologies built into these surgical suites were so advanced, visitors from as far away as Israel came to tour the Surgery Center upon its completion.

Our orthopedic surgeons treat these conditions and more…

  • Shoulder arthritis  
  • Torn cartilage
  • Hand, elbow, and wrist fractures
  • Arthritis  
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome  
  • Nerve compression syndrome  
  • Tendonitis
  • Hip fractures
  • Meniscus tears  
  • Osteoarthritis  
  • Quadricep tendon rupture  
  • Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Ankle and Foot  
  • Bunions  
  • Claw toe  
  • Hammertoe  
  • Plantar Fasciitis   
  • Tendon injuries

 

Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a procedure used to diagnose and treat problems in a joint. It is performed on shoulders, hands, elbows, wrists, knees, hips, and ankles. It is a minimally invasive procedure where an arthroscope (small fiber optic camera) is inserted into a small incision. Two more tiny incisions are made which collectively allows the surgeon to see and work inside the joint. Arthroscopic surgery has increasingly become the procedure of choice since it provides a much quicker recovery time and less pain. Usually the surgery does not require an overnight stay and the pain that would be felt from an open incision is avoided. The quick recovery time of arthroscopy is a welcome benefit to patients.

Hand Surgery

The hand is a unique area of the human body made up of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, skin, and blood vessels. When a problem arises, care must be given to all the different types of tissues that make the hand function. Our hand surgeons also have expertise with problems of the wrist, elbow, arm, and shoulder. Most patients are treated with non-surgical care first. This could be injections, medications, splinting, casting, or physical or occupational therapy. 

Sports Medicine

Several of our orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries sustained while playing sports.  Whether you are injured while playing competitively on a sports team or you have experienced some pain while playing recreational tennis, our orthopedic surgeons can help you.  Several of the doctors have experience caring for such notable teams as the New York Jets, New York Islanders, LA Dodgers and LA Lakers. They work with athletic coaches at local high schools and colleges to prevent and treat injuries.  Common sports medicine problems include fractures, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder tears, knee tears, muscle strains and sprains, overuse injuries and cases of tendonitis.  Many conditions improve with anti-inflammatory medicine, immobilizing and physical therapy.  When surgery is deemed necessary, arthroscopic surgery is most often the choice, allowing the patient to return home on the same day.

Joint Replacement

Joint replacement is often recommended if you have constant pain and have limited range of motion in a joint. Joints can be damaged from disease or injury. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is frequently the cause of joint pain and stiffness. Although osteoarthritis becomes more common with age, younger people can develop it, usually as the result of a joint injury, a joint malformation, or a genetic defect in joint cartilage. Cartilage is the hard but slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another. It also absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement. In osteoarthritis, the surface layer of cartilage breaks and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint.

Of course, not every person with joint pain needs joint replacement surgery; only your doctor can tell you that, but it has become increasingly more common. The joints replaced most often tend to be the weight-bearing joints; hips, knees and ankles. Replacing a joint can relieve pain and help you regain mobility.

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