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Introducing Daren Wickum, M.D. [Video]

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Introducing Daren Wickum, M.D., a surgical hip and knee specialist at Summit Orthopedics. His areas of expertise include arthritis care and orthopedic trauma. In this video, Dr. Wickum discusses direct anterior hip replacement surgery, as well as some of his background.

Meet the Expert: Daren Wickum, M.D.

Dr. Wickum’s approach: “Quality of life really boils down to remaining active. Keeping patients mobile keeps me on my toes. So does keeping up with my son.”

Dr. Wickum’s background: After earing his undergraduate degree at Concordia University in Moorhead, Minnesota, Dr. Wickum completed his medical degree and residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He then went on to complete advanced training as part of the Florida Orthopedic Institute’s Foot and Ankle fellowship program in Tampa, Florida.

When to seek treatment for your arthritis

Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. If nonsurgical treatments fail to support your lifestyle goals, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons will consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. Summit is home to innovative joint replacement options. Our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of only two surgery centers nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Start your journey to healthier joints. Find your arthritis expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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Video Transcription

I’m Dr. Daren Wickum, and I specialize in hip and knee replacement, minimally invasive hip surgery, and direct anterior hip replacement surgery. What direct anterior hip replacement surgery is is it’s a different way of replacing somebody’s hip, where no muscles or tendons are cut. Little bit quicker recovery, little bit shorter hospitalization, and patients generally are getting back to the game a little bit quicker after this different type of procedure. I hate to use the word “new” because it’s been around for a long, long time, just not in this respect, in terms of replacing a hip through that approach. I’m a Midwestern boy. I was born and raised in Minnesota. I love it here; I’m raising my own family here. We even love the winters. It gives me an excuse to go somewhere warm for a week out of the year, and my kids love the snow. I used to knit. Back in college I knitted sweaters and scarves because I couldn’t keep my hands still. I’m fidgety, my wife says, and so I just had to do something with them. And one of my friends said, “You should try knitting.” And I got a whole stack of really ugly sweaters, but it was fun. And I think that kind of really led me to do something in surgery. I get to use my hands every day, and I really do love it.