Nonsurgical and Surgical Orthopedics

While Dr. Dear is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon, many conditions in orthopedics are treated conservatively, without surgery. Dr. Dear will talk to you about your condition and advise you of both the surgical and nonsurgical options available to you and their individual risks and benefits.

Nonsurgical Treatments

These options are often more than sufficient to treat and heal your orthopedic conditions without going through the cost and recovery of surgery. These include:

  • RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) therapy. Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself, and, often, all you need is to let your body take care of itself!
  • NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, advil, aleve) and Tylenol. These traditional medications are powerful tools for orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Dear will discuss their risks and benefits and make sure you’re taking the correct dose.
  • Physical Therapy. Therapy plays a vital role in orthopedics. Seeing a professional therapist can be life-changing and, again, help you avoid surgery.
  • Injections. Orthopedic injections are used both to treat symptoms and to heal. They are inexpensive compared to surgery, and they can be done easily in the office.
  • Casting/bracing. Many fractures are treated without surgery, and Dr. Dear performs pediatric and adult casting in the office.

Surgical Treatments

There are certain conditions and injuries where nonsurgical treatment is ineffective or inappropriate. Also, surgery may be considered a “last resort” if nonsurgical treatment fails. Dr. Dear will speak to you about this in detail. He wants to make sure you are completely comfortable with the treatment plan before undergoing surgery. Dr. Dear performs a variety of orthopedic surgical procedures, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy
  • Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Joint Replacement
  • Ligament reconstruction and repair
  • Meniscus and Cartilage Surgery
  • Achilles, biceps, triceps, patellar, and quadriceps tendon repairs
  • Tendinitis surgery
  • Fracture Repair/Stabilization
  • Hand surgery (carpal tunnel surgery, trigger finger, DeQuervain’s, thumb arthritis, fractures, etc)
  • Pediatric fracture care
  • And More!