Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus’s experienced orthopedic team offers medical, surgical and therapy-based solutions to address injuries and disease to your musculoskeletal system - including bones, joints, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.
Although joint degeneration or a torn ligament may require surgical intervention, many patients with orthopedic problems are successfully treated without surgery.
Our physicians design a treatment plan that is personalized to your individual needs –whatever your age and physical condition.
Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus offers
Minimally invasive surgery
With minimally invasive surgery, much of the work is done through scopes instead of creating a large open incision. This results in significantly less postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, reduced scarring, and in many cases, a better overall outcome.
– a form of minimally invasive surgery – are performed by St. Joseph orthopedic surgeons for appropriate foot and ankle, hand, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist procedures.
In minimally invasive procedures, a surgeon inserts an endoscope-, a long, thin tube with a lighted camera at its tip-, through a small incision. The camera sends a two-dimensional image of the surgical site to a high-definition monitor, which the surgeon watches throughout the operation. The surgeon then works with specially designed surgical instruments through small incisions to cut, stitch, cauterize and perform other tasks with minimal impact on skin, muscles and organs.
Joint replacement surgery
When cartilage in a joint becomes damaged by disease or injury, the tissues around the joint become inflamed, causing pain and a breakdown of healthy tissue.
Common causes leading to a hip, knee, or shoulder replacement include:
- Cartilage damage due to injury
- Excess weight
- Joint deformity
- Ligament tears
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Using the latest technology and surgical techniques, our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons relieve pain and restore joint functions for thousands of patients each year.
When only some of the joint is damaged, a surgeon may be able to repair or replace just the damaged parts. When the entire joint is damaged, a total joint replacement is done.
In some cases, a resurfacing of the joint is the preferred treatment method, as opposed to a total or partial replacement.
Spine and back care
Our neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists (doctors who specialize in physical rehabilitation), identify and treat the sources of spine, back and neck pain while offering non-surgical and surgical treatment options.
Ankle and foot care
Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph’s medical staff includes surgeons and podiatrists who are foot and ankle specialists. Our specialists care for patients with sports injuries and work-related problems, as well as those with foot disorders caused by arthritis, diabetes and other conditions to restore and improve movement, flexibility as well as manage or eliminate pain. They also perform surgeries and provide care at Wheaton Franciscan – Wauwatosa Campus.
Hand, wrist, elbow & shoulder care
Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder problems can be treated and resolved at the Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus and Wheaton Franciscan –Wauwatosa Campus sites, including inpatient and outpatient surgery and treatment for:
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- Fractures and dislocations
- Tendon tears
- Congenital deformities
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Other nerve compression conditions
- Rotator cuff tears
- Cartilage Regeneration