The Orthopedic and Spine Center at Alaska Regional Hospital provides a comprehensive program for joint, back and neck conditions as a result of trauma, illness or aging.
Our center combines patient education, individualized care, advanced treatment, reconstruction options and rehab care to ensure that patients achieve the highest level of independence and physical function.
To find a doctor, speak with a team member at (907) 264-1722 but, if you have general questions about our orthopedics program, call (907) 264-1471.
Orthopedic care for bone health needs
Our team of experts provide patients of all ages state-of-the-art care in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions. In addition, the Orthopedic & Spine Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its hip and knee replacement programs by demonstrating our compliance with the Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety.
Our orthopedic specialists are known for their high-quality hip and joint replacement surgeries and their commitment to patient-focused care and a personalized healing environment.
Common orthopedic conditions
Orthopedic conditions are disorders of the bones, muscles, ligaments, joints and tendons. Orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons are doctors specializing in musculoskeletal medical and surgical treatments, respectively. Some common orthopedic conditions include:
- Back pain
- Foot pain
- Herniated discs
- Hip, knee, and ankle disorders
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal tumors
Orthopedic services we offer
Treatments for orthopedic conditions vary based on the health of the patient, as well as the type and severity of their condition. Our care for orthopedic patients includes medicines, traditional surgeries, minimally invasive surgical procedures and coordinated services with rehabilitation care. Our orthopedic doctors offer services including:
- Cervical disc replacement
- Joint fusion surgery
- Joint replacement surgeries
Joint care services
Our joint surgery service, located within our Orthopedic and Spine Center, provides each joint surgery patient with extensive education and the right tools for recovery in a patient-friendly setting. We treat patients like "hotel guests" who are temporarily sidelined with an orthopedic issue.
Our joint replacement surgery team has earned the Joint Commission's Seal. That means we are committed to high-quality care and successful patient outcomes. The surgeries we offer include:
- Hip replacement surgery
- Knee replacement surgery
Our patients are active participants in a unique treatment model that focuses on wellness and helping the patient regain function after surgery to quickly get back to their lives. Our team works to provide patients with as much information and encouragement as possible to keep them educated, motivated and involved.
Joint Risk Assessment
The patient's physician will assess and plan for each patient’s individual care plan and medical clearances. Our nursing team and discharge planners work with patients to answer questions and direct them to useful resources within the hospital and community. Our joint care program covers preoperative classes, surgery and postoperative rehab and education. Our joint care education covers:
- Preoperative classes — This is training designed to educate patients about the entire surgical experience, from preoperative teaching to rehab to postoperative exercising. These classes introduce patients to the program and its many components while emphasizing the patient’s own role in the recovery process.
- Comprehensive guides — This is a detailed step-by-step instruction guide for patients. It covers all aspects of joint surgery including preoperative preparations from six weeks before surgery through three months of postoperative care. The guide provides answers to frequently asked questions and highlights the surgical admission process, surgery, post-surgical care, inpatient rehab therapy and lifestyle considerations.
- Patient-focused care team and social interactions — Throughout our patient's stay, he or she will interact frequently with our team and fellow patients during group activities. In addition to encouraging each other and learning from each other, program participants enjoy and benefit from the camaraderie and social aspects of the group experience.