Getting you back to what moves you.

At CHI Health, it’s your passions that drive us to provide the region’s best orthopedic care. From surgical specialists to rehab experts, we’re ready to get you back to doing what you love most.

No matter what kind of pain you’re living with, our team of orthopedic specialists is ready to help end it.

Shoulder Pain

As the third leading cause of orthopedic disability, shoulder pain can be debilitating. It doesn’t have to be. Let us show you options – from physical therapy or medications to complete shoulder replacement.

Knee & Hip Pain

Through a highly personalized program of pre- and post-operative education, specialized treatment, and active therapy, we’re getting knee and hip patients back to enjoying their normal lifestyles.

Joint Pain

Whether it’s chronic arthritis or the aggravation of tendonitis, no one should have to live with joint pain. Our specialists can show you a variety of options that can relieve or end your everyday pain.

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Saving Logan’s season

With a girls’ basketball state championship on the line, Millard West junior Logan Black turned to CHI Health’s orthopedic specialists to fast track her knee injury. Read how our team approach brought together physicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists to get Logan back in the game.

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Pain comes in many forms.

That’s why we have a specialized team for every single one of them.

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Elbow

Hip

Knee

Hand & Wrist

Foot & Ankle

Orthopedic Trauma

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Meet Our Providers

Specialized experts for specialized care.

Our orthopedic professionals specialize in all orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems. Their years of training and experience allow us to provide the entire spectrum of orthopedic care – from inpatient surgery to outpatient procedures and rehabilitation.

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Meet Paul Watson, MD

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Meet Brian Conroy, MD

The Region’s Most Advanced Rehabilitation Centers.

When rehabilitation is needed after an injury, CHI Health is expertly equipped to help you fully recover. Every rehabilitation care therapist is a medically trained, licensed professional with expertise in all subspecialties of physical therapy. And with 13 outpatient rehabilitation facilities in the Omaha area, you’re never far from expert care.

Frequent questions our patients ask us about orthopedics.

What are the most common orthopedic surgeries?

KNEE REPLACEMENT – Sometimes called arthroplasty, knee replacement is a surgical procedure to resurface a damaged knee, using metal and plastic components. Typical patients are often seeking relief from a severe knee injury or arthritis pain.

HIP REPLACEMENT – This is a surgical procedure in which a worn, painful hip joint – usually due to arthritis – is replaced with a metal and plastic artificial joint.

SHOULDER REPLACEMENT – Like knee and hip replacement, shoulder replacement uses metal- and plastic-lined components to replace worn bone areas.

CARPEL TUNNEL RELEASE – This is a surgical procedure that treats and hopefully heals carpel tunnel syndrome, which is a numbing, tingling or painful weakness in the hands due to pressure on the median nerve in the wrist.

Is surgery always the only option or are there sometimes other alternatives?

At CHI Heath, our orthopedic teams look for what’s best for your personal health and lifestyle needs. Providing you with the best outcome means looking at all treatment options, including nonsurgical ones. Sometimes, medications may be prescribed. Other times, rehabilitation therapy may be needed. And when surgery is required, all of these options may be needed for your recovery.

Visit with your doctor and discuss which treatment options are best for you.

How long does hip replacement recovery take?

That said, recovery times always vary from one person to other. Age, physical condition, pain tolerance and many other factors play into recovery times. Also, it’s important to understand the difference between short-term and long-term recovery.

Short-term recovery covers the period of time immediately following surgery – your ability to get out of the hospital bed, be discharged and safely get around with a walker. Eventually, you’ll be able to walk without aids around the house, for example. The average short-term recovery period is four to six weeks.

Long-term recovery is the period in which your surgical wounds and soft tissues completely heal. Typical indicators of achieving long-term recovery are returning to work or normal daily activities. The average time for that is about six months.

Is physical therapy always necessary after orthopedic surgery?

To achieve the best possible outcome – and the fullest range of motion without pain – most patients undergo some type of physical rehabilitation. A qualified CHI Health physical therapist prepares a personalized program that will not only help speed your recovery but also help you achieve maximum range of normal motion.

As part of a fully integrated health care system, CHI Health patients not only have convenient access to many nearby rehabilitation facilities, but they also have access to other helpful services, including home health care, support groups, driver's assessment and rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, adaptive sports, and other programs that promote health and wellness.

How long does a joint replacement last?

Of course, many variables play into how long you can expect a joint replacement to last. According to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the failure rate for both hip and knee replacements is between 0.5-1.0 percent. In other words, if you have a total joint replaced today, you’d have a 90-95 percent chance that your joint will last 10 years and an 80-85 percent chance that it will last 20 years.

We have experience with all kinds of orthopedic surgery, but these are the most common:

KNEE REPLACEMENT – Sometimes called arthroplasty, knee replacement is a surgical procedure to resurface a damaged knee, using metal and plastic components. Typical patients are often seeking relief from a severe knee injury or arthritis pain.

HIP REPLACEMENT – This is a surgical procedure in which a worn, painful hip joint – usually due to arthritis – is replaced with a metal and plastic artificial joint.

SHOULDER REPLACEMENT – Like knee and hip replacement, shoulder replacement uses metal- and plastic-lined components to replace worn bone areas.

CARPEL TUNNEL RELEASE – This is a surgical procedure that treats and hopefully heals carpel tunnel syndrome, which is a numbing, tingling or painful weakness in the hands due to pressure on the median nerve in the wrist.

Surgery isn’t always the only option, but in some cases, it may be the best option.

At CHI Heath, our orthopedic teams look for what’s best for your personal health and lifestyle needs. Providing you with the best outcome means looking at all treatment options, including nonsurgical ones. Sometimes, medications may be prescribed. Other times, rehabilitation therapy may be needed. And when surgery is required, all of these options may be needed for your recovery.

Visit with your doctor and discuss which treatment options are best for you.

Typically, patients can expect to return to normal life activities within one to six months.

That said, recovery times always vary from one person to other. Age, physical condition, pain tolerance and many other factors play into recovery times. Also, it’s important to understand the difference between short-term and long-term recovery.

Short-term recovery covers the period of time immediately following surgery – your ability to get out of the hospital bed, be discharged and safely get around with a walker. Eventually, you’ll be able to walk without aids around the house, for example. The average short-term recovery period is four to six weeks.

Long-term recovery is the period in which your surgical wounds and soft tissues completely heal. Typical indicators of achieving long-term recovery are returning to work or normal daily activities. The average time for that is about six months.

Generally, yes. Physical therapy is an important step in returning to your normal activities.

To achieve the best possible outcome – and the fullest range of motion without pain – most patients undergo some type of physical rehabilitation. A qualified CHI Health physical therapist prepares a personalized program that will not only help speed your recovery but also help you achieve maximum range of normal motion.

As part of a fully integrated health care system, CHI Health patients not only have convenient access to many nearby rehabilitation facilities, but they also have access to other helpful services, including home health care, support groups, driver's assessment and rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, adaptive sports, and other programs that promote health and wellness.

Most joints replacements will last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.

Of course, many variables play into how long you can expect a joint replacement to last. According to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the failure rate for both hip and knee replacements is between 0.5-1.0 percent. In other words, if you have a total joint replaced today, you’d have a 90-95 percent chance that your joint will last 10 years and an 80-85 percent chance that it will last 20 years.

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