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Orthopaedic Care

Proven Joint Replacement Services

At Baxter Health, we intentionally utilize conservative, proven treatment methods such as Visionaire Cutting Guidance in knee replacement procedures, robotic-assisted surgery, and premium hypoallergenic materials, namely Oxinium and VERILAST technology, to provide you a shorter, less-invasive procedure, a faster, less-painful recovery, and longer implant longevity.

Baxter Heath is home to some of the most advanced orthopaedic technology and materials in the nation. Our talented, board-certified team of orthopaedic surgeons including Dr. Thomas Knox, Dr. Don Franklin III, Dr. Jason McConnell, Dr. Win Moore, Dr. Russ Rauls, and Dr. Ed Roeder, offer the following:

  • CORI Surgical System
  • VISIONAIRE Precision Cutting Guidance
  • Hypoallergenic OXINIUM Implants
  • Verilast Hip Implants
  • Verilast Knee Implants
  • Arthroscopic joint surgery
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Direct anterior hip replacement
  • Total joint replacement (hip, shoulder, knee)
  • Bone and joint disease treatment

What is an Oxinium Implant?

Oxinium Oxidized Zirconium (Oxinium), starts from a metal alloy primarily composed of Zirconium. Through a specific manufacturing process, the material is "ceramicized," offering the smoothness and wear resistance of ceramics without sacrificing the strength and durability of metal. In short, these are all important considerations to a potential joint-replacement patient that prefers an ideal implant material designed with strong construction, offers low wear and unmatched durability, and is considered a hypoallergenic, biocompatible material cleared by the FDA for 30 years of implant lifespan.

What is VISIONAIRE Precision Cutting Guidance?

With the rise of robotic-assisted surgery in the field of orthopaedics, it is important to understand that world-class orthopaedic technology and care does not require robotic assistance - which is why Baxter Health orthopaedists prefer VISIONAIRE Cutting Guidance in knee replacement cases over robotic-arm assistance. Data suggests that robotic-assisted knee replacements actually have LONGER procedure times, HIGHER cost to patient on average, and LONGER therapeutic recovery windows.

Oxinium + XLPE = VERILAST Technology

Unlike other implants, VERILAST Technology uses low-friction material on both sides of the hip joint. The Australian National Joint Registry has found VERILAST Technology to have the highest rates of survival of any hip bearing pair studied.

If you receive a hip implant at Baxter Health, you will be receiving a VERILAST Technology implant and the peace of mind that comes along with it. The femoral head implant will be constructed of Oxinium, a ceramic-like material that is 4,900 times more scratch resistant than a cobalt chrome implant, meaning longer lifetime of the instrument. Also, because Oxinium contains only trace amounts of nickel (<0.0035%), it is considered to be a biocompatible material for patients with a metal allergy or even a metal sensitivity.

To learn more, schedule an appointment with our orthopaedic surgeons.

Your Stay in the Hospital

Baxter Health 5 South Surgical Services, our dedicated post-surgery unit, boast a highly trained staff and 26 private rooms. There is also a gym area exclusively for orthopaedic patients, where patients who undergo a joint replacement surgery will work with physical therapists. Trained orthopaedic staff will care for you during your stay and ensure you are on the road to a quick recovery. The orthopaedic department has its own social worker and discharge planner to make sure you have everything you will need when you get back home.

Moving In The Right Direction

Appointments for rehabilitation are easy to make. After receiving a referral from your doctor, simply contact Baxter Health Rehab Services at (870) 508-1560, from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Rehabilitation services available for orthopaedic patients includes:

  • Orthopedic joint and soft-tissue mobilization
  • Treatment of upper and lower extremity injuries and/or impairments
  • Large, state-of-the-art gym with eight treatment rooms
  • Only hydrotherapy flow pool in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri
  • Nerve conduction and EMG testing
  • Complete wound care
  • Occupational therapy
  • Fabrication of custom splints and braces
  • Programs for patients with impaired concentration, thought organization and problem-solving
  • Programs to improve activities of daily living (ADLs), including self-care skills, and work, play or leisure activities
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