Shoulder Surgery Within Reach in Nebraska City
Leroy Frana is a rotator-cuff repair veteran. Grabbing a door as it was caught by the wind – that’s how he tore his left rotator cuff last April. Twenty years previous, he slipped on icy stairs and tore his right rotator cuff while catching his fall.
That’s three surgeries – one 20 years ago, and two in 2016.
The biggest perk from then to now is being able to have the surgery close to home. The first time, Leroy had to travel to Lincoln, Neb. Now, orthopedic surgeon Aaron Bott, MD, operates at CHI Health St. Mary’s in Nebraska City. “I think it’s good to do it in a place that’s close to home,” Dr. Bott said. Leroy agrees. “You don’t have to worry about getting up at 4 a.m. to get there in time,” he said. “The trip home is 10 minutes versus an hour.”
Follow-up is also eased, particularly for shoulder patients. “Dr. Bott is here every two weeks,” Leroy said. “You obviously can’t drive until he releases you to drive.” That can take six weeks or more, because recovery from rotator-cuff surgery takes time.
“We’re repairing a tendon. That’s the reason it’s intense,” Dr. Bott said. “You’re fighting stiffness. You’re fighting weakness.”
Rotator-cuff surgery is one aspect of the full range of shoulder care Dr. Bott offers at St. Mary’s. In the near future, Dr. Bott will be adding shoulder replacement surgery to the list of services he performs in Nebraska City.
Results can be dramatic for those suffering with pain for some time. “More often than not, patients are amazed at how much better they feel,” Dr. Bott said.