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Orthopedic Surgery

Your partner in joint repair, arthritis treatment, spinal surgery and restored function

knee and hip joints

Next-generation orthopedic care for simple and complex conditions.

Research-Based Solutions

We bring clinical research together with orthopedic surgery to offer the most advanced patient care.

Effective Pain Management

From wear-and-tear arthritis to highly-complex joint revisions, we look after you every step of the way—now and throughout your lifetime.

Care for Your Unique Needs

Our multidisciplinary care team works closely with you to develop and implement an individualized treatment plan designed to maximize function and prevent future problems.

A National Leader in Orthopedics

UW Medical Center’s orthopedics specialty is the only nationally ranked program in the Pacific Northwest.

Some of our common services include:

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints caused by wear and tear, infections or underlying diseases. Common symptoms include joint pain, stiffness and reduced mobility. Our specialists work together as a team to help reduce your pain, restore your ability to move comfortably and improve your quality of life.

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This is the surgical reconstruction or replacement of a joint, including the hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, wrist and fingers. Our orthopedic surgeons are highly trained in treating joint conditions using the latest techniques and procedures. We offer many types of arthroplasty services, including minimally invasive total and partial joint replacement, complex total joint replacement and joint resurfacing.

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This minimally invasive technique is often used to diagnose and repair joint problems. It uses a small camera and other surgical tools that are inserted into the joint through several tiny incisions under local anesthetic. Most patients can return home the same day and return to regular activities within a few days or weeks.

Cartilage is tough, flexible connective tissue that coats the bony surfaces of the joints, allowing them to glide over each other during motion. For cartilage that has been damaged, we offer advanced, minimally invasive restoration procedures to help reduce pain and restore motion.

Our orthopedic specialists use advanced imaging and specialized tests to accurately diagnose acute and chronic issues with the musculoskeletal system. We offer individualized treatment plans that include non-surgical therapies such as regenerative medicine, targeted medication, pain management and physical therapy, as well as minimally invasive and open surgery using the latest technology.

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Bone density testing, or DEXA, is a very easy and safe test that measures the quantity of bone at representative skeletal sites (usually lower spine and hip). While fully clothed, you lie on a comfortable table for a few minutes while the scan is performed. The procedure is completely non-invasive and the radiation is very low (about 1/10th of the radiation of a chest x-ray). 

Acute and chronic injuries to cartilage, ligaments, tendons and joints can cause pain and reduce mobility. Our orthopedic specialists use a variety of advanced techniques to accurately diagnose your condition and develop an individualized treatment plan.

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Compartment syndrome is a serious condition that results from too much pressure inside a group of muscle tissues, blood vessels and nerves in your arms or legs. Our orthopedic specialists are skilled at diagnosing this condition using an effective, minimally invasive procedure called a compartment pressure test.

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Your musculoskeletal system includes your bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissue. Our orthopedic specialists identify potential musculoskeletal issues by performing a comprehensive musculoskeletal exam that evaluates gait, mobility, muscle strength, joint and spine health and other factors.

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An EMG is a minimally-invasive test that measures muscle response or electrical activity in response to a nerve’s stimulation of your muscle. A nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test is often performed at the same time. Both tests help detect the presence, location and extent of diseases that damage the nerves and muscles.

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Dislocations occur when the ends of your bones are forced from their normal positions, deforming and immobilizing a joint. A fracture is a break in a bone. Our orthopedic specialists can accurately diagnose and treat these conditions, which have similar symptoms and can occur at the same time.

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This effective, non-invasive test evaluates seven basic movement patterns to identify compensatory patterns, tightness or weakness that might be contributing to pain or injury in any area of the body.

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We offer a full range of advanced diagnostic imaging tests for the musculoskeletal system, including X-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Our radiologists are board certified and specialize in musculoskeletal radiology.

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Whether you're at work or at play, you rely on your feet to get you where you want to go. Sudden or long-standing overuse or traumatic injuries can lead to persistent aches and pains, swelling and inability to participate in daily as well as athletic activities Our comprehensive approach to care for all foot and ankle problems including prevention, education, diagnosis and treatment involving both non-surgical and surgical strategies, will get you back to the activities you love.

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Most fracture and dislocation injuries don't require surgery if the bones aren't too far out of place. Our orthopedic specialists can accurately diagnose your injury and provide effective team-based care that includes immobilization, medication, physical therapy, pain management and other techniques.

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Hip fractures often happen due to older age, osteoporosis and falls. Our treatment starts before you reach the hospital and continues through surgery, therapy and recovery. We bring together experts from emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopedics, and more to reduce complications and improve your quality of care.

This effective, minimally-invasive procedure removes fluid from the space around a joint using a needle and syringe, under local anesthetic. It's used to help diagnose joint problems and to decrease pressure, relieve pain and improve movement of an inflamed joint.

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As the population continues to live longer, it’s possible that active older adults may need more than one joint replacement in a lifetime. But by preserving a joint through injections to reduce swelling, partial replacements or cartilage transplants, physicians can help manage pain and increase activity more affordably and less invasively than through surgery.

If physical therapy and less invasive orthopedic surgeries have not resolved recurring pain or immobility, partial or total joint replacement may be the best option. During the procedure, damaged bone and cartilage are removed and replaced with ceramic, plastic or metal replacement components, known as prostheses. Joint replacements can be performed on hip, knee, ankle, wrist, shoulder and elbow joints.

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Damage to joints, tendons and ligaments can cause significant pain and reduced mobility. Our skilled orthopedic surgeons work closely with other specialists to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition that might include minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery or traditional surgery that uses grafts or hardware to repair your injury.

Reconstruction on the hands and feet requires the skill to precisely, delicately and accurately operate on a miniaturized scale. Often used during limb preservation, our experts bring deep experience repairing minute blood vessels and nerves to restore function.

Our expert orthopedic surgeons offer advanced treatment for patients with sarcomas (malignant tumors arising in connective tissue and bone) and benign soft tissue or bony tumors. We work closely with other specialists to provide comprehensive, personalized care designed to deliver the best possible outcomes.

Osteotomy is a type of surgery that cuts or reshapes bones. Our skilled orthopedic surgeons perform osteotomy using the latest techniques to help repair damaged joints and correct deformities.

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Emotional support is an important part of your treatment. Support groups and community resources can help you and your loved ones through treatment and recovery.

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Whether you’re seeking preventative therapy or recovering from an injury, our staff uses a personalized, goal-based therapy model to help you increase your mobility, minimize pain and prevent re-injury. Our team works with you to manage movement after injury, but we also work to manage the impact of ongoing conditions or disabilities through therapy.

Our orthopedic surgeons provide state-of-the-art treatment for a variety of spine conditions, including spinal arthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and fractures. We work closely with other specialists to evaluate your condition and develop a comprehensive treatment and recovery plan.

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