Dr. Babb Discusses Fractures With KWCH

When To See A Doctor Following A Fall

When the weather gets icy, parkinglots and sidewalks get dicey! Our very own, Dr. John Babb, orthopedic surgeon, lent his expertise to KWCH News. So when do you need to consult a doctor after a fall? Check out the link for the answer. 

See the full interview with KWCH news here.

Now Introducing our Fracture Liaison Service

The Fracture Liaison Program Works to Prevent Fragility Fractures in Adults

Orthopedics has traditionally focused on fixing fractures after they occur.  At Mid-America Orthopedics we are striving to prevent factures before they happen.  The underlying cause for the majority of non-traumatic fractures that occur in adults 50 and over is, osteoporosis.   Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that decreases the weight and density of bones, making them more brittle. 

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation about half of all women and one quarter of all men will suffer at least one fragility fracture after 50.  There are more than 2 million fragility fractures in the U.S. each year and these fractures can significantly interfere in an individual’s quality of life, contribute to significant health problems and even death. 

Our goal at Mid-America Orthopedics is to treat fractures, prevent future fractures and enable our patients to get back to the activities they enjoy. 

If you are 50 years or older and have had a fracture or your  physician feels that you would benefit from a bone health evaluation,  our fracture liaison service  could be a great resource for you. 

Welcome to Mid-America’s Fracture Liaison Service. Contact us  now to make an appointment. 

Mid-America Orthopedics Partners with Andover Jr. Sports for a Physicals Event

Mid-America Orthopedics is proud about many things: our incredible patients, our passionate team members, our committment to serve and excellence, AND being able to serve our wonderful community!

We feel that it is our responsibility to give back and invest in our community to help it, and the people within it, grow and thrive! With that in mind, we are excited to share the upcoming ANDOVER JUNIOR SPORTS ASSOCIATION PHYSICALS EVENT! For just $20, athletes from anywhere, can get a physical at Mid-America Orthopedics's East location on Thursday, June 21st, from 5-8pm.  Dr. Justin Strickland, Sports Medicine Physician and Orthopedic Surgeon, along with a team of our dedicated professionals will be on hand for the evaluations. 

100% of the net proceeds benefit the Andover Junior Football League! Junior Sports teach young athletes important lessons early on: like teamwork, sportsmanship, respect, and perserverance. We are proud to support the Association by bringing this fundraiser back for a second year in a row! There will even be hotdogs and snow cones availble, free of charge, after the physicals!

No Registration Necessary | Cash or Check Only | All Athletes Welcome

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Dr. John R Babb presents at the work comp task force luncheon

Dr. John Babb participated in the presentation at the Wichita Area Work Comp Task Force luncheon on February 21st. Dr. Babb demonstrated in detail what a patient being seen for a knee injury can expect when coming into our office, he also explained the reasons behind specific treatment plans and work restrictions given to the patient. Mid-America Orthopedics is proud to be a member of the task force and look forward to hosting the group for the April meeting.DR. Babb Luncheon

What Direct Access Is and Why We're Excited About It

Direct Access refers to the Kansas Law eliminating the requirement for a doctor's referral to receive physical therapy. Chances are good that you or someone you know could benefit from physical therapy. Physical therapy can help a wide range of movement or injury pain, such as:
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Back Pain
Sport Injuries
Tensed Muscles
Post or Pre Operative Surgery
Joint Pain
Reduced Range of Motion
Auto or Work Injuries
Plantar Fasciitis
and more. 

Direct Access cuts through the run around of scheduling and referrals and empowers you with the ability to schedule a therapy appointment. And Mid-America Orthopedics dedicated team of professionals work to get you in immediately. The sooner you are scheduled, the faster you get answers.  Our highly skilled Therapy Department will tailor your treatment to your needs and equip you with tools to put an end to your pain. Interested in learning more?  Check out our Physical Therapy page at

Zane Ochs Elected As Delegate to KS PTA

Zane ProfileThis November, our very own Zane Ochs (DPT) was elected to serve as a delegate for the Kansas Physical Therapy Association within the APTA's House of Delegates! Zane has been a Physical Therapist with Mid-America Orthopedics since 2013. He's helped countless patients recover from injury and surgery by providing focused individualized care, tailored to help them achieve their goals.

In addition to being an excellent therapist, he's also a skilled instructor. In 2014, Zane began taking students for clinical rotations from Wichita State University PT Program. Since then, four of those students have joined our Physical Therapy team. Zane's passion to provide the best care possible led him to become a Board Certified Clinic Specialsist in Orthopedics in the Spring of 2015 and he is presently working on an Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship.  He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Wichita State University's Physical Therapy Program.

Zane is currently treating patients at Optimal Performance's East Wichita location. Mid-America Orthopedics entered into a partnership with Optimal in 2016 as an opportunity to offer more skill specific therapies to athletes. He's accepting new patients now! Contact our office at (316) 262-4886 to schedule your appointment today!


Dr. Michael Dempewolf is the First in Kansas to Use Breakthrough Implant To Help Heal Patients Faster

rotator implantDr. Michael Dempewolf is the first orthopedic surgeon in Kansas and the Kansas City Metro to use a new breakthrough procedure to treat patients with rotator cuff disease. The Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant biologically helps tendons heal through the induction of new tissue growth, helping patients resume normal activities quicker than traditional treatments, while reducing the likelihood of further degeneration or re-tears. This minimally invasive system is a new option for people suffering from rotator cuff tendon tears in the shoulder joint

Rotator Cuff Injuries: It is estimated that 4 million people in the US suffer from rotator cuff disease. Rotator cuff tears occur in people who repeatedly perform overhead motionsin their job or sports. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround, move and stabilize the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff keeps the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries usually cause a dull ache in the shoulders, which can worsen when sleeping on the injured side. A torn rotator cuff can make daily activities like getting dressed, sleeping or brushing your teeth painful and difficult to do. They can prevent you from doing things like work, or things that you love to do like playing sports and living an active lifestyle.

When a rotator cuff tear occurs, the tendon separates from the humeral head (the top of the upper arm bone). There are two types of rotator cuff tears: Partial – Where the soft tissue is damaged but the tendon is not completely torn away. Typically caused by aging, weakness, or overuse of the tendon. Complete – also known as a full thickness tear, when the soft tissue is completely separated from the bone. In most cases, the rotator cuff tendon tears directly off the attachment site.

Because traditional treatments do not address the poor quality of the underlying tendon tissue, a significant number of these tendons often develop into larger, more painful and incapacitating tears or re-tears due to continuing degeneration of the torn tendon. Bioinductive implants allow Dr. Dempewolf to intervene early and help prevent disease progression by augmenting and healing the tendon before the injury worsens. And whole conventional surgery is effective, the repairs take a long time to heal. That is what makes the Bioinductive Implant ground breaking! The Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant, about the size of a postage stamp is inserted through a small incision during a minimally invasive procedure. Bioinductive implants induce the formation of new tendinous tissue over the surface of the tendon, resulting in a thicker tendon. Depending on the stage of rotator cuff disease, the bioinductive implant provides patients a range of potential benefits, including shorter rehabilitation, faster recovery, prevention or slowing of disease progression, healing of partial-thickness tears, and decreased risk of developing a subsequent tear. 

Contact our offices to schedule an evaluation to learn more!

The MAO Family is Growing!

grand opening KCWe are proud to announce that our brand new office in Leawood, KS is open!  Our mission is to provide superb service and comprehensive orthopedic care to our patients. We saw a need in northern Kansas and knew that we could fill it. Over a year ago, Mid-America Orthopedics decided to bring our passion of service and care to the Kansas City area.  Dr. Mike Dempewolf has been pioneering the MAO difference, through his specialties of general orthopedics and sports medicine, to Leawood and its surrounding communities ever since. But in order to serve people best, we knew that we needed to expand. We began construction at our new location of 4940 B. W 137th St. in Leawood KS in the fall of 2016. We spent months meticulously planning and preparing and on October 18th proudly held our ribbon cutting ceremony!  This beautiful new facility offers more treatment space, a state of the art surgery center, and on site Physical Therapy.

We’ve recruited additional talented providers to further care for our patients. Dr. Kelly Own, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, joined our practice in October.  He treats patients in spine care, non-opioid pain management, peripheral joint therapies, and more!

Physical Therapist, Brent Melroy, has been part of the MAO family since 2010. He transferred from our West Wichita facility to lead our PT department in Leawood. Brent holds multiple fellowships and specialty certifications and is eager to help the Kansas City community live life with less pain through therapy.

Interested in learning more? Contact our KC office at 913-232-9846.