Our physicians offer comprehensive support for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Their expertise along with Longmont United Hospital facilities, staff and services offer individuals access to advanced medical services, comprehensive rehabilitation programs and educational classes.
An orthopedic surgeon uses both surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital conditions. Orthopedic surgeons typically complete four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school then a five-year residency. Many of our orthopedic surgeons elected to do further subspecialty training, or 'fellowships', after completing their residency training. All of our orthopedic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
“We can really change a patient’s life. We can replace their shoulder so they don’t have any pain and can function. They can be out playing tennis and doing things they haven’t done for a long time. We can do significant reconstruction procedures on hands and people are grateful to be able to drive and make themselves a meal.”
Tim Pater, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
Arthritis and Joint Replacement ( Hip and Knee )
Foot and Ankle
Arthritis and Shoulder Replacement
Spine and Neck
Sports Medicine (Knee, Shoulder, Elbow)
Podiatrists, certified by the Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.), diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and some related structures of the leg.
Orthopedic nurses are trained in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. They have specialized skills in traction, continuous passive motion therapy, casting, and care of patients with external fixation, and neurovascular status monitoring.
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Physical and Occupational Therapists
Physical therapy provides the assessment and treatment of physical disorders such as limited movement, postural changes, surgical pain, joint stiffness, scar tissue, and balance problems. Physical therapy assessments can be carried out before, during, or after surgical treatments are completed. Physical therapy treatment includes soft tissue mobilization, exercise, muscle and joint stretching, balance training, strengthening, home exercise education and postural training to return you to a higher level of function.
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Care Coordinator Specialists
Care Coordination is a coordinated effort between you, your family and the Health Care Team to develop an appropriate plan of care to meet your needs during and after hospitalization. The Care Coordination staff consists of Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Care Coordination RNs. Care Coordination is offered so that if needed, home care nurses, hospital equipment, Meals on Wheels, or other services will be there when you get home. The staff can provide information and support about skilled nursing facilities, financial resources, support groups and information about other long-term care services. We are here to help you know your choices and support your journey though continued care.
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Each individual will have specific needs for their condition. The team of physicians that may be involved in your care include hospitalists,