OrthoIndy and the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital Announces Corporate Name Change to OrthoIndy and OrthoIndy Hospital


By: Megan Skelly

OrthoIndy and the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital (IOH) announced today that it is changing its corporate name to OrthoIndy and OrthoIndy Hospital to decrease the brand confusion surrounding the relationship between OrthoIndy and its hospital.

“Over the years, OrthoIndy has positioned itself as a high quality orthopedic provider,” said Jane Keller, CEO of OrthoIndy and OrthoIndy Hospital. “However, based on surveys conducted in the Indianapolis community, there is a lot of brand confusion about whether or not OrthoIndy and IOH are one entity. We hope the name change will increase the public’s understanding that OrthoIndy Hospital is owned and operated by OrthoIndy physicians.”

Anything that was once under the hospital brand will be moved under OrthoIndy. Such as, OrthoIndy Physical Therapy and OrthoIndy Imaging.

In addition to the name change, OrthoIndy has decided to launch a new branding campaign, effective March 1st. The new campaign includes new logos, color palette and fonts.

“Our services, day-to-day operations and superior service aren’t changing – just our look,” said Keller. “This year we will celebrate our ten-year anniversary of the hospital and will rollout some exciting new initiatives, making it the best time to rebrand our company.”


It’s a Constant Journey

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By: Dr. Kevin Sigua, OrthoIndy Physiatrist

Many people have asked me how I lost all my weight and how I keep it off. Let me tell you, it’s a constant struggle and a continuous journey. Throughout my life I have always dealt with weight issues, because I love to eat! Even in high school and college, although I was athletic, I still struggled. As I got older and had more responsibilities, my attention to my weight became even less important to me and I reached a low point after the birth of my twins.

I pretty much used every excuse or reason not to exercise or eat healthy: I was too tired from work, too tired from taking care of my twins, Chloe and Gavin, and it was just easier to grab some take out or fast food. This was a bad combination and when I hit 205 pounds, I reached my breaking point. Something had to be done; I thought to myself, “How can I promote good health and be a physician if I can not practice what I preach?” That’s when my journey began three years ago.

Eating less and exercising more is usually the combination that most individuals take to lose weight, which sometimes works. However, I feel that some people are not ready to embark on this life long journey and only want a short fix. They tend to starve themselves and work out like a mad man. That’s why most people fail on New Year’s resolutions by four to six weeks. I didn’t want to fail. So this is how I figured things out for me: It’s truly a gradual lifestyle change and being able to sustain a reasonable exercise routine.

First and foremost, the most difficult thing about losing weight and getting healthy is nutrition. I still continue to struggle with it daily and I think I may for the rest of my life. Making the right healthy nutrition choices on a daily basis is quite difficult and can be expensive. In addition, we are human and there are still indulges out there that we shouldn’t deny ourselves every once in a while. So do this gradually. Start off with portion control, but not drastic changes, maybe just a 10 to 20 percent decrease in portion size. Next, start making the right food choices. It’s amazing how many calories one can save from not drinking soda or juice.

Now here comes the easy part – exercising. Truly it is, but it also needs commitment. When most people start working out they do it for at least 45 to 90 minutes at a time. Unfortunately, most people can’t sustain that for more than a few weeks. Your body is not ready for that intensity, so my recommendation is to start slow. If you haven’t worked out at all, then start off doing 10 to 15 minutes. That doesn’t seem like much but that’s 10 to 15 minutes more than you were doing.

If you can do this consistently, without being too sore, then consider increasing your routine duration or intensity but not by much, maybe by five minutes. If you can do this weekly, you can potentially be doing 30 minutes by the end of the month or even more. Whatever exercise you do, make sure it is fun and you change it up often. Your body is quite amazing in that it adapts quickly and gets efficient in doing things on a routine basis. But in order to make gains your body has to be confused. Lastly, as you become more efficient in working out and intensity increases, so will your caloric needs to sustain the intense workouts. So don’t be afraid to eat. Lean muscle needs healthy calories. Which leads us back to nutrition. That’s why nutrition is still the most important thing.

As for the Biggest Loser contests, like we have here at OrthoIndy, I applaud each and every one of you making that decision. But try to stick to the journey even when the contest or diet is over. Too many people bounce back and gain weight after a contest or a diet ends because they don’t have something to drive them. It’s important for individuals to make goals to keep their weight off for six months, one year or even two years.

Regardless, welcome to the journey!

Visit the OrthoIndy OrthoStore Online or in Person for Your Orthopedic Needs

OrthoIndy is pleased to offer a new service; the OrthoStore, a cash and carry retail store where patients, providers and visitors can purchase durable medical equipment to help paid in an individual’s recovery and overall wellness. No prescription is needed and HSA cards are accepted.

Items available at the store, include:

  • Cold therapy
  • Comfort bracing
  • Nutriceuticals
  • Compression therapy
  • Daily living items
  • Exercise and therapy equipment
  • Hapads
  • Sports bracing
  • Post–op dressings
  • Pre-op items
  • OrthoIndy apparel

Our store consists of items that have been chosen because of the quality, value and worth by our physicians and physical therapists. Our prices are competitive with, if not lower than, most retail and online options.

Our commitment to our patients is to provide them with a convenient, cost effective shopping alternative where they can have their questions answered by a licensed athletic trainer and feel confident in their purchase.

The OrthoStore is located at OrthoIndy South next to the clinic’s waiting room. The store’s hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.  Whether you are recovering from an acute injury, need a help with daily living tasks or want to maintain a healthy routine; our onsite athletic trainer can help you find what you need.

We also have supplies available at our northwest location in the gift shop, located in the OrthoIndy Hospital Main café.

For your convenience, we also have an online store. The OrthoShop was created to provide an easy and convenient resource for patients and providers. It is a source for over the counter, cash and carry items that are not insurance reimbursable. It is priced competitively and patients may use their HSA cards for purchases. Because an outside vendor manages the store, the variety of orthopedic-related products are numerous.

Patients and visitors can shop any time and have the items delivered directly to their doorstep. Our physicians, physical therapists and allied health professionals have chosen items specific to their specialty so you can feel confident that your purchases will fit your need. They have also bundled related items together as an added value.

To shop today, visit us in person or shop online at OrthoIndy.com/OrthoShop.

New ACL Technique Helps Athlete Get Back in the Game


By, Mishay Ellis

Colleen Gudeman is just like any other teenage girl. She hangs out with her friends, loves Harry Potter and is part of her school’s student government. Out of five Gudeman children, Colleen is the only girl, so it’s no surprise that Colleen plays sports like the rest of her siblings.

Colleen, 17, plays golf and lacrosse for Center Grove High School. In the summer of 2012, Colleen was playing in a lacrosse scrimmage when she felt a pop in her knee.

“At first I didn’t think anything was wrong. I had no pain but it was hard to straighten my leg all the way or bend it completely because it was so stiff,” Colleen said. “After discovering that I had torn my ACL, I was primarily concerned with recovering in time for the next lacrosse season.”

Colleen was immediately restricted from her active lifestyle.

“That summer was pretty boring due to my inability to participate in certain activities like swimming and golf,” said Colleen. “Fortunately, all of my friends and family were supportive and adapted to my injury by doing things that I could still enjoy in order to avoid making me feel left out.

Luckily, she knew where to go. Her dad is Dr. Scott Gudeman, an orthopaedic surgeon at OrthoIndy who specializes in knee injuries and sports medicine. However, it was Dr. Jack Farr, a fellow OrthoIndy surgeon who specializes in cartilage restoration, sports medicine and knee injuries that actually performed Colleen’s surgery.

“I see a lot of sports-related injuries and seeing my daughter go through surgery was definitely a different perspective than I’m used to,” Dr. Gudeman said.

Dr. Gudeman was confident in Dr. Farr’s abilities and trusted him with his child’s care.

“I’ve worked with Dr. Farr for nearly 20 years,” said Dr. Gudeman. “Therefore, I am very familiar with his high-level surgical skills and clinical expertise. I had no hesitation asking him to do my child’s ACL reconstruction. It is a surgeon’s own preference when deciding to operate on their own child. I just felt it was more appropriate in this particular situation that one of my colleagues do the surgery.”

Instead of a traditional ACL surgery, Dr. Farr opted for an alternative approach with the GraftLink All-Inside ACL Reconstruction. In the distant past, ACL patients had a long incision, were casted for six weeks and on crutches for even longer. Thankfully, ACL surgery has gradually evolved. The surgery has become more anatomic based, less invasive, incisions are smaller and rehabilitation is earlier and more functional for patients.

“I used the new GraftLink All-Inside ACL Reconstruction technique for Colleen,” said Dr. Farr. “Her surgery was done completely through the scope. A recent study showed that the results are the same as more invasive ACL reconstructions, but there is less pain. A relatively unimportant side advantage is cosmesis—when the hamstring is used, there is no traditional scar, only small slit incisions that heal to the point that friends often don’t believe the patient even had an ACL reconstruction.”

The All-Inside technique modified the typical ACL reconstruction technique in two ways: The femoral bone tunnel is placed in a more anatomic location and it also encloses the bone tunnels, making it less invasive, minimizing soft tissue dissection. Bone and periosteum are also preserved, which helps reduce soft tissue swelling, making recovery easier for the patient.

Colleen slowly got back into playing lacrosse during the winter league with baby steps instructed by Dr. Farr. Six months later, Colleen was back on the field doing what she loved most.

“It’s almost as if nothing ever happened. I have a newfound respect for injured athletes because I know how much determination and drive it takes to recover.”

Since her surgery, Colleen has continued to improve in lacrosse. She was presented with the mental attitude award at her team’s award ceremony because she never let her injury get in the way of her enthusiasm for the sport. Colleen is looking forward to her senior year as team captain because there are no limits to what she and her team can do.

To make an appointment with Dr. Farr please call (317) 884-5163 or request an appointment online.

MishayPosted by Mishay Ellis, the Marketing Intern for OrthoIndy and IOH during Summer 2013. During her internship Ellis wrote a variety of articles and blog posts and aided in social media and media relations tactics for OrthoIndy and IOH. Ellis is a senior at Ball State University and will graduate in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations.

5 Heart Healthy Fast Food Tips


By: Megan Skelly

While most of us are aware that eating fast food is not the best way to get the nutrients our body needs, sometimes it’s hard to avoid when a craving hits or you have a busy schedule. Since February is recognized as American Heart Month, we thought we would share some tips on heart-healthy fast food options.

  1. Keep your meal to 500 calories or less. Most chains post nutritional info both on their websites and at the location. Use this information to your advantage and be aware of what you are ordering.
  1. Bring your own sides or main dish depending on your craving. If you really want a fast-food hamburger, bring a side of carrots or fruit. The same works if you are craving french-fries; bring a healthy wrap as the main course.
  1. Be aware of portion sizes. Many fast-food chain meals contain enough calories for a couple meals. Don’t supersize your meals; in most cases you should actually stick with the smallest size when it comes to sandwiches, burgers and sides. Don’t be afraid to look at the kid’s menu too.
  1. Be aware of the condiments. Choosing a salad is a smart choice but not when you put a 300-calorie packet of ranch dressing on top. Same goes for ordering a grilled chicken sandwich and adding a pack of mayonnaise. Condiments pack on the calories without filling you up.
  1. Watch what you drink. Many beverages are high in calories. That large soda you might be craving has as many calories as a meal. Instead, order a diet soda, water or unsweetened iced tea.

For more information about making healthy fast-food choices and what you should actually order, visit HelpGuide.org or visit our Pinterest page for healthy lifestyle choices. Making healthy choices can sometimes be difficult, but the benefits are worth it!

6 Ways to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions


By: Megan Skelly

It’s the last week of January and many of us are feeling proud of the changes we have already made since the beginning of 2015; on the other hand, some of us may be feeling a little disappointed. Sometimes it’s hard to stick to goals as the year gets busy and the motivation you had on January 1 starts to dwindle.

Here is a list of six ways to stick to your New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Don’t give up just because you fell off the wagon once or twice. New Year’s Day is not the only day to make a resolution. While it is convenient to start the year off on the right foot, it is also an ending of a very busy time of year. If January wasn’t the best start to your New Year’s resolution, then start today.
  1. Focus on one change at a time and be realistic. Chances are you will not be able to quit smoking, eat healthier and exercise more all at once. While these are all great goals, tackling them all at once may trigger frustration and cause you to give up. Decide what is most important to you and phase other goals in as you go.
  1. Break your goal up in stages. Once you choose the specific goal you want to focus on, break that goal up in different stages. Focus on reaching your goal one day at a time, or one meal at a time if you are trying to lose weight. It will seem much less overwhelming and you will be more likely to appreciate the small changes you have made.
  1. Realize that change will take time. Instant change will not happen over night. Some days you will feel great and other days you will feel like giving up is a lot easier. On difficult days it may be nice to talk to someone you trust who will motivate you in a positive way.
  1. Track and review your progress. After a couple weeks or months look back on the progress you have made. This will help motivate you to continue working hard or start working even harder if you aren’t seeing the changes you want.
  1. Celebrate! Don’t forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments. Once you break your ultimate goal down to specific stages, reward yourself with something you enjoy after you complete a stage. A new sweater, a manicure or family trips to the movies are all fun ways to celebrate.

Don’t give up! Have you been able to stick to your New Year’s resolutions? Comment below and let us know your trick!

Quadriceps Tendon Tears, Featuring OrthoIndy Sport’s Medicine Surgeon, Dr. Stephen Kollias


The quadriceps tendon works with the muscles in the front of your thigh (quadriceps) to straighten your leg. The four quadriceps muscles meet above the kneecap to form the quadriceps tendon. Tendons attach muscles to bones. The quadriceps tendon attaches the quadriceps muscles to the kneecap.

What causes a quadriceps tendon tear?
Tears are most common among middle-aged people who run or play jumping sports. This often occurs when someone lands awkwardly after jumping and the force of landing is too much for the tendon to withstand. An already weakened quadriceps tendon is more likely to tear completely. Quadriceps tendon tears are also common among older adults who have tendonitis or more complicated illnesses such as diabetes, leukemia or infection.

Quadriceps tendon tears can be either partial or complete. Can you explain the difference?
A completely torn quadriceps tendon will require surgery to regain full knee function so it is a disabling injury. With a complete tear someone won’t be able to straighten his or her knee completely. Surgical repair reattaches the torn tendon to the top of the kneecap. The sooner the surgery after the initial tear, the better the results. In most cases, this is an outpatient procedure.

However, many tears are only partial. In this case the patient can still straighten his or her knee to some degree. A partial tendon tear will not require surgery but is sometimes more irritable. Treatment for a partial tear will require the patient to wear a knee immobilizer for about six weeks to keep their knee straight. Once the initial pain and swelling has gone down the patient will do physical therapy to restore strength and range of motion.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms for a partial tear will include bruising, pain and swelling in the quadriceps muscle. For a complete tear there will be a sensation of pain behind the knee cap and the patient will be unable to straighten his or her knee. The patient will also have difficulty walking.

How long does it take to recover from a tendon tear?
Depending on the severity of the tear, complete recovery takes at least four months. Most repairs are healed within six months and athletes are able to return to their sport.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kollias, please call (317) 802-2817 or request an appointment at orthoindy.com/schedule.