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Orthopedic Care at Beacon

Individualized care from Michiana’s trusted orthopedic doctors

Worried about the need for surgery? Wish you could find expert care that treats you like a person – not just a patient? Looking for orthopedic specialists close to home? You’ve come to the right place. At Beacon Bone & Joint Specialists, we focus on the best interests of each individual patient. That might mean surgery or it might not. When you come to Beacon, you’ll receive expert care alongside easy-to-understand education about your diagnosis.

Why turn to the orthopedic specialists at Beacon Bone & Joint?

  • The first called upon for the most challenging of trauma cases
  • Certified fellowships including Orthopedic Trauma and Orthopedic Oncology
  • Team physicians for USA Olympic Weightlifting,
  • Accessible experts
  • Teachers of the next generation of orthopedic physicians

Turn to the orthopedic doctors at Beacon Bone & Joint because their focus is doing what’s best for you and they have the reputation, experience and knowledge trusted throughout South Bend, Elkhart and the entire Michiana area.

Preparing for Your First Visit

Your first visit can take around 1 hour. Please be sure to bring your new patient paperwork if it was sent to you ahead of time. If you did not receive your new patient paperwork before your planned visit, you can complete it on the day you meet with your provider. You will also need:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance Cards
  • An up-to-date list of any medications you’re taking, or you can bring the bottles to your appointment to be recorded accurately for our records
  • Please bring any medical records and/or scans that you may have
  • List of any other questions you have for your care team
  • Notebook and pen to take notes
  • We encourage you to bring someone who can join you in the appointment and take notes for you if needed.
  • Both Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital offer free valet parking and dining options.

The right care at the right time

Making an appointment should never be a hassle. We’re available to you when and where you need us – online or on the phone. Make your choice and get moving back to health.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Many conditions respond well to non-operative measures and require only time, monitoring, or a supervised course of therapy.

Joint problems can be diagnosed by xray and is usually the first step before advanced imaging is ordered. Xrays give useful information for the provider to determine a treatment plan. Xray is used to assess bone quality and alignment. The doctor can also determine if there is narrowing of the joint space which can be a sign of arthritis.

MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, can help determine the underlying cause of your joint pain. An MRI can help doctors see your soft tissue structures that are not visible on plain xrays. The physician will order an MRI after reviewing your xrays and performing a clinical evaluation but only if they still need more information to determine your treatment plan. MRI’s are not always needed before surgery.

Steroid injections can be performed every 3 months

Viscosupplementation injections can be performed every 6 months.

It depends on your insurance plan. Some, including Workers’ Compensation, have pre-authorization requirements that must be met prior to scheduling surgery. In those cases our Surgery Coordinator will submit all necessary information to your carrier, and you will be contacted to schedule surgery once we receive approval.

Most surgeries are performed at the South Bend Specialty Surgery Center, Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Surgery is typically done as an outpatient.

It varies based on your insurance. For appointments, we accept a variety of insurances and payment methods including cash, check or credit. Please remember that your copayment, coinsurance and out of pocket responsibilities are due at time of service. If uninsured, please be prepared to pay a minimum of $125 toward the current office visit.

For orthopedic surgeries, our Surgery Coordinator will prepare a pre-surgery estimate including deposit requirements that will be due 3 days prior to surgery.

Please bring completed patient registration paperwork along with your most current insurance card, a photo ID and method of payment.

Download Registration Paperwork