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Ranked 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.
Joint replacement 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 Sister Kenny® Rehabilitation Institute, the Sister Kenny Spine Center, the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing and the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute™.
Physicians and surgeons at the Orthopaedic Institute perform a wide range of procedures. Some of these procedures include but are not limited to:
Total joint replacement
The Joint Replacement Center is part of Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Orthopaedic Institute, which is consistently ranked by US News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the specialty of Orthopaedics.
Learn more about the Joint Replacement Center.
Knee arthroscopy is surgery that is done to check for problems, using a tiny camera to see inside your knee. Other medical instruments may also be inserted to repair your knee.
To learn more about knee arthroscopy visit our health library.
Bone fracture repair is surgery to fix a broken bone using plates, nails, screws, or pins. Bone grafts may be used to allow for proper healing or to speed the healing process.
To learn more about bone fracture repair visit our health library.
Shoulder arthroscopy is surgery that uses a tiny camera called an arthroscope to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your shoulder joint. The arthroscope is inserted through a small incision (cut) in your skin.
To learn more about shoulder arthroscopy visit our health library.
Rotator cuff repair
Rotator cuff repair is a type of surgery to fix a torn tendon in the shoulder. The procedure can be done with a large ("open") incision or with shoulder arthroscopy, which uses small button-hole sized incisions.
To learn more about rotator cuff repair visit our health library.
Carpal tunnel treatments
Carpal tunnel release is surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is pain and weakness in the hand that is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist.
To learn more about carpal tunnel treatments visit our health library.
Total ankle replacement
In a total ankle replacement the entire ankle joint is replaced with an implant. Lisa Wasserman, MD, of Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, is specially trained in total ankle replacement—and is one of a small number of surgeons across the country performing the surgery.
Learn more about total ankle replacement.
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.
To find an Orthopedic physician visit
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. Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers the full range of rehabilitation services in several convenient locations.