About Patellofemoral Arthoplasty (PFA)

Patellofemoral arthroplasty (PFA) is a partial replacement of the knee, involving the knee cap portion of the joint. This may be an option for a knee that has only worn out in one of the three areas of the knee. If the cartilage is lost from underneath the knee cap (patella), then climbing stairs and getting up and down out of a chair can be very difficult. A metal and plastic replacement of just that area may be an option, but fewer people qualify for this than a total knee replacement. It is best to consult your surgeon for more details.

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Stephen K. Aoki, M.D.

Dr. Stephen K. Aoki, Associate 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/femoroacetabular impingement in the young adult, hip arthroscopy, the pediatric and adolescent at... Read More

Alexej Barg, M.D.

Dr. Alexej Barg, Assistant Professor specializes in the care of the foot and ankle and traumatic injuries to the lower extremity. Dr. Barg’s clinical interests include reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle including total ankle replacement and joint preserving procedures in patients with ankle osteoarthri... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

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

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

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.
Shannon has worked as a Nurse Pr... Read More

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

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

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

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

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Harold K. Dunn, M.D.

Dr. Dunn has three areas of special interest, reconstruction of the adult hip and knee, scoliosis and biomechanics. 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 Orthopedics. He occasionally lect... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

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 Center for Hip & Knee Reconstruction team and coordinates o... Read More

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

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

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton
Orthopedics
(801) 285-1440
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-5600

Thomas F. Higgins, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Higgins is an Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics. His medical degree 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 Ba... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma, Trauma Surgery

Locations:

Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7109
University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Douglas T. Hutchinson, M.D.

Dr. Doug Hutchinson, Associate Professor In Department of Orthopaedics, 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, an... Read More

Specialties:

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

Locations:

Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-5600
University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

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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Robert B. Jones, M.D.

Dr. Robert Jones, Instructor in the Department of Orthopaedics currently fulfilling a one year fellowship in Adult Reconstruction. Dr. Jones completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University graduating with a degree in Exercise Science. He completed Medical School at Ohio State University and an or... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Erik N. Kubiak, M.D.

Erik Kubiak, MD is an Associate Professor in The Department of Orthopaedics. 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. As par... Read More

Brandon Lawrence, M.D.

Dr. Lawrence is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders. Dr. Lawrence focuses his practice in degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine including disc degeneration and herniation, spinal stenosis, spinal deformity, spinal ... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Travis G. Maak, M.D.

Dr. Travis Maak’s practice is focused on sports medicine and arthroscopic treatment of the hip, knee and shoulder. He is the Head Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Utah Jazz and Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah. Dr. Maak is originally from Salt Lake City and a grad... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

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

Florian Nickisch, M.D.

Dr. Florian Nickisch, Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics 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 fract... Read More

Christopher E. Pelt, M.D.

Dr. Pelt specializes in hip replacement and revision, and knee replacement and revision. Minimally invasive joint replacement, partial knee replacement (unicompartmental, patellofemoral), cruciate preserving knee replacement, and direct anterior hip replacement are all aspects of his practice. Dr. Pelt is an As... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Reconstruction, Direct Anterior Hip Replacement, Hip Dysplasia, Hip Instability, Hip Replacement, Hip Revision, Joint Infection, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Knee Revision, Labral Tear, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Oxford Partial Knee Replacement, Patello-Femoral Arthroplasty (PFA), 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 fe... Read More

David Rothberg, M.D.

David L Rothberg, MD. - His area of clinical expertise includes pelvic and acetabular trauma, non-union/mal-union, peri-articular fractures, pediatric orthopaedic trauma, and post-traumatic reconstruction. He is an instructor in the Department of Orthopaedics, He has a clinical practice at the University of Uta... Read More

Charles L. Saltzman, M.D.


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

Fo... Read More

Specialties:

Foot and Ankle, Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Ryan 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:

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

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 Assistant Professor 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 ten... Read More

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

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

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Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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South Jordan, UT 84095
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