Orthopedic Specialty Services

Arthroscopic Surgery, Emergency Ortho, Sports Injuries, Total Joint Replacement, X-Ray & Diagnostics


Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure orthopedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. To look inside your joint, your surgeon will use an arthroscope, a slender instrument that contains a lens and a light source. The arthroscope and other special tools are inserted into the joint through tiny incisions. Using a camera, the arthroscope sends an image of your joint to a TV screen that lets your surgeon see your joint more clearly.

Arthroscopy is performed because:

  • The surgeon can often find and treat the problem during one procedure.
  • The surgeon can often see the joint better than with open surgery.
  •  It creates smaller incisions than open surgery, possibly resulting in faster recovery and less scarring.


Preparing for arthroscopic surgery:

  • Have any tests that your surgeon orders.
  • Don’t eat or drink anything for 8 hours before surgery. This includes coffee, water, and gum.
  • Stop taking anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, 7–10 days before surgery.
  • Ask in advance if you can take any daily medication on the day of surgery.
  • If you smoke, now is a good time to stop. This will reduce the risk of surgical complications.
  • Arrange for a friend or family member to give you a ride home after surgery.


Emergency Orthopedic Care

UP Health System - Portage has you covered with the Western Upper Peninsula’s only 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 52-weeks-a-year emergency orthopedic coverage.

One of our expert orthopedic surgeons is always available when the need arises to provide quality, compassionate care on a one-on-one basis.

The service isn’t an easy one to offer, needing a sizable commitment out of our surgeons as well as surgical technicians and providers of anesthesiology services.

This commitment to your care is part of what makes UP Health System - Portage the area’s premium healthcare provider.

  • 24/7 Orthopaedic Care Offerings
  • X-Ray Services
  • Orthopedic Surgeon On Call
  • Anesthesiologist or CRNA On Call
  • Surgical Technicians On Call


24/7 orthopedic care provided for:

  • Complex fractures or breaks in:
    • hip, knee, shoulder, foot, ankle
  • Traumatic Emergencies


Total Joint Replacement

 Our team at UP Health System - Portage specializes in a wide range of joint replacement procedures. Some of these include:

  • Top hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Total shoulder replacement


X-Ray & Diagnostics

The Radiology Department provides one of the most important services at UP Health System - Portage: medical imaging and radiology services.

We offer a complete range of procedures to help your physician diagnose medical problems and start you on your road to recovery.

We operate a completely digital department

  • Faster, more efficient service
  • More precise reports
  • Most reports to your doctor’s office within 24 hours


We use state-of-the-art equipment 

  • Digital X-ray
  • Open bore MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • 64-slice CT scanning
  • Digital mammography
  • Nuclear medicine
  • 3D ultrasound


We offer 24-hour staffing for X-rays and Computerized Tomography (CT)

We work with 3 radiologists to read your exams and provide a range of interventional procedures, including:

  • Needle biopsies of the breast, liver, lung, bone, thyroid, and prostate
  • Pain management
  • Epidural steroid injections for back pain
  • Joint injections
  • PICC lines (Long-term IV access for medications)
  • Fluid aspirations


Contact us

For more information about our Radiology Department, please call (906) 483-1410 or (800) 573-5001 (toll-free).