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Published on April 26, 2018

Back in the Operating Room – As a Patient This Time

Photo of Dr. Ohmart with his wife Patsy and dog Reddick, recovering after fracturing his help.Retired Orthopedic Surgeon Bruce Ohmart, M.D., and his wife Patsy enjoy spending time outdoors. Dr. Ohmart is specifically looking forward to being able to take long walks again and hunt with his dog Reddick.

During a career that spanned decades, Orthopedic Surgeon Bruce Ohmart, M.D., spent hundreds, perhaps thousands, of hours in the operating room (OR) at MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena.

In December 2017, the retired surgeon was back in the OR – this time as a patient. On December 23, he was weighing himself at home when he fell. “I really don’t know what happened to make me fall, but I heard it break,” he said.

Dr. Ohmart and his wife made their way to the Emergency Department at MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena. He was admitted and diagnosed with a minimally displaced fracture which means the bone had shifted slightly away from the break. That same day, Orthopedic Surgeon Kiel Beltinck, D.O., repaired the hip fracture.

“Dr. Beltinck did a super job,” Dr. Ohmart said. “He is a very nice young man but his reputation in the OR is what’s most important to me and he is very good.”

After a couple of days, Dr. Ohmart was transferred to Rehabilitation Services within the Medical Center. “I thought they were absolutely wonderful,” he said. “They got me back up and walking – non-weight bearing – in just two days.”

After a week of inpatient physical therapy, he was ready to go home. It had been only nine days since the 82-year-old had fallen. During his non-weight bearing period of six weeks, he participated in physical rehabilitation at home. He then began his physical therapy at MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena where he continued to work on recovering his mobility. “As an orthopedic surgeon, I know people do better with rehab,” he said.

Dr. Ohmart is a Michigan native who enjoys the outdoors and is still very active. “I used to ski, sail, and fly fish,” he said. “I am trying to get back to the point where I can still walk a lot and hunt with my dog.”

“Three months after my surgery, the physical therapy team has done a great job transitioning me from a walker to a cane,” said Dr. Ohmart. “I’m making steady progress and have minimal pain thanks to surgery and rehab. I was treated very well at MidMichigan and my experiences have been very good. It’s a good hospital and I’m glad we have the doctors, staff and facility in Alpena.”

Those who would like more information on Orthopedic Surgeon Kiel Beltinck, D.O., or MidMichigan Health’s orthopedic services may visit www.midmichigan.org/bonesandjoints.

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