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Published on April 27, 2017

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What Enhanced Orthopedic Services Mean for You

The hoopla of March Madness is again in the books, and I was among those who reveled while watching those young men and women compete with all they had, game after game.

Regardless of how their seasons ended, I’d be willing to bet that all the players and coaches are making use of today to improve for tomorrow and reach for next year’s “Big Dance.”

That’s what good teams aim to do: improve constantly in a world full of changes.

Avera Health is no stranger to this idea. In fact, we’re adding to the robust services we offer with an important and innovative approach that will help you when the unexpected strikes and you find yourself with a broken leg, a torn knee ligament or other orthopedic concern.

Avera is the first in our city and state to offer fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeons available 24/7 for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, and our emergency departments at the hospital and Avera Medical Group Family Health Center on Marion Road.

Michael Devish, DO, joined us in March, and we recently welcomed Aaron Pemberton, MD, as part of our orthopedic team. Trauma surgeons offer the focused skills you need most when you or someone you love suffers a trauma with possible broken bones.

In the past, conventional medical wisdom said that if you broke your leg while shooting hoops with your buddies, the best approach was to splint it, or put on a cast, and then wait while the swelling went down. Then if you needed surgical treatment, we’d make that appointment.

Now, if you need it, our orthopedic team can get you to surgery right away, sometimes before the swelling occurs. They can address your injury, from a simple broken bone in your leg to a complicated, multi-fractured hip. This expert care can allow for earlier intervention, which in turn may lessen recovery time, reduce pain and discomfort and get you back on your feet.

The addition of these talented surgeons frees other orthopedic surgeons to handle more day-to-day care, including office visits and elective surgeries. We’re adding more subspecialists, too, in sports medicine, joint care and podiatry as well as a wrist and hand expert. We had hoped to recruit 10 orthopedic specialists in about three years, but already have added seven.

As a health care leader throughout our region, and we hope our recent additions and innovations to our orthopedic services show you we’re never going to accept good enough.

We’re going to keep on working to improve, every day.

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

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