Orthopedic Associates of Meadville (OAM)
Meadville Medical Center, through Orthopedic Associates of Meadville at One Vernon Place, offers orthopedic procedures listed below, including hip, knee, and joint replacements, spinal procedures, shoulder knee, hip, and ankle repair, and hand and wrist treatments.
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 provide patients in our community with access to the highest quality of care.
Hip, Knee, and Joint Replacements
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.
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 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.
Hand and Wrist
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.