The dept. of Orthopedics is happy to announce that they have been awarded the Blue Cross Blue Shield Destination Center Designation. They have awarded the dept as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and for Knee and Hip replacement.
Ochsner’s Orthopedics department is a comprehensive group designed to care for all orthopedic problems.
Common problems of the shoulder include fractures of the upper end of the arm (humerus), collarbone (clavicle), and shoulder blade (scapula); disorders of the rotator cuff; shoulder instability (dislocations and separations); and arthritic conditions of the shoulder. We can treat painful shoulder conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis, calcium deposits, advanced arthritis, tumors, rotator cuff tears, and frozen shoulder. We also manage single and recurring dislocations of the shoulder, shoulder separations, muscle and tendon ruptures, and fractures about the shoulder, simple to complex, from collarbone to elbow. We take care of nerve injuries about the shoulder, bone and joint infections, congenital shoulder problems, sports and work-related shoulder problems, and complex reconstructive problems of the shoulder, in all age groups. We are also capable of arthroscopic shoulder procedures. The office treatment of these conditions may include physical examination by a specialist, and various diagnostic procedures including plain x-rays, contrast x-rays (arthrograms), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Once a diagnosis is established, a treatment plan focused on shoulder rehabilitation and pain relief is developed. This may include prescription medicines, physical therapy and rehabilitative exercise, injections, and possibly surgery. Many problems of the shoulder can be managed without surgery, but other conditions may require surgical intervention. The most common problems requiring surgery are certain complex fractures, complete tears of the rotator cuff, chronic or recurrent shoulder instability, and severe arthritis requiring shoulder replacement, which has become a predictable operation with results comparable to hip and knee replacement. Most operations about the shoulder have an excellent success rate, but may require extensive and at times lengthy postoperative recuperation. Recent advancements have resulted in more procedures that can be done arthroscopically, resulting in minimal discomfort, but most major shoulder procedures still require open surgery.
Our department manages painful elbow conditions such as tennis elbow, elbow bursitis, advanced arthritis, tumors, and muscle and tendon ruptures. We also manage single and recurring dislocations of the elbow, and fractures about the elbow from simple to complex. We take care of nerve injuries about the elbow, bone and joint infections, congenital elbow problems, contractures around the elbow, sports and work-related elbow problems, and complex reconstructive problems of the elbow, in all age groups. Our group can also perform arthroscopic elbow procedures.
The Hand & Wrist
Our department treats painful hand and wrist conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis, calcium deposits, advanced arthritis, tumors, muscle and tendon ruptures, and carpal tunnel syndrome. We also manage single and recurring dislocations of wrist, thumb, and fingers, and fractures about the hand and wrist from simple to complex, as well as contracted fingers and painful locking of fingers. We take care of nerve injuries about the hand and wrist bone and joint infections, congenital hand and wrist problems, sports and work-related hand and wrist problems, and complex reconstructive problems of the hand and wrist, in all age groups. We also perform reconstructive microsurgery of the hand and wrist, arthroscopic wrist procedures, and wrist replacements.
The Foot & Ankle
Ochsner Orthopedics can treat painful problems of the foot and ankle resulting from trauma, athletic injuries, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, acquired flatfoot deformity, and other painful conditions of the foot and ankle. We also provide care for diabetic and other neuropathic foot problems requiring surgical intervention to heal and/or prevent ulcerations and infection. Physical examination and current diagnostic methods are used to identify the source of pain and deformity. We work to relieve pain and restore function using a variety of treatments. Most surgical procedures of the foot and ankle are performed on an outpatient basis.
Total Joint Replacement
Ochsner surgeons have been performing total hip and knee replacements for 25 years and continue to build upon and refine our techniques. We perform over 300 joint replacements a year. A comprehensive program of medical management and rehabilitation has created the Ochsner Joint Replacement Team whose efforts have made the recovery from joint replacement surgery faster and more complete. Our multidisciplinary team coordinates the physicians (surgeon, internist, and anesthesiologist), physical therapists, nurses, and social services with each patient for the best possible diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Ochsner Medical Center has special operating rooms, medications, surgical staffing, and equipment dedicated to joint replacements. The Ochsner is experienced with all the major techniques for joint replacement. Your surgeon can outline the specific plan that is best for you. Some of the special areas available are:
- Ultra clean air operating rooms
- Vacuum mixing bone cement
- Non-cemented, porous in-growth replacements
- New bearing surfaces, ceramics, and E-beam treated polyethylene
- Low friction arthroplasty
- Custom and modular components
- Bone grafting and restoration of lost bone
- Limb salvage
- Revision of failed total hip and knee surgeries
- Partial knee replacement on minimally invasive system
- Total Hip Replacement
- Hip Resurfacing
- Total Shoulder Replacement
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