Lake District Hospital Orthopedic Services


Navigate Your Way to a Better Hip or Knee
Software-Guided Surgery at Lake District Hospital

At Lake District Hospital,our goal is to offer advanced and value-added treatment options to our patient population. With Orthopedic Software-Guided Surgery we can deliver on that promise. Our surgeons can place knee and hip implants with products that are designed to achieve more precision and confidence. This may result in better clinical outcomes and accurate positioning of the implants. [1, 2, 3]

Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for people to undergo a hip or knee replacement surgery. Nearly 2.9 million joint replacement procedures are performed globally each year, including more than 1.4 million hip and 1.1 million knee replacements.[4] By the year 2030, the number of total knee replacements is expected to reach about 3.5 million and hip replacements are also expected to increase dramatically to approximately 570,000.[5]

Orthopedic Software-Guided Surgery is powerful surgical navigation technology from Brainlab that provides our orthopedic surgeons with critical information needed to perform knee and hip surgeries with greater precision and enhanced alignment. Surgeons are able to more effectively plan orthopedic procedures and offer substantial benefits for patients.

Surgical navigation for hip and knee joint replacement offers many benefits to surgeons and their patients:


Can lead to decreased blood loss due to minimally invasive approaches [6]

Provides alignment information and helps to improve positioning of the implant components [7]

Can be a valuable tool for the implant positioning for knees with large deformities [7,8]

Enables balancing of the knee with software guidance


Helping accurate restoration of leg length and offset [9,10]

Intra-operative assessment of range of motion [11] · More control in minimally invasive surgery [2] · Supporting accurate positioning of the implants [2,3]

Lake District Hospital will use Orthopedic Software-Guided Surgery as the new standard of care, potentially reducing the risk of repeat, or revision, surgery and helping to improve the overall functionality of the new joint. Software-Guided Surgery for joint replacement is an established and proven tool used to minimize the challenges of accuracy and reproducibility, and enhance the overall functional outcomes.1

The computer software allows surgeons to plan and simulate the joint replacement before any incision has been made on the patient. The software recommends the size and position of the implant based on actual patient anatomy, aiming at proper alignment with the new prosthetic to promote natural joint movement. Physicians are able to react intra-operatively to the surgical situation by verifying what has been done after each step, potentially correcting any imperfections during the procedure.

Dr. Mary Skrzynski

Lake Health Specialty Clinic

541-947-7312 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Patient Testimonial

Full Knee Replacement at Lake District Hospital.
I was scheduled to have my right knee replaced in Bend in January. Because I serve on the Lake District Hospital Board, I found that we were going to contract for local orthopedic services with a surgeon Dr. Mary Skrzynski. She has contracted to be at our hospital each other week for the entire week. Knowing my pending surgery and the inconvenience of going out of town (I had my other knee done about a year ago in Bend) I personally interviewed Dr. Mary to discuss her experience and ideas. She then gave me several references of colleagues she has worked with for many years. I talked to some of these and received reports of her expansive experience and their praise of her work. Knowing this I canceled my surgery and decided to wait until she could get the necessary equipment and train her surgery team in Lakeview. Finally on May 23rd, they were ready. My right knee joint was replaced with a DePue joint using the BrainLab guidance system that the hospital bought. We have the latest possible technology. I had the honor of being their first full knee replacement. They are doing other surgeries including another knee and a fractured hip repair along with shoulder repairs to date.

My experience has been extremely good. They had me walk a bit the day of surgery and ever since. I am now 2 ½ weeks out from surgery and using a cane part of the time. Most of the time I walk around without the cane. My knee is very solid and stable while walking. The surgery included some very modern post op nerve blocks, which eliminated most pain for a couple of days. I had access to a pain pump while in the hospital for the 2 days, but never had need to use it. Since that time at home I have only used a few pain pills. They also have an intensive rehab program at the hospital coordinated with Dr. Mary. My progress has been great and I recommend not only the convenience of local surgery, but the quality being as good as or better than my experiences elsewhere. Also Dr. Mary does her own follow-up with her patients, which is outstanding.

If you might need orthopedic services, I recommend talking to Dr. Mary at Lake District Hospital.
- Chuck K.


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