Joint Health

Your Orthopedic Surgery Team

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The Upland Hills Health orthopedic team is the local reconstruction experts for all your bone, muscle and joint needs. Our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Self, is Mayo Clinic trained and has over 30 years of experience. He's performed over 4,000 orthopedic procedures, bringing relief to hips, knees and other joints. And more than 750 of those procedures were performed with our orthopedic physician assistant, Melissa Messer. Together, they provide comprehensive, local access to:

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Fracture repair
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Knee arthroscopy and repair
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder arthroscopy and repair
  • Tendon repair


The ComfortInMotion Knee Replacement Difference

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You know… your knees are your shock absorbers. When a knee is painful – life is limited. When you are tired of letting knee pain run your life, talk to Dr. James Self and our Comfort In Motion team.  We can help you get your life back. 

Dr. Self will help you determine if surgery is the best solution for you.  If surgery is needed our Comfort In Motion team will help you get ready.  It's important to know what to expect.

  • You'll be assigned a personal care coordinator who will guide you every step of the way. They'll be your 'go to' person when you have questions.
  • We'll ask you to attend a Comfort In Motion class. A valuable presentation that walks you through the entire process... before... during... and after surgery.
  • You'll learn about the support available to you from our physical therapists, here to help you recover and achieve comfort when you walk once again.

With hard work and persistence we’ll help you get back to living your life free from the pain that is dictating what you can and cannot do.  “Oh to move smoother, more often, with less pain.” Ask your doctor about Comfort In Motion at Upland Hills Health.

Mary Ann's Story

Myers Web 240Just getting in and out of the car was a chore for Mary Ann and she wasn’t able to walk her normal route anymore. When she finally decided to look into some relief from her knee trouble, her family doctor gave her a number of options. She chose the orthopedic team of Dr. Self and Melissa Messer at Upland Hills Health.

“I appreciated being able to do it locally at my home hospital,” she said. “The Comfort in Motion class was a plus—it put a good perspective on it and set expectations well. In fact, I wouldn’t have known about the Swing Bed option but they mentioned it in the class. So I was able to do that and getting those extra days of therapy in the hospital was helpful,” she said.

Mary Ann completed outpatient physical therapy with Gregg at the Upland Hills Health therapy clinic, located conveniently for her in the Barneveld clinic location of SSM Dean Family Practice.

“I’m so happy I did this. I commend the nurses and aides and therapists that worked with me in Swing Bed—they were very patient, very helpful and I was impressed with the way they interacted with each other. I can do things so much easier now, like driving myself and grocery shopping on my own, and I’m looking forward to getting back to my walking route.”

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