Specialties

Dr. Richard Wathne is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with 25 years of experience. He specializes in shoulder surgery, knee surgery, and sports medicine, and keeps current on the latest techniques and technology in these fields. Dr. Wathne’s training and experience allow him to offer a wide variety of surgical options to patients to fit their unique needs and lifestyles. Patients often come to Dr. Wathne from other cities in Idaho for his expertise in shoulder and knee surgery.

Additionally, Dr. Wathne has provided sports medicine coverage to local high schools for 25 years. He works with many of the local high schools in the Pocatello area, covering football games and working with athletic trainers at the schools to help athletes recover from sports injuries.

Learn more about Dr. Wathne’s specialties in the topics below.

ACL Reconstruction

ACL tears are among the most common knee injuries for athletes. Dr. Wathne is fellowship trained in sports medicine, and has performed a high volume of ACL reconstruction procedures over the course of his career. ACL reconstruction is done by taking a tendon graft from the patient or a cadaver, and using that graft to reconstruct the ligament. Dr. Wathne is experienced in all surgical options for ACL reconstruction, including all tendon graft options and arthroscopic techniques. This experience allows him to recommend a plan that meets the patient’s needs, which ultimately leads to greater long-term success for the reconstructed ACL.

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Knee Replacement Surgery

If arthritis damage has resulted in chronic knee pain, and nonsurgical treatments are no longer effective in relieving symptoms, knee replacement surgery may be an option. Knee replacement surgery can reduce pain, allowing patients greater mobility. Dr. Wathne is experienced in both partial knee replacement and total knee replacement, and can recommend the best surgical option for patients based on the location and extent of arthritis damage in the knee.

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Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator cuff tears are common shoulder injuries among athletes and laborers. Rotator cuff repair surgery is often needed to restore full strength and function of the rotator cuff, especially for patients seeking to return to their job or sport. As the most experienced rotator cuff surgeon in the Pocatello area, Dr. Wathne is trained in the latest arthroscopic rotator cuff repair techniques, but is also skilled in open rotator cuff surgery, if needed.

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Shoulder Replacement Surgery

If shoulder arthritis symptoms do not improve with nonsurgical treatments, shoulder replacement surgery may be an option. Shoulder replacement surgery can help to relieve pain caused by arthritis and improve function and range of motion in the shoulder, allowing you to resume your normal activities. Dr. Wathne is highly experienced in total shoulder replacement. He also frequently performs reverse total shoulder replacements, which are beneficial for patients who have a rotator cuff injury in addition to arthritis.

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