Orthopedic center in South Denver

The Spine and Total Joint Center at Sky Ridge Medical Center features leading orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons as part of an experienced clinical team. Combined with our state-of-the-art technology and facility, these specialists perform advanced procedures, including minimally invasive surgery. In fact, we were the first hospital in south metro Denver to perform a robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure, and we offer hip preservation surgery for patients with hip dysplasia.

For more information about Sky Ridge Medical Center's orthopedic services, please call (720) 225-5362.


The Joint Commission awarded Sky Ridge Medical Center with its Gold Seal of Approval and certified us for total knee replacement surgery, total hip replacement surgery and spine surgery.

Our hospital is also designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality by Aetna and a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Additionally, we were named to Becker's list of 101 Hospitals with Great Spine and Neurosurgery Programs.

The Spine and Total Joint Center offers:

  • A comprehensive team of specialists who will provide you with personalized care
  • A state-of-the-art facility with a private entrance
  • Advanced surgical technology
  • Appointment with a specialist available within 48 hours of scheduling
  • An optimal recovery environment
  • Experienced physicians who perform more spine surgeries than any other hospital in Colorado
  • Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons

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Orthopedic conditions we treat

Our orthopedic specialists treat a range of muscle, bone and joint conditions, including:

  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bone cancers
  • Bone diseases
  • Bone spurs
  • Broken bones
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Chondrocalcinosis (gout)
  • Chondromalacia patellae (runner's knee)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Dislocated joints
  • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Hammer toe
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Labral tears
  • 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
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Osteoporosis (bone loss)
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Spinal disorders, such as scoliosis and stenosis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Stenosing tenosynovitis (trigger finger or trigger thumb)

Sky Ridge Shoulder Surgery Center

Our dedicated surgeons use state-of-the-art technology to provide advanced shoulder replacement surgeries and correct damaged shoulder joints. Most surgeries can be performed with minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgical techniques to support a quicker recovery and minimize post-surgical pain. Surgeries include shoulder hemiarthroplasty, total shoulder arthroplasty and reverse shoulder replacement. Many shoulder replacements may now be performed as an outpatient procedure.

The Shoulder Surgery Center at Sky Ridge will have you back to doing the activities you love. For more information, call (720) 225-1000.

Foot and ankle care

Your feet and ankles are made up of bones, joints and tendons that flex and move with every step you take. An injury or medical condition of these lower extremities can cause intense pain and severely limit your ability to get around. When that happens, we offer full-service foot and ankle care for disorders and injuries of the foot, ankle, heel and lower structures of the leg.

Hand and upper extremity care

Experiencing pain anywhere from your fingertips to your shoulder can keep you from doing basic tasks, such as brushing your teeth or scratching your nose. Our orthopedists provide hand and upper extremity care for disorders and injuries affecting the hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders. We will work with you to diagnose your condition and restore function and/or range of motion to the affected area.

Joint pain treatment

We are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal joint health so you can move without pain. Our approach to joint care will depend on the cause of your joint pain. For example, minor injuries can generally be helped with physical therapy, while arthritis-related conditions may be relieved with medication.

If the cause of pain is more severe—stemming from disease of the bone, ligament or cartilage, for example—your orthopedic doctor may recommend surgery. In these cases, we offer hip and knee replacement surgeries to treat diseased or damaged hip and knee joints.

Hip replacement

We offer the anterior approach for hip replacement surgery whenever possible. During an anterior hip replacement, your surgeon uses the front of the hip to access the joint and insert a prosthesis. This minimally invasive technique allows your doctor to perform a total hip replacement by merely displacing (rather than cutting) the muscles that surround the hip. That is why this procedure is termed "muscle-sparing" and can result in a faster recovery when compared to a traditional hip replacement.

Knee replacement

The knee has three compartments:

  • Medial—inside of the knee
  • Lateral—outside of the knee
  • Patellofemoral—front of the knee

The type of knee replacement you may need will depend on the condition of your knee and which compartments are damaged.

Our orthopedic surgeons perform partial and total knee replacement surgeries. During a partial knee replacement, only the affected area of the knee is repaired. During a total knee replacement, all three compartments are replaced.

Robotic knee replacement surgery

Sky Ridge Medical Center was the first hospital in South Metro Denver to offer robotic partial knee resurfacing for early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.

The robotic system's software uses a computed tomography (CT) scan to build a 3D model of your knee. Your doctor uses this model to plan your operation according to your unique anatomy. The result is a more precise and consistent result with partial knee resurfacing. Additionally, because robotic knee replacement surgery requires small incisions, patients typically experience a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery.

Our surgeons can perform robot-assisted surgery for inner, outer or top compartment (unicompartmental) procedures. It can also be performed as a bicompartmental knee surgery on the inner and top compartments of the knee.

The Sky Ridge difference

We have assembled a great team from the OR and therapies to our spine/ortho/trauma floor and all our partner departments. Our surgeons chose Sky Ridge because of the incredible service and quality we provide, our reputation for excellence and our compassionate care.

The Sky Ridge International Center for Hip Preservation is part of the Sky Ridge Spine & Total Joint Center, a Joint Commission Center of Excellence for hip, knee and spine surgery.

Spine care

From disc disorders to scoliosis, we provide comprehensive spine care. When surgery is necessary, we use a robot-guided system to perform minimally invasive spine surgery. In this approach, your surgeon uses the robotic arm to place your spinal implants with extreme precision.

Additionally, using this advanced surgical technology, your spine surgeon creates a 3D model of your spinal cord. The model can be viewed from multiple angles, which helps your surgeon better assess your anatomy and plan your procedure.

Sports medicine

When injury strikes, you do not want to be out of the game long. Getting you back to doing what you love is our goal. The specialists within our sports medicine program are trained in orthopedic surgery and subspecialty areas within orthopedics. This means we can provide comprehensive care for sports injuries, ensuring a healthy recovery and safe return to sport.

Preoperative education classes

Education is key to a successful surgical experience. That is why we provide preoperative education classes for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery and spine surgery.

In these preoperative classes, we discuss what to expect for your surgery, hospital stay, discharge and recovery.

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Orthopedic rehabilitation

Physical therapy and rehabilitation is often necessary to manage an injury or regain function after a surgery. The physical therapists and occupational therapists at our Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Center are experienced in rehabilitating patients with a variety of orthopedic conditions. We will work with you to develop a personalized rehabilitation regimen to rebuild your strength, endurance and range of motion.

The Sky Ridge International Center for Hip Preservation

What is hip preservation surgery?

Hip preservation surgery is a subspecialty within orthopedics in which surgeons perform procedures designed specifically to preserve a patient’s natural hip joint, rather than undergoing a hip replacement. These procedures generally are aimed at either re-shaping the hip joint or repairing/replacing damaged tissues. Our hip preservation specialists offer periacetabular osteotomy (PAO), a surgical procedure shown to produce long-term improvements in pain and quality of life in 90 percent of patients[1].

Our physicians are skilled in diagnosing conditions that may lead to hip pain and arthritis. Conditions such as hip dysplasia, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and labral tears are often seen in younger patients that can cause hip pain and may lead to premature arthritis. When caught early before significant arthritis develops, these conditions can be addressed, relieving pain and allowing patients to return to the activities they love.

What is hip dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is the number one cause of arthritis in women under 50 years old and it can lead to pain and perhaps early hip replacement. Normally, the hip socket (the acetabulum) forms directly over the ball. In patients with dysplasia, the socket is tilted, shallow and not properly aligned or covering the ball. When the hip socket is misshapen, the ball either rides on the edge of the cup, damaging the labrum, or (in severe cases) is also able to ‘slip out’ of the joint causing pain and cartilage wear. Over time, this may cause chronic pain and lead to the development of premature arthritis.

Symptoms of dysplasia

You may have dysplasia if you experience:

  • Hip pain frequently associated with activities
  • Pain coming from deep inside the groin, but it can also radiate from the side or the back
  • Pain generally becoming more frequent or the intensity more severe over time
  • The development of a mild limp

Who is a candidate for the hip preservation procedure?

A PAO is the main surgical treatment for adolescents and adults with hip dysplasia who experience pain and are limited in their daily function. During PAO, the surgeon makes a series of cuts to the bone (osteotomies) around the hip socket to rotate the socket into proper position. Once the socket is in proper position, metal screws are inserted to hold the bone in place. The goal of this procedure is to allow the hip socket to provide better coverage of the top of the femur (femoral head) and reduce stress on the rim of the hip socket (acetabulum), which is the mechanical cause of cartilage damage.

People are born with this condition, but they might not experience problems until they become more active in their teen years or young adulthood. It tends to affect girls more than boys. The joint starts to wear down from the misalignment, which is why hip dysplasia is the second leading cause of arthritis in the hip. After surgery, there’s an 80 percent chance a patient won’t need hip replacement for at least 20 years, if ever. Saving the natural hip joint is often better than having a total hip replacement. For these reasons, whenever possible, we recommend that younger, more active patients consider procedures designed to preserve their hip joint, rather than replace it. Typical candidates are active females between 18 and 25 years old who are involved in athletics.

Young patient returns to her active life

Sydney Potkanowicz started experiencing hip pain at just 12 years old. “It felt like my hip joints were slipping in their sockets. It was a constant painful, uncomfortable feeling,” she said.

Sydney’s mom blamed growing pains, puberty and an active lifestyle for her daughter’s aches. But by the time Sydney started Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, the pain made playing sports unbearable. She gave up both basketball and softball. “I told people that I didn’t like those sports anymore, but the truth was that it hurt too much to run,” she said.

Sydney ultimately had successful PAO surgery at Sky Ridge and returned to the active lifestyle she was missing.

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[1] (n.d.). Understanding Hip Dysplasia. International Hip Dysplasia Institute. hipdysplasia.org/adults/hip-preservation-surgery

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