A new physician will expand the orthopedic surgery capabilities at Mary Greeley Medical Center and McFarland Clinic.


Dr. Andrew Olswing, who joined McFarland Clinic in September, specializes in total joint surgery, such as knee and hip replacement. He joins McFarland Clinic orthopedic colleagues Dr. Peter Buck, Dr. Thomas Greenwald, Dr. Bryan Warme, Dr. Sarkis Kaspar, Dr. James Friederich and Dr. David Sneller.


Buck, Greenwald and Sneller perform knee and hip replacement surgeries, but demand for these surgeries is high. With his focus on total joints, Olswing is expected to expand the ability of Mary Greeley and McFarland to better serve the orthopedic needs of central Iowans.


In fact, Mary Greeley has put a previously unused operating room into commission in anticipation of Olswing’s surgical schedule.


Olswing completed an adult hip and knee reconstruction fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Fellowship training provides surgeons with additional experience to develop skills and learn the latest trends in a given specialty. While building his practice, Olswing plans to introduce several new processes to the joint program, including protocols to minimize surgical site infections and expand postoperative recovery pathways.


“My goal is a joint program that consistently demonstrates efficient, reproducible excellence,” says Olswing.


While total joint patients are typically age 60 or older, research indicates that increasing numbers of people in the 45-60 age range are having surgery to replace knees and hips. The trend can be attributed to aging baby boomers, but also people leading more active lives, no matter their age.


“I’m working with patients who like to be active, and I enjoy seeing an improvement in a patient’s function,” says Olswing of his interest in orthopedic surgery. “You have arthritic hip or knee pain for example. You get the joint replaced, complete your rehab and you are a new person.”


Patients also want to get back to their active lives sooner, Olswing notes.


“By focusing on different forms of post-operative pain control and rehab, we should be able to decrease the length of hospital stay and help people return to their day-to-day activities,” he says.


Olswing completed his orthopedic surgeon residency at Michigan State University – Beaumont Health Botsford. He received his doctorate of osteopathic medicine degree at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo.


In addition to Ames, Olswing will do outreach at the McFarland Clinic office in Webster City. His wife, Dr. Lesley Olswing, is a native Iowan and an optometrist with McFarland’s Eye Center.


For more information, contact the McFarland Clinic orthopedics surgery, 515-239-4475.