Not many procedures can improve your quality of life the way orthopedic surgery can. Orthopedic surgery provides treatment for debilitating musculoskeletal disorders, such as sports or strain-related injuries of the knee, shoulder, hip or hand, or other joints, bone fractures, trauma, joint diseases and injuries, and spinal injuries.
Our physicians are experts in the care of musculoskeletal conditions in adults and children and are committed to caring for the total patient.
Our surgeons utilize advanced technology and techniques to provide you the best of care.
St. Vincent Joint Replacement Solutions (JRS) is a unique and dedicated comprehensive program for patients having total knee replacement surgery and/or total hip replacement surgery. Our JRS program has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium Total Joint Replacement Specialty Center. For you, that means conscientious, world class care the moment you enter the Joint Replacement Unit. We begin our program by fully educating you about your procedure prior to surgery and continue post-surgery; including inpatient group therapy, individualized patient education and preparation for recovery at home.
Our Joint Replacement Solutions program is designed to let patients in similar situations go through the program together. At the start, you'll be assigned a dedicated team featuring an orthopedic surgeon, anesthesiologist, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers. These specialists are here to offer guidance and support every step of the way. You'll also select a friend or family member as your "coach," to help during your hospital stay and at-home recovery.
A concussion is an injury to the brain that can be caused by a blow to the head, a hard hit to the body or whiplash type event. Most concussions do not result in a loss of consciousness, and even a concussion without a loss of consciousness can be a serious injury. A concussion is commonly referred to as a "brain bruise", however; this is not accurate. A concussion is a total change in the way the brain works.
When you have a concussion, your brain needs time to heal. The brain does not function normally following a concussion until it has completely recovered. Your brain is more susceptible to further injury during the recovery period. Post concussive syndrome can worsen and will typically occur in its most severe form after a series of concussions (second impact syndrome), due to early return to sports, which deprive the brain of a chance to heal before the next injury occurs.
Through the first partnership of its kind in the Tri-State area, we have joined Tri-State Orthopaedics and ProRehab to form St. Vincent Sports Concussion Alliance. The Sports Concussion Alliance, using the Tri-State's most experienced Sports Medicine providers, was established to educate administrators, athletic trainers, coaches, parents and student-athletes on the importance of identifying the signs of concussion, seeking immediate proper medical treatment, and using standard guidelines to return the athlete to play.
If you suspect your athlete has a concussion, do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Refrain from any activity until a health care professional.
Osteoporosis causes more than 700,000 spinal fractures each year in the U.S. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, this is more than twice the annual number of hip fractures.
Spinal fractures can also be caused by cancer, the most common being multiple myeloma, breast, lung and prostate. According to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the majority of patients with multiple myeloma – some 70 to 95% -- have progressive metastatic bone disease particularly in the spine, which increases the risk of fractures.
Some spinal fractures may collapse immediately while others collapse over time. Left untreated, one fracture can lead to subsequent fractures; often resulting in a condition called kyphosis, or rounded back. Kyphosis, signified by the dowager’s hump, compresses the chest and abdominal cavity, resulting in serious negative health consequences.
Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive, orthopedic treatment that stabilizes spinal fractures, thereby reducing pain and correcting vertebral deformity. This procedure is not for everyone. A prescription is required. Please consult your physician for a full discussion of risks and whether this procedure is right for you.