Orthopedic Specialty Services

Arthroscopic Surgery, Uni-compartmental Partial Knee Replacement, 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.

Uni-compartmental partial knee replacement

UP Medical Group - Portage Orthopedics, a Department of UP Health System - Portage, is pleased to announce Dr. Aaron Leininger is performing the uni-compartmental knee replacement - a minimally invasive surgery that allows orthopedic surgeons to personalize partial knee procedures for each patient, thereby improving patient outcomes and reducing recovery time. 

Dr. Leininger recently completed the Oxford® Partial Knee Advanced Instruction Course and is accepting new patients right here in the Upper Peninsula. 

During knee replacement surgery, damaged bone and cartilage are resurfaced with metal and plastic components. In unicompartmental knee replacement  — or partial knee replacement — only a portion of the knee is resurfaced. This procedure is an alternative to total knee replacement for patients whose disease is limited to just one area of the knee.

Because a partial knee replacement is completed using smaller incisions, many patients spend less time in the hospital and can return to normal activities sooner than total knee replacement patients.

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).