Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

The orthopaedic surgeons and providers at the Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics (MCO) at Riverwood Healthcare Center offers state-of-the-art diagnosis, outpatient treatment and rehabilitation for all types of bone, joint and musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.

Orthopaedic surgery & non-surgical solutions

At Riverwood Healthcare, our orthopaedic surgeons are fellowship-trained in hip and knee joint replacements and reconstruction, as well as surgeries for shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands. This means they have achieved the highest level of training in their field, becoming dedicated experts in the surgeries they perform. They offer surgical and non-surgical solutions to reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve your quality of life, including:

  • Joint care
  • Total joint replacement with Rapid Recovery
  • Hip surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery (VELYS robotic-assisted solution)
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Hand, wrist, and elbow surgery (including treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Fracture care
  • Cortisone injections
  • Arthritis management
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

You’ll receive comprehensive orthopaedic care which includes preoperative education throughout surgery and hospital stays to postoperative visits with your orthopaedic team and physical therapy. With a staff of highly educated, trained, and personable surgeons and specialists on your team, you will receive the highest level of orthopaedic care.

To refer a patient for orthopaedic care at Riverwood in Aitkin, or to schedule your orthopaedic appointment, call our Specialty Clinic at 218-927-5181.

Our Orthopaedic Surgeons

Erik Severson, MD
Jeffrey Klassen, MD
Susan Moen, MD
James Stokman, MD

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VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution for Knee Replacement

The VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution uses a variety of advanced technologies to ensure the orthopaedic surgeon has the information and the tools to perform a highly accurate and precise knee replacement, often resulting in less pain and a faster recovery.

Riverwood Healthcare Center’s Dr. Erik Severson is one of the first orthopaedic surgeons in the nation to be performing knee replacement surgery with the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution.

Learn more about the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution here or call our Specialty Clinic at 218-927-5181.

Dr. Erik Severson developed an innovative Rapid Recovery Program, a leading edge joint replacement protocol, that has proven outcome enhancements for total joint replacement patients, including shorter hospital stays, less pain and faster recovery.  Many patients are able to go home one to two days after joint replacement surgery. However, each patient is looked at individually and discharge plans are based on a patient’s needs. With the Rapid Recovery Protocol, patients on average rate their pain on day 1 of surgery 2.8 on a scale of 1 to 10 vs. 4.4 for patients pre Rapid Recovery. Knee replacement patients are typically discharged from the hospital in less than two days with the Rapid Recovery Protocol when the national average is three to four days.

Same-day orthopaedic care

At Riverwood, orthopaedic care is available when you need it. We offer same-day orthopaedic appointments, Monday-Friday. Nurse Practitioner Josh Jacobson will assess your injury or condition and determine next steps for treatment.

Call 218-927-5181 to make a same-day appointment.

Our Orthopaedic Surgical Team

Austin Krohn, MD
Josh Jacobson, FNP-BC
Tom Lewandowski, PA
Matt Fleming, PA
Abby Quinnell, PA-C
Kate Sarlette, PA-C
Mitchell Mimbach, PA-C

Therapy Services

Our orthopaedic team includes experienced physical therapists who coach and guide patients’ recovery before and after surgery. Therapists help hip or knee replacement surgery patients get up and walking on the day of surgery and set a schedule for ongoing therapy.

To schedule a therapy appointment, call 218-927-5580Visit Therapy Services for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Erik Severson, fellowship trained in orthopaedic surgery and specializing in joint replacements and revisions, uses the VELYS Hip Navigation system for greater precision to improve outcomes for total hip replacement patients. This computer-guided tool gives the surgeon precise measurements to use for hip implant positioning. This real-time data provided via x-rays and a computer-generated chart during the operation helps the surgeon determine the precise leg length, down to 1 millimeter accuracy, to give the patient the greatest comfort and stability. Other benefits include a shorter operation with less time under anesthesia for the patient and optimal patient satisfaction.

With fellowship training in hand surgery, Dr. Susan Moen diagnoses and treats many conditions related to the different structures in the hand, wrist, and elbow. Her surgical expertise ranges from treating injuries and congenital defects to arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and cysts or tumors. In addition, she performs several hand and wrist procedures, including open carpal tunnel release, trigger finger release and cyst excisions/removals, for patients in the clinic when only a local anesthetic is required.

When needed to aid recovery, patients are referred to a Riverwood occupational therapist certified in hand therapy to reduce pain and restore function.

With more than 20 years of experience and fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Klassen specializes in shoulder and injuries as well as sports-related injuries and joint conditions for all ages. His practice includes treatment for shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder instability surgery, rotator cuff repair/reconstruction, total and reverse total shoulder replacement, sports and trauma-related elbow ligamentous and reconstructive surgery, elbow arthroscopy, management of the stiff elbow and total elbow arthroplasty.

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