Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery in Ayer, MA
Patients in Ayer and the Nashoba Valley Region don’t need to travel far to receive the highest quality sports medicine and orthopedic services in Massachusetts. They can trust the dedicated and experienced orthopedic specialists at Nashoba Valley Medical Center to provide comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic care and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, including complex joint replacement surgery.
Whether you were injured playing sports or on the job, our orthopedic, sports medicine and physical therapy experts can provide thorough diagnostic and imaging services as well as non-invasive and surgical orthopedic treatment options to help you get back on the field or to work.
What Are Orthopedic Specialists?
Orthopedists deal with all things related to the body’s musculoskeletal system, including treating defects, diseases and injuries. Our orthopedic team excels at accurately diagnosing and treating a wide range of joint, tendon, ligament and skeletal problems. We pride ourselves on the expert skill of our board-certified orthopedic surgeons but also have a team skilled in the development of non-invasive rehabilitation and physical therapy treatment plans.
Conditions We Treat:
- Fractures and sprains
- Joint pain, arthritis and osteoarthritis
- ACL tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Knee ligament injuries
- Knee cartilage injuries
Services We Offer:
- Knee Replacements
- Hip Replacements
- Interventional Treatments
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Joint Injections
- Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy for Orthopedic Injuries
Surgery is often the last resort for many patients who are struggling with back pain, osteoarthritis or have suffered a sports or workplace injury. Our orthopedic team works closely with our physical therapy specialists to develop individualized treatment programs intended to relieve pain, improve mobility and restore function.
We also help educate patients on techniques and ongoing exercise they can use to prevent the same or similar injuries from recurring.
Cutting-Edge Minimally Invasive Surgical Solutions
Our orthopedic surgeons utilize advanced surgical technology to reduce surrounding tissue damage, improve recovery times and minimize surgical scarring. Many of these state-of-the-art surgical procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, so you will be able to go home the same day your procedure is performed.
How Does Minimally Invasive Surgery Work?
A very small camera, called an endoscope, is threaded through a small incision near the surgical site. The endoscope will allow your orthopedic surgeon to clearly visualize the joint or treatment area on a plasma screen monitor in the surgical suite. The surgeon will make additional small incisions, often referred to as keyhole incisions, through which they pass small surgical instruments.
Orthopedic surgeons trained in endoscopic surgery can perform an array of surgical procedures using small instruments, providing a significant leap forward in patient experiences and results.
The outpatient nature of these procedures means patients who undergo minimally invasive surgeries require a much shorter hospital stay, and the small incisions result in less blood loss, lower infection risk, faster recovery and reduced scarring.
Not every orthopedic surgery can be performed endoscopically, especially more complex total joint replacement surgeries. If you require orthopedic surgery in Ayer, MA, contact the specialists at Nashoba Valley Medical Center by calling 978-784-9990.
Paul P. Harasimowicz, MD
Stephen L. Simpson, MD
Elisabeth Gennis, MD