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Orthopedic care

Orthopedic doctors, called orthopedists, take care of bones and joints. This includes knee pain, total joint replacement, issues that impact your spine and more. You might need to see an orthopedist if you have arthritis or osteoporosis, or if you've had a recent sprain, strain or broken bone.

Orthopedic specialists in Englewood, Colorado

Don't let joint pain limit your life — freer movement is in your future.

Swedish Medical Center's highly specialized orthopedics program addresses pain related to bone injury or disease. Our orthopedic doctors have training in spine, bone and joint conditions, including orthopedic trauma and pelvic trauma. Our compassionate approach also offers a seamless care experience and tailored treatment plans.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

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Our orthopedic program

Our services provide you with orthopedic care from your first visit to your last. We offer classes before surgery, treatments for physical trauma, joint replacement and rehabilitation — ensuring your recovery is effective and thorough.

Preoperative education classes

We believe you will experience better surgical outcomes when you know what to expect with your surgery and recovery. Our hospital offers preoperative education classes before your spine surgery or total joint replacement surgery. In the class, we will discuss how to prepare for your specific surgery and rehabilitation process. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary tools and information you need for a safe and healthy recovery.

Orthopedic trauma

Orthopedic trauma care focuses on treating patients with fractures and other injuries. As a Level I Trauma Center, we provide the highest level of trauma care. This includes an orthopedic trauma program to handle complex injuries and develop standardized approaches to care for our patients. Our orthopedic trauma doctors diagnose and treat bone and joint injuries, such as broken bones, intra-articular fractures and pelvic trauma.

Joint replacement surgery

We offer a range of surgical procedures, including the latest technological advancements. Our experienced orthopedic doctors and surgeons create a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific health needs.

Some of the joint replacements we provide include:

Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery

When appropriate, our surgeons use a minimally invasive technique — a direct anterior approach for hip replacement. This technique involves a three- to four-inch incision on the front of the hip that allows the surgeon to spare muscle by gently working around it instead of cutting through it.

The direct anterior approach also reduces the risk of dislocation and has been shown to decrease pain and recovery time.

Our surgeons pioneered another highly advanced anterior approach technique: portal-assisted total hip arthroplasty. In this procedure, the incision is moved to a higher location on the body to minimize scarring and nerve damage and to reduce recovery time. We are proud to be one of only a handful of facilities in the country to perform portal-assisted total hip arthroplasty.

View hip replacement patient guidebook

Orthopedic rehabilitation

Part of your inpatient care after orthopedic surgery involves physical therapy and rehabilitation. Our physical therapists and occupational therapists have extensive experience rehabilitating patients after various orthopedic surgeries. They will work with you while you are still in the hospital to restore function and movement.

Treatment for limb pain after amputation

Chronic limb pain after amputation is common. At our hospital, we provide an advanced procedure called targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) to reduce chronic limb pain following an amputation. Our innovative team provides this advanced, delicate procedure for both upper and lower extremity amputations — one of the few centers nationwide to offer this level of care.

How TMR works

The procedure reroutes nerves damaged during amputation. By giving these nerves a place to transmit their signals, patients report reduced pain, including phantom limb pain, residual limb pain and peripheral neuropathy.

Primary TMR

A primary or acute TMR, is performed at the time of amputation. The reconstructive surgeon is in the operating room with the orthopedic surgeon and/or vascular surgeon, and the amputation and TMR are performed during the same surgery.

Occasionally, patients that require lifesaving amputation are transferred to our facility with a vacuum-assisted closure on the amputation, which allows the reconstructive surgeon to perform TMR, then close the surgical site.

Secondary TMR

A secondary TMR, or delayed TMR, is performed if you have already had amputation without TMR. You may experience phantom limb pain, painful neuromas or residual limb pain affecting your activities of daily living. In these cases, another surgery is scheduled to perform the TMR.

Our multidisciplinary team of TMR specialists

Our reconstructive surgeons, together with a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic and vascular surgeons, physical, occupational and hand therapists, and a patient navigator, work with you to develop a treatment plan that helps minimize pain and maximize function after amputation.

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Patient undergoes minimally invasive hip replacement

Our patient, Lori Mayer, had hip arthritis and needed total hip replacement, so she came to our hospital to receive a new procedure developed here by Dr. Joseph Assini.