Orthopedics

Orthopedics

For patients in the Mat-Su Valley area coping with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, The Surgery Center of Wasilla provides top-rated orthopedic care. Our orthopedic specialists pinpoint and treat disorders that can strike vulnerable areas in your body — including your neck and back, foot and ankle, hip and thigh, knee and lower leg, shoulder and elbow, and hand and wrist zones.
Physicians affiliated with the Surgery Center of Wasilla are specially trained in the following care areas:

Sports Medicine

Foot / Ankle

Hand & Upper Extremity

Joint Replacement

Shoulder

Knee

Hip

Fractures

Pediatrics

Over the span of time, the impact of joint disease, arthritis, or excessive body weight can erode the hip joint. Arthritis can be an inherited disease process that appears with age. Maintaining a healthy body weight is a controllable risk factor. Excessive body weight wears out the normal knee and hip joints which were never intended to carry a human that is obese or morbidly obese.

The problem of obesity is growing, which in turn causes more joint problems. As of 2015, 34.9% of U.S. adults are obese or morbidly obese, according to the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA). The study also found that obesity worsens as a person enters their 40s and 50s. Obesity is higher among middle age adults, 40-59 years old (39.5%) than among younger adults, age 20-39 (30.3%) or adults over 60 or above (35.4%) adults.

Hip Replacement

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, about 193,000 hip replacements are performed yearly. With the aging of the post-World War II baby boom generation (those born between 1946-1964), this number will grow significantly as the large segment of the population ages into their 50s, 60s and 70s. By 2040, an estimated 500,000 knee and hip replacements may be performed yearly.

The good news is joint implant technology is improving. This allows the artificial joint to last longer. Likewise, because of the expected longer life of artificial hip joints, more orthopaedics surgeons may recommend hip replacement to patients that have not responded to conservative treatment. Ideally, the extended life of artificial joints will help eliminate the need for a revision surgery on an elderly patient in their 70s or 80s.

A traditional open hip replacement surgery takes about one-to-two hours, although an extremely proficient hip surgeon who does a large volume of cases may be faster. The hip surgeon makes an incision along the side of the hip and carefully moves the muscles at the top of the thighbone to reveal the hip joint. The surgeon then removes the ball and socket portions of the joint. Artificial joint parts are inserted into the thighbone and pelvis, and fixed into position to create the artificial joint.

Knee Replacement

The knee is vulnerable to a variety of injuries. It is a complex joint with many components. Surgery Center of Wasilla is affiliated with board-certified orthopedic surgeons that are experts in diagnosing and treating knee pain and injuries.
Specially Trained Physicians
Physicians affiliated with the Surgery Center of Wasilla are specially trained in the following care areas:

Sports Medicine

Foot / Ankle

Hand & Upper Extremity

Joint Replacement

Shoulder

Knee

Hip

Fractures

Pediatrics

Joint Replacement
Over the span of time, the impact of joint disease, arthritis, or excessive body weight can erode the hip joint. Arthritis can be an inherited disease process that appears with age. Maintaining a healthy body weight is a controllable risk factor. Excessive body weight wears out the normal knee and hip joints which were never intended to carry a human that is obese or morbidly obese.

The problem of obesity is growing, which in turn causes more joint problems. As of 2015, 34.9% of U.S. adults are obese or morbidly obese, according to the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA). The study also found that obesity worsens as a person enters their 40s and 50s. Obesity is higher among middle age adults, 40-59 years old (39.5%) than among younger adults, age 20-39 (30.3%) or adults over 60 or above (35.4%) adults.

Hip Replacement

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, about 193,000 hip replacements are performed yearly. With the aging of the post-World War II baby boom generation (those born between 1946-1964), this number will grow significantly as the large segment of the population ages into their 50s, 60s and 70s. By 2040, an estimated 500,000 knee and hip replacements may be performed yearly.

The good news is joint implant technology is improving. This allows the artificial joint to last longer. Likewise, because of the expected longer life of artificial hip joints, more orthopaedics surgeons may recommend hip replacement to patients that have not responded to conservative treatment. Ideally, the extended life of artificial joints will help eliminate the need for a revision surgery on an elderly patient in their 70s or 80s.

A traditional open hip replacement surgery takes about one-to-two hours, although an extremely proficient hip surgeon who does a large volume of cases may be faster. The hip surgeon makes an incision along the side of the hip and carefully moves the muscles at the top of the thighbone to reveal the hip joint. The surgeon then removes the ball and socket portions of the joint. Artificial joint parts are inserted into the thighbone and pelvis, and fixed into position to create the artificial joint.

Knee Replacement

The knee is vulnerable to a variety of injuries. It is a complex joint with many components. Surgery Center of Wasilla is affiliated with board-certified orthopedic surgeons that are experts in diagnosing and treating knee pain and injuries.

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