Meet Dr. Kevin Lindgren
Get to know Summit hip and knee replacement specialist Kevin Lindgren, M.D., and learn about his approach to orthopedic surgery and patient care.
Orthopedic surgeon and hip and knee replacement specialist Kevin Lindgren, M.D., hails from Wisconsin, where he grew up as one of three brothers close in age. (He has an identical twin and another brother who is 18 months younger.) Needless to say, he grew up in a rambunctious household — including a few sprains and broken bones along the way. He worked in masonry and carpentry through college and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Dr. Lindgren’s background and specialty
He went to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by the University of Nebraska for his residency training in orthopedic surgery. After residency, Dr. Lindgren completed fellowship training in adult hip and knee replacement surgery at the University of Utah.
Dr. Lindgren specializes in the full range of hip and knee replacement and revision procedures, including partial knee replacement, total knee replacement, robotic knee replacement, and anterior and posterior hip replacements.
“I specialize in the full gamut, and I see complex patients for hip and knee replacement revisions as well,” Dr. Lindgren said. “Every patient is different, and fixing those complex challenges is fun for me.”
Dr. Lindgren’s approach to patient care
Patient education is a fundamental part of the way Dr. Lindgren cares for patients. “My approach to patient care has always been a shared approach and one that prioritizes education. I do my best to provide adequate time for my patients to ask all the questions they might have, and I go over thorough explanation of what is going on with their joint, what options we have, and how we plan to fix it,” Dr. Lindgren said.
Dr. Lindgren emphasizes the link between patients having a good understanding of the surgery and recovery and their positive long-term outcomes. Although a hip or knee replacement is a big surgery, and patients may understandably be nervous, Dr. Lindgren explains, “The better the job I do explaining things on the front end, the more smoothly and predictably the surgery and recovery process tend to go.”
He enjoys giving patients a second chance at the active lives they had left behind because of severe arthritis pain. “My goal is improving quality of life, improving function, and decreasing or eliminating pain. Patients can see significant improvements, and that’s why it’s so rewarding for me,” Dr. Lindgren said.
Dr. Lindgren is happy to provide a second opinion for people who are considering joint replacement surgery. “I think second opinions should be more common when someone is considering a major surgery — it’s always a good idea, and I’m happy to talk with patients as they consider their options,” he said.
More about Dr. Lindgren
When he’s not working, Dr. Lindgren enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, particularly doing things outdoors. He loves to hike, bike, fish, hunt, and play golf. The family also enjoys going on road trips together.
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 a select few nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
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, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
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