Orthopedic surgeons specialize in diagnosing, preventing, treating, and
rehabilitating conditions and injuries that affect the musculoskeletal
system, which is made up of ligaments, muscles, nerves, joints, tendons,
and bones.Surgeons and staff provides patients in our community with access
to the highest quality of care.
Learn more about the procedures we provide below:
Total Hip Replacement – In a total hip replacement, the diseased cartilage and bone that
make up the hip joint are replaced with an artificial hip. Post-surgery,
rehabilitation can help a patient recover and regain strength.
Total Knee Replacement – Where knee injuries or conditions such as arthritis cause extensive
damage that cannot be significantly improved by conservative approaches
to treatment such as medication and physical therapy, your orthopedic
surgeon may recommend total knee replacement surgery.
Joint Replacement – Damage to a joint may necessitate a surgery where the joint is
replaced with a prosthesis, which mimics the natural function of the joint
to improve mobility and range of motion.
Cervical Discectomy with Fusion – This procedure treats compression of the spinal cord or nerve root.
Your orthopedic surgeon will use a discectomy to decompress the spinal
cord and nerve roots of the cervical spine, which effectively stabilizes
the affected vertebra.
Lumbar Laminectomy with Fusion (Laporoscopic, Open, and Inner Body) – A laminectomy of the spine involves removing the lamina, the back
of the vertebra which encompasses the spinal canal. This creates space,
and effectively serves to decompress the spine, which can be used to treat
lumbar spinal stenosis. Laminectomy takes pressure away from your spinal
cord or spinal nerves. There are different ways to conduct this procedure,
including laparoscopic, open and inner body techniques.
BAK® Implant for Lumbar Spinal Fusion – BAK® Interbody Fusion Systems offer a comprehensive interbody
fusion solution for patients with back problems. These advanced systems
are designed to stabilize and fuse disc degeneration. Our orthopedic team
at MMC is pleased to utilize this innovative technology for our patients.
Shoulder Repair (Arthroscopic and Open) – There are various forms of shoulder repair surgeries such as rotator
cuff repair. Arthroscopic procedures are minimally-invasive and designed
to reduce scarring, bleeding, pain and length of recovery times. Ask your
doctor about the differences between arthroscopic and open procedures.
Knee Arthroscopy – Knee arthroscopy is used to treat issues affecting the knee joint.
Arthroscopy is not a specific type of surgery; rather it is a surgical
technique that may be applied toward the diagnosis and / or treatment
of various injuries and conditions, such as a misaligned patella, torn
meniscus, or torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Hip and Ankle Fractures – A fracture is a crack or break in the bone. When this occurs in
the hip or ankle, various surgical methods of repair may be recommended
and discussed by your Meadville orthopedic surgeon at MMC.
Carpal Tunnel Release – Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness or
pain in the hand. It is typically associated with repetitive stress or
overuse of the hand in small movements such as those performed by office
workers. Other causes of carpal tunnel syndrome can include obesity, pregnancy
and various illnesses. While carpal tunnel can usually be effectively
treated by a conservative approach involving rest and targeted exercises,
in some cases carpal tunnel release surgery may be recommended. This procedure
involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament, thereby removing pressure
from the median nerve and putting an end to carpal tunnel symptoms.
Ganglion Cyst Excision – A ganglion cyst is a benign or noncancerous lump often found on
some portion of the wrist or hand tendons or joints. In most cases, ganglion
cysts are harmless and do not cause pain, although in some rare cases
they can be painful or problematic if a nerve is pressed or if joint movement
is inhibited. While these cysts typically go away without treatment, in
some cases removal may be recommended by an orthopedic surgeon, or requested
by a patient for cosmetic or other reasons.
Meet Our Providers
Orthopedic Associates of Meadville, P.C.
11277 Vernon Place, Suite 200
Meadville, PA 16335
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Vincent Paczkoskie, Jr. MD
- Theresa A. Wheeling, MD
- David J. Carl, DO
- Michael Ghassibi, DO
- Jeremy Gebhart, MD
- James Nemunaitis, DO, MHSA
Charley Gates, MD
- Jeremy Potter, PA-C
- Amanda Bowes, PA-C
- Shelly Schmucker, PA-C
- Leah Lilley, PA-C
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