Dr. John Harp, orthopedic surgeon of the Cooper Clinic Department of Orthopedics in Fort Smith, is now holding clinics at Sequoyah Memorial Hospital in Sallisaw.
The clinics are held every other Friday, and began this month. Appointments have already been made through July.
Dr. Harp joined the Cooper Clinic in 2007. He returned to his home state of Arkansas after practicing medicine in Riverton, Wy.
He performs surgery at Sparks Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital, both in Fort Smith, and at Sparks in Van Buren.
Dr. Harp attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and then the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock, where he also did his residency.
Dr. Harp said he has strong ties to Oklahoma, because his mother grew up in Oklahoma. He and his wife Michelle, have three children and two grandchildren. She has a doctorate in nursing practice.
Complete orthopedic care, including joint replacement such as of the knees and hips, are within Dr. Harp’s scope.
“Total replacement of knees and hips is a major experience for the patient,” Dr. Harp said, and, as the Baby Boomer Generation ages, is becoming more commonplace.
“This type of surgery has expanded rapidly,” Dr. Harp said.
“The improvements now days make joint replacement tolerable for patients and decreases the costs by getting them home sooner,” Dr. Harp explained.
Most usually, a patient undergoing a total hip or knee replacement can, on average, leave the hospital within two nights. While the surgery takes place at a Fort Smith hospital, the patient’s rehab and physical therapy can be undertaken at Sequoyah Memorial Hospital, relieving the patient of the need to travel to Fort Smith.
“We have high patient satisfaction,” Dr. Harp said.
A future goal is to have some orthopedic surgery at the Sallisaw hospital.
Dr. Harp concluded, “I’m here to help the patients and help the doctors with their orthopedic referrals. I enjoy meeting the people in the community.”
For information on referrals call 479-274-5200.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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