Orthopedic specialists in Englewood, Colorado
Swedish Medical Center provides a highly specialized orthopedics program at our orthopedic center in Englewood. As part of this program, our orthopedic doctors have special training in spine, bone and joint conditions, as well as robot-assisted surgery and orthopedic trauma. In fact, we offer one of the only programs in the country with a focus on pelvic trauma.
For more information about Swedish Medical Center's orthopedic services, please call our program coordinator at (303) 788-6682.
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 pain can negatively affect your everyday life, and we want to get you back to doing the things you love. If this means getting a joint replacement, we are here to help.
During a joint replacement surgery, our bone and joint doctors replace damaged components of a joint with implants. The result is a new, healthy joint that allows you to move without pain.
We perform the following joint replacement surgeries:
- Ankle replacement
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Shoulder replacement
Our orthopedists provide comprehensive foot and ankle care. If nonsurgical treatments do not improve ankle pain and other symptoms of an injury or disease, we can perform an ankle replacement (if necessary).
During ankle replacement surgery, the surgeon removes the ends of the damaged ankle bones and replaces them with prosthetic implants made of plastic and metal.
Your thigh bone (femur) is rounded at the top and fits into the socket of the pelvic bone. When you have a total hip replacement, a metal ball with a stem is put in place at the top of your femur. A prosthetic cup is then inserted into the damaged socket area of your pelvic bone.
Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery
When appropriate, our surgeons use a minimally invasive technique: 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.
Surgeons at Swedish Medical Center 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 the portal-assisted total hip arthroplasty.
The knee is one of the most complicated joints in your body. It is made up of the knee cap (patella), the upper bone (femur) and lower bone (tibia). All of these bones are held together with ligaments, tendons and muscles.
During a total knee replacement, our surgeons replace the knee with an artificial joint made up of three parts:
- A metal part covering the femur surface
- A plastic and metal part covering the tibia surface
- A plastic part that resurfaces the kneecap
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. When it is damaged, we offer shoulder replacement surgery, which may involve replacing only the ball (head of the humerus bone) or both the ball and socket (glenoid) with implants. Your specific procedure will depend on the stability of the shoulder and the condition of the surrounding ligaments.
Preoperative education classes
We believe you will experience better surgical outcomes when you know what to expect with your surgery and recovery. That is why Swedish Medical Center offers preoperative education classes before your spine surgery or total joint replacement surgery.
In the preoperative 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.
Treatment for limb pain after amputation
Chronic limb pain after amputation is common. To reduce this pain for patients with upper and/or lower extremity amputations, we provide an advanced procedure called targeted muscle reinnervation. 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.
Types of targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR)
TMR can be used to prevent post-amputation pain or to treat it. As such, we perform two variations of this procedure: primary TMR and secondary TMR.
A primary TMR, 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 life-saving amputation are transferred to our hospital with a vacuum-assisted closure on the amputation, which allows the plastic surgeon to perform TMR, then close the surgical site.
A secondary TMR, or delayed TMR, is performed for patients who have already had amputation without TMR. These patients may experience phantom limb pain, painful neuromas or residual limb pain affecting their activities of daily living. In these cases, another surgery is scheduled to perform the TMR.
For a consultation to discuss if TMR is right for you, please call our TMR patient navigator at (303) 788-6467.
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.
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