Make Health a Priority When Remodeling

The complete removal of all hazardous materials is the preferred approach….

(Family Features) When you tackle a remodeling project, there are many unknowns, including what types of materials you might uncover. Hazardous materials must be addressed, and possibly removed, if exposed during a remodeling project. There are also some materials that should be removed to create a healthier home environment.

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Whether materials “must be” or “should be” removed depends on several factors. It is always wise to consult with trained professionals, such as members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, when you encounter hazardous materials.

The complete removal of all hazardous materials is the preferred approach, but budget is often a hindrance. Thoroughly exploring your options may reveal a lower level of acceptable and more affordable mitigation.

Most common residential hazardous materials are not hazardous if they remain in a dormant or undisturbed location. Typically, they become hazardous during the demolition phase when they are ground, cut, bumped, scraped or disturbed in some way, causing the materials to become airborne and inhaled.

Examples of common hazardous materials include:

  • Lead-based paint, which can be found on be anything that is painted or varnished such as windows, millwork, cabinets, siding, walls and other surfaces.
  • Lead water lines, which are primarily hazardous after water sits in the lines for some time prior to consumption, although contamination still occurs during normal flow rates.
  • Asbestos, which was once commonly used in a wide range of materials such as pipe or duct insulation; flooring tiles or sheet goods; ceiling tiles and plaster; wall and attic insulation; and plaster used as a binder.
  • Silica, which is exceptionally dangerous during saw cutting processes where dust is created.
  • Mold, which is not hazardous until the spores are disturbed, become airborne and are inhaled or ingested. Any visible or detectable mold should be removed, and the surfaces cleaned or removed. High concentrations of mold should be addressed by trained professionals, as it can be hazardous if not handled properly.
  • Dust, which can be hazardous to some individuals who are sensitive or have breathing-related issues. Dust barriers and negative air enclosures can help minimize, but not eliminate, dust contamination to the rest of the home. Commercial dust “scrubber” filtering systems can significantly reduce dust contamination.

Once the existing hazardous materials are appropriately addressed, new materials will be placed in your home to replace or enhance the project. Due to strong demand by homeowners, you’re likely to find many options for healthy products.

For example, prefinished materials (that can be painted, stained or varnished off-site) aid in the reduction of on-site fumes and vapors.

Other products to look for when you’re remodeling with health in mind include:

  • Low volatile organic compounds, which limit the amount of off-gassing of the materials used in the manufacturing process. Typically, these are paints, stains, varnishes, carpeting and vinyl products.
  • Renewable products, which can be replenished quickly.
  • Heat recovery ventilation systems that exchange the thermal qualities of the interior air with fresh air brought into the home.
  • Air purification systems, which may involve ozone, pleated filters, high-micron filters, electrostatic filters or UV light systems, among others.
  • Dehumidification systems designed to keep the relative humidity levels in a safe range to prevent mold growth.
  • Exhaust fans in baths, kitchens, lower levels and workshops, installed to discharge smells, smoke, fumes and humidity.
  • Radon systems designed to exhaust radon gases to the exterior.

Find more advice to navigate a health-conscious home remodel at

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Weekend Column from BVHS: Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are like “mini computers” that are worn in or behind the ears….

Hearing Aids, a Weekend Column from Blanchard Valley Health System

“These hearing aids don’t work!”  I bet most of us have heard that from someone at one time or another.  Hearing aids have gotten a bad rap for years.  However, there are actually scores of people who successfully wear hearing aids and wouldn’t want to be without them.  Hearing aid manufacturers continually work to improve their size and technology.  Most hearing aids are barely noticeable now, as they are quite discreet and blend in with hair/skin tones. 

What most people don’t understand, however, is that hearing aids are like “mini computers” that are worn in or behind their ears.  As with all electronics, they are not conducive to getting wet.  Since most people wear their hearing aids the majority of the day, it is not uncommon for them to be used 12 to 15 to 17 hours a day!  Dirt, earwax, and moisture from body oils/perspiration are common causes for hearing aids to become obstructed and not perform properly.  More often than not, hearing aids are thought to be “broken” or “not working” when they actually are just clogged with debris/moisture. 

Cleaning your hearing aids daily after use will help alleviate this.  Add it to your nighttime regimen along with cleaning your contacts/glasses and brushing your teeth.  Routine maintenance from your audiologist/hearing aid specialist is also recommended.

Since the implementation of wearing facemasks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, communication has become more difficult.  This has not only affected hearing aid users, but also those with mild/moderate hearing loss which may have gone undiagnosed, as they have relied on lip reading –possibly without even realizing it.  Facemasks have also become a hindrance for hearing aid users, as the ear loops often become tangled up with behind-the-ear hearing aids.  This has caused receiver cables to break, earmold tubing to come apart, and hearing aids to fall off and become lost.  Use extreme caution when taking facemasks on and off.  If at all possible, wait to remove facemasks after leaving a facility until you are seated in your vehicle.  If anything accidentally falls off, hopefully it will end up in your lap or at least be noticeable.  Use of a neck strap for facemasks would also help avoid interference with hearing aids.  Ear loops are attached to a strap worn across the neck so they do not go over the ears.  This way you can stay protected while safeguarding your hearing aids.

 If you or someone you know is struggling to hear, ask to be referred for testing.  If your hearing aids do not seem to be working to their full potential, schedule an appointment with your audiologist/hearing aid specialist for routine maintenance.  Ask for tips on how to clean them at home if you are not sure how to do this.  As your local audiology experts, we’re here to help you hear!

Melinda Jimenez, Audiology Technician, Blanchard Valley Health System


5 eczema body care tips from a trusted top dermatologist

Eczema is more common than you may think…..

(BPT) – As summer approaches, it’s time to get outside and bask in the warmth and sunshine. But it’s not easy to bare your body when you have eczema. Those with eczema-prone skin know the signs and symptoms — the itchiness, redness and dryness that indicates a flare-up. Nothing can be more irritating, especially during summer months when you want to get out and show a little more skin.

Eczema is more common than you may think. According to the National Eczema Association (NEA), around 31 million people in America live with eczema, and one in 10 will develop eczema during their lifetime. The NEA cites a recent study that surveyed adults with moderate to severe eczema and found that nearly 86% reported daily itching. These symptoms can affect your comfort during the day, interrupt your sleep at night and even have a negative impact on your mental well-being.

“While some find their eczema is less problematic in the summer, for others, high temps and outdoor activities can cause eczema flare-ups,” said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sheila Farhang. “Revamp your body care routine to adapt to the changing seasons. I recommend products made with dermatologist-recommend ingredients for long-lasting hydration to improve the look and feel of dry skin.”

Here are Dr. Sheila’s tips to help get you ready to bare that bod in time for summer.

1. Go easy on the showers

It’s natural to want to shower more frequently in the summertime. But if you’re not careful, over-showering can lead to dry, irritated skin. Take shorter, cooler showers — and avoid soap. Instead, choose a body wash that’s both gentle on your skin AND provides long-lasting hydration. Olay Body’s new Dermatologist Designed Collection is designed for people with sensitive skin. It’s made with dermatologist-recommended ingredients to address specific dry skin concerns, like Olay’s Soothing Body Wash with Oat Extract for eczema-prone skin, which delivers soothing hydration, leaving dry skin with long-lasting relief, and has been awarded the Seal of Acceptance™ from the National Eczema Association.

2. Protect your skin from the sun

Skin health experts agree that sunscreen is an essential tool in your summer body care arsenal. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that provides broad-spectrum protection (against UVA and UVB rays) for any exposed skin — even on cloudy days. The National Eczema Association further recommends choosing a sunscreen that is alcohol free with mineral-based ingredients like titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO). Remember to reapply as directed or as recommended by your dermatologist.

3. Keep it cool

Cooling towels, breathable, loose-fitting or moisture-wicking clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat can help keep you cool physically, but did you know keeping it cool mentally is important too? Stress is a common eczema trigger, so consider mindful meditation, deep breathing, a good night’s sleep or some self-care to help lower stress and the potential for a flare-up.

4. Moisturize your skin while it’s damp

I love this tip! Moisturize immediately after showering, or better yet, before you even leave the shower. Moisture can evaporate from skin’s surface within a few minutes of bathing, and managing moisture is key for eczema-prone skin. Look for rinse-off body conditioners made with the #1 dermatologist-recommended moisturizing ingredient, petrolatum, for long-lasting hydration.

5. Hydrate from the inside to nourish the outside

Whether you’re lounging in the shade with your sun-protective gear or you’re staying active with outdoor activities, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Limit sugary and alcoholic beverages since these can be dehydrating.

Looking to refresh your body care routine for summer? Check out more ways to prepare to be bare at

WCCOA Job Posting – Medical Escort Driver (Full Time)

Medical Escort Driver for the Wood County Committee on Aging is a 40 hour per week position

WCCOA Job Posting

Medical Escort Driver (Full Time)

Medical Escort Driver for the Wood County Committee on Aging is a 40 hour per week position. Duties include: transporting older adults to and from medical appointments, assisting clients with scheduling of appointments, and maintaining up-to-date client records.


High school diploma or GED equivalent. Must be proficient with basic computer use including Microsoft Office. Must possess proven organizational skills and be able to work independently or as an active team member. Minimum of 5 years driving experience with no moving citations/violations.

 Must have a proven record of working with older adults.  Be eligible for bonding and insurable under agency policy.  Possess a valid Ohio Driver’s license with proof of auto insurance. Meet the requirements contained in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 173-3-06.6 (B)(3). Must successfully complete background check.

Applications available at WCCOA, 140 S. Grove Street, Bowling Green, Ohio. Downloadable format available at   Completed applications must be accompanied by current resume and returned to the Manager of Human Resources.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 The Wood County Committee on Aging, a non-profit organization, is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Legge Named BVHS Associate of the Year

Also Nominated for the Ohio Health Care Worker of the Year Award…

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has named James Legge III, APRN-CNP, a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with the Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio, the BVHS Associate of the Year. He has also been nominated for the Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award, presented by the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA).

James Legge III, APRN-CNP

Legge’s current role involves working directly with patients who are suffering from complex psychiatric mental health conditions.

“In my current position, I have the ability to help people through some pretty rough times, and be there through their whole recovery state,” Legge said. “My career path has been very rewarding.”

Legge also assists with the Military Alignment Program (MAP) established at BVHS and volunteers with many other service-based groups within the community.

“I did not anticipate becoming the BVHS Associate of the Year, it was a big shock,” Legge shared. “Being able to give back to the community while representing our organization means a lot to me personally and it’s an honor to accept this title.”

Each year, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) names an associate of an Ohio hospital or healthcare system as the “Health Care Worker of the Year.” The award recognizes the individual who demonstrates leadership, reflects the values and ideals of Ohio’s health care facilities, goes above and beyond the call of duty and gives back to the community. The award will be presented at the Ohio Hospital Association virtual annual conference scheduled for June 7-8.

3 Ways to Ditch Single-Use Plastics

Plastic accounts for a significant share of landfill waste each year…..

(Family Features) Recycling is one approach for reducing landfill waste, but replacing single-use items with reusable alternatives is another way to tackle a growing environmental problem.

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Plastic accounts for a significant share of landfill waste each year. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 91% of plastic does not get recycled. Plastics are among the top solid waste materials (behind paper, paperboard and food), and single-use items like bags, sacks and bottles, represent the largest segment of plastic waste.

These environmentally friendly solutions for swapping single-use plastics are steps that can help reduce landfill waste:

Plastic Bags and Containers
In virtually every retail setting, plastic bags are the norm for transporting purchased food and other goods. However, these bags, which are used just minutes or, at best, hours, take as long as 500 years to degrade in a landfill.

When shopping, fabric, canvas and woven totes are effective ways to bundle your purchases. Some even offer internal cubbies and sleeves to help keep items organized during your commute. When it comes to sandwich and other storage bags, washable silicone options give you the same convenience for packing in lunchboxes and saving leftovers.

Plastic Water Bottles
A study by the Beverage Marketing Corporation found that, excluding 2008 and 2009, bottled water volume has increased every year from 1977-2019. Each person who chooses an alternative such as Brita water pitchers, faucet filters and reusable bottles over single-use plastic water bottles can remove up to 1,800 plastic water bottles from circulation each year.

“Unlike companies whose sole focus is to sell consumers bottled water, which is incredibly detrimental to the environment, costly and unnecessary, Brita has been focused on bettering our planet,” said Eric Schwartz, Brita general manager. “Recycling is simply not enough.”

Ultimately, the multi-use filter manufacturer is on track to eliminate 15 billion single-use plastic water bottles this year, working toward a 2030 goal of replacing 20 billion bottles a year.

Making the switch from single-use plastic water bottles provides other environmental benefits, as well, including preventing ozone depletion and eutrophication, which occurs when excessive rich nutrients in water negatively impact plants and animals.

With some of the nation’s biggest cities issuing bans and major food chains halting their use, it’s a good indication that plastic straws are an environmental concern. While many experts acknowledge straws account for a large overall percentage of the garbage that makes it into landfills or the ocean, environmental advocates point out few straws ever make it to a recycling bin, and those that do are often so small they are filtered out of recycling machinery.

With multiple alternatives such as recyclable paper, reusable silicone or stainless steel readily available, it’s a simple step toward making a difference.

For more ideas to live a more sustainable lifestyle and make choices that benefit the planet, visit


Cataract Surgery Saves An Avid Bowler’s Vision In Record Time

Better vision due to cataract surgery meant seeing lanes and pins clearly….

(NAPSI)—If you ever have trouble seeing your way clear to getting your eyes checked, here’s a case to consider: Genida White could tell her vision was gradually getting worse, but she rationalized away the need to see an ophthalmologist—a medical doctor who specializes in eyecare. She could still do all the things she enjoyed, such as bowling every Monday. But mostly, she was nervous to hear what the doctor would say about her eyes.

Her daughter provided the encouragement she needed, telling her about a radio advertisement she heard about free eye exams with EyeCare America. No more excuses; it was time for an appointment. While, unfortunately, Genida did receive the diagnosis she feared—she would need surgery to remove cataracts in both eyes—the results were brilliant. The improvement in her vision was swift and dramatic.

“I’d never had eye surgery before,” Genida said. “Before I knew it, it was over.”

Cataract Facts

A cataract is when your eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. People with cataracts describe it as looking through a foggy window; vision is blurred and colors are dulled. About half of all Americans over age 75 have cataracts. As you age, you’re increasingly likely to develop cataracts.

Fortunately, cataracts are treatable. An ophthalmologist surgically removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial one. Cataract surgery is the most effective and most common procedure performed in all of medicine with some 3 million Americans choosing to have cataract surgery each year.

Thankful for sight-saving surgery

Within two weeks of calling EyeCare America, Genida had cataract surgery in both eyes—just in time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. She was amazed at how simple it was to set up the initial eye exam with EyeCare America and at how quickly her vision was restored.

“Reading the eye chart was so bad at first,” recalls Genida. She could just barely read the last two lines of the eye chart during her initial eye exam with her ophthalmologist, Douglas Wilson, M.D. The day after surgery, Genida was able to read the whole way through the chart, top to bottom. “Dr. Wilson asked me, ‘Are you sure you couldn’t see before?!’ and I said, ‘Yes, I’m positive!’ It was amazing.”

Proof of her quick recovery was evident at the bowling alley, where Genida didn’t miss one Monday on the lanes.

Is EyeCare America right for you? 

If the cost of an eye exam is a concern, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America program may be able to help. This national public service program provides eyecare through thousands of volunteer ophthalmologists for eligible seniors, 65 and older, and those at increased risk for eye disease, mostly at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient.

Learn More

To see if you or someone you care for qualify, visit or follow @AcademyEyeSmart.

Better vision due to cataract surgery meant seeing lanes and pins clearly and so better bowling for one enthusiast.

Blanchard Valley Health System to Host a Virtual Presentation

Facebook Live-“Is CPAP Not An Option For You? We Can Help!” Learn about sleep apnea innovation

“Is CPAP Not An Option For You? We Can Help!”

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will present “Is CPAP Not An Option For You? We Can Help!” an event to learn more about Inspire © sleep apnea innovation. This educational program is a virtual presentation and part of the organization’s 2021 “Live and Learn” series.

Dr. William Kose, the vice president of special projects, will host this event. Guests include Dr. Daniel Sak, a physician with the Daniel J. and Maria H. Sak Sleep Wellness Center, and Dr. Tom Zhou, a physician with ENT Specialists of Northwest Ohio. The presentation will discuss Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the symptoms associated with the diagnosis and the specialized treatments available at Blanchard Valley Health System.

Dr. Daniel Sak, Sak Sleep Wellness Center.

The Facebook Live event will take place on Thursday, May 13, beginning at noon and will be streamed on the health system’s Facebook page, Community members can “like” the corporate Facebook account of BVHS and visit the page to watch live. If you are in need of assistance, call 419.423.5551.

Dr. Tom Zhou, ENT Specialists of Northwest Ohio.

Questions for Dr. Daniel Sak, Dr. Tom Zhou and Dr. Kose can be submitted prior to the livestream via email to community@ or by calling 419.423.5551.

The 4 best ways to protect your eyes this summer

Some people need different glasses for reading, computer use, and more…..

(BPT) – A lot of people take their eyesight for granted, but eyesight allows you to connect to your surroundings, keeps you safe and helps you maintain mental clarity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 12 million Americans have vision problems. If you don’t take the proper precautions to take care of your eyes, you could end up hurting them unintentionally.

Fortunately, eyewear products in recent years have allowed for innovative solutions in the ways we take care of our eyes. Here are some of the innovative eyewear solutions that solve the most common problems:

Switching glasses frequently

Some people need different glasses for reading, computer use, talking with others and more. If it’s bothersome to take your glasses on and off from one task to the next, Multi Focus glasses can help!

The magnification is strongest on the bottom of the lens, and smoothly decreases to about half that magnification at the top of the lens. Whether you’re reading a book, working on the computer or just spending time with a friend, Multi Focus helps you see clearly.

Excessive screen time and blue light

People are constantly connected to their phones, computers and tablets these days, especially those who are working from home or distance learning. And even when they’re off the clock, people are still looking at screens, streaming media or video chatting with a friend.

Fortunately, blue light glasses can help reduce your exposure to blue light throughout the day. Many blue light glasses brands come with patented lens technology.

Active lifestyle and frequently broken glasses

If you’re an avid hunter, fisher or runner, you need eyewear that can protect you from all of the elements the human body and Mother Nature throw your way. Whether it’s your sweat, the blinding glare of the sun or the unpredictability of the weather, maintaining good vision is important for both your health and your survival.

With state-of-the-art performance eyewear from Gargoyles, you can have an undistorted view of almost anything that stands in your line of vision. If you’re looking to get active eyewear, make sure the brand you buy meets or exceeds ANSI standards for durability and clarity. Also, you’ll want to make sure they feel as good as they look.

Harsh sun and eye strain outdoors

Summer is around the corner. And if you like to sit outside, your standard prescription glasses likely won’t protect you. The sun can shine light directly on you when you’re trying to read. And if it’s hot and bright enough, it can be risky if you’re reading for prolonged periods outside.

Fortunately, Foster Grant Fits Over sunglasses can protect eyeglass wearers from the sun’s UV light and provide polarized protection from sun exposure, allowing you to kick back and relax outside while you enjoy your favorite book with ease. Learn more at

“Our vision correlates so much with our quality of life,” says Matthew Coon, Senior Vice President, Product Design and Development at FGX International. “When you have eyewear that provides comfort and clarity no matter what you’re doing, the possibilities are endless.”

BVHS Maintains Labor and Delivery Services at Main Campus Only

Bluffton Hospital labor and delivery services will not reopen…

 FINDLAY, OH – Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will maintain the consolidation of labor and delivery services to the Findlay main campus.

“Over the last several decades, BVHS has consistently invested in maintaining obstetric services at Bluffton Hospital. During that time birth rates have fallen, and more and more women are having babies at a later age. This has steadily increased the acuity and risk factors for mom and baby. This was not an easy decision,” explained Myron D. Lewis, president and chief executive officer of BVHS.”

“Our OB-GYN office remains open. Our physicians and midwives will be readily available in the Bluffton practice as they always have, to serve the community. All prenatal care will remain available at the office as well as gynecological surgery and prenatal classes at Bluffton Hospital,” explained Valerie Johnson, BSN, RN, director of women’s health services.

Of the 33 critical access hospitals in Ohio, only nine continue to offer labor and delivery services. “While Bluffton Hospital has always focused on quality services, the low number of deliveries means there is a higher risk to our patients,” continued Barbara J. Pasztor, chief nursing officer and vice-president of patient care. “By consolidating labor and delivery services to the Findlay campus, we can ensure that our moms and babies are receiving the safest possible care.”

“The experience that women have had in Bluffton Hospital labor and delivery has always been near and dear to our hearts,” added Pasztor. “Blanchard Valley Hospital will work with patients, nurses, midwives and physicians to create a birthing center within the Findlay hospital. We will provide a home-like atmosphere, focused on families and a natural birthing experience. The added safety benefit will be nearby pediatricians and surgery staff to respond in the event of an unforeseen emergency. While this can’t replace Bluffton Hospital’s labor and delivery services, we are committed to re-create many of the special features for our families.”

“BVHS remains committed to maintaining quality care at Bluffton Hospital,” shared Lewis. “Our team at Bluffton Hospital has always raised the bar and provided exceptional service and patient experience. We continue to provide general medical inpatient services, outpatient services, surgery, podiatry, infusion therapy and specialty health services such as cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, ear, nose and throat, general surgery, pain management and urology.”

Additionally, Bluffton Hospital also offers 24/7 emergency care, imaging, mammography, laboratory services, rehab services, wound care, cardio-pulmonary services and inpatient care.

For more information about services available throughout Blanchard Valley Health System, please visit

BVHS Weekend Column: Osteoarthritis

Unicompartmental Patellofemoral Arthroplasty……..

Unicompartmental Patellofemoral Arthroplasty

A unicompartmental arthroplasty is the replacement with a prosthetic of just one of the three compartments of the knee when it is affected by the condition of severe osteoarthritis (OA). Musculoskeletal providers divide the knee into three compartments: medial (inside) compartment, lateral (outside) compartment, and the kneecap on the femur (patellofemoral joint). Osteoarthritis is a systemic inflammatory condition that affects the entire joint, causing aching, swelling, stiffness, and deformities. One of its physiological signs is to degrade the cartilage lining of the bones. Usually, it affects the cartilage in more than one compartment, but occasionally, a patient only has one compartment affected.

Patients who have one compartment of their knee affected by OA tend to be younger, history of previous trauma or injury, and well-controlled weight (Body Mass Index less than 30-35). As the disease progresses, the signs and symptoms worsen in severity and their effect on daily living. There are non-surgical treatment options such as oral medications, topical creams, bracing, home exercise program, and injection therapy. However, when a healthy patient has tried the conservative treatment, and it is no longer working, they are unable to participate in their own care/lifestyle/work effectively, and sleep is affected, surgical intervention is considered. The definitive surgical treatment for only one compartment affected by osteoarthritis is a unicompartmental arthroplasty. For the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on the patellofemoral unicompartmental arthroplasty.

Patients whose patellofemoral compartment (kneecap with femur bone) is severely affected by their osteoarthritis have difficulty with kneeling, squatting, sit to stand/stand to sit, stairs, and incline/decline (ladders, hills). The arthroplasty implant replaces the undersurface of the patella with a polyethylene surface (plastic) and the femoral surface (aka. trochlear groove) with a metal surface. It is cemented in place like the total knee arthroplasty. The surgical incision for this implant is similar to a total knee arthroplasty, but there is less procedure involved. A less invasive procedure leads to less pain and a faster recovery for patients. Patients are weight-bearing as tolerated with a walker after the procedure, and physical therapy is required. However, these patients tend to take less time to recover compared to patients who have had a total knee arthroplasty. There are risks to consider with any surgical procedure. Any patient with unicompartmental osteoarthritis can develop OA in other compartments in the future and require revision surgery to switch them from a unicompartmental arthroplasty to a total knee arthroplasty.

The diagnosis of osteoarthritis is made with X-rays and an evaluation by a musculoskeletal provider. They will be able to evaluate the severity of the disease and where the patient is in the treatment process. If you are having knee pain, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment.

James Davidson, MD and Katie Fultz, PA-C, Blanchard Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Katie Fultz, PA-C
       Dr. James Davidson, MD


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