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At times, surgical intervention is the only way an injury or disease process can be repaired. Dr. Beim built Alpine Surgery Center in order to provide patients with safe, high quality care for their out-patient surgical needs. At a fraction of the price of hospital settings, and with the most personalized care possible, our ambulatory surgery center has been exceeding patient expectations since it opened its doors.



Sports medicine refers to the treatment (and prevention) of injuries caused by sports and exercise. In a Valley as full of outdoor enthusiasts as ours, we know how important it is to get the athlete in you moving again. Alpine Orthopaedics is the only Gunnison Valley orthopaedic care provider whose doctors are both Sports Medicine fellowship trained, and provide “on call” emergency room services for the community hospital.



Tenex is a quick, minimally-invasive procedure to treat tendon injuries. Avoid surgery with this advanced technology, which safely and effectively removes damaged tissues, allowing tendons to heal and pain to be relieved. Developed in collaboration with the MAYO Clinic, Tenex Health TX® is a breakthrough technology for the treatment of chronic tendon pain, combining ultrasound and TX MicroTip technology to eliminate pain. We also offer PRP and diagnostic ultrasound.


Our Specialties



The shoulder is a large and complex joint, vulnerable to injury and overuse with sports, exercise, and physical activity. The main parts of the shoulder include the humerus, scapula, acromion, clavicle, and coracoid process. Injuries to the shoulder joint that we specialize in include:

  • Instability, dislocations, fractures

  • Rotator cuff tears 

  • Overuse tendinitis 



Elbow injuries can be caused by overuse, a direct blow, or landing on the joint in such a way that it is forced beyond its normal limits. The doctors at Alpine Orthopaedics often treat elbow:

  • Fractures 

  • Sprains/strains

  • Hyperextensions & Dislocations 



The 27 small bones in the hand, in addition to the radius and ulna of the forearm, and a complex system of muscles, tendons and ligaments, are what allow our hands and wrists move with so much range, strength, and precision. Given that outstretching our arms when falling is a natural protective reaction of the body, many sports make our wrists and hands vulnerable to injury.

  • Complex fractures

  • Sprains

  • Cartilage tears



In a healthy person, the hips are very stable (and very important) joints. Overuse and disease can cause deterioration to these joints, however, while sports and other physical activity can lead to impact injuries to the hips. Requiring great force to damage the strong bones and connective tissue of the hip joints, these injuries can be quite painful. The hip injuries treated at Alpine Orthopaedics include:

  • Fractures

  • Dislocations

  • Labral tears



Associated with all types of movement, the knee is one of the most easily injured joints in our body (especially with skiing). The knee is also one of the the largest and most complex joints in the body, comprised of important bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bursae. While Alpine Orthopaedics treats a number of knee conditions - including fractures, dislocations, sprains, and ligament injuries - some of the most common are:

  • ACL tears

  • Meniscous tears

  • Overuse tendinitis



These frequently occurring musculoskeletal injuries often result from twisting, jerking, or landing with force, causing the joint to bend at an abnormal angle. Like other sports medicine injuries, pain of the foot or ankle can result from damage to bones, ligaments, tendons - or a combination of these - and can range in severity from mild to severe.

  • Sprains/strains

  • Fractures

  • Overuse injuries (tendinitis)

  • Tendon ruptures



There are 360 joints - intersections of bones that allow movement - in the human body. Be it through disease, wear, or acute injury, joints can be become damaged, often causing pain and prohibiting full range(s) of motion. While the doctors at Alpine Orthopaedics will try to treat a joint conservatively at first, at times, joint replacement (total or partial) may be the only option. In this surgical procedure, damaged joints (or parts of a joint) are removed, and replaced with a prosthesis. Doctors Beim and Clifton often provide joint replacements for:

  • Knees

  • Hips

  • Shoulders


Alpine Surgery Center

The state-of-the-art Alpine Surgery Center was built in 2006 by Dr. Gloria Beim with the goal of providing our community with an outstanding experience for out-patient orthopaedic surgery. Our surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in knee, shoulder, hand and arthroscopic surgery and use their exceptional knowledge and experience to exceed the expectations of those we serve.

The Alpine Surgery Center not only exceeds the national average for the 5 Outcome of Care Measures tracked by ASCA in specialty and non-specialty ambulatory surgery centers for 2014 , we are in the 100th percentile


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