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Orthopedic Treatments

Orthopedic treatments vary greatly based on the severity of an injury or conditions: some patients can be treated with rest, pain management or physical therapy; others may require surgery that entails joint replacement or joint repair.

St. Lawrence Health System’s orthopedic team provides a comprehensive range of orthopedic treatment to our patients. Our modern facility and equipment, including a portable x-ray machine that assists with guided injections, allows us to deliver the leading edge treatments that help our patients restore mobility and return to an active life. 

Joint Repair

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to view and repair soft tissue. Our surgeons make a series of small incisions and insert a miniature camera in order to see inside the joint. Arthroscopy is often used to remove pieces of detached cartilage in the hip, knee and shoulder.

Depending on the nature of your injury or condition, your surgeon may choose to conduct a traditional Open Repair, in which a larger incision is created in order to see and access the joint. Open repair generally requires a short stay in the hospital and physical therapy as you recover.

Osteotomy is a complex procedure. Surgeons remove a wedge of bone and place it near the damaged knee or hip joint to change its alignment.

Patients with inflammatory arthritis can develop inflamed synovium, or joint lining, and my require a Synovectomy. Surgeons can remove the affected synovium using either arthroscopy or a traditional open procedure.

Surgeons perform a Fusion to combine two or more bones into one using pins, rods, and plates. Fusions usually occur in the spine, fingers, thumb, wrist, and ankles.

Joint Replacement

Joint replacement can be an effective treatment for patients who have tried other measures to no avail. Patients who develop severe osteoarthritis – when the loss of cartilage in a joint causes two bones to rub painfully against each other – are often good candidates for joint replacement. During the procedure, the original joint is replaced with a prosthetic joint that doctors fit precisely to your body. When appropriate, we use minimally invasive techniques to limit the size of the incision and speed patient recovery. Joints that are commonly replaced include the hip, shoulder, knee, and wrist.

Sports Medicine

Our sports medicine team specializes in helping patients return to an active life as quickly as possible. While we work with athletes, as our specialty suggests, we also treat a wide variety of patients of all ages and athletic abilities.

We specialize in joint repair for both knee and shoulder injuries, and work closely with physical therapy providers and other members of our team to deliver the highest quality orthopedic care. We always keep our patients’ lifestyle goals in mind as we work to restore your function and mobility and get you on your feet as soon as possible. 

When Surgery is Needed

Preparing for Surgery - Ask questions, and know what's expected of you.

Surgical Checklist - Information to help your day of surgery go smoothly.

Post Surgery Care - Follow your provider's instructions.

Working in Conjunction with Orthopedics

Pain Management - Controlling pain so you can heal.

Physical Therapy - Building strength and flexibility is key to your recovery. 

Podiatry - Keeping your feet healthy and strong.

Rheumatology - Addressing the autoimmune conditions that affect your joints, muscles and bones.