Orthopaedics

At Black River Memorial Hospital, we offer specialized orthopaedic care that gets you back on your feet fast and enjoying normal daily life-pain free. Our expert team is with you from initial testing through rehabilitation. We provide service to Black River Falls, Sparta, Tomah, Neillsville, Eau Claire, La Crosse and the surrounding areas.

Natural Knee Replacement

While a knee replacement can hardly be called "all natural," Black River Memorial Hospital now offers an option with fewer artificial ingredients.

Orthopaedic surgeon, Todd Duellman, MD is one of the only physicians in Wisconsin to perform a total knee replacement procedure that preserves your knee's natural PCL and ACL (posterior cruciate ligament and anterior cruciate ligament). This results in increased long-term natural knee function and mobility, so you can expect more from your knee for years to come.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Minimally invasive procedures allow for a quicker and less painful recovery.

Additional benefits of this type of surgery include:

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Significantly smaller, more cosmetically appealing scars
  • Faster healing time
  • Less blood loss
  • Lesser amounts of anesthetic during procedure
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced muscle and tissue damage
  • Easier postoperative mobility and rehabilitation
  • Quicker return to activities of daily living

Learn more about Todd Duellman, MD, one of our orthopaedic surgeons who specializes in minimally invasive procedures.

Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used to see, diagnose and treat joint problems. Pencil-sized instruments are inserted into a small incision, allowing physicians to see the inside of a joint and determine the type of injury and treatment needed. Because of the less invasive nature of arthroscopy, it generally has a much easier recovery than traditional surgery.

Anterior Total Hip Replacement

Anterior hip replacement is a less invasive approach that reduces the pain and recovery time of a total hip replacement. Because the surgeon approaches the hip from the front of the joint, and not the side (lateral approach) or the back (posterior approach), the muscles around the hip, pelvis and femur do not need to be detached or disturbed. This simplifies and accelerates rehabilitation, reduces hospital stays and allows for a smaller incision. Following the anterior approach, patients are immediately allowed to bend their hip freely and long-term dislocation risk is reduced.

Another advantage of the anterior approach is that patients who require bilateral hip replacement can have both performed during a single operative session.

Check out Dr. Duellman's community education presentation on the anterior approach.

Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement

Minimally invasive total knee replacement involves the use of a smaller incision, compared to ones used in traditional knee replacements. By using a smaller incision, there is less damage to the tissues around the knee. This results in a shorter hospital stay, a shorter recovery time and less scarring.

Additional Orthopaedic Specialties

"I pursued orthopaedic surgery because it restores people; it fixes the structural problem to help regain function and reduce pain."

Todd Duellman, MD and Orthopaedic Surgeon