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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
When Should You See A Physician About Your Symptoms?
Review the following statements. If more than one of the following statements applies to you, consider seeing a physician. You are not obligated to agree with their recommendations, but you may find that working with a physician may be the missing component in the success of controlling your arthritis.
- Persistent pain or stiffness after getting out of bed in the morning
- Soreness and swelling in any joint or in any pair of joints (both knees, hips, shoulders)
- Recurrence of the above symptoms, especially when more than one joint is involved
- Recurrent or persistent pain and stiffness in the neck, lower back, knees and other joints
- Weight loss, fatigue, and fever accompanied by joint pain
- Problems with your joints are interfering with your normal daily activities
- You find yourself avoiding activities that you have previously loved doing (going to church, walking, shopping)
- Your joint pain is interfering with sleep
- You find you are avoiding social activities because you do not want to “slow everybody else down”
- Your joint pain or the restrictions on your physical activity are making you feel anxious, helpless or depressed
Surgery is indicated for osteoarthritis when an individual has progressive pain in the affected joint that significantly diminishes their ability to carry on with the activities of daily living. Surgery should only be considered after a trail of less invasive care has failed. These operations are highly successful but do carry some risk.
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
- 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
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.
Please call 800.248.6777 for more information about our Orthopedic Services.