Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah specializes in surgical hip, knee and shoulder replacements; arthroscopic (scope) surgery of the knee, ankle and shoulder; sports medicine, hand surgery, pediatric surgery; and fracture and trauma care for all ages. They work with orthopedic patients to prevent, diagnose, and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including:

  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Nerves

At Winneshiek Medical Center, full-time orthopedic care is available to patients of all ages. We use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible to reduce pain and speed recovery.

Winneshiek Medical Center Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is supported by the latest in MRI technology, quality skilled care for recovery, and the most specialized physical therapy and occupational therapy practice in the region for successful rehabilitation.

Dr. Connor with patient

 

Meet Our Team
Jesse Butler, PA-C headshot
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
563.382.2911
Rick Wilkerson, D.O. headshot
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
563.382.2911
Emily Connor, M.D. headshot
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
563.382.2911

Surgical Procedures

Our staff works as a team to deliver the best medical and orthopedic care available. We believe the most important aspect of providing quality care is listening to the needs of patients and presenting treatment options to the patient.

It is important to check with your insurance provider prior to scheduling any procedures so you understand your level of coverage.

Winneshiek Medical Center offers advanced orthopedic services in our state-of-the-art surgical suites.

Joint Expectations Class

For patients who are having a total joint replacement, the Winneshiek Medical Center Joint Expectations class will describe how to prepare for surgery, as well as challenges that will be experienced during recovery. Taught by a nurse, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and a case worker/social worker, patients will learn about pre-surgery instructions, what to expect during the hospital stay and suggestions for a successful rehabilitation and recovery after discharge. In addition to the one-hour class, patients bring home educational materials, including a DVD to help you and your caregiver prepare for your surgery and a smooth recovery.

Joint Expectations classes cover:

  • Anatomy
  • Goals of surgery
  • Risk factors
  • Complications of joint replacement surgery
  • Preparing for surgery
  • Surgical procedure – femoral nerve blocks
  • Your hospital stay
  • After discharge – home cares

Attending a Joint Expectations class is considered part of your care and the education process, and we recommend you attend class 2-4 weeks prior to your surgery. Classes are offered regularly; talk to your surgeon about which class is appropriate for you. We encourage you to bring a family member or friend to the class to participate in your recovery.

Post-Surgery & Recovery

Home health care can be provided to you in your own home following your surgical procedure.  Services are dependent on your unique situation. Home care visits may include nurses who will help you by offering education on, and monitoring of, your condition; home health aides who provide assistance with personal cares, such as bathing or hair washing, and a limited amount of housekeeping assistance; and therapists to assist you with strengthening and enhancing the safety and accessibility of your home environment.

Winneshiek Medical Center Home Health is a Medicare certified agency. Therefore, Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance can be billed for these services. Referrals may be made by physicians, nurses, other health care providers, families, friends, clergy or patients themselves.

Make an Appointment

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Winneshiek Medical Center is accepting new patients. You do not need a referral. For an appointment, call 563-382-2911 or request an appointment through MyChart.

I chose orthopedics as a specialty because I enjoy being able to immediately improve people's pain, function, and quality of life through surgery.
Emily Connor, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
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