Diagnosis to treatment at one-stop shop for orthopaedic care


We are all aware of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the constitutionality of Obamacare. Despite this decision, there is still great uncertainty about the ultimate outcome, now that the law is back in the hands of our legislators.

What is clear is that we are all interested in obtaining the highest quality of medical and surgical care at a reasonable cost and to have that care delivered in a time-efficient manner. Anyone who has been injured has surely dealt with long waits in the emergency room, ultimately to be referred back to a primary care physician and then referred to a specialist for definitive care and surgery, if necessary. This is very time consuming and not very cost efficient.

Most immediate care is not timely, cost effective, nor definitive in nature.

What if the system could be streamlined? What would this take to occur?

Clearly, the important aspect is to be seen immediately by the specialist and to avoid the other points along the health-care continuum.

This is now possible

Think of it, you can be seen directly by the specialist at the time of your injury.

Orthopaedic injuries and conditions are one area which is amenable to this type of medical care, since in the majority of circumstances it is not necessary for the individual to be treated in a hospital emergency room.

It means anyone with an injury can receive prompt medical attention, appropriate testing — including X-ray and/or open MRI — a diagnosis, on-the-spot treatment and a continuing care plan in one visit and immediately following the injury.

Should a minor procedure or surgery be required it may be performed at OrthoNow (part of MidAmerica Orthopaedics in Palos Hills) at the time of the visit or promptly scheduled. There is no need for any additional referrals since the patient is seeing the MidAmerica orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists at the time of their visit. That’s right. You are seeing the specialist at the time of your first visit!

OrthoNowwas established by the physicians of MidAmerica Orthopaedics to provide a new approach to how you obtain your health care.

“Our goal is to minimize the time from your injury to establishing a diagnosis and instituting a plan of treatment,” said Gary Kronen, M.D. “Definitive care can often be undertaken at your visit, such as casting for a fracture or repair of lacerated tendons. Our onsite X-ray will facilitate a timely evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of your condition.”

By restructuring the way in which care can be provided for acute injuries, we are seeing something quite new and exciting.

MidAmerica Orthopaedics believes that facilitating prompt care, reducing waiting times, and providing for definitive care will return patients much earlier to their full level of function, reduce the amount of time which they spend obtaining their medical care, while reducing the overall costs to both them and our health-care system.

Now that’s change we can all believe in!

OrthoNow is now open in our Palos Hills location, 10330 S. Roberts Road. For more information about OrthoNow, please visit our website at www.MidAmOrthoNow.com.

Provided by MidAmerica Orthopaedics