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Orthopedics involves the care of the musculoskeletal system. This system of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves makes it possible for your body to move.
Our board-certified orthopedic specialists can help you with a variety of health problems with non-surgical or surgical treatments. They have many years of experience working to help patients prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate their orthopedic conditions. Whether you have ongoing pain in joints from regular wear and tear or are experiencing pain from a sports injury, orthopedic specialists can reduce your pain and get you back to an active lifestyle.
Common orthopedic conditions we treat
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve -- the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand.
Knee replacement surgery can relieve the pain so that you can again take part in the activities you enjoy.
Age, injury or disease can cause hip joints to "wear out," limiting your ability to walk, climb stairs and do activities. If this happens to you, a total hip replacement surgery is one option to consider. This surgery can relieve the pain so that you can again take part in the activities you enjoy.
Rotator cuff tears
Rotator cuff repair is a type of surgery to fix a torn tendon in the shoulder.
Cerebral palsy difficulties
Cerebral palsy is a condition, sometimes thought of as a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking.
Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time.
A herniated (slipped) disk occurs when all or part of a spinal disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk.
Low back pain
Pain felt in your lower back may come from the spine, muscles, nerves, or other structures in that region. It may also radiate from other areas like your mid or upper back, a hernia in the groin, or a problem in the testicles or ovaries.
Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg.
A bunion is when your big toe points toward the second toe. This causes a bump on the inside edge of your toe.
Hammer toe is a deformity of the toe, in which the end of the toe is bent downward.
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Community Health Topic - Orthopedics
Thank you to SWTV 19 Community Television and the City of Buffalo for their partnership.
Orthopedics – Part 1
Orthopedics - Part 2
Stories from the heart of our community
Fred Naaktgeboren, longtime community member and former Buffalo mayor, traveled with his wife to Switzerland in 2010 to visit his daughter and her family. He soon thereafter realized how much of an impact Buffalo Hospital had on his life.
Anyone would be grateful for a Swiss adventure, but Naaktgeboren was especially thankful. In both 2009 and 2010, he had knee replacements at Buffalo Hospital. "Promise me you will do the rehabilitation," his orthopedic surgeon, Dana Harms, MD, had said, "and I will fix your knees."
Deemed "too young" for a total knee replacement, Naaktgeboren had dealt with knee pain for almost a decade when he decided it was time to take action. He chose to undergo his knee replacement operations locally at Buffalo Hospital.
"I was thankful to have Dr. Harms and an attentive care team by my side," Naaktgeboren said, adding with a laugh, "though I still have issues with the nurse who was much too happy to wake me up at 6:30 a.m. to take my vitals. I am still looking for revenge with her."
As a preschool teacher and a grandmother of three, Nicky Haskins knew addressing her joint pain wasn’t an option — it was a necessity.
After Haskins started feeling excruciating knee pain, a visit to Buffalo Hospital quickly confirmed her suspicions: She needed a total joint replacement.
Haskins had faith in the abilities of the board-certified orthopedic specialists at Buffalo, but her care was even better than expected. "They were very friendly and concerned about my welfare and the pain I was in," Haskins said. "It was a really good experience."
Her visits to Buffalo Hospital didn’t end with the knee operation. In both May and December 2013, Haskins had hip replacements — surgeries that she said gave her her life back.
Before each surgery, she attended a preparation class to learn about the procedure and understand postsurgical outcomes. Haskins said the timely diagnoses and these classes allowed her to better plan for her future. With nothing but positive results from Buffalo, Haskins said she recommends it to everyone in need of hospital services. "The care is right there when you need it," she said. "They are absolutely excellent!"