Our Orthopedic Program: From Diagnosis to Recovery

We offer everything from diagnostic services to surgery to rehabilitation. The Cogdell Orthopedic Program provides evaluation and treatment for:

  • Joint pain
  • Broken/fractured bones
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle sprains/strains
What Conditions are Treated?
  • Fractures and Sprains: Casting and fixation devices applied for stabilization and healing
  • Shoulder Injuries: Arthroscopic repair for rotator cuff tendon tears, impingement syndrome, and recurrent dislocations
  • Knee Injuries: Arthroscopic repair for meniscal (cartilage) tears, chondromalacia (wearing or injury of cartilage cushion), and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears with instability
  • Wrist Injuries: Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery (incisions are usually less than an inch and a half long)
  • Loose bodies of bone and/or cartilage: Arthroscopy is used to remove loose bodies from the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, or wrist
Advantages of Arthroscopic Surgery

In the past, treatment often involved extensive surgery; large incisions, a hospital stay, and a prolonged recovery period. Today, with the help of an arthroscope, orthopedic surgeons can easily examine, diagnose and treat problems in the joint that previously may have been difficult to identify.

What is Arthroscopic Surgery?

An orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s skin and then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. Light is transmitted through fiber optics to the end of the arthroscope that is inserted into the joint.

By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature television camera, the surgeon is able to see the interior of the joint through this very small incision rather than a large incision needed for surgery.

According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, more than 4 million knee arthroscopies are performed worldwide each year.

Results & Recovery

The television camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a television screen, allowing the surgeon to look, for example, throughout the knee. This lets the surgeon see the cartilage, ligaments and under the kneecap. The surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury and then repair or correct the problem if it is necessary. Most patients are home several hours after the surgery.   Follow up visits with their surgeon and outpatient physical therapy aid in the recovery.

Courtney Cowden, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Mark Nordyke, MD

Orthopedic Surgery