Bone Fusion (Arthrodesis)

Arthrodesis is a surgical procedure in which two bones that form a joint are joined so that they will fuse. After this procedure your joint will be less flexible, but you will have significantly less pain.


Osteotomy is a surgical procedure used to correct a bone deformity by cutting and repositioning the bone.


Synovectomy is a surgical procedure used to prevent joint damage and to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. During a synovectomy, the lining of the joints (the synovium or synovial membrane) is removed.

Unicondylar Knee Replacement

The knee joint has three compartments: medial, lateral, and kneecap. When just one of the two main compartments, the medial or lateral, is severely affected by arthritis, in certain situations — if your surgeon thinks it's the best solution for you — a unicondylar knee replacement can be performed to replace just that half of the joint.


Joints can sometimes become so painful that they require resection — the surgical removal of all or part of a bone.


Arthroplasty is a surgical procedure in which a joint is rebuilt. The surgeon resurfaces or relines the end of bones where cartilage and/or the bone itself is damaged.

Total Joint Replacement

Total joint replacement is a type of arthroplasty. Total joint replacement can be a very effective surgical treatment for patients with advanced arthritis of the hip, knee or shoulder. Joint replacement is only considered to be an option when non-surgical treatment has not significantly reduced chronic joint pain.

During joint replacement surgery, your surgeon removes worn cartilage from both sides of the joint, and then resurfaces the joint with a metal and plastic replacement that looks and functions much like a normal joint.

Joint replacement surgery may be an option for you if:

  • joint pain limits your everyday activities.
  • the pain in your joint continues even while you are sitting or lying down.
  • medications don’t help that much, or if you experience unpleasant or harmful side-effects from them.
  • physical therapy and other treatments are not effective.

Revision Joint Replacement

Total joint replacements may not last forever. When a joint replacement becomes loose or just wears out, your surgeon can perform a surgical procedure called revision joint replacement to repair it.

Call Orthopaedic Physicians of Colorado at (303) 789-2663 to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in the Denver metropolitan area to discuss treatment of any hip, knee or shoulder problems you may be experiencing.