Richland Hospital Orthopedics 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, and allows 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 including 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 to bring 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.
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.
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.
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.
Orthopedic Services Available at Richland Hospital Include:
- Cast Immobilization
- Functional Cast or Brace
- Surgical Fixation
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and Reconstruction
- Knee, Shoulder, Elbow, Ankle Arthroscopy
- Cartilage Repair, Transplant
- Ankle Instability Reconstruction
- Rotator Cuff Injury and Surgery
- Shoulder Instability and Reconstruction
- Elbow Loose Bodies and Spurs
- Elbow Epicondylitis and Surgery
- Total Hip Replacement
- A total hip arthoplasty (THA), also known as a total hip replacement, is a surgical treatment option for patients with hip pain and dysfunction. The hip joint may become severely worn by arthritis or other factors, making daily movement, such as walking and stair climbing, painful and difficult. When warranted, a THA may help to alleviate pain, increase strength/motion, and improve overall mobility. Patients should only consider a THA when other conservative treatments are no longer effective or when pain is severe enough to affect the quality of life and daily movement.
- Open pdf guide to Hip Replacement Surgery
- Partial & Total Knee Replacement
- Partial Knee Replacement – Richland Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Thomas Beck, performs partial knee replacements using the Oxford™ Uni-compartmental Knee System. “Sometimes arthritis affects one side of the knee and not the other,” Dr. Beck said. “Using the Oxford Knee, I can save the healthy knee structures and encourage normal knee motion and function. This procedure is less invasive, removing 75% less bone than a total knee replacement, making for a more rapid recovery.”
- Total Knee Replacement – Dr. Beck, utilizes the Signature™ System for knee replacement surgery which utilizes MRI technology to create custom guides for each patient’s knee replacement. “With the MRI, and Signature™ personalized positioning guides, I have access to a greater level of detail and precision for personalized implant positioning,” Dr. Beck said.
- Open pdf guide to Knee Replacement Surgery
- Resurfacing Shoulder Replacement & Locking Plate Technology
- Dr. Beck was the first orthopedic surgeon in Wisconsin to use the Stryker T2 Proximal Humeral Nail. He utilized the new technology to repair the fractured humeral head and neck in the shoulder of a patient suffering from osteoporosis.
- Shoulder Resurfacing – The traditional treatment for shoulder arthritis has been shoulder replacement, which involves removing large amounts of bone and implanting a sizeable stem, round ball, and plastic socket. Dr. Thomas Beck uses a special shoulder implant on patients who might not have been able to be treated without it. “In the past, depending on the severity of osteoporosis, the ability to treat a severe shoulder fracture was hampered if the bone was very frail,” he said. “If the bone could not remain intact to support the screws placed in the bone to repair the fracture, success was unlikely.” A recent development in the treatment of osteoporotic fractures is the locking plate and nail. These devices are much more secure in weakened osteoporotic bone. Dr. Beck uses the Copeland Resurfacing Device and resurfaces the existing arthritic bone with a metal cap. This saves a great deal of host bone, is less invasive, and has a quicker recovery.
- Avascular Necrosis
- Hip Dislocation
- High Tibial Osteotomy for Arthritis
- Knee Bracing
Foot and Ankle
- Heel Pain
- Ankle Injuries
- Ankle and Foot Sprains
- Posterior Tibial Tendon
- Dysfunction (Acquired Adult Flat Foot Deformity)