BLACKFOOT — Orthopedic surgeon Kenneth Newhouse, M.D., has recently joined the Orthopedic Institute at Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH).
"It is the largest orthopedic group in southeastern Idaho," Newhouse said. "In the group are six orthopedic surgeons as well as doctors trained in primary care sports medicine and a team of trainers and physical therapists."
"I'm excited to work with Bingham," he said. "It's a great organization; it's very progressive."
Newhouse's office is in Pocatello. Offices hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Newhouse does in-patient surgery in Blackfoot and out-patient surgery in Pocatello. He also is looking into opening an office in Shelley or Blackfoot.
"I've been in practice for 20 years," he said. He has also been the head team physician for Idaho State University for 20 years.
Dr. Newhouse is a double board-certified specialist in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. He was trained at Yale University, going on to complete a fellowship at Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City. He is also a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
"Sports medicine encompasses not only the high level athletes but also the young people who want to get better and the "weekend warrior" who might be middle-aged and older," said Newhouse.
Sports medicine helps all people, he said. As surgeons find techniques that help elite athletes, these same techniques are then used to repair similar injuries for other people.
"My mentor, Dr. Mick Michelson, retired 10 years ago," Dr. Newhouse said. "Dr. Michelson said if a surgeon is still using the same techniques that he used more than 10 years ago, he was falling behind."
Technology changes things, he said. People are looking for better ways to do things.
As an example, Newhouse briefly explained rotator cuff surgery.
When he started his practice in 1993, rotator cuff surgery required three four-inch incisions to repair the torn tendon. In this surgery, a surgeon sews the tendon down to the bone.
"The same surgery today requires three 'poke holes.' Each poke hole is about one-quarter inch long," Newhouse said. "A scope is inserted into the poke holes."
"Big flat television screens are placed around the surgery so the whole surgical team can see what's going on," he said. "People go home the same day."
Newhouse specializes in arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery.
Every 10 years, all doctors must retake their tests to remain board-certified.
To keep up, doctors read lots of medical journals each month and attend medical meetings.
"The Internet has revolutionized things," Dr. Newhouse said. "You can join in on live interactive 'webinars.'
"Lots of things in medicine are not cut and dry," he said. "Four authorities can be discussing the same topic and, via the Internet, they can be virtually in one place at the same time.
"You can join the discussion on a live feed," he said. "The Internet helps our learning and keeping up."
Besides being a surgeon, Newhouse is a certified cross-country ski instructor and bicycle mechanic.
To make an appointment, call Newhouse's office at (208) 239-8010.
The orthopedic group at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot and the Physicians and Surgeons Clinic in Pocatello will be providing free orthopedic clinics each Saturday during football season. The free clinics will be from 8-10 a.m. each Saturday from Aug. 24 through Nov. 2 at both the Blackfoot and Pocatello locations.
For more information, contact Doug Ashton, head trainer, at (208) 240-2319 for a free athlete assessment.