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Published on August 18, 2017


Orthopedics outreach restores independence

Gundersen Health System orthopedic outreach in Boscobel is helping patients regain their independence.

For many, this means being able to enjoy everyday activities like taking walks, gardening and cooking without pain.

"Having access to orthopedic procedures in the community is invaluable," says Kindra Hansen-Burt, specialty services manager at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics. "It can give patients their life back."

Just more than half of Boscobel's orthopedic patients are hip or knee replacement candidates. This is not surprising, Kindra says, given the physically demanding nature of the work that many area patients perform for years—jobs that wear down a person's joints.

"Most patients aren't looking to have their hip or knee replaced so they can run marathons. They just want to be able to complete their daily activities without somebody else's assistance," says Brenda Kreul, director of surgery in Boscobel.

"Nearly every single one of them ends up saying, 'I can't believe I put up with the pain for so long and now it's gone. I waited too long.'"

In addition to hip and knee replacements, a full range of orthopedic services is available in Boscobel, including:

  • Joint replacement
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Shoulder surgery including rotator cuff repair and arthroscopy
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections
  • Pediatric orthopedics

All treatments are individualized and based on a patient's age, joint damage, pain level, mobility issues, current health and lifestyle.

Regardless of which services best fit a patient's needs, the transformative power of treatment heightens the importance of being able to receive care close to home.

"Gundersen's orthopedic outreach is really helping to serve our patients better, making continuity of care more convenient for them," says Edward Riley II, MD, orthopedic surgeon and department chair at Gundersen Health System.

For more information about orthopedic care in Boscobel, call (608) 375-4112.

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