Orthopedic doctors in Tamarac, Florida
The Orthopedic and Spine Institute at University Hospital and Medical Center offers comprehensive orthopedic and spine services in a patient-centered environment.
We provide access to orthopedic specialists, including orthopedic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists who work together to provide you with an individualized care plan.
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For more information about our orthopedic services or to schedule an appointment, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (954) 724-6342.
Orthopedic pain can be debilitating and affect patients with an active lifestyle, and sometimes even interfere with normal, routine activities. Our team of specialists is here to help you regain strength and mobility.
The Orthopedic and Spine Institute at University Hospital and Medical center offers advanced treatments for patients experiencing orthopedic and spine conditions.
Orthopedic conditions we treat
Our team assesses and treats a variety of musculoskeletal disorders that cause pain or immobility. We provide orthopedic treatments and services for a variety of conditions, including:
- Back pain
- Joint disorders
- Ligament and tendon injuries
- Neck pain
- Sports-related injuries
In addition to traditional surgeries and therapies, we provide access to advanced procedures, including:
During a knee replacement surgery, orthopedic surgeons replace the kneecap with a prosthetic (artificial) implant. When possible, we use minimally invasive techniques to reduce the amount of time a patient spends in the hospital.
Anterior hip replacement is a minimally invasive approach to hip surgery performed by using smaller incisions with more specialized instrumentation. This technique makes surgery less physically traumatic to the patient.
The anterior approach to hip replacement allows the surgeon to access the hip between two muscles, rather than by removing and then reattaching a muscle. That way, rehabilitation and healing are much quicker.
With anterior hip replacement, the surgery is much less aggressive, however, rehabilitation moves much more quickly. In the past, patients who had hip replacement surgery had to stay in bed for at least a few days after surgery. Now, patients are able to begin rehabilitation therapy on the same day they have surgery.
Rehabilitation early on helps prevent the development of urinary infections, clots, skin ulcers and other complications associated with stillness.
Specialized surgical technology
Our surgical team uses advanced technology that allows surgeons to replace the joint through a single incision. The surgeon can then operate without disturbing the most important muscles for joint function.
This provides the following benefits to patients:
- Less scarring
- Reduced time in the hospital
- Faster rehabilitation
- Reduced muscle disruption
- Less postoperative pain
Candidates for minimally invasive joint replacement
Candidates for minimally invasive joint replacement are typically healthier, more active and motivated to have a quick recovery compared to patients who undergo traditional surgery. This is due to the quick transition from surgery to rehabilitation.
Advanced rehabilitation treatment
University Hospital and Medical Center is known for its comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation treatment programs and state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities. Were here to help, whether you suffer from a sports-related injury or pain and stiffness following surgery.
All patients are fully evaluated by a therapist and an individualized treatment plan is established. Programs are geared to help patients achieve the highest functional level possible post-injury, illness or surgery.
Our rehabilitation programs are comprised of experienced, dedicated and compassionate professionals who are committed to providing high-quality care. Our staff includes:
- Physiatrists (doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation)
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Aquatic therapists
Rehabilitation therapy services
The following are some of the services offered through our rehabilitation programs:
During aquatic therapy, patients will perform a series of exercises and stretches underwater. A certified aquatic therapist will oversee all aquatic therapy and will sometimes suggest using a heated therapy pool. Aquatic therapy helps provide additional resistance underwater and also helps provide access to rehabilitation for those who have difficultly moving.
Occupational therapy uses a client-centered evaluation that identifies deficits in the ability to perform self care, home management and outside activities. Occupational therapists address the physical, cognitive and mental challenges accompanying an injury or condition. The ultimate goal is to help patients return to participation in daily activities.
Physical therapy is aimed at restoring strength and movement to an affected area of the body, as well as restoring proper walking and balance.
What to expect during rehabilitation?
If you are going to be under the care of our rehabilitation specialists, you can expect a detailed plan of care. Our specialists know how to examine your body's function and incorporate any feedback from other doctors to expertly asses your situation.
Depending on your experience, you can expect your therapist to help you:
- (Re)build muscles and body strength to help you increase mobility
- Learn new exercises to increase flexibility
- Learn new ways to stretch and care for your body
- Regain or improve balance and coordination
- Improve circulation through massage, temperature pads or even new exercises
If it is recommended that you seek treatment from a rehabilitation specialist, our rehabilitation team has your best interest in mind. They will use their experience and insight to help get you back on the right track.
Orthopedic and spine patient navigator
We understand undergoing total joint replacement or revision surgery requires a lot of planning and support. That's why we have a dedicated orthopedic nurse specialist—an orthopedic and spine patient navigator—to help you and your family navigate the entire journey. This navigator will:
- Provide education on what to expect before, during and after surgery
- Give you a tour of the Orthopedic and Spine Institute
- Meet with you while you are in the hospital and provide reassurance
- Work closely with the surgeons, nurses, therapists and case managers to assist you with your recovery