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Orthopaedic Associates Spine Surgeon First in Region to Perform Motion Preserving Spine Surgery Using the activL® Artificial Disc

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Orthopaedic Associates Spine Surgeon First in Region to Perform Motion Preserving Spine Surgery Using the activL® Artificial Disc

Robert Vraney, MD’s, Novel Procedure Gives Active Patients Suffering from Degenerative Disc Disease Hope for an End to Chronic Pain, Narcotic Dependency and Return to Work

Evansville, IN – March 13, 2019 – Orthopaedic Associates announced today the successful implantation of a new artificial spinal disc replacement device to address chronic low back pain caused by Degenerative Disc Disease in a Western Kentucky resident by Robert Vraney, MD of Orthopaedic Associates. Vraney is the first spine surgeon in Southern Indiana to perform this innovative surgery using the Aesculap Implant Systems (Center Valley, PA) activL® Artificial Disc. In contrast with other treatments such as spinal fusion, the activL Artificial Disc is designed to more closely mirror the natural movement of the healthy human spine following surgery.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) and chronic low back pain are one of the most common reasons for lost work time in the United States, second only to the common cold. Injuries that lead to low back surgery are also associated with high rates of narcotic dependency. “The Level one evidence shows that two in three chronic low back pain sufferers are narcotic dependent by the time of their surgery and 30% are out of work,” said Vraney.  Vraney, who recognized the patient and societal benefits of motion preservation procedures, like the one using the activL Artificial Disc, early in their introduction, focuses on getting his patients back to a narcotic-free quality life.

“I have been an early adopter of motion preserving procedures because I have seen the value in both my own patients as well as in the academic literature,” said Robert Vraney, MD. “Based on outcomes from the activL Artificial Disc clinical trial, I believe that the activL Artificial Disc represents the next generation of spinal disc replacement technology. For my younger, more active, patients sometimes it does not make sense to do a spinal fusion.” Fusions have been associated with causing patients with DDD to start experiencing pain at levels adjacent to their initial fusion several years after their surgery. In clinical studies, patients who received a lumbar artificial disc were three times less likely to have adjacent level problems five years after their procedure than patients who received a fusion. “Lumbar total disc replacement is now considered a standard of care for DDD sufferers,” said Vraney.

The literature supports that within six-months of lumbar artificial disc surgery more than 86% of DDD patients will go back to full-time employment without restrictions and because of their decreased pain and increased function will be able to stay off narcotics. “The activL trial found that 98.5% of lumbar disc patients are still narcotic free more than five years after surgery,” said Vraney.

Vraney performed the first surgery using the activL Artificial Disc in early February. “One month following my patient’s initial surgery she is doing well,” said Vraney. “I am confident as she continues to heal that she will greatly benefit from receiving this artificial disc.”

If you have chronic low back pain and are interested in understanding if you are a candidate for lumbar total disc replacement, contact Orthopaedic Associates to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Vraney at 812-424-9291.

About Orthopaedic Associates, Inc.

Orthopaedic Associates (OA) is an independently owned and operated, full-service orthopaedic center. For over 75 years, OA and their dedicated surgeons have provided comprehensive orthopaedic care–diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation–to residents of Southwestern Indiana and the surrounding communities. Specialty areas include joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma, arthritis treatment, occupational injuries, microvascular and microneural reconstructive surgery, and arthroscopy.

About Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC

Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC, a B. Braun company, is part of a 175-year-old global organization focused on meeting the needs of the changing healthcare environment. Through close collaboration with its customers, Aesculap Implant Systems develops advanced spine and orthopaedic implant technologies to treat complex disorders of the spine, hip and knee.

Aesculap Implant Systems strives to deliver products and services that improve the quality of patients’ lives. For more information, call 800-234-9179 or visit aesculapimplantsystems.com.

Orthopaedic Associates names Clinical Operations Officer

For Immediate Release

February 7, 2019

Derek Shelton, Clinical Operations Officer

Evansville, Indiana – Orthopaedic Associates announces the promotion of Derek Shelton, APRN-BC to Clinical Operations Officer.  Shelton has been with Orthopaedic Associates for eight years as a Nurse Practitioner, and brings with him an expertise in patient satisfaction, clinical operations, and team management.

The Clinical Operations Officer will manage and oversee the daily operations of the clinical practice with administration of clinical protocols, integration of clinical process with affiliate health systems, and Human Resource management of direct reports including Scribes, Clinical Assistants, Advanced Practice Providers, and Radiology Techs.

“As we’ve continued to grow over the last decade, we realized a senior level position was needed to help our staff stay focused on patient care and positive outcomes,” says Jerry Blanton, Chief Executive Officer at Orthopaedic Associates.  “Derek’s background as a provider allows him an important perspective on maximizing patient experience, with efficiency and consistency.”

Shelton completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at University of Southern Indiana.  He is completing his Doctor of Nursing Practice from Murray State University.

“I’m looking forward to taking on this new role at Orthopaedic Associates,” says Shelton.
“This organization, its people, our patients have become like family over the past several years and I’m excited to continue my career with such a great team.”

Orthopaedic Associates (OA) is an independently owned and operated, full-service orthopaedic center. For over 75 years, OA and their dedicated surgeons have provided comprehensive orthopaedic care–diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation–to residents of Southwestern Indiana and the surrounding communities. Specialty areas include joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma, arthritis treatment, occupational injuries, microvascular and microneural reconstructive surgery, and arthroscopy.

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Orthopaedic Associates Hires New Surgeons

Evansville, Indiana – Orthopaedic Associates announced that Aaron B. Mull, MD and Braden K. Jones, MD have joined the group of orthopaedic specialty providers with six offices in the greater Evansville, Indiana area.  Drs. Mull and Jones are now accepting patients.

Dr. Mull is a Board-Eligible and fellowship trained reconstructive hand surgeon, treating both hand/wrist ailments, but also a variety of conditions that affect the entire body, including scar revision or complex microsurgery.  Originally from New Albany, Indiana, he earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.  He did a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital and an Orthopaedic Hand Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

“I have a special interest in reconstructive hand surgery,” Mull said.  “This means I have undergone training in both reconstructive plastic surgery and an orthopaedic hand fellowship which has given me a well-rounded understanding of complex problems of the arm, wrist and hand, allowing me to treat various ailments from arthritis to peripheral nerve injuries.”

Dr. Jones joins Orthopaedic Associates with a diverse range of experience and a special interest in orthopaedic surgery for a wide range of conditions.  A native of southern Illinois, Dr. Jones played football at Southern Illinois and professional football for the Minnesota Vikings, before moving on to a career in medicine and orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Florida. He has extensive training in treating sports related injuries of the shoulder and knee using minimally invasive techniques, partial and total knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder replacement, and adult and pediatric fracture care of the upper and lower extremities.

Dr. Jones will take call for Deaconess Hospital System, providing coverage with a team of orthopaedic surgeons for the Level II Trauma Center.  Dr. Mull will assist Dr. David King and Dr. Matthew Drake in providing coverage for the hand traumas that come into the Deaconess Regional Trauma Center.

Orthopaedic Associates (OA) is an independently owned and operated, full-service orthopaedic center. For over 75 years, OA and their dedicated surgeons have provided comprehensive orthopaedic care–diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation–to residents of Southwestern Indiana and the surrounding communities. Specialty areas include joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma, arthritis treatment, occupational injuries, microvascular and microneural reconstructive surgery, and arthroscopy.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones or Dr. Mull, please call 812-424-9291.

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Two new doctors join Orthopaedic Associates

Two new doctors join Orthopaedic Associates

Evansville, Indiana – Two new orthopedic physicians are practicing in the Evansville region as Orthopaedic Associates (OA) continues a growing trend. Just three months after opening Immediate Ortho Care at the Orthopedic and Neuroscience Hospital at Deaconess Gateway, bringing an unprecedented level of acute injury care to the area, OA announces two new doctors have joined the practice.

In July, David M. Hirschi, III, M.D. began seeing patients.  Dr. Hirschi is a primary care sports medicine provider who will serve as the anchor at Immediate Ortho Care. He completed advanced training at Utah Valley Sports Medicine Fellowship after finishing medical school.  His experience allows him the expertise to see patients with acute injuries including severe breaks, dislocations, lacerations and amputations in an urgent care setting.

“We can keep patients out of the ER,” said Hirschi.  “If you don’t need an ambulance, we can see you at Immediate Ortho Care, and you’ll be treated by a specialist the first time with a shorter wait and a lower cost.”

His focused training on sports medicine allows him additional specialization in musculoskeletal radiology, ultrasound guided injections, ultrasound diagnostic exams, platelet rich plasma (PRP), percutaneous tenotomy, viscous supplementation, compartment testing. concussion testing, laceration repairs, dislocation reduction, and fracture reductions including hematoma blocks.

Matthew Drake, MD is a board-certified orthopedic hand surgeon, joining OA in August. His early orthopedic career was spent in the US Army where he completed his residency and fellowship training. His 14 years in the Army were highlighted by two overseas tours in Iraq, and the privilege of caring for our wounded service members. Dr. Drake gained great experience in managing highly complex traumatic injuries sustained in overseas conflicts.

Dr. Drake is an expert in problems of the hand and upper extremity. He manages a full spectrum of conditions ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to complex limb reconstruction after trauma in all age groups. He listens to every patient carefully to gain an understanding of individual needs, and then develops a tailored treatment plan. He enjoys involving the patient and his team in every step of the decision-making process to help patients achieve their desired goals.

Two additional orthopaedic surgeons will join OA this fall.  In order to continue to offer patients specialized bone and joint care, Dr. Braden Jones will begin practicing with OA in September.  He will focus on general orthopedics and serve primarily the Henderson, Kentucky area out of the office on Starlite Drive.

Dr. Aaron Mull is a reconstructive hand surgeon, who will round out the specialized hand surgeon team at OA.  His background in plastics with a focus on microvascular reconstruction will be an excellent addition to the bone and joint experts currently seeing patients.

Orthopaedic Associates (OA) is an independently owned and operated, full-service orthopaedic center. For over 75 years, OA and their dedicated surgeons have provided comprehensive orthopaedic care–diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation–to residents of Southwestern Indiana and the surrounding communities. Specialty areas include joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma, arthritis treatment, occupational injuries, microvascular and microneural reconstructive surgery, and arthroscopy.

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Orthopaedic Associates Hires Two Surgeons

For Immediate Release

September 21, 2017

Evansville, IN – Orthopaedic Associates proudly welcomes two new fellowship trained surgeons, Phillip Richardson, DPM and Charlotte Orr, MD, to the practice.  Dr. Richardson is a reconstructive podiatric surgeon and will see patients for foot and ankle pain.  Dr. Charlotte Orr is a fellowship trained trauma surgeon and joins the trauma team.

Dr. Richardson joined the practice in August.  He completed his fellowship at Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine where he received comprehensive reconstructive training, including primary and revision ankle joint replacement. Prior to obtaining his fellowship training, Dr. Richardson completed his podiatric surgical residency in the Department of Orthopedics at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his residency, Dr. Richardson received extensive training in orthopedic surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, emergency and internal medicine, infectious disease, diabetic limb salvage, and burn trauma.

Dr. Orr joined Orthopaedic Associates in September and sees patients with our trauma team.  She completed her trauma fellowship at OrthoIndy in Indianapolis, Indiana.   Dr. Orr completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at University of New Mexico and earned her Doctor of Medicine with High Distinction from University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She has also held teaching positions at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.   Dr. Orr is board certified with a special interest in periarticular fractures.

Dr. Orr joins two other fellowship trained trauma surgeons.  Orthopaedic Associates trauma team covers the orthopaedic trauma call for Deaconess Hospital System and serves Gibson General Hospital in Princeton, Indiana and Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky.  Together, with Dr. Dennis Beck and Dr. Isaac Fehrenbacher, they make up the only trauma team in the region with exclusively fellowship trained trauma surgeons.

Orthopaedic Associates (OA) is an independently owned and operated, full-service orthopaedic center. For over 75 years, OA and their dedicated surgeons have provided comprehensive orthopaedic care–diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation–to residents of Southwestern Indiana and the surrounding communities. Specialty areas include joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma, arthritis treatment, occupational injuries, microvascular and microneural reconstructive surgery, and arthroscopy

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Join us for a Starlite Block Party on Saturday, May 20th

HENDERSON, KY – The Starlite Drive businesses are hosting their second annual Block Party on Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon. The community is invited to visit each of the businesses located on Starlite Drive, just off Hwy 60 E. in Henderson, for games, tours, demonstrations, giveaways, and fire trucks!

 

The event is free and open to the public and a great way for families to learn more about the health care, financial, and public service organizations located in this area.

 

Participating businesses (and their activities) include:

Orthopaedic Associates – casting demonstrations

OA Therapy

Deaconess Clinic Henderson – free hearing screening

Deaconess Urgent Care – free blood pressure screening

Starlite Smiles

Henderson Fire Station #3 – explore fire trucks and spray the fire hose

Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union – popcorn and a prize wheel

Orthopaedic Associates PA Receives National Recognition

Evansville, IN – Travis Farhar, PA-C, of Henderson, KY recently earned a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Orthopaedic Surgery from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

This designation provides recognition of having obtained advanced clinical training and skills in the specialty area of orthopaedic surgery. He earned that distinction by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements, and then passing an exam in the specialty.

Farhar, who is employed by Orthopaedic Associates in Evansville, IN, is one of only 2 certified PAs in Kentucky and is the only certified PA in Indiana to achieve a CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery. Furthermore, he is one of only 131 certified PAs nationwide to earn the prestigious CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery since the inception of this new specialty credential in 2011.

“With the growing shortage of doctors, increases in patient populations and intensifying demand on our health care system, certified PAs are needed more now than ever,” said Pamela M. Dean, NCCPA’s acting president and CEO. “With the CAQ, PAs can more easily document their expertise and showcase their commitment to their profession and to their specialty.”

Certified PAs are licensed and certified health care professionals who practice medicine in partnership with one or more physicians and bring a breadth of knowledge and skills to patient care. Though their role in any particular workplace is determined in consultation with the supervising physician, certified PAs can take histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery, perform a variety of procedures, and write prescriptions.

For more information about certified PAs or the CAQ program, visit www.nccpa.net.

Orthopaedic Associates (OA) is an independently owned and operated, full-service orthopaedic center. For over 75 years, OA and their dedicated surgeons have provided comprehensive orthopaedic care–diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation–to residents of Southwestern Indiana and the surrounding communities. Specialty areas include joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma, arthritis treatment, occupational injuries, microvascular and microneural reconstructive surgery, and arthroscopy.

Travis Farhar, PA-C, OTD, OTR/L, CAQ
Travis Farhar, PA-C, OTD, OTR/L, CAQ

Gibson General Hospital partners with Orthopaedic Associates

Gibson General Hospital is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Orthopaedic Associates to provide orthopaedic services close to home for residents of Gibson County and surrounding communities.

The partnership establishes a new office, Orthopaedic Associates at Gibson General Hospital, which will be located on the second floor of the hospital, and brings two orthopaedic surgeons to the community’s medical staff—Dr. Dennis Beck and Dr. Daniel Emerson.

“We’re excited to partner with Orthopaedic Associates to resume services for those in need of orthopaedic care,” said Emmett Schuster, President & CEO of GGH. “Orthopaedic Associates is known for their expertise and high-quality care, and we’re proud to provide convenient access to their experienced surgeons.”

Dr. Beck will see patients at the new office every other Thursday beginning Dec. 8. He is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed his general surgery internship, orthopaedic surgery residency and orthopaedic trauma fellowship at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

He joined Orthopaedic Associates in 2003 and is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), and specializes in general orthopaedics and total joint replacement. He is one of the few surgeons in the area performing anterior hip replacement.

Dr. Emerson will see patients every other Wednesday beginning Dec. 14. He is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, WA.

He joined Orthopaedic Associates in 2011 and is board-certified with a subspecialty certificate in orthopaedic sports medicine by the ABOS. His interests include general orthopaedics, trauma, total joint replacement, shoulder and knee surgery and sports medicine.

Together, GGH and Orthopaedic Associates are also recruiting an orthopaedic surgeon to work full-time in the Gibson General Hospital office.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Gibson General Hospital to bring a higher level of orthopaedic care to the residents of Gibson County and the surrounding area,” said Jerry Blanton, Executive Director of Orthopaedic Associates. “We recognize the need for our services and the importance of seeing patients where they are, and we look forward to expanding on the quality health care services already available at Gibson General Hospital.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Beck or Dr. Emerson at the new Orthopaedic Associates at Gibson General Hospital, call 812-424-9291 or toll-free at 800-264-1208.

About Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopaedic Associates (OA) is an independently owned and operated, full-service orthopaedic center. For over 75 years, OA and their dedicated surgeons have provided comprehensive orthopaedic care–diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation–to residents of Southwestern Indiana and the surrounding communities. Specialty areas include joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma, arthritis treatment, occupational injuries, microvascular and microneural reconstructive surgery, and arthroscopy.

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Orthopaedic Associates Announces New Trauma Surgeon

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2016

Orthopaedic Associates Announces New Trauma Surgeon

Evansville, IN – Orthopaedic Associates is pleased to welcome trauma surgeon Isaac W. Fehrenbacher, MD to the practice.

Dr. Fehrenbacher will see patients at Orthopaedic Associates office in downtown Evansville, on Read Street. He will cover trauma and perform surgeries at Deaconess Hospital Main Campus, a Level II Trauma Center.

Dr. Fehrenbacher earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University before attending Medical School at Indiana University. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and an Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship in 2016 with IU Health Methodist Hospital.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Beyond trauma, his practice will focus on non-unions and deformity corrections and he looks forward to expanding his specialties to other practice areas.

He lives in Evansville with his wife Shely, who is a Family Practice Resident with the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program. They were married in March and are expecting their first child this spring. When Dr. Fehrenbacher is not caring for patients, his hobbies include working on cars and spending time in his garage. He enjoys motorsports and amateur racing, in addition to cooking, gardening snow skiing and biking.

While he is from Indianapolis, his family is from Evansville and he is excited to be practicing in the region. “My favorite memories were made right here in Evansville,” said Fehrenbacher. “My family’s farm in Posey County holds a special place in my heart, and we’re looking forward to starting a family of our own in Southern Indiana.”

Orthopaedic Associates (OA) is an independently owned and operated, full-service orthopaedic center. For over 75 years, OA and their dedicated surgeons have provided comprehensive orthopaedic care–diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation–to residents of Southwestern Indiana and the surrounding communities. Specialty areas include joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma, arthritis treatment, occupational injuries, microvascular and microneural reconstructive surgery, and arthroscopy.

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