Orthopedics

Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Total and Partial Knee Replacements

When non-surgical treatments like physical therapy and medication don’t bring relief, your doctor may recommend a knee replacement. But you may not even want to think about surgery. We understand. The good news? Knee replacement has come a long way in the past decades, although there are still risks. Newer techniques, like Mako, have been associated with a reduced impact on bone and soft tissue. And many knee replacement recipients experience significant improvement in pain, stiffness, and function of their replaced joint. Glendive Medical Center is pleased to offer the first Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Total and Partial Knee Replacements in Montana. Enjoy the video below that explains the difference a Mako Knee Replacement can make in the quality of your life. Call 406-345-8925 to make an appointment with Dr. Jean Basta to talk about your options and if you are a candidate for knee replacement.

Exploring Your Options for Pain Relief Treatment for

Most people will experience aches and pains at some point in their lives. Normally, these pains will go away on their own within a few days, but as we get older the pains often stick around for longer and longer. When you have a pain that lingers for more than two weeks, it’s time to seek treatment. At Glendive Medical Center, our orthopedists provide a full range of non-surgical and surgical treatments for musculoskeletal problems. This includes conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Joint pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Foot pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Back pain
  • Bone fractures
  • Hip pain
  • Muscular dystrophy

Starting With Noninvasive Treatments

You might be concerned that chronic aches and pains mean that you need surgery. Although this is sometimes the case, surgery should always be considered a last resort treatment for these problems. In most cases, these symptoms can be successfully treated with conservative methods such as physical therapy and medication. If these methods fail to yield suitable pain relief, only then should surgery be considered.

Even when you do need surgery, there are less invasive options you and your medical team can consider before considering open surgery. Minimally invasive surgeries are exactly what they sound like, surgical procedures that do not require large incisions to perform the operation. In most minimally invasive procedures, surgeons insert small, tube-shaped cameras into the body to view the operating area. This allows them to perform the surgery with only a few small incisions. As a result, the procedure is much safer and patients can recover faster.

At Glendive Medical Center, our orthopedists will help you explore all of your options for treatment. We only recommend surgery when we believe it is absolutely necessary.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call: 406-345-8925.