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MCJR Launches Pre-Op Program Jul 8th, 2020

Midwest Medical Services: Pre-Op Program Preoperative care is a vital piece of preparing for any joint replacement surgery. At MCJR, we do our best to understand your health history and mitigate any risks and complications that may arise. We also do our best to optimize every step of your journey,...

Meet Dr. Todd Bertrand Sep 24th, 2019

Dr. Todd Bertrand specializes in complex joint revisions, joint replacement, and orthopedic oncology. He is one of five orthopedic oncologists in Indiana, highly specialized in the treatment of bone tumors in both adults and children. Dr. Bertrand grew up in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, often helping out on his grandpa’s farm....

Patient Story: Meet Dick Jun 10th, 2019

Indianapolis resident Dick Lutin is a patient of Dr. Carter‘s who underwent hip replacement surgery in August 2018. Dick loves being outdoors and doing his favorite hobby — fossil hunting — with his two daughters. When he suffered an injury to his hip, he slowly lost the ability to stay active and...

Research findings: Partial knee replacement patients gain added range-of-motion Jan 30th, 2019

Our surgeons are experts in their field and they are always researching the latest in orthopedic discovery to improve patient outcomes. Recently, Dr. Berend presented research on the lateral partial knee replacement at the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Winter Meeting in Orlando, FL. His research found that patients who have had a lateral partial knee...

Treating Meniscus Tears Oct 25th, 2018

One of the most common causes of knee pain has nothing to do with your bones and everything to do with the cartilage around your knees. Meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries and they can happen at any age. Your knee joint is made up of three bones:...

Patient Story: Meet Patrice Oct 12th, 2018

Meet Patrice Goodwin, one of our dear patients who is a month shy of her two-year anniversary from getting a left total knee replacement – and she’s back to waterskiing! “Because of my limping and concern of hurting my hips I requested an appointment for knee replacement and [my doctor]...

MCJR Sponsors Mallow Run “Wine at the Line” Oct 1st, 2018

The MCJR team loves to get involved in our local community, and one of the ways we do that is by finding sponsorship opportunities around town. Wine at the Line This Saturday, September 29, the MCJR team helped sponsor Mallow Run Winery’s annual Wine at the Line 5K run/walk and...

What’s the Difference Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis? Jul 20th, 2018

Arthritis can appear in over 100 forms, but when people you know say they have arthritis, they likely mean they have either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. These two forms are the most common and affect people in varying degrees. While osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) produce similar symptoms, their origins and...

MCJR Sponsors YMCA 5K Run/Walk Jun 4th, 2018

The MCJR team loves to get involved in the community outside of the office. One way we do this is through sponsorships of local events and teams. We are dedicated to giving our time and resources to help our local community and spread the word about our mission. Latest Sponsorship:...

How Do I Know If I Have Arthritis? May 11th, 2018

It’s normal to feel aches and pains as you grow older, so when do you know it’s time to see a doctor? Arthritis is the leading cause of joint pain in adults, affecting one in five Americans. If you have any of these symptoms, it may be time to get checked out by a doctor. There...

Why Would I Choose a Partial Knee Replacement? Apr 11th, 2018

All three of our surgeons are specialists in the partial knee replacement. Because this procedure is fairly new, we always get a lot of questions about its effectiveness. Here are some of the main questions we hear about partial knee replacement surgery. What exactly is a partial knee replacement? Your...

Recovery from Surgery When You Live Alone Mar 28th, 2018

It’s been proven that people recover from surgery faster and have fewer complications when they get to recover in the comfort of their own homes from Day 1. Often, however, people ask us how they’ll manage recovery from surgery at home if they live alone. Have no fear! The American Academy...

Revision Joint Replacement Surgery Feb 13th, 2018

  Total joint replacements – especially hip replacements – are some of the most successful and effective surgeries out there. MCJR’s joint replacement successes are no different, with a 98% high patient satisfaction rate. Modern joint components are made to last upwards of 20 years, but if you begin to...

Can Cold Weather Affect your Arthritis? Jan 19th, 2018

People with arthritis often complain of heightened joint pain during the cold winter months or rainy seasons. This is seen as a myth by some, but studies show that weather changes actually can affect your joint pain. So if this frigid winter weather we’re experiencing is giving you fits, there’s...

What is Post-Traumatic Arthritis? Jan 4th, 2018

Most people may think arthritis develops primarily from a general wear-and-tear that age brings on your joints. Unfortunately, many people also develop arthritis months to years to decades after they’ve sustained an injury. This is known as post-traumatic arthritis. Post-traumatic arthritis makes up about 12% of knee, hip, and ankle osteoarthritis...

Caring for Arthritis During the Holidays Dec 1st, 2017

The holiday season is quickly upon us! Sweet treats, comfort foods, and holiday drinks are calling your name at every turn, and warm gatherings with family and friends cause for much celebration. However, the combination of cold weather and rich foods can make arthritis symptoms flare up. Here are some tips on...

Treating Avascular Necrosis Nov 17th, 2017

The main reason people need a joint replacement is from osteoarthritis, but there are other joint conditions that may require surgical attention, including one called avascular necrosis. While this condition is much rarer than arthritis, it is a serious condition that should be medically treated. What is avascular necrosis? Avascular necrosis, or...

Steroid Injections for Joint Pain Nov 3rd, 2017

Arthritis affects over 50 million people, which is 1 in 5 people over the age of 18. If you are part of that statistic, you know that the pain from arthritis can be debilitating. However, just because you have arthritis doesn’t mean you will need a joint replacement. There are a number of non-surgical ways...

Dealing with a Torn Achilles Tendon Sep 15th, 2017

What is a torn Achilles tendon? An Achilles tendon rupture, better known as a torn Achilles tendon, is a very common injury, but requires attention from a doctor. It occurs when the tendon connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone is severed or torn. Men are seven times more likely to...

What is hip bursitis? Aug 31st, 2017

Many people come into our clinic every day with chronic hip pain. While many of our patients have osteoarthritis and require a hip replacement or reconstructive surgery, others are diagnosed with the most common cause of hip pain – hip bursitis. What is hip bursitis? “Bursitis” means the inflammation of the bursae. So what are...

Meet Grant Foley, Executive Director Aug 10th, 2017

Meet Grant Foley, Executive Director Welcome the newest member of the MCJR team, Grant Foley, our Executive Director! Grant has 20 years of management experience in orthopedic physical therapy. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing at Marian University and an MBA in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan. Grant...

Outpatient joint replacement surgery benefits everyone involved Jul 14th, 2017

In recent years, physician research has shown that outpatient joint replacement surgery benefits everyone involved – from the patients to the physians and clinicians. Patients recover better when they return home after surgery, instead of staying in the hospital or a rehabilitation facility. Below is a summary of the data...

Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery Effective for Hip and Knee Patients May 5th, 2017

In years past, people in need of a joint replacement expected to stay immobile in a hospital for a week or more after their surgery. Recovery would be arduous, leaving many people stationary and off work for several months. Today, it’s a different story. Here at MCJR, over 60% of...

Smoking causes worse outcomes in joint replacement Apr 21st, 2017

Most people know that smoking can cause significant damage to a person’s lungs and heart – but did you know that smoking can also damage a person’s joints? Because of this, smoking causes worse outcomes in joint replacement surgery. Patients who fail to quit smoking before joint replacement surgery are...

Foot and Ankle Specialist seeing patients at MCJR Apr 14th, 2017

Meet Dr. Steven Herbst More than anything, MCJR is dedicated to making the healthcare experience more accessible and comforting for our patients. One of the ways we strive to do that is by meeting as many of your orthopedic needs as we can. Our MCJR surgeons specialize in hip and...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Management and Surgical Options Apr 7th, 2017

According to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH), carpal tunnel release is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States. It occurs in your hands when “the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist.”...

Upper extremity surgeon to see patients at MCJR Mar 24th, 2017

Meet Dr. Sebastian Peers We have some exciting news – MCJR is partnering with a hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder specialist, Dr. Peers, to see patients in our office! Dr. Peers is from Reconstructive Hand to Shoulder of Indiana (RHSI) in Carmel, but will begin to see patients out of our office several times...

MCJR featured in Faces of Indy Mar 16th, 2017

Faces of Indy: The Face of Outpatient Joint Replacement Indy’s local mag Indianapolis Monthly featured our Midwest Center for Joint Replacement surgeons in their second annual Faces of Indy publication. IM’s goal for publishing this edition every year is to feature the people behind some of the best businesses around town. Often, we forget to...

What is a Total Ankle Replacement? Mar 13th, 2017

Procedure: Total Ankle Replacement Although our ankles bear as much body weight as our knees, they are much less likely to develop osteoarthritis – 9 times less likely, in fact! This is in part because ankle cartilage is denser and tougher than knee cartilage. However, just like any joint, it is...

6 Myths about Joint Replacement Feb 16th, 2017

Avoiding a joint replacement? We’re here to debunk some of the most common myths we hear from our patients. MYTH #1: “A joint implant will only last me 10 years” FACT: There are a few reasons why a joint replacement may need to be revised, but the implant wearing out is...

Medical Missions Feb 10th, 2017

The week of January 21-29, Dr. Jackson and his nurse, Steve Spry went on a medical missions trip to El Salvador with Calvary Lutheran Church. The team set up medical clinics, built swing sets, and provided crafts for children. In total, they traveled with a team of locals to six...

Painful Joint Replacement? Jan 20th, 2017

Have you had a joint replacement and it’s been nothing but painful? Is your joint replacement years old and you’re worried it’s worn out? Just like hips and knees can “go bad” (arthritis) and require a joint replacement, hip and knee implants can “go bad” and need to be redone....

Write a Review! Jan 6th, 2017

We love to hear feedback about your experience at MCJR! If you are interested, write surgeon reviews online: Healthgrades.com: Type your physician’s name in the search box  Hit “Search”  Click “Take the Survey” and fill out as appropriate To read others’ reviews of your doctor, click “Responses” beside the stars...

Video: Watch an Anterior Hip Replacement Dec 23rd, 2016

Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement We provide the direct anterior approach (DAA) to the hip replacement here at MCJR. The DAA involves going around the muscles of the hip instead of splitting through them. Because of this, your hip is less likely to be dislocated and the recovery is less painful. Therefore,...

Rotator Cuff Tears and Repairs Dec 9th, 2016

The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles – the subscapularis, the supraspinatus, the teres minor, and the infraspinatus – that combine to form a “cuff” over the upper end of the arm, or the humerus. These muscles are what lift and rotate the arm and stabilize the ball of...

Early Symptoms of Knee Arthritis Nov 18th, 2016

If you’ve been having pain in your knees, but aren’t sure if it’s connected to arthritis, check for these warning signs: Increase in pain You may have a gradual increase in pain, especially in the morning or after a period of inactivity. Some people experience pain when they move from...

Aging Athletes: Exercise With or Without Joint Replacement Nov 4th, 2016

Baby boomers were the first American generation to make daily exercise a priority. Today, many aging athletes are defying the myth that you have to stop playing your favorite sport as you age. However, as much as they hate to admit, their aging bodies are not as elastic as they once...

Managing Diabetes and Osteoarthritis Oct 21st, 2016

Managing Diabetes and Osteoarthritis Although diabetes and osteoarthritis are independent conditions, they have been known to aggravate one another. It can be more difficult to manage your osteoarthritis pain when you have diabetes because your internal systems don’t operate as efficiently. However, controlling your osteoarthritis will in turn help stabilize your diabetes,...

Obesity is a Risk Factor for Osteoarthritis Sep 30th, 2016

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight or obese…and more than 1 in 3 of those obese people will get arthritis in their lifetime. The definition of “overweight” in most cases is based on a BMI of 25-29.9; “obesity” counts as a BMI...

Falls and Osteoarthritis Sep 9th, 2016

Falls are a risk for elderly people – especially for people over age 65 who suffer from osteoarthritis in their joints. Accidental falls can lead to a serious fracture, which may lead to loss of independence or the need for surgery. The increased risk of falling in people with osteoarthritis...

Free Senior Health Fair at Jordan YMCA Sep 2nd, 2016

We are excited to announce that Dr. Carter and his team will be at the Senior Health Fair at the Jordan YMCA on September 28! The event is FREE and open to the public! Dr. Carter’s team will be there to do free screenings on hips and knees, as well as answer any...

September Joint Health Seminar in Bloomington Aug 26th, 2016

Drs. Berend and Lackey will be hosting another FREE seminar on joint and bone health at the Stonecroft Health Center in Bloomington on September 15. They will discuss ways to improve joint health, give information about our joint replacement procedures, and answer your questions about your hip and knee pain. We...

What is a Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement? Aug 12th, 2016

Total shoulder replacements are not as common as hip and knee replacements, but our surgeons offer this procedure, as it is just as successful and effective in relieving pain. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, only about 53,000 shoulder replacements are performed each year in the United States. On...

Joint Health Seminar in Terre Haute Aug 9th, 2016

Drs. Lackey and Carter will be hosting another FREE seminar on joint and bone health in Terre Haute. Drs. Lackey and Carter will discuss ways to improve joint health. They will also provide information about joint replacement procedures and answer questions about your hip and knee pain. This seminar is free and...

Joint Health Seminar in Bloomington Aug 4th, 2016

We will be hosting a FREE bone and joint health seminar with Drs. Wesley Lackey and Joshua Carter in Bloomington on Wednesday, August 17. Drs. Lackey and Carter will discuss ways to improve joint health, provide information about joint replacement procedures, and answer questions about your hip and knee pain. This seminar is free and...

Inpatient Hospital Receives 5-Star Rating for Quality Jul 30th, 2016

Each year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services compare over 4,000 hospitals and rate them on a competitive five-star scale. This week, they published the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings and rated our inpatient facility, Franciscan St. Francis Health in Mooresville, with a 5-star hospital rating! Just 2.2% of the 4,599 hospitals...

What is Osteoarthritis? Jul 27th, 2016

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, affects more people than any other chronic joint condition. According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 27 million Americans suffer from the problem, which can affect any joint. Osteoarthritis is most often seen in knees, hips, the lower back and neck, the small...

Outpatient surgery is effective for hip and knee replacements Jul 17th, 2016

Don’t let the fear of hip or knee surgery keep you from seeing a surgeon.  Patients with hip and knee problems used to undergo complicated surgical procedures that could make them immobile for months while they underwent a lengthy recovery process. Recent surgical innovations, however, have changed the outlook for joint...

Joint Pain Seminar: “From Aches to Arthritis: How to Maintain your Hip and Knee Health” Jul 7th, 2016

We are proud to announce that we’ll be hosting a FREE seminar on hip and knee health with Dr. Joshua Carter at the Cityway YMCA. Dr. Carter will discuss ways to improve joint health. He will also provide information about joint replacement procedures and answer questions about your hip and knee pain....

Bunions Got You Bummed? Jun 27th, 2016

Bunions are bony spurs that occur on the first joint of your big toe. The bone becomes misaligned when the spur forms, and pushes the bones out of normal alignment. They usually cause a great deal of discomfort, especially when wearing shoes or moving around a lot. Bunions may develop...

What Causes Trigger Finger? Jun 15th, 2016

Trigger finger, otherwise known as stenosing tenosynovitis, occurs when a pulley in your finger becomes too thick, which makes it tough for the tendon to glide through. Typically, farmers, industrial workers, musicians, or even smokers can get this condition due to the repetitive movement or forceful use of the finger. This condition...

How Do I Know if a Surgery Center is Right for Me? May 22nd, 2016

There are many things to consider when searching for the right surgery center. Everyone is different, and it is important that you pick a place that makes you feel comfortable! Here are some questions you can ask yourself before taking the leap: Does this facility make me feel “at home?” Compassionis essential in...

Oxford Partial Knee Replacement Seminar May 18th, 2016

Dr. Berend and Dr. Lackey were invited to speak at the Zimmer Biomet seminar on the Oxford Partial Knee on June 2-3 in downtown Indianapolis. This course will feature talks by orthopedic surgeons from around the country about the 40-year history of the Oxford Partial Knee and the surgical techniques that use the implant. The course...

How Does a Hip Replacement Surgery Work? May 15th, 2016

If you have tried many different kinds of treatment to combat your hip pain and feel as though your journey in life is simply getting unbearable because of the aching, stiffness, and swelling, maybe it’s time you consider a hip replacement (arthroplasty). The results from hip replacement surgery could give...

Stay Active to Prevent Joint Pain May 4th, 2016

In America, over 78.6 million (34.9%) adults are overweight or obese according to the CDC. Eric Matteson, MD, chair of the RA division at Mayo Clinic, states, “Weight plays an important role in joint stress, so when people are very overweight, it puts stress on their joints, especially their weight-bearing...

Knee Replacement Surgery: Is it right for me? Apr 20th, 2016

Here at MCJR, we understand that considering a knee replacement surgery can be an intimidating thought for some people. The best way to confirm if a joint replacement surgery is right for you involves doing some research and scheduling a pre-operative appointment. Below are some of the signs that you should schedule an appointment:...

Total Ankle Replacement Mar 28th, 2016

Most people think knee or hip when they think joint replacement. However, if you’re suffering from chronic ankle pain, there is a joint replacement option for you: ankle arthroplasty surgery. An ankle arthroplasty involves making an incision on the side or top of the ankle and replacing the joint with an artificial...

The Science of ACL Reconstruction Mar 16th, 2016

ACL injuries are all too common in athletes these days. But the fact is, of the over 150,000 annual cases, 30% of them aren’t sports related. Injury to the ACL is primarily caused by a sudden deceleration or change in direction while running, but it can also happen in the middle performing...

Identifying Osteoarthritis Feb 23rd, 2016

Need for joint replacement can be a result of a range of different conditions, but perhaps one of the most common is Osteoarthritis. Many times referred to as Degenerative Arthritis, Osteoarthritis is a debilitating condition in the joints that is a result of wear and tear on cartilage around the joints.  It...

5 tips to relieve joint pain Feb 2nd, 2016

Though we at MCJR specialize in joint replacement surgery, we always recommend you try these remedies first to relieve your joint pain before considering a joint replacement. Many joint pain issues can be remedied or completely fixed by taking care of your joints with these tips: 1. Rest The first thing you...

Meet Physician Assistant Adam McCormick Jan 26th, 2016

Meet Adam McCormick Adam McCormick is the Physician Assistant for Dr. Carter. He completed his training from the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program. Adam grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, then moved to Indiana to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Indiana University. Before pursuing a...

Meet Physician Assistant Lauren Stokes PA-C Jan 24th, 2016

Lauren Stokes is a Physician Assistant who brings 8 years of orthopedic experience to MCJR. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Indiana University while competing in track and field. She then attended George Washington University where she completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies and Masters...

Meet Physician Assistant Kurt Kramer Jan 20th, 2016

Meet Kurt Kramer Kurt Kramer is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program. He has nine years of orthopedic experience and has been fortunate to work with Dr. Berend for the past five of those years. Kurt’s clinic responsibilities include seeing new patients and walk-in patients, administering...

Meet Physician Assistant, Kiley Hewson PA-C Jan 18th, 2016

Kiley HewsonPA-C is a nationally certified physician assistant, specializing in hip and knee replacements. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-med and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. She then went on to complete a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of...

Is it just joint pain? Jan 17th, 2016

Chronic joint pain starts just like any other ailment. You may start to notice stiffness or discomfort one day that doesn’t seem to go away. The question you might as yourself is: is it just joint pain? But what does that really mean? There is not one specific disease that...

Preparing for Post-Operation Jan 5th, 2016

Preparing for Post-Operation If you or a loved one will be having a joint replacement performed, there are a few things you should know about preparing your environment before you return home: The Rest Area The area where you plan to rest needs to be set up in an effective...

Benefits of Stretching Dec 15th, 2015

As you age, your muscles tighten and your joints lose some range of motion. This can limit your lifestyle and even hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be easy, such as zipping up a dress or reaching for a cup off of the top shelf, now become extremely...

Partial Knee Replacement Surgery Dec 13th, 2015

If the cartilage damage in your knee has occurred on only one compartment of your knee, a partial knee replacement procedure may be performed.  Partial knee replacement surgery involves resurfacing one portion of the knee joint and using artificial components to replace damaged tissue. At MCJR, your surgeon uses the latest...

Common Knee Problems That Lead To Joint Replacement Dec 1st, 2015

What Are The Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis? -Joints that are sore and ache, especially after periods of activity -Pain that develops after overuse or when joints are inactive for long periods of time -Joint swelling -Stiffness -Loss of range of motion What Causes Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It is also known as the “garden variety arthritis” and affects nearly 21 million Americans. As we...

Meet Dr. Michael Berend Nov 20th, 2015

Dr. Michael Berend has always loved science and health. He studied chemistry at Hanover College, then went on to Duke University Medical Center to pursue orthopedic surgery, representing the top 10% of his medical school class. Known by his classmates for his charismatic personality, he was chosen to be the...

Meet Dr. Joshua Carter Nov 15th, 2015

Dr. Joshua Carter completed his undergraduate degree with Summa Cum Laude honors at the University of Kentucky with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He earned a full-ride scholarship to attend the UK College of Medicine, where he graduated with AOA honors. During medical school, Dr. Carter fueled a passion of his...

Meet Dr. Wesley Lackey Nov 15th, 2015

Born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Dr. Wesley Lackey attended Vanderbilt University where he earned a degree in Violin Performance and also fulfilled his pre-medical requirements. Then, he attended Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. During his time in Indianapolis, Dr. Lackey met Dr. Berend through their church, and they continued a...

Direct Anterior Approach To The Hip Nov 5th, 2015

At MCJR, we are proud to offer the direct anterior approach (DAA) for hip replacements. The DAA to the hip is a surgical exposure that places a small incision on the front side of the hip instead of the side or back. Although this approach was initially described decades ago,...