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Florida Orthopaedic Associates

by Kevin Fritz

Featured Photo from Florida Orthopaedic Associates

You have to be doing something right to stay in business for 50 years. And while the doctors, physicians, advanced care providers, and staff at Lake Mary’s Florida Orthopaedic Associates have built a reputation on providing compassionate, state-of-the-art technological care, the practice’s longevity is also strongly linked to its investment in the community.

“I am proud we have been able to be part of this community and to have helped so many people for so many years,” says Dr. Stephen Reed, who joined the practice in 1997. In 2005, the Lake Mary office moved to its current location on International Parkway South. “We have very loyal patients who keep coming back to see us.”

The practice, which prides itself in orthopaedic and sports-medicine excellence, first opened in DeLand in 1969 – and has expanded ever since. In addition to Lake Mary, the practice has offices in Orange City and New Smyrna Beach.

As part of the practice’s 50th anniversary celebration, Florida Orthopaedic Associates opened its Lake Mary walk-in clinic in November aimed at fast-track orthopaedics. The clinic handles breaks, fractures, sprains, strains, and other orthopaedic issues, and no appointment is necessary. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Walk-In Clinic at Florida Orthopaedic Associates at 1337 International Parkway South near Heathrow offers unparalleled convenience.

Staffed with an expert team of orthopaedic physicians and advanced care providers, the walk-in treatment center delivers more specialized care than a standard urgent care clinic at a lower cost than an emergency room (patients with HMO plans may need a referral from their primary-care physician).

The new venture is part of the practice’s mission to assure a wider access of convenient care for residents. Dr. Reed says that convenience includes patients spending less time away from home.

“The trend these days is for more outpatient procedures, which can be accomplished at a surgery center or the hospital,” he says.

And by employing the latest state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Reed adds that patients don’t have to leave their community and travel to Orlando for the finest care. It’s what his practice likes to call “state-of-the-art, close to home.”

While technological advances play a role in allowing for more in-and-out procedures, new technology also leads to speedier recovery times. Advancements in minimally invasive surgeries, for example, reduce healing time thanks to smaller incisions. Furthermore, by utilizing computer-assisted platforms like Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology, surgeons at Florida Orthopaedic Associates are able to adapt to the specifics of their patients’ unique anatomy, ensuring patients receive a custom-fit knee or hip replacement. With a more accurate placement of the implant, patients are able to get back on their feet almost right away. Technology has also helped create more enhanced alignments and longevity, especially with knee replacements and revisions, which are new joint replacements after an original replacement has worn out. Such revisions, however, are rarely necessary for Florida Orthopaedic Associates patients.

“We are not seeing a large volume of needed revisions, even after 20-30 years,” Dr. Reed says with pride, and he should know. He’s been practicing orthopaedics for 34 years.

Heads to Ankles
Florida Orthopaedic Associates is home to nine doctors, five of whom practice in Lake Mary: Drs. Jonathan Waldbaum, Benjamin G. Thomasson, Thomas J. Brodrick, Stephane Lavoie, and Stephen Reed.

The team of fellowship-trained orthopaedic physicians provides comprehensive orthopaedic care with expertise in joint replacement, spine care, hand and upper extremity surgery, arthroscopy, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and sports medicine. The team acts as the official physicians for The Master’s Academy, Stetson University, Magic Gaming (esports), and numerous Volusia County high schools.

Each physician at Florida Orthopaedic Associates is a specialist in a variety of disciplines, allowing them to treat patients literally from head to ankle.

“Specialization has done a lot to change things over the years,” says Dr. Reed. “When I first started, I used to do everything, from spine work to multi-system trauma. Now, orthopaedic surgeons are more likely to specialize than they were 10 years ago.”

For patient convenience, the Florida Orthopaedic Associates facility on International Drive South offers full evaluations and X-ray services. Surgical procedures are currently conducted at the Lake Mary Surgery Center, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital, Central Florida Regional Hospital, and at AdventHealth and the Blue Springs Surgery Center in Volusia County. 

“In our 50 years, compassionate, state-of-the-art care has remained central to Florida Orthopaedic Associates,” says Dr. Reed. “As has our commitment to the communities we serve.”

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