When we suffer an illness or injury to our musculoskeletal system—the structure that includes our skeleton, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves—it can limit our mobility or range of motion, and greatly affect our quality of life.
Orthopaedics provides treatment for the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions—from sprains and strains on the athletic field to limb-sparing oncology procedures, joint replacement, complex spine reconstruction, and more.
University of Miami Hospital is home to one of top orthopaedics departments in the country, and provides multidisciplinary care by fellowship-trained physicians employing the latest research and most advanced technology.
University of Miami Hospital’s Orthopaedics team helps patients regain function, enhance mobility, diminish pain, and lead more active, fulfilling lives by treating a wide variety of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system.
Orthopaedic services at University of Miami Hospital:
Foot and Ankle
The feet are composed of a complex network of bones, joints and muscles that support the weight of the body. When functioning properly, they handle all the demands placed upon them without discomfort. However, when pain occurs, rapid treatment usually results in complete healing and a return to full function.
Hand and Wrist
University of Miami Hospital’s orthopaedic surgeons perform microsurgical procedures of the upper extremity, free tissue transfers for lower-extremity trauma, nerve repairs, grafts for lower extremity neural injuries, and replantation. The Hospital also specializes in repetitive motion injuries and athletic-type injuries of the hand and wrist, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Dupuytren’s Contracture, and other conditions affecting the hand, wrist and elbow.
Joint Replacement and Reconstructive Surgery
Every year, more than 800,000 total joint replacements are performed in the U.S. on patients seeking relief of pain and restoration of motion in joints damaged by arthritis or other causes. The fellowship-trained orthopaedic specialists at University of Miami Hospital have special expertise in joint replacement and reconstruction, including:
- Total Knee Replacement
- Partial Knee Replacement
- Bilateral Simultaneous Knee Replacements
- Complex Revisions
- Total Hip Replacement
- Elbow Replacement
- Shoulder Replacement
Neck and Back/Spine
University of Miami Hospital provides care for patients with degenerative spinal problems, traumatic injuries of the spine, tumors, infections, and spinal deformity. The service encompasses all areas of diagnosis and treatment for conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
Some of the neck, back and spine conditions treated at University of Miami Hospital include:
- Cervical Stenosis
- Lumbar Stenosis
Key treatments include:
- Disc Replacements
- Herniated Disc
- Spinal Stenosis
- XLIF – Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
Enhanced O-Arm Technology
Spine surgery is a rapidly evolving field as more traditional large open spine surgeries continue to give way to minimally invasive spine procedures. At University of Miami Hospital, the goal is to provide the latest technology to ensure our spine patients have the best outcomes.
University of Miami Hospital has recently acquired the O-Arm Stealth Station, a state-of-the-art surgical imaging system that provides surgeons with real-time 3D images while procedures are taking place.
During your spinal procedure a non-invasive scanner with an O-shaped arm encircles the operating table and provides 3D images so surgeons can make adjustments at the time of surgery, improving safety and accuracy.
The O-Arm Surgical Imaging System allows UHealth spine surgeons to
- View your anatomy in the operative position
- Monitor the status of the surgery
- Verify surgical changes before you leave the operating room
Patient benefits include
- Less time in surgery
- Reduced risk of repeat surgery
- Less radiation exposure from imaging
- Smaller incisions
- Safer, more accurate placement of instruments for improved surgical outcomes
Orthopaedic Tumors / Oncology
Orthopaedic oncologists at University of Miami Hospital offer a comprehensive program to diagnose and treat primary and metastatic bone and soft tissue cancer for pediatric and adult patients.
Our team of fellowship-trained orthopaedic oncologists works together with a multidisciplinary group of physicians and scientists to provide the highest quality of care to patients with benign and malignant musculoskeletal disease, bone and soft tissue sarcomas, metastatic disease, and benign neoplasm of bone and soft tissue.
The multidisciplinary team offers a wide array of treatment options for bone and soft tissue tumors including cryotherapy ablation, radiofrequency ablation, and bisphosphonate drug therapy with PMMA bone cement. These treatments are often coupled with chemotherapy before surgery to shrink a tumor, or after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
Some of the conditions treated by the Hospital’s orthopaedic oncologists include:
- Soft tissue mass
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Bone sarcoma
- Benign bone lesion
- Metastatic disease to bone
- Complex limb reconstruction
University of Miami Tissue Bank
The University of Miami Tissue Bank was providing safe and effective bone and soft tissue grafts to patients long before allograft bone transplantation was widely accepted. It has always been focused on safety and the advancement of knowledge in allograft use. For more information about the UM Tissue Bank, please visit www.umiamitb.org.
UHealth Sports Medicine at University of Miami Hospital is one of the few sports medicine facilities in the country where X-Ray, MRI, Physical Therapy, Concussion Specialists, and an Ambulatory Surgery Center are readily available in one location. Physicians here are fellowship-trained in sports medicine, and all diagnostic images are read by a musculoskeletal radiologist in the clinic.
The UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute, one of the nation’s finest sports medicine programs, conducts leading-edge studies including stem cell and cartilage research.
UHealth Sports Medicine is the official sports medicine provider of the University of Miami Hurricanes, the Miami Marlins, the U.S. Sailing team, and three-time Olympian Lauryn Williams.
Physical therapists are health professionals with special expertise in physical conditioning and the movement sciences. They use this knowledge to reduce activity restrictions, and enable people of all ages to return to their work, community, and leisure activities.
Some of the common conditions treated by the Hospital’s physical therapists include:
- Arthritic conditions
- Cardiopulmonary and circulatory conditions
- Integumentary conditions
- Joint and soft tissue injuries
- Neurologic conditions
- Orthopedic conditions
- Physical deconditioning
- Sports injuries
- Workplace injuries
Based on your specific condition, your therapist will determine a diagnosis (primary activity restriction toward which therapy will be directed) and a prognosis (optimal outcomes expected from therapy, with timelines). The therapist then establishes a plan of care that includes specific interventions designed to produce changes in your condition in order to achieve the desired outcomes.