In recent years, Mile Bluff has expanded the orthopedics care that is available
to patients in the surrounding community. Several new surgeons have joined
the team, and brought with them decades of experience, a wealth of knowledge,
and new procedures that bring ‘big city’ services closer to home.
Mile Bluff’s orthopedics team provides specialized care for a full
range of bone and muscle conditions. From caring for everyday fractures
and injuries, to complex joint replacements and surgeries, Drs. Wallace
Brucker, James Grannell, John Horan, and Rick Rilling provide you with
the care that is needed from the onset of joint pain to full recovery
from joint replacement.
Expanded Care. Local Experts.
In addition to traditional joint replacements, joint injections, muscle/tendon
repairs, and minimally-invasive surgeries, Mile Bluff now offers some
procedures that previously required hours of travel to receive.
Anterior hip replacements: Anterior hip replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces damaged
bones in your hip joint with an artificial hip. During a traditional or
‘posterior approach’ to a hip replacement, an incision is
made at the back of the hip close to the buttocks. With an anterior approach,
the incision is made in the front of the hip, causing less damage to the
surrounding muscles and tendons. The anterior approach has shown to have
a quicker recovery, with reduced time in the hospital following surgery.
Hip arthroscopy: Hip arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of hip problems.
Through a small incision, your surgeon uses a camera to guide miniature
surgical instruments to the surgical area. The benefit of using a small
incision results in less pain, less joint stiffness, and often shorter
recovery time before you can return to your favorite activities.
Partial knee and hip replacements: A partial knee or hip replacement requires surgery only on one part of
the damaged joint. It removes tissue and bone in the joint when arthritis
is present in only part of the area. Even though an implant is used, the
rest of the joint is preserved. These partial replacements are most often
done with smaller incisions, which leads to less hospital recovery time.
Reverse total shoulder replacements: A reverse total shoulder replacement is a procedure that allows for more
movement in the shoulder. It is ideal for those who have extensive damage
to their rotator cuff, or who have already undergone a traditional replacement.
Endoscopic carpal tunnel release: This procedure is used to relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel, including
numbness and tingling in the hand and wrist. During endoscopic carpal
tunnel release, the surgeon makes a small incision in the wrist to visualize
and access the carpal ligament and other wrist structures. Because this
is done with minimally-invasive techniques, the recovery time from surgery
is much shorter.
Kinematically-aligned total knee replacements: This technique naturally aligns your knee by positioning the implants to
the natural joint line of your knee, like it was before arthritis developed.
Using special tools, bone thickness is measured and adjusted to help the
implant sit in that natural knee line.
Radio frequency ablation: Radio frequency ablation uses an electric current to heat up a small area
of nerve tissue to stop it from sending pain signals to the brain. It
can provide lasting relief from chronic pain, especially in joints impacted
by arthritis. The relief from pain can last from six months to a year
or more, depending on how quickly the nerves regenerate. This procedure
is used to manage knee pain for those who are not yet able to have joint
replacement surgery, and others who still experience chronic pain after
surgery. Radio frequency ablation is a great option for pain relief that
does not involve using opioids or injections.
Experience. Mile Bluff.
It is a false assumption that choosing a standalone orthopedic clinic
or ‘joint center’ means that you will have access to more
services and experts. The truth of the matter is, that when it comes to
excellence in specialized orthopedics care, you don’t have to look
past Mauston to find what you need. In fact, with the comprehensive program
in Mauston, patients have good outcomes, oftentimes with fewer complications
than at larger facilities.
The surgeons work with a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, surgical technicians,
physical and occupational therapists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists
to get patients up and moving. With on-site medical imaging services and
short-term rehabilitation options, patients can expect to get the care
they need all within one organization.
Don’t wait. Call now.
Whether it stops you from being active, makes it hard to do things you’ve
always enjoyed, or even gets in the way of doing your job, joint pain
or discomfort can dramatically impact your quality of life. However, help
is available at Mile Bluff.
The thought of surgery can be overwhelming, but seeking out orthopedic
care does not always lead to invasive surgery. In fact, Mile Bluff’s
orthopedic providers are champions of conservative treatment methods such
as injections, therapy and minimally-invasive procedures. Their goal is
to prolong your joint health, while also keeping you moving through life
If you find that joint pain is getting in the way of you living your best
life, call 608-847-5000 to make an appointment with one of Mile Bluff’s
four orthopedic surgeons. Experience for yourself the comprehensive, personalized
orthopedic care that only Mile Bluff can provide.