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Dr. Doug Lowery, Now Using Groundbreaking Technology for Guided Personalized Shoulder Replacement Surgeries

Evansville, Indiana – Doug Lowery MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates is now using new technology to offer guided personalized surgery for shoulder replacements in the area.

ExactechGPS® Guided Personalized Surgery is the latest advancement in technology that provides surgeons with real-time visual guidance and alignment data in total shoulder surgery.

Similar to a navigation device in your car, this advanced platform provides a visual map of the patient’s joint on a screen, allowing surgeons to combine preoperative planning with intraoperative computer-assisted technology, to perform implant alignment relative to the patient’s needs.

Dr. Lowery feels the technology is a great improvement over traditional techniques, stating: “A computerized plan combined with the computer-guided real-time information during surgery gives precision and accuracy to every step of the surgical process.”

ExactechGPS combines surgeon expertise with an advanced computer system to perform the patient’s shoulder surgery with a goal of improved accuracy and precision. Personalized for a patient’s unique bone structure and anatomy, ExactechGPS is designed to allow surgeons to decide where to remove bone and place the shoulder implant in the optimal position.

The technology’s preoperative planning tool allows surgeons to plan their cases in advance of the surgery through a virtual simulation. Surgeons can then execute their plan in real time during the surgery based on a 3-D anatomical model of the patient’s shoulder, making adjustments as needed.

“Shoulder navigation technology allows the surgeon to plan and implement placement of the shoulder in real time. The 3D video tracking technology allows me to precisely place the components in an optimal position which is individual for each patient.” said Dr. Lowery.

Combined with the Equinoxe® Shoulder System which has demonstrated excellent biomechanics and outcomes in its more than 10 years of use1, surgeons are able to have the best of both worlds – a proven implant foundation1 with today’s most modern surgical technologies.

Dr. Lowery has been teaching surgeons shoulder replacement techniques for over a decade in lab and lecture series across the country.  Dr. Lowery welcomes candidates for navigated shoulder technology exclusively at Orthopaedic Associates.

For more information about or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Doug Lowery, call (812) 424-9291 or visit https://oaevansville.com/douglas-j-lowery-m-d/.

Additional information about the technology can be found at www.ExactechGPS.com. Orthopaedic Associates (OA) is an independently owned and operated, full-service orthopaedic center. For over 75 years, OA and its 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.

Regional Politicians Come to Celebrate OA Being the First Net-Zero Medical Facility in Indiana

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, Congressman Larry Bucshon, and Senator Mike Braun to Attend Solar Array Ribbon Cutting

[Newburgh, Indiana, May 28th] Orthopaedic Associates will soon become the only healthcare facility in Indiana to have net-zero energy usage. The surgical practice has completed a 540kW solar array disguised as a parking canopy at 10455 Orthopaedic Drive Newburgh, IN. This project is one of the many ways that we are working to keep healthcare costs at a minimum for providers and patients. Orthopaedic Associates will be hosting an event on June 5th, 11:00am that will feature several regional politicians to help us celebrate this long term investment in going green. 

Leading Orthopaedic practice in Southern Indiana first medical practice in Indiana to become net-zero

“The progressive and proactive approach Orthopaedic Associates has historically taken clinically has always been a source of pride to me. This solar project is a true reflection of the culture here” stated Derek Shelton, the Clinical Operations Officer. Orthopaedic Associates takes pride in being a forward-thinking practice and the new solar array is an investment that will benefit the future of the company as well as the healthcare industry for many years to come. 

Orthopaedic Associates invests in solar energy as part of its long-term plan for patient care

The event is scheduled for June 5th at 10455 Orthopaedic Drive Newburgh, IN. Media interviews will start at 10:45 with the ribbon cutting ceremony following at 11:00. The ceremony will include speeches from Jerry Blanton, the Chief Executive Officer at Orthopaedic Associates, Dennis Beck MD, Orthopaedic Associates President, as well as Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, Congressman Larry Bucshon, and Senator Mike Braun. 

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Orthopedic practice based in Evansville, IN plans for the future of patient care

Orthopaedic Associates is a mid-size Orthopaedic practice based in Evansville, Indiana with 5 offices across Indiana and Kentucky. It is the area’s longest established group of Orthopaedic surgeons, advanced practice providers and healthcare professionals. For over 75 years, patients, athletes and medical experts across the region have trusted OA’s expertise and care.

OA Ensures Its Staff Members Are Financially Secure Through Coronavirus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Today at 4:00 pm the CEO of Orthopaedic Associates, a mid-size Orthopaedic practice in Evansville, Indiana, announced to the entire staff via a video chat called late in the day that, even though the staff is working abbreviated hours during this Coronavirus pandemic, each staff member will be paid at his/her full base pay as if he/she is working at full normal work hours. 

According to CEO, Jerry Blanton, at this afternoon’s announcement to staff, all OA employees, regardless of their position and numbers of hours worked all regular full-time staff, “will be paid 40 hours’ per week full base pay starting this Friday for as long as we can.”

“We don’t want our people hurting.” That’s what the board of surgeons that own Orthopaedic Associates (OA) in Evansville, Indiana said during their board meeting earlier today. The surgeons that make up the board are: 

Dr. James Goris, Dr. Douglas Lowery ,Dr. Dennis Beck ,Dr. Gary Moore ,Dr. Robert Vraney ,Dr. Daniel Emerson

Dr. David King, Dr. Anthony Czaplicki, Dr. Isaac Fehrenbacher, Dr. Aaron Mull, Dr. Phillip Richardson

They immediately took action to help their staff get through the chaos and financial uncertainty of the Coronavirus.

Like many other organizations feeling the effects of the Corona virus, OA’s staff have been working abbreviated hours. 

Making sure the people that work at OA, no matter their position, are going to be financially ok was a top priority at a recent board meeting of the board group of surgeons and the CEO. 

Orthopaedic Associates is a mid-size Orthopaedic practice based in Evansville, Indiana with 5 offices in two states.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic hand surgeon, joining OA in August. His early Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedics 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 Orthopaedic 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 Deaconess Henderson 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

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