Orthopedic Surgery

Benefit from personalized care and the latest techniques and technology when you choose Essentia Health for orthopedic surgery. At our facilities, you can access a wide range of treatments from a team of skilled surgeons.

What’s an Orthopedic Surgeon?

An orthopedic surgeon has been educated and trained in the diagnosis and pre-surgical, surgical, and post-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. This includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.

Conditions

Specialists & Subspecialists

While all orthopedic surgeons are trained in the musculoskeletal system, Essentia has several orthopedic surgery subspecialists who have additional training related to specific parts of the body. We also have surgical subspecialists in trauma, sports medicine, and orthopedic oncology.

Do I Need Surgery?

Your doctor may recommend orthopedic surgery if non-surgical treatments—like lifestyle changes, physical therapy, or medications—don’t effectively control your symptoms. Your care team will explain your treatment options and help you choose the procedure that’s best for you.

When Is Orthopedic Surgery Needed? Video Transcript

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DR. FRANCIS CORMIER: My name is Francis Cormier. I'm a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. I've been practicing for 17 years. I was trained as a general orthopedic surgeon, mostly adults, pediatrics, and trauma. And I have a special interest, subspecialty, in hip, knee, and shoulder replacement and also sports medicine.

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Some patients always are afraid of coming in and seeing an orthopedic surgeon, because they might have to plan surgery. Most of the time, we treat this more conservatively, either with physical therapy, cortisone injection, modification of activity, brace treatment. Only when everything's failed that you need surgery. If you had to have a hip or shoulder or knee surgery, most of the time, people would do very well and they regain their function of life. Of course, there is a certain component of pain during surgery, but the technology in the last few years, we have people are very comfortable after surgery. And a lot of them will tell me that they should have done this sooner than later.

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If I had any advice either for old or young people, athletes or not, I would say, stay active, exercise on a regular basis, use common sense, watch your weight, and have a regular diet.

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Types of Orthopedic Surgery

The type of procedure your doctor recommends depends on your condition. Rely on our specialists and subspecialists for treatments like:

Orthopedic Oncology

Learn about orthopedic oncology from Essentia's Orthopedic Oncologist, Dr. Anne Normand.

Medical Insight: Orthopedic Oncology - Essentia Health Video Transcript

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ANNOUNCER: Welcome to Medical Insight, a weekly health care feature brought to you by the experts in Essentia Health. Here's your host, Maureen Talarico. MAUREEN TALARICO: Today on Medical Insight, we talk with Dr. Anne Normand about orthopedic oncology. ANNE NORMAND: Orthopedic oncology is the area of orthopedic surgery that addresses tumors and other conditions that arise in the bones, muscles, joints, and other soft tissues that hold us together.

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Frequently, we address tumors that are growing and enlarging in those areas. We treat both benign and malignant disease as well as conditions that arise in both adult and pediatric patients.

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MAUREEN TALARICO: Dr. Normand explains who could benefit from seeing an orthopedic oncologist. ANNE NORMAND: I have patients referred to me at all stages of the diagnostic process. I laugh and joke that I'm the doctor who sees anything funny looking on an X-ray.

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If there is an unusual finding on an X-ray or an MRI or any other sort of imaging study, patients are frequently referred to me then to help establish whether this is something we need to be concerned about and do further testing

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or is this just a benign incidental finding.

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From there, we decide do we need more imaging, do we need a biopsy, what sort of treatment plan can we arrive at? MAUREEN TALARICO: From treating and preventing pain to ensuring the ability to complete daily activities, Dr. Normand focuses on the continuum of care for all of her patients. ANNE NORMAND: My goal as an orthopedic oncologist is to be there to try to help my patients understand their diagnoses and arrive at a treatment plan that is both effective and makes sense in conjunction with the other care that they need to receive.

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Our goal is always to get people back functioning, living their daily lives as fully as possible and as comfortably as possible. MAUREEN TALARICO: For Medical Insight, I'm Maureen Talarico. ANNOUNCER: To learn more about this topic, call our experts at 786-3107.

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Foot and Ankle Care

We examine foot and ankle repairs performed by the medical professionals at Essentia Health.

Medical Insight: Foot and Ankle - Essentia Health Video Transcript

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SPEAKER: Welcome to Medical Insight, a weekly health-care feature brought to you by the experts at Essentia Health. Here's your host, Louie St. George. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: Today on Medical Insight, Essentia Health orthopedic surgeon, Jefferson Davis, talks about treating troublesome feet and ankles, which could involve fusing a joint or complete reconstruction. JEFFERSON DAVIS:

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Obviously, we walk every day, and we're on our feet most of the days-- most of us are-- and a lot of these people have disabling pain and they just can't deal with. Our bodies aren't made to last forever. They wear out, tendons wear out, the tendons that hold up our arches wear out, our feet get flat some with time. People have sporting injuries, twist their ankle, rupture their ligaments. Those sometimes need to be reconstructed. I see quite a few people for flatfoot-- progressive flat-- and their arches fall, and they're having increasing pain. I see a lot of people for what they call "Haglund's deformity," or a bump on their heel that's rubbing on their Achilles tendon and causing a lot of pain in their heel. I also see a lot of people for ligament instability of their ankle. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: Dr. Davis says technology has made the procedures he performs much more precise. JEFFERSON DAVIS: They are computer guided, in that we take a CT of the ankle before we do the ankle replacement. We send it away, and they make specialized jigs that just fit onto that person's anatomy, and that enables us to put pins in the exact places, take those jigs off, and put on the regular cutting blocks that we cut the bone with. And it cuts it very precisely. It's better than anything when you have a patient that's happy and has had a good result. There's no replacement for that. So yeah, that's why I do this. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: For Medical Insight, I'm Louie St. George.

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Minimally Invasive Procedures

Whenever possible, your surgeon uses techniques that are less invasive than traditional surgery. This means you may have a faster recovery with less pain, smaller scars, and a lower risk of complications.

Postoperative Care

Your Essentia care team will help you recover after orthopedic surgery. Your recovery plan may include Rehabilitation services, such as physical and occupational therapy.

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