Avera Medical Minute AMcK: Orthopedic trauma surgeons available 24/7

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Orthopedic trauma is a severe injury to part of the musculoskeletal system, and often the result of a sudden accident requiring immediate medical attention.

Orthopedic trauma surgeons at Avera are helping patients, day or night, recover faster.

Football is life for Garretson High School senior Josh Thomas. But that all changed on June 16 of 2017.

“We were four-wheeling and I was trying to go up around a culvert and I didn’t quite make it around the culvert and just went right into the culvert. And the four-wheeler landed on top of me and landed on my ankle,” said Josh.

Josh was rushed to the emergency department where he was told he needed surgery.

“I wanted to get back to sports as fast as I could so I just kind of like – get it going, get the ball moving,” said Josh.

“There’s an orthopedic trauma surgeon 24/7 at this facility,” said Dr. Mike Devish, fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeon at Avera McKennan.

And because Avera offers South Dakota’s first emergency departments covered 24/7 by fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeons, Josh was on the road to recovery sooner.

“The next morning I had him in the operating room fixing his ankle. I have a blocked room every day so there’s a room waiting for me to take care of who broke what last night,” said Dr. Devish.

Dr. Devish says whoever is on is always ready for whatever comes through the door. And on June 16, it was Josh.

“I was like right away, it’s broke. I knew it,” said Josh.

“You’re not scrambling to find somebody who can handle what you have. And you’re not trying to ship them to another city when they can get appropriate help here,” said Dr. Devish.

Josh used the dedication, perseverance and hard work that he would normally put into football into getting his ankle back to 100 percent.

“Garretson actually made the playoffs this year and I actually got to play every other drive with one of my teammates. It was really fun. I was so jacked and ready to play,” said Josh.

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