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Advanced Orthopedic Procedures

Advanced Orthopedic Procedures

The St. Mary Orthopedic Center offers comprehensive services, including advanced diagnostics and minimally invasive surgical procedures that help patients reduce pain and return to their normal day-to-day activities sooner. 

A regional leader in orthopedic services, the St. Mary Joint Replacement Center, which is a part of the St. Mary Orthopedic Center, was the first program in Pennsylvania and is among few in the nation to be awarded the Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission for this Disease-Specific Care . 

The need for increased specialized orthopedic services is growing as the population in our community ages.  The median age in Bucks County is increasing at a rate that is twice the national average. Over the next 10 years, the Baby Boomer (ages 45-64) segment will increase by 23 percent; likewise, seniors (age 65+) will increase 28 percent.  St. Mary anticipates that with the current trends in the aging community, the need for advanced orthopedic services will continue to increase.

Dedicated to offering the most state-of-the-art procedures to its patients, St. Mary is making strides in growing its service offerings.  Some of the advanced, minimally invasive procedures offered by the skilled physicians at St. Mary include:

  • Micro-disectomy Spine Surgery – Micro-disectomy spine surgery refers to a highly specialized procedure that is performed on the spine to reduce pain in the legs.  Performed through a small incision, surgeons relieve pressure on a spinal nerve that is being impinged upon by a herniated disc.  By relieving this pressure, the nerve is able to heal more quickly. 
  • Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery – Arthrosopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs a tear in the cup of the shoulder.  Surgeons make a small incision and use an arthroscope (or videoscope) to treat the damaged joint.  The arthroscopic technique allows surgeons to go in between muscles, tendons, and other structures within the shoulder to repair the joint.  In the past, these structures had to be cut in order to reach the joint.  By avoiding major incisions and damage to healthy tissue, this procedure reduces recovery time.
  • Computer Guided Knee Replacement Surgery – Computer-guided knee replacement begins before surgery with an the design a custom cutting guide developed through MRI imaging.  The surgeon uses this guide during surgery to position the knee implant to fit the natural joint more exactly.  The custom-cutting guide lessens surgery time as it reduces the amount of time surgeons need to check and recheck the replacement's fit.  This shorter surgery time means that patients experience fewer complications and a shorter recovery time.
  • Micro-vascular Hand Surgery – Surgeons at St. Mary Medical Center are now able to perform a delicate micro-vascular surgery to repair a damaged hand and restore feeling with just one small incision.  Using a sophisticated microscope, St. Mary experts can work between small structures in the hand to fix nerves, blood vessels, and avoid injuries to healthy structures.