The Orthopedic Care Center at Weeks Medical Center
Relieve Pain and Restore Quality of Life
After years of hip pain, Fernand Gregoire was diagnosed with severe hip arthritis and was referred to the Orthopedic Care Center at Weeks Medical Center. After a full hip replacement last summer, Fernand is now pain free and has returned to his favorite recreational activity…dancing. Using the latest in surgical and rehabilitation techniques, the Orthopedic Care Center is committed to saving and restoring a patient’s quality of life.
The Center offers a full spectrum of medical care devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries or disease that affect the body’s musculoskeletal system. Board-certi ed orthopedic physician, Dr. Paul Kamins, is highly experienced in performing state-of-the-art procedures and surgery. Dr. Kamins is supported by an excellent orthopedic team, including Anna Linglebach-Lorenz, a Certified Physician Assistant, skilled nurses, and rehabilitation therapists. Whether a patient needs enhanced rehabilitation, an injection, custom bracing or a surgical procedure, the skilled and compassionate orthopedic staff works as a team to provide a full spectrum of services for children through seniors.
One of the procedures commonly performed by Dr. Kamins for osteoarthritis of the knee is a simple injection called viscosupplement or steroids. It is an in-of ce procedure that only takes a few minutes with minimal discomfort. The injection supplements the knee uid to relieve the pain and improve the knee joint’s natural shock absorbing abilities and reduces in ammation. Dr. Kamins also performs arthroscopy of the knee, ankle and shoulder. Arthroscopy involves the use of pencil-sized surgical tools and a ber optic camera that is inserted into the joint through a very small incision, rather than the large incision needed for traditional surgery. For most people, arthroscopy means a speedier recovery, less scarring, and fewer complications than open surgery.
For patients who are in constant hip or knee pain and have a significant decrease in mobility that affects quality of life, Dr. Kamins routinely performs hip and knee joint replacements. Total hip and knee replacements are usually a result of progressive, severe arthritis in the joint. Using joint replacement procedures and the latest pain management methods, a damaged knee or hip can be removed and replaced with an artificial implant. For patients requiring surgery, the care is highly personalized from pre-surgery through post-surgical rehabilitation. The unique postsurgical unit at Weeks allows a patient to remain at the hospital for both skilled nursing care and professional in-house rehabilitation. The team of medical professionals and therapists remain involved throughout the healing process to ensure the fastest, healthiest and most complete recovery possible.
For more information or to make an appointment, call your Weeks’ primary care physician or the Orthopedic Care Center at 603-788-5260.