Orthopedic Surgery in Iowa City, Iowa

Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center (Iowa City ASC) is leading the way in orthopedic surgery. We understand that orthopedic surgery can be a stressful, inconvenient experience for anyone. Our surgeons focus on restoring patients and facilitating the recovery process.

Outpatient orthopedic surgery at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center offers a cost-effective alternative for patients, without sacrificing the quality of care. Outpatient orthopedic surgery at Iowa City ASC is designed to repair your injury efficiently and get patients back to the comfort of their own home for recovery.

At Iowa City ASC, our providers are demonstrated leaders, who are committed to providing our patients with the latest surgical practices.  Almost 1800 orthopedic procedures are performed at Iowa City ASC each year.  These are a few of the most common orthopedic procedures performed at Iowa City ASC:

Darin Zapf came to Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center to have an Achilles tendon repaired after he experienced an injury while skiing with his son. Click here to read Darin’s story and why he chose Iowa City ASC.

Iowa City ASC Now Performing Partial Knee Replacements

We are now performing partial knee replacements using a unicompartmental knee system. This is a potential alternative to total knee replacement for patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that is generally limited to a single compartment of the knee. It is designed to replace only the damaged portion of the knee, thereby allowing the surgeon to preserve the joint’s healthy bone and cartilage and spare the cruciate ligaments that help provide knee stability.

  • Potential Benefits of Partial Knee Replacement at Iowa City ASC:
  • Less Pain
  • More Normal Feeling Knee
  • Smaller Incisions
  • Quicker Rehabilitation and Return to Activity
  • No Hospital Stay Required
  • Implant Allows for up to 155 Degrees of Flexion

The unicompartmental knee system or partial knee implant is designed to offer benefits to patients who have a moderately active lifestyle and are within normal weight ranges.


  • Cost savings for you and your insurance company
  • Patient-centered care tailored to your needs
  • Award-winning, quality care
  • Easy to schedule your procedure
  • Less exposure to patients with other types of infection or serious illness


ACL tears and labrum tears are two common orthopedic injuries experienced by sport lovers. Dr. Langland, an arthroscopy orthopedic surgeon at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center, discusses these injuries and what to expect if you are injured.

Learn more about:

  • Two common injuries – ACL and labrum tears
  • Tips to avoid injury
  • Healing time after an injury
Avoid ACL and Shoulder Injury Resource

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Tips to Avoid an
ACL Injury

Reduce your risk of an ACL injury by following these helpful training tips.

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Why Warming Up Helps You Avoid Injury

Taking the extra time to warm up properly before wintersports can help you prevent being injured.

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Tips to Avoid Injury During Winter Sports

Many sports injuries during the winter could be easily prevented through proper preparation.

  • At 9 months old, Logan began having chronic ear problems. He went from his energetic self to chronic pain. By three years old Logan was a new kid. His surgeries at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center had restored his energy and relieved his pain. Logan’s mom said he had a very positive outcome and she noted how compassionate and caring the Iowa City ASC staff was.

    Logan - ENT Patient
  • Dave Scholz has been a mountain bike addict and adventure seeker for over 20 years. At the age of 40 he suffered a rotator cuff injury after a ski accident then went on to re-injure his shoulder. After his last surgery he came to Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center. He loved the convenience of Iowa City ASC, his ability to easily schedule, and the follow up of the Iowa City ASC staff after the surgery.

    Dave - Orthopedic Patient
  • The care I experienced at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center was excellent. Everyone was friendly, nice and made my experience convenient…I would suggest to others that they consider Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center for their operation. It’s all around a better experience whether it’s cataract surgery or any other procedure you can have.

    Dr. Don Merryman - Cataract Patient
  • My overall experience was great! If I ever have any back issues again, I would no doubt feel comfortable going back to Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center. The pain I experienced the morning before my surgery was gone after my surgery when I woke up and went to post-op. I couldn’t believe that in a few short hours I could feel like myself again. Everyone at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center was very kind, knew what they were doing and I could tell they enjoyed working there. In my eyes, the Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center is top notch.

    Courtney Mauer - Spine Patient
  • When we arrived at Iowa City ASC early in the morning for my knee surgery I was met by a team of people who seemed glad to be at work and glad that I was in their facility. Their overall desire to discuss what they needed from me and to assist in meeting my needs was a welcomed situation. Each person truly impressed me with their professionalism and attitude.  The team was attentive to the situation at hand and I feel that contributed to the overall success of my surgery at Iowa City ASC.  I did not even know that my Knee Surgery was the first of this type performed at the ASC until we were ready to go home a few hours after surgery when it was mentioned in passing. The Iowa City ASC team made it seem as though this was an ongoing procedure or process so they should be applauded. Their experience, professionalism, training and smiles made my surgery at Iowa City ASC a success.

    John Weber
  • Very friendly admin staff, nursing staff, pre & post-op care was excellent along with Dr. Dery and surgery staff who performed the injections on my neck. I was very pleased with the care and would recommend your facility to others. Thank you for your time and efforts during my visit.

    Neck Procedure Patient
  • I really enjoyed the people there. From the front desk when I checked in to the time I left, everyone was very caring and attentive to the things I needed. I appreciated all the smiling faces in a place that was originally very scary for me. I didn't get a chance to thank everyone but I hope they all know how much I appreciated their generosity and comfort. It was the first surgery I've ever had and the first one my mom has had to go through with a child and I know she was just as pleased with everything as I was.

    First Time Surgery Patient
  • I have had the misfortune for 42 years to have to deal with countless medical facilities and medical teams. A dozen surgeries, 15-18 procedures, etc. I will tell you that the lion share of them have been positive experiences. Iowa City ASC and the team that cared for me stood out amongst them all. EVERY single person was over the top fantastic! I have never been treated with such kindness, compassion, and great care as I was the morning I was there. EVERY single person made me feel like I was their long lost best friend. I felt as though I was the only person they had to work with that day. It was a fantastic experience. I must say I do hope I don't ever have to see your facility again but if I'm in need I will go nowhere else.

    Very Satisfied Patient