Dr. Derek Johnson, MD

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Dr. Derek Johnson, MD

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.

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Dr. Johnson's Care Philosophy

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.

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    Dr. Johnson's Reviews

    Likelihood of recommending Dr. Johnson to family and friends
    3.7
    based on 29 total reviews (12 with comments)
    Dr. Johnson's Performance
    • Trustworthiness
      VERY GOOD
    • Explains condition(s) well
      VERY GOOD
    • Answers Questions
      VERY GOOD
    • Time well spent
      VERY GOOD
    Office & Staff Performance
    • Scheduling
      VERY GOOD
    • Office environment
      EXCELLENT
    • Staff friendliness
      VERY GOOD
    • Average wait time
      10 to 15 minutes
    Patient Comments (12)
    in Denver, CO |
    Dr Johnson is a great surgeon and doctor. I wouldn't trust anyone else with my joint care!
    in Littleton, CO |
    Doctor Johnson is great! He has a great personality and he's generally just a really likeable guy. He really cares about his patients and preserving the joint as much as possible. I've been seeing him for several years now with my knees and he's never tried to pressure me into knee replacement although he did mention I'd be a candidate, and has let me try less drastic treatment til I feel ready for a replacement. I really like how he listens to my needs in all of this. Great doctor!
    in Fort Collins CO |
    Dr Johnson replaced my right knee in July 2016. The operation, recovery, physical therapy, and follow up visits could not have gone better. I have recommended him to everyone who has asked. As I was walking to my car after my one year follow up appointment this week, an elderly woman struck up a conversation. She asked me who did my knee and I told her Dr Johnson. She smiled and said "thank you very much. I feel so much better-he is my new doctor". I told her she would be in great hands.
    in Centennial, CO |
    I have been seeing Dr. Johnson for years and I am extremely happy with the care and treatment that he has given to me. His staff is just as wonderful with how I am treated and cared for. He is always to the point, precise and gives options for treatments. There is a great open dialogue with Dr. Johnson and his staff at all times. There is never a wait and once I'm in the exam room, he follows immediately. I would highly recommend Dr. Johnson to anyone needing a Great Orthopedic Dr and surgeon.
    in Evergreen CO. |
    I have been going to Dr. Johnson for the past six years. He's taken me from numerous knee injections and different types of therapy to where we are today. He told me it's only a matter of time before you will need both knees replaced. I chose to have them both done at the end of tennis season. One of the best decisions I have made. Ten months later I am back on the courts better than ever. He's one of the most gifted and talented surgeons I've had the privilege of knowing. Simply the Best!
    in Franktown, CO |
    Dr. Johnson is an amazing Dr. Has great bedside manner. Does not push you into surgery, unless he feels it's necessary. Very thorough. Staff is great too.
    in Aurora Colorado |
    Dr Johnson. has done one knee. Great outcome. Getting ready to do the second one. Great smart doctor. No bs. Really impressed!!!!
    in Denver, CO |
    I have had two hip replacements in the last year .Dr. Johnson preformed both surgeries. I cannot believe how smoothly they both went. Very little pain and completely mobile in just a few days. If you are considering a hip replacement or knee replacement, I highly recommend you seek him out. I know several people who have used him with great success. I think without a doubt he is one of the best surgeons in the Denver area or even the northwest.
    in Denver, CO |
    I work in the medical device industry therefore I'm able to do more research than the average person. I'm a 43 year old who lives an active lifestyle and was very concerned about having a total hip surgery. I'm approximately 6 months post op and can't say enough good things about Dr. Johnson and my entire experience. I recommended my brother to Dr. Johnson and he had the same great results. Dr. Johnson's communication, knowledge, implant selection and surgical approach are all top notch.
    in Littleton, CO |
    Dr. Johnson replaced my left knee which I am now ecstatic with my physical recovery. The surgical center staff along with my dedicated anesthesiologist provided a very pleasant experience. I would gladly recommend Dr. Johnson's team to any individual in need of a knee replacement.
    in Castle Rock, CO |
    Not at all personable. When questioned gets defensive. Very quick in office visits. Not sure I would recommend.
    in Denver, CO |
    He spent about 3 minutes on a follow up appointment. He's not very personable. He really did not listen or care to see if we had any questions.
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    Dr. Johnson says...

    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. 

    Dr. Johnson's Care Philosophy

    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. Johnson says...

    Dr. Johnson focuses on the treatment of adult hip and knee disorders with a special interest in the treatment of arthritis. He has completed sub-specialty training in joint replacement and serves as the Director of Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Parker Adventist Hospital. Dr. Johnson frequently has surgeons visit his operating room to observe his surgical techniques and often travels the country to educate surgeons on joint replacement. 

    Dr. Johnson says...

    Dr. Johnson moved to Parker, CO in 2009 to develop the joint replacement program at Parker Adventist Hospital. Since coming to Parker, Dr. Johnson has performed more than 2500 joint replacement surgeries and currently performs more than 500 surgeries per year. As the director of joint replacement, Dr. Johnson oversees a program that is nationally accredited for excellence and is one of the top performing hospitals in the state for quality and cost. 

    Dr. Johnson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  Malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

    Awards & Recognition

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    • Media & Publications
      • Numerous publications and presentation regarding hip and knee replacement.

    Background Check

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      Dr. Johnson has 1 malpractice claim

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    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Conditions Treated

    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
    • Autoimmune Diseases
    • Baker’s Cyst
    • Bursitis
    • Chondrocalcinosis
    • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
    • Difficulty With Walking
    • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
    • Femur Fracture
    • Gait Abnormality
    • Gout
    • Hip Dislocation
    • Hip Disorders
    • Hip Flexor Strain
    • Hip Fracture
    • Hip Injury
    • Hip Labral Tear
    • Hip Muscle Strain
    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Sprain
    • Internal Derangement of Knee
    • Joint Pain
    • Knee Dislocation
    • Knee Disorders
    • Knee Fracture
    • Knee Injuries
    • Knee Ligament Injuries
    • Knee Sprain
    • Knee Tendinitis
    • Limb Pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
    • Osteoarthritis of Knee
    • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
    • Pelvic Fracture
    • Pyogenic Arthritis
    • Runner's Knee
    • Sports Injuries of the Knee
    • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
    • Tibia and Fibula Fractures

    Education

    • Medical School
      Michigan State University College - Human Medicine

      Graduated in 2003

    • Internship Hospital
      Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research Center for Health Professions/Michigan State University

      Completed in 2004

    • Residency Hospital
      Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research Center for Health Professions/Michigan State University

      Completed in 2008

    • Fellowship Hospital
      Colorado Joint Replacement

      Completed in 2009

    • Undergraduate School
      Central Michigan University

      Graduated in 1998

    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    Specialties

    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
    • Joint Reconstruction Orthopedic Surgery
    • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
    • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
    • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
    • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
    • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
    • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

    Procedures Performed

    • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
    • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
    • Bi-Compartmental Knee Replacement
    • Fracture Care
    • Hemi (Half) Hip Replacement
    • Hip Arthroscopy
    • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
    • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
    • Hip Reconstruction Surgery
    • Hip Replacement
    • Hip Replacement Revision
    • Hip Resurfacing
    • Hip Surgery
    • Joint Drainage
    • Joint Replacement Surgery
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Knee Cartilage Implantation
    • Knee Cartilage Repair
    • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
    • Knee Replacement
    • Knee Replacement Revision
    • Knee Surgery
    • Knee Tendon Repair
    • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
    • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
    • Mini-Incision Hip Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
    • Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
    • Partial Knee Replacement
    • Total Hip Replacement
    • Total Knee Replacement
    • Total Knee Replacement Revision
    • Uni-Compartmental Knee Replacement
    • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate