Tradition of Research

The Division of Research of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic Rochester is committed to the goals of the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade, and in alleviating the suffering of all those afflicted with musculoskeletal disorders. The commitment is not new. In 1927, a Mayo orthopedist was the first to describe the pathological events that led to compartment syndrome. In the 1940's, another Mayo orthopedist was among the first to design metal plates to fix fractures securely (picture of Bagby plates). In 1970, a Mayo orthopedist was the first in the U.S. to implant an artificial hip joint. The Mayo Total Joint Registry, started in 1970, is the largest of its kind anywhere, and contains information on the outcomes of all the nearly 100,000 joint replacements that have been done at Mayo over the years. Mayo orthopedists have also pioneered treatments for bone cancer, complex wrist injuries, and injuries to the growing parts of children's bone, as well as developing artificial joints for every major joint.