Dennis P. Weigel, M.D. from Heartland Orthopedic Specialists out of Alexandria, performed the first knee arthroscopy in October at Appleton Area Health Services (AAHS). Although this is the first procedure in Appleton, Weigel is very experienced; performing several thousand procedures in his career. Weigel travels to AAHS each month.
Technical advances have led to high definition monitors and high resolution cameras. These and other improvements have made arthroscopy a very effective tool for treating knee problems. According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, more than 4 million knee arthroscopies are performed worldwide each year.
“Our first patient was very happy with the results of the procedure and care from the staff throughout the process,” says Jeffrey Cook, CEO at Appleton Area Health Services. The patient explained how it was very convenient to have the procedure done close to home and be treated like family. Prior to having the procedure, the patient was experiencing an extreme amount of pain and limping. Now, four weeks after the procedure, the patient has completed therapy and tells us she was back to feeling normal after just two weeks.”
Knee arthroscopies are covered under most insurance plans. If you would like to learn more, please give Appleton Area Health Services a call at 320.289.2400.
About Dennis P. Weigel, M.D.
Weigel joined the United States Army Reserve following medical school and served as a Major in the United States Army Reserve Medical Division. In addition, he pursued advanced training in orthopedic surgery as part of his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Weigel’s specialty is general orthopedics with an interest in adult hip and knee reconstruction and sports medicine.