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Orthopedics Staff

Orthopaedic physicians specialize in the musculoskeletal system and treat trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital conditions. Our physicians are Board Certified and have received specialized training in their areas of subspecialty.

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When you come to Gundersen Lutheran for an Orthopaedic Surgery appointment, you may be seen by a physician assistant (PA), nurse practitioner (NP) or a clinical nurse specialist (CNS). They are skilled healthcare professionals who work closely with your orthopaedic surgeon to make sure you get the best possible care.

Each of these team members are trained in medicine to detect and treat diseases and help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. The major difference between these team members and your physician is the amount of time they spend in formal education. Physicians are also required to complete a residency in a specialty care, but PAs, NPs and CNSs are not.

Rest assured, your PA, NP or CNS works as a unit with your orthopaedic physician in diagnosing and treating your condition. While you may see the PA, NP or CNS during your clinic visit, he or she will discuss your care with your physician as needed.

During your clinic appointment, your PA, NP or CNS may:

  • Take your medical history
  • Perform a physical examination
  • Order tests
  • Perform minor procedures
  • Develop treatment plans and teach patients how to begin treatment
  • Write prescriptions for medication and therapy

Your PA, NP or CNS may also be involved in your pre- and post-operative care the day of your surgery, and assist your orthopaedic surgeon in the operating room.

We hope this gives you a better understanding of your care team in the Gundersen Orthopaedics department. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center - La Crosse Clinic
Call (608) 775-2276 or (608) 775-2276 or
  (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276 (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276
  1900 South Avenue
  La Crosse, WI 54601
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Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center - Onalaska Clinic
Call (608) 775-8600 or (608) 775-8600 or
  (800) 362-9567, ext. 58600 (800) 362-9567, ext. 58600
  3111 Gundersen Dr.
  Onalaska, WI 54650
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Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic
Call (608) 326-6466 (608) 326-6466
  610 East Taylor St.
  Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
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Gundersen Sparta Clinic
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  315 West Oak St.
  Sparta, WI 54656
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Gundersen Tomah Clinic
Call (608) 372-4111 (608) 372-4111
  1330 North Superior Ave.
  Tomah, WI 54660
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Gundersen Viroqua Clinic
Call (608) 637-4081 (608) 637-4081
  407 South Main St.
  Viroqua, WI 54665
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Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics Whitehall
Call (608) 775-2276 or (608) 775-2276 or
  (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276 (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276
  18606 Ervin St.
  Whitehall, WI 54773
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Gundersen Decorah Clinic
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  (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276 (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276
  1830 State Hwy. 9
  Decorah, IA 52101
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Palmer Lutheran Health Center
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  (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276 (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276
  110 Jefferson St.
  West Union, IA 52175
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