Getting you back in the swing at our Center for Orthopedic Excellence

Vic Barth had played golf for 30 years, but when back and hip pain stopped him from swinging a club, he knew it was time to seek the opinion of the experts at the Prairie Ridge Health Clinic in Columbus.
“I heard about the Prairie Ridge Health Clinic by word of mouth from other patients,” said Vic. “I had been a patient of Dr. Bruce Kraus for a number of years. He knew my history and I felt comfortable with him.”
Bruce Kraus, MD, Internal Medicine, joined the Prairie Ridge Health Clinic, a service of Columbus Community Hospital, earlier this year. The clinic also offers orthopedic and general surgery services. After a thorough examination and x-rays, Vic met with orthopedic surgeon, Robert Coe, MD, and was determined to be a candidate for a hip replacement.
“Golf is really important to me,” said Vic, who has been playing the game since he was 6 or 7 years old. “The hip is a big part of the golf swing. You need to have a strong back and hip to make a full swing.”
After the initial appointment and evaluation, Vic began meeting with the orthopedic team and surgical team to prepare for the surgery. “Every time I came in I was met quickly,” said Vic. “They get a really good baseline on where you are before your surgery and they were able to walk me through the whole procedure. When I was going in for surgery I felt really prepared for what was going to happen.”
Following his surgery, Vic recovered in Columbus Community Hospital’s designated Orthopedic Excellence unit. “I had a great experience with aftercare,” said Vic. “After my surgery I met with a Physical Therapist and an Athletic Trainer. My goal was to be able to swing a golf club by April, and we stayed right on schedule.”
Now Vic, who happens to live on a golf course, is back in the swing of things and enjoying the view of the golf course from the tee box rather than his screen porch. “My experience was outstanding. I was impressed with the facility and the team and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience,” said Vic.
The Prairie Ridge Health Clinic is a provider for more than 50 insurance plans, including Dean Health Plan, Physicians Plus, Unity, WPS, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Employer’s Health, The Alliance, WEA, and United Healthcare.

For more information regarding services at the Prairie Ridge Health Clinic or the Prairie Ridge Center for Orthopedic Excellence, visit or to schedule an appointment call 920-623-1200.