Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Beck earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, graduated from Medical School at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Internship and Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Texas - Houston. Possessing a strong interest in sports medicine and having developed a sports medicine program in Spirit Lake, IA, Dr. Beck is directing the Richland Sports Medicine Program.
Dr. Thomas Beck’s expertise has made it possible for patients to receive state-of-the-art orthopedic procedures close to home. “The best option for the patient is always the basis for decisions made regarding treatments,” Dr. Beck said.
Dr. Beck has been using the Oxford™ Uni-compartmental Knee System as an alternative to total knee replacement surgery. Unlike total knee replacement involving removal of all the knee joint surfaces, a uni-compartmental knee replacement replaces only the damaged portion of the knee joint. According to Dr. Beck, “Sometimes arthritis affects one side of a knee joint and the other side can remain healthy. So, it just makes sense to leave the healthy portion alone and resurface only the damaged side. The Oxford™ Knee can save the healthy knee structures, encouraging normal knee motion and function.”
In the Oxford™ Uni-compartmental knee, the meniscal bearing is not fixed to the tibial component. It is free to move as the knee moves, limiting the forces on the implant that may later lead to loosening. And, with the use of the Oxford™ surgical instruments and Dr. Beck’s minimally invasive techniques, the operation can be performed through a small incision. Because only less tissue is removed, patients are likely to heal quicker and experience less pain.
“My first patient went home in 2 days, was off crutches in 3 ½ weeks, and had quadriceps muscle function recovery in a fraction of the time as compared to patients with total knee replacements,” Dr. Beck said.
Even though this procedure is very enticing to patients, it is not always possible. According to Dr. Beck, potential patients have to go through a thorough exam, including complete x-rays to determine if the Oxford™ Uni-compartmental Knee is the best choice.
Another state-of-the-art procedure that Dr. Beck performs uses a special shoulder implant on patients who might not have been able to be treated without it. Depending on the severity of osteoporosis, the ability to treat a severe shoulder fracture can be hampered if the bone is very frail. If the bone cannot remain intact to support the screws placed in the bone to repair the fracture, success is unlikely.
“Prior to this new technology, some osteoporotic shoulder fractures could not be adequately repaired,” Dr. Thomas Beck, Orthopedic Surgeon at The Richland Hospital in Richland Center, Wisconsin said. “The increasing age of our population and the increasing number of patients with osteoporotic fractures, make new technology like the one used in this procedure very important,” he said.
Dr. Beck and his family live in rural Richland Center. He is active in their school activities, and interests. You will often see him on the sidelines at area sporting events.
Dr. Beck is available for appointments, Monday through Friday. Check with your insurance if you need a referral, from a primary care physician.
Dr Beck's practice includes most areas of bone and joint repair and treatment.