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St. Louise Regional Hospital

 

 St. Louise Regional Hospital

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Our orthopedics department provides comprehensive treatment for athletes, active adults and children. Experienced specialists provide effective and compassionate care to get you moving again.

St. Louise Regional Hospital provides comprehensive, advanced orthopedic services, close to where you live. At St. Louise, we combine specialized expertise with compassionate care to help patients enjoy life with reduced pain and increased mobility.

Advantages of receiving orthopedic treatment at St. Louise include:

  • Expert orthopedic team: Our orthopedists specialize in sports medicine and adult joint replacement. Our team, including leading physicians and physical therapists, develop customized treatment plans that help you heal faster and avoid future injury.
  • Advanced procedures: St. Louise’s orthopedic specialists offer treatment options unavailable at many facilities. For example, we provide minimally invasive hip arthroscopy, anterior hip replacement and plantar fasciitis treatment.
  • Individual support: We take the time to get to know our patients. Our dedicated team is here to help you at every step. Often, the same nurses from surgery continue to provide care during your recovery, so you have a trusted face you can turn to during your time with us.

Orthopedic Conditions and Treatments

Our hospital is known in the area for our sports medicine and joint replacement programs. Orthopedic specialists provide highly skilled treatment and pain management for the entire body, from shoulder to foot.

Shoulder Treatment

We treat many common shoulder injuries, including:

  • Rotator cuff strains and tears, an injury to the muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, often caused by repeated overhead motions
  • Thrower’s shoulder, an overuse injury that results from overhand throwing
  • Repeated dislocations or instability
  • Arthritis, a condition that causes joint pain due to inflammation
  • Frozen shoulder, which causes shoulder pain and stiffness due to lack of mobility
  • Shoulder impingement, a condition in which repeat overhead motion or injury compresses your shoulder tendons
  • AC joint injuries that cause pain where your collarbone meets your shoulder

Elbow Treatment

Orthopedists at St. Louise treat elbow conditions such as:

  • Tennis and/or golfer’s elbow, which are overuse injuries caused by repetitive motion
  • Ulnar collateral ligament injury, an injury to the inside of the elbow due to repetitive stress
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Bicep tendon tears involving damage to tendons attaching your biceps muscle to the bone

Wrist and Hand Treatment

Our specialists treat wrist and hand conditions that include:

  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that causes numbness and tingling in your hand due to a pinched nerve
  • Trigger finger, a condition in which your finger gets stuck in a bent position due to inflammation

Hip Treatment

St. Louise offers minimally invasive anterior hip replacement, a technique not found at many hospitals.

We treat hip conditions such as:

  • Arthritis, a condition that causes joint pain due to inflammation
  • Snapping hip, which causes a snapping sensation or sound in your hip when you make certain movements
  • Trochanteric bursitis, a condition that causes hip pain that gets worse with activity due to joint inflammation

Knee Treatment

Our joint replacement program includes robotic knee replacement, a procedure that ensures better accuracy and faster recovery.

Knee conditions we treat include:

  • Arthritis, a condition that causes joint pain due to inflammation
  • Meniscal tears that occur in the cartilage cushion between your shinbone and thighbone
  • Tendon and ligament injuries to the soft tissues that connect muscles and bones
  • Patellofemoral syndrome, a condition where injury or overuse damages the cartilage under your kneecap

Ankle and Foot Treatment

St. Louise has podiatry specialists who are experts in surgery for the foot and ankle.

We treat:

  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Tendon and ligament injuries to the tissues that connect muscles and bones
  • Plantar fasciitis, a condition where inflamed tissue on the bottom of your foot causes sharp pain
  • Bunions, which are painful, bony protrusions next to your big toe caused by tight shoes or arthritis
  • Hammer toes, a condition in which your toe has an abnormal bend caused by high heels or a narrow toe area

Find out more about podiatry.

Spinal Treatment

Our expert neurologist performs a variety of spinal procedures, including:

  • Spinal cord stimulation, which uses small electrical pulses to relieve chronic back pain
  • Total disc replacement in which doctors remove a painful lumbar disc and implant an artificial one
  • Minimally invasive lumbar fusion and cervical fusion, a procedure that prevents movement in a painful area of your spine
  • Minimally invasive surgery for spinal stenosis (X-STOP device), a device implanted on the back of your spine to prevent you from bending too far backward
  • Dynamic stabilization, a minimally invasive treatment for degenerative disc disease that keeps painful areas of your spine from moving
  • Spinal decompression and fusion, which is a procedure that relieves pain due to pinched nerves

Sports Medicine

Our orthopedists are board certified in sports medicine, treating many athletes and active adults in the area. We perform procedures, such as minimally invasive hip arthroscopy, that are not widely available in the community. Learn more about sports medicine.

Joint Replacement

Our hospital provides a full range of adult joint replacement services, including:

  • Custom joint replacement: We use MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to determine the precise size and placement of implants. This process ensures better stability and faster recovery for patients.
  • Anterior hip replacement: This alternative to traditional hip replacement is less invasive, has fewer post-surgical restrictions and helps patients recover faster. Not many hospitals offer this innovative hip replacement surgery.
  • Robotic knee replacement. St. Louise offers robotic knee replacement surgery, a procedure that is more accurate than traditional knee replacement.

Learn more about joint reconstruction.

Contact Us

For more information or to find a physician, contact our physician referral service at (408) 782-1501.

Did You Know

St. Louise is one of the few hospitals where patients can undergo anterior hip replacement. An alternative to traditional hip replacement, anterior hip replacement allows for faster recovery with fewer restrictions.

Our orthopedists are board certified in sports medicine. They help develop personalized treatment plans to meet your unique goals. We work closely with our physical therapists to support your recovery from start to finish, helping you return to your active lifestyle.

Sports Injuries and Treatments at St. Louise Regional Hospital

St. Louise orthopedists focus on minimally invasive techniques to promote early recovery. Whenever possible, our orthopedic specialists use arthroscopic approaches to avoid open surgery. During arthroscopy, we insert compact surgical tools through a small incision. This type of procedure reduces recovery time and scarring while improving results.

We treat a variety of common hip and knee injuries, including:

  • Labral tears affecting the tissue in the hip socket
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture in the knee
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) or posterolateral corner (PLC) knee injuries
  • Meniscal tears to the disc that provides cushioning to your knee
  • Articular cartilage injury to the tissue covering the ends of your bones
  • Patellar (kneecap) dislocation

Some common shoulder, arm and elbow injuries we treat include:

  • Rotator cuff tear in your shoulder socket
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Separated shoulder
  • Biceps tendon tears
  • Elbow ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tear

Hip Arthroscopy

Our sports medicine specialists offer hip arthroscopy as a minimally invasive alternative to open hip surgery. Instead of using a large incision, we are able to view and repair hip injuries through small incisions. This approach results in a shorter, easier recovery with less scarring.

Cartilage Restoration

St. Louise offers cartilage restoration procedures such as cartilage grafts and microfracture cartilage repairs. Repairing cartilage can help alleviate pain in patients with arthritis, often allowing them to avoid joint replacement surgery.

Specialty Joint Imaging

Our orthopedics department offers specialty imaging, including magnetic resonance (MR) arthrogram and computerized tomography (CT) arthrogram. These procedures involve injecting a contrast dye into the joint prior to taking close-up images, providing a more accurate diagnosis.

Supporting Your Recovery

We work closely with physical therapists and quality rehabilitation facilities to help you get up and moving again quickly.

Our physical therapy center is conveniently located next to the hospital, offering a hydrotherapy pool to enhance your rehabilitation. St. Louise orthopedists also provide platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections for arthritic conditions to promote better healing.

Contact Us

For more information or to find a physician, contact our physician referral service at (408) 782-1501.

St. Louise Regional Hospital offers joint reconstruction surgery conveniently located in your local community. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons provide expert treatment for conditions resulting from arthritis, musculoskeletal disease or trauma.

As a patient, you may have concerns and questions about joint replacement surgery. Our compassionate team of orthopedists, physical therapists and nurses is here to support you at every step.

Joint reconstruction services available at St. Louise include:

  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder hemiarthroplasty, to replace the end of a damaged humeral head (end of arm bone)
  • Total knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Anterior hip replacement

Custom Joint Replacement

Prior to surgery, St. Louise orthopedists use MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT (computerized tomography) scans to create a custom model of your joint. This model allows surgeons to determine the exact size and placement of implant needed. The result is a quicker, more precise surgery that gives you better range of motion and stability.

Anterior Hip Replacement

St. Louise is one of the only hospitals in the area where patients can undergo anterior hip replacement. Our orthopedic surgeons have years of experience with this advanced technique, which is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional hip replacement.

Benefits of anterior hip replacement include:

  • Less invasive: Traditional hip replacement requires opening up the whole hip, while anterior hip replacement involves just one small incision.
  • Faster recovery: Anterior hip replacement leaves more muscle tissue intact, resulting in less pain and allowing you to heal faster. The procedure does not require the post-surgical precautions of a standard hip replacement like the inability to bend over. Patients can usually walk without assistance within 7 to 10 days.
  • Better results: Compared to traditional hip replacement, patients have less recurring dislocation and instability after anterior hip replacement.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Knee Replacement

St. Louise offers robotic-assisted surgery for knee replacement, an emerging field where our orthopedic surgeons have special expertise.

Advantages of this kind of replacement compared to traditional knee replacement:

  • Provides a higher degree of accuracy
  • Is more likely to improve joint function
  • Allows surgeons to leave more muscle tissue intact so you can heal faster

Specialty Joint Imaging

Our orthopedics department offers specialty imaging including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) arthrogram and computerized tomography (CT) arthrogram. Doctors inject a contrast dye into the joint prior to taking close-up images, improving the accuracy of your diagnosis and treatment.

Joint Replacement Surgery: What to Expect

When you undergo joint replacement surgery at St. Louise, you have an entire team supporting you throughout the process. We treat you with the care, compassion and respect that you deserve.

What is the process like?

  • Before your surgery: Your orthopedic surgeon will consult with you and answer questions about your treatment. The orthopedist will take detailed images and create a customized model to determine the precise size and placement of your implant.
  • The day of your surgery: Our orthopedic team will prepare you and answer any questions you have. We have the full resources of the hospital available should any issues arise during surgery.
  • After your surgery: Our team swings into action to get you back on your feet. The nurses who attend your surgery will likely be the same ones caring for you afterward. Physical therapists focus on getting you up and walking, often the same day. You will then transfer to a high-quality rehab facility that we partner with to finish your recovery.

Contact Us

For more information or to find a physician, contact our physician referral service at (408) 782-1501.

St. Louise Regional Hospital provides podiatry services for many foot and ankle conditions, using minimally invasive treatments whenever possible.

Our podiatrists are expertly trained at treating conditions that include:

  • Diabetic foot wounds
  • Metatarsal fractures
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Flat feet or fallen arches
  • Torn tendons in the foot and ankle
  • Plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition that causes heel pain

Diabetic Wound Care

Patients with diabetes should see a podiatrist at least once every 3 months. Diabetes often causes foot ulcers (open wounds) as a result of poor circulation. Left untreated, these ulcers may ultimately require surgeons to amputate your foot.

St. Louise sees a lot of patients with diabetic wounds in our wound care center, giving us the expertise to ensure you get the best care.

Our hospital provides:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen chambers to provide oxygen to wounds, enhancing blood flow and healing
  • Wound vacuums to improve drainage and promote the formation of new skin tissue
  • Specialized wound dressings and medications to encourage faster healing

Minimally Invasive Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Unlike many podiatrists, our podiatry team offers endoscopic plantar fascia release. This treatment relieves tension in the ligaments on the bottom of your foot (plantar fascia), which can cause severe heel pain (plantar fasciitis). Endoscopic treatment involves a compact surgical tool inserted through a small incision in place of open foot surgery.

Benefits of this minimally invasive treatment include:

  • Convenience: Endoscopic plantar fascia release is an outpatient procedure, typically completed in just 20 minutes.
  • Faster recovery: This treatment has a faster recovery than open surgery, with patients usually back to their regular shoes within 4 weeks.
  • Lower infection risk: Because podiatrists do not have to open up your whole foot, there is less risk of infection. Infection risk is an especially important consideration for diabetic patients with poor circulation.

Pediatric Foot Care

Some podiatrists only see adults, but ours also treat and diagnose foot problems in children. We have expertise in pediatric foot problems.

Treatment for Flat Feet or Fallen Arches

St. Louise podiatrists offer different types of treatment for patients with flat feet or fallen arches. Our podiatrists will avoid surgery whenever possible.

For many patients, treatment often starts with custom shoe inserts (orthotics) to support the arches and relieve pain. In severe cases, podiatrists perform flat foot reconstruction to create an arch to alleviate foot pain.

Contact Us

For more information or to find a physician, contact our physician referral service at (408) 782-1501.