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Elbow & Shoulder
Kentucky

Our Shoulder and Elbow
Surgery Specialists

Patients are at risk of upper-extremity injuries if they are active in recreational activities, performing repetitive tasks, or have had an acute injury. The risk increases if high-level activities are continued after 60 years of age. A multitude of shoulder and elbow injuries can develop that may prevent patients from living an active, pain-free life.

At the Bluegrass Orthopaedics, our fellowship-trained specialists treat shoulder and elbow conditions in patients ranging from pediatrics to senior citizens, and can tailor a treatment plan specific to a patient's condition. Our shoulder and elbow specialists treat patients and athletes of all ages.

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Shoulder and Elbow
Conditions

Some patients with rotator cuff problems can be treated non-surgically with a modification of activities, physical therapy, injections and anti-inflammatory drugs.

However, if surgery is recommended for elbow or shoulder conditions, the surgeons at Bluegrass Orthopaedics can treat complex conditions, including:

  • Rotator cuff
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Fracture repair
  • Instability of the shoulder

Surgical treatments for shoulder conditions performed by our surgeons include tendon transfers and fracture work, as well as joint replacement, rotator cuff, instability surgeries and arthroscopic repairs.

One procedure, reverse shoulder replacement, can offer patients with an irreparable rotator cuff and no overhead function the ability to improve range of motion and eliminate pain.

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Comeback Champion:
Sydney Parker

BGO's Champion patient comes from London, KY - Ms. Sydney Parker. Sydney is an animal lover, and was injured after a fall from her horse in October of 2018. She fractured and dislocated her elbow, which unfortunately led to surgery in October of 2018 - a complicated procedure that required an open reduction internal fixation as well as an ulnar nerve decompression and transposition. Sydney had fractured her trochlea, lateral condyle of her elbow, as well as her olecranon.

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Dr. Donegan was very professional and took time to explain everything to me. He is not only looking out for my issues now but also thinking about the future.

Anonymous

Explained fully how my procedure would be, my limitations, very courteous. Have had no problems.

Anonymous

Excellent Dr. Excellent Care.

Jonathan Fieldson Healthgrades

Dr. Donegon was extremely professional and immediately made me feel at ease. All the staff at BGO are equally pleasant and accommodating.

Anonymous

Dr Balthrope is a straightforward guy that gets you up and out of the hospital quickly. I have had 2 successful Hip replacementments, 1 knee replacement and a shoulder repair.

Anonymous

A very knowledgeable doctor that provided excellent care. Good experience, had a reverse shoulder replaced with no problems. Highly recommend.

Ronnie Dalton

Dr. Ryan Donegan is the best. I fell and broke my shoulder and did a lot of damage, and Dr. Donegan did my surgery and repaired the damage. Due to his great ability I am almost back to 100%. Would recommend him to anyone. Dr. Ryan Donegan is the best. I fell and broke my shoulder and did a lot of damage, and Dr. Donegan did my surgery and repaired the damage. Due to his great ability I am almost back to 100%. Would recommend him to anyone.

opal miller

Dr. Donegan and his staff of Bluegrass Orthopedics In Lexington, Ky make the 3 hour drive from Pikeville, Ky to Lexington worth while. He and his staff are some of the most competent and upbeat group of professionals we have ever had... Dr. Donegan and his staff of Bluegrass Orthopedics In Lexington, Ky make the 3 hour drive from Pikeville, Ky to Lexington worth while. He and his staff are some of the most competent and upbeat group of professionals we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Dr. Donegan did a complete reverse shoulder replacement on me and one complete reverse replacement for my wife, Suzie. He also repaired her other shoulder. I have completely recovered from my surgery and Suzie has recovered from one of her’s. She is 2 months post op on her full replacement, and her recovery is progressing quickly. Both of us wholeheartedly recommend Dr Donegon and his staff!!!

Honsell Thompson

As a medical professional, I had a work injury to my shoulder. I know of the competency and quality of care that Dr. Donegan gives his patients. Workers Compensation denied Dr. Donegan. They assigned me a surgeon at UK Orthopedics. This... As a medical professional, I had a work injury to my shoulder. I know of the competency and quality of care that Dr. Donegan gives his patients. Workers Compensation denied Dr. Donegan. They assigned me a surgeon at UK Orthopedics. This UK surgeon missed 2 major medical steps in my recovery. Dr. Donegan repaired my shoulder with quality recovery. I would highly recommend Dr. Donegan if you have shoulder issues. You will not regret it.

Rick Warner

He is an excellent doctor. He takes the time to talk to you and explains what your condition is and planned treatment.

Anonymous

This was the best experience with a physician's practice ever. From the moment I walked in the door, through the registering, nurse, PA, and especially the x-ray tech.....all quick yet thorough. Dr. Donegan was on time and very... This was the best experience with a physician's practice ever. From the moment I walked in the door, through the registering, nurse, PA, and especially the x-ray tech.....all quick yet thorough. Dr. Donegan was on time and very understanding. Lucky me.

Mischelle Hodgkin

Dr. Donegan did right shoulder surgery on me on 7/23/19. I got through surgery just fine and my rehab is going great. Dr. Donegan and his staff are awesome. I highly recommend Dr. Donegan if you think you might need shoulder surgery. Dr. Donegan did right shoulder surgery on me on 7/23/19. I got through surgery just fine and my rehab is going great. Dr. Donegan and his staff are awesome. I highly recommend Dr. Donegan if you think you might need shoulder surgery.

Larry Reeder

Y'all are so nice, courteous, and professional. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else, even though we live in Somerset. You've operated on me and my wife and we brag on you to everyone who asks where we had it done. Y'all are on top... Y'all are so nice, courteous, and professional. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else, even though we live in Somerset. You've operated on me and my wife and we brag on you to everyone who asks where we had it done. Y'all are on top of it all and we support you.

Don Gramling

I can’t brag on Dr. Donegan enough. I saw him for an injury after being completely written off by another doctor. He reviewed my scans with me and explained what he was seeing and for the first time in the three months since my injury... I can’t brag on Dr. Donegan enough. I saw him for an injury after being completely written off by another doctor. He reviewed my scans with me and explained what he was seeing and for the first time in the three months since my injury I feel like someone is actually doing something to help me. Great bedside manner and very knowledgeable!

Cassandra Sheaffer

Dr. Ryan Donegan is compassionate, kind and he really cares about people. His sincerity shows in everything he does. I wouldn't go to any other orthopedic practice besides BGO! I have known Dr. Donegan for a long time and I have seen... Dr. Ryan Donegan is compassionate, kind and he really cares about people. His sincerity shows in everything he does. I wouldn't go to any other orthopedic practice besides BGO! I have known Dr. Donegan for a long time and I have seen him interact with his patients, and he is always personable and has a great bedside manner. I highly recommend Bluegrass Orthopedics!

Pam Douglas