When you need an experienced orthopedic surgeon, you can count on the expert team at Tower Health. Our orthopedic surgeons use the latest approaches — including minimally invasive procedures — to help you feel better and recover faster. We have the expertise to perform even the most complex procedures. You get leading-edge care, right here in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Personalized care that lets you move better.
We design a treatment plan that gives you the best possible results based on your lifestyle and goals. Our surgeons use advanced orthopedic surgery methods to repair injured or damaged bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments — we’re known for our expertise. We use the least invasive methods so that you can return to your life as quickly as possible.
Arthroscopic Surgery (Arthroscopy)
We insert a narrow tube and a tiny camera (scope) through one or more small incisions to diagnose and treat joint problems in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and ankles. We use it for:
- Cartilage repair and restoration. Cartilage repair removes the damaged cartilage and smooths the remaining surface. Cartilage restoration uses tiny cuts in the bone underneath the damaged cartilage to stimulate blood flow and new cell growth.
- Debridement. We use debridement to remove loose pieces of bone or cartilage that can irritate your joint. Our surgeons often use this procedure as part of cartilage repair.
- Fractures and dislocations. We repair broken bones using metal implants — such as plates, screws, nails, or wires — to hold the bone in place. We use a few methods to repair dislocations, such as repairing cartilage, using bone from another area to replace damaged bone, tightening surrounding ligaments, or resurfacing areas of your joint for smoother movement.
- Soft tissue repair and reconstruction. Our skilled surgeons perform highly complex procedures to repair or replace injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments — from labral tears in the shoulder and ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries in the knee to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, and more.
Joint Replacement Surgery
Our surgeons are experienced in joint replacement surgery, using the latest, least invasive approaches that let you recover more quickly. We offer shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle replacements — including leading-edge approaches that offer less pain and scarring and a quicker recovery.
When you need expert care for a traumatic injury, it’s comforting to know highly skilled surgeons at Tower Health are here to treat you. Our orthopedic surgeons have advanced training to manage even the most complex traumatic injuries.
Our team approach ensures you get timely, coordinated care from professionals who specialize in injury treatment, including:
- Amputation care. When an accident causes the loss of a finger, toe, arm, or leg, our trauma surgeons provide immediate care to reattach it whenever possible and prevent bleeding and infection.
- Internal fixation. Our surgeons set your broken bone internally — rather than using a splint or cast worn outside the body (external fixation) — to ensure bones are positioned well as they heal. We use a metal implant to hold broken bones together, which lets you regain function faster.
- Spinal fusion. We use this procedure to treat traumatic spine injuries, such as broken vertebrae (spine bones). This method joins two or more spinal vertebrae together to prevent irregular movement of your spine. It stabilizes your spine and relieves back pain.
- Traction. This therapy uses weights, ropes, and pulleys to gently guide a broken or dislocated body part back into place and hold it there. We use skin traction to correct repair muscles, joints, and tendons using splints, adhesive tape, or bandages. For broken bones, we combine traction and fixation to let your bone heal. We also use a neck brace and traction to gently stretch neck muscles or protect your neck after an injury.
Cartilage Repair and Restoration Surgery
Injuries and wear and tear can create holes in cartilage, exposing bone. Over time, this can lead to arthritis, causing joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in knees, hips, shoulders, and ankles.
We offer a variety of advanced treatments to repair or restore cartilage and relieve joint pain, including:
- Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI). We use arthroscopic surgery to remove a small piece of healthy cartilage from your joint to grow new cells on a membrane in a lab. Once we have enough cells, we surgically implant the membrane over your knee’s damaged area, which forms new cartilage over time.
- Microfracture. Using arthroscopic surgery, we create tiny holes in the bone below damaged cartilage. This creates blood flow, which stimulates new cartilage growth.
- Osteochondral autografts and allographs. These procedures take a small area of healthy cartilage and place it over damaged cartilage. An autograft uses a piece of cartilage from your knee, and an allograft uses a piece from a donor.
- Osteotomy. We use this method to cut and reshape one or more bones or shorten or lengthen a deformed bone for better joint alignment. Our surgeons use osteotomy for arthritis, congenital (present at birth) deformities, and joint misalignment. We often use it to treat knee joint problems, but it can be used on other joints.
Back and Neck Surgery
Our orthopedic surgeons use the least invasive, leading-edge approaches to treat back and neck pain and injuries. We specialize in minimally invasive methods that offer less pain and scarring and a faster recovery.
We provide a variety of advanced spinal surgeries, including:
- Discectomy/microdiscectomy. These procedures remove part or all of a damaged disc — the cushioning between spinal vertebrae — to relieve pressure on the spine and surrounding nerves. Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive approach that uses a tiny incision and a powerful microscope to perform the procedure.
- Disc replacement. We replace a damaged disc with an artificial disc made of metal or plastic.
- Foraminotomy. Your spinal nerves leave your spinal column through small holes between your vertebrae (intervertebral foramen). If the opening is too small, it compresses the nerve. We use this procedure to widen the area and relieve pressure on the nerve.
- Kyphoplasty. Our surgeons use this minimally invasive method to repair broken or compressed vertebrae. We use a needle to place a tiny balloon between vertebrae, inflate the balloon, and fill the area with bone cement to keep it from collapsing.
- Laminectomy. This method removes the back (lamina) of one or more vertebrae to relieve pressure on compressed spinal nerves.
- Spinal fusion. Spinal fusion joins two or more spinal vertebrae together. It prevents abnormal movement of your spine and stabilizes it.
- Vertebroplasty. Like kyphoplasty, this approach injects bone cement into the damaged vertebrae to keep the area from collapsing.
Elbow and Shoulder Surgery
We offer advanced surgical treatments — including minimally invasive approaches — to restore movement and relieve pain in your elbows and shoulders, including:
- Acromioclavicular (AC) repair. This procedure treats a separated shoulder — a separation of bones in your AC joint, connecting your shoulder blade to your collarbone. We repair the torn ligaments and use pins, screws, or other implants to reposition your collarbone.
- Biceps tendon surgery. We use a minimally invasive approach to reattach your biceps muscle (on the front of your upper arm) to the bones in your shoulder or elbow — depending on where it’s injured.
- Rotator cuff surgery. Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that hold your shoulder in place. When one or more of the tendons are injured, we use various methods for treatment. We specialize in advanced approaches, such as reverse shoulder replacement and muscle transfer (replaces a damaged muscle with a muscle taken from another area of your shoulder).
- Tommy John surgery. We use a ligament from another part of your body to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which holds your elbow joint in place.
Our orthopedic surgeons have advanced expertise and skill in wrist, hand, and finger surgery. We use the latest approaches to repair the bones, tendons, and ligaments of the hand and wrist.
Whenever possible, we use a minimally invasive procedure so that you can recover more quickly. We offer:
- Carpal tunnel release surgery. We make a small incision on your wrist and cut the carpal ligament that’s irritating the nerve and causing pain and numbness. The minimally invasive endoscopic method uses two tiny incisions and sophisticated imaging equipment that shows internal structures.
- Dupuytren’s contracture surgery. This disease causes the tissue underneath your palm and fingers (fascia) to thicken and tighten, causing your fingers to bend inward. We make small cuts in the thickened tissue affecting your fingers to let them move freely.
- Nerve repair. Our surgeons are experienced at repairing injured nerves. In some instances, we use part of a nerve from another area of your body to replace damaged areas of your nerve (nerve graft).
- Tenosynovitis surgery. Tenosynovitis is caused by swelling of the tissue surrounding your tendons (tendon sheath) — it’s called De Quervain's tenosynovitis when it affects the area around your thumb. We make a tiny cut on your wrist and open the swollen sheath, allowing your tendon to move without irritation.
- Trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis) surgery. This tendon injury causes your finger to stay in a bent position. We use a small incision in your hand and make tiny cuts in the nerves around the affected tendon to let the tendon move freely and restore your finger’s movement.
Hip pain is caused by an injury — such as a broken bone or an overuse injury like tendonitis — arthritis, bursitis, muscle or tendon tears, and other conditions. When you need hip surgery, we use the least invasive approach to relieve pain and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible — including the latest hip replacement approaches.
Our surgeons have advanced expertise in the latest surgical methods to give you the best possible results, including:
- Hip pinning (fixation) surgery. We repair broken hip bones using metal parts, such as screws, nails, rods, or plates.
- Hip resurfacing. If your hip joint isn’t significantly damaged by arthritis, we reshape the top of your thigh bone, cover it with metal, and then line your hip socket with a metal cup.
- Labral tear surgery. When the cartilage on the outside of your hip joint (labrum) is torn, we use a minimally invasive approach to remove the damaged area or repair the tear.
If your doctor recommends knee surgery, you can count on our advanced expertise. Our orthopedic surgeons offer a full spectrum of advanced surgeries to relieve knee pain — including the latest, minimally invasive approaches and total and partial knee replacements.
We use the least invasive approaches to provide:
- ACL reconstruction and revision. We replace your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which connects your shin (tibia) and thigh (femur) bones, with a ligament from somewhere else in your body (autograft) or from a donor (allograft). You and your doctor will decide what’s right for you.
- Patellar tendon surgery. Your patellar tendon attaches your kneecap (patella) to your tibia. We make a few small holes in your kneecap and use stitches to reattach the tendon to your kneecap. In some instances, we use small metal implants (suture anchors) to reattach the torn tendon to your kneecap without creating holes.
- PCL reconstruction. Your posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) connects your femur and tibia along the back of your leg. We use a tendon from another part of your body or a donor tendon to replace the damaged PCL. Then, we create narrow tunnels through your tibia and femur and thread your new tendon through them inside your knee.
- Meniscus repair and replacement. Your meniscus provides the cushioning between your femur and shin, under your kneecap. Whenever possible, we repair it by removing the damaged area. When the damage is severe, we replace it with a meniscus from a donor.
- MCL repair. Like your ACL and PCL, your medial cruciate ligament (MCL) connects your femur and tibia, but it runs along inside of your knee. In most instances, we’re able to use nonsurgical treatments to heal the tear. If your injury requires surgery, we use part of your patellar or hamstring tendon — or a donor’s tendon — to reconstruct your MCL.
- Quadriceps tendon surgery. The quadriceps tendon attaches your quadriceps muscles to your kneecap. We make a few small holes in your kneecap and use stitches to reattach the tendon to it. Sometimes, we use small metal implants (suture anchors) to reattach the torn tendon to your kneecap without creating holes.