More patients in Louisville choose to get their orthopedic procedures — surgical or nonsurgical — at Norton Orthopedic Institute than with any other medical provider in Louisville or Southern Indiana. Recognized for providing quality care that adheres to the strictest standards, our board-certified physicians have the experience and skills to get you out and around whether your condition requires minimally invasive surgery or more conservative treatment.
Joint replacement, especially knee replacement, is one of the most common surgical orthopedic procedures. Years of wear and tear on the knees take a toll, leading to pain that often requires artificial replacements of some of the bones in the knee joint. This procedure is performed with great precision as your surgeon may work with the assistance of a robot to place the new joint to give provide a more natural feel once you are up and around again.
Hip and knee replacement patients typically are walking within a couple hours of their surgery and go home the same day. Norton Orthopedic Institute surgeons pioneered a technique for hip replacement that allows surgeons to access the diseased joint from the front, rather than the conventional approach through the back that led to more muscle injury, longer hospital stays and longer recoveries.
Additional orthopedic procedures include arthroscopic surgery ‑ a minimally invasive technique to repair soft-tissue injuries through tiny incisions. This procedure is common for knee and shoulder injuries.
Common arm and hand orthopedic procedures performed at Norton Louisville Arm & Hand relieve carpal tunnel syndrome and release trigger finger.
Back surgery is performed by the specialists at Norton Leatherman Spine, who have a worldwide reputation for excellence in treating a broad range of conditions that cause back and neck pain.
Nonsurgical Orthopedic Procedures
Hip or knee replacement surgery isn’t right for everyone. Increasingly, Norton Orthopedic Institute specialists find that exercise, physical therapy and weight loss can be effective treatments for hip or knee osteoarthritis. Even after physical therapy treatments stop, the benefits can last up to nine months. Such therapies, combined with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen, can help many patients relief from arthritis pain without surgery.
Narcotics to treat hip or knee osteoarthritis carry high risks and in several studies appear ineffective compared with other medications at reducing pain and improving your ability to get around.
Many patients have found significant relief from hyaluronic acid injections, though insurance plans may not cover the procedure. The injections need to be repeated every six months.
Steroid injections can help knee osteoarthritis, with benefits lasting about three months.
While some providers claim success from stem cell therapy for hip or knee osteoarthritis, there is no evidence supporting the treatment’s effectiveness, and costs can be high.