Orthopedic care in Caldwell, Idaho

Whether if you have a chronic bone or joint condition or have an injury, such as a sprain or fracture, West Valley Medical Center can help. We provide comprehensive orthopedic care from emergency services to advanced surgeries and rehabilitation for the greater Treasure Valley.

For more information about our orthopedic care services. contact us at (208) 455-3981.

Orthopedic and spine center

West Valley adheres to the highest standards of excellence in bone and joint health. Our experienced orthopedic surgeons and staff are committed to providing advanced care for a wide range of orthopedic conditions including:

  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease): This is an age-related type of arthritis where the articular cartilage that normally protects the joint wears away over time, resulting in the bones rubbing against each other causing pain and limiting movement.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: This is the most common form of chronic inflammatory arthritis. The body’s immune system attacks its own tissue and joints become irritated and thickened, causing cartilage loss, pain and stiffness.
  • Post-traumatic arthritis: This is a condition occurring after an injury when fractures and/or tears of the tendons in the joint may damage the cartilage over time, causing pain and limiting function.
  • Avascular necrosis (Osteonecrosis): This painful condition may be a result of chronic steroid use, severe fracture, sickle cell disease or heavy alcohol use. Also called osteonecrosis, the blood supply to the bone is disturbed, causing the bone cells to die.
  • Osteoporotic fracture: This is a condition when thinning and weakening of the bone is caused by osteoporosis, which can lead to fractures.
  • Hip fracture: This is a condition when a broken hip occurs from falling or a blunt trauma resulting in the femoral head or the acetabulum breaking. Hip fractures are extremely painful and can lead to life-threatening complications. This is a medical emergency and requires immediate attention.
  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease): This is an age-related type of arthritis that damages the cartilage causing a loss in cushioning due to wear and deterioration. This results in bone rubbing on bone and painful bone spurs.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: This is the most common form of chronic inflammatory arthritis where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue. In the shoulder, the synovial membrane that surrounds the joint becomes irritated and thickened, causing cartilage loss, pain and stiffness.
  • Post-traumatic arthritis: This is a condition when, after an injury, fractures and/or tears of the tendons in the shoulder may damage the cartilage over time, causing pain and limiting shoulder function.
  • Rotator cuff arthropathy: If you have had a large rotator cuff tear for a long time, this can develop into arthropathy. The rotator cuff tear can cause changes in the shoulder joint leading to arthritis and deterioration of the joint cartilage.
  • Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis): This painful condition may be a result of chronic steroid use, severe fracture, sickle cell disease or heavy alcohol use. Also called osteonecrosis, the blood supply to the bone is disturbed causing the bone cells to die.
  • Impingement and rotator cuff tears: Shoulder impingement is the repetitive compression and overuse of the tendons in the shoulder, causing pain and tears of the rotator cuff tendons.
  • Osteoporotic fracture: This is a thinning and weakening of the bone caused by osteoporosis, which can lead to fractures.

Ortho and spine ethos program

Our Ortho and Spine Ethos programs are designed to make sure our patients are fully prepared and feel more at ease throughout their total joint or spine surgical journeys.

Our program is unique and includes Enhanced Surgical Recovery (ESR) and addresses the individual needs of each patient versus traditional medical clearance before surgery.

The one-stop-shop VIP experience incorporates surgical clearance, joint class, case management, registration and an introduction to rehabilitative services into a two- to three-hour block, ensuring our patients are educated, informed and optimized prior to surgery.

Our West Valley Orthopedic and Spine Care Team works closely with you every step of the way, and we encourage your active involvement in the whole process!

Hand, wrist and elbow treatment

Writing a letter, opening a bottle, buttoning a shirt — these simple activities can become painful or even impossible if you have an injury or disorder of the hand, wrist or elbow. With our advanced diagnosis, treatment options and follow-up, you’ll have the best chance for complete relief and a quick recovery.

Our orthopedic specialists are highly trained and experienced in surgery and other treatments for injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow. Our rehabilitation professionals work with our orthopedists and other specialists to help you regain lost movement and functioning.

Hip and knee treatment

Most patients choose to proceed with total knee or hip replacement surgery when their pain or weakness becomes disabling, interferes with daily activities and after conservative therapies have failed. We also perform hemiarthroplasty (hip resurfacing) which is a surgery that resurfaces the damaged hip socket with an artificial joint.

Shoulder treatment

Shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out a physician particularly because of its ability to travel to other parts of the body, such as the elbow and neck.

Our team works with you to find a shoulder treatment that provides long-lasting relief. Our experienced surgeons, physical therapists and care team will customize a treatment plan that gets you back to your active lifestyle.

Shoulder procedures we perform include:

  • Total shoulder (anatomic) arthroplasty: When anatomic shoulder replacement surgery is performed, the ball is removed from the top of your upper arm bone and replaced with a metal implant/prosthesis. A new anatomical ball is attached to a stem inserted down the center of the humerus, recreating the upper arm bone. The socket portion of the joint is planed flat and resurfaced with a plastic socket that is attached to the shoulder blade. These implants recreate the normal shoulder joint anatomy, providing pain relief while restoring function and mobility.
  • Total reverse shoulder replacement: A reverse total shoulder replacement is the best option for people who do not have the function of their rotator cuff due to a previous injury or a rotator cuff deficiency. With the reverse shoulder prosthesis, the ball portion is attached to the shoulder blade and the socket is placed at the upper end of the upper arm. This allows the arm to function in absence of the rotator cuff.
  • Shoulder Resurfacing: This surgery only resurfaces the damaged humeral head with an artificial joint, leaving the socket in its native state.

Spine care

If you have back or neck problems, you’re far from alone. Our experienced spine specialists provide in-depth education and develop individualized treatment plans based on your input, pace and direction.

Spine conditions we treat

Most patients choose to proceed with spine surgery when their pain or weakness becomes disabling, interferes with daily activities and after conservative therapies have failed.

Common back conditions include:

  • Degenerative disc disease: This is an age-related condition that damages the discs between the vertebrae, causing a loss in cushioning due to wear and deterioration.
  • Disc herniation: This condition is also referred to as a “slipped disc,” which occurs when the inner core of a disc leaks out through the outer portion of the disc causing pinched nerves and pain.
  • Osteoporotic fracture: This condition occurs when there is thinning and weakening of the bone caused by osteoporosis, which can lead to fractures.
  • Spinal stenosis: This is a condition occurring when the spinal cord and nerves within the spine become compressed, often related to age and natural wear and tear.
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis: This is a common condition caused by age, excessive weight or intense physical activity. This results in low back pain due to a fracture in one of the vertebrae (spondylolysis) and sometimes may weaken the bone so much that the vertebra shifts or slips out of place (spondylolisthesis).
  • Spinal osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative joint condition where the cartilage of the joints and discs in the neck and back break down.
  • Spinal deformities: This condition occurs when there is an abnormal curvature of the spine that puts you out of alignment, causing pain and balance issues. Conditions can be present at birth, related to aging or other disease processes. Examples include scoliosis, sagittal deformity, lordosis and flatback syndrome.
  • Spinal cord and nerve compression: Many spinal conditions and age can put pressure on your spinal cord. This can occur anywhere from your neck to lower back, causing pain, stiffness, numbness and weakness in your limbs, foot drop and more.

Spine surgeries

Spinal surgeries we perform include:

  • Corpectomy: This is a removal of all or part of the damaged vertebral body and discs to free up nerves and the spinal cord.
  • Discectomy: This is a removal of partial or full disc material between your vertebrae. It may be done from the back or through the abdomen.
  • Foraminotomy: This is a removal of bone from openings in the spine (foramen), relieving pressure on the nerves.
  • Fusion: This is a procedure where your surgeon may use rods, screws, cages, plates and spacers to facilitate a fusion. Bone or bone graft substitutes may be used to stabilize and eliminate motion in designated vertebral segments of the spine. This may be accomplished by accessing the spine through your abdomen, back/neck or both.
  • Laminectomy/Laminotomy: This is a removal of bone from your spine to access a disc or free up your spinal cord and nerves.
  • Laminoplasty: This is a procedure where a hinge is made in the bone to open up space in the back of the neck to free up the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Vertebroplasty: This is an injection of liquid bone cement into fractured vertebrae for stabilization and reduction of pain.

Robotic surgery

Our spine surgeons use specialized robotic technology to perform spinal procedures. The technology creates a 3D image of the spine to help increase the precision of the procedure while also reducing the trauma to the body that is typically seen with surgery.

Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery