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MU Orthopaedics at Liberty Hospital

Coming Sept. 1:

L. Nathan Gause, MD

*Foot/Ankle/Lower Extremity Specialist

Our skilled orthopaedic surgeons diagnose and treat all types of musculoskeletal injuries in patients of all ages. We specialize in evaluating and treating joint, muscle, bone, and nerve injuries and conditions, including problems with the foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, wrist and hand, and hip and knee.

We can help diagnose and care for orthopaedic conditions including:

  • Arthritis.
  • Broken bones/orthopaedic trauma.
  • Bursitis.
  • Cartilage tears.
  • Deep lacerations.
  • Dislocations.
  • Fractures.
  • Overuse syndromes.
  • Repetitive stress disorders.
  • Sports injuries.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Tendonitis.

Total joint reconstruction

Our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons are experienced in the most advanced types of hip, knee, and shoulder total joint replacement methods, also called arthroplasty. Osteoarthritis is the most common condition that leads to the need for total joint replacement of the knee, shoulder, and hip. Sometimes injuries can hasten the process of cartilage degeneration, which causes the painful bone-on-bone rubbing that characterizes arthritis. Depending on your condition, we may recommend one of the following total joint reconstruction procedures:

  • Total or partial knee replacement.
  • Total or reverse shoulder replacement.
  • Total hip replacement.
  • Anterior minimally invasive hip replacement.
  • MAKO robotic arm-assisted surgery.

Hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery

Hand and wrist problems can be caused by arthritis, sports injuries, work injuries, nerve injuries, and overuse or repetitive motion, while shoulder or elbow pain may be the result of arthritis, repetitive joint motion, sports injuries, and lifting heavy objects. Common conditions include:

  • Arthritis.
  • Carpal tunnel.
  • Tendon injuries.
  • Radial tunnel fractures.
  • Tendinitis.
  • Pitcher's, golfer's or tennis Elbow.
  • Rotator cuff.
  • Shoulder dislocations.

Sports medicine

  • Achilles tendinitis and tendon tears.
  • ACL, PCL, MCL, and LCL tears of the knee ligaments.
  • Dislocations.
  • Fractures.
  • Hamstring injuries.
  • Meniscus (knee cartilage) tears.
  • Rotator cuff tears.
  • Shoulder impingement.
  • Shoulder instability.

Orthopaedic trauma

Though bones are the hardest tissues in your body, an excess of pressure or force can break (fracture) them. Fractures can range from hairline cracks, which may be treated by splinting or casting, to more complex fractures with multiple breaks, which may require surgery to help in the healing process.

Our surgeons are affiliated with Liberty Hospital's Level II Trauma Center, which means we are uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive orthopaedic care for traumatic injuries such as broken bones, pelvic fractures, compound fractures, and other types of fractures.

Depending upon the location and severity of your fracture, our comprehensive orthopaedic trauma care includes:

  • Nonsurgical treatment including braces, splints, and casts to stabilize the fracture
  • Minor surgery using pins, plates, wires, and/or screws to stabilize the bone
  • Complex surgery including bone grafting, reconstruction, and limb lengthening for severe injuries

Our team also includes a post-fracture care and recovery plan to help restore your area of injury to its original condition and prevent stiffness and atrophy of the joints, ligaments, and muscles surrounding the fractured area.

Andrew Taiber, M.D., Hand, Wrist & Elbow

Chris Reams, M.D., Shoulder & Elbow