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7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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Where do I start? Everyone was great. Amber is still my favorite I stayed twice and she remembered me and we were just like old friends. Always there to talk to me when I need her! Tina she too is awesome we became good friends the first time I was here and we still are! She was always so busy at night but came super fast when I called for her. She took very good care of me.
Baylee, very sweet girl, she’s a keeper! She was spot on with my bed pan. She got it every time. I was always glad to see her. She’s friendly and we always had something to talk about. Carolyn [ob./gyn] she works with babies so she was very mothering! Who doesn’t want to be taken care of by their “mom.” Nice lady!
Sonja, she was great, very gentle. She went through what I am going through twice! She knew how to move me as pain free as possible. We had some very nice talks that made me feel so much better. Lauren always said something to me when she saw me even if she wasn’t my nurse. She made me feel like her sister. Sweet girl!
Kinsay, very caring lady. She loves to spoil me! She helps me do anything. I am uncomfortable asking for help on something she wants to do everything for me! She makes sure all my needs are made. PS. If you tell her about what I said tell her “ she’ll make headlines some day!!” she will know what it means.
Shaila, she was a lifesaver! I was so itchy one night and she came in and put lotion all over me. So nice… Nick my first male nurse and of course I had a bm! Not only one but four times. He was very respectful, he was so sweet I didn’t feel so weird! Jason from LAB all though I hate needles he was very good and quick. He never missed or hurt me!
Dr. Max DeCarvalho – very informative and explains everything you ask. He is very thorough; shows any part of MRI and CT Scan you ask about. Like his temperament and bedside manner. Hopefully surgery is a success! I’m sure it will be.
Rebecca, PA for Dr. Max – great personal career! Listens and explains all questions. Knows her work. Would make a good doctor!
Shannon (works with insurance) was very helpful. She worked very hard and made lots of calls to get somewhere closer to home. I’m moving on! I will miss everyone so much. I feel like they are my friends. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! Brenda, PCT, day shift – prompt, great personality, considerate, good attitude, very helpful. Braylen, PCT, night shift, smiles a lot and is great as well. All very prompt, the PCTs taking care of me.
Lauren, nurses on day shift, love her attitude and personality. Works hard and is prompt. I forgot things to ask for and she returned right after I asked for it. Checks on you… one of the best nurses.
Paul, nurse at night was very busy but got him to talk. Very nice attitude. Shaila, PCT on nights was very pleasant and helpful, nice to talk to. Jennifer, Respiratory Therapist was very intelligent and knowledgeable. Explained everything I asked and informed me of things that I thought were more accurate than other therapists in different business told me. Very pleasant personality. Emely, she was in housekeeping. Very nice lady, easy to talk to. She made sure my personal things were kept together. Always watched out for my plant!
I am sorry I do not know the names of the individuals that took care of me. But I do want to say I had wonderful, professional, comforting care from all I was in contact with. The entire staff responsible for my care were very courteous and polite and made my stay there a very good experience considering the reason I was there.
I was completely satisfied with all my treatments and with all the people involved. Everyone I was in contact with was helpful and kind. The facilities were clean and kept up even during some very bad weather that coincided with my stay. Thanks to everyone!
My RN Molli was amazing. She was caring, empathetic and sensitive. Great at explaining things that were going to happen and always answering my questions, before I could even ask. She is a blessing.
We had great care by Dr. Max DeCarvalho and his staff for my spinal surgery. Also, by the staff on the joint floor where I stayed. Shelby Rohr stood out as very caring and on top of my after-surgery care.
The care I received at the Bone, Joint, and Spine Center during my stay (4/3/18- 4/5/18) for a knee replacement was exceptional. I want to especially say thank you to my nurses Amber and Kim, who I felt went above and beyond. They were wonderful.
In the last 30 hours here at HaysMed I have had the best nurses and aides that anyone could every ask for. Amber and the night nurse (can’t remember her name) did their very best to make sure I had everything I needed and wanted to make my stay exceptionally good out of a bad situation. I have had the best care and would recommend this facility to everyone.
I am writing on behalf of my father and myself. My father received excellent care from the team on the bone, joint and spine floor. They were so attentive to his every need; they
encouraged him, gave him positive reinforcement and were extremely patient. I can’t give enough praise to : Amber, Tina, Brenda, Kinzey, Lauren, Shannon, Stephanie, Mark (TCNS) and Aubrey (TCNS).
I continue to be impressed with the people working in the bone, joint and spine center. All my call lights were promptly answered, all my questions were directed properly. Most
importantly, I felt as though I were the only patient at the time, that they gave me all the time that I needed. I have used the After-Visit call line and have found it very reassuring! Thank you!
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- HaysMed Orthopedic Institute Receives Durable Medical Equipment Reaccreditation
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Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Accredited Facility
Hip and Knee Replacement Certification for Center of Excellence – DNV GL Healthcare
Managing Infection Risk – DNV GL Healthcare
Hays Orthopedic Institute
Expertise • Technology • Compassion
Since we opened our doors in 1932, expert care has made Hays Orthopedic Institute the largest and most experienced orthopedic specialty group in the region. Highly trained physicians. Advanced medical technology. A true commitment to helping others. There is an important difference at Hays Orthopedic. And it could make a big difference in your life – whether you live here in Hays, Kansas, or in any of the many nearby communities in our large service area.
The physicians and staff at Hays Orthopedic Institute are dedicated to providing you and your family the highest quality, most comprehensive treatment of the musculoskeletal system. This system includes bones, joints, muscles, and any related painful conditions. Whether your condition is due to arthritis, a sports injury, an accident, or a congenital or work-related disorder, you can feel confident choosing our orthopedic clinic for your care.
At Hays Orthopedic Institute, our experienced orthopedic doctors are dedicated to helping you regain the freedom of movement for virtually every bone and joint in your body. Our orthopedic doctors, backed by an attentive, patient-centered support staff, are exceptional in their specialties, as well as compassionate and understanding of your needs. Our orthopedic surgeons are medical doctors with dedicated training in orthopedic treatments. Each is recognized for their skill and expertise in helping to improve the quality of life for all our patients. We aim to provide you with the most efficient and compassionate care available.
Our Physician Assistants (P.A.s) are licensed healthcare professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of the orthopedic associates team, P.A.s deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to help diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. Their focus is patient care, which may include education, research, and administrative activities. P.A.s can treat patients when the physician is away from the practice and can write prescriptions.
Bone, Joint and Spine Center
Your experience at the HaysMed Bone, Joint and Spine Center combines clinical excellence with a comfortable, healing environment. You will receive dedicated care before, during and after your surgery. Everything is designed to get you back to the life you love.
Arthroscopic surgery is a modern method of performing surgery inside the joint through very small incisions – usually about a quarter of an inch in length with two or three incisions per joint necessary. A video camera attached to the end of a long thin microscope is placed inside the joint. Other long, thin, frequently motorized instruments are used to perform surgery inside joints. Knees and shoulders most commonly benefit, but other joints such as ankles, hips, and wrists may also be done.
Procedures include: total knee replacement, total hip replacement, direct anterior approach hip replacement and total shoulder replacement. Total joint replacement means an orthopedic surgeon replaces both sides of the surface of a joint. For example, in the knee it means replacing both the thin cartilage surface on the lower joint surface, which is the tibia, and the upper joint surface, which is the femur. Also, the joint surface under the kneecap is replaced. This requires removing the thin cartilage surface and a thin surface of bone for replacement with a metal and plastic surface. This allows all movement of the joint to occur between the metal and plastic parts rather than the raw bone left by arthritis. To learn more about knee and hip joint replacement, and options for you to consider, check out this information from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons: https://hipknee.aahks.org/
Spine Surgery at HaysMed specializes in the comprehensive treatment of diseases and disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, including musculoskeletal problems, disc problems and degenerative conditions, spinal deformities and fractures. We offer complete management of spine conditions including low back pain, disc problems and spinal injuries. Our orthopedic surgeons provide treatments including minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS), spinal reconstruction and fusion procedures. Each patient is carefully evaluated to determine the best treatment or procedure for their specific needs.
At the HaysMed Bone, Joint and Spine Center, we evaluate and treat congenital spine deformities – disorders of the spine that develop in a child before birth. When vertebrae don’t form properly very early in fetal development, it causes structural problems in the spine and spinal cord. Associated problems can range from mild to severe and may cause other challenges if left untreated. Our pediatric orthopedic specialists address spinal and other congenital conditions such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hip disorders (dysplasia), flat feet, toe walking, in-toeing bowlegs (knock knees) and other spinal deformities often seen in children.
The Bone, Joint and Spine Center offers many features that make it stand out from a typical hospital stay. Our focus is on your independence throughout rehabilitation. The smaller unit allows more one-on-one time for you with the staff. For the most part, the same nurses will be caring for you throughout your stay. We are committed to helping you control pain following surgery and with physical therapy. And individualized patient education helps you achieve the best results from your surgery, recover quicker and get back to your activities.
Hays Orthopedic Institute offers the state-of-the-art GE 450 Short Bore MRI with a wider opening – as comfortable as having a CT exam done. This magnetic resonance imaging system is a method used by orthopedic doctors to look inside the body to obtain diagnostic information. The MRI produces images of the anatomy without the use of radiation found in X-rays and CT scanning.
Swarm Interactive is a collection of animated orthopedic procedure videos. Click here to choose from a variety of procedures that may be of interest to you.
Problem Areas and Treatments
Almost 80 percent of the population will experience foot or ankle pain in their lives. We treat people of all ages, for problems from calluses and bunions to serious injuries and disorders. Many foot and ankle problems can be remedied with conservative care, including correctional orthotic devices. When surgical intervention is necessary, the board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Hays Orthopedic Institute are fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgery.
The Hays Orthopedic Institute’s fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors treat conditions involving the bones, tendons, and muscles of the hands, wrist, and forearm. This entire region works as a unit, so the dysfunction of a single part needs consideration of the whole. Hand surgery requires a totally specialized surgical approach – whether treating fractures, arthritis, or deformities. An additional year of training (fellowship) is required for orthopedic surgeons seeking certification in hand surgery. Under their experienced guidance, your recovery will be expertly diagnosed and carefully monitored from start to successful recovery.
Therapy may be necessary for any surgery involving the hand, wrist, or elbow. The objective at Hays Orthopedic Institute is to provide exercise and activities designed to help return the patient to an active, productive lifestyle.
When your hip joint causes you pain, everything you do suffers – playing sports, yard work, even simply walking. Our goal at Hays Orthopedic Institute is to ease your suffering from hip pain and get you back to your daily routine. We provide state-of-the-art care for fractures, complex and common hip arthritis, and other degenerative conditions of this joint. If conditions warrant replacement surgery, our orthopedic doctors are specialty-trained, experienced, and skilled in all aspects of total hip replacement. Using the most modern technology and surgical techniques, which allow for more rapid recovery and longer lasting joint function, the physicians at Hays Orthopedic Institute are able to restore the joy of movement and truly revitalize lives. To learn more about hip joint replacement, and options for you to consider, check out this information from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons: https://hipknee.aahks.org/ and https://orthoinfo.org
The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured. Whether you are suffering from a past injury, or from gradual wear and tear of arthritis, knee pain can make it difficult to maintain an active lifestyle. The dedicated orthopedic doctors at Hays Orthopedic Institute are experts in caring for people with knee pain. From managing medications and physical therapy to the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery or total knee replacement, our specialists provide complete, individualized care and treatment that will restore your quality of life. To learn more about knee joint replacement, and options for you to consider, check out this information from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons: https://hipknee.aahks.org/
The shoulder and elbow are two of the most complex joints in the human body. Injuries affecting one or both of these joints are common and can drastically affect one’s quality of life. The orthopedic surgeons at Hays Orthopedic Institute are expertly trained in shoulder and elbow surgery, and in the treatment of tendon, bone, joint, and nerve disorders of the shoulder and elbow. They provide the most up-to-date treatment for their patients, including arthroscopic and reconstructive techniques.
When the spine is injured and its function impaired, the consequences can be painful and even disabling. Fortunately, Hays Orthopedic Institute works with patients and their families to improve the quality of life for patients with spinal disorders through innovative approaches to diagnosis, treatment, research, and patient education. Our spine surgeons have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of all spinal disorders.
Injection Therapies: Cortisone and Synvisc
Injectable cortisone is synthetically produced but is a close derivative of your body’s own product. It can be injected into areas of the body that have become inflamed from overuse, injury, or arthritis, with significant relief of symptoms. Common areas for injection include the major joints such as hips, knees, or shoulders for arthritis or bursitis. Other problem areas such as tennis elbow, trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, or plantar fasciitis in the foot are common sites for injection. Cortisone injections usually work within a few days and the effects can last for several weeks. The orthopedic doctors at Hays Orthopedic Institute carefully consider each patient’s needs when prescribing and administering cortisone treatment regimens.
Synvisc is a treatment administered directly into the knee that actually replaces damaged fluid in the knee joint for patients with osteoarthritis. It may reduce osteoarthritis knee pain for up to six months. It is an option if mild exercise and physical therapy or simple pain relievers like acetaminophen or other anti-inflammatory medications haven’t given enough relief. Only your doctor can decide if Synvisc is a good option for you.
HaysMed Sports Medicine provides high-quality outreach athletic-training coverage for school districts here in Hays, Kansas, and in the many nearby communities in our service area. Coverage includes recognition/evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries including referral when necessary. We offer education for area athletes, coaches, families and the general public on the importance of injury prevention, diagnosis, rehabilitation, and return to activity. In addition, Athletic Trainers are available to provide rehabilitation, reconditioning, and education to prevent athletic injury.
We offer prompt access to injury assessments by a sports medicine professional including walk-in clinics through Hays Orthopedic Institute, urgent care walk-in clinic at HaysMed, and urgent access to Athletic Training through outreach coverage service. HaysMed also serves as clinical instructors for the Ft. Hays St. University Athletic Training Education Program in a variety of settings in health care.
Schools have the option for having a Certified Athletic Trainer at game/event locations readily available for immediate care, assessment, and/or treatment of any athletic injuries. If any injury requires further evaluation, HaysMed offers prompt access to qualified physicians and/or physician assistants at Hays Orthopedic Institute, sports walk-in clinics, urgent care clinics, and other HaysMed physician offices. HaysMed Athletic Trainers work seamlessly with other healthcare professionals to focus on rehabilitating and reconditioning the athletes for a quick yet safe return to activity.
Sports Performance Program
HaysMed offers a variety of programs to aide athletes in enhancing their sport performance, reduce their risk of injury, and provide a platform to assist in recruiting for those athletes interested in collegiate athletics. For example, Athletic Edge is a unique performance enhancement program customized for each athlete to increase his or her skills in a fun, competitive environment. Daily workouts are designed to motivate and challenge athletes while providing age-level safe exercises to improve speed, coordination, strength, and conditioning with a focus on improving techniques to reduce injury risk.
The Testing Combine is held annually at The Center for Health Improvement. Athletes from around the state are invited to test their athletic abilities in a variety of events. Participants’ results are sent to the athlete’s respective school coaches, and include percentiles and comparisons to previous year testing. We also send testing results to colleges around the Midwest as a way to promote our area athletes for recruiting purposes. Testing is also available to schools or individuals by appointment.