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Orthopaedic Surgery Our Program

Orthopaedic Services

Consistently recognized as one of the nation's top orthopaedic programs, UPMC's orthopaedic surgery program offers a wide range of specialty services, uses innovative techniques, and conducts vital research.

From general orthopaedics and sports medicine to knee disorders, hip conditions, and joint reconstruction, one of the country's largest orthopaedic surgery programs offers treatments for the simple to the most complex orthopaedic conditions.

Programs include:

  • concussion
  • foot and ankle
  • general orthopaedics
  • hand and upper extremity
  • joint replacement
  • limb lengthening and reconstruction
  • musculoskeletal oncology
  • orthopaedic trauma
  • pediatric orthopaedics
  • spine surgery
  • sports medicine

Our nationally recognized experts focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries for both adults and children. Thousands of patients turn to us each year for high-quality, comprehensive care and innovative services.

Clinical Research

UPMC physician-scientists are developing powerful new approaches to common orthopaedic problems, through:

  • clinical studies that are refining the anatomic double-bundle repair technique for the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • advanced imaging techniques to improve detection of cartilage damage caused by osteoarthritis

We maintain several specialty research labs for orthopaedic conditions, including:

  • Orthopaedic and Spine - Researchers are developing novel cell and molecular biology-based treatments of intervertebral disc degeneration; adeno-associated viral vector strategies; in-vitro studies using intervertebral disc cells; and potential molecular approaches to treatment of spinal disorders.
  • Hand - Scientists are conducting studies in biomechanics and motor control of the human hand with clinical applications to carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Mechanobiology - Researchers are studying fibroblast mechanobiology; soft tissue wound healing; functional tissue engineering; and biological applications of micro-fabrication and sensor technologies.
  • Cartilage Restoration - Doctors are working with chondroprotection to optimize the survival of stress chondrocytes as a means of delaying or preventing osteoarthritis; novel cartilage imaging technologies, such as optical coherence tomography, for potential early diagnoses of cartilage damage; and cartilage tissue engineering using novel biomimetic polymers that can release kinetics of growth factors to enable early return of the cartilage.
  • Molecular Therapy - Researchers are pioneering gene therapy for neuromuscular disorders such as Duchenne and Limb Girdle muscular dystrophies and for joint/tendon and muscle/nerve injuries, skeletal muscle repair, and age-related bone loss/muscle atrophy.
  • Neuromuscular - Physicians are studying ACL injuries in female athletes, as well as golf-related and cycling injuries.
  • Knee Biomedics - Researchers are working with material testing machines, such as biaxial hydraulic instron , robotic testing capabilities, and radiography of experimental specimens with a fluoroscopic C-arm; 3-D imaging technologies for in vivo tracking of knee kinematics; and patellofemoral instability to develop an in-vitro instability model.

Featured Program: UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program

Nearly 3.6 million sports-related concussions occur each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Once a person suffers a concussion, he or she can be four times more likely to sustain a second one.

The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine sees more than 10,000 concussion patients each year. Our physicians established the nation's first and largest comprehensive clinical service and research program for the management of sports concussions.

With the help of such diagnostic tools as ImPACT software, physicians and certified athletic trainers are able to compare an athlete's brain functions before and after a suspected concussion. They are also able to make fast, accurate assessments of minor head injuries.

This knowledge can prevent athletes from returning to the field too soon after a concussion and help reduce the likelihood of further brain injuries and future cognitive problems.