Chase Lobrano, MD
Chase Lobrano, MD joined Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana in 2017 and since that time has been a leader in total joint replacement- knee and hip. He is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult reconstruction-hip/knee. Dr. Lobrano utilizes Mako Robotic Joint replacement including partial and total knee, as well as hip replacement. He also utilizes the Direct Anterior Approach hip, when applicable.
Dr. Lobrano always knew he wanted to go into medicine and started working in medical clinics and hospitals in his teens and throughout college. During medical school, orthopedics was a natural fit leading him to an orthopedic residency and his fellowship in adult reconstruction-hip/knee.
Dr. Lobrano believes in a hands-on approach to care. He is a self-professed big talker and believes the communication between himself, the patient and their loved ones is the key to a successful outcome. Lobrano says, “It’s important that we connect and are on the same page about your surgery. I want to know what you expect from me and want you to know what I expect of you.”
Dr. Lobrano grew up in South Louisiana in Baker, Louisiana just outside of Baton Rouge. He had an early love of the outdoors and enjoys numerous athletic pursuits. He and his wife, Dr. Susan Lobrano met and married in medical school while at LSU Health- Shreveport. Lobrano credits his wife for being the ultimate mother and physician and creating an amazing balance within their work life and family life. They are the proud parents to a daughter and two sons.
Training and Affiliations
● Fellowship: Adult Reconstruction, Southern Illinois University, Springfield, Illinois. 2016-17
● Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, LSU Health Science Center Shreveport, Louisiana, 2011-2016
● Internship: General Surgery, LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, 2010-2011
● Medical School: M.D., LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, 2011-2016
Undergraduate: B.S.-Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Louisiana
Amber Wilhite, MA
Amber began working with Dr. Lobrano in 2022 and has been part of the orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana family since 2020. Amber is happily married and she and her husband are the proud parents of three boys.
Ryan O’Banion, PA-C
Ryan has worked alongside Dr. Lobrano for since 2021,, He is a native of Lafayette and completed his undergraduate studies at UL Lafayette and continued his training at LSU Shreveport Health Science Center obtaining a physician’s assistant degree. Ryan has always had a keen interest in orthopedics and has really enjoyed working with Dr. Lobrano in the clinic and the OR. When time allows, he enjoys working out and being outdoors.
Lobrano’s Pre-Op Guide
1) When and where is my Pre-op Appointment?
Typically, your pre-op appointments are made (3) weeks prior to your surgery. An OSL patient representative will call you to confirm your pre-op appointment. Your pre-op appointment will take place at Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana located at 1500 Line Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana.
2) How long will my pre-op appointments take and may I bring a loved one with me?
Please allow for 2- 4 hours for your pre-op appointments. We strongly encourage a loved one to come with you to help assimilate all of the information.
3) What should I bring to my pre-op appointment? Do I need to fast? What should I wear?
Please bring your photo ID and insurance information. You may also want to bring a book or tablet. You will have some blood work completed, but you do not have to fast prior to your blood work…. Feel free to bring some snacks and water. We also have a snack shop, if you would like to purchase on site. Wear loose fitting clothing and you may want to bring a sweatshirt or sweater with you… the clinic and hospital run a bit on the chilly side.
4) Why do I have to fill out registration paperwork for the hospital, when I just filled out paperwork in the clinic?
The clinic and hospital maintain separate and different medical record systems; thus, you must complete all necessary forms for the hospital and clinic separately. Please visit the Specialists Hospital Shreveport website to pre-register for your surgery
Your Pre-Op Appointment Schedule:
1. CT Scan @ OSL, Suite 100
When you first arrive for your pre-op appointment, you will check in at Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana, 1500 Line Avenue, Suite 100 to have your preoperative CT scan. The CT scan should only take about 20 minutes.
2. Clinic H & P
You will meet with one of Dr. Lobrano’s team members during your pre-op visit. They will complete a brief history and physical and answer any questions regarding your upcoming surgery.
3. Labs & Bloodwork @ SHS, Suite 202
You will go to the Specialists pre-Admit/ Lab (Suite 202) for blood work and pre-admit testing. You do not have to fast for your blood work. To expedite your visit, visit: specialistshospitashreveport.com and click the icon at the top right of the page to register for surgery.
A note about exercising prior to your surgery…
We know it may be difficult to exercise before surgery- BUT, it is still a good idea to get in “the exercise” mindset. Try to set aside at least 15-30 minutes a day to exercise and work on strengthening techniques. Setting aside this time will help you prepare for your recovery following your surgery. We recommend that you visit the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) for some preoperative exercises and guidelines and/ or videos:
Lobrano’s Post-Op Guide
1) Keep Moving… Exercise!
You can shower immediately once home. No tub baths for at least (4) weeks following your surgery.
3) Incision/ Dressing
4) Drainage and incision
You may have light, clear tinged fluid that drains from your incision site. This drainage is normal and should resolve in a couple of days. If the drainage does not subside, call the clinic: (866) 759.9679
5) Swelling / Elevation / Stockings
If swelling is under control, you may remove your white stockings once you are at home. If swelling persists wearing your compression stockings while elevating the leg will help.
You may experience warmth on or around the incision site, mild swelling and run a low-grade fever post op. If the symptoms do not improve with Tylenol, Motrin and with elevation or if your temperature exceeds 101.5 degrees, contact the clinic: (866) 759.9679.
You may have swelling from the groin area to your toes for several weeks post-op. If swelling is slow to progress and subsides with elevation, continue to follow swelling precautions. If swelling is rapid onset or associated with shortness of breath, immediately call the clinic or 911.
6) Medications/ Pain Management/ Side Affects
You are required to take a blood thinner after surgery. Typically, we prescribe a low dose of aspirin (81 mg) to be taken twice daily for a month post-op, unless we advise differently,
All pain medications are prescribed as needed. It is important to stay ahead of your pain, while still taking the lowest effective dose to control the pain.
Nausea and constipation are common side affects of narcotics. For constipation, we recommend increasing your water intake (before and after surgery). We also recommend taking a stool softener daily while taking pain medications. You can also use a laxative (MiraLAX) per the directions on the product label.
7) Length of Hospital Stay
Most patients will spend one night in the hospital and go home the day following their surgery. Have a loved one available to assist you for at least one week after your surgery. Living alone does not qualify you for inpatient rehab.
You may drive as soon as you are off all narcotics and are able to safely transition from gas to brake. We recommend testing this in an uncrowded parking lot prior to driving on the roads.
(3) Things to Know about Lobrano…
There’s a story here… the patient’s and the doctor’s.
1. He’s a talker and a teacher. Communication is a two way and very busy street for this doctor and his patients. Patient’s often leave the clinic feeling like they just made their brand new best friend… Lobrano is the king of putting his patients at ease, while maintaining a direct and clear line of communication. He spends a little more time educating and preparing patients ahead of surgery to increase the chances for better outcomes.
2. He’s a leader in Total Joint Replacement. Lobrano has a massive respect for all that he learned in medical school, his residency, his fellowship and working alongside his OSL partner, Steven Atchison, MD. He is currently an assistant clinical professor at LSUHSC- Shreveport, while maintaining his full time clinic.
3. He takes care of business. Very soon into his practice, Lobrano was recognized for being able to expertly handle some of the most challenging cases in Adult Reconstructive surgery…. his colleagues are amazed by his calm determination in the face of the most difficult cases.
Lobrano’s Approach to Care
“Being able to replace a knee or hip and get a patient back to where they want to be is just unbelievable… I’m so lucky that I get to watch that happen.”
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