Specialized Orthopaedic Programs
Surgeries to treat spinal conditions traditionally required a five to six-inch
incision, and patients routinely faced recovery periods of several months
to a year. With minimally invasive surgery (MIS), many spine operations
at Good Samaritan Hospital can be completed within hours using only two
or three small incisions. In many cases, patients are walking within a
day or two of surgery and can be back at work in three to four weeks.
Minimally invasive spine surgery reduces blood loss and decreases the
risk of post-operative infection. Patients spend less time in the hospital,
have less post-operative pain and may return to regular activities sooner.
Surgical treatments of the spine include:
Kyphoplasty surgery elevates bones damaged by degenerative disease and uses a specialized
cement to stabilize the structures of the spine, providing immediate pain
relief for patients.
Spinal Decompression removes a small portion of the bone and/or disc material to remove spinal
pressure and give more space to the spinal nerves or spinal column.
Spinal fusion grafts two vertebrae together so there is no longer any motion between
them. It is designed to restore nerve function and stop the abnormal motion
that causes pain, numbness, tingling and weakness.
Total and partial hip and knee replacements
Joint replacement surgery is the most effective treatment for severe osteoarthritis,
reducing pain and disability and restoring some patients to near normal
function. At Good Samaritan, orthopaedic specialists perform a high number
of joint replacement surgeries, with over 500 hip and knee replacement
and revision surgeries performed each year. The Center has offered computer-assisted
joint replacement surgery since 2008.
Knee replacement is one of the most successful of all surgical procedures.
Recovery takes approximately three months and most patients enjoy many
years of pain-free knee function with no limits on their ability to stand,
walk and perform normal daily activities. The computer-guided navigation
system used by surgeons increases surgical accuracy, resulting in greater
joint stability, fewer complications and shorter hospital stays.