- Body Composition Testing
- Open MRI
- Bone Health Clinic
- - Osteoporosis
- - Appointment Visits
- - Safety & Treatment
- Pediatric Orthopedics
- Spine & Pain Clinic
- Sports Medicine
- Injury Walk-In Clinic
- Kiva VCF Treatment System
- Total Ankle Replacement
- Total Hip Replacement
- Total Knee Replacement
- XP Preserving Knee
- Minimally Invasive Procedures
- - Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
- - Direct Superior Hip Replacement
- - Hip Arthroscopy
- - Meniscal Transplant
- - Mini-Posterior Hip Replacement
- - Orthobiologics
The physicians at Iowa Ortho stay up to date with the most effective orthopedic treatments available. To learn more about some of the surgeries, therapies or other non-surgical treatments offered at Iowa Ortho, select a category under Treatments. If you have any further questions, please contact our office at 515-247-8400.
Non-surgical vs. Surgical Treatment
Determining whether or not to have orthopedic surgery is a major and potentially life-changing decision. Aside from most trauma incidents, surgery is not a quick and easy assessment to make. If you are considering a joint replacement surgery, arthroscopic procedure or any other orthopedic treatment, start by reviewing the following questions with your Iowa Ortho specialist.
1. Is the pain preventing you from living your everyday life?
Walking, squatting, bending, climbing stairs and getting in and out of bed and the car - at least some, if not all, of these are a part of your daily routine. What you need to determine is how your condition is affecting your ability to complete these day-to-day tasks. Also clarify with your Iowa Ortho physician whether you have habitual or occasional pain. Typically occasional pain is not of as much concern as habitual, unless it becomes severe. Bottom line, substantial pain can lend itself to inactivity, which is harmful to your overall health.
2. What are my other options?
Before considering surgery, Iowa Ortho's orthopedic surgeons generally elect to treat patients with non-invasive methods. These often include medications, injections and canes or walkers. In time if these conservative treatments are not successful or their effects wear off in a short amount of time, your surgeon will revisit the possibility of surgery.
3. What type of surgery is optimal for my condition?
Just because a particular surgery was ideal for a friend, relative or co-worker does not mean it is also what is best for you. Our goal at Iowa Ortho is to find the best method, whether surgical or non-surgical, for treating your condition and returning you back to good health.
4. What is the success rate of the surgery?
It is important to ask your Iowa Ortho physician what kind of success other patients have had with the surgery and inquire about the risks and complications associated with the surgery. Keep in mind that there are always going to be risks involved, no matter the surgery. In addition, be sure to discuss with your physician what type of anesthesia will be used and discuss its associated risks.
5. What is the recovery time of this surgery?
Be sure to discuss in advance with your Iowa Ortho physician when you will be able to return to normal physical activities such as work. Recovery time can vary by surgery and by the patient. In most cases, you can also expect physical therapy to be a part of the recovery process from orthopedic surgery.