Patient Education VIDEOS

Research a diagnosis, condition or ailment. View step-by-step surgeries and procedures. Who doesn’t want to learn about their ortho and spine problems, then watch step-by-step visuals of the ways our surgeons FIX them? Here’s the coolest tool to do that! Not only can you watch the videos, but if you have a printer, you can print a brochure to read later, or share the video with other people online or via email. Knowledge is the key to health and wellness. We want you to be an active participant in your care plan with Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, and these videos are a great way to learn about your options.

Wondering if Hip Replacement is right for you?

By Cody Martin, MD, Joint Replacement Surgeon at NAO (Originally featured in the Flagstaff Business News on October 22, 2018 in Columnists) The ability to walk in a balanced, fluid motion is something that many of us take for granted. The hip joint plays an essential part in creating this function. When pain and stiffness alter this ability and non-operative measures fail, I begin the discussion with my patients about total hip replacements. This surgery involves replacing the damaged hip with a properly functioning prosthetic joint, restoring the patient’s range of motion and relieving their pain. Hip Anatomy and Background The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint with several components, including the pelvis, acetabulum (socket or cup), femur (thigh bone) and femoral head (ball). Read More

Local interest for new Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

By Michael Glover, MD, MBA, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon at NAO (Originally featured in the Flagstaff Business News on Nov. 26, 2018 in Columnists) Patients come to see me for a variety of complaints regarding their back and neck health. Often, there are specific questions they would like me to answer (often, to help debunk Google), and end up sharing so much about their back pain, which is incredibly personal and can really impact one’s life in a variety of ways. Naturally, my surgical patients usually ask me about the least-invasive, minimally painful and easiest surgery for them to undergo, so they can get back to enjoying life again. These conversations often land on questions surrounding minimally invasive spine surgeries, or MISS for short.  What Read More

$10 Sports Physicals at the Summit Center

It’s that time of year again! NAO and DeRosa Physical Therapy are excited to host their annual Sports Physicals on Saturday, July 20, in Flagstaff. We encourage you to attend if you are a student or club athlete and need to have a pre-participation physical evaluation for next year’s 2019-2020 school year. All athletes from all over northern Arizona are welcome. The doors will open promptly at 8 a.m. and close at noon. First come, first served. Please come prepared! Here is some helpful information: Please know all minors under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a requirement. All participants will need to have their AIA forms pre-filled out and completed. You can Read More

Happy birthday, Dr. Yuri Lewicky!

Today marks a very special day at NAO because it’s Dr. Yuri Lewicky’s birthday! What makes this fellowship-trained surgeon tick? I make a connection immediately upon meeting my patients and in those first moments, I dedicate myself to providing them my very best care. I strive to provide what I, myself, would expect in a physician – clear communication, a thorough understanding of the condition and treatment, and when necessary, the highest level of surgical skill. Through past personal experiences, I understand the enormity of a potentially life-changing injury and the importance of returning to normal activities as soon as possible. In 2006, I returned to Flagstaff (born and raised) to join the team at NAO as a fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist. It Read More

Happy Birthday, Dr. Cody Martin!

He’s “kinda” a big deal. The medical staff, service teams and patients at NAO wish Dr. Cody Martin, our newest joint replacement surgeon, a very wonderful birthday! We asked this board-certified, fellowship-trained doc what gets him out of bed in the morning. Here’s what he said: One of the sweetest joys in this life is helping relieve someone else’s pain and suffering. I love being an orthopaedic surgeon because I am able to see patients overcome their injuries and musculoskeletal problems and improve their quality of life. I may not have all the answers, but I will do my best to provide the best care that an orthopaedic surgeon has to offer.  I graduated with University Honors from Brigham Young University with Read More

Understanding the Bare Bones About Osteoporosis

By Timothy Bonatus, DO, Orthopaedic Surgeon  The facts about osteoporosis in the United States (according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation): More than 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Nearly half of all women and one in 12 men age 50 and older will have at least one osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Nearly 1.5 million osteoporosis-related fractures of the back, wrists and hips occur each year. Nearly 75 percent of all hip fractures occur in women and approximately 90 percent of women over the age of 75 have osteoporosis. Only 20 percent of those who experience an osteoporosis-related fracture pursue follow-up treatment for osteoporosis. Of those elderly patients who experience a hip fracture, as many as 40 percent die within one Read More

Urgent Ortho FAQ

(Note: Urgent Ortho is not a credentialed “Urgent Care Center” – it is an orthopaedic clinic) Do I need an appointment? We provide care on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins are encouraged. No appointment or referral* is needed. Who treats patients? Every walk-in patient is treated by an orthopaedic provider who specializes in muscle, bone and joint care. What are your hours? We are open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please call or check the home page for updates on holiday schedules and/or closures. It is a good idea to arrive as early in the day as possible as wait times increase throughout the day. Do you treat Chronic Pain ? No. We do not treat chronic back pain, Read More

Our awesome Foot and Ankle Surgeon is celebrating a birthday!

There is an enormous amount of appreciation for Dr. Chris Diefenbach at NAO today and we all want to wish him a very happy birthday! We asked this fellowship-trained surgeon how he first became interested in the subspecialty of Foot and Ankle in orthopaedics, and his views on the care he provides. Here is what he said: It was an easy decision for me to begin down the track of Orthopaedic medicine, as I have always appreciated the mechanics of how the body works. A personal love of recreation, sports and activity, was the driving force behind my pursuit of specialized training in foot and ankle care. I have a commitment to my patients and their clinical experience. I believe in shared-decision Read More

Happy Birthday to an amazing Spine Surgeon!

The medical staff, service teams and patients at NAO wish Dr. Eamonn Mahoney a very wonderful birthday! We asked this board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon what drives his need to care for patients so compassionately, and how he got interested in becoming a back and neck surgeon. Here’s what he said: I’ve always enjoy working with my patients to shape the most effective non-operative or operative treatment plan, together. A specialist in minimally invasive techniques,  I value innovation and the benefits they provide my patients. If surgery is the best option, I’ll always opt for a minimally invasive procedure to allow for faster heal time, with less pain. I earned my Doctorate of Medicine from New York University School of Medicine and for Read More