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The specialty-trained surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine have resumed elective surgery, or scheduled nonemergency surgery, for their patients. Since the state has eased restrictions preserving the stocks of health care resources, including personal protective equipment, ventilators, etc., Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine offers elective and emergency surgical treatment and in-office care while continuing to follow health authority safety guidelines to protect their patients and staff. Patients in need of specialized bone, joint and muscle care are encouraged to call (740) 788-9220 to schedule a safe appointment in their office at 1980 Tamarack Road. Telehealth appointments are also available.

“Surgery for nonlife-threatening conditions was halted in order to conserve the supply of personal protective equipment, which is what we use for every surgery,” says Dr. Edward Westerheide, board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine. “Our supply of medical resources has been deemed more than adequate by our governor, and thereby, we are resuming surgery so area residents no longer have to wait for the advanced orthopedic care they need.”

Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine provides surgical care in the state-of-the-art operating rooms of Northpointe Surgical Suites and area hospitals. Their surgeons and specialized medical staff strictly follow the latest and highest standards in patient safety and take extra precautions. 

The practice continues to adhere to the strict protocols they have in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their office. These protocols extend to pre- and postoperative care in addition to the measures taken to keep operating rooms and equipment sterile. The safety measures in place at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine include:

  • No more than two adults may be in patient care areas (the patient and one other person).
  • No one under the age of 18 may be in patient care areas (unless they are a patient).
  • No one with symptoms of COVID-19 will be allowed to visit the office.
  • No one who has had direct exposure to someone with a known infection of COVID-19 will be allowed to visit the office.
  • Patients are strongly encouraged to wear face masks or face coverings. 
  • All of their staff members are wearing face masks.
  • They are disinfecting between patients.
  • Patients experiencing flu-like symptoms are being rescheduled.
  • Telehealth appointments are available for new and existing patients.
  • They conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluation) to determine if “fit for duty.”
  • They practice and enforce good hygiene at all times — hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing.

“We’re so proud of our state and community for working together to combat the spread of COVID-19 and support our local, frontline health care workers,” says Dr. Westerheide. “These efforts have reduced the strain on our health system as much as possible, and we are excited to once again offer our patients safe elective surgical treatment to ease pain and help them regain their function and strength.”

While Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine resumes scheduling patients for elective surgery as well as initial and follow-up appointments in their office, their providers also offer telehealth visits to provide remote consultation for bone, joint and muscle problems. In the event of a fall or other accident, Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine’s Orthopedic Urgent Care also continues to offer immediate care for urgent orthopedic injuries, such as sprains, fractures or dislocations.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine’s experts, please call (740) 788-9220.