Why Choose Us for Orthopedic Medicine?
Your Best Choice for Orthopedic Care
Why come to Saint Mary's Health Care for your orthopedic needs? We offer advanced care, give you access to leading experts and are the team behind many of Michigan's orthopedic "firsts." From simple short-term therapies to full-on joint replacement surgeries, we work with you to provide the best, individualized care for your situation.
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Saint Mary's Orthopedic Services provide the highest levels of comprehensive, quality care to patients with injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Whether you need general orthopedic care, surgery or physical therapy, our multidisciplinary team of health care professionals is committed to you. Our specialists take the time to understand your needs and coordinate every step of your care. We give you the information you need to be as comfortable and confident as possible. You will be prepared for what to expect before, during and after your treatment.
Advanced Technologies and Treatments
Saint Mary's Orthopedic Services leads the way with computer-assisted surgery. Currently only available in West Michigan at Saint Mary's, this innovative, high-tech surgery is revolutionizing joint replacement. During surgery, a customized computer model provides optimal visualization of both the joint and the instruments used. The surgery is usually less invasive and less painful — providing faster recovery and greater assurance of long-lasting results.
Reverse shoulder replacement surgery
Performed for the first time at Saint Mary's, reverse shoulder replacement surgery is used when other shoulder surgeries have failed. Most often, it is used for failed rotator cuff surgeries and failed shoulder replacements. Candidates typically are older patients who have exhausted other surgical options. Saint Mary's is one of the few hospitals in the U.S. to have performed this surgery.
"Ream and Run" surgery
Only a few physicians in the country can perform a new shoulder surgery coined "Ream and Run," and Saint Mary's is the first to offer it in West Michigan. This surgical technique offers hope for athletes by using the patient's own shoulder socket rather than an artificial socket. Athletes gain a greater range of shoulder motion and see longer-lasting results than with traditional replacement surgery.
Artificial disc replacement
Saint Mary's is at the forefront of technology offering artificial spinal disc replacement surgery. The surgery typically lasts only two-and-a-half hours and involves the insertion of an artificial disc through a small opening in the patient's abdomen. The surgery is for patients who have a degenerative disc with considerable pain and no other complicating factors such as arthritis or spinal deformity. The greatest benefit of this surgery over traditional spinal fusion is sustained range of motion and flexibility. Read the article in MD News.
Saint Mary's specialized, board-certified physicians and surgeons are among the first and best to provide the latest techniques and treatments in orthopedics. Our physicians are committed to continuing education and stay up to date with the latest technological advances. In addition to continual learning, they also train and teach others in orthopedics at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine and Grand Valley State University.
"Get Up and Move It" Program
"Get Up and Move It!" at Saint Mary's has worked wonders for our hip and knee replacement patients. The program is designed around the premise that patients who have undergone these surgeries are well, not sick, and it encourages them to "act well." All patients take their meals out of bed and participate in group physical therapy beginning on their first post-operative day.
The result: shortened hospital stays, less pain and faster recovery times.
Two Convenient Locations/State-of-the-Art Facilities
Comprehensive, professional, state-of-the-art orthopedic care is provided at two convenient locations to serve your needs. Outpatient services are available at both locations and inpatient services are performed at the downtown campus.