Conditions that are commonly referred to orthopedists range from sprains, strains, and broken bones to more complex conditions such as torn cartilage, shoulder instability, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, and arthritis. Orthopedic Surgeon Shane Fejfar’s goal is to restore the highest level of movement and function with the least risk.
Non-surgical solutions are pursued whenever possible. Often, a personalized program of medication and physical therapy brings relief and facilitates healing. Invasive surgery is pursued only in severe situations and if lifestyle modifications and non-surgical alternatives are not effective. Arthroscopic procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis and are common in sports medicine. The procedure involves the insertion of a pencil-sized arthroscope through a small incision in the skin and into the damaged joint. The arthroscope’s tiny camera and surgical tips enable the surgeon to see inside the joint and repair torn cartilage or ligaments and remove loose bone or cartilage.
Total or partial joint replacements are inpatient procedures that typically involve a three-day hospital stay. Advancements in joint replacement have led to less-invasive techniques and dramatic improvements in pain relief and improved function. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that approximately 581,000 total knee replacement procedures and 193,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States each year.
Dr. Fejfar (pronounced "fa-fer") joined the Coffey Health System staff of full-time physicians in 2009. He came to Burlington from the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Manhattan, Kansas, and brings a wealth of experience including a medical degree from the University of South Dakota; a transitional residency at the University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls; and an orthopedic residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita. He has completed two fellowships in total joint arthroplasty at the Kansas Joint Replacement Institute in Wichita and young adult hip and adult reconstruction in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Fejfar is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.