60 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic Programs

The hospitals included on this list focus on orthopedics and their orthopedic surgery departments have outstanding reputations, making them worthy of recognition. Exceptional departments often include physicians who treat professional athletes, engage in cutting-edge research and perform a large number of joint replacements ever year. Many of these hospitals have been recognized for excellence in orthopedics by US News & World Report, HealthGrades and Thomson Reuters, and several have earned Magnet recognition. Hospitals do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion on this list. This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers.

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Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis).
Established in 1970, Abbott Northwestern Hospital formed from a merger between Abbott Hospital and Northwestern Hospital, which date back to the 19th century. The hospital has a medical staff of approximately 1,493 specialists and performs about 28,100 surgical procedures each year. The hospital's current joint replacement center was established in 2008 and reported an average length of stay for joint replacement patients at 3.03 days between Sept. 2008 and March 2009, compared to the national average of four to five days. The hospital maintains partnerships with the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Sister Kenny Spine Center.

Abington (Pa.) Memorial Hospital. Abington Health's Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, located at Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital, has earned the Blue Distinction for hip, knee and spine surgery from Blue Cross Blue Shield. In 2009, the hospital's surgeons performed more than 1,000 joint replacements, and the Level II trauma center sees more than 15,000 cases per year. In the operating room, surgeons have expertise in minimally invasive hip resurfacing and other cutting-edge techniques. The physicians also serve as lead investigators for clinical trials, which include the use of the Charité artificial disc. The Orthopaedic & Spine Institute sponsors the Philadelphia Freedoms World Team Tennis.

Anne Arudel Medical Center (Annapolis, Md.). Surgeons at the 260-bed Anne Arundel Medical Center perform approximately 1,600 joint replacements and 1,500 spine procedures each year. The department, which is located in a separate hospital unit, includes a joint care coordinator for pre-surgical patient education. The hospital's surgeons also wrote a comprehensive manual that is used by hospitals around the country to guide patients through the rehabilitation process. The surgeons are subspecialists in many different areas, including shoulder, knee, hip and sports medicine, and many have spent time caring for professional athletes at some point during their careers.

Barnes-Jewish/Washington University (St. Louis).
Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center was created in 1996 after a merger between Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. The physicians in the department of orthopedics are team physicians for several St. Louis teams, including the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Blues. Available services include sports medicine, spine, extremities, musculoskeletal oncology and joint preservation and replacement. The surgeons, who are focused on providing less invasive procedures, perform more than 1,200 orthopedic procedures annually.

Beaumont Hospital (Detroit).
Beaumont's Implant Retrieval and Analysis section is one of the largest joint implant libraries in the country, containing more than 4,300 specimens to help physicians and scientists research wear patterns and device failures. The department of orthopedic surgery includes 40 specialists and subspecialists board-certified in orthopedics. Beaumont's orthopedic unit includes 16 suites dedicated to orthopedic technology, physician therapy and rehabilitation. The department also has a fully accredited residency program and fellowship programs in joint reconstruction, spine and sports medicine.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston).
Formed in 1980 as the result of a three-way merger, Brigham and Woman's hospital includes a staff of 40 orthopedic physicians with a special interest in cartilage repair, joint replacement, sports medicine and spine care, among other specialties. The 793-bed hospital also includes services for orthopedic trauma and orthopedic oncology. The physicians are also focused on research and have become involved in clinical investigations for tissue engineering of cartilage, bone, intervertebral discs, knee menisici and joints. The hospital includes the Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research and the Skeletal Biology Research Laboratory.

Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). Established in 1940 as Charlotte Memorial Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center has grown into the flagship facility of Carolinas Healthcare System. The 874-bed hospital includes a research institute and is one of the state's five teaching hospitals. The physicians, who are part of CMC Orthopedic Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center, provide general orthopedic care and subspecialize in orthopedic oncology, trauma, degenerative arthritis, sports medicine and fracture care. The hospital also includes spine surgeons and physicians who are able to perform minimally invasive radiologic procedures.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). The hospital's orthopedic department includes sports medicine, pain management, oncology, trauma and extremities care services. When possible, the surgeons offer minimally invasive surgery to treat the orthopedic and spine patients. Several of the hospital's orthopedic spine surgeons participate in research and FDA trials to further advance spine surgery techniques. To complement the orthopedic and spine physicians, the hospital offers diagnostic and imaging services and specialists who focus on metabolic bone disorders

Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland).
Cleveland Clinic has built its orthopedic surgery department around advanced technology for diagnosing and treating orthopedic, spine and rheumatologic conditions. The surgeons perform approximately 7,000 hip, knee, shoulder and extremities joint replacements each year. Cleveland Clinic specialists are focused on expanding the use of arthroscopic surgery in the hip, artificial joints, tissue engineering and biological enhancement to heal and repair cartilage and ligaments. Many of the surgeons have pioneered techniques and technologies in orthopedics, and are also team physicians for Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Barons and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Duke University Medical Center (Durham, N.C.).
Duke University Medical Center is currently working on constructing a new orthopedics center, slated to open this summer. Surgeons at the 798-bed hospital perform 15,651 inpatient and 19,343 outpatient surgeries every year. The services include joint replacement, pediatric orthopedics, spine, sports medicine, orthopedic trauma and orthopedic oncology. The surgeons are able to provide several types of procedures, including minimally invasive knee surgery, computer assisted procedures and patient-specific devices.

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