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Orthopedic doctors in Port St. Lucie

The Orthopedic and Spine Institute at St. Lucie Medical Center uses the latest advances in orthopedic and spine technology to treat minor and complex orthopedic injuries and conditions. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons work with trained nurses, physical therapists and technicians to offer full-service care, including minimally invasive surgery.

To learn more about treatment options at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (772) 742-9060.

Your musculoskeletal system—which is made up of 206 bones connected by joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves—protects your internal organs, supports your weight and allows you to move. It’s a complex, interdependent system where even a minor disruption can result in discomfort and physical limitation.

Patients choose to receive orthopedic care from our Orthopedic and Spine Institute because we offer:

  • A 35-bed unit with all private rooms
  • Atmosphere designed to feel like an upscale hotel rather than a hospital
  • Safety-enhanced patient beds
  • The latest orthopedic equipment
  • Vital signs monitoring system
  • Advanced medication delivery system
  • Electronic health record system
  • Minimally invasive surgical options, including robotic surgery

St. Lucie Medical Center's Orthopedic and Spine Institute

Orthopedic conditions we treat

The physicians and support team at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute are extensively trained to diagnose a wide range of injuries, abnormalities and diseases that interfere with the body's structure, including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Foot and ankle injuries and conditions
  • Cartilage and ligament tears
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Bone and soft tissues tumors

Sports medicine program

At St. Lucie Medical Center, our Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Program is committed to meeting the orthopedic needs of athletes throughout our community. Whether you are an avid runner or a high school athlete, we are here to diagnose your condition and get you back to the activities you love.

Not only do we specialize in treating sports-related injuries, we also work to prevent them. We offer a number of educational and training opportunities to prevent sports injuries.

Joint care

St. Lucie Medical Center provides total joint care to patients throughout Port St. Lucie. Joint pain can limit everyday activities and movements because even the simplest task can become uncomfortable. Our team of doctors and orthopedic surgeons work together to provide treatment for joint pain ranging from medication management to total joint replacement.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has recognized St. Lucie Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement. Our orthopedic surgeons perform total knee replacement and total hip replacement procedures using robotic-assistive technology when possible.

Advanced spine services

The spine is one of the most complex structures in the human body and requires medical care from highly trained professionals when a problem occurs. The spine doctors and surgeons at St. Lucie Medical Center offer specialized care for conditions affecting the spine, such as back and neck pain, fractures and disc herniations.

Treatment options for spine conditions can vary, but often include physical therapy and rehabilitation, medication management and surgery, if needed. The surgeons at our hospital perform a range of advanced spine procedures, including spinal fusions.

Orthopedic treatment options

The following are some of the most common treatments we offer:

  • Total knee replacement
  • Total hip replacement
  • Arthroscopy (cleaning of the joints)
  • Back and neck surgery, including spinal fusion
  • Fracture repairs
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation services
  • Pain management options, including joint fluid supplements (injections that provide temporary pain relief)
  • Minimally invasive pain relief procedure working through a water-cooled radiofrequency pain management system (used for spine, back and knee pain)

In addition to surgical and/or nonsurgical treatments for orthopedic conditions, we may suggest lifestyle changes or medication management to help with your recovery.

Orthopedic surgery

If your doctor decides that orthopedic surgery is the best treatment option for you, rest assured that our expert orthopedic surgeons at St. Lucie Medical Center will provide you with the highest level of care. Our doctors take the time to complete a thorough evaluation when considering surgery, so we can provide you with the most effective treatment for your health and condition.

We offer educational opportunities prior to surgery to help you better understand and prepare for your orthopedic procedure. This provides an opportunity to learn about the benefits and risks of surgery and how to minimize the chances of postoperative complications.

Your initial orthopedic evaluation

While every orthopedic evaluation is different, there are many commonly used tests an orthopedic surgeon may consider when evaluating a patient’s condition, including:

  • A thorough medical history
  • A physical examination
  • X-rays
  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Joint fluid analysis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Your medical history is taken to assist the orthopedic surgeon in evaluating your overall health and the possible causes of your joint pain. In addition, it will help your orthopedic surgeon determine to what degree your joint pain is interfering with your ability to perform everyday activities.

What the physician sees during the physical examination—which includes examination of standing posture, gait analysis (watching how you walk), sitting down and lying down—helps confirm (or rule out) the possible diagnosis. The physical exam will also enable your orthopedic surgeon to evaluate other important aspects of your hips and knees, including:

  • Size and length
  • Strength
  • Range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Reflexes
  • Skin condition

Preoperative orthopedic class

At the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, we offer free, weekly preoperative classes for patients undergoing orthopedic surgery. In this course, patients will learn what to expect before surgery, during their hospital stay and during recovery.

To sign up for one of our preoperative classes, please register online or call us at (772) 335-4000, ext. 3614.

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Potential complications of orthopedic surgery

As with any major surgical procedure, patients who undergo orthopedic surgery may be at risk for certain complications, however, many risks can be avoided and/or treated. In fact, the complication rate following orthopedic surgery is very low. Serious complications, such as joint infection, blood clots and long congestion (pneumonia), occur in less than two percent of patients.

Your doctor will discuss these potential complications with you.

Preventing surgical complications

Following surgery, patients receive antibiotics to help prevent infection. Joint replacement patients may also need to take antibiotics before undergoing any medical procedures to reduce the chance of infection spreading to the artificial joint.

Blood clots can result from several factors, including the patient’s decreased mobility following surgery, which slows the movement of the blood. There are a number of ways to reduce the possibility of blood clots, including :

  • Blood thinning medications (anticoagulants)
  • Elastic support stockings that improve blood circulation in the legs
  • Plastic boots that inflate with air to promote blood flow in the legs
  • Elevating the feet and legs to keep blood from pooling
  • Walking hourly

Pneumonia is always a risk following major surgery. To help keep the lungs clear of congestion, patients are assigned a series of deep breathing exercises.