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Lee's Summit Medical Center

Bone & Joint Care

Lee's Summit Medical Center offers comprehensive care and a leading-edge approach to the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and disorders of the bones and joints. Our highly trained team of surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, rehabilitation specialists and medical support personnel works with each patient and their primary care physician to develop a treatment plan specifically for each patient.

The Joint Care Program at Lee's Summit Medical Center provides joint replacement patients with comprehensive care before, during and after the procedure. Participants in the program will enjoy:

  • A pre-operative class with information about the procedure, precautions, hospital stay, discharge processes and planning and other important points.
  • Access to outstanding rehab and education
  • Availability of excellent outpatient rehab following discharge

Each pre-operative class includes a light meal, and you are encouraged to bring a caregiver with you. Classes are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. To make a reservation, call (816-282-5674).

Ultra Sound Guided Pain Treatment

Lee's Summit Medical Center is offering a new technique for the treatment of patients with bone, joint and tendon disease—an integrated ultrasound-guided way to inject medication to the exact site of pain.

“This special device that combines the ultrasound with the injection, allows us to pinpoint the exact location of the pain with great precision,” says Dr. Nathan Melton, orthopaedic surgeon at LSMC. “This increases the effectiveness of treatment and now getting an injection for pain is more tolerable for patients.”

This new device is a portable, laptop system with an ultrasound transducer and monitor attached to a thin needle. Using the device, Dr. Melton can deliver medication to difficult- to-reach tissue with the touch of a button. He uses the imaging screen to guide an injection of medication, until he can precisely identify the point of inflammation.

There are big benefits to using image guidance with a smaller needle. The use of ultrasound to diagnose pain and deliver the injection is superior to other injections to increase pain relief and joint function. Ultrasonography can improve the diagnosis, accuracy and ultimate effectiveness of Injection Therapy.