Specialties

Experts in every area.

OFC surgeons are all Board Certified designated by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. We’re qualified to address any orthopaedic condition. Additionally, many of us have specialized or undertaken additional training, expertise includes Joint Reconstruction, Spine, Upper Extremity and Hand, and Sport Medicine.

Expertise is irreplaceable.

Total hip, knee and shoulder arthroplasty remain amongst the operations highest in patient satisfaction today. Common causes for hip, knee and shoulder replacement include primarily osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis as well as congenital and post-traumatic deformities.

We specialize in hip, knee and shoulder replacement.

This includes the latest validated minimally invasive techniques combined with accelerated therapy programs. Hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgeries today are widely performed under regional anesthetic. The improved methodologies in peri-operative pain management allow rapid restoration of function and a timelier return to normal activities of daily living.

 

Additionally, advanced recovery techniques used lessen post-operative pain. Improvements in materials including ceramics, metals, and highly cross-linked polyethylene surfaces allow longer survivorship as compared to historic controls.

At The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, in addition to joint sparing techniques, we offer techniques in partial hip replacement resurfacing and total joint replacement utilizing the highest wear-resistant materials available to date. Similarly, we offer a wide variety of knee arthroplasty options including uni-compartmental knee, patellofemoral resurfacing and total knee replacement. We also offer multiple variations in shoulder replacement surgery including hemi-arthroplasty (partial shoulder replacement), anatomic total shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement.

It’s central to health.

When people say they have a “slipped” or “ruptured” disk in their neck or lower back, what they are actually describing is a herniated disk – a common source of pain in the neck, lower back, arms, or legs.

AnatomySpine Anatomy

Disks are soft, rubbery pads found between the hard bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column. The spinal canal is a hollow space in the middle of the spinal column that contains the spinal cord and associated nerve roots. The disks between the vertebrae allow the back to flex or bend. Disks also act as shock absorbers.

Disks in the lumbar spine (lower back) are composed of a thick outer ring of cartilage (annulus) and an inner gel-like substance (nucleus). In the cervical spine (neck), the disks are similar but smaller in size.

Cause

A disk herniates or ruptures when part of the center nucleus pushes through the outer edge of the disk and back toward the spinal canal. This puts pressure on the nerves. Spinal nerves are very sensitive to even slight amounts of pressure, which can result in pain, numbness, or weakness in one or both legs.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Nonsurgical treatment is effective in treating the symptoms of herniated disks in more than 90% of patients. Most neck or back pain will resolve gradually with simple measures.

Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers may be all that is needed. Muscle relaxers, analgesics, and anti-inflammatory medications are also helpful. Cold compresses or ice can also be applied several times a day for no more than 20 minutes at a time. After any spasms settle, gentle heat applications may be used.

Any physical activity should be slow and controlled, especially bending forward and lifting. This can help ensure that symptoms do not return – as can taking short walks and avoiding sitting for long periods. For the lower back, exercises may also be helpful in strengthening the back and abdominal muscles. For the neck, exercises or traction may also be helpful. To help avoid future episodes of pain, it is essential that you learn how to properly stand, sit, and lift.

If these nonsurgical treatment measures fail, epidural injections of a cortisone-like drug may lessen nerve irritation and allow more effective participation in physical therapy. These injections are given on an outpatient basis over a period of weeks.

Surgical Treatment

Surgery may be required if a disk fragment lodges in the spinal canal and presses on a nerve, causing significant loss of function. Surgical options in the lower back include microdiskectomy or laminectomy, depending on the size and position of the disk herniation.

In the neck, an anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion (ACDF) are usually recommended. This involves removing the entire disk to take the pressure off the spinal cord and nerve roots. Bone is placed in the disk space and a metal plate may be used to stabilize the spine.

Each of these surgical procedures is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. They may be performed on an outpatient basis or require an overnight hospital stay.

Keeping a healthy foundation.

Problems or disorders of the foot and ankle are treated frequently by our surgeons. Whether caused by injury, genetics or degeneration, these ailments can be painful and complex. Our physicians have the experience to assess, diagnose and treat a large range of conditions.

Common problems we encounter:

  • Adult (Acquired) Flatfoot
  • Clubfoot
  • Diabetic Foot
  • Flexible Flatfoot in Children
  • Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spurs
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Vertical Talus
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Heel Pain
  • Bunions
  • Claw Toe
  • Corns
  • Hammer Toe
  • Ingrown Toenail
  • Intoeing
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Stiff Big Toe (Hallux Rigidus)

Upper Extremity

Recovery is within reach.

From the shoulder to the hand, upper extremity injuries can be extremely significant in impacting your ability to perform everyday activities at work, home and play.

Shoulders, elbows and wrists are complex.  They require qualified attention when problems occur.

Hand

Hands-on care. Right in the neighborhood.

Most of us are highly dependent on our hands. Painful or non-functioning hands or fingers can have significant impact on day-to-day quality of life. We use our hands to eat, dress, drive, play, earn a living, even communicate. To perform these activities, our hands must provide movement, flexibility, grasping and sensation.

When problems occur in your hand, all associated types of tissues (muscles, tendons, bones and nerves) that make up a functioning hand must be be considered.

Our orthopaedists are here to help when one of more of these requires attention.

Less pain. More possible.

Often, the first thought of “orthopaedics” conjures up a broken bone or fracture that you or someone close to you has had.

We treat a wide variety of fractures at our facility. Those involving the extremities (arms and legs), hips, shoulders and spine are those our orthopaedic surgeons see most regularly.

Traumatic injuries involving muscles, tendons and nerves are also seen and treated here. These can include severe lacerations and penetrating injuries.

Our physicians are experienced in treating these and various other kinds of trauma that affect your musculoskeletal system. For all problems big or small, great care happens here.

Always in the middle of the action.

We’re proud to be a local leader in providing comprehensive sports medicine and rehabilitation services for athletes of all ages and skill levels.

For several decades we’ve nurtured ongoing relationships with competitive athletes, served as team physicians across many sports and delivered hands-on care to high school and college campuses throughout southern Minnesota, including the MSU Mavericks. It’s a relationship based on a tradition of care.

Our goal is single-minded: to help committed players get back out there, and keep them on top of their game. 

Raising the Level of Play

Our board certified orthopaedic surgeons, certified athletic trainers and licensed physical therapists and assistants always bring their “A” game. We provide individual and team training. Our experience spans preventing and treating injuries and sports-related conditions.

In Your Corner

If you find an injury or ongoing condition is affecting performance, you can count on OFC to understand and evaluate your needs. Using advanced imaging capabilities, physical therapy programs, a surgery center and on-site clinical support, we’re here to help you achieve your goals.