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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Smaller scars, faster recovery.

At Thunder Basin Orthopedic, we strive for solutions that offer the best outcomes. Because minimally invasive surgery avoids significant tissue and muscle damage, this results in a faster recovery and less pain throughout the healing process. You can also expect less scarring, as well as a lower risk of infection.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Knees, Hips, Shoulders, and Wrists

Knee Arthroscopy

Using an arthroscope to visualize the interior of the joint, our skilled surgeon will guide the instruments to make the necessary repairs. This type of surgery is used to reconstruct ACL and meniscal tears, and the removal of inflamed synovium.

Hip Arthroscopy

By making a small incision, an arthroscope is inserted into the hip joint; then surgical tools are inserted through other small incisions. A hip arthroscopy can be used to treat hip dysplasia, hip injuries, femoroacetabular impingement, as well as synovitis, and hip joint infection.

Wrist Arthroscopy

Although less common, wrist arthroscopy can be used for carpal tunnel release procedures as well as fracture and ligament tear repair.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

This is a popular surgery that also uses an arthroscope and specialized tools. The surgery is used to repair damage to the rotator cuff tendons as well as for shoulder instability repair, labral repair or removal, bone spur removal, and the removal of inflamed tissue.

Minimally Invasive Total Joint Replacement

Total joint replacement can also be performed through minimally invasive surgery. There are minimally invasive surgery options available for total hip, knee, and shoulder replacements. In these surgeries, the worn surfaces of the joint are removed and replaced with man-made joint components that are screwed or sometimes cemented in place.

Find Out if Minimally Invasive Surgery from Thunder Basin Orthopaedics is A Good Solution for Your Joint Repair or Replacement

For many injuries and conditions, traditional surgery or nonoperative management may still be the best option for treatment. At Thunder Basin Orthopedic, we have a full range of treatment options and will look at your specific needs to determine the best solution. Please give us a call, or fill out the form to schedule an appointment. 

Patients share their experience

I could not of asked for better people to help, I have been dealing with shoulder pain for more than two years, they have helped in dealing with insurance, adjusting care, and now setting up for surgery to repair my shoulder, they are professional even if your grumpy, thank you to the staff and Dr Al
Guy Lee Phillips
When I called to make an appointment, the staff was extremely nice. When I showed up to check in, the staff again, was extremely nice. Everybody PA, staff Dr.'s are extremely knowledgable. helpful and truly care for their patients. They do not rush you out of the office. They take the time to examine you, explain things to you, and ask you questions. Thank god for second opinions. Thunder Basin Orthopaedics is giving me my life back and the ability to do what I love most.
Sarah Gallimore
Absolutely amazing staff!!!! They were kind and welcoming, they even answered my many questions. When there was a problem with my release form they fixed it right away no questions asked.
Rosie Lee Krauter

COVID-19 Announcement

To our valued TBO patients:

At Thunder Basin, patient safety has always been our top priority and as the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly spread throughout the world as well as the country, we have all had to change how we do things. In order to best protect the health of you, our patients, our staff/providers and their families we are instituting several changes (hopefully temporary) in how we will manage clinic visits. 

First, please assess your own current physical condition and risk of having been possibly exposed to Coronavirus by answering the following 3 questions which will be asked prior to being seen in clinic:

1. Do you or any member of your household have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath? 
2. Have you or anyone in your household traveled outside the united states in the last 14 days? 
3. Has anyone in your household been in contact with anyone that has or is suspected of having COVID-19?

If you are sick, have recently been sick, have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please do not come to clinic. Instead, please CALL your primary care provider or CALL the ER. 

Second, as recommended by the CDC and in accordance with social distancing guidelines, please come to your appointment alone if you are able or with a single family member/caregiver to minimize unnecessary contact with multiple people.

Thirdly, in order to minimize unnecessary contact with other patients when you arrive at the clinic we ask that you would please call the clinic at 307-682-6222 (for all clinic locations) and you will be given further instructions which may include waiting in your vehicle until we have an available room. We will do our best to immediately room patients to avoid multiple people in common or waiting areas.

With patient safety at the forefront and given the somewhat precarious current situation with the rapid, not completely understood transmission of the novel coronavirus we are doing our best to minimize risk to our patients. If you would feel more comfortable, we would gladly reschedule your appointment for a later date when conditions are less concerning. If you are a routine postop patient with no specific concerns, we would be happy to schedule a time for a phone consultation. If your musculoskeletal problem is not urgent or severe in nature we would be happy to reschedule your appointment for a later date when current health concerns have lessened.

THANK YOU for continuing to trust Thunder Basin with your care. Our goal and purpose is to help you optimize your health and function. We ask for your patience as we continue to determine the best course of action for all of our patients and staff. There may be more changes as we continue to assess the current situation daily and incorporate new information and knowledge as it becomes available. We will continue to strive to provide the best orthopaedic care in our communities while doing so in a safe environment. Please call our office with questions and we will do our very best to get you an answer as soon as possible.