Dr. Johnson focuses in the treatment of hip and knee disorders with a special interest in arthritis treatment, joint preservation, and joint replacement. Conservative non-operative treatment modalities that improve quality of life and function are always utilized prior to proceeding to surgical intervention. This conservative approach allows Dr. Johnson to form long-term relationships with his patients.
When surgical intervention is necessary, Dr. Johnson focuses on excellent non-narcotic pain control and rapid recovery. He has an interest in outpatient joint replacement, allowing many patients to return home within hours of surgery. Dr. Johnson utilizes techniques such as custom patient specific knee replacement, computer assisted knee replacement, and muscle sparing less invasive anterior hip replacement.
Patient and physician education, research, and development of new products and techniques are a priority in Dr. Johnson's practice.
Dr. Derek Johnson is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of hip and knee disorders. He has an outstanding reputation for providing the highest quality of care with an emphasis on rapid recovery and early return to function. He has a special interest in performing outpatient joint replacement, allowing patients to return home within hours of their surgery.
Dr. Johnson has extensive experience performing total joint replacement and revision joint replacement, with a special interest in arthritis and hip and knee preservation surgery. He is skilled in using innovative techniques such as patient-specific custom knee replacement, computer assisted hip and knee replacement and anterior minimally invasive hip replacement.
Dr. Johnson is a strong advocate for evidence-based medicine and believes in a multidisciplinary approach to support each patient's treatment and rapid recovery. He is active in clinical research and has presented and published widely on the topic of joint replacement. Dr. Johnson actively pursues ongoing continuing education to stay informed about the latest, most advanced treatment options. He frequently has surgeons visit his operating room to observe him operate and travels the country lecturing on joint replacement.
Graduating with the highest distinction, Dr. Johnson received a medical degree from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was a member of the Honor Medical Society. He completed a residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan before continuing on to complete fellowship training at Rocky Mountain Joint Replacement in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Johnson is married with two sons and two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors and coaching his sons in football and wrestling.