by David Lozano, Earned Media Senior Manager, Banner Health
The Banner CORE Center of Orthopedics at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center has been helping patients for several years with their orthopedic surgical needs. This includes patients like 85-year-old Emil Butz, a retired business owner from Maricopa, who benefited from these services after recent knee surgery.
Until November 2017, Butz hadn’t needed major surgery other than having his tonsils taken out as a child. After an old gymnastics injury to his knee finally caught up with him, he turned to the medical experts at Banner Casa Grande for help.
“I waited two years to do it,” Butz said, pointing to his knee.
The Banner CORE Center of Orthopedics offers a fully integrated continuum of care to patients. That means patients like Butz start with Independence Expedition®, an education class that prepares patients both physically and emotionally for surgery. It’s also where patients receive their Patient Passport®. This guidebook explains in depth what will happen before, during and after, orthopedic surgery. It also includes information about the patient’s post-surgical recovery, and highlights the importance of doing rehabilitation while a patient is in the hospital, and after they’ve gone home.
Butz said the classes offered valuable insight into his overall surgical treatment plan, and credits that, as well as the orthopedic staff at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center,f for making his recovery easier.
“We’re proud to be able to offer our patients programs like this to help them with their orthopedic surgical needs,” said Rona Curphy, CEO of Banner Casa Grande Medical Center. “If you look at Mr. Butz as an example, we have patients from all over Pinal County (including many people from Maricopa County) who come to us for orthopedic surgery. He could have very easily traveled north to the Phoenix area for this same procedure. But instead, he traveled south and came to us.”
She added, “We were able to help empower him when it comes to active participation in his own care and treatment. The outcome of all this was alleviating the pain and discomfort he had before surgery, and helping him by focusing on our mission of ‘making health care easier, so life can be better.’”
The journey to orthopedic surgery at the Banner CORE Center of Orthopedics at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center is a three-part process:
Step 1: The patient comes in or contacts us to set up an appointment for their surgical procedure by calling directly, or getting a referral from a primary care doctor.
Step 2: During the appointment with the Banner CORE Center of Orthopedics doctor, the patient is evaluated and a diagnosis is made. The doctor will then discuss the next steps in the patient’s care plan.
Step 3: If surgery is recommended as part of a treatment plan, the patient will begin the journey toward wellness with the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics.
It’s been only a few months since his surgery, but Butz has been able to increase his active lifestyle and continue enjoying his retirement. While he was having trouble walking before because of his bad knee, he now walks wherever he wants to. In fact, he’s been doing a lot of landscaping work. He goes grocery shopping every day and celebrates a successful surgery with extensive traveling across the U.S. and into his native Canada.
The only thing that remains from his surgery is a minor scar. He now looks back at the hard work he put into making sure he could walk without pain. While the success to knee surgery is having the right medical experts such as those at Banner Casa Grande to help, Butz also realizes how important it is for patients like him to continue rehabilitation after they’ve left the hospital. He recounts what it was like when he finally saw the great results of his surgery. “I was pleased with the progress,” Butz said.
To request an appointment with the experts at the Banner CORE Center of Orthopedics at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center, please call (855) 409-7520. For more information about the orthopedic services offered at Banner Casa Grande, go to BannerHealth.com\casagrande.