Orthopaedic surgery focuses on repairing damage and treating conditions that affect your musculoskeletal system—the bones, joints, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons that allow you to move freely.
Our orthopaedic surgeons have extensive experience and are skilled in the advanced treatment of a broad range of orthopaedic conditions. Surgeons are backed by a team of specialized nursing staff, nurse practitioners, rehabilitation providers, and other healthcare professionals who work together to guide you through recovery. If you require an overnight stay after surgery, you will recover in The Orthopedic Center at Saratoga Hospital. Designed expressly for orthopaedic patients, the center is staffed by dedicated healthcare professionals who have specialty training in orthopaedics.
Whenever possible, we offer a minimally invasive approach, which means less discomfort and scarring as well as faster recovery times. For certain conditions, both minimally invasive and advanced robot-assisted surgery options are offered, enabling our surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures with extreme precision. We do everything we can to make you feel comfortable and well cared for.
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The ACL is a major ligament that plays a key role in knee function and stability by connecting your thigh bone (femur) to your shin bone (tibia). Damaged ACLs usually are removed via arthroscopic surgery and replaced with tissue from your own body or from a donor. During the procedure, your orthopaedic surgeon will make two or three small cuts around your knee. One will be used to insert a tiny camera to look inside your knee. The others are for the small tools required for the surgical reconstruction. Because arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive, most ACL reconstruction patients go home the same day.
This shoulder surgery is used to repair one or more tendons in your rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over your shoulder joint. Large or complex tears may require open surgery. Smaller tears can often be repaired with arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that involves a tiny camera and several small cuts or incisions. The surgeon inserts a tiny camera through one incision to see inside your shoulder. Small surgical tools are inserted through the other cuts to reattach the torn tendons to the bone.
One of the most common procedures in the U.S., carpal tunnel release provides relief from pain, numbness, and weakness in the hand and wrist resulting from carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition occurs when the median nerve—which runs through the carpal tunnel from your forearm into the palm of your hand—becomes pressed or squeezed at your wrist. To create more space for the median nerve, your surgeon will make an incision in the palm of your hand, near your wrist, and then cut through the ligament that’s pressing on the carpal tunnel.
As its name suggests, total joint replacement is a surgical procedure to replace an entire joint. The most common joint replacement surgeries are performed on hips and knees that have been damaged by arthritis, other diseases, or years of use. In each case, your surgeon will remove the damaged joint and replace it with a man-made one. These surgeries have excellent track records of eliminating or reducing pain and improving the ability to move.
If you are having total joint replacement surgery, please scroll down to the Patient Information section for more details.
Some broken bones require more than a cast or splint to heal properly. In such cases, your surgeon may implant plates, rods, screws, nails, or wires to set the bone and hold it in place while it’s healing. These implanted devices can usually remain in the body. Any decision on removing or keeping the implant will be based on what’s best for your situation.
We are among the first in the Capital Region to offer robotic arm-assisted surgery—using the Stryker Mako System—for total hip replacements and partial and total knee replacements. This cutting-edge technology enhances patient care by ensuring a higher level of precision and accuracy during surgery.
The Mako System uses CT-based 3D modeling software that allows surgeons to create a personalized joint replacement plan based on your unique anatomy, the size of your implant, and its orientation and alignment. During the procedure, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to place the implant as precisely as possible, in a position that reflects your natural movement patterns. Studies show the Mako System can enhance surgical precision, help protect soft tissue and ligaments, and improve patient satisfaction.
Surgery is offered at two locations: Saratoga Hospital and the Saratoga Surgery Center on the Wilton Campus. The surgeons deliver care at these locations with the support of specially trained anesthesiologists, nurses, physician assistants, and surgical technicians. State-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical technology and tools help ensure that patients receive high-quality care in a safe environment—and the best possible outcomes.
U.S. News and World Report rates Saratoga Hospital as "high performing" in hip replacement and knee replacement surgieres. In addition, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York recognizes Saratoga Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for hip and knee replacements.
To help you prepare for your hip or knee replacement, Saratoga Hospital offers an in-person class that covers everything you need to know about your surgery, your hospital stay, and your recovery and rehabilitation. If you can’t attend the class, you can use the link below to see the presentation online. We’ve also included educational brochures and other helpful information.