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Fireworks: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe
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Fireworks: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

With the 4th of July approaching, the DMOS Hand Surgeons wanted to share information about the dangers of using fireworks. Devastating hand injuries occur every year related to the average citizen setting off fireworks. Even sparklers can cause injuries, specifically burns. Did you know? Firework-related injuries range in severity from superficial burns to complete loss...

Healthy Minute: Avoid Surgery With Orthobiologics & Stem Cells
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Healthy Minute: Avoid Surgery With Orthobiologics & Stem Cells

Orthobiologics derive from substances like plasma and bone marrow that naturally occur in your body.  Medical professionals are increasingly using orthobiologics in an injectable form to relieve pain and promote healing. Learn more about orthobiologic treatment from Dr. Jason Sullivan, an orthopaedic surgeon at DMOS Orthopaedic Center. What orthobiologics are available at DMOS and what are...

Healthy Minute: 5 Tips to Prevent Running Injuries
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Healthy Minute: 5 Tips to Prevent Running Injuries

When you’ve been working hard logging those running miles, the last thing you want is to be sidelined by an injury. To help you stay injury-free while pounding the pavement, try these 5 tips from Rich Green, a physical therapist and Director of Physical and Hand Therapy at DMOS Orthopaedic Center: Start Slow and Follow...

Healthly Minute: Incorporate Foam Rolling Into Your Fitness Routine
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Healthly Minute: Incorporate Foam Rolling Into Your Fitness Routine

If you feel stiff and sore the morning after a hard workout – and who doesn’t from time to time? – you might want to try foam rolling. To learn more about how to add foam rolling to your fitness routine, check out these tips from Brent Mongar, a physical therapist at DMOS Orthopaedic Center....

Healthy Minute: Rehabilitating after ACL Reconstruction
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Healthy Minute: Rehabilitating after ACL Reconstruction

A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most common sports injuries – especially for athletes in sports like soccer, football, and basketball that require changing direction rapidly and stopping suddenly. It’s also one of the most common knee injuries in general for non-athletes and can occur while performing activities such as doing...

Hand & Upper Extremity
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Hand & Upper Extremity

As the primary tool with which you interact with the physical world, your hands are at risk for injury, overuse and degenerative arthritis. Even simple daily tasks can become a chore. Our specialized team of hand care experts will work with you to improve your function, so you can get back to living.

Healthy Minute: 5 Tips for Starting a Running Routine
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Healthy Minute: 5 Tips for Starting a Running Routine

Want to start your own running routine but not sure what to do? Try these 5 tips from Rich Green, a physical therapist and DMOS Orthopaedic Center’s Director of Physical and Hand Therapy, and you’ll be off to the races in no time! Start Slow If you are feeling great, you might be tempted to...

Healthy Minute: Heat vs. Ice – Which is Best?
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Healthy Minute: Heat vs. Ice – Which is Best?

To help recover from an injury, which should you reach for — the ice pack or the heating pad? Follow these guidelines from Rich Green, a physical therapist and DMOS Orthopaedic Center’s Director of Physical and Hand Therapy, and you’ll never have to wonder again: For an acute injury, apply ice. Why ice? Ice is...

Sports Medicine
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Sports Medicine

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a high school, college, or professional athlete and obtain an injury, you need to see a doctor with the highest level of training and experience in sports medicine.

Spine
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Spine

Specialized treatment and care for injuries to the neck, back and spine.

Podiatry
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Podiatry

Dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and lower extremity.

Pediatric Orthopaedics
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Pediatric Orthopaedics

Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeon is specially trained in understanding the growth and development of infants, children and adolescents, as well as how to treat injuries in immature bones.

Hip & Knee
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Hip & Knee

Helping remove pain and discomfort from the knee or hip.

Shoulder
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Shoulder

Helping improve your quality of life through shoulder and upper extremity services.

General Orthopedics & Orthopedic Trauma
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General Orthopedics & Orthopedic Trauma

Our orthopedic doctors are experts in treating a wide range of orthopedic procedures for the spine, shoulder, hand, hip, knee, foot, and more—including joint replacement, fracture care, and arthroscopy.

Foot & Ankle Center
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Foot & Ankle Center

We understand that foot and ankle pain can have a significant impact on your daily life, and we will work with you to develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.

Arthritis Foundation and DMOS Jingle Bell Run raises over $41,000
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Arthritis Foundation and DMOS Jingle Bell Run raises over $41,000

What a way to end 2015! DMOS partnered with the Arthritis Foundation to bring West Des Moines the 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Run on Saturday, December 12th. All of the proceeds for this event went directly to the Arthritis Foundation, which helps fund programming and research of arthritis. The event was a huge sucess, with...

January 7, 2016September 15, 2017by
Join us for our annual Jingle Bell Run!
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Join us for our annual Jingle Bell Run!

Looking for a fun way to get the whole family active during this holiday season? Looking for a way to give back and benefit a worthy cause? Look no further! DMOS will partner again in 2015 to bring the annual Jingle Bell Run to West Des Moines. The race will be on Saturday, December 12th...

December 8, 2015September 15, 2017by
DMOS Breaks Ground on New DMOS – Ankeny Orthopaedic Center
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DMOS Breaks Ground on New DMOS – Ankeny Orthopaedic Center

Ankeny, IA – Local leaders and officials joined the surgeons at DMOS to celebrate the groundbreaking of “DMOS – Ankeny Orthopaedic Center” on October 28th. This new addition to Ankeny will be located on the corner of NE 36th Street and NE Trilein Drive, across from Briarwood Golf Course’ driving range. Dr. Nick Honkamp kicked...

October 29, 2015September 15, 2017by
Posture 101
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Posture 101

Back and neck pain will afflict nearly 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Our spine doctors say one of the most common causes of that pain is poor posture. The following tips will keep you aligned, help improve your posture, and reduce your chances of suffering from back pain later in...

September 4, 2015September 15, 2017by
Herniated Discs Can Be a Pain in the Back
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Herniated Discs Can Be a Pain in the Back

A herniated disc is the rupture of a spinal disc, which is the soft cushion that sits between each vertebra of the spine. When the disc ruptures, a small part of the spinal disc is pushed outside its normal boundary, and the spinal nerves and spinal cord may become pinched. Our spine surgeons typically suggest...

September 4, 2015September 15, 2017by
Eliminating Lower Back Pain for Good
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Eliminating Lower Back Pain for Good

The majority of back pain symptoms stem from inflammation due to an acute injury or overuse of the muscles, joints, or tendons. Understanding and adhering to proper posture and lifting techniques can decrease your chances of sustaining a back injury, such as a fracture, herniated disc, or strained muscle. However, not all causes of back...

September 4, 2015September 15, 2017by
Dr. Isaacson Discusses Total Joints
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Dr. Isaacson Discusses Total Joints

Are you a candidate for Total Joint Replacement? Do you know someone who is? Did you know that the number of total joint replacements in the U.S. is likely to see significant increases over the next few years, as our baby boomer population continues to age? Dr. Isaacson, the newest surgeon at DMOS, took some time...

August 11, 2015September 15, 2017by
Ava Jo is on the mend, thanks to Dr. Gehrke and her teddy bear, Dr. Gehrke!
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Ava Jo is on the mend, thanks to Dr. Gehrke and her teddy bear, Dr. Gehrke!

On Dec. 16 of last year, Ava Jo’s mother, experienced what every parent fears; her little girl was severely injured when struck by a car as the child walked home from school. The accident occurred just a block from the Winterset Elementary School. The incident was so close to home that her mother could hear...

Treatment Options for Achilles Tendon Injury
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Treatment Options for Achilles Tendon Injury

As the largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone, allowing you to run, jump, and walk. Though this tendon can withstand a great deal of stress due to running and jumping, it is also prone to injuries related to overuse and degeneration. There are several factors...

What Is a Stress Fracture?
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What Is a Stress Fracture?

A stress fracture is a common sports injury, often occurring in weight-bearing bones, such as the tibia or the bones in the foot. There are typically only a few symptoms related to stress fractures: either a generalized area of pain and tenderness when the bone is bearing weight or severe pain during heavy exercise. Darkening...

What You Need to Know About Ankle Arthritis
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What You Need to Know About Ankle Arthritis

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports-related injuries orthopaedic doctors see, but they are often perceived as minor injuries and are easily forgotten. However, injuries to the ankle joint should never be overlooked, as they can often intensify into a long-term problem. Damage to the ankle joint can show up years down the...

How to Avoid a Pulled Muscle
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How to Avoid a Pulled Muscle

A pulled muscle occurs when the muscle is strained or stretched too far, creating small tears within the muscle. This generates aching, tightening, and stiffening in the muscle, which can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. The hamstring is commonly strained, which can hinder athletes from performing a variety of activities, including running, walking, and jumping....

Avoid Shoulder Injuries This Season
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Avoid Shoulder Injuries This Season

The shoulder is composed of the shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and upper arm bone (humerus). With two joints (the glenohumeral and the acromioclavicular), the shoulder is widely considered to be the most unstable joint. It can move in multiple directions and allow you to apply force or pressure, allowing for greater movement, but simultaneously...

Treatment Options for Meniscus Tears
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Treatment Options for Meniscus Tears

In young athletes, most injuries to the meniscus are a result of trauma. The menisci are vulnerable to injuries in which there is both compression and twisting across the knee. Meniscus tears are common in contact sports, like football, as well as in skiing and volleyball. It is also common for the meniscus to be...

What makes my heel hurt and how can I make it better?
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What makes my heel hurt and how can I make it better?

The most common cause of heel pain is “Plantar Fasciitis.”  Typical symptoms are pain and limping the first steps out of bed and the end of the day. The pain usually stems from aggravation and inflammation of the plantar facial ligament. To learn more about heel pain and how to treat it, please read on.

February 11, 2015September 15, 2017by
Are You at Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
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Are You at Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Injuries, genetics, and repetitive use of our hands can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition of the hand and fingers caused by compression of the median nerve. This can cause pain and irritation and hinder a person’s ability to function at work and home. So, what are the warning signs of carpal tunnel...

February 3, 2015September 15, 2017by
Treating Shoulder Instability
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Treating Shoulder Instability

The shoulder is composed of the shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and upper arm bone (humerus). With two joints, the glenohumeral and acromioclavicular, the shoulder is widely considered to be the least stable joint in the human body. The shoulder can move in multiple directions, allowing you to apply force or pressure to it. This...

February 3, 2015September 15, 2017by
What You Should Know About Bursitis
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What You Should Know About Bursitis

The condition known as bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled sacs, or bursae, located between a tendon and skin or between a tendon and bone, become inflamed. It can cause pain and tenderness in the area, and it can make movement very difficult. Below, we address some of the frequently asked questions about bursitis. What is...

February 3, 2015September 15, 2017by
DMOS and Courage League Sports Team Up for 3 on 3 Tournament
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DMOS and Courage League Sports Team Up for 3 on 3 Tournament

DMOS is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the upcoming Courage League Sports’ 3 on 3 Wheelchair Basketball tournament. Courage League Sports is a recreational adaptive sports facility specifically designed for children and adults not able to go “full speed” due to disability, illness, or emotional challenges. DMOS is proud to partner with such...

January 28, 2015September 15, 2017by
The 2014 Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run was a huge success!
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The 2014 Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run was a huge success!

Thank you to ALL who came out for the 2014 Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run on Saturday, December 13th. With 50 degree weather and tons of great walkers and runners, we couldn’t have asked for a better day. The event helped to raise over $25,000 for the Arthritis Foundation’s valuable research and programs. DMOS is...

December 17, 2014September 15, 2017by
Join us for the Jingle Bell Run, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation
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Join us for the Jingle Bell Run, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation

DMOS surgeons treat thousands of individuals each year who are affected by arthritis. The affects on the body can be debilitating, not to mention to mental anguish this terrible disease can cause. We are committed to helping find a cure for arthritis, through research and development. That’s why DMOS has teamed up again with the...

November 10, 2014September 15, 2017by
DMOS featured on Iowa Healthiest State
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DMOS featured on Iowa Healthiest State

Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons has made a commitment to getting patients back to their healthy lifestyles as quickly as possible, with the best orthopaedic care possible. It was this promise to patients that got the physicians and administration team at DMOS thinking: If we make this promise to our patients, shouldn’t we make a wellness...

October 3, 2014September 15, 2017by
Why is the ACL so important? Dr. Jason Sullivan explains.
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Why is the ACL so important? Dr. Jason Sullivan explains.

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is located on the inside of the knee joint originating from the femur and attaching on the tibia. It helps to provide stability and rotational control of your knee. It also secondarily protects your meniscus and articular cartilage inside your knee from seeing increased stresses that could cause damage. To...

October 1, 2014September 15, 2017by
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DMOS named by Des Moines Regiester as one of Iowa’s 2014 Top 100 Workplaces

Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons is honored to be named one of Iowa’s 2014 Top 100 Workplaces by the Des Moines Register. Surgeon and Board President, Dr. Nick Honkamp, discusses DMOS’ mission to provide the best orthopaedic care to our patients. Dr. Patricia Kallemeier and Jean Ann Lamotta also share their thoughts on working at DMOS....

September 22, 2014September 15, 2017by
What can I do for shoulder arthritis? Dr. Schulte tackles the topic
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What can I do for shoulder arthritis? Dr. Schulte tackles the topic

Arthritis is the wearing away of the smooth cartilage surface covering the end of bones. In the shoulder, the ball and socket joint becomes rough and irregularly shaped, resulting in pain and limited motion. This may be caused by trauma, inflammation or with no known cause. Arthritis most commonly occurs after the age of 50,...

What is impingement syndrome? Dr. Jeffrey Davick explains.
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What is impingement syndrome? Dr. Jeffrey Davick explains.

Impingement syndrome is a condition where the rotator cuff and the surrounding bursa pinch and become inflamed in the shoulder. Overhead and rotational activities are usually the cause as they force the rotator cuff tendons to rub against the upper bone in the shoulder (the acromion). Repetitive pinching of the rotator cuff and bursa causes...

What is hip arthritis? Dr. Weresh explains!
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What is hip arthritis? Dr. Weresh explains!

Hip arthritis is a painful condition that millions of people are affected by each year. Luckily, we have Dr. Weresh to explain what it is and some options if this is a condition that you suffer from. Click here to read the full article.

Dr. Young discusses handling yard machinery safely
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Dr. Young discusses handling yard machinery safely

We’ve all been there – something is just out of reach and it’s clogging your snowblower, lawnmower, string trimmer. What’s your instinct? If it’s to reach in and remove it, STOP! Dr. Melissa Young gives advice on how to handle yard machinery safely and effectively. Click here to read her tips.

Unity Point Methodist Hospital named as Top 100 orthopaedic program
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Unity Point Methodist Hospital named as Top 100 orthopaedic program

DMOS surgeons are proud to operate at Methodist Hospital, which was recently named as a Beckers Top 100 orthopaedic hospital. The release stated, “The hospitals included on this list have orthopaedic surgery departments, programs or dedicated centers that have earned considerable recognition. Exceptional orthopaedic departments often include physicians who provide outstanding patient care, advance cutting-edge...

February 20, 2014September 15, 2017by
Dr. Barron Bremner gives advice on separated shoulders
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Dr. Barron Bremner gives advice on separated shoulders

Acromioclavicular sprains (AC sprains) occur frequently in high-energy contact sports. The mechanism of injury is usually a direct blow to the side of the shoulder. The patient feels pain at the end of the collar bone. Dr. Bremner addresses this topic and some treatment options in a recent article with West Des Moines Living Magazine....

January 20, 2014September 15, 2017by
Dr. Patricia Kallemeier discusses Dupuytren’s Disease and some treatment options
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Dr. Patricia Kallemeier discusses Dupuytren’s Disease and some treatment options

In these cold weather months, one common complaint hand surgeons hear is, “I can’t warm up my hands. It’s too cold!” Is it the weather, or is it a condition called Duputren’s Disease? Hand Surgeon Dr. Patrician Kallemeier discusses this condition and treatment options. Click here to learn more on Dupuytren’s Disease.

January 8, 2014September 15, 2017by
Dr. Honkamp gives information on arthritis
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Dr. Honkamp gives information on arthritis

Patients frequently ask me “What exactly is arthritis?” In a nutshell, arthritis is wearing away of the cartilage, which is the protective coating on the ends of bones. Click here to read the full article.

January 4, 2014September 15, 2017by
DMOS Physician and Jingle Bell Run Medical Honoree Featured on WHO Radio
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DMOS Physician and Jingle Bell Run Medical Honoree Featured on WHO Radio

Check out the video to hear DMOS physician and Jingle Bell Run Medical Honoree, Dr. Vittetoe, discuss the common signs of arthritis. On Saturday, December 14th, DMOS will participate in the 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk to raise funds to fight arthritis. The 2013 Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run will be held at DMOS – West...

December 7, 2013September 15, 2017by
DMOS Partners with the Arthritis Foundation for a successful Jingle Bell Run!
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DMOS Partners with the Arthritis Foundation for a successful Jingle Bell Run!

The face of arthritis may be different than you imagined. Little Maci Brooker and her family have found that out the hard way. It’s families like this that make DMOS proud to partner with the Arthritis Foundation to raise money to find a cure for this debilitating disease that affects 564,000 Iowans each year. On...

December 7, 2013September 15, 2017by
DMOS to host the 2013 Jingle Bell Run
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DMOS to host the 2013 Jingle Bell Run

DMOS is proud to support the Arthritis Foundation in their quest to raise money and awareness of Arthritis, a condition affecting one in five adults nationwide, 300,000 children nationwide, and over 564,000 people in Iowa.The 2013 Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run will be held at DMOS – West location at 6001 Westown Parkway, West Des...

November 25, 2013September 15, 2017by
Dr. Jason Sullivan gives advice on Rotator Cuff Tears
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Dr. Jason Sullivan gives advice on Rotator Cuff Tears

Certain signs such as night pain, difficulty with overhead activities and functional weakness can indicate a rotator cuff tear. If the tears are painful or cause weakness, then they should be addressed. Typically early treatment is conservative with anti-inflammatories and physical therapy, assuming it is not an acute injury. Read more about Dr. Sullivan’s advice...

October 15, 2013September 15, 2017by
Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons was named a Top Place to Work
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Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons was named a Top Place to Work

“It is an honor to be named one of Iowa’s Top 100 Companies to Work for in 2013,” says Kevin DeRonde, Corporate Administrator at DMOS. “We truly are a family. Our patients are an extension of that and it’s an honor to treat them.” And this honor means even more, knowing it is the employees...

October 4, 2013September 15, 2017by
Dr. Jeffrey Rodgers’ Article Republished in The Journal of Hand Surgery
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Dr. Jeffrey Rodgers’ Article Republished in The Journal of Hand Surgery

Congratulations to Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Rodgers, whose article Opioid Consumption Following Outpatient Upper Extremity Surgery was recently selected by The Journal of Hand Surgery as one of the Top 25 Most Popular Articles for the second year in a row. Dr. Rodgers is a Hand, Wrist, and Microvascular Surgeon at DMOS’s West location. Read...

October 1, 2013September 15, 2017by
DMOS Voted Top Doctors for Orthopaedics in Des Moines
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DMOS Voted Top Doctors for Orthopaedics in Des Moines

The following question was posed to 1330 of Des Moines area physicians: If you or a loved one required medical treatment, which physician would you choose? Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons is proud to share that four of the top six spots for orthopaedics were named to its partners: Dr. Stephen Taylor Dr. Jeffrey Davick Dr....

September 24, 2013September 15, 2017by
DMOS Physicians Travel on Medical Mission to Haiti
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DMOS Physicians Travel on Medical Mission to Haiti

This is an incredible story of how a small 40 bed hospital in Milot, Haiti (70 miles north of the earthquake epicenter of Port au Prince) has now become a major trauma center of 300 plus beds….. it is miraculous! The efforts to establish a treatment and triage center was a cooperative effort of the...

January 28, 2010September 15, 2017by