Wickenburg Community Hospital last week welcomed orthopedic surgeon Mitch Wagner, MD. On board full time, Wagner is the first of two surgeons who will join WCH in preparation for the opening of the new surgical and diagnostic center this summer.
Wagner is now seeing patients in a temporary office inside the hospital. By the end of March, he will move across Rose Lane to the new medical office building which is nearing completion. Wagner said he is excited to be part of WCH’s expansion. “This gives me the opportunity to be in the community and establish relationships,” he said.
For now, patients who visit Wagner at his office in Wickenburg and need surgery will make one trip to a facility in Scottsdale where he still has surgical privileges. Wagner will perform the surgery there, and all the follow up visits and rehabilitation will take place at WCH, he explained. After the surgical and diagnostic center opens this summer, physician visits, surgeries and follow up will all be available at WCH.
Wagner said he focuses on knee and hip problems and replacements and also addresses shoulder issues and all other orthopedic complaints. He also has extensive training in orthopedic traumatology and complex fracture treatment, he noted.
One of the most exciting recent developments in orthopedic surgery is the use of computer-assisted joint replacement navigation, Wagner said. When a surgeon is installing new joint, a computer is used to precisely line up the replacement parts with the patient’s existing structure. This technology will be used in the new facility at WCH.
“I’m very excited about starting from scratch and bringing this state-of-the-art program online,” Wagner said. In fact, that’s one of the reasons he chose Wickenburg. After participating in a large physicians group in the Valley, he welcomed an opportunity to bring his specialty to a smaller environment. Wagner has purchased a home in Wickenburg and said he looks forward to spending time here and becoming part of the community. Long term, Wagner predicts more growth at WCH. “This will be something we can look back on and be proud of, and heave a legacy,” he said.
To find out more or make an appointment with Wagner, call 928-668-1833
Published originally in The Wickenburg Sun | Written by Jeanie Williams Editor Wickenburg Sun