Surgical Care

When Surgery Is Necessary
While most care for bone, muscle, and joint pain doesn’t involve surgery, sometimes it’s the most effective way to get relief, especially if non-surgical measures haven’t shown results.

Getting Started
Your care may begin with a non-surgical provider such as your primary care doctor or sports medicine physician. After a quick evaluation and diagnosis, you and your doctor may decide to try some form of non surgical specialty care first. If your problem is more severe, or if non-surgical care isn’t providing relief, you’ll be directed to an orthopedic surgeon.

Types of Surgeries
The surgeons at ThedaCare treat a number of problems, from sports-related injuries and work-related wear-and-tear to conditions like arthritis, in these commonly affected areas:

We treat osteoarthritis of the shoulder, rotator cuff tears, and shoulder impingement, a type of inflammation in the shoulder and the most common cause of shoulder pain. Surgery to correct shoulder impingement is typically done via arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that involves a few small incisions.

Conditions we treat include elbow bursitis, in which the bursa, located at the tip of the elbow, becomes irritated or inflamed, bicep tendon ruptures, epicondylitis (tennis elbow), and cubital tunnel syndrome, a condition causing the ulnar nerve in the arm to become trapped and compressed.

When non-surgical treatments don’t provide relief, we can perform surgeries for conditions such as trigger finger (which causes the finger to lock or catch when bent) and carpal tunnel syndrome (which causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the hand).

As we get older, our joints start to wear over time, especially for those suffering from arthritis. We perform joint replacement surgery for hip osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease, as well as several different types of hip replacement surgeries for pain that can’t be managed by non-surgical treatments.

We perform an extensive variety of knee surgeries, for problems resulting from sports injuries to arthritis. Some common procedures include repairing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears or meniscus (cartilage) tears, fixing internal joint damage caused by trauma, joint replacement for knee osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease, and full or partial knee replacement.

What to Expect From Treatment
Every surgery is different, but you’ll always know exactly what to expect. Your surgeon will communicate everything you need to know ahead of time—what you need to do the night before surgery, what kind of pain or activity level to expect afterward, how long you’ll be in the hospital, any restrictions, when you can return to work—so you won’t have any confusion or uncertainty.

Because surgery is only recommended for specific conditions when non-surgical treatments haven’t provided relief, our surgeons aren’t tied up treating people who don’t need surgical care. This means you’ll be able to have your surgery as soon as possible. And, because of our surgeons’ extensive experience and advanced clinical techniques, you’ll be out of the hospital quickly and ready to get on the road to recovery.

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Recovering From Surgery
Your care doesn’t end once you’ve had surgery. Your surgeon and other members of your care team will discuss the next steps in your treatment with you, which will likely involve outpatient therapy and rehabilitation so you can regain strength and movement.

If you’ve had a complex surgical procedure or traumatic injury, you’ll typically have inpatient rehabilitation at the hospital where you had your surgery or received emergency care. You’ll likely spend three to four hours a day on your recovery. If you still need intensive therapy after your hospital stay, you can continue treatment at a nursing home or extended care facility.

ThedaCare can also help you get skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and other healthcare services in your home. Our local care teams provide both short-term and ongoing assistance. You can also request a home safety assessment to learn about equipment and services that will keep you safe and independent. Because you’ll need approval from your doctor or surgeon to receive services, don’t hesitate to ask about your options.

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