Overview

Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons are recognized nationally and internationally for their surgical technical excellence and innovative abilities to solve both simple and difficult orthopedic problems. By collaborating with scientists in Mayo Clinic research facilities for biomechanics and regenerative medicine, our surgeons develop new solutions for patients that improve healing, speed rehabilitation and improve outcomes.

At Mayo Clinic, your team of orthopedic surgery experts uses the latest techniques and technology to improve care for people with musculoskeletal problems. From diagnosis through treatment, Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons at campuses in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida are at the forefront employing advanced technologies in the best interest of patients.

Orthopedic surgeons at Mayo Clinic specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves (musculoskeletal system). Subspecialties within the department include adult reconstruction, pediatrics, sports, trauma, spine, foot, hand, shoulder, elbow and orthopedic oncology.

Specialists at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona and Florida treat mostly adults, while specialists in Minnesota treat adults and children. There are more than 80 orthopedic specialists at Mayo Clinic.

Orthopedic surgeons at Mayo Clinic have expertise in all areas of orthopedics, including:

  • Joint replacement (adult reconstruction, revision and replacement)
  • Fracture care and trauma
  • Hand surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Microvascular procedures, such as nerve repair and nerve and muscle grafts
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Spine disorders
  • Pediatric orthopedic conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • Limb deformity
  • Tumor surgery for bone cancers (osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma and chondrosarcoma) and soft tissue sarcomas such as rhabdomyosarcoma

The W. Hall Wendel Jr. Musculoskeletal Center at our Minnesota campus unites Mayo Clinic's multidisciplinary orthopedic specialties and services with the technology needed to provide state-of-the-art diagnosis, outpatient treatment and rehabilitation for all types of musculoskeletal conditions.

Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons work closely with other Mayo Clinic specialists to ensure that your problem is thoroughly evaluated and that all treatment options are considered. Orthopedic oncologists specialize in the surgical treatment of cancers that involve bones and soft tissues.

The Young Hip Clinic in Minnesota evaluates and treats young people who have hip pain. Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center provides advanced care in Rochester and Minneapolis for people who have had sports injuries.

Mayo Clinic doctors use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible to reduce pain and speed recovery. Before and after surgery, assistance from physician specialists trained in internal medicine, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and other medical and surgical areas help speed recovery for our surgical patients.

Orthopedic surgeons at all three Mayo Clinic campuses are engaged in clinical trials and other clinical research in virtually every area of musculoskeletal disease, offering our patients the most current options for diagnosis and treatment. In addition, laboratory researchers at the Minnesota campus study such areas as biomechanics and cartilage regeneration.