Living Pain-Free, Not Fun-Free | Ron’s Altru Advanced Orthopedics Story

Ron T RakingIn 1999 Ron Thramer had rotator cuff surgery on his right arm. Over the years, the work that had been done had slowly deteriorated, and he was living life in pain.

“I kept putting it off,” explained Ron. “I lived …

Ironman & Handyman | Joe’s Altru Advanced Orthopedics Story

Joe VBy nature, Joe Vacek is curious. He spends his days as a professor in aviation at UND and works on cutting-edge developments with unmanned aircraft. He’s also a commercial pilot, and a lawyer. He’s by no means a lazy guy. …

Dancing Through Graduation and Life | Alyssa’s Altru Advanced Orthopedics Story

AlyssaAs Alyssa Amundson looks forward to college at NDSU this fall, she has a lot to figure out—what classes to take, where she’ll live, if she’ll find a part-time job. But there is one thing she knows for sure: she …

Farming with a Fixed-Up Shoulder | Andrew’s Altru Moment

GrottesWhen Andrew Grotte isn’t driving tractor near Thompson, N.D., he can often be found snowmobiling, hunting or riding motocross. But in the fall of 2015, Andrew’s motocross fun landed him at Altru Advanced Orthopedics in the care of Dr. Darin

Enjoying Life’s Simple Pleasures after Anterior Approach Hip Replacement

Pat sewingVolunteering at the local library. Walking two to three miles per day. Making quilts for the homeless. A retired high school English teacher from Hallock, Minnesota, 67-year-old Patricia (Pat) Mattson certainly likes to stay busy.

Last February, Pat and her …

Whittling Masterpieces after Hand Surgery at Altru

700x700-FB-Whittle-WithSharonFor the past 20 years, Sharon Brennan has been working with her hands as an artist and woodcarver.

“When I had to quit temporarily due to rheumatoid arthritis in my thumbs, I was devastated,” she explains. “Dr. Brad Meland