Meet Dr. Newbern
Welcome to Joint Replacement Arkansas
Welcome to my website! I hope you will find it a reliable and easy to read source of information about hip and knee problems, how to manage and improve them with conservative measures and when all else fails, the surgical options available for more permanent relief of pain and restoration of function.
What to Consider In Choosing Your Surgeon
Of all the factors that go into having successful treatment of a hip or knee problem, the most important are:
- The level of training
- The level of experience
- The level of specialization of your physician
Experience & Specialization
In past years by far the most common level of training of an orthopedic surgeon was to be a general orthopedic surgeon, a surgeon who has completed orthopedic residency and treats all types of problems of the musculoskeletal system. However, over the past 15 years most orthopedic surgeons go on to further fellowship training in subspecialty areas of orthopedics. These include pediatric orthopedics, sports medicine, foot and ankle, spine surgery, hand surgery, orthopedic oncology, orthopedic trauma, shoulder and elbow and adult reconstruction.
Adult Reconstruction is the subspecialty of orthopedics that deals with many different problems of the hip or knee. Sometimes this means corrective osteotomies but most often means partial or total replacement of the hip or knee joint. With the explosion of new knowledge and techniques in the world of hip and knee replacement, the patient is best served by the orthopedic surgeon who is subspecialized in hip and knee replacement (has a 6-12 month fellowship training in adult reconstruction) and the level of experience that comes from doing only hip and knee replacement.
Fellowship & Training
I received my training from the Center for Hip and Knee Surgery in Mooresville, Indiana, fellowship in adult reconstruction, and have limited my practice to these type problems for the past 16 years. I perform about 550 such procedures per year, many of which are complex cases from Arkansas and neighboring states. I manage many patients without surgery.
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