Orthopedic specialists in Aurora, Colorado

The orthopedic doctors at The Medical Center of Aurora specialize in treating diseases and disorders of the extremities, hips, neck, back and spine. We are dedicated to delivering the best possible outcomes for every patient. As part of that dedication, we ensure high-quality care by providing advanced technology, preoperative education, orthopedic care teams and orthopedic rehabilitation.

For more information about orthopedic care at The Medical Center of Aurora, please call (303) 873-0630.

Our orthopedic surgery program

We offer newly renovated surgical suites equipped with advanced orthopedic surgical technology. This allows our orthopedic surgeons to provide minimally invasive treatments for the joints, spine and extremities as well as sports injuries.

Additionally, many of our nurses have supplemental certifications. This means they are educated and trained beyond standard nursing care so they can provide high-quality, expert care that results in a faster recovery for you.

Bone, joint and muscle conditions we treat

Our orthopedic specialists treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Arthroplasty
  • Biceps tendon rupture
  • Bone cancers
  • Bone diseases
  • Bone spurs
  • Broken bones
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Chondrocalcinosis (gout)
  • Chondromalacia patellae (runner's knee)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Dislocated joints
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Hammer toe
  • Hand and wrist surgery
  • Hand deformities
  • Hip pointer (hip bone bruise)
  • Hip disorders and diseases
  • Joint replacement
  • Knee injuries or knee disorders and diseases
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Ligament injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Movement disorders, such as ataxia, chorea, dyskinesia and tardive dyskinesia (TD)
  • Neuromas
  • Neuromuscular disorders, such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis (MS) and spasticity
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Osteoporosis (bone loss)
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Spinal disorders, such as scoliosis and stenosis
  • Sprains, strains and fractures
  • Targeted Muscle Reinnervation
  • Tendinitis
  • Stenosing tenosynovitis (trigger finger or trigger thumb)

Foot and ankle care

Illness, ill-fitting shoes, poor foot care or trauma can cause painful foot and toe conditions. However, when foot pain is accompanied by swelling and/or redness, it is a good idea to have it checked out by a physician.

When you come to us for foot and ankle care, we will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your pain and symptoms. From nonsurgical treatments to minimally invasive surgery, we provide a range of treatments to get you back on your feet.

Hand and upper extremity care

The hand is a very complex structure with bones, nerves and muscles working together in a small space. The hands and arms are also susceptible to a variety of injuries from repetitive use, aging, disease and sports-related activities. So, when injury or disease occurs in the hand or arm, you need specialized care. Our orthopedic specialists provide this level of expert hand and upper extremity care to relieve pain and restore function.

Hand & Reconstructive Center of Colorado

The Hand & Reconstructive Center of Colorado at The Medical Center of Aurora is a plastic surgery clinic offering surgical and nonsurgical treatments. Here, we care for patients recovering from cancer treatments, traumatic injuries and disfiguring conditions to help restore appearance and function.

We perform cosmetic procedures, such as face-lifts and body contouring, to help restore your self-confidence and form. We also perform hand and microvascular surgeries.

Hip care

Hip fractures commonly occur when someone slips and falls. Postmenopausal women are also more susceptible to hip and pelvic injuries because of their increased risk of osteoporosis. When you visit one of our hip specialists for a hip injury or disease, we provide comprehensive hip care, including working with you to reduce your risk of future injuries.

Knee care

Lingering pain, stiffness or swelling of the knee—or any combination of these symptoms, especially if they limit your mobility—should not be ignored. These symptoms may be a sign of a more serious knee injury and should be examined by an orthopedic specialist.

Our doctors will take time to evaluate your knee, so we can determine an accurate diagnosis. From there, we can suggest the most appropriate treatment to get you on the road to recovery.

Joint replacement

We are dedicated to helping patients recover from joint injuries and diseases. In some cases, these can be treated without surgery; however, a severe condition may require a joint replacement.

During joint replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon replaces damaged parts of a joint with artificial implants. Depending on the condition of the joint, the surgeon will replace some (partial joint replacement) or all (total joint replacement) of the joint. The implants create a new, healthy joint, alleviating pain that was once caused by a diseased or injured joint.

Our orthopedic surgeons commonly perform:

Spine care

Our orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons take a multidisciplinary approach to spine care. They collaborate to treat a wide range of conditions, from neck pain to bone spurs.

We offer advanced treatments, including minimally invasive laser spine surgery. When spine surgery is necessary, we provide a preoperative class to help you prepare for your procedure and recovery.

Preoperative education classes

We provide preoperative education classes for total hip replacement, total knee replacement or spine surgery. These classes are free and help prepare you for your surgery and recovery.

In our classes, we will discuss the following topics related to your procedure:

  • Anatomy
  • Preoperative exercises
  • Pain management
  • Discharge needs
  • Equipment needs
  • Home safety and what to expect when you go home
  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • Postoperative nursing care
  • Precautions and limitations after surgery

We recommend taking the appropriate class at least two weeks prior to your surgery. You are also encouraged to bring family members and/or caregivers who will be involved in your care.

Orthopedic rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery helps ensure a healthy recovery. This is why a therapist from our physical therapy and rehabilitation program will begin working with you as soon as possible after surgery. Additionally, our therapy team will continue to provide personalized rehabilitative care throughout your hospital stay to reduce pain and improve movement.

Spine rehabilitation

After spine surgery, some patients may need long-term physical therapy. For those patients, we partner with Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, an acute rehabilitation center focused on neurological rehabilitation. This partnership ensures a smooth transition from hospital therapy to ongoing rehabilitation.

Treatment for peripheral nerve injury and limb pain after amputation

The Medical Center of Aurora’s Hand and Reconstructive Center of Colorado provides a comprehensive, multispecialty clinic dedicated to treating patients with brachial plexus injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, and amputations.

A unique environment that treats the entire patient

At The Medical Center of Aurora we recognize the importance of treating the entire patient, not just the affected limb. Our hand and reconstructive center team includes fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons who specialize in hand, wrist and elbow surgery, physiatrists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, and researchers.

As a patient, you’ll meet with the entire team at your clinic appointment. This “one stop shop” is an opportunity for you and the team members to work collaboratively to review your needs and develop innovative treatments and individually specialized care. Another unique feature of our program is the attention you receive from your surgeons who will be present for your preoperative evaluation, your procedure, and all of your postoperative care.

Brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries

The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that exit the spine and become the major nerves in the extremities and provide sensation, feeling and movement to the shoulder, elbow wrist and hand. Through injury or illness these nerves may become damaged. At The Medical Center of Aurora, we offer non-operative treatment such as therapy and assistive devices, as well as surgical options including nerve and tendon/muscle transfers to improve the function of the affected limb.

Targeted muscle reinnervation for limb pain after amputation

At The Medical Center of Aurora, we offer targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) for patients with prior upper extremity amputation who have phantom limb pain, neuroma pain, or are looking to gain better control of their prosthesis. This highly specialized procedure reroutes nerves damaged during amputation and has helped patients achieve significant reductions or even elimination of pain. Ideal patients for TMR are amputees above the elbow or at the shoulder within the last 10 years, and patients with stable soft tissues who are willing to participate in the rehabilitation process.

For more information about our nerve and amputation pain services or to schedule an appointment, please call (303) 695-2693.

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Orthopedic care at HealthONE

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.

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