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Ranked 1st in the Twin Cities and 13th in the nation in the specialty of Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report
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Rated one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in the specialty of orthopaedics, the Orthopaedic Institute provides an integrated, quality-care approach to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions. Each year, we perform more than 4,000 orthopedic procedures.
Physicians and surgeons at the Orthopaedic Institute perform a wide range of procedures. Some of these procedures include but are not limited to:
Joint Replacement Center
Joint Replacement Center patients enjoy group therapy, a healing environment and a unique approach to care. Learn more about how the Joint Replacement Center is getting patients back to their normal daily activities faster by reading the Joint Replacement Center Outcomes Report.
Our patients benefit from our partnerships with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, the Courage Kenny Spine Rehabilitation, the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing and the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute™.
Improving your quality of life
Abbott Northwestern’s Orthopaedic Institute provides a full range of services focused on preventing, diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating a full range of orthopaedic conditions.
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Our care team provides specialized orthopedic care with a goal of providing the best possible patient care experience and optimal results. Whether it's a fracture or broken bone from a fall, a hip or knee replacement, or a shoulder, ankle or hand injury, our staff and physicians are committed to providing quality care and rehabilitation. We offer an integrated, comprehensive approach to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions.
In addition to the largest concentration of board-certified orthopedic physicians in the region, our team includes the physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, highly trained orthopedic nurses and other specialists.
If you are experiencing joint pain or an injury, the first step is to make an appointment with an orthopedic physician who can evaluate your pain and recommend treatments.
Physician groups who provide orthopaedic care at Abbott Northwestern’s Orthopaedic Institute include:
Additionally, the Orthopaedic Institute’s Outpatient Clinics offer treatments to reduce arthritis-related pain, evaluations and rehabilitation.
The Orthopaedic Institute is located on the seventh floor of Abbott Northwestern's Heart Hospital. The unit was designed with input from physicians, nurses, staff, families and patients to create a healing environment to enhance our patient-centered model of care.
Some of the features include:
Abbott Northwestern's Surgical Services, where the surgery will take place, is one of the largest and most advanced surgical departments in the region. Surgery patients are cared for by teams of highly specialized physicians and nurses who have access to the most advanced tools modern technology has to offer.
Visit the Surgical Services Department to learn more about what you can expect from your surgery experience.
After surgery, your physician will determine the right type of rehabilitation for you. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers the full range of rehabilitation services in several convenient locations.
Shoulder surgery keeps local potter at his wheel
Mel Jacobson, a world-class potter based in Minnetonka, figures he has added 20 years to his career, thanks to recent shoulder surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
People who most often have shoulder surgery live with chronic shoulder pain. This pain interferes with daily activities, exercise, leisure and work. Surgery aims to relieve pain, restore independence and return each patient to their work and other daily activities.
At Abbott Northwestern Hospital, our goal is to involve patients in their treatment through each step of the process. As part of our commitment to excellent care we will evaluate each patient’s individual needs to make sure they have the best outcomes before, during and after surgery.
Your shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in your body and has a lot of flexibility because it is a ball and socket joint. It is made up of the upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula) and collar bone (clavicle). The shoulder is also made up of cartilage, ligaments, muscles and tendons.
The shoulder joint is also made up of ligaments, muscles and tendons.
Arthritis is a common cause of shoulder joint pain and loss. "Arthritis" is a name used to describe a number of diseases that affects joints. Arthritic joints suffer from stiffness, pain and swelling. In an arthritic join, the cartilage is worn away from the ball and socket. This causes the bones to rub together, which causes pain and loss of motion.
You can help control symptoms by:
When treatments no longer help, you may want to think about a shoulder replacement.
A shoulder replacement is an option to relieve the pain from arthritis and restore your range of motion. There are three different types surgery:
Total shoulder replacement replaces the ball and socket with an artificial joint called a prosthesis that has two parts. The artificial ball is also called the humeral component and the artificial socket is also called a glenoid component. With a standard total shoulder replacement, a healthy rotator cuff is left intact to help the prosthesis work well.
The artificial ball is made of a metal (usually cobaltchromium based). It is important to tell your health care team if you have a nickel allergy.
The ball is attached to a stem that fits into the upper arm bone. The stem attached to the artificial ball is coated with a special surface that bonds to the surrounding bone. This bond removes the need to use bone cement. It is possible for bone cement to still be used if you have rheumatoid arthritis or very poor bone quality.
The artificial socket is made of a thick, wear-resistant plastic (polyethylene). It is attached to a small stem that fits inside the bone of the socket. The artificial socket is held in place with bone cement. There are some newer designs that have special metal posts that bond to the surrounding bone without cement.
Depending on the damage to the shoulder, a surgeon may choose to replace just the ball portion of the shoulder joint. This procedure is called a partial shoulder replacement.
A partial shoulder replacement may be done if:
Reverse shoulder replacement is for people who have advanced shoulder arthritis and whose rotator cuff is either torn beyond repair or doesn’t work. Most people who get this type of replacement are age 65 years or older, have a lot of pain, and little or no range of motion. This type of shoulder replacement is not right for young or physically active people.
If the rotator cuff tendons have been torn for a long period of time, the ball can move up in the socket. This will change how the shoulder works and also cause arthritis, pain, and loss of motion. This special type of shoulder arthritis is known as "rotator cuff tear arthropathy." Reverse shoulder replacement has a socket where the ball is normally located and a ball where the socket is normally located. This design will make the shoulder become more stable and provides support even without a rotator cuff.
Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Understanding Your Shoulder, first edition
Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
First Published: 04/08/2014
Last Reviewed: 04/08/2014