Orthopedic Surgeon Kurt Madsen made the decision to perform knee, hip, or shoulder total joint replacement surgery at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, 1206 E. National Ave, Brazil, after a patient's request. He said the patient needed operation on her knee and asked him if he could do it at St. Vincent Clay because it is closer to home for her. He had never performed a replacement surgery at the hospital before and said he had considered performing the procedure for quite some time.
Since she asked, he decided this was the best time to begin the process of preparing the hospital for replacement surgeries on local patients.
"The patient really wanted it done without changing hospitals," he said. "I never insisted on one hospital or the other. She wanted it done here. I decided this was the best time to begin operating at St. Vincent Clay."
Previously he had operated primarily in Terre Haute, where his main office is, and he has an office at St. Vincent Clay, where he meets with local patients on Fridays.
The patient's surgery was April 4, and was the first orthopedic surgery performed since his decision. After the procedure, Madsen said everything went well and the staff did a great job. He was glad to see everything go so smoothly and said he was pleased with the staff.
"The staff was ready and eager to learn," he said. "They were very professional and did a great job."
Madsen said if an operation goes well, patients could be treated as outpatients. Whether they are inpatient or outpatient, the patient will have to have physical therapy. He said St. Vincent Clay has a great physical therapy department for local patients.
Kelly Maurer, clinical director and physical therapist, has been with the hospital on and off since 1983. She said their facility is ready and equipped to assist patients in their recovery and helping them to get back to their normal life.
"We like to see people get better and teach them to get back to life, it's very rewarding," she said.
For some patients unable to leave the hospital, like those with hip replacement, the hospital offers a program called "swing beds."
Paulette Gaskill, RN and case manager, said the hospital's program gives patients the option of not having to go to a nursing home for treatment and physical therapy. She said they are in the hospital for 20 days of care and therapy, if they need more than 20 days they will have to go to a nursing home. Gaskill said "swing beds" is a great in-house rehabilitation service that is close to home and believes the patient will not find services like this anywhere else.
Madsen has more than 12 years of experience. Along with his office at St.Vincent Clay, where he treats local patients on Friday's, he has an office in Terre Haute at 500 E. Springhill Drive. Madsen also works with local doctors in the community.
For more information, call the hospital at 442-2500, or visit www.stvincent.org. Madsen may be reached at 812-234-2663.