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Medical Treatment

Orthopedic injuries will not always require surgical intervention. A number of non-surgical treatment options often will be sufficient to address your pain and/or injury. The orthopedic department works closely with rehabilitation services (Physical and Occupational Therapy) to restore your function. Additionally, physicians have training in specific medical treatments, including injections in the joint and/or site of pain to alleviate symptoms. Often these interventions can resolve symptoms. Your physician will speak with you about these options on your visit.

Surgical Treatment

Southcoast Hospitals perform more orthopedic surgeries than any other hospital in the region. When you need surgery, volume, specialty training and experience are what you want to find in an orthopedic program. Southcoast has it.

Together we will work with you to help you return to the life you once enjoyed. You do not have to live in pain.

The orthopedic specialists at Southcoast are using the latest in computer-guidance systems, which give them incredibly precise three-dimensional images of each patient's individual anatomy.

At Southcoast, we perform more than 4,000 orthopedic procedures a year, including more than 850 joint replacements and 2,000 outpatient procedures. And in-hospital orthopedic specialists are available at St. Luke's Hospital for emergency care.

With advanced technology, minimally invasive techniques and the expertise of board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons, the best place for your orthopedic care is close to home.


Total Joint Replacement

Hip joint and knee joint replacements are helping people of all ages live pain- free, active lives. Millions of Americans each year benefit from total joint surgery — replacing a worn and arthritic joint with an artificial joint that functions in much the same way as the original. In fact, studies have shown that total joint surgery has increased the quality of life relative to cost, more than any other medical intervention.

Joints are formed by the ends of two or more bones attached by tissue called cartilage. Healthy cartilage serves as a protective pad, allowing smooth and low-friction movement of the joint. If the cartilage becomes damaged by disease or injury, the tissues around the joint become inflamed, causing pain. Over time, the cartilage wears away, allowing the uneven edges of bone to rub against each other, causing pain.

When only some of the joint is damaged, a surgeon may be able to repair or replace just the damaged parts (see partial joint replacement). When the entire joint is damaged, a total joint replacement is done. To replace a total hip or knee joint, your surgeon removes the diseased or damaged parts and inserts artificial parts, called a prostheses or implants. Using the latest advances in surgery such as robotic surgery, our surgeons can perform minimally invasive procedures to help speed recovery time.

Our Approach
Southcoast Health’s Total Joint Replacement program provides patients with a fully integrated, customized patient experience. Our orthopedic surgeons work with primary care physicians, anesthesiologists and other subspecialists in the medical field to ensure that our patient’s expectations for care are exceeded.

The patient’s family and/or “coach” is integrated into the patient experience. The program involves the patient and family in all pre-surgical education and training. The small, private setting of the orthopedic units enables patients to feel at ease with the nurses and specialists dedicated to their complete recovery. At Southcoast, our physicians are engaged with their patients’ care, which includes an education program about total joint surgery, “Total Joint Boot Camp.”

Our Outcomes
By combining the latest techniques and technologies, the average length of stay after surgery is 2.9 days versus national average of 3.33 days.

More than 60% of our elective hip and knee joint replacement patients are discharged directly to the home for recovery.

One way to evaluate the care of patients receiving surgery is to look at the percentage of patients receiving the timely and effective care measures that are appropriate for them. The goal is 100 percent, known as the Surgical Care Improvement Project (“SCIP”). Southcoast Department of Orthopedics consistently scores greater than or equal to 99%.

Learn more about your condition and potential treatment options from the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

View the Total Joint Replacement Handbook

Partial Knee Replacement

For some patients, an alternative to total knee replacement is robotic-assisted partial knee replacement. Our orthopedic surgeons provide partial knee resurfacing in place of total knee replacements when possible. They will repair your knee rather than replace it!

Partial knee replacement is a small-incision procedure that can help people who have arthritis in only one compartment of the knee. Partial knee replacement surgery replaces only the damaged area of your knee joint. Patients typically stay 24 hours in the hospital and have faster recovery time when compared with total knee replacement surgery. Partial knee replacement is done with Robotic technology by your surgeon.

Robotic technology ensures optimal results. Using the Blue Belt Navio® System (pictured here), your surgeon is able to increase precision with surgical placement of the implant with the handheld robotic-controlled bone preparation device. The system seamlessly guides the surgeon to optimally place your implant in the knee properly balanced to ensure optimal results.

Who can benefit from a partial knee replacement?
The procedure is intended for patients whose x-rays show arthritis in only one portion of the knee and who have not had acceptable pain relief with non-surgical treatment.

Learn more about your condition and potential treatment options from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Hand and Wrist Program

A wide range of daily activities would be difficult without healthy and functioning hands and wrists. This area of the body is very complicated and most vulnerable to injury. Hand and wrist injuries can impact quality of life and have a lasting effect on future function.

Southcoast’s hand and wrist specialists are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and care of hand, wrist and upper extremity injuries, deformities and disorders. These highly-skilled board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons seek to find the best solution for each patient to help improve hand function.

While most patients benefit from conservative treatments, some patients require surgery to resolve their issue. Southcoast uses the most current technologies with a minimally invasive approach. The goal is to offer the best care, with faster and less painful recovery.
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Broken Bones & Injuries

Animal Bites
Distal Radius Fractures (Broken Wrist)
Finger Fractures
Fingertip Injuries and Amputations
Flexor Tendon Injuries
Hand Fractures
Human Bites
Lawn Mower Injuries in Children

Mallet Finger (Baseball Finger)
Nerve Injuries
Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist
Sprained Thumb
Thumb Fractures
Wrist Sprains

Diseases & Conditions

Arthritis of the Hand
Arthritis of the Thumb
Arthritis of the Wrist
Boutonnière Deformity
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Compartment Syndrome

De Quervain's Tendinosis
Dupuytren's Contracture
Ganglion Cyst of the Wrist and Hand
Trigger Finger
Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome of the Wrist


Sports Medicine Program

The Southcoast Sports Medicine program specializes in treating sports-related and recreational injuries affecting the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow and neck. Southcoast offers one of the largest hospital-based sports medicine training programs in New England, with certified athletic trainers who work with athletes of all abilities, serving area high schools and colleges to help prevent and treat injuries.

In addition to being leading experts in minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures, joint replacement and reconstructive procedures, our specialists perform traditional procedures to restore damaged joints, ligaments and bones.

A comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation program, Southcoast Sports Medicine includes skilled rehab specialists from across the region, so you can recover quickly and safely — close to home. The orthopedic sports medicine program is highly integrated with rehabilitation services to ensure a timely recovery after your surgical procedure.

Our physicians are sub-specialty fellowship trained in sports medicine and work closely with advanced trained certified athletic trainers and physical therapists. Together they offer years of clinical experience in helping those suffering from acute and chronic over-use injuries. They work with professional, school, amateur, non-profit, and weekend warrior athletes alike.

We collaborate across disciplines to ensure our patients receive the most complete care. As an essential part of this multidisciplinary care, physical therapists use specialized skills to assess and treat injuries, prevent pain or further damage, train the muscles needed to participate in a particular sport or return to previous activity levels, eventually allow patients to return to prior activity without limitations.

By tailoring our surgical and non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation plans to our patients’ unique needs, we help empower them to recover rapidly.

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Diseases and Conditions:

Compartment Syndrome
Female Athlete Triad: Problems Caused by Extreme Exercise and Dieting
Heat Injury and Heat Exhaustion
High School Sports Injuries
Muscle Contusion (Bruise)
Muscle Cramp
Overuse Injuries in Children
Sports Concussion
Sprains, Strains and Other Soft Tissue Injuries

Shoulder & Elbow
Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow
Biceps Tendon Tear at the Shoulder
Burners and Stingers
Chronic Shoulder Instability
Common Shoulder Injuries
Dislocated Shoulder
Elbow Injuries in the Throwing Athlete
Rotator Cuff Tears
Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Shoulder Injuries in the Throwing Athlete
Shoulder Joint Tear (Glenoid Labrum Tear)
Shoulder Separation
SLAP Tears
Throwing Injuries in the Elbow in Children

Hand & Wrist
Mallet Finger (Baseball Finger)
Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist
Sprained Thumb
Wrist Sprains

Hip & Thigh
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
Hamstring Muscle Injuries
Hip Bursitis
Hip Strains
Muscle Strains in the Thigh
Snapping Hip
Sports Hernia (Athletic Pubalgia)

Knee & Lower Leg
Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
Collateral Ligament Injuries
Combined Knee Ligament Injuries
Common Knee Injuries
Compartment Syndrome
Meniscal Tears
Osgood-Schlatter Disease (Knee Pain)
Patellar Dislocation and Instability in Children (Unstable Kneecap)
Patellar Tendon Tear
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Pes Anserine (Knee Tendon) Bursitis
Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
Prepatellar (Kneecap) Bursitis
Quadriceps Tendon Tear
Shin Splints
Stress Fractures
Unstable Kneecap

Foot & Ankle
Achilles Tendon Rupture (Tear) (video)
Ankle Fractures (Broken Ankle)
Ankle Fractures in Children
Lisfranc (Midfoot) Injury
Sprained Ankle
Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Turf Toe


 Trauma/Fracture Care fractures are not something you plan for. At Southcoast, we know that when tragedy strikes, the only thoughts are of helping your loved one get well. Rest assured that we have superior emergency services, advanced trained orthopedic surgeons in musculoskeletal trauma, state-of-the-art technology and extensive clinical expertise to care for you and your family.

You can be confident that our dedicated orthopedic surgical team has the skill, experience and state-of-the-art equipment needed to help you or your loved one in your time of need.

Our orthopedic trauma surgicalist team will:

  • Assess and treat your urgent medical condition
  • Establish a relationship with you and keep your regular doctor informed about your care
  • Coordinate all diagnostic tests such as X-rays,lab tests or other procedures
  • Perform emergency surgical care if needed
  • Arrange specialty care, therapy or consultations with other specialists
  • Transition your medical care back to your primary care provider or to another specialty physician.

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