amputee

About the Amputee Program

The University of Utah Amputee Program provides the most comprehensive, coordinated approach to amputee care in the Intermountain Region. As an all-inclusive approach to care and rehabilitation, the amputee program offers the best treatment options available for individuals with amputations. This care includes assessing and treating the patient as well as teaching them what to expect postoperatively. The goal of the treatment is to return patients with amputations to their highest level of physical capability.

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Amputation

What is an amputation?

Amputation is an acquired condition that results in the loss of a limb, usually from injury, disease, or surgery. Congenital (present at birth) limb deficiency occurs when an infant is born without part or all of a limb. In the U.S., 82% of amputations are due to vascular disease. Nearly 70% of amputations due to trauma involve the upper limbs. About 2 million individuals in the U.S. are living with a loss of a limb, with more than 185,000 amputations performed each year according to the National Limb Loss Information Center.

What causes the need for amputations?

The causes for amputation may include any of the following:

  • Diseases, such as blood vessel disease (called peripheral vascular disease or PVD), diabetes, blood clots, or osteomyelitis (an infection in the bones).

  • Injuries, especially of the arms. Seventy-five percent of upper extremity amputations are related to trauma.

  • Surgery to remove tumors from bones and muscles.

Rehabilitation after amputation

Loss of a limb produces a permanent disability that can impact a patient's self-image, self-care, and mobility (movement). Rehabilitation of the patient with an amputation begins after surgery during the acute treatment phase. As the patient's condition improves, a more extensive rehabilitation program is often begun.

The success of rehabilitation depends on many variables, including the following:

  • Level and type of amputation

  • Type and degree of any resulting impairments and disabilities

  • Overall health of the patient

  • Family support

It is important to focus on maximizing the patient's capabilities at home and in the community. Positive reinforcement helps recovery by improving self-esteem and promoting independence. The rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of the program.

The goal of rehabilitation after an amputation is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life — physically, emotionally, and socially.

In order to help reach these goals, amputation rehabilitation programs may include the following:

  • Treatments to help improve wound healing and stump care

  • Activities to help improve motor skills, restore activities of daily living (ADLs), and help the patient reach maximum independence

  • Exercises that promote muscle strength, endurance, and control

  • Fitting and use of artificial limbs (prostheses)

  • Pain management for both postoperative and phantom pain (a sensation of pain that occurs below the level of the amputation)

  • Emotional support to help during the grieving period and with readjustment to a new body image

  • Use of assistive devices

  • Nutritional counseling to promote healing and health

  • Vocational counseling

  • Adapting the home environment for ease of function, safety, accessibility, and mobility

  • Patient and family education

The amputation rehabilitation team

Rehabilitation programs for patients with amputations can be conducted on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Many skilled professionals are part of the amputation rehabilitation team, including any or all of the following:

  • Orthopedists/orthopedic surgeons

  • Physiatrist

  • Internist

  • Other specialty doctors

  • Rehabilitation specialists

  • Physical therapist

  • Occupational therapist

  • Orthotist

  • Prosthetist

  • Social worker

  • Psychologist/psychiatrist

  • Recreational therapist

  • Case manager

  • Chaplain

  • Vocational counselor

Types of rehabilitation programs for amputations

There are a variety of treatment programs, including the following:

  • Acute rehabilitation programs

  • Outpatient rehabilitation programs

  • Day-treatment programs

  • Vocational rehabilitation programs

Amputation Procedure

(Surgical Removal of an Extremity or Limb)

Procedure overview

What is amputation?

Amputation is a surgical procedure that involves removal of an extremity or limb (leg or arm) or a part of a limb (such as a toe, finger, foot, or hand), usually as a result of injury, disease, infection, or surgery (to remove tumors from bones and muscles). Amputation of the leg (above and below-knee) is the most common type of amputation procedure performed.

Why are amputations done? 

The most common reason for an amputation is poor circulation. The lack of circulation is caused by narrowing of or damage to the arteries (also known as peripheral arterial disease). Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which most frequently occurs in persons between the ages of 50 to 75 years, usually results from diabetes or atherosclerosis (a buildup of plaque inside the artery wall). When the blood vessels become damaged and the blood flow is impaired to the extremities, the tissue starts to die and may become infected.

Advanced peripheral arterial disease is generally treated through other methods. However, amputation may be necessary for some individuals. Peripheral vascular disease with or without diabetes is the most common indication for amputation. PAD-related causes account for the majority of all amputations.

Other indications for amputation include a traumatic injury, such as severe burn or accident, or a cancerous tumor in a limb. Trauma is the leading indication for amputations in younger persons.

Amputation may also be performed for acute or chronic infections that do not respond to antibiotics or surgical debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue). In some cases, an amputation procedure may be performed due to neuroma (a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body), frostbite, or arterial blockage.

There may be other reasons for your doctor to recommend an amputation.

What are the risks of the procedure?

Patients with diabetes, heart disease, or infection have a higher risk of complications from amputation than persons without these conditions. Serious traumatic injury increases the risk of complications. In addition, persons receiving above-knee amputations are more likely to be in poor health; therefore, these surgeries can be riskier than below-knee amputations.

As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. Some possible complications that can occur specifically from an amputation procedure include a joint deformity, a hematoma (a bruised area with blood that collects underneath the skin), infection, wound opening, or necrosis (death of the skin flaps).

Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism pose a risk after an amputation primarily due to prolonged immobilization after surgery.

There may be other risks depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor prior to the procedure.

Before the procedure

  • Your doctor will explain the amputation procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure.

  • You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives permission to do the procedure. Read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear.

  • In addition to taking a complete medical history, your doctor may perform a complete physical examination to ensure you are in good health before you undergo the procedure. You may undergo blood tests or other diagnostic tests.

  • You will be asked to fast for at least 8 hours before the procedure, generally after midnight.

  • If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your doctor.

  • Notify your doctor if you are sensitive to or are allergic to any medications, latex, tape, or anesthetic agents (local and general).

  • Notify your doctor of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements that you are taking.

  • Notify your doctor if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. It may be necessary for you to stop these medications prior to the procedure.

  • You may be measured for an artificial limb prior to the procedure.

  • You may receive a sedative prior to the procedure to help you relax.

  • Based on your medical condition, your doctor may request other specific preparation.

During the procedure

An amputation requires a stay in a hospital. Procedures may vary depending on the type of amputation, your condition, and your doctor's practices. An amputation may be performed while you are asleep under general anesthesia, or while you are awake under spinal anesthesia. If spinal anesthesia is used, you will have no feeling from your waist down. Your doctor will discuss this with you in advance.

Generally, an amputation follows this process:

  1. You will be asked to remove any jewelry or other objects that may interfere with the procedure.

  2. You will be asked to remove your clothing and will be given a gown to wear.

  3. An intravenous (IV) line may be started in your arm or hand.

  4. You will be positioned on the operating table.

  5. The anesthesiologist will continuously monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and blood oxygen level during the procedure.

  6. A urinary catheter (thin, narrow tube) may be inserted into your bladder to drain urine.

  7. The skin over the surgical site will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution.

  8. To determine how much tissue to remove, the doctor will check for a pulse at a joint close to the site. Skin temperatures, color, and the presence of pain in the diseased limb will be compared with those in a healthy limb.

  9. After the initial incision, it may be decided that more of the limb needs to be removed. The doctor will maintain as much of the functional stump length as possible. The doctor will also leave as much healthy skin as possible to cover the stump area.

  10. If the amputation is due to trauma, the crushed bone will be removed and smoothed out to help with the use of an artificial limb. If necessary, temporary drains that will drain blood and other fluids may be inserted.

  11. After completely removing the dead tissue, the doctor may decide to close the flaps (closed amputation) or to leave the site open (open flap amputation). In a closed amputation, the wound will be sutured shut immediately. This is usually done if there is minimal risk of infection. In an open flap amputation, the skin will remain drawn back from the amputation site for several days so any infected tissue can be cleaned off. At a later time, once the stump tissue is clean and free of infection, the skin flaps will be sutured together to close the wound.

  12. A sterile bandage or dressing will be applied. The type of dressing used will vary according to the surgical technique performed.

  13. The doctor may place a stocking over the amputation site to hold drainage tubes and wound dressings, or the limb may be placed in traction or a splint, depending on your particular situation.

After the procedure

In the hospital

After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Your recovery process will vary depending on the type of procedure performed and the type of anesthesia that is given. The circulation and sensation of the affected extremity will be monitored. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital room.

You will receive pain medications and antibiotics as needed. The amputation site dressing will be changed and monitored very closely.

Physical therapy will usually begin soon after your surgery. Rehabilitation will be designed to meet the needs of the individual patient. This may include gentle stretching, special exercises, and assistance in getting in and out of bed or a wheelchair. If a leg amputation was performed, you will learn how to bear weight on your remaining limb.

There are specialists who make and fit prosthetic devices. They will visit you soon after surgery and will instruct you how to use the prosthesis. You may begin to practice with your artificial limb as early as 10 to 14 days after your surgery, depending on your comfort and wound healing process.

After an amputation, depending on your particular situation, you will remain in the hospital for several days. You will receive instructions as to how to change your dressing. You will be discharged home when the healing process is going well and you are able to take care of yourself with assistance.

After surgery, you may experience emotional concerns, such as grief over the lost limb or a physical condition known as phantom pain (a sense of feeling pain or sensation in your amputated limb). If you have any of these symptoms, tell your doctor immediately. He or she may recommend medications or other types of nonsurgical approaches.

At home

Once you are home, it is important to follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. You will receive detailed instructions as to how to care for the surgical site, dressing changes, bathing, activity level, and physical therapy.

Take a pain reliever for soreness as recommended by your doctor. Aspirin or certain other pain medications may increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to take only recommended medications.

Notify your doctor to report any of the following:

  • Fever and/or chills

  • Redness, swelling, or bleeding or other drainage from the incision site

  • Increased pain around the amputation site

  • Numbness and/or tingling in the remaining extremity

You may resume your normal diet unless your doctor advises you differently.

Following an amputation, your doctor may give you additional or alternate instructions after the procedure, depending on your particular situation.

Long-term care

There have been many advances over the past several years in the surgical techniques performed, postoperative rehabilitation, and prosthetic design and development. Proper healing and fitting of the artificial limb help to reduce the risk of long-term medical complications. An amputation requires a process of adaptation that can be helped with physical therapy.

If the amputation was the result of PAD, continued steps will need to be taken to prevent the condition so that it does not affect other parts of your body.

You may be advised to adopt the following lifestyle modifications to help halt the progression of PAD:

  • Maintain a healthy diet that does not exceed your daily calorie requirement and that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

  • Stop smoking.

  • Work towards achieving or maintaining an ideal body weight.

  • Maintain a regular exercise program.

  • Work with your doctor to control your blood sugars if you have diabetes. 

Online resources

The content provided here is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. Please consult your health care provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

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American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists

American College of Surgeons

National Amputation Foundation

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Library of Medicine

National Limb Loss Information Center

Stephen K. Aoki, M.D.

Dr. Stephen K. Aoki, Assistant Professor, specializes in hip and knee sports medicine. His clinical practice and research focus on both adult and pediatric sports injuries. Current interests include hip preservation in the young adult, hip arthroscopy, the pediatric and adolescent athlete, ACL tears in children,... Read More

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ACL Reconstruction, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Hip Arthroscopy, Hip Preservation, Knee, Knee Preservation, Labral Tear, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Pediatric Orthopaedics (801) 662-5600
University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Timothy C. Beals, M.D.

Dr. Timothy Beals, Associate Professor, specializes in foot and ankle care. His areas of expertise include operative and non-operative management of traumatic injuries, arthritic conditions, adult flatfoot deformities, neuromuscular disorders, complications of diabetes, and use of the Ilizarov technique. His res... Read More

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Shannon L. Boffeli, APRN

Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Utah Hospital and Orthopaedic Center is the nurse practitioner for the orthopaedic trauma team. His clinical interests include fractures of the long bones and pelvis and nonunions.
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Family Nurse Practitioner, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 581-7601

Darrel S. Brodke, M.D.

Darrel S. Brodke, MD is a board certified spine specialist with expertise in the care of neck and back problems, including disc herniations, spinal stenosis, degenerative conditions, deformities and trauma of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Dr. Brodke received his MD at the University of California, Sa... Read More

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Degenerative Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Trauma

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-5451

Robert T. Burks, M.D.

Dr. Robert Burks, Professor, specializing in the field of sports medicine and shoulder surgery. His practice focuses on injuries to and degenerative conditions of the shoulder and knee. Dr. Burks graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1978. He completed his orthopedic residency at the Universi... Read More

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ACL Reconstruction, Knee, Orthopaedic Surgery, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

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Kristen L. Carroll, M.D.

Dr. Kristen Carroll, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and specializes in the areas of pediatric hip and foot abnormalities, both congenital and neuromuscular in origin. Her research interests include neuromuscular and complex hip disorders, skeletal dysplasias and complex foot and ankle deformities. Dr... Read More

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Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

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Shriners Hospital for Children (801) 536-3564

Don Coleman, M.D.

Dr. Donald Coleman, Associate Professor, trained at the University of Utah, completed his residency at the University of Iowa, a fellowship at the University of Edinburgh Arthritis Unit in Scotland, and a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University. His active clinical practice is exclusively... Read More

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Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic, Hand Upper Extremity & Microvascular Surgery

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

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Harold K. Dunn, M.D.

Dr. Harold Dunn, Professor, specializes in the care of the adult hip and knee. He trained at the Baylor University College of Medicine, and completed his residency there. Dr. Dunn served for twenty-five years as chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics. Having recently stepped down as chair, he now devotes thr... Read More

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Adult Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Surgery

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

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Orthopaedic Surgery

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Jill A. Erickson, PA-C

Jill Erickson has worked with our Adult Reconstruction Surgeons since 1999, and with Christopher Peters, M.D. exclusively since 2003 with Joint Replacements as well as Hip Preservation procedures. She is an integral member of our University of Utah Joint Replacement Center team and coordinates our research and s... Read More

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Adult Reconstruction, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Hip Arthroscopy, Hip Preservation, Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Periacetabular Osteotomy, Physician Assistant, Surgical Dislocation

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7028

Scott Ford, PA-C

Scott Ford, PA-C is an orthopaedic physician assistant who practices in Primary Children's Hospital. His clinical interests include pediatric fractures, sports medicine and developmental orthopaedic conditions.
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Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-5600

Jeremy M. Gililland, M.D.

Dr. Gililland specializes in adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery of the hip and knee. He performs routine and complex primary and revision joint replacement operations. Additionally, his focuses include partial knee replacement and direct anterior total hip arthroplasty. He considers himself very fortunate ... Read More

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Adult Reconstruction, Hip Replacement, Hip Revision, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Patello-Femoral Arthroplasty (PFA), Uni-Compartmental Knee Arthroplasty

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Patrick E. Greis, M.D.

Dr. Patrick Greis, Board Certified Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, joined the Department of Orthopaedics in March of 1997 and specializes in sports medicine, knee and shoulder surgery. His interests include all aspects of knee and shoulder surgery, including arthroscopic surgery, ACL reconstruction, shoulder i... Read More

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ACL Reconstruction, Knee, Orthopaedic Surgery, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

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Theresa A. Hennessey, M.D.

Dr. Theresa Hennessey, Assistant Professor, has been with the Department of Orthopaedics since 2006, when she completed her fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Her practice is primarily at Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. Dr. Hennessey practices General Pediatric Orthopaedics, her areas of ... Read More

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Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

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Shriners Hospital for Children (801) 536-3564

Thomas F. Higgins, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Higgins is an Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics. His medical was completed at Brown University, School of Medicine. His orthopaedic training was at Yale University, and post-graduate fellowship at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore... Read More

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Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma, Trauma Surgery

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Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7109
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Stephanie M. Holmes, M.D.

Dr. Stephanie Holmes, Assistant Professor (clinical), is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Primary Children’s Medical Center. She completed her medical education at John Hopkins University School of Medicine and her residency at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship at the University of U... Read More

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Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

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PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 285-1440
Pediatric Orthopaedics (801) 662-5600

Douglas T. Hutchinson, M.D.

Dr. Doug Hutchinson, Associate Professor, specializes in hand and microvascular surgery. Dr. Hutchinson currently serves as the hand fellowship director at the University of Utah and chief of Hand Surgery at Primary Children’s Medical Center, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Shriners Intermountain Hospi... Read More

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Congenital Hand, Hand Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic, Hand Upper Extremity & Microvascular Surgery, Pediatric Hand

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Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-5600
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Sandy K. Johnson, PA-C

Sandy Johnson is a nationally certified Physician Assistant who specializes in total joint replacement and traumatic fracture care. Her clinical focus includes anterior approach aka minimally invasive hip replacement, care of nonunion and malunion fractures, and revision total joint arthroplasty.
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Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma, Physician Assistant

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Kevin B. Jones, M.D.

Specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, and surgical management of sarcomas, tumors arising in bone and soft-tissue, Dr. Jones sees both pediatric and adult patients. His practice also includes surgery for benign bone tumors such as giant cell tumor of bone, chondromyxoid fibroma, osteochondromas, and others... Read More

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Oncology Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Sarcoma, Soft Tissue Sarcoma Surgery

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Erik N. Kubiak, M.D.

Erik Kubiak, MD is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah Medical Center. As an Orthopaedic Trauma and Adult Reconstruction surgeon, Dr. Kubiak's clinical interests include treatment and reconstruction of pelvic trauma and high-energy articular injuries involving the tibia, femur, elbow, and shoulder. ... Read More

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Adult Reconstruction, Joint Replacement, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Brandon Lawrence, M.D.

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Degenerative Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Arthroplasty, Spine Surgery, Spine Trauma

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Travis G. Maak, M.D.

Dr. Travis Maak’s practice is focused on sports medicine and arthroscopic treatment of the knee, hip, and shoulder. Dr. Maak is originally from Salt Lake City and a graduate from Stanford University. He completed his medical school at Yale School of Medicine and surgical internship at New York Presbyterian Hosp... Read More

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ACL Reconstruction, Cartilage Restoration, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Hip Arthroscopy, Hip Preservation, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-5600
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Jason T. Montgomery, PA-C

Nationally Certified Physician Assistant who joined the Department of Orthopaedics in July 2010. He completed his training at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, Virginia, and then completed in internship with Central Utah Clinic Cardiology. His undergraduate work was done in the field of behavioral h... Read More

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Florian Nickisch, M.D.

Dr. Florian Nickisch, Associate Professor specializes in the care of the foot and ankle and traumatic injuries to the lower extremity. Dr. Nickisch’s clinical interests include acute and subacute traumatic injuries to the foot and ankle (Achilles Tendon ruptures, calcaneus fractures, talus fractures midfoot frac... Read More

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Foot and Ankle, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma

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University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Christopher E. Pelt, M.D.

Dr. Pelt specializes in hip replacement and revision, knee replacement and revision, and hip preservation. Minimally invasive joint replacement, partial knee replacement (unicompartmental, patellofemoral), cruciate preserving knee replacement, direct anterior hip replacement, surgical dislocation and debridemen... Read More

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Adult Reconstruction, Direct Anterior Hip Replacement, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Hip Arthroscopy, Hip Dysplasia, Hip Instability, Hip Preservation, Hip Replacement, Hip Revision, Joint Infection, Joint Replacement, Knee Preservation, Knee Replacement, Knee Revision, Labral Tear, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Oxford Partial Knee Replacement, Patello-Femoral Arthroplasty (PFA), Periacetabular Osteotomy, Surgical Dislocation, Uni-Compartmental Knee Arthroplasty, Unicompartmental Knee Replacement

Locations:

University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Christopher L. Peters, M.D.

Dr. Chris Peters, Professor specializes in adult reconstructive orthopaedic surgery of the hip, and knee. He performs routine, and complex joint replacements and bioregenerative hip preserving operations. One of his specialties includes, the treatment of hip pain in young adults from acetabular dysplasia and/or ... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Reconstruction, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Hip Dysplasia, Hip Preservation, Hip Replacement, Hip Revision, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Labral Tear, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Periacetabular Osteotomy, Surgical Dislocation, Uni-Compartmental Knee Arthroplasty

Locations:

University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

R. Lor Randall, M.D., FACS

R. Lor Randall, MD, FACS, is the Director of Sarcoma Services at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children’s Medical Center. He is a Professor of Orthopaedics and The L.B. & Olive S. Young Endowed Chair for Cancer Research. Randall has an international reputation in sarcoma s... Read More

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Oncology Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Sarcoma

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David Rothberg, M.D.

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Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

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A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Charles L. Saltzman, M.D.


Dr. Charles Saltzman is the Chairman of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah where he serves as the LS Peery Presidential Endowed Professor.

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Foot and Ankle, Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Stephen D. Santora, M.D.

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John T. Smith, M.D.

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Locations:

PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 285-1440
Pediatric Orthopaedics (801) 662-5600

William Spiker, M.D.

Dr. Spiker treats conditions of the neck and back such as disk herniations, spinal stenosis, cervical myelopathy and deformities of the spine. He believes in the thoughtful use of new technologies, including minimally invasive surgery and image-guided techniques. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of O... Read More

Specialties:

Degenerative Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Trauma

Locations:

South Jordan Health Center (801) 213-4500
University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7100

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Peter M. Stevens, M.D.

Dr. Stevens practices through the University of Utah School of Medicine at Primary Children’s Medical Center. He completed his medical training at Albany Medical College, Orhopedic Residency at the University of Utah and Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. A ... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

Pediatric Orthopaedics (801) 662-5600

Alan K. Stotts, M.D.

Dr. Alan Stotts, Associate Professor (clinical) specializes in pediatric orthopaedic surgery, with fellowship training in the full spectrum of childhood orthopaedic conditions. Dr. Stotts’ clinical interests include the treatment of children with congenital and developmental orthopaedic conditions, neuromuscular... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 285-1440
Pediatric Orthopaedics (801) 662-5600

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Robert Z. Tashjian, B.A., M.D.

Dr. Robert Tashjian, Assistant Professor, specializing in shoulder and elbow surgery. Dr. Tashjian received his medical doctorate from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. He completed an orthopaedic residency at Brown Medical School in Providence, RI followed by an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery, Shoulder

Locations:

Northern Utah Clinic-The Lodge (435) 723-0540
University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Andrew Tyser, M.D.

Andrew R. Tyser M.D. is an Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics who exclusively specializes in hand, upper extremity (elbow / forearm), and microvascular surgery. He treats upper extremity disorders such as fractures, dislocations, lacerations to nerves and tendons, and... Read More

Specialties:

Hand Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic, Hand Upper Extremity & Microvascular Surgery, Pediatric Hand, Upper Extremity

Locations:

South Jordan Health Center (801) 213-4500
University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Specialties:

Adult Reconstruction, Joint Replacement, Orthopaedic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 587-5240

Angela A. Wang, M.D.

Dr. Angela Wang, Associate Professor, specializes in hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery in children and adults. Dr. Wang currently practices at the Orthopaedic Center, as well as the Primary Children's Center, and the Shriners Hospital. Her particular interests include both obstetric/birth and adu... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic, Hand Upper Extremity & Microvascular Surgery

Locations:

University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Marcella R. Woiczik, M.D.

Dr. Marcella Woiczik has a general pediatric orthopaedic practice based primarily at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Salt Lake City. Her scope of practice includes the management of pediatric trauma (at Primary Children's Medical Center), lower extremity and foot deformities (i.e clubfeet), as well as congenit... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

Shriners Hospital for Children (801) 536-3600
University Orthopaedic Center 590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Map
801-587-7109
South Jordan Health Center 5126 W. Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
Map
801-213-4500
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