Why Choose Our Orthopedic Care?
If bone or joint problems have brought your life to a halt, count on the KCH Orthopedic Center to help put you back in motion. Board-certified specialists on the medical staff treat a wide range of conditions and disorders—from traumatic and sports-related injuries, to chronic and debilitating arthritis. So whether you want to reclaim your golf game, or just walk up your stairs with greater ease, know that skilled orthopedic care is right here in Kosciusko County.
Orthopedic Center: Your Path to Joint Replacement Success
Orthopedic surgeons at the KCH Orthopedic Center specialize in total joint replacement of the hips, knees and shoulders, helping bring life-changing relief to those suffering with severe arthritis and other degenerative conditions.
Unlike your typical hospital experience, the Center takes a wellness approach to the journey. Instead of facing surgery and recovery alone, you’ll be part of a small group of patients who support each other every step of the way.
It starts with a pre-op class, which covers everything you need to know about your upcoming experience. After surgery, you’ll check into your own private room in our dedicated orthopedic wing. A physical therapist will help you get up and moving the same day as surgery, while you enjoy everything you need for success:
- Joint Care Coordinator to see you through the entire process
- Nurses and support staff dedicated to caring for joint patients
- Your own loose, comfy clothes—no drafty hospital gowns
- In-room recliner and other specialized equipment
- Morning newsletters with your schedule and inspiration to meet each day’s goals
- Twice-a-day group therapy, where you can cheer each other on
- Discharge class to ensure a smooth transition home
- Complementary reunion lunch to reconnect with old friends and celebrate your success
Learn more about our joint replacement program and simple steps to success. Also be sure to download these helpful hip and knee replacement guides.
Minimally Invasive Hip and Knee Replacement Solutions
In addition to performing traditional total joint replacement, surgeons at the KCH Orthopedic Center use advanced, minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Some of these exciting solutions include:
Anterior Hip Approach: Better Precision, Less Incision
During the anterior approach—a significantly less invasive alternative to standard hip replacement—your surgeon uses a specially designed table, called the Hana®, to reach the hip joint from the front, as opposed to the side or back. This way, the hip can be replaced with a single incision—and without disturbing surrounding muscles or tendons.
Immediately following surgery, patients can usually bend their hip freely and bear full weight when comfortable. Other benefits may include:
- Less pain
- Reduced tissue healing required
- Reduced risk of dislocation, unequal leg length and other complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker return to the life you love
Partial Knee Replacement: Get Back to Your Life Faster
As an alternative to total knee replacement, KCH also offers partial knee replacement. This procedure may be an option if your arthritis is confined to one area of the knee, and conservative treatments like physical therapy, medication or weight loss no longer provide relief.
Because only a single portion of the knee is replaced, you may experience less post-operative pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and a more natural-feeling joint. Many patients walk the same day as surgery and are back to driving and daily activities within two weeks.
Could an Advanced Joint Replacement Solution Work for You?
If you think you may be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive solutions, call (574) 575-4467 or find an orthopedic surgeon.
Total Shoulder Replacement: Helping Relieve Pain, Restore Motion
The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body, but that very flexibility makes it prone to both sudden injury and chronic wear. After age 40, many problems are caused by the effect of repeated overhead motions over a long period of time. Weekend athletes and do-it-yourselfers are especially vulnerable to overuse problems—including arthritis resulting from a damaged or torn rotator cuff.
If you’re suffering with a severely stiff and painful shoulder, and non-invasive treatments like physical therapy haven’t worked, you may be a candidate for total shoulder replacement. Surgeons at the KCH Orthopedic Center perform both traditional total shoulder replacement for bone-on-bone osteoarthritis and intact rotator cuff tendons, as well as reverse total shoulder replacement for completely torn rotator cuffs. These procedures often offer significant pain relief and help restore motion, function and strength.
For more information, call (574) 575-4467 or find an orthopedic surgeon.
Dedicated Joint Care Coordinator: Personalized Support Through the Journey
Facing any surgery can bring some unease—but at the KCH Orthopedic Center, you’re never alone on the journey.
Our Joint Care Coordinator, Krista Harding, RN, is here to ensure your experience is as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Count on Krista to:
- Coordinate and lead our pre-op class for joint replacement
- Review what to expect before, during and after your procedure
- Make sure your needs are met while you recover in our dedicated orthopedic wing
- Offer answers, comfort and encouragement every step of the way
In addition to her one-on-one work, Krista also helps lead free informational seminars to help our communities better understand joint pain and treatment options. Call (574) 575-4467 or fill out our quick form to request an event.
Comprehensive Orthopedic Care
The KCH Orthopedic Center offers comprehensive care for patients of all ages with orthopedic injuries and disorders. The skilled team—featuring orthopedic surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, sports medicine specialists more—is focused on relieving your pain and returning you to the life you love.
We use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to diagnose and treat:
- Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid) and other chronic joint diseases
- ACL injuries
- Bone disease, including osteoporosis and osteomyelitis
- Hand and wrist pain
- Hip or knee pain and stiffness
- Foot and ankle conditions
- Fractures and other orthopedic trauma
- Sprains, strains and damage to tendons and muscles
- Repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports-related injuries
Reclaim Your Game with Sports Medicine Specialists
Kickstart your comeback from an athletic injury with the sports medicine program at KCH. Board-certified surgeon, Thomas Krizmanich, M.D., hosts a free monthly clinic to assess your pain and schedule treatment for a wide range of conditions—from sprains, strains and fractures, to ligament tears and repetitive stress injuries. Together with rehabilitation specialists and athletic trainers, they’ll create a personalized gameplan to return you to action as quickly and safely as possible.
Rehabilitation to Feel and Move Like You Again
Get back to your life following an orthopedic injury, illness or procedure with comprehensive rehabilitation services at KCH. Programs are tailored to your unique needs, with an overall focus on relieving pain and restoring strength, function and mobility. If you’re recovering in the hospital after surgery, you’ll work closely with a physical therapist to achieve daily goals and return home with confidence.
Don’t Live with Pain. See an Orthopedic Specialist.
KCH provides comprehensive orthopedic care to the Warsaw, Syracuse and surrounding Kosciusko County communities we love to serve.
Call (574) 575-4467 or find an orthopedic surgeon who can help you find relief.