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.

Advancements help to improve Trigger Finger surgery experience

By Peter Gibson, MD, Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon at NAO (Originally featured in the Flagstaff Business News on Sept. 28, 2018 in Columnists) Every day, there are new advancements in medicine and surgical procedures. New technology and specially trained surgeons mean a greater number of minimally invasive surgical procedures are being performed in hospitals or clinics on an outpatient (no overnight hospital stay) basis, allowing the patient to go home within hours after surgery.   Recently, a breakthrough in these minimally invasive procedures is beginning to take shape. These surgeries can now take place in adapted procedure rooms within the physician clinic office while the patient is wide awake. This means surgeons can now perform minor surgeries without the typical expenses of surgery rooms and Read More

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

Is Frozen Shoulder in the Forecast?

By Scott Gibson, DO, Shoulder and Sports Medicine Surgeon at NAO  (Originally featured in the Flagstaff Business News on March 21, 2019 in Columnists) A frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, may be a cause of your shoulder pain. It usually occurs slowly over time, and it can limit the functional use of your arm. Contrary to its name (and fortunately for Flagstaffians), snow and ice have nothing to do with a frozen shoulder. When you have a frozen shoulder, shoulder pain and tightness make it difficult to reach overhead to perform simple activities like putting away dishes or combing your hair. Men might have a hard time reaching into their back pocket to grab their wallet. Women may have difficulty reaching behind their 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

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

Knowing Which to Visit: ER, Urgent Care or Orthopaedic Walk-in  

By Peter Gibson, Orthopedic Hand Surgeon at NAO  Injuries and illnesses occur when you least expect them. Nearby urgent care clinics can give people the medical care they need, usually at a fraction of the cost or time of an emergency room (ER). They provide care for a wide variety of sicknesses, diseases and other conditions. There are also specialty walk-in clinics that treat musculoskeletal injuries such as fractures, sprains and strains from falls and impact accidents. These are orthopaedic walk-in care clinics. Q: What are the benefits of going to an orthopaedic walk-in care clinic versus an urgent care center or emergency room?  A: At an orthopaedic walk-in care clinic, you can get same-day treatment; on-site X-ray, casting and bracing; Read More

Getting your body in shape for winter

By Joel Rohrbough, Orthopaedic Sports Surgeon With Snowbowl now in full swing, skiing and snowboarding are on the minds of many of us in Northern Arizona. If you are in this category, you know how you feel at the end of the season – your musculoskeletal health is in excellent shape. However, that usually isn’t the case at the very start of a ski season. It’s always best to dedicate some time to ensuring your muscles, joints, ligaments and cardiovascular system are prepared for an injury-free season ahead. Skiing and snowboarding demand immense balance, coordination and stamina. If you are hoping to get off the “green circle” easy runs, you must take on more risk and chance of injury. Dry-land Read More