Orthopedics & Spine

Porter Adventist Hospital is dedicated to providing innovative, quality treatment for conditions affecting your hip, knees, neck, or back.

2535 S Downing St
Ste 100
Denver, CO, 80210

Our Services

Joint and spine conditions such as arthritis, back, joint, hip or knee pain can prevent you from enjoying the great Colorado outdoors. Our orthopedic and sports medicine program is committed to providing you quick and efficient relief from all of your aches and pains.

Whether you need physical therapy or surgery, you can trust our highly trained specialists to provide you with the customized treatment you need to lead a pain-free life.

Hip Care

Orthopedics & Spine

Hip Care

For people with hip pain, there are many treatment options available that can range from physical therapy to partial and total hip replacement. At Porter Adventist Hospital, our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons and specialists work closely with each patient we see to discuss options and to determine what treatments may best fit a patient's individual needs.

Treatment options often depend on the cause of the pain, how the joint is affected, the severity of the condition, and how the condition affects a person's daily activities. Everything from age and occupation to sports activity and hobbies is taken into account as we work with patients to create a custom treatment plan.

Hip pain can be the result of fractures, arthritis, osteonecrosis, trochanteric bursitis, tendinitis, strains, sprains, lower back pain or an infection. Our team will help properly diagnose a patient's hip condition and recommend treatment options that will alleviate hip pain and restore mobility.

Non-surgical hip treatment options can include a variety of basic at-home activities, such as avoiding painful activities or making certain sleep adjustments, to formal physical therapy sessions. If prescribed, patients can work with a physical therapist to learn proper exercises that can advance activity levels and reduce hip pain.

A non-invasive surgical option for treating joint pain is a hip arthroscopy.  By inserting an arthroscope (a miniature camera) through a very small incision near the patient’s joint, the surgeon can identify the source or internal damage that is causing pain.  Through this evaluation, instruments are then inserted through additional small incisions in order to smooth or shave the inflamed or damaged areas.  Instruments can include “shavers” which help cut away distressed cartilage and also drill into areas of the bone where cartilage has worn away, in order to stimulate the growth of new cartilage.  Most commonly, arthoscopic produces are done to remove painful bone fragments and repair a torn labrum, which is the cartilage attached to the hip socket holding the thighbone securely in its socket.

A hip arthroscopy is only recommended for patients who have not responded to nonsurgical treatments which include physical therapy, medications or injections. While hip arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms caused by damage the joint area, there are many orthopedic conditions can lead to the cause of these problems such as:

  • Dysplasia
  • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Hip joint infection
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Sports injury or overuse
  • Synovitis

If only part of the hip joint is damaged, a physician may recommend a partial hip replacement. Partial hip replacement surgery utilizes similar components to those used in a total hip replacement but only replaces the femoral head or the hip socket with prosthetic materials.

When a hip joint is severely damaged, total hip replacement surgery is an option that restores hip function and relieves pain. With this procedure, our surgeons replace damaged bone with an artificial hip joint designed to restore range of movement to that of a healthy hip joint.

Knee Care

Orthopedics & Spine

Knee Care

Pain, discomfort and instability can occur anywhere around the knee and can significantly impair your mobility and lifestyle. No matter if your knee pain is caused by tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis, cysts, osteoarthritis, infection, a ligament injury or another knee condition, Porter Adventist Hospital offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments that can relieve your knee pain in Denver, CO and help you regain your active lifestyle.

Depending on the severity of a knee condition, physical therapy and at-home care can be effective treatment options. Before recommending surgery, our orthopedic experts work with patients to explore various treatment options and determine the best treatment plan.

Generally, if knee pain symptoms like swelling, buckling, clicking or locking of the knee joint continue after trying non-surgical knee pain treatments, joint replacement surgery may be the next step to relieving your knee pain and getting you back to doing the activities you love.

Partial knee replacement surgery is a minimally invasive procedure where damaged cartilage is replaced with a prosthetic implant, while keeping healthy joint tissue in place. If arthritis or joint damage is confined to a limited area, a partial knee replacement may be a suitable treatment option.

When joint damage is extensive or widespread, a total knee replacement can restore a patient's joint function and minimize or eliminate ongoing knee pain. Using prosthetic materials, total knee replacement surgery resurfaces the joint so it can move and function like a healthy knee.

Spine Care

Orthopedics & Spine

Spine Care

Combining the talents and expertise of specialized nurses, dedicated surgical teams, in-depth patient educators, therapy experts and world-class surgeons, the Porter Spine Institute is able to offer a complete continuum of spine care that is tailored specifically to the unique needs of our patients.

Our philosophy of care is simple: we believe in excellence that permeates all facets of patient care. To this end, we work to provide the highest level of clinical treatment, customized care that is focused on individuals, and a healing environment that is both comfortable and compassionate.

The Porter Spine Institute has been recognized for outstanding clinical quality for spine surgery by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as well as UnitedHealthcare, but some of the services and features that make the Porter Spine Institute truly exceptional include: 

  • A low patient-to-nurse ratio that optimizes quality care
  • Comprehensive and coordinated care delivery between physicians, surgeons, therapists and nurses 

The clinical teams affiliated with the Porter Spine Institute are not only dedicated to delivering outstanding levels of comfort and care to our patients, but they are tirelessly working to improve clinical outcomes to make the recovery process faster, easier and more manageable.

With this goal in mind, Porter Adventist Hospital is one of the only places in Colorado to offer a Surgery Welcome Center that provides:

  • Comprehensive pre-hospital assessments 
  • Seamless coordination of care between a patient’s surgical tea and primary care providers


Award-winning joint replacement specialists

When it comes to joint replacement surgery, there are general orthopedists who occasionally perform joint replacements and then there are skilled joint replacement specialists who are dedicated solely to the science and practice of artificial joint replacement surgery. At the Porter Center for Joint Replacement, our advanced knee and hip replacement program is led by some of the nation’s top orthopedic surgeons who have one, and only one focus: joint replacement excellence.

All joint replacement surgeries at the Porter Center for Joint Replacement are conducted in one of Porter Adventist Hospital’s six dedicated orthopedic operating suites. Built for the sole purpose of joint replacement surgery, our dedicated orthopedic operating rooms are among the most sophisticated, sterile and state-of-the art surgical suites for joint replacement in the region.



Patient Resources

Operation Walk: Give the Gift of Joint Replacement

Orthopedics & Spine

Operation Walk: Give the Gift of Joint Replacement

Operation Walk Denver is a volunteer organization that provides joint replacements to people in developing countries and here at home. Operation Walk doctors, physical therapists, nurses, anesthesiologists and surgery support teams perform dozens of joint replacements on each mission. While there, they also provide education and training to medical staff in these often remote villages, enabling them to treat patients on their own. To make this work possible, however, Operation Walk depends on a community of supporters.

Give the Gift of Joint Replacement

By supporting the Operation Walk doctors and their teams through a donation or your time, you can help make joint replacement possible for people who could never afford it otherwise. For many of these people, it's more than living without pain-it's usually life changing.