Orthopaedic Procedures

carroll hospital orthopaedic specialists offer a variety of treatment options for pain and injuryPain or disability in a bone or joint can disrupt your entire life. But with many new treatments, there are more options than ever before to quickly get you back on your feet — or back in the game. Carroll Hospital provides comprehensive, compassionate care for virtually any bone, muscle, joint or spine disorder or injury. Our board-certified orthopaedic specialists, assisted by our skilled surgical team and our superbly equipped ORs, perform a variety of advanced treatments that include:

To find an orthopaedic physician, call 410-871-7000 or search our online physician directory.

Hip and Knee Joint Replacement

Carroll Hospital and its orthopaedic specialists offer some of the most advanced joint replacement procedures available for hips, knees and shoulders, often using minimally invasive techniques. Our comprehensive approach helps you select the procedure that’s right for you and guides you through the entire process, with a focus on a rapid recovery and a return to a more enjoyable, active life. 

  • Our joint replacement program begins with pre-operative education classes to help you know just what to expect.
  • Our discharge planning starts before your surgery, to make sure you and your family will have the support and resources you need during your recovery.
  • Our minimally invasive procedures help you get back on your feet more quickly, when appropriate for your problem.
  • We understand that controlling pain is a key part of your successful recovery.
  • Our specialized “team management” approach includes intra-articular pain medications (ones injected directly into the joint) in the recovery room to manage the pain before it can become unbearable.

Our joint replacement procedures include: 

  • Total Hip Replacement — patients with severe hip arthritis or other debilitating conditions of the hip may benefit from replacing the damaged ball and socket of their hip with a prosthesis. Our orthopaedists perform both “open” (traditional) hip replacement that uses a large incision and minimally invasive hip replacement.
  • Partial (Unicompartmental) Knee Replacement — a technique that reduces incision size and bone loss, minimizes pain and shortens recovery time. It may be appropriate when only one side of the knee has been damaged by arthritis (typically in less than 10% of patients). Talk with your doctor to see if this approach is right for you. 
    Computer Assisted Knee Replacement — in this type of knee replacement, a special instrument outlines the knee’s contours and sends that information to a computer to create an accurate model, allowing the surgeon to align the implant more precisely.
  • Shoulder Replacement

Spine (Back and Neck) Procedures

Carroll Hospital and its team of orthopaedic specialists understand how debilitating chronic back or leg pain caused by spinal problems can be. When more conservative treatments are not addressing your pain or limited activity, we often can perform a minimally invasive spine procedure to help you recover more quickly with less pain and scarring. 

Our minimally invasive spine procedures include: 
  • Vertebroplasty — a minimally invasive spinal surgery procedure used to treat painful, progressive vertebral compression fractures, which are typically caused by osteoporosis or cancer. Guided by imaging, the surgeon inserts a hollow needle into the affected area and injects special bone cement into the bone to stabilize it and decrease or eliminate the pain. 
  • Kyphoplasty — a procedure similar to vertebroplasty except that, prior to injecting the special bone cement, the orthopaedic surgeon inserts and inflates a balloon device to restore the space between the vertebrae. He then fills the space with a special cement to preserve this space. Patients typically go home the same day.
Carroll Hospital also performs a wide range of  traditional “open” spine procedures, which are appropriate for many of our orthopaedic patients. These procedures include: 
  • Cervical Disc Replacement — an artificial disc is inserted into the affected area of the neck to treat a herniated disc or bone fragments that are causing chronic neck pain and/or arm pain, weakness and numbness. The disc may provide better movement and faster return to normal activities than a cervical fusion. 
  • Discectomy — this procedure removes a herniated disc to relieve pain and other symptoms caused by its pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord. When you are not a candidate for less invasive procedures, your orthopaedic surgeon may advise a traditional approach. 
  • Spinal Fusions — when more conservative measures are not working, orthopaedic surgeons may perform this procedure, which stabilizes a portion of the spine that has been seriously weakened by infection, tumor, scoliosis, injury, or other problems. The affected vertebrae are fused using bone grafts, rods and screws.

Sports Medicine Procedures

Whether you’re an athlete in your prime or a weekend warrior striving to stay in shape, you may find yourself sidelined by an injury that needs a physician’s care. While many injuries can be treated without surgery, when you need a surgical procedure, you can count on Carroll Hospital’s team of orthopaedic specialists who treat sports injuries.  

Our sports medicine professionals provide:

  • Rapid evaluation of your injury using the latest diagnostic methods and modalities
  • Non-surgical treatments that may include rest, ice, elevation, immobilization, medications and/or cortisone.
  • Fracture repair — we can provide surgical repair of complex fractures that cannot be reduced (realigned) without surgery, using special orthopaedic pins, screws, plates or bone grafts when appropriate.
  • Arthroscopic procedures — minimally invasive procedures, usually performed on an outpatient basis, that will get you back in the game as quickly as possible. Using a small camera called an arthroscope and other small instruments inserted through several tiny incisions, doctors can view and treat a variety of sports medicine problems. Two common procedures are:
    • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair — repair of shoulder joint tendons, called the rotator cuff, using several tiny incisions, a tiny camera and a monitor to view the area being repaired. Some patients may benefit instead from an open (normal incision) or mini-open (somewhat smaller incision) procedure.
    • Arthroscopic reconstruction of knee ligaments, including the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), the knee ligament most susceptible to injury.

Hand, Wrist, Arm, and Shoulder Surgery

You don’t have to leave Carroll County to find orthopaedists that are specially trained and board certified in hand, wrist, arm and shoulder surgery. The team of orthopaedic surgeons at Carroll Hospital provides the latest procedures, including advanced minimally invasive procedures, to treat a wide range of problems of the upper extremity.
Hand and wrist procedures:
  • Endoscopic and open carpal tunnel repair — surgeons cut the Transverse Carpal Ligament in the wrist to relieve pressure on the median nerve (the nerve going to the thumb and adjacent two fingers) using either a single tiny incision and a tiny camera to view the area, or a traditional-sized incision to view the area directly during surgery. Your doctor can help you select the appropriate procedure for you.
  • Endoscopic cubital tunnel release — this procedure uses a single tiny incision instead of the long incision necessary in an open procedure to fix problems with the ulnar nerve (the nerve that creates the “funny bone” effect as it crosses the elbow and that serves the ring and small fingers). Patients are able to resume normal activities more quickly and with less pain than with traditional surgery.
  • Arthroscopic reconstruction for arthritis of the thumb or small joints of the hand — this new outpatient procedure uses only two small incisions to resurface and reconstruct damaged joints in the thumb or hand, in place of traditional surgeries that leave a long scar and take longer to heal. It also permits younger patients to undergo the procedure.

Elbow procedures:

  • Arthroscopic elbow repair — helps repair the damaged surface, remove scar tissue and/or repair fractures or torn ligaments using several small incisions in place of the traditional large incision.
  • Arthroscopic tennis elbow repair — the arthroscopic approach to fixing tennis elbow not only reduces pain and recovery time, but allows doctors to view and treat any problems inside the elbow joint. It also helps you maintain better grip strength after surgery, as only one tendon is released during the procedure.

Shoulder procedures:

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair — recent developments permit surgeons to make several small incisions in place of one large one. The surgeon uses tiny instruments, a small camera and a monitor to view the rotator cuff and make repairs. Patients can recover more quickly with less pain.
  • Arthroscopic labrum repair — the labrum is a ring of fibrous tissue that helps stabilize the shoulder by surrounding the end of the shoulder blade. Tears to the labrum are extremely painful. Surgeons make several small incisions and insert bone screws and sutures to repair the labrum without requiring a large incision.
  • Upper extremity fracture repair
  • Tendon injury repair

To find an orthopaedic physician, call 410-871-7000 or search our online physician directory.