If you suffer an orthopedic injury, make sure you say “Take me to Swedish!” Our hospital in Denver, Colorado is the most experienced in complicated orthopedic trauma injuries such as bone fractures, knee injuries and other complex conditions.

Read Senior Master Sergeant Martin Smith’s experience with our specialists to learn more about our orthopedic trauma program.


Our nationally renowned orthopedics program is one of very few the country to maintain a team of orthopedic surgeons who specialize in pelvic trauma. We have the two most experienced orthopedic trauma surgeons in the Rocky Mountain region: Steven Morgan, MD  Wade Smith, MD 

In fact, many travel from across the country to visit our experts. Learn more about specialty travel accommodations for those out of town patients and families.

What is Orthopedic Trauma?

Orthopedic Trauma is a type of orthopedic surgery. It focuses on the care of patients with fractures and other injuries. Orthopedic trauma surgeons not only complete an orthopedic surgical residency, they also complete an additional year of fellowship training specializing in trauma. These surgeons have unique skills that qualify them to care for patients who are experiencing:

  • Fractures of the acetabulum (concave surface of pelvis)
  • Non-healing fractures
  • Fractures with infections

Orthopedic trauma surgeons have revolutionized fracture care by using research and data to develop minimally invasive techniques which require shorter, less painful surgeries, For the patient, this means less blood loss and a strong enough fixation to withstand immediate weight bearing.

As a Level 1 Trauma Center, Swedish offers an orthopedic trauma program to handle complex injuries as well as to develop standardized approaches to the care of injured patients.

Broken Bones and Fractures

Fractures, more commonly known as broken bones, are one of the most common forms of orthopedic trauma. While active children are more likely to suffer broken bones than fully grown adults, they can typically spring back from injury without lasting complications. The older you get, however, the more susceptible you are to broken bones due to brittle bones. Falls and other injuries you were once able to laugh off are suddenly serious.

As a part of Swedish Orthopedic Trauma, the Comprehensive Fracture Program (CFP) offers state-of-the-art care for all types of fractures through a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach. Experts from a unique blend of disciplines provide specialized care for a wide-range of patients, including:

  • Complex and simple fractures
  • Severe traumas
  • Pelvis fractures
  • Non-healing fractures
  • Fractures with infection
  • All ages—pediatric to geriatric

The Swedish CFP is the only program of its type in the Rocky Mountain region, affording patients access to a many different specialists — all in one location. This structure allows for the highest levels of quality, safety and patient outcomes.

There are Many Kinds of Bone Fractures:

  • Comminuted: The bone has multiple fragmentations
  • Compound fracture: Bone is in some way protruding through skin (this is a medical emergency and should be treated at an emergency room)
  • Greenstick: common in young children, the bone does not completely break, but is awkwardly bent inside the body.
  • Transverse: the fracture travels completely across the bone

Pelvic Trauma

Swedish Medical Center is one of only a handful of hospitals in the nation to maintain a team of orthopedic surgeons who specialize in pelvic trauma. A panel of board-certified and board-eligible physicians is available 24 hours per day to treat patients with:

  • Multiple injuries
  • Complex fractures
  • Pelvic and acetabular fractures

With this system in place, an orthopedic surgeon can provide the specific pelvic expertise each patient needs from the onset of injury.

About Our Surgeons

Program Leaders Steven Morgan, MD and Wade Smith, MD are internationally recognized surgeons who have trained hundreds of residents and have been on the leading edge of the profession for 15 years. They have published more than 250 original articles and book chapters, and are considered leaders in the field of orthopedic trauma. Our surgeons are pioneers in:

  • minimally invasive nailing of femur fractures
  • minimally invasive surgery for periprosthetic fractures
  • modern stabilization techniques for severe pelvic fractures
  • minimally invasive harvesting of large amounts of bone graft for healing of fracture nonunions
  • correct treatment for pediatric pelvic fractures
  • developing patient safety programs in orthopedic surgery

Drs. Morgan and Smith work with a full-range of experts including:

  • a team of highly experienced orthopedic surgeons with specialized expertise in injuries to the spine, knee, shoulder, foot and ankle, hand and elbow
  • a superb group of general trauma and acute care surgeons, with the highest level of critical care training and experience
  • the highly specialized Swedish brain team, which includes outstanding neurosurgical and spinal care injury care and a partnership with the world-renowned Craig Hospital