Richland Hospital Orthopedic Department


Orthopedics is a medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and diseases of your body’s musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves, which allow you to move, work and be active.

A common myth about orthopedics is that once a patient is referred to an orthopedic surgeon, surgery is the inevitable avenue of treatment. In reality, Richland Hospital’s Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Beck, utilizes a variety of methods to treat injuries and diseases. These methods include: medication, exercise, therapy, or lifestyle changes. Only when it is the best strategy for the patient, is surgery recommended.

Your health is our number one concern at the Richland Hospital. From treating children with broken bones, to treating sports-related injuries, to performing complex joint replacements, Dr. Thomas Beck offers a broad range of surgical and non-surgical techniques. Dr. Beck brings you the latest advancements in comprehensive orthopedic care, including the new Anterior (Front) Hip Replacement Procedure. If you suspect that you have an orthopedic problem, make an appointment to get evaluated. Early diagnosis and treatment is associated with the best outcomes.

The following video includes several patient stories, including that of Richland Center resident Marie Rakow whose knee replacement surgery was performed by Richland Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Thomas Beck.

Read more about The Road to Becoming Dr. Beck

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View a list of available Orthopedic Services below.

Orthopedic Surgery – Helping You Live the Live You Desire

People are motivated by different goals when scheduling orthopedic surgery. Whether you want relief from pain, miss walking the golf course, or simply want to return to a life of greater mobility – Dr. Beck and the Richland Hospital are here to help.

The Richland Hospital is set-up with state of the art equipment to care for a wide range of patients. From pre-op, to surgery, to post-op, to inpatient care, to outpatient care, and therapy; we have you covered.

If you have orthopedic surgery with Dr. Beck, your after surgery care will be on the Medical/Surgical Unit. There, nurses and physical therapists will work very hard to help with your recovery and at times provide care for an extended stay for physical therapy. Our inpatient units have a variety of care levels available including intensive care, acute care, surgical day care with an overnight stay, observation care and skilled care for therapy depending on our patient’s needs. Our goal is to help you through the hospitalization period and prepare you for potential needs after discharge.

Important aspects of care for orthopedic patients are adequate nutrition and rest, pain control, progress with therapy sessions, safety for mobility, medication administration and teaching. Healing takes time and goals may be both short term and long term, but we are here for you, ready to help you get back to living the life you desire.

Orthopedic Services Available at Richland Hospital

Dr Beck’s New Answer for Hip Pain & Arthritis

Richland Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Thomas Beck is one of a few surgeons in Southwest Wisconsin who perform a new type of hip replacement surgery that offers quicker recovery time and much less pain.

What makes Dr. Beck’s hip replacement surgery different? Other orthopedic surgeons make an incision on the patient’s side (lateral) or back (posterior) for hip replacement surgery. Large muscles and tendons must be cut to get to the hip joint. Much of the ensuing pain, restrictions and long recovery times are due to cutting those big muscles and tendons. Dislocation is a bigger concern because severed muscles and tendons are not yet strong enough to prevent it.

Dr. Beck uses the anterior approach. He starts with a smaller incision on the front (anterior) side of your hip and then works between your muscles and tendons. He does not cut your muscles or tendons to get to your hip joint. Most people retain full muscle function and are able to get up and move around the same day they have surgery. Dislocations are not as likely, therefore restrictions are fewer following Dr. Beck’s hip replacement surgeries.

Patients who have undergone anterior hip replacement surgery with Dr. Beck report that the post-operative pain and discomfort is much less than traditional approaches. In addition, their recovery is much quicker and their return to normal activity sooner.

What to Expect With Your Orthopedic Surgery

The Outpatient Department at the Richland Hospital is a source of education for orthopedic patients. A registered nurse meets with total knee and total hip replacement patients the day before their surgery. The nurse begins the admission assessment and discusses what you can expect before and after your surgery.

The materials used by our outpatient staff are created by Dr. Beck and the Richland Hospital Orthopedic Team. A member of your orthopedic team will go over the materials and talk with you about what to expect.

Thumbnail view of Knee Replacement Surgery Guide booklet

Thumbnail view of Hip Replacement Surgery Guide booklet

Open pdf guide to Hip Replacement Surgery
Open pdf guide to Knee Replacement Surgery

In addition to joint replacement patients, anyone who is scheduled to leave the hospital with a same-day orthopedic procedure is admitted in the outpatient department. Our patients tell us that the teaching materials and learning what to expect after discharge is very helpful.


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