Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery
Accepting New Patients
Languages: English, Spanish, Swedish
Practice Philosophy: I aim to achieve the best results for my patients, while minimizing the risk of complications and getting patients back in the game as fast as possible. Being an athlete myself provides me with a unique perspective to understand my patients’ desire to get back to their athletic pursuits and life goals. I have dedicated my career to providing high quality, comprehensive care to patients. It is a privilege to work in a field of medicine that I am truly passionate about and to serve people in our community.
Professional School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Residency: University of Michigan
Fellowship: University of Colorado
Babazadeh S, Kraeutler MJ, Garabekyan T, Welton KL, Mei-Dan O. Longitudinal versus transverse hip arthroscopy portal cosmesis: a case-control trial of simultaneous bilateral cases. Journal of hip preservation surgery. 2019;6(3):265-70.
Mei-Dan O, Welton KL, Kraeutler MJ, Young DA, Raju S, Garabekyan T. The CU PAO: A Minimally Invasive, 2-Incision, Interlocking Periacetabular Osteotomy: Technique and Early Results. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Aug 21;101(16):1495-1504. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.19.00005.
Welton KL, Garabekyan T, Kraeutler MJ, Vogel-Abernathie LA, Raible D, Goodrich JA, Mei-Dan O. Effects of Hip Arthroscopy Without a Perineal Post on Venous Blood Flow, Muscle Damage, Peripheral Nerve Conduction, and Perineal Injury: A Prospective Study. Am J Sports Med. 2019 Jul;47(8):1931-1938. doi: 10.1177/0363546519849663. Epub 2019 May 24.
Welton KL, Jesse MK, Genuario J, Mei-Dan O. Distal Adductor Longus Avulsion: A Technique for Successful Repair. Arthrosc Tech. 2019 May 23;8(6):e617-e622. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2019.02.005. eCollection 2019 Jun.
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K. Linnea Welton, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with specialty training in sports medicine and hip preservation. She is one of few surgeons who can perform complex hip arthroscopy and one of even fewer who perform complex realignment procedures of the pelvis and femur.
By using a minimally-invasive approach, Dr. Welton can reduce trauma to surrounding tissues, resulting in smaller surgical scars. Her research in the field of hip preservation has focused on the development of many surgical improvements and she continues to strive toward improving the standards in the field. Away from work, she is an avid backcountry skier, mountaineer and rock climber who also enjoys paddleboarding, gardening and cooking.
The conditions Dr. Welton treats include: