Category: Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center

Coronavirus Update

Please note that our clinic is now open to ALL patients, and elective surgeries have resumed. Nothing is more important to us than your health and safety. No patients with Coronavirus are being treated at Nevada Orthopedic.

To ensure maximum safety, we are preventing the spread of COVID-19 in any of our patient areas by:

  • Extensively cleaning exam rooms between patients.
  • Frequently disinfecting welcome areas.
  • Continuing to require staff, patients, and visitors to wear masks.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Restricting the number of patients waiting in our lobby area and we have expanded our Northwest waiting room by using our outdoor space with a portable tent and swamp cooler.
  • Screening both patients and staff as needed.

As of this posting, no visitors are allowed. However, should you need an exception in the situation of a pediatric, elderly, or emergency surgery patient, we will allow ONE visitor. Please contact us for additional questions.

New Extended Hours for Our Fast-Track Clinic

Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center’s Fast-Track Clinic is now open on Saturdays!

Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center’s Fast-Track Clinic’s same-day visits are now available for extended hours. The clinic is open Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

View office details on the Fast-Track Clinic’s page here.

The clinic offers:

  • Call-Ahead or Walk-In Appointments
  • Short Wait Times
  • Most Insurances Accepted
  • Major Credit Cards Accepted
  • Care Credit

Parking and entrance are located on the West Side of the Parkway Medical Building.

Download the flyer for this announcement by clicking here.

Surgery and Smoking

Cigarette smoking is recognized as one of the major causes of preventable disease. Most people know that smoking is linked to heart and respiratory diseases, as well as to several cancers. However, many people are not aware that smoking has a serious negative effect on bones, muscles, and joints, and that smoking often leads to poorer outcomes from orthopedic surgery.

Smoking has a negative effect on fracture and wound healing after surgery.

  • Broken bones take longer to heal in smokers because of the harmful effects of nicotine on the production of bone-forming cells.
  • Smokers also have a higher rate of complications after surgery than nonsmokers – in fact, smoking may be the single most important factor in postoperative complications. The most common complications caused by smoking include:
    • Poor wound healing
    • Infection
    • Less satisfactory final outcomes of surgery

Researchers have noted that patients who quit smoking have improved outcomes for surgical treatments of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.

Research on Smoking and Orthopedic Procedures

In two specific types of surgeries (spinal fusion and rotator cuff repairs), results were significantly better for people who never smoked and for those who stopped smoking than for smokers.

Smoking and Spinal Fusion Surgery

Spinal fusion surgery is often used to treat disk disorders in the neck and the lower back. Two or more of the small bones in the spinal column (vertebrae) are “welded” together with bone grafts and internal devices, such as metal rods.

The success of the surgery depends on how well the bones heal into a solid unit. A successful spinal fusion can reduce pain and improve the patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living.

In a study on spinal fusions in the lower back, the success rate was 80% to 85% for patients who never smoked or who quit smoking after their surgery. The success rate dropped to under 73% for smokers. More than 70% of nonsmokers and previous smokers were able to return to work. But only about half of the smokers were able to resume working. Another study on spinal fusions in the neck showed successful fusion in 81% of nonsmokers but in only 62% of smokers.

Smoking and Rotator Cuff Surgery

Smoking also has a negative impact on surgeries that focus on muscles, such as rotator cuff repairs. One study compared the results of 235 patients treated at two different medical institutions. Results in nonsmokers were significantly better than results in smokers. Nonsmokers experienced less pain and a higher degree of function after surgery than smokers. Good or excellent results were seen in 84% of nonsmokers but in only 35% of smokers.

Evidence like this continues to indicate that smoking is harmful, not only to your lungs but also to your bones and muscles.

Quit Smoking Now

You can improve your chances for a successful outcome after surgery if you are a nonsmoker or have stopped smoking, according to researchers.

Before you plan your orthopedic surgery, be sure to talk to your surgeon about your tobacco use. Find out about support programs to help you quit. There are many low-cost smoking cessation programs available. The American Lung Association is a great place to start: American Lung Association.

For more information on how smoking affects your orthopedic procedures call Nevada Orthopedic at (702) 258-3773.

Ronald Hillock MD
Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Diplomat American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Adult Reconstruction and Orthopedic Oncology

Frequent Football Injuries From Head To Toe

Are you ready for some football? If so, it’s time to also get ready for some football injuries. They go hand and hand with this sport, maybe more so than any other. Running, tackling, changing direction while running, falling, and overuse of a part of your body all contribute to frequent football injuries from head to toe.

Weekend warriors, professionals, high school and college players, and even the pee wee leagues can expect frequent football injuries, so what should you be on the lookout for?

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How to Stay Safe While Playing Golf

While no one reading this will probably ever be a Tiger Woods or a Nicklaus, some of us will religiously hit the golf course to try. While most just play golf for fun, the sport can stop being fun rather quickly when you become injured.

The pros know the two main causes of injury while playing golf are poor mechanics and overuse.  The more time you spend playing golf, the higher the risk of injury, but there are techniques, precautions, and little secrets to keep everyone safe on the golf course.

Here are some helpful tips for you.

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6 Common Causes Of Front Knee Pain

If you suffer from front knee pain in Las Vegas, you understand the frustration as you search for relief. Professional athletes, weekend warriors, and those who just love outdoor sports can all attest to how this directly affects daily activities.

To help grow your knowledge and seek comfort, here are 6 common causes of front knee pain, also known as anterior knee pain.

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