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Orthopaedic Services

The Center for Orthopaedic Innovation at St. Luke’s Medical Center is a fully dedicated treatment facility for conditions of the bones, joints, and ligaments. Our facilities feature 20 all-private, spacious rooms with breathtaking views of both the city skyline and the surrounding mountains. The newly remodeled unit also includes four nursing stations, which are designed with patient proximity and convenience in mind.

All orthopaedic surgeons are board certified or board eligible, and our clinical team includes a wide array of healthcare professionals: specially trained orthopaedic nurses and physical therapists, chiropractors, radiologists, sports rehabilitation specialists and others. With our multidisciplinary approach, patients get one-on-one care, custom tailored to meet their individual needs. Our team is especially skilled in treating the following conditions and more:

Joint Replacement & Resurfacing (Hip and Knee)

St. Luke’s Medical Center is a leader in micro invasive joint replacement and joint resurfacing. We are the only hospital in Arizona that offers the SuperPATHTMand transpiriformis approach to total hip replacement. We are also the first Arizona hospital to offer MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing. In fact, our patients travel from around the country for these cutting-edge procedures, performed by trained surgeons at St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Local candidates for total joint replacement surgery (hip, shoulder, or knee) are encouraged to participate in our Motion Academy® Total Joint Replacement Class, which provides information about the procedure, physical therapy, recovery and more. Engaging our patients in education and responsibility for every aspect of their care is a high priority at the Center for Orthopaedic Innovation.

Hip Replacement

Learn more about the revolutionary SuperPATHTM Total Hip Replacement procedure.Read through common questions about hip replacement procedures on our hip pain resource page.

Groundbreaking Knee Replacement Alternatives

Patients with arthritis limited to one side of the knee were often made to wait until their arthritis was advanced enough to perform a total knee replacement (TKR). The result was years of disabling pain. As an alternative, patients can now find relief in MAKOplasty®, a partial knee resurfacing procedure, or Navio®, a partial knee replacement procedure. Many patients are able to walk comfortably the same day of their MAKOplasty® procedure, and return to work and other activities within a few short weeks.

Learn more about MAKOplasty® Robotic Partial Knee Resurfacing and Navio®Surgical System for Partial Knee Replacement.

View our resource page for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Subchondroplasty: A New Surgical Technology for Knee Pain

Are you experiencing knee pain? If so, your doctor may have recommended an MRI in addition to other diagnostic procedures. An MRI may reveal the presence of a subchondral bone defect (also known as a “bone marrow lesion,” or BML). These painful defects develop within the spongy cancellous bone, and are considered precursors to osteoarthritis knee pain. BML’s may develop in the shinbone near the knee, the ankle, and other areas – typically in bones that are near joints.

Patients suffering from BML-related joint pain now have a new treatment option in Phoenix with Subchondroplasty®, a new surgical procedure in which the damaged bone is filled with a calcium phosphate mineral compound. The body then resorbs this compound over time, replacing it with natural, healthy bone tissue.

The subchondroplasty procedure may be done under local, regional or general anesthesia. Patients typically go home the same day of their procedure. While results and recovery can vary from patient to patient, many people have some discomfort or pressure for the first two or three days after their procedure. Once patients are up and moving, they may rely on crutches for support until regaining their strength and mobility with physical therapy.

It’s also important to note that patients who have subchondroplasty may still be candidates for total joint replacement at a later time. Talk to your orthopedic doctor at St. Luke’s Medical Center for more information.

Hands & Shoulders: Relief, Surgery, and More

Surgeons at the Center for Orthopaedic Innovation perform a variety of minimally invasive and arthroscopic shoulder surgeries. Learn more here. Or, view our resource page for shoulder pain.

Struggling with wrist or hand pain?  You never fully appreciate how important your hands are until problems like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and Dupuytren’s Contracture rob you of your ability to perform even simple, everyday activities without pain and frustration. At St. Luke’s Medical Center, minimally invasive, outpatient procedures offer relief. View our management tips and information page for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and carpal tunnel release surgery.

Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy

The Center for Orthopaedic Innovation at St. Luke’s Medical Center proudly supports the U.S. Martial Arts Team, as well as the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association, through our Sports Medicine program.

Learn more about how our Sports Medicine team services both amateur and professional athletes throughout the greater Phoenix area. Also, be sure to view our Physical Therapy page.


Despite our best efforts to prevent them, accidents do happen. When they do, our friends in the community know that the dedicated Orthopaedic Unit at St. Luke’s Medical Center is the best place to go for treatment of fractures. Learn more about fracture care at St. Luke’s.


St. Luke’s Medical Center is proud to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement® by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona for providing comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries. Blue Distinction Centers® are part of a national designation program that recognizes hospitals that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively. As a Blue Distinction Center+, St. Luke’s Medical Center has met quality-focused criteria that emphasize patient safety and outcomes, as well as efficiency.

Orthopaedic surgeons on the medical staff at St. Luke’s Medical Center offer innovative procedures designed to meet the individual needs of patients. Designated as an Aetna® Institutes of Quality® Orthopaedic Surgery Facility -Total Joint Replacement, the dedicated team of physicians on the medical staff at St. Luke’s excels in clinical performance, access, and efficiency for orthopaedic care.

For more information about the Center for Orthopaedic Innovation at St. Luke’s Medical Center, please call 602-251-8682.

St. Luke’s Medical Center is designated as a Cigna Centers of Excellence (COE) for Knee Replacement. Cigna’s program evaluates and recognizes hospitals with positive patient outcomes and high cost-efficiency measures. Participating hospitals meeting specific quality and cost-efficiency criteria are designated as a Center of Excellence by procedure and condition.

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Blue Distinction® Centers met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. To find out which services and providers (including hospital-based physicians) are covered under your policy, or to learn about Local Blue Plan Criteria, contact your Local Blue Plan; and contact your provider before making an appointment to verify its current Network and Blue Distinction Centers status. Each hospital’s Cost Index is calculated separately, based on data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in portions of CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in areas served by two Local Blue Plans, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether all hospitals in these areas must meet Blue Distinction Centers+ national criteria for one or both Cost Index figures. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages, losses, or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers. To find out more, contact your Local Blue Plan.T


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