Advanced Orthopedic Specialists Category: Advanced Orthopedic Specialists News

Meet Dr. Brian Schafer

Brian C. Schafer, MD Brian C. Schafer, MD, a board certified orthopedic surgeon, joined Advanced Orthopedic Specialists in 2001. Before joining Saint Francis, Dr. Schafer was in practice with the United States Air Force Medical Group in Tucson, Arizona. His education includes graduating from medical school from the University of... Read more

What is Sports Medicine?

James M. Edwards, MD "Sports Medicine is a sub-specialty in Orthopedics that looks more at injuries related to sports," says James M. Edwards, MD is a sports medicine specialist at Advanced Orthopedic Specialists. "We get patients back to full participation as soon as possible. When athletes get injured, we have a... Read more

PRP therapy allows star athlete to return to diamond sooner

Advanced Orthopedic Specialists offers promising treatment within your own blood Nick Harris, former Southeast Missouri Redhawks centerfielder, Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez all have something in common – PRP therapy. After suffering a shoulder injury, Harris opted to take a nonsurgical treatment approach, platelet-rich plasma therapy, or... Read more

Dr. Andrew C. Trueblood receives prestigious certification

Advanced Orthopedic Specialists’ shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist and total joint surgeon, Andrew C. Trueblood, M.D., recently received his Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Michael C. Trueblood retires from Advanced Orthopedic Specialists

Advanced Orthopedic Specialists extends our thanks, congratulations and best wishes to Michael C. Trueblood, M.D., who will be retiring on April 1, 2013, after 35 dedicated years of service diagnosing and treating area patients’ bone, joint and muscle injuries and conditions.

Local surgeon performing highly advanced ankle surgery technique

R. August Ritter, III, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Advanced Orthopedic Specialists in Cape Girardeau, is the only surgeon in the region performing highly advanced total ankle arthroplasty procedures using a new surgical technique with proven technology. After attending an advanced Zimmer Expert Interactions training session in Henderson,... Read more

Advanced Orthopedic Specialists celebrates 80 years in practice

Advanced Orthopedic Specialists is celebrating its 80-year anniversary in 2014. Founded by R.A. Ritter Sr., M.D., grandfather of current Advanced Orthopedic Specialists surgeon R. August Ritter, III, M.D., in 1934, Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, formerly known as Orthopaedic Associates, began as a small group of local doctors treating... Read more


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