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Orthopedic Services

At UHS, our orthopedic surgeons and physicians deliver a focused approach to the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and injuries and disorders using the most advanced technologies. By combining the latest medical technology with a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, UHS has become the region’s first choice when it comes to adult orthopedic reconstruction and joint replacement, sports medicine, repairing broken bones and other injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

UHS Binghamton General Hospital serves as the primary site for orthopedic care at UHS and works closely with the staff at UHS Orthopedic Surgery, led by orthopedic specialist Lawrence Wiesner, DO, who has performed more joint replacement surgeries than any other surgeon in the area. In addition, UHS also offers extensive inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation services and a number of home care services that may be helpful to those recovering from or living with orthopedic or sports-related injuries and conditions.

The orthopedic department at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital practices general orthopedics. The most common patients include those with ailments which affect their knees, ankles, shoulders, wrists and hips. See UHS Orthopedics Norwich Below for more information on orthopedic services in the Norwich area.

UHS Orthopedics

Orthopedics Summit BuildingThrough our unique combination of expert staff, state-of-the-art facilities and advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, UHS offers patients the most comprehensive orthopedic and sports medicine care available in the region. Whether treating a painful fractured hip, repairing damage to a fractured bone or caring for a sports injury, our utmost commitment is to provide individual attention and complete patient satisfaction.

UHS Orthopedics
33 Mitchell Avenue
Summit Building
Binghamton, NY 13903 (map)

Phone: 607-771-2220
Fax: 607-771-2225

Office Hours
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

UHS Orthopedics Norwich

The orthopedic department at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital practices general orthopedics. The most common patients include those with ailments which affect their knees, ankles, shoulders, wrists and hips.

Dr. Downs is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Albany Medical College, where he completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery.  He also completed a fellowship in General Orthopedic Surgery at University of Iowa.

Dr. Downs is a general orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in sports medicine and joint replacement as well as foot and hand care, spine and pain management, joint  revisions and trauma care.  His fellowship training included pediatric orthopedics as well.  He has practiced in New York State, Missouri and Kansas and comes to Norwich from a practice in Corinth, Mississippi.

Dr. Downs's office is currently located at 4 Newton Ave. To make an appointment call (607) 337-4950.

UHS Orthopedics, Norwich
179 North Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815 (map)

Phone: 607-337-4950

Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

What is Orthopedics?

Orthopedics is the field of medicine that deals with problems and treatment of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves of the body.

Orthopedic doctors are trained as surgeons to diagnose, treat and manage arthritis; back, leg and foot pain; sports injuries; carpal tunnel syndrome; osteoporosis; and other conditions where the skeletal system is involved.

They treat various conditions with medication, exercise, rehabilitation and surgery. Orthopedists perform surgeries such as joint replacement, nerve repair and disc repair. They also treat broken bones, sprains and dislocated joints.

Orthopedic surgeons work in a variety of specialties to treat certain areas of the body or different types of injuries.

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports MedicineSports medicine deals with the treatment and preventive care of athletes, both amateur and professional. Sports medicine doctors have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are also knowledgeable about preventing illness and injury in active people. Although sports medicine doctors often work with professional athletes, they also treat youngsters involved in sports and adults who exercise for personal fitness, as well as people who have physically demanding jobs. Most sports medicine doctors are certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, or another specialty and then receive additional training. Many sports medicine doctors also have surgical training, usually as orthopedic surgeons.

Free Telephone Referral Service

UHS offers a free telephone referral service that provides detailed information on participating members of our medical staff such as their education, board certification, specialties, office location, hours of operation and insurance participation.

Part of Nurse Direct, the physician referral service at 607- 763-5555 is available to residents of Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties everyday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., with live transfers provided Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nurse Direct can also provide you with accurate, reliable medical information that is free and confidential.

To speak with a registered nurse at Nurse Direct, call 607- 763-5555 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Orthopedic Injuries and Conditions

Orthopedics PatientThere are many conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system and require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Those listed below are the ones most commonly seen by our medical staff.

  • Anterior cruciate ligament tear
  • Bone, muscle and joint injuries
  • Bursitis and tendon injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Elbow problems and injuries  
  • Fractures
  • Hip problems and injuries
  • Knee problems and injuries
  • Medial meniscus injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff and shoulder problems
  • Tennis elbow

Orthopedic Diagnosis and Treatment

Your orthopedist must first diagnose your condition before a medical treatment, surgical treatment or rehabilitation protocol can be established. Some common diagnostic tests and treatment procedures your doctor may recommend are:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Extremity X-ray
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • MRI of the shoulder
  • Hip replacement surgery 

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