Local surgeon wins national honor

Dr. Elijah Miller, an orthopedic surgeon at UnityPoint Clinic Orthopedics, was recently presented the 2022 Bob Green Memorial Award at the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Fall Awards Ceremony.

The prestigious award is given annually to a member of the AOAO who achieved the highest combined score in the written and oral certification examinations for the prior year. Only one recipient of this award is chosen each year.

In partnership with CNOS, UnityPoint Orthopedics offers prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting bones and joints in Fort Dodge.

“It’s an honor to have Dr. Miller as part of our team at UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge,” said Leah Glasgo, CEO and president of UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge. “Dr. Miller is a great asset to the organization and community, letting our patients receive excellent care that’s close to home. We are thankful for his expertise and the physicians, advanced practice practitioners and staff that work with him.”

Miller joined UnityPoint Clinic Orthopedics — Fort Dodge in July 2021. He is licensed in Iowa and is board eligible in orthopedics specializing in joint replacement, sports medicine, and fracture care.

“My family and I are grateful to be part of the Fort Dodge community,” said Miller. “We look forward to growing our family and feel at home in Fort Dodge.”

Miller is the only surgeon in the Fort Dodge region to perform direct anterior hip replacement surgery, which is becoming a popular way to replace the hip joint without splitting or cutting muscles off the femur. This results in less trauma to the hip tissues, and in most cases less pain, and shorter recovery time.

In 2022, Trinity was recognized as the first hospital in the state of Iowa to be a DNV certified Hip & Knee Replacement Center. The certification validates the hospital’s excellence across the spectrum of hip and knee replacement care, from diagnosis to treatment, rehabilitation, education and outcomes.

Along with offering award-winning care, the orthopedic clinic has implemented the use of the Robotic Surgical Assistant, or ROSA, for hip and knee replacement surgeries.

ROSA collects data before and during surgery related to the patient’s unique anatomy. This data informs the surgeon what may affect the implant fit. By using this data, the surgeon can create and perform a personalized surgery based upon the patient’s individual needs.


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