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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Orthopaedic Institute

Orthopaedic Institute
US News & World Reports Best Hospitals

Ranked 1st in the Twin Cities and 22th 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.

Our services

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.

Orthopaedic Institute

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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:

Orthopaedic Institute
  • 36 private rooms designed to accommodate orthopedic patients’ unique needs, including ceiling lifts and state-of-the-art beds, as well as a private bathroom
  • designated space for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute therapies, including the group therapy sessions for Joint Replacement Center patients
  • An atrium with a beautiful view, water feature, seating areas, coffee maker and a computer with internet access
  • A solarium with a fireplace, beautiful view, seating areas, coffee maker, microwave, large refrigerator and more
  • Each room has a TV with VCR/DVD, safe, patient/family refrigerator and separate family area
  • sleeping space for one guest

Surgical Services

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 replacement

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.

The healthy shoulder
The shoulder with arthritis
Total shoulder replacement
Partial shoulder replacement
Reverse shoulder replacement

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