At Lake Regional Orthopedics, board-certified orthopedic specialists help prevent and correct problems that affect your bones and muscles. Our specialists provide surgical and nonsurgical repair of broken bones, torn ligaments and cartilage. They also treat joint problems from osteoarthritis and repetitive use injuries in the hand. Common procedures include arthroscopic (minimally invasive) surgery to repair joints and total joint replacement surgery. Lake Regional also has a foot and ankle specialist, who provides trauma care and limb salvage and reconstruction. In addition, we provide a Sports Medicine program and spine care from a University of Missouri Health Care neurosurgeon.
Common Joint and Bone Diagnoses
- Fracture and dislocation
Hip and Knee
- Knee ligament tear (ACL, MCL, PCL)
- Patellofemoral knee syndromes
- Meniscal (cartilage) tears
- Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI)
- Total hip replacement
- Total knee replacement
Shoulder and Elbow
- Rotator cuff tear
- Labrum tears, instability
- Frozen shoulder
- Golfer elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Total shoulder replacement
Wrist and Hand
- Carpal tunnel
Foot and Ankle
- High-arch feet
- Ligament rupture and instability
- Bone infection
- Congenital deformities
- Total ankle replacement
Arthroscopic (Minimally Invasive) Surgery
Orthopedic surgeons use arthroscopy to repair joint problems without open surgery. Using a thin instrument with a video camera and lighting tool—the arthroscope—the doctor can see inside the joint to examine the bone, cartilage and ligaments. In many cases, the surgeon can make repairs during the same procedure. Compared to traditional, open surgery, arthroscopy usually costs less, is less painful and leads to a faster recovery.
Total Joint Replacement
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which the diseased parts of the joint are replaced with new, artificial parts. Major advances in total joint replacement offer patients dealing with severe joint pain the ability to lead full, active lives. The most commonly replaced joints are the hip, knee and shoulder.
Total Joint Camp
Lake Regional's Total Joint Camp educates patients and their families about what to expect before, during and after joint replacement surgery. The two-hour class includes tips from the orthopedic surgeons, as well as from physical and occupational therapists, home health nurses, dietitians and social workers. Patients leave feeling better prepared and much more confident.
Hip to Hana®
In a traditional hip replacement surgery, surgeons access the hip from its posterior, or backside. This approach requires cutting muscles and tendons that have to be repaired at the surgery's end. At Lake Regional, our orthopedic surgeons access the hip joint from the anterior, or front. This positioning enables the surgeons to work through the natural gap between the muscles, which means they do not have to cut any muscles or tendons.
Our orthopedic surgeons are able to take the anterior approach because they use a Hana® table, a high-tech table with moving parts that enable precise patient positioning. Because no cutting and repair is necessary with the anterior approach, patients recover much more quickly and with less pain.
Your Nurse Navigator
If you have total joint replacement at Lake Regional Health System, you will meet Mary Overman, R.N. As your nurse navigator, she will lead you through the entire joint replacement experience, from preparing for surgery to recovering at home. Learn more about her role in this Q&A.
How do you support patients receiving total joint replacement?
I am their one point of contact for everything related to their surgeries. A big part of my job is educating patients about steps they can take to avoid setbacks and achieve good results. But I also help with things like scheduling appointments. That support makes the whole process a lot easier for patients.
How do you help patients achieve better outcomes?
Education is essential. One way we educate patients is through Total Joint Camp. This two-hour class covers what to expect before, during and after total joint replacement surgery. It also introduces patients to physical and occupational therapists, home health nurses, dietitians and social workers. Patients leave feeling better prepared and much more confident.
What is one simple piece of advice you give patients?
I always encourage patients to set a goal. They need to look forward to doing something with their improved mobility. It might be playing with grandchildren or maybe it’s going on a cruise. There is a lot of work to do with home exercises and outpatient therapy. Sometimes the process is slow. But that’s OK. Recovery is not a race. Steady progress is best.