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Steve Wardell, MD

Adult Hip and Knee Replacement


Dr. Steven Wardell is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee surgery—specifically joint reconstruction and replacement, artificial joint revision surgery, and arthroscopic surgery. He is an expert in the latest advancements in orthopaedics, including minimally invasive surgery, computer-assisted joint replacement navigation, and muscle-sparing joint replacements. These technologies often yield great benefits for his patients, particularly less scarring and a faster recovery time. Dr. Wardell is also certified and trained in both MAKO and NAVIO Robotic partial and total knee replacement. These computer-assisted joint replacements make for extremely precise and accurate procedures, often with more successful results.

Dr. Wardell is a native of Illinois. He was born in Oak Park, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his M.D. from The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Northwestern University, and then moved to Boston to complete a year of fellowship training in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital at Tufts University Medical School. He joined Parkview Orthopaedic Group in 1996.

Dr. Wardell has been involved in several research publications and has presented his work nationally at orthopaedic surgery conferences. He has contributed to book chapters discussing knee and hip surgery and revisions, and he has also served as an instructor for courses in hip and knee arthroplasty.

He is currently accepting new patients in Palos Heights and Mokena.



Dr. Wardell’s Specialties

Common conditions treated

  • Dislocation/subluxation of hip joints
  • Fractures of the hip & pelvis
  • Loosening, wear or dislocation of internal hip prosthesis
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip
  • Sprains and strains of the hip/thigh
  • Trochanteric bursitis

Common procedures performed

  • Fluoroscopic-guided hip steroid injection
  • Revision total hip arthroplasty
  • Surgical treatment of hip fractures
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty

Common conditions treated

  • Baker’s cyst
  • Bursitis of the knee
  • Dislocation/subluxation of knee joints (Kneecap instability)
  • Fractures of the knee
  • Loosening or wear of internal knee prosthesis
  • Meniscus tears / Internal derangement of the knee
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Runner’s knee - Chondromalacia & IT band syndrome

Common procedures performed

  • Arthroscopy of the knee
  • Computer-assisted surgical navigation for knee surgery
  • Joint manipulation of the knee
  • Meniscectomy & meniscus repair (arthroscopic)
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Surgical treatment of knee fractures
  • Ultrasound-Guided Cortisone (Steroid) Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Viscosupplementation or “Gel Shots”


    • The Otto E. AuFranc Adult Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, New England Baptist Hospital | Boston, MA | 1995-1996
    • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University | Chicago, IL | 1990-1995
    • M.D., The University of Illinois College of Medicine | Rockford, IL | 1990
      • James Scholar Medical Honors Program
      • Dean’s List
    • B.S., Biochemistry, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Champaign, IL | 1986

Certifications & licensure

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons | July 1998
      • Recertified 1998 – 2018
      • Second Recertification 2018 – 2028

Professional memberships

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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