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Miller Orthopedic Specialists is now offering Telehealth options for all established patients.
With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases on the rise, Miller Orthopedic Specialists is doing what they can to provide quality care while protecting their patients and staff. This would give the opportunity to better practice social distancing while still providing for patients’ orthopedic needs.
The Telehealth option for established patients will allow the clinic staff and providers to interact with patients through Internet capabilities, audio and video, via their tablets, phones, or computers. This will help the doctor check up on patients without the patient feeling as though they are being put at risk by going out. With many older patients, this is very important as it allows the patient to be seen and have their questions answered, without having to leave their home.
While this option is currently only available for established patients, it will still greatly increase the safety of new patients and staff. Telehealth can provide a quick, accessible and easy option for appointments, without violating social distancing.
Patients can call the Council Bluffs office 712-323-5333 or Omaha office 402-991-9958 to schedule an appointment.
For more information on COVID-19 please visit:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Iowa Department of Public Health
- Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services
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Miller Orthopedic Specialists offers new non-surgical treatment a to lessen patient’s pain and get them back to their active lifestyles.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA – Miller Orthopedic Specialists introduces MOS Regenerative Medicine Solutions, a non-surgical treatment that uses a patient’s own stem cells to promote healing within. MOS Regenerative Medicine Solutions has multiple types of treatments that utilizes the patient’s own blood, begin healing at the cellular level to quicken the healing process, concentrate the growth factors and prolong the need for potential surgery. Stem cell therapy promotes healing while decreasing downtime.
MOS Regenerative Medicine Solutions assists with pain and healing of orthopedic ailments such as joint pain, arthritis, muscle strain and tears, sprains, soft tissue injuries, compression nerve injuries, tendonitis, rotator cuff tears and carpal tunnel syndrome and others. The treatments are personalized based on the patient’s condition.
There are four different procedure options. These can be done with one or multiple injections or they can be combined with another one of the treatment options to provide the best results.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets and growth factors created from a small amount of your own blood. It focuses on concentrating the healing factors to increase the speed of recovery. This is a treatment we have already been doing for about 3 years with good results.
Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP) is a rapid concentration of platelets and growth factors from the patient’s own blood. Autologous means that it is from your own body.
Amniotic Fluid (AF) is a protein-rich fluid with proven regenerative potential that is injected into the patient.
Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) is a concentration of stem cells, platelets and growth factors created from your own bone marrow. Increased levels of growth factors can improve signaling and recruitment of cells for faster healing.
Patients can start their healing from within and get back to their healthy lifestyle. Miller Orthopedic Specialists is providing state of the art technology to ensure patients can live their lives to the fullest.
About Miller Orthopedic Specialists – Providing high quality patient-centered care. Our services range from sports medicine, total joint replacement, spine and neck, hand and wrist, and foot and ankle surgery. Our goal is to get patients back to optimum health as quickly and safely as possible by recommending a treatment program that fits the individual needs of each patient.
Miller Orthopedic Specialists proudly announces the addition of Dr. Pedro Ricart, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, to their team.
Dr. Ricart received his Medical Degree in 2006 from the UNIBE School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic. He continued on to an Orthopedic Spine Research Fellowship at NYU – Hospital for Joint Diseases while also completing a Master of Science in Ergonomics and Biomechanics at NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science in 2011. Dr. Ricart concluded his Orthopedic Surgery Residency in 2016 at Westchester Medical Center in New York. He completed his Orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan in 2017.
Dr. Ricart’s specialties include:
- Spine deformities and scoliosis
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy
- Lumbar sciatica and herniated disc
- Minimally invasive spine surgery
- Spine trauma and fractures
- Complex cases and revision surgeries
- Failed back surgery
- General orthopedics and trauma
Dr. Ricart will be accepting new patients at Miller Orthopedic Specialists in Council Bluffs, Omaha, Audubon and Clarinda starting September 13, 2017, and he is fluent in both Spanish and English.
For additional information contact Alyssa Hassenstab at (402)991-9958 or contact us to learn more. Miller Orthopedic Specialists serving Iowa and Nebraska with 10 area locations.
About Miller Orthopedic Specialists: Miller Orthopedic Specialists treats conditions or injuries relating to bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. Our services range from in office conservative care and diagnostic tests to inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures. Miller Orthopedic Specialists focus on a wide range of orthopedic services to provide patients with personalized care plans to help patients get back to a healthy and active lifestyle. Founded in 1972 by Ronald K. Miller, MD, Miller Orthopedic Specialists has expanded to provide total orthopedic, hand and microvascular, and podiatric care.
Council Bluffs, IA: Miller Orthopedic Specialists FREE * Sports Injury Clinic will begin Saturday hours just in time for fall sports. The sports injury clinic is very beneficial to athletes, coaches, and recreational sports enthusiasts. Parents of young injured athletes will appreciate the peace of mind it gives them in having their child promptly diagnosed and treated.
The FREE* Sports Injury Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am-11:00 am. Saturday appointments will be available August 12th thru December 9th (closed holidays and holiday weekends) from 8:30 am-10:00 am at Miller Orthopedic Specialists Council Bluffs Clinic:
1 Edmundson Place Suite 500
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
In addition to the Council Bluffs clinic location Miller Orthopedic Specialists is also offering a FREE* Sports Injury Clinic at the Omaha Clinic – Monday through Friday by appointment.
16221 Evans Plaza
Omaha, NE 68116
Doctors Larose, Atteberry, and Huston provide a FREE* initial assessment of the sports injury. Then based on the patient’s goals and expectations, the Sports Medicine Team will recommend a comprehensive treatment plan designed to get the athlete back to the playing field as quickly and safely as possible.
Miller Orthopedic Specialists is proud to be Team Physicians for Iowa Western Reivers and UNO Mavericks! The Sports Medicine Team evaluates hundreds of athletes every year.
*Initial evaluation is FREE. Additional charges may apply for x-rays, supplies and follow-up visits.
Council Bluffs, IA 11/1/16 – Miller Orthopedic Specialists were honored on Friday October 14th to be inducted into the Iowa Western Reivers Athletics Hall of Fame. Miller has been offering sports medicine to injured athletes in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area since 1988, including all types of injuries to the shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, knee, foot and ankle. Miller Orthopedic Specialists’ focus is to return the player to their chosen sport or an individual to their healthy and active lifestyle. Miller Orthopedic Specialists have been the official Reivers team physicians for over two decades.
For over 44 years Miller Orthopedic Specialists have served the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. Their goal is to get patients back to optimum health as quickly and safely as possible treating patients with pain and conditions related to bones, joints, muscles and tendons. Whether a patient has a shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, spine, hip, knee, ankle or foot problem, Miller Orthopedic Specialists has the physician who will help each patient return to an active and healthy lifestyle. Miller Orthopedic Specialists offers patients same/next day appointments for all orthopedic needs. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Council Bluffs at 712-323-5333, Omaha at 402-991-9958, or Clarinda at 712-542-2176 or visit their website at millerortho.com.
Council Bluffs, IA 8/3/16 – Miller Orthopedic Specialists is proud to announce their newest hand surgeon Gavin D. O’Mahony, MD. He specializes in hand trauma; adult, pediatric and congenital hand conditions; carpal and cubital tunnel release; treatment for arthritis of the hand and wrist as well as treatment of injuries to the tendons, nerves and arteries.
Dr. O’Mahony received his Medical Degree in May of 2006 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. O’Mahony completed his General Surgery Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York, in June 2011. He completed his Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in July 2012. Dr. O’Mahony practiced as a Hand Surgeon at Oklahoma University Medical Center for four years where he was also an Assistant Professor.
For over 44 years Miller Orthopedic Specialists has served the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. Their goal is to get patients back to optimum health as quickly and safely as possible treating patients with pain and conditions related to bones, joints, muscles and tendons. Whether a patient has a shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, spine, hip, knee, ankle or foot problem, Miller Orthopedic Specialists has the physician who will help each patient return to an active and healthy lifestyle. Miller Orthopedic Specialists offers patients same/next day appointments for all orthopedic needs. Dr. O’Mahony will be accepting new patients at the Council Bluffs, Omaha, and Clarinda clinics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Council Bluffs at 712-323-5333, Omaha at 402-991-9958, or Clarinda at 712-542-2176 or visit their website at millerortho.com.
March 3, 2016 (Omaha, NE) – At Nan Colwell’s first yoga class she couldn’t wait for the hour to be over. Laying flat on the floor hurt her hip tremendously. But now, she loves it.
“Recently I just started going to a yoga class again; I have no pain at all,” said Colwell of Missouri Valley, IA. “My flexibility is getting better and better all the time.”
After having pain in her hip for over a year Colwell, 57, wasn’t shocked when Dr. C. Kent Boese, orthopedic surgeon at Miller Orthopedic Specialists, said she needed a hip replacement. For her, a traditional total hip replacement wasn’t the only option. Dr. Boese told Colwell she was an eligible candidate for an outpatient total hip replacement.
“I was a little afraid of (the procedure) but the longer I thought about it and (Dr. Boese) explained the lesser risk of infection and faster recovery, it made a lot of sense,” she said.
Outpatient total hip replacement is different than a traditional total hip replacement because the patient has surgery that morning and is in the comfort of their home that afternoon to continue recovery. With a traditional total hip replacement patients stay at the hospital for an average of 3 – 4 days after surgery. Colwell’s surgery took place at the Advanced Surgery Center in Omaha.
“My family couldn’t believe when they came back from lunch that I was all dressed and ready to go,” Colwell said.
Miller Orthopedic Specialists is the only orthopedic group in the Omaha, Council Bluffs and Southwest Iowa community conducting outpatient total hip and knee replacements. Outpatient total hip and knee replacement are not a new procedure and has been conducted in larger cities for years.
“This is made possible with recent advances, such as improved anesthesia, less invasive techniques, comprehensive pre-operative programs and protocols for post-surgery home-health and rehabilitation,” Dr. Boese said.
The benefits of an outpatient total hip replacement versus a traditional total hip replacement are lower cost, less risk of infection, quicker recovery and being able to recover in the comfort of your own home.
A research study published in the Journal of Arthroplasty in 2015 showed costs for outpatient total hip replacement are significantly less than an inpatient total hip replacement. Another study indicated no differences in long-term complication rates between patients undergoing outpatient total hip replacement versus inpatient total hip replacement.
Home health care and physical therapy are arranged prior to surgery. A professional arrives at the patient’s home to help assess if adjustments need to be made around the house for a comfortable recovery. At home exercises as well as physical therapy sessions continue after surgery to help retain full range of motion.
“It wasn’t easy-peasy,” Colwell said. “Every day it just got better and better.”
Eleven days after surgery Colwell arrived at Miller Orthopedic Specialists’ Council Bluff Clinic for her hospital follow up with Dr. Boese. She was able to walk down the hallway of the doctor’s office without a walker or a cane. After the appointment Colwell continued to use a cane throughout her day and used a walker while walking around her home at night.
A couple months after surgery, Colwell said she feels no pain and was able to mow her lawn and walk on the treadmill again, as well as give yoga a second chance.
“I try to walk 10,000 steps a day,” Colwell said. “Every day I could see improvement. I was really pleased with how recovery went.”
To learn if you are an eligible candidate for an outpatient total hip or total knee replacement, make an appointment for a consultation with one of our physicians at Miller Orthopedic Specialists.
“We look for patients who are very motivated to return to activity better than presurgery and who can follow post-surgical requirements,” Dr. Boese said. “Someone who is reasonably in good physical condition and has a strong support system in their home for an extra set of eyes and hands to help after surgery is important too.”
Colwell said she would definitely recommend Miller Orthopedic Specialists to family and friends.
“Dr. Boese and his staff were just wonderful to work with and sought to any need that I had,” Colwell said. “The overall experience was wonderful. I would do it again in a heartbeat if I had to. I just wouldn’t wait as long.
For more information about outpatient total hip or knee replacements with Miller Orthopedic Specialists, visit millerortho.com. The phone number to the main clinic in Council Bluffs is 712-323-5333 and the Omaha office is 402-991-9958. Several Physicians within Miller Orthopedic Specialists, Drs. Boese and Atteberry, perform this procedure. Convenient locations are available with 12 outreach clinics throughout Omaha, Council Bluffs and Southwest Iowa. Miller Orthopedic Specialists has served the Council Bluffs/Omaha area for over 40 years. The goal is to restore patients to optimum health quickly and safely.
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Council Bluffs, IA 08/26/2015 – Pauline Kapoun, 60, had put off hip replacement surgery for years until the pain made walking and daily activities difficult. That was when she decided to see Dr. C. Kent Boese, an orthopedic surgeon with Miller Orthopedic Specialists, who performs a less invasive surgical technique for hip replacement called the Anterior Approach. This procedure helped Pauline, and other patients, recover sooner with less pain and fewer restrictions than traditional hip replacement surgery.
The Anterior Approach allows the surgeon to work between the patient’s muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones, sparing the tissue from trauma. In traditional approaches to hip replacement, surgeons make the incision on the back or side, which requires them to cut and detach muscles to get to the hip.
“Many candidates for hip replacement surgery come in expecting a long and sometimes painful recovery and they are quite relieved to learn that we have a way that can get them back on their feet and to their normal activities much sooner than they think,” explained Dr. Boese.
“I could not believe that, when I came to, I felt great,” Pauline said. She was walking several days after the surgery, sometimes without a walker or cane. She continues, “My experience has been wonderful and to me, this surgery was life changing. Two months after surgery, I am back to activities I love without dealing with the pain.”
For more information about the Anterior Approach or to schedule a consultation for this procedure, please call the main office at 712-323-5333 or visit millerortho.com. Dr. Boese has several clinics throughout Southwest Iowa and Nebraska including Council Bluffs, Clarinda, Denison, Manning and Omaha. Miller Orthopedic Specialists has served the Council Bluffs/Omaha area for over 40 years. The goal is restore patients to optimum health as quickly and safely as possible.
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