Find Joint Pain Relief Close to Home

September 01, 2012

Your hip has been hurting more as you’ve gotten older. Just taking a walk with your grandkids has become a painful ordeal. Your doctor recommends total joint replacement surgery, so you want access to the most advanced procedures, performed by top specialists in the field. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far.

“We provide the latest orthopaedic and joint techniques in a facility designed around the patient,” says Robb Weir, M.D., deputy chief of orthopaedic surgery at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. “Our patients have all the services and expertise right here in their own backyard that they would normally find at a large academic medical center.”

Fellowship-trained surgeons

At some hospitals, joint procedures are performed by general orthopaedic surgeons. But all Henry Ford West Bloomfield specialists have completed one to two years of fellowship training to focus on joint care and surgery.

“That training provides an even higher degree of expertise, especially for more complex cases,” says Dr. Weir.

“Orthopaedics and joint replacement are now the busiest areas in the hospital,” says David Katcherian, M.D., chief of orthopaedic surgery at Henry Ford West Bloomfield. “That’s why we have three full-time surgeons who do nothing but joint replacement, and we have plans to add more.”

A wide range of services

In addition to joint replacement, Henry Ford West Bloomfield provides a full spectrum of orthopaedic care. These services include:

  • Sports medicine — for example, preventing and treating sports injuries to the knees or shoulders
  • Treatment for hand, elbow, foot and ankle problems
  • Spinal surgery
  • Treatment for orthopaedic cancer, such as bone tumors
  • Physical therapy

Often, local hospitals will have specialists who stand out in one or two of these areas. Henry Ford West Bloomfield offers state-of-the-art care in all of them.

“Whatever orthopaedic services patients need, they can come to one clinic to see a specialist in that area,” says Dr. Weir. “Our goal is to help patients recover faster so they can have less pain sooner.”