The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) is home to the region’s leading orthopedic treatment center, a group of outstanding board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists who treat bone, joint and muscle injuries and illnesses. Among the most common injuries we treat are knee conditions, which can significantly impact mobility and require the care and expertise of an experienced team of physicians.

The TMCA orthopedic team offers comprehensive care from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, collaborating with nurses, rehabilitation experts and medical staff to care for each patient through the complete treatment journey.

Orthopedic Surgeons with Excellent Outcomes

At TMCA, we pride ourselves on achieving excellent outcomes for our patients. We perform orthopedic treatment and surgery from newly renovated, state-of-the-art Operating Rooms with innovative orthopedic surgery technology.

Our leading physicians and leading facilities have made us #1 in outpatient satisfaction scores among Denver HealthONE hospitals.

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To find more information about TMCA’s orthopedic knee treatment, or to schedule an appointment, please call 303-873-0630.

Knee Conditions We Treat

Knee Conditions In Depth

ACL injury

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is a tear in a ligament of the knee. The ACL is a tough band of fiber in the middle of the knee joint. The ACL keeps the knee stable during movement by keeping the lower leg bone from sliding too far forward. Symptoms of an ACL injury include a popping sound at the time of the injury, pain, swelling , weakness or instability in the knee, and difficulty walking or moving the knee.

The orthopedic surgeons at TMCA treat ACL injuries with a focus on repairing the damage and returning the patient to their daily activities and full quality of life. Treatment can include surgery if the patient is young and active or if other ligaments of the knee are damaged or the knee is very unstable.

A knee brace and crutches can help keep the knee stable, and over-the-counter or prescription medications may be used to reduce pain and swelling. Treatment will also include rest, ice, compression and elevation, along with physical therapy during rehabilitation. Learn more here.

Knee fracture

A knee fracture is a break or crack in one or more of the bones in the knee joint. Knee fractures are usually caused by trauma that occurs in sports injuries, car accidents, falls or other direct injuries to the knee. At TMCA, treatment for a knee fracture typically includes a brace, splint, cast or other device to stabilize and immobilize the knee while it heals. In some cases, surgery may be required to put the bones back into place and secure them with pins, screws or wires.

Knee replacement and total knee replacement

Knee replacement, also called arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace a knee damaged by disease or injury. Anesthesia will keep you pain-free and comfortable during the procedure, while the orthopedic surgeon makes an incision to remove damaged cartilage and bone and install an artificial joint made from material such as plastic and metal. The procedure usually takes about 2 hours, and the length of stay in the hospital is 3-4 days. Your physician may choose to keep you longer if complications arise. Recovery from a knee replacement may take several weeks to months and is aided by pain medications, antibiotics to prevent infection and physical therapy relieve pain and restore function. Learn more here.

Knee sprain

A knee sprain is the stretching or tearing of ligaments that support the knee. Symptoms of a knee sprain include pain, swelling, redness, warmth or bruising around the knee, decreased range of motion in the knee and inability to stand on the affected leg.

At TMCA, treatment for a knee sprain can include rest, ice, compression and elevation, pain medications, and knee support devices such as a brace or crutches. Exercises may be advised to restore flexibility, range of motion, and strength. In some cases, surgery may be needed if a ligament is torn completely. Learn more here.

Meniscal tear

A meniscal tear is a tear in the meniscus, the cartilage that acts as a shock-absorbing structure in the knee. Most injuries to the meniscus are caused by trauma.

Supportive care during the healing process from a meniscal tear can include rest, ice, compression, elevation, a knee brace to stabilize the knee, crutches to keep weight and pressure off the knee, pain relief medications and physical therapy. Surgery may be required to repair or removal of all or part of the damaged meniscus. Learn more here.

PCL injury

The PCL is one of the ligaments that connect the lower leg bone to the thigh bone. It helps to stabilize the knee during movement. If the PCL is torn or disconnected from the bone, surgery must be performed to repair it.

The procedure is most often done with a minimally invasive procedure. Small incisions are made around the knee. If enough of the ligament is intact, the surgeon may secure the damaged PCL back onto the bone. Tears in the ligament itself will be repaired with sutures. If not enough of the tendon is still intact for a repair, the surgeon will perform reconstruction surgery. The physician will use tendon tissue from another part of the body or from a donor cadaver to repair the PCL injury. Learn more here.