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Orthopaedic Surgery


The skilled surgeons at UNM Health System offer quality compassionate care using state-of-the-art techniques in a number of wide-ranging specialties.

Below is a list of some of the conditions our staff is adept at diagnosing and treating:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains, strains and dislocations
  • Arthritis
  • Neck and back pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder and elbow problems
  • Hand and microvascular problems
  • Foot and ankle problems
  • Scoliosis
  • Clubfoot and other pediatric musculoskeletal issues

Orthopaedic Surgical Options

For most conditions we typically recommend conservative treatments to start, including physical therapy, medications and braces. Usually we want to exhaust all other potential healing options before resorting to surgery.

Our orthopaedic surgeons are highly trained, distinguished and experienced in the following procedures:

Joint Replacement Surgery

Total joint replacement involves a procedure called “open surgery” when a surgeon removes the entire affected joint through an incision in the joint area. It is replaced with a fitted prosthesis that is cemented in place. In most cases it is used to replace larger joints such as a knee, shoulder, hip or wrist joint. This may be used on those suffering from severe arthritis, avascular necrosis, water on the knee, or an injury like a torn meniscus.

Spinal Fusion

Often used to treat scoliosis, in this procedure a skilled UNM Health surgeon will connect two or more bones with new bone. It is similar to that of the healing process for broken bones. Metal rods, wires, hooks and screws may be used to hold together the affected area of the spine while the bone heals.

Open Surgery

This is the traditional surgical method used by surgeons to treat a variety of conditions. It involves creating one or more incisions in the body to expose an affected area in order to treat a specific condition. This is used to replace joints, treat tunnel syndromes, tennis elbow and more.

Arthroscopic Surgery

In this type of minimally invasive surgery, an arthroscope (a small, flexible tube) is inserted into an incision to expose internal body parts to help doctors diagnose and treat conditions like arthritis, Paget’s Disease of Bone, tendinitis, a torn meniscus or ACL tear.

Plantar Fascia Surgery

This involves a physician cutting part of the plantar fascia ligament to release tension and inflammation. Similar to procedures used to treat various types of tunnel syndromes, it can be performed openly or arthroscopically.

Debridement Surgery

Another procedure that can be performed openly or arthroscopically, this type of surgery removes fragments of tendon, bursa and bone debris from affected areas. Patients with tunnel syndrome, water on the knee, severe tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis or an injury like a torn meniscus or ACL could benefit.

Reconstructive Surgery

Typically used to reconstruct tendons, ligaments or muscles, this is also an option to reconstruct joints. However, bone reconstructive surgery is not ideal for those whose bones have degenerated due to arthritis, osteoporosis or Paget’s Disease of Bone because the bones themselves have become brittle and weak.

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