Frequently Asked Questions

At Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute (KCOI), we welcome your questions. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for here, please call us at 913-338-4100 for more information. 

Why KCOI?
As Kansas City’s first and only hospital dedicated exclusively to orthopaedics, our patients receive highly specialized care customized to each individual’s needs. We offer a uniquely comprehensive approach to orthopaedic medicine – from consultation and diagnosis to surgery and throughout rehabilitation – to deliver high quality care with comfort and convenience for our patients.

Surgical and non-surgical services available at KCOI include:

• Inpatient and outpatient surgery for all orthopaedic specialties
• MRI services (diagnostic imaging)
• On-site rehab services, including physical therapy and occupational therapy
• Back pain and interventional services provided by board-certified physiatrists
• Sports medicine and treatment for broken bones and other musculoskeletal problems

Does KCOI accept my insurance plan?
KCOI believes in serving the entire community, so we participate in most commercial insurance plans, as well as Medicare, Kansas Medicaid and Tricare. As a service to all our patients, we verify insurance coverage prior to evaluation and/or treatment. For more information or to ask if we accept your insurance plan, please call (913) 253-8932.

Does KCOI provide inpatient hospital care?
Yes. Our facility includes spacious, comfortable inpatient suites for those who need overnight or multi-day stays following an orthopaedic procedure in our state-of-the-art surgical suites.

Can I get an MRI at KCOI?
Yes. Our facility includes a comfortable, private suite for high quality MRI diagnostic testing. Board-certified radiologists who specialize in orthopaedics perform same-day readings for all exams, providing reports back to the ordering physician (a physician’s order is required for MRI testing).

A physician’s order is required for MRI services, either from your own physician or from one of the specialists here at KCOI. Our hours of operation are:
• Monday-Friday, 6:45 am to 9:30 pm
• Saturday, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

What types of rehabilitation services does KCOI provide?
KCOI offers a full range of physical rehabilitation therapy services, including:

• Physical therapy
• Occupational therapy
• Hand therapy (provided by certified hand therapists)
• One-on-one treatment sessions
• Work conditioning
• Functional capacity evaluations
• Sports medicine
• Running specialists
• Manually trained therapists
• ASTYM certified therapists

KCOI’s outpatient rehabilitation center is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information, please call 913-253-8980.

What is sports medicine?
Many of our board-certified and fellowship trained physicians specialize in sports medicine, the branch of medicine that involves treatment and prevention of injury resulting from athletic activities. Our doctors work collaboratively with physical and occupational therapists to provide customized, comprehensive medical care for these and other conditions caused by strenuous physical activity:

• Shoulder and elbow fractures, sprains, torn ligaments and separations (dislocated joints)
• Hand and wrist fractures and sprains
• Knee fractures, sprains and ligament problems (including torn ACL repair)
• Leg, foot and ankle fractures and sprains
• Hip pain

How do I know if I need hip replacement surgery?
If hip pain interferes with your ability to perform routine activities like getting dressed, showering, walking, and even getting in and out of bed, then your quality of life is being affected. Likewise, if hip pain prohibits you from conducting your business and job functions as needed, or if you need medication to sleep at night because your pain is so severe, consider talking to an orthopaedic surgeon to see if hip replacement surgery is right for you.

Surgeons typically recommend total hip surgery only when non-surgical treatment methods have been exhausted. Depending on your age and the extent of tissue and cartilage damage, your surgeon may suggest arthroscopy or a partial hip replacement before a total hip.

How do I know if I need knee replacement surgery?
If you have difficulty carrying out everyday activities because bending, squatting, kneeling and walking cause too much knee pain, then you may have arthritis of some kind. Osteoarthritis is the most diagnosis that leads to knee replacement surgery, though other conditions and traumatic knee injuries can result in knee replacements as well.

Depending on the extent of your knee problems, your doctor may suggest non-surgical treatments – such as medication, injections, braces, and physical therapy – before recommending surgery. If non-surgical treatment methods don’t help you recover some knee function, your surgeon will determine if a knee replacement is right for you.


Located near I-435 and State Line Road, KCOI offers convenience for patients in Leawood, Overland Park, Lenexa, Lee’s Summit and surrounding areas in the Kansas City metro. Call 913-338-4100 for more information.