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Outpatient surgery and at-home recovery may seem like an impossibility for those patients who don’t have a robust support system. While rehab facilities are an option for those who live alone, there are also ways you can prepare your home before surgery to manage just fine once you’re home and…

  In order to commemorate National Arthritis Awareness Month, Midwest Center for Joint Replacement and other OrthoAlliance (OA) partner practices collaborated with the Arthritis Foundation to present a free three-part webinar series about arthritis. The webinar series, OrthoInsights, covers information including arthritis types, its symptoms, treatment options, and resources for…

What causes post-traumatic arthritis? Post-traumatic arthritis can develop months to years after any physical injury to your joints. Most commonly, physicians see arthritic development in patients who have suffered from vehicle accidents, past sports injuries, military injuries, and falls. These types of injuries can damage a joint’s cartilage, bone, or…

Physician Assistant Kurt Kramer is now seeing patients for general orthopedic issues and injuries. All appointments will include an x-ray, evaluation, and plan of care for therapy, future testing, or follow-ups with a surgeon. Kurt has been a Physician Assistant for 17 years, 13 of which have been with Dr….

MCJR team volunteers recently returned from a week-long mission trip to Guatemala, where they provided free medical care and surgeries to 78 Guatemalan patients. The volunteers, which included our own Dr. Mike Berend and Steve Spry, RN, worked alongside Team Hope in Motion (Team HIM) and other OrthoAlliance partner teams…

Smoking causes joint damage Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death. According to OrthoInfo, more than 440,000 people in the U.S. die from tobacco-related diseases each year. Some damage done from smoking cannot be repaired, but other negative effects on your body can be reversed – or…

If you’re planning to have surgery at Midwest Center for Joint Replacement, you’ll need to do some home preparation beforehand. Since more than half of our patients return home the same day of their surgery, odds are that you’ll be home within hours or a day after surgery. So we…

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 in your hip or knee, which may lead to loss of independence or the need for surgery. To avoid a fall,…

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? A good portion of our surgeons’ caseloads are dedicated to joint revision surgeries, in which they remove the ineffective implants and replace them with new, often…

Avoiding a joint replacement? It can be a difficult decision to move forward with a big surgery like a joint replacement. We want to make the decision as clear and straigtforward as possible, and one of those ways is to debunk some of the most common myths we hear from…

In recent years, physician research has shown that outpatient joint replacement surgery benefits everyone involved – from the patients to the physicians 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…

Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries are very common in aging athletes, including muscle strains, tendinopathy (rotator cuff tears, Achilles tendon tears, etc), meniscal tears with osteoarthritis in the knees, or worse – fractures. As you age, it is very important that you listen to your body and treat your aches and…

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, and vice…

Though the physicians at MCJR specialize primarily in joint replacement surgery, we always recommend you try these non-surgical 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….

If you’ve been having pain in your knees but aren’t sure if it’s connected to arthritis, check for these warning signs: If you are beginning to experience these symptoms, but aren’t ready for surgical intervention, you can try to combat these symptoms with anti-inflammatories, heat on stiff joints, ice packs…

What is a meniscus tear? Your knee joint is made up of three bones: the femur, shinbone, and patella (kneecap). The cartilage that protects your joints and prevents the femur and shinbone from rubbing against one another is called the meniscus. The meniscus can tear with overuse or sudden movement…

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…

We are thrilled to announce that Castle Connolly has recognized many of our Midwest Center for Joint Replacement doctors as Top Doctors in 2023! Each of these doctors has been nominated by physician peers on the basis of merit. Castle Connolly selects these top doctors through a process of nomination…

What kind of weather is the worst for arthritis? According to a 2014 study of people with arthritis, 67% of participants reported weather sensitivity, especially to cold and wet days. So what’s so special about the cold and rainy days that make your joints ache? Researchers believe that the main…

October 17, 2023 Meet Dr. Rick Weidenbener, the newest member of the MCJR team! Dr. Weidenbener is a non-surgical sports medicine specialist who sees patients exclusively in our Bloomington office beginning in mid-October 2023. Dr. Rick Weidenbener is a board-certified orthopedic sports medicine specialist based in Bloomington, IN. He has…

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Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement, or total knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that replaces the damaged components of your knee with artificial implants.

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Partial Knee Replacement

During a partial knee replacement, your surgeon removes and replaces only the damaged compar­tments in your knee.

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Anterior Hip Replacement

During your hip replacement surgery, your surgeon replaces the damaged ends of your hip bones, both in the femur and pelvis.

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Outpatient Joint Replacement

Thanks to modern anesthesia techniques and a multimodal approach to pain control, we can perform hip and knee replacements in the outpatient setting.

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Arthritis

If you have arthritis, the highly skilled team of orthopedic surgeons at Midwest Center for Joint Replacement can help.

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Knee Pain

Our team treats numerous knee conditions through total and partial knee replacement surgery or nonsurgical treatments such as steroid injections.

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Hip Pain

If hip pain is disrupting your life, our board-certified team of orthopedic surgeons at Midwest Center for Joint Replacement can help.

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If you're experiencing joint pain that isn't improving with conservative treatment, steroid injections could help.

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