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At Siegel Orthopaedics, led by renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Herrick J. Siegel, we provide the best comprehensive orthopaedic care to patients in the greater Birmingham, Alabama area. Our patient-centric delivery model was created out of a desire to provide the best orthopaedic treatment options tailored to the needs and goals of each patient. Under Dr. Siegel's expert leadership, we welcome you to experience an elevated level of healthcare.


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Common Myths about Joint Replacement Surgery

When it comes to joint replacement surgery, there are numerous misconceptions that often prevent people from considering this life-changing procedure. At Siegel Orthopaedics, we understand the importance of providing accurate information to our patients, enabling them to make informed decisions about their health. In this article, we will address and debunk some of the most…
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A Comprehensive Guide to Traveling for Orthopaedic Surgery

Spectrum Audio Code: For patients dealing with severe orthopaedic conditions, finding the best possible care is crucial. In some cases, this may involve traveling to another city or state to work with a top orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in your specific condition. This practice, known as medical tourism, has become increasingly common in recent years…
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Caring for Your Loved One After Joint Replacement Surgery: A Comprehensive Guide

Spectrum Audio Code: If your loved one is preparing for a total hip or knee replacement, you undoubtedly want to offer the best possible support throughout their journey to renewed mobility and a pain-free life. As a caregiver, your role is crucial in ensuring a smooth recovery and rehabilitation process. This comprehensive guide will provide…
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Protecting the Female Athlete: Understanding Injury Risks and Prevention Strategies

Female athletes are a force to be reckoned with, continuously breaking barriers and achieving remarkable feats in the world of sports. However, as women’s participation in athletics has soared, so too has the incidence of sport-related injuries. While injuries are an inherent risk in any sport, research has shown that female athletes face unique challenges…
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Uncovering the Symptoms and Surgical Solutions for Hip Labral Tears

Introduction Hip pain and stiffness can significantly impact your daily life, limiting your ability to engage in the activities you love. One common cause of hip discomfort is a labral tear, which occurs when the labrum, a ring of cartilage that cushions and stabilizes the hip joint, becomes damaged. In this article, we’ll explore the…
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Knee Replacement Surgery: Answering Your Top 20 Questions

If you’re considering total knee replacement surgery, you likely have a myriad of questions and concerns running through your mind. This comprehensive guide aims to address the 20 most common queries. You will be with valuable insights to help you make an informed decision about your journey to reclaiming an active, pain-free lifestyle. 1. What…
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The Future of Orthopaedic Care: A Comprehensive Look at the Latest Advancements

In orthopaedic surgery’s ever-evolving landscape, groundbreaking advancements continuously reshape how we treat musculoskeletal disorders. These include regenerative techniques, robotic-assisted procedures, personalized medicine, and artificial intelligence integration. Consequently, the field witnesses a transformative era revolutionizing patient outcomes and quality of life. Let’s delve into the latest research and treatments propelling orthopaedic advancements to unprecedented heights. Regenerative…
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Core Strength: The Key to a Pain-Free, Active Life

A strong, stable core is more than just a coveted six-pack; it’s the foundation for optimal musculoskeletal health and overall well-being. The core muscles, which include the abdominals, back muscles, and muscles around the pelvis, play a vital role in supporting the spine, facilitating efficient movement, and preventing injuries. Neglecting core strength can have far-reaching…
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Effectively Managing Swelling and Bruising After a Sports Injury

Sports injuries are an unfortunate reality for many athletes, regardless of their level of experience or the sport they play. While some injuries may be minor, others can be more severe, resulting in significant swelling and bruising. Proper management of these symptoms is crucial for a speedy recovery and a safe return to your sport.…
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The Comfort of Furry Companions: Pets as Support for Sarcoma Patients

Facing a sarcoma diagnosis can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. As you navigate through this challenging journey, the unconditional love and companionship of a furry friend can provide a remarkable source of support and solace. Numerous studies have shown that pet ownership can offer significant benefits to cancer patients, including improved mental health, reduced…
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Getting Your Home Ready for a Smooth Recovery After Joint Replacement Surgery

Undergoing joint replacement surgery is a major life event that requires extensive preparation, both physically and mentally. An often overlooked but critical part of the preparation process is getting your home ready to accommodate your needs after surgery. Setting up your home properly beforehand can greatly impact your ability to navigate daily activities comfortably and…
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Getting to the Root of Stubborn Tendonitis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Tendonitis is a common culprit behind nagging joint pain but its precise causes often prove elusive. This complex condition arises from multiple factors – overuse, poor movement patterns, tissue degeneration, and more. When tendonitis becomes a recurring or chronic problem that resists basic treatments, confusion and frustration may set in. But expanding medical knowledge brings…
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Baseball pitcher in uniform on the field pitching a ball. - Dr. Herrick J. Siegel

Pitcher’s Elbow: A Patient’s Guide to Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries

If you’re a throwing athlete struggling with inner elbow pain and lost performance, you may have an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury. Commonly called pitcher’s elbow, UCL damage can feel confusing and frustrating. But getting educated on causes, symptoms, diagnosis and the full range of treatment options brings clarity and hope. Surgery may provide answers…
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Keeping Your Bones and Joints Healthy for Life

As we age, our bodies go through many changes. Our metabolism slows down, we lose muscle mass, and our bones and joints can start to deteriorate if we don’t take proactive steps to maintain strength and flexibility. The good news is that with a focus on healthy lifestyle habits, people can keep their musculoskeletal system…
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Tackling Knee Injuries: How to Keep Your Knees in the Game

With the Super Bowl hype heating up, your mind may be on touchdown passes and epic halftime shows. But whether you play pick-up games or root from the stands, football unfortunately comes with risks of injury for competitive athletes. Knees bear the brunt as one of the most vulnerable body parts on the field. However,…
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Man with crutches and a leg brace after knee surgery sitting on a bench at a park, relaxing and working on his laptop with a coffee in his hand. - Dr. Herrick Siegel

Revision Joint Surgery: Recovery Timeline

If chronic pain and limited mobility have persisted after your initial hip, knee or shoulder replacement procedure, your orthopaedist may have recommended a revision surgery. Involving removal and replacement of prior damaged joint components, revision procedures aim to provide lasting pain relief and enhanced function when original implants fail. But while these complex revision surgeries…
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Revision Joint Surgery: What to Expect and How to Get Ready

If your initial joint replacement surgery didn’t provide the pain relief and mobility you had hoped for, revision surgery may be recommended. Revision joint surgery involves removing some or all of the parts from your original surgery and replacing them with new components. This complex procedure aims to alleviate pain, enhance mobility, and improve your…
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Getting Your Groove Back: Exercising After Hip Replacement Surgery

If you’re considering or recovering from total hip replacement, you may be wondering if it’s possible to regain your active lifestyle. The good news is that with dedication and expert guidance, resuming enjoyable physical activities is absolutely achievable after hip surgery. However, returning to higher levels of exercise requires taking a gradual, stepwise approach to…
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Getting Back in the Game: Your Guide to Returning to Sports Safely After Injury and Surgery

Sustaining an injury while playing sports can be devastating. Beyond the sudden pain and temporary physical limitations, the fear of missing out on competition looms large for dedicated athletes. If your injury requires surgery to properly heal, the path back to playing can feel long and daunting. However, with the right post-operative recovery plan, nearly…
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The Road to Recovery: Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery

Persistent shoulder discomfort or weakness from a damaged rotator cuff can greatly hamper quality of life. If conservative treatments like medication and therapy fail to alleviate symptoms after several months, surgery may provide a definitive solution. By mending frayed or torn tendons, surgery aims to eliminate pain and restore strength and mobility. Understanding the Rotator…
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anteroposterior and lateral leg x-ray showing advanced stage bone cancer at tibia with pathologic fracture. - Dr. Herrick J. Siegel

Innovations in Limb-Sparing Surgery for Sarcoma Patients

Sarcomas are formidable bone and soft tissue cancers notorious for necessitating limb amputation in the past. However, dramatic advances in surgical techniques now enable limb preservation for many sarcoma patients. This article delves into the cutting-edge procedures sparing arm and leg function despite complicating factors with these aggressive cancers. Determining Candidacy for Limb Salvage Surgery…
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Man in gray shirt in rehabilitation. Orange weight in his hand with assistance from physical therapist. - Dr. Herrick Siegel

The Road to Recovery: Rehabilitation after Limb-Salvage Surgery for Sarcoma

After receiving the devastating news of a sarcoma diagnosis, undergoing surgery represents the first major step toward healing. While limb-salvage techniques have become standard for treating bone and soft tissue sarcomas of the arms or legs, the procedure itself marks only the beginning of the recovery process. Through rigorous rehabilitation tailored to each patient’s needs,…
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Navigating Orthopedic Care As You Get Older

As we grow older, our bodies deal with more health issues. Our risk of breaking bones, having arthritis, injuries, and other orthopedic problems goes up a lot in our later years. But today’s orthopedic care has more ways than before to help aging people stay active. With better surgery techniques, improved joint replacements, and specialized…
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Recovering in Comfort: Exploring Outpatient Joint Replacement

Joint replacement procedures like hip and knee arthroplasty have dramatically evolved over the past decade. Where patients once endured hospital stays of a week or longer, many now qualify for outpatient surgery allowing discharge home the very same day. Understanding Outpatient Joint Surgery Outpatient joint surgery enables patients meeting select criteria to leave the hospital…
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Patient laying in bed holding crutches after post-operative surgery on leg. - Dr. Herrick Siegel

Reconstructing Lives: The Innovative World of Limb Salvage Surgery

For patients suffering traumatic limb injuries, cancer or complications of diabetes and poor circulation, amputation often seemed the inevitable outcome in the past. But remarkable advances now enable specialized surgical teams to preserve damaged limbs as an alternative to amputation in many cases, dramatically improving quality of life. Reconstructing Form and Function With Limb Salvage…
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Surgery for Jumper’s Knee: Exploring Treatment Options

Jumper’s knee, also known as patellar tendinopathy, is a prevalent injury among athletes engaged in sports requiring frequent jumping, landing, and explosive movements. It results in pain and inflammation at the connection point of the patellar tendon to the shinbone below the kneecap, despite not being a true “knee” injury. Understanding Jumper’s Knee Jumper’s knee…
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Pushing the Boundaries: Exciting Advances in Hip Replacement Surgery

Next-Generation Bearing Surfaces Drastically Increase Implant Durability The critical bearing surfaces in hip replacements, where the metal femoral ball articulates against the hip socket, have progressed remarkably from older designs. Contemporary hip implants now incorporate highly cross-linked polyethylene plastic liners which demonstrate vastly superior wear resistance over traditional polyethylene. Through ingenious radiation and thermal hardening…
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Close up of a white male surgeon in blue gown and green face mask in operating room performing knee replacement surgery. - Dr. Herrick Siegel

Finding the Perfect Match: Choosing the Right Orthopaedic Surgeon for You

Undergoing orthopaedic surgery can be a stressful yet hopeful experience. Your aching joints or debilitating injury may significantly limit your quality of life. While the thought of surgery evokes nerves, you know it provides the chance to regain mobility and live pain-free. The first step is finding an orthopaedic surgeon who gives you confidence that…
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Managing Your Orthopaedic Health With Diabetes

If you are living with diabetes, you are likely familiar with how it can affect your eyes, heart, and circulation over time. But did you know that diabetes also has a major impact on your bone and joint health? Understanding this connection is critical so you can safeguard your orthopaedic wellbeing. Common Orthopaedic Conditions Associated…
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Patient with white shirt and black pants on a hospital bed with a physical therapist in blue scrubs starting therapy with small movements. - Dr. Herrick Siegel

The Critical Role of Physical Therapy in Your Joint Replacement Journey

What is Joint Replacement Surgery? Physical therapy has proven to be important in getting back to motion after a procedure such as a joint replacement surgery. Osteoarthritis, the wearing down of cartilage cushions in joints over time, is the primary reason for hip and knee replacements. This causes painful bone-on-bone grinding, stiffness, and loss of…
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Staying Injury-Free This Winter: Preventing Common Winter Orthopaedic Injuries

The winter months bring crisp, cold air, beautiful snowfall, and cherished seasonal activities. However, the slippery ice, heavy snow, and frigid temperatures also lead to an uptick in orthopaedic injuries every year. From strained muscles while shoveling to broken bones on the ski slopes, wintertime hazards result in many doctors’ visits annually. Luckily, understanding common…
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Two male surgeons concentrating in an operative room while performing a surgery. Bright lamp shining behind them. - Dr. Herrick Siegel

Sarcoma Surgery: Understanding Your Options in the Quest for a Cure

Sarcomas are uncommon cancers that develop in the bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, nerves, and other connective tissues of the body. While rare overall, comprising about 1% of cancer cases, sarcomas require specialized expertise. Surgery is typically the mainstay of sarcoma treatment, often combined with radiation or chemotherapy. Understanding surgical options for these complex cancers is…
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Navigating Recovery After Revision Joint Replacement Surgery

If you undergo revision surgery to replace a worn out or problematic knee, hip, or other joint replacement, recovery can be more difficult than after primary joint replacement. Each patient’s path is unique – some see steady gains while others improve more slowly. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare mentally and physically for…
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Elderly woman is in a doctor's office being encouraged by her doctor to quit tobacco use. - Dr. Herrick Siegel

Kicking the Habit for Orthopaedic Surgery Success

If you need orthopaedic surgery, using tobacco products like cigarettes and chewing tobacco can greatly increase your risk of complications during and after surgery. Quitting well before your procedure date is highly recommended to support proper healing. Keep reading to learn why tobacco use is so problematic for orthopaedic surgery outcomes, the benefits of quitting,…
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Front view of human hip joint and bones with inflammation or injury 3D illustration. - Dr. Herrick Siegel

Answering Your Top Questions About Total Hip Replacement

If you’re suffering from chronic hip pain that just won’t quit, you may have wondered if total hip replacement surgery is right for you. Replacing your worn out hip joint with an artificial one can bring relief, but it’s major surgery so naturally you probably have lots of questions. Keep reading to find answers to…
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ACL Injury: Latest Repair and Reconstruction Options

If you’ve injured your knee playing sports or through everyday activities, you may have torn your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the key stabilizing ligaments. Unfortunately, complete ACL tears won’t heal on their own. Proper treatment is needed to restore knee stability and prevent additional joint damage. The good news is that ACL treatment…
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Osteoarthritis: Understanding the Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

If you’re one of the over 30 million adults experiencing the aches, pains, and stiffness of osteoarthritis (OA), you’re not alone. This common joint disease affects 1 in every 2 people over the age of 65. However, the good news is that understanding the causes of osteoarthritis, recognizing symptoms early, and utilizing prevention strategies can…
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Surgeon or doctor in blue uniform using equipment to do laparoscopy or endoscopy on minimal invasive surgery inside operating room in hospital - Dr. Herrick Siegel

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery

Joint pain can severely impact quality of life. While total joint replacement was once the only option, minimally invasive techniques now offer less invasive alternatives with better outcomes. Advances in arthroscopy and instrumentation allow complex surgery through small incisions, reducing recovery times. Read on to learn how keyhole procedures are transforming orthopedic surgery. Evolution of…
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Optimizing Bone Density and Orthopaedic Health Through Nutrition

Our skeletal structure allows us to move, gives our body shape, and protects our organs, playing a vital role in overall health. That is why taking care of our bones and joints is so important. While certain lifestyle factors like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can impair orthopaedic health, one of the most crucial elements…
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The Path to Answers: Diagnosing Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors

Discovering an abnormal growth or swelling on your body can be alarming. You may suspect it is a tumor, but how can you know for sure? Getting an accurate diagnosis is the critical first step before exploring treatment options. This process involves piecing together clues through physical examination, imaging, laboratory tests, biopsy and pathology. It…
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Runner with stress fracture on tibia - Dr. Herrick J. Siegel

Stress Fractures – Causes, Symptoms and Recovery

What Are Stress Fractures? Stress fractures occur when bones undergo too much strain too quickly. During exercise, bones constantly break down and rebuild. But excessive stress applied repeatedly outpaces the body’s repair capabilities. This causes micro-damage that accumulates over time into a stress fracture. Stress fractures typically affect weight-bearing bones in the legs and feet.…
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Orthopaedics and You: What Patients Should Know

What Does an Orthopaedic Doctor Do? Diagnosing injuries and disorders through examination, testing, and imaging Providing nonsurgical treatment such as medication, injections, bracing, and physical therapy Performing surgery when needed to realign bones, repair damaged tissue, or implant/replace joints Guiding rehabilitation and recovery to restore movement and function Orthopaedic Subspecialties Foot and ankle Hand and…
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Physical Therapy: Your Prescription for Healing

What is Physical Therapy? Physical therapy (PT) is a healthcare field focused on maximizing mobility and physical function. Physical therapists use a variety of techniques to help patients prevent or recover from injury and illness. The goals of PT include: Reducing pain and discomfort Improving balance, coordination, and agility Increasing muscle strength and endurance Enhancing…
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Knee Replacement Surgery: What to Expect

Knee replacement surgery is a major surgery, but it can be a life-changing procedure for people who are suffering from severe knee pain and limited mobility. If you are considering knee replacement surgery, it is important to understand what to expect before, during, and after the surgery. Preparing for Knee Replacement Surgery There are a…
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Do I need Revision Joint Surgery?

Revision joint surgery is a surgical procedure to replace a previously implanted joint replacement. It is performed when the original joint replacement has failed or worn out. Revision joint surgery can be a complex procedure, but it can be a very successful way to relieve pain and improve function. Why might I need revision joint…
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Common Sports Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Torn ACL The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a ligament that helps to stabilize the knee joint. It is one of the most common sports injuries, and it can be caused by a sudden change in direction or by landing awkwardly on a bent knee. Symptoms of a torn ACL include pain, swelling, and instability…
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"Dr. Siegel repaired my left hip. Now for the first time in years I’m walking without any pain. He is a Godsend."
Kevin F.

"Incredible surgeon and fabulous physician. So lucky to be Dr. Siegel’s patient without any hip pain now at age 89."
Shirly J.

"Two hip replacements over 8 years with no problems. Excellent surgeon!"
Julia M.

"Anterior hip replacement. Dr. Seigel is top notch. Staff at UAB Highlands was excellent as well. Overall great experience. Highly recommended."
Jeff F.

Fred Drew
2 months ago
I fell off a 16 foot ladder fracturing my femur, knee and tibia. I am now 17 days post-op and am walking with a walker....
jan snow
3 months ago
My surgeon is wonderful! He makes sure I understand what he is going to do and answers all my questions. He has operated on me...