Orthopedics at Summerlin Hospital

Orthopedics is a type of medicine that deals with bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. Orthopedic surgeons at Summerlin Hospital use advanced surgical techniques and technology to diagnose and treat injuries and disorders.

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Woman and man runningWe help patients with a wide range of orthopedic conditions. An occupational therapist or physical therapist can work with you to help improve recovery time and mobility. We also offer inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy services for patients who require extensive or ongoing therapy. Let us help you get back to doing the things you love.

Our orthopedic services include:

  • Arthroscopic surgery (shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle)
  • Foot and ankle care
  • Hand surgery
  • Hip fractures and other fracture care
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Total knee and hip replacement

Every injury or disorder to the musculoskeletal system is different. In most cases, there can be multiple forms of treatment. If your doctor finds that medication, exercise or other options are not enough, you may need surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Summerlin Hospital’s minimally invasive surgery procedures use smaller incisions. Using advanced technology, these procedures may provide many benefits, including:
  • Smaller incisions and less scarring
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Greater surgical precision
  • Less trauma
  • Fewer complications and less risk of infection
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries

Fracture Care

Bones are able to bend under some pressure. When enough force is applied, they can fracture or break. Every year, about six million Americans will break a bone, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Fractures and breaks are typically caused by:

  • Trauma, such as a fall or other sudden accidents
  • Reduced bone density caused by osteoporosis or cancer
  • Overuse resulting in stress-related injuries

We know that every break and fracture is different. That’s why we perform careful examinations of each patient’s condition and injury. Then we tailor the treatment to the patient’s needs. 

Physicians guide their patients through treatment plans through to recovery. The plan depends on the location or type of fracture. We treat fractures in areas such as the hip, femur, ankle, humerus, pelvis and more.

Joint Replacement Surgery

The National Institutes of Health reports that nearly 70 million people in the U.S. have arthritis or chronic joint symptoms. Nearly 21 million U.S. adults have osteoarthritis, and most people over 65 have the condition in at least one joint.

Causes of osteoarthritis include wear and tear over time, trauma and repetitive movement. The joint cartilage wears down, exposing the ends of bone. Cartilage is a tough, smooth tissue that covers the ends of bones where the joints are located. It allows joints to move without much friction.

Total hip or knee replacement procedures are commonly performed in people who have a severe form of osteoarthritis. Other causes for joint replacement are trauma or injury, rheumatoid arthritis and bone deformities.

Anterior Hip Replacement

This is an alternative surgery procedure to the more common posterior approach. With anterior hip replacement, the surgeon makes a small incision through the front of the leg instead of the back. This allows the surgeon to reach the joint without cutting or reattaching muscles.

As a result, patients may benefit from:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster return to normal activities

Your doctor may not recommend certain procedures because of the possible risks. This can be true with all surgery. Be sure to talk to your doctor to see if anterior hip replacement is the best option.


Summerlin Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs. Our goal is to get you back to a more active life.

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Pre-surgery Education Class: Joint Camp

Join us for a one-hour class for hip or knee replacement patients before surgery. We will explain the surgery and answer your questions. 

Topics include:

  • Pain control
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Post-surgical equipment
  • Planned hospital course
  • Tour the unit
  • Meet the staff

We ask patients to bring along a “coach”. This can be a friend, family member or anyone close to you.

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Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.