Spencer H. Amundsen, MD


Dr. Spencer Amundsen is a fellowship-trained Total Joint specialist at the Center of Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Excellence. He specializes in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee, including primary and revision joint replacements. He is certified in Mako robotic hip and knee surgery and Birmingham hip resurfacing. He has extensive training in anterior approach hip replacements and computer navigation.

Dr. Amundsen grew up in Sandy, Utah. He is married with 3 children. He is an avid skier, downhill mountain biker, and rock climber. He played on the Utah state championship soccer team at Brighton High school in 1999. He was a competitor at the U.S. Freeskiing Nationals in 2008 and 2009 and at the USA Masters Ski Jumping National Championships in 2013 on the 25 and 50 meter hills.


Dr. Amundsen earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He then attended the University of Utah School of Medicine during which time he served as president of the Utah Freeskier Society and taught wilderness medicine.

Dr. Amundsen completed his orthopedic training at three Ivy League institutions: Dartmouth, Harvard, and Cornell. His internship and residency training were completed at Dartmouth where he served as Chief resident during his senior year. He completed training in pediatric orthopaedics and orthopaedic oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth-Israel Deaconess Hospital in the Harvard Orthopedic program. He then completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Cornell in New York City, the #1 ranked hospital in the country for Orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report.

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Articles by Spencer H. Amundsen, MD

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On Knee Replacement Surgery Day, Should You Skip Your Medication?

The night before knee replacement surgery, you’ll need to refrain from eating or drinking anything once the clock strikes midnight. So you may wonder if you should skip taking your medications the day of your procedure.

Your surgeon will review all your medications and let you know which ones, if any, you should take (with only a few sips of water) on surgery day. If yo...
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How Does MAKO™ Robotic Hip Replacement Work?

MAKO™ robotic hip replacement is a leading surgical technique for replacing damaged bone and cartilage with prosthetic components. Taking this approach for total hip arthroplasty allows orthopedic surgeons to achieve a new level of precision.

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Hip Replacement Recovery and What To Expect

Hip replacement, also known as total hip arthroplasty, is a procedure that removes arthritis to relieve pain, improve mobility, and restore function. Over the years improvements in surgical techniques, equipment, implants, and postoperative care have made the healing process much quicker and easier than you might expect.

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Why All the Buzz about Mako™ Robotic Joint-Replacement Surgery?

Joint replacement surgery using the innovative Mako™ robotic-arm technology has been all over the news lately.

The reason you’re hearing so much about this cutting-edge technique is because the Mako system is truly a game-changing tool for orthopedic and joint-replacement surgeons. And although this system was previously appr...
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Why Have a Robot in the OR for Your Joint Replacement Surgery?

Mako™ robotic-arm-assisted surgery is an advanced technological procedure performed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration, typically due to osteoarthritis. These procedures are performed using advanced robotic arm and software technology. This technology assists the surgeon in precisely performing a full or partial joint replac...
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