Orthopedics


To get you back in the game.

Orthopedics

To get you back in the game.

Orthopedic Services

For the most experienced orthopedists that perform the most orthopedic cases in Broward County, look no further than Broward Health. As the leading provider of orthopedic services, our physicians perform more joint replacement procedures than any other healthcare system in Broward.

Our orthopedic services include:

  • Joint replacement
    • Anterior hip replacement
    • Mini-incision hip replacement
    • Gender-specific knee replacement
    • Knee Replacement
  • Spine
  • Hand reconstructive procedures
  • Sports medicine
  • Athletic training program
    • Information for young athletes
  • General orthopedic procedures

Joint Replacement

Many individuals have joint pain that hampers everyday activities, either because of arthritis, a fracture or other conditions. If medications and use of aids such as a cane are not helpful, patients, after consultation with their doctor, may find relief from their pain with joint replacement surgery. The goal of joint replacement surgery is to relieve joint pain caused by damage to the cartilage or bone.

The Joint Replacement Center at Broward Health is committed to providing the highest quality care to patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery. Using the latest advances in joint replacement surgery and family-centered patient education and therapy, we are dedicated to improving our patients' recovery and quality of life.

Our customer-focused program offers:

  • state-of-the-art surgical techniques
  • a "hospital within a hospital" environment
  • a specialty-trained multidisciplinary staff
  • surgery for retired NFL players
  • free week membership to the Wellness Center

State-of-the-art surgical techniques - The orthopedic surgeons at Broward Health are dedicated to providing you with the latest options in joint replacement surgery so you can get back to activities you used to participate in or discover new ones you never thought possible. Surgeries included in the Joint Replacement Center are hip and knee replacements, revision (re-operation) of hip and knee replacements, hip resurfacing and unicompartmental partial knee replacement.

Specialty trained multidisciplinary staff - The experienced team at the Joint Replacement Center includes highly trained orthopedic surgeons, medical director, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, RNs and patient care associates, a clinical nurse specialist, physical therapists/aides, orthopedic technicians, nutritionists, surgical and perioperative team members, case managers and a program coordinator.

The staff works with patients in a structured recovery program, including pre-operative and post-operative patient education, with an emphasis on pain control. There is also individual physical therapy, with the inclusion of "coaches" in the patients' daily routines. The program promotes the involvement of "coaches" who can be anyone from family members, friends to volunteers.

The objectives of our staff are to: educate patients so they know what is "expected," and what needs to be done related to their pre-op, inpatient stay, and post-op care to ensure optimal recovery; provide pain management post-operatively, through state-of-the-art anesthesia pain management techniques; return the patient to a state of independence and quality of life sooner than with traditional programs; and, implement a process improvement team to monitor outcomes to assure the highest level of patient care.

Anterior Hip Replacement

Many people suffering with arthritis, hip pain and stiffness can now choose anterior hip replacement surgery. One of the least invasive surgical options, the anterior approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side) or the posterior (back) approach. This way, the hip can be replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur during surgery. The surgeon can simply work through the natural interval between the muscles.

The anterior approach allows patients to immediately bend their hip freely and bear full weight when comfortable, since the most important muscles for hip function, the gluteal muscles that attach to the pelvis and femur, are left undisturbed. This results in a more rapid return to normal function.

Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery is offered at Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point and Broward Health Medical Center. This procedure results in less pain, minimal scarring, a shorter hospital stay, more accurate leg length control, and a quicker recovery and return to normal activities.

Click here for Broward Health Imperial Point's Hip Replacement Guide Book. 

Mini-Incision Hip Replacement

If you suffer from hip pain or are considering hip replacement surgery, you may be a candidate for a new minimally invasive technique that makes hip surgery, recovery and rehabilitation faster and easier.

  • Standard hip replacement surgery usually involves one 10 to 12 inch incision. Mini-incision surgery typically involves two, 2 to 3 inch incisions.
  • Special instruments allow the surgeon to move aside muscles, ligaments, and tendons, rather than cut through them, greatly reducing rehab time and discomfort.
  • The same high quality, clinically proven hip implants that are used in standard hip replacements are used in minimally invasive surgery.
  • For patients, the benefits are numerous:
    • less trauma and pain
    • faster rehabilitation
    • smaller scars
    • shorter hospital stay
    • less blood loss

Broward Health Coral Springs is one of the area's first hospitals to offer this new procedure.

Knee Replacement

Specialized Knee Replacement for Women at Broward Health Coral Springs

For women requiring knee replacement surgery, Broward Health Coral Springs now offers a knee implant specifically designed to address a women's unique anatomy. In the past, knee replacements have been available in various sizes, but they were not made to accommodate the different knee shapes.

This gender-specific replacement has a shape that is better proportioned to fit a woman's anatomy and move like a woman's natural knee. To determine the size of the implant, a surgeon measures the end of the thigh bone near the knee from front to back and from side to side. The surgeon then selects the implant based on the front-to-back measurement because a woman's knee is usually narrower from side to side and more trapezoid-shaped than a man's knee.

“Everyone's bones are not the same, and it is wonderful to have a surgical approach geared towards the specific anatomy of a person's body,” said Dr. Richard Berkowitz, the first orthopedic surgeon in Florida to perform the surgery using the Gender Specific Knee.

Broward Health Imperial Point Knee Replacement

The Broward Health Imperial Point Joint Replacement Center is computer navigation- using an image-guided system during surgery that provides detailed visual information, improving the accuracy of the bone cut and alignment of bone during surgery.

Benefits include:

  • provides your surgeon with comprehensive data about your anatomy which may result in more exact placement of your joint replacement
  • allows the surgeon to more accurately plan for your surgery with a partial 3-dimensional model of your knee
  • provides the surgeon with control, feedback and the ability to correct potential errors during the surgery
  • allows for better visualization of anatomy, which is particularly important when minimally-invasive techniques are used
  • reduces the risk of dislocation and revision surgery
  • results in greater stability and range of motion
  • helps improve the overall function of your joint replacement
  • reduced blood loss during surgery, which lessens the need for a blood transfusion
  • faster recovery
  • reduced length of your hospital stay
  • shorter post-operative physical rehabilitation
  • less scarring

Click here for Broward Health Imperial Point's Knee Replacement Guide Book. 

Spine Care

Sports Medicine

At Broward Health Medical Center, our physicians specialize in treating professional, high school and recreational athletes, focusing on injuries to the shoulder, knee and elbow. While their emphasis is on sports medicine, they also treat individuals whose daily activities have caused damage to those parts of the body.

Treating these injuries begins with a conservative approach that usually incorporates rest, anti-inflammatory medication and possibly physical therapy. If those methods prove unsuccessful, they intensify the treatment program and then consider surgery.

For more than 10 years, these doctors have been caring for professional sports teams. They also serve as team physician for local high schools to help ensure the health and safety of student athletes.

The Sports Medicine Program at Broward Health Coral Springs treats all types of sports injuries, from weekend warriors to professional athletes. This is accomplished through a team of specialized physicians, orthopedic surgeons, and athletic trainers, who have had special training in sports medicine. In addition to general orthopedic specialists, the Sports Medicine Center also has orthopedic physicians who specialize in the hand wrist, elbow, spine and neck.

Athletic Training Program

As the official sports medicine provider for Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA) events, Broward Health's 24 certified athletic trainers work with student athletes at 20 area high schools caring for more than 10,000 local student athletes each year. We also provide services to several private schools and Broward College.

In collaboration with Nova Southeastern University we participate in using the ImPACT program (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), a free baseline testing to all schools in the BCAA. ImPACT is a tool that helps determine the severity and effects of a concussion suffered by an athlete and assists clinicians in making return-to-play decisions for concussed athletes.

Pre-Participation Screenings

Broward Health offers physicals for students each year. The physicals are conducted by a team of physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and nurses and are offered at Broward Health facilities, medical centers and other community locations.

Education

When a young athlete is injured, the consequences can sometimes last a lifetime. That is why Broward Health has developed a comprehensive program to help protect the youngest athletes. We offer sports-specific programs and classes for coaches, parents and students to help build awareness of injury prevention and conditioning strategies, nutrition, and injury care.

Game Practice and Supervision

To minimize injury or re-injury among student athletes, our team of athletic trainers provides on-site, pre-practice and game preparation for 20 public high schools in the area. The athletic trainers attend all practices, home games and tournaments, providing supervision as well as padding, bracing and onside treatment of athletic injuries. Game and practice supervision services are provided for all school-sponsored events.

Rehabilitation Services

Our facilities also offer inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and therapy programs to help our patients regain their mobility and independence.

The mission of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit of Broward Health North is to improve patients' quality of life through a progressive and integrated continuum of services that is respected within the healthcare community for excellence in patient care. Specialized services are designed to help patients reach their highest level of independent functioning.

The unit is a self-contained 30-bed acute comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation unit located on the fourth floor of the medical center, with access to all Broward Health services. We are proud to be accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the nation's leading accreditation body in the rehabilitation field and the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Broward Health Imperial Point is recognized for its excellent outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. For more than 40 years, we have been professionally treating patients from Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County.

Broward Health Imperial Point works with patients to help return them to optimal function. The emphasis is on teaching patients to take responsibility for their improvement and understanding how to maintain and improve joint function over their lifetime. For patients undergoing joint replacement surgery for the hip or knee, a comprehensive educational class is offered prior to surgery. You will meet with a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals that includes an anesthesiologist, nurse and physical therapist. The Total Joint Team will discuss with you how their specialties will aid in your upcoming surgery and recovery. Emphasis is on educating and engaging the patient to be a part of the rehab team with focus on achieving your optimal outcome. These group classes are offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 10am to 11am. RSVP is not necessary. We welcome extended family and network support to attend with the patient.

Specialty Areas of Treatment in Geriatrics

  • degenerative disc management for lumbar and cervical spine
  • stenosis of the spine
  • after-fracture care
  • joint replacement rehabilitation
  • osteoporosis, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
Certified Practitioner in the McKenzie® Method
  • treats spinal dysfunction and pain with an exercise- and posture-based program
  • emphasizes patient understanding of problem movements and postures so patients can learn movements and ways to reduce their pain
  • often eliminates the need for expensive and invasive treatment

For further information on the McKenzie Method® call 954-776-8830.

Broward Health performs the most orthopedic procedures in Broward County. We also offer more treatment options, including advanced non-invasive techniques like computer-assisted arthroscopy and hip resurfacing. Browse through the videos above to meet our orthopedic experts, see our state-of-the-art technology, and learn more about the services we offer. The Broward Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center is located at 1601 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, phone number 954-522-3355.

The Latest Technology

Broward Health Weston is home to the first Siemens Definition AS+ 128 Multi-Slice CT Scanner in Broward County. It's the world's first CT Scanner to adapt to virtually every patient and provides imaging for most types of diagnostic exams, including vessel imaging, cardiac tests and cancer staging. It's exceptionally fast – even faster than the human heart – and produces spectacular images, plus in many cases it eliminates the need for follow-up tests.

Medicare’s Comprehensive Care

For Joint Replacement Model

Broward Health North is participating in a Medicare initiative called the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. The CJR model aims to promote quality and financial accountability for care surrounding lower-extremity joint replacement (LEJR) procedures, commonly referred to as hip and knee replacements and/or other major leg procedures. Broward Health North’s participation in the CJR model should not restrict your access to care for your medical condition or your freedom to choose your health care providers and services. All existing Medicare beneficiary protections continue to be available to you. These include the ability to report concerns of substandard care to Quality Improvement Organizations and 1-800-MEDICARE.

The CJR model aims to help give you better care.

Broward Health North has entered into financial arrangements with collaborating health care providers who are engaged in care redesign with the hospital and who may furnish health care services to Medicare beneficiaries during an episode of care. Under these agreements, Broward Health North may share payments received from Medicare as a result of reduced episode spending and hospital internal cost savings with collaborating providers and suppliers. Broward Health North  may also share financial accountability for increased episode spending with collaborating providers and suppliers. The following list includes health care providers and suppliers that have established a collaborator agreement with Broward Health North in order to share in financial rewards and/or losses in the CJR model:

John E. Bodden, MD  
440 E Sample Road, Suite 106, Pompano Beach, FL, 33064  

Maher Helmy, MD
150 E Sample Road, Suite 320, Pompano Beach, FL, 33064  

Adam Lipman, MD 
4800 N Federal Highway, 3rd Floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308

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