Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

MIS Joint Replacement offers important advantages, requiring smaller incisions and potentially causing less trauma, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and less scarring than traditional techniques.

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Computer-Assisted Surgery (CAS)

Computer-assisted technology has made it possible for your orthopaedic specialist to navigate joint replacement procedures with a level of accuracy so precise it may improve the results of your surgery.

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Total Joint Replacement (TJR)

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with an artificial joint, which is designed to move just like a healthy joint.

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Steven R. Wardell, MD

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship Trained, Adult Joint Reconstruction Specialist

Dr. Wardell received his orthopedic surgical training at the highly ranked Northwestern University. He has a specialty practice in hip and knee joint replacement as well as revisions. Dr. Wardell joined Parkview Orthopaedics in 1996, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as well as the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Currently, Dr. Wardell consults in the development of new surgical techniques and instrumentation, as well as computer navigation. Dr. Wardell has performed nearly 4,000 of joint replacement procedures. In January of 2009, computer assisted navigation was incorporated into all of his knee surgeries.


  • Undergraduate: B.S. in Biochemistry, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
  • Medical: The James Scholar Medical Honors Program, The University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, IL


  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Northwestern University, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Chicago, IL
  • Adult Joint Reconstruction Fellowship: The Otto AuFranc Adult Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Tufts University, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA

Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations

Outpatient Surgical Center Affiliations

Book Chapters

McCarthy JC, Wardell SR, Mason JB. Arthroscopy of the Hip. In: Callaghan JJ, Rosenberg AG, Rubash H (eds); The Adult Hip. Philadelphia: Lippincott Raven. 1998: 43 (volume 1): 721-736
Bono JV, and Wardell SR. Salvage Knee Surgery: Arthrodesis and Resection Arthroplasty In: Craig EV, Padgett DE (eds): Textbook of Orthopaedic Surgery. Baltimore: Lipincott Williams & Wilkins. 1999: Section V (52): 660-671
Wardell SR. Management of Acetabular Deficiency with a Bipolar Prosthesis at Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty: Bono JV, McCarthy JC, Thornhill TS, Bierbaum BE, Turner RH (eds): Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty, 1999 New York: Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1999: 44: 298-301.
Wardell SR. Salvage Arthrodesis, Resection Arthroplasty, and Amputation in the Treatment of The Failed Knee Replacement. James V. Bond, M.D., and Richard D. Scott, M.D. (eds). Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty. Springer-Verlag New York. (Submitted for Publication)

Publications and Research

Wardell S, and Vidican DE. Ileal Duplication Cyst Causing Massive Bleeding in a Child Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 1990: 12(6): 681-684
Grier D. Wardell S, Sarwark J. and Poznanski AK. Fatigue Fractures of the Sacrum in Children: Two Case Reports and a Review of the Literature. Skeletal Radiology. 1993: 22(7): 515-518
Kolettis GT, Wixson RL, Peruzzi WT, Blake MJ, Wardell SR, and Stulberg SD. Safety of One- Stage Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 1994: 309: 102-109.
Wardell SR, Van Flandern G, Mason JB, Stamos VP, McCarthy JC, Turner R. The Role of Bipolar Hemiarthroplasty in Complex Acetabular Revision Surgery: A Minimum Five Year Follow-up. (Submitted for Scientific Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1997 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California).
Wardell SR, McCarthy JC. The Relationship Between Developmental Dysplasis of the Hip and Acetaular Labral Injuries in the Adult. Scientific Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1997 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.
Wardell SR, McCarthy JC. Injuries to the Acetabular Labrum: Classification, Outcome, and Relationship to Degenerative Arthritis. Scientific Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1997 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.
Wardell SR, Scott RD. Management of Patella Infera after Total Knee Arthroplasty. Poster Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1997 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.
Mason JB, Wardell SR, Stamos VP, Mattingly DA, Newburg AH, Bierbaum BE. Radiographic Assessment of Posterolateral Acetabular Defects in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Cadaveric Study. Scientific Exhibit Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1997 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.
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Steve R. Wardell, MD

Steven R. Wardell, MD

Dr. Wardell specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions and performs several orthopedic procedures including:

  • Computer Assisted Surgery
  • ShapeFit Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Single Incision Muscle-Sparing Hip Replacement
  • Limited Incision Muscle-Sparing Knee Replacements
  • Hip and Knee Revisions
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)
  • Total Knee Replacement (TKA)
  • Partial Knee Replacement (TKR)
  • Knee Arthritis Surgery
  • Total Knee Replacement (TKR)
  • Corrective Osteotomies
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Fracture Surgery