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Orthopedic Surgery: getting Airmen back on their feet

Maj. Ryan Swope, 99th Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon, performs ACL surgery at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. The 99th MSGS orthopedics unit performs procedures day-in and day-out to help injured Airmen return to their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Maj. Ryan Swope, 99th Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon, performs ACL surgery at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. The 99th MSGS orthopedics unit performs procedures day-in and day-out to help injured Airmen return to their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Maj. Ryan Swope, 99th Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon, uses a scope to look inside an Airman’s knee during an ACL surgery at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. A large number of surgeries come from Airmen who have suffered injuries while participating in sports or physical activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Maj. Ryan Swope, 99th Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon, uses a scope to look inside an Airman’s knee during an ACL surgery at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. A large number of surgeries come from Airmen who have suffered injuries while participating in sports or physical activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

An Airman prepares to hand a surgical instrument to the surgeon during an ACL surgery at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. The orthopedics unit of the 99th Surgical Operations Squadron performs a variety of surgeries in order to help Airmen return to top-form after being injured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

An Airman prepares to hand a surgical instrument to the surgeon during an ACL surgery at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. The orthopedics unit of the 99th Surgical Operations Squadron performs a variety of surgeries in order to help Airmen return to top-form after being injured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Sterilized surgical instruments sit in a bowl during an ACL surgery at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. With surgeons, nurses and technicians working together, the orthopedics unit helps heal Airmen daily to return them to peak form and the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Sterilized surgical instruments sit in a bowl during an ACL surgery at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. With surgeons, nurses and technicians working together, the orthopedics unit helps heal Airmen daily to return them to peak form and the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Maj. Ryan Swope, 99th Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon, uses an endoscope during a surgery to repair a torn ACL at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. The orthopedic unit help Airmen stationed at Nellis AFB, as well as military dependents and veterans at the MOFMC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Maj. Ryan Swope, 99th Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon, uses an endoscope during a surgery to repair a torn ACL at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. The orthopedic unit help Airmen stationed at Nellis AFB, as well as military dependents and veterans at the MOFMC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Maj. Ryan Swope, 99th Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon, makes an incision during a surgery to repair an Airman’s ACL at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. The 99th Surgical Operations Squadron goal is to get Airmen back to their mission by providing surgical services in any manner that they need in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Maj. Ryan Swope, 99th Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon, makes an incision during a surgery to repair an Airman’s ACL at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. The 99th Surgical Operations Squadron goal is to get Airmen back to their mission by providing surgical services in any manner that they need in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Airmen from the 99th Surgical Operations Squadron perform surgery to repair an Airman’s ACL at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. The orthopedic unit performs a number of surgeries including sports-type arthroscopy, and treatment of rotator cuff disorders, instability of the shoulder procedures, to ligament, meniscal surgeries and total joint arthroplasties for the knees and hips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

Airmen from the 99th Surgical Operations Squadron perform surgery to repair an Airman’s ACL at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 17, 2016. The orthopedic unit performs a number of surgeries including sports-type arthroscopy, and treatment of rotator cuff disorders, instability of the shoulder procedures, to ligament, meniscal surgeries and total joint arthroplasties for the knees and hips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

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When Airmen are injured, receiving care in order to heal and return to their daily mission is the top priority.

The 99th Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedics unit performs procedures day-in and day-out to help injured Airmen at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

“Our mission is to provide surgical care to each Airman in need so that they can heal and recover,” said Capt. James Taylor Jr., 99th MSGS operating room nurse. “The goal is to get Airmen back to their mission. We provide surgical services in any manner that they need in order to reach that goal.”

When the time comes for Airmen to receive care, they are sent to orthopedics, which is considered a specialty clinic.

“The surgical process starts with Airmen seeing their primary care physician,” said Taylor. “From there they are referred to a specialist, whether that be a general, orthopedics, or ear, nose and throat surgeon. The patients then meets with them and cases get scheduled.”

The orthopedics unit of the 99th MSGS performs a variety of surgeries in order to help Airmen return to top form after being injured.

“We do a wide range of procedures for the musculoskeletal system,” said Maj. Jana Davis, 99th MSGS orthopedic surgeon. “From sports-type arthroscopy, and treatment of rotator cuff disorders, instability of the shoulder procedures, to ligament, meniscal surgeries and total joint arthroplasties for the knees and hips.”

A large number of these surgeries come from Airmen who have suffered injuries while participating in physical activities.

“Most of the procedures that we perform are sports related, such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or instability in the knee.” said Maj. Ryan Swope, 99th MSGS orthopedic surgeon. “Once we fix that we can get the Airmen back to their job.”

Not only does the orthopedic unit help Airmen stationed at Nellis AFB, the unit also provides care to dependents and veterans at the MOFMC.

“Probably 80 percent of our patients are Air Force active duty and their dependents, and then the other roughly 20 percent are retirees,” said Davis. “It’s very rare for us to see Navy, Army or Marines, but we certainly can if the need arises.”

In helping these patients, the orthopedics unit works as a team.  

“The technicians, and the enlisted we have do a phenomenal job, as far as preparing instruments, sterilizing and preparing sets over and over,” said Taylor. “They put in endless hours and do amazing work.”

With surgeons, nurses and technicians working together, the MOFMC orthopedics unit helps heal Airmen daily to return them to peak form and ultimately, mission readiness.

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