Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine
Sports related injuries can literally bring your life to a standstill. Whether you're playing the back nine or simply walking up a flight of stairs, the pain can become unbearable and potentially diminish your quality of life. At the Matthys Orthopaedic Center we have extensive training in the care of various joint and sports related injuries. Our priority is to help you make a quick recovery and return to an active lifestyle. Our individualized approach to your treatment options enables us to help you make the best decision for your particular situation. We will not undertake any treatment without first explaining it fully and answering all of your questions.
We are leaders in Joint Replacement. Serving the upper midwest and beyond, we help patients suffering with arthritis pain return to a healthy, active lifestyle. Through a combination of personalized medicine and innovative surgical treatments our patients recover comfortably and quickly. Patients are on their feet again the same day of surgery with our unique rapid recovery protocols. Under the direction of Gary A. Matthys MD, American Board certified and fellowship trained and recognized as an expert in orthopaedic Surgery. We specialize in treatment of arthritic conditions involving all age groups. We are proud to offer exciting advances in hip resurfacing, joint replacement, computer navigation and minimally invasive surgery and revising painful joint replacments.
- Anterior Total Hip Replacement
- Unicompartmental (Partial) Knee Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
- Revision (Redo)Total Joint Replacement
- Joint Reconstruction other than Joint Replacement
- Hip Resurfacing
- Osteotomy of the hip (Ganz) and knee (HTO)
Dr. Gary Matthys treats all fractures using both surgical and non-surgical techniques.
Highly Specialized Orthopaedic Trauma Services
Orthopaedic trauma care covers the spectrum of simple isolated fractures to severe life threatening accidents with multiple broken bones. While many fractures can be treated very well by general orthopaedic surgeons, some can benefit from fracture specialists. More significant injuries with multiple broken bones, compound fractures and fractures near a joint, and fractures of the pelvis are more difficult to treat, and benefit the most from specialized care. Additionally, problems with healing including nonunions, infections (osteomyelitis) and healing with poor alignment (malunion) are often treated by fracture specialists. Dr. Matthys utilizes specialized techniques including minimally invasive plating, computer-assisted external fixation, and state-of- the-art bone grafting techniques. Additionally, he often assembles teams of physicians necessary to treat all aspects of the injured patient.
What is Orthopaedic Trauma?
Orthopaedic trauma is a branch of orthopaedic surgery specializing in problems related to the bones, joints, and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) of the entire body following trauma. The main goal of this specialized area in orthopaedics is the healing of the fractured bones, as well as restoring the anatomic alignment of the joint surfaces to allow for recovery and return to maximum function of the injured body part. Dr. Matthys specializes in the treatment of acute fractures, post-traumatic deformities, and nonunions including injuries to the pelvis and acetabulum. Dr. Matthys utilizes many leading-edge techniques including minimally invasive surgery and advanced external fixation. The latest in bone graft substitutes and bone-forming proteins are often used to assist in the reconstruction of bones that have not healed. Our comprehensive orthopaedic trauma capabilities include:
- Minimally invasive surgery for fractures.
- Treatment of nonunions and malunions.
- Pelvis and acetabulum surgery.
- Treatment for infected fractures and osteomyelitis.
- Bone and joint transplantation.
- Minimally invasive bone grafting.
- Complex upper extremity reconstruction.
While not all fractures need specialized care, some complex fractures may benefit from care by a trauma specialist. At MOC, many leading-edge surgical techniques are utilized in the treatment of trauma patients, including minimally invasive surgery, advanced external fixation, and the use of bone graft substitutes and bone-forming proteins. Nonsurgical Treatment of Trauma Injuries Some fractures and dislocations, particularly related to the clavicle, scapula, humerus, wrist, hand, and foot, can be treated nonoperatively. Depending on the severity of the fracture, your physician may treat the injury nonsurgically through an external fixation method. This method involves the use of splints, casts, braces, and other devices on the outside of the injury to stabilize the fracture. Surgical Treatment of Trauma Injuries An internal fixation method is when a physician performs minor surgery to place pins, wires, screws, and plates on the bone to stabilize it.
Severe injuries may require more complex surgical procedures including bone grafting, limb lengthening, and complex reconstruction.
The length of recovery for fractures depends on the type and severity of the injury. It can take 3 weeks up to several months for a bone to completely heal, and in the worst cases the bone may never heal completely. The good news is that often times the pain from the break will subside dramatically before the bone has completely healed. Dr, Matthys will prescribe a progressive plan to attempt to fully restore the fractured bone to pre-injury condition. You may experience stiffness and muscle fatigue as you start in on your new program. This is caused by atrophy of the muscles, joints, and ligaments from lack of activity.
Carefully follow the recommendations to avoid reinjury.