The NCH Physician Group Division of Orthopedics is led by Drs. Howard Kapp and Jon Dounchis who are recognized nationally as leaders in the medical specialty of orthopedics. They trained at the nation’s leading medical centers including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Harvard Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic. They provide state of the art high technology musculoskeletal care utilizing advanced techniques to diagnose and treat a broad range of orthopedic problems.
Our Orthopedic Surgeons specialize in helping patients maximize function and mobility. The following medical services and specialties work in synergy with Orthopedics to bring full healing to the patient as quickly as possible.
Patients enjoy increased medical knowledge thorough education both pre-surgically on their condition and how it will improve as well as at the post-operative care stage, to bring the patient full circle to the best recovery possible!
Comprehensive care is delivered in a high quality, cost effective way while taking into consideration each patient's specific needs. The integrated staff at our orthopedic office has the experience and professional skills necessary to provide the highest quality care and a full spectrum of options, recognizing that surgery is not always the only option.
Orthopedic Services and Procedures
We offer nonoperative and operative musculoskeletal care for their patients.
A partial listing of services include:
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Partial and total joint replacement
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Non-surgical treatments-cortisone injections, Synvisc injections physical therapy
- Sports medicine
Orthopedic Diseases and Disorders
NCH Healthcare Group Orthopedic Surgery specialists care for all ailments related to the musculoskeletal system, which consist of the bones, joints, ligaments and muscles.
Among the orthopedic disorders we treat are arthritis, fractures, osteoporosis and back and neck pain:
Osteoarthritis (OA), also called osteoarthroses or degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. OA is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage. The breakdown of cartilage causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joint.
Fractured means broken. Whether you have a complete or a partial fracture, you have a broken bone. A bone may be completely fractured or partially fractured in any number of ways, cross-wise, lengthwise or in the middle. Fractures can happen in a variety of ways, but there are three common causes:
To make an appointment with an Orthopedic Surgeon, please call (239) 434-5700.
- Trauma accounts for most fractures. For example, a fall, a motor vehicle accident or a tackle during a football game can all result in a fracture.
- Osteoporosis also can contribute to fractures. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that results in the "thinning" of the bone. The bones become fragile and easily broken.
- Overuse sometimes results in stress fractures. These are common among athletes.