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Surgical Treatments

Our orthopedic surgeons treat your condition with modern, less invasive techniques that provide better results for patients.

Arthroscopic Surgery

Our surgeons perform the latest arthroscopic or less invasive techniques when best appropriate for the patient.

Direct Anterior Approach for Total Hip Replacement

The direct anterior approach for total hip replacement performed by Kiel Pfefferle, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, helps patients recover more quickly. This approach for total hip replacements does not detach any of the muscles or tendons and therefore reduces muscle damage. This allows patients to have a faster post-operative recovery than a traditional total hip replacement.

In addition, the orthopedic surgeon uses X-ray to position the components to the best fit for the patient. This helps with preventing dislocations and chronic wear and tear on the new total hip replacement.

Pain Pump, A Pain Relief System

Pain relief after total joint replacement surgery is an important part of the recovery process. With reduced pain, you are more likely to experience a more comfortable recovery and faster return to everyday activities. A Pain Ball consists of a small disposable pump that continuously delivers a local anesthetic medication to block the pain in the area of your procedure. With it, you may need fewer narcotics and have better pain relief than with narcotics alone. And Summa Health is the only healthcare system in the region using it. 

Starr Frame

Summa Health System – Akron Campus was the first hospital in Ohio to use the Starr Frame, which allows skilled orthopedic surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery on the pelvis. This type of procedure can reduce the need for large open incisions of the pelvis, increasing the rate of success and decreasing the rate of potential complications.

Nonsurgical Treatments

Our non-surgical orthopedic specialists (primary care sports medicine physicians) have extensive experience caring for children, adolescents and adults.  They care for athletes and non-athletes, helping them recover from injuries.

Our orthopedic specialists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Overuse injuries causing joint or back pain
  • Tendonitis and tendinosis
  • Dislocations or fractures
  • Stress fractures
  • Arthritis

They can also:

  • Treat and manage sports-related concussions
  • Help improve athletic performance
  • Expedite referrals to orthopedic surgeons if surgery or more complex treatment is needed

Our physicians are trained in cutting edge treatments, including:

In addition to these treatments, physical therapy or occupational therapy may be prescribed as part of the treatment plan to help with recovery.


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If your situation is an emergency, call 911.