An estimated 126.6 million Americans (one in two adults) are affected by a musculoskeletal condition–comparable to the total percentage of Americans living with a chronic lung or heart condition–costing an estimated $213 billion in annual treatment, care and lost wages (USBJI, 2016)

Robotic Orthopaedic Institute St George

Gregory J Hicken, MD FAAOS
Craig Degen, PA-C

Jeffrey Hicken, DC
Ben Toolson, DPT
Tammy Shumway, CMT

Ryan Ortez, MA-C Office Manager

Maria K Todd PhD MHA (Administrator/Paralegal)

Robotic Orthopaedic Institute St George in Washington county, UT, a state-of-the-art orthopaedic surgery clinic offering the latest in robotic technology. We specialize in minimally-invasive surgery, with the goal of faster recoveries, low-opioid pain management and improved patient outcomes
Direct Anterior Robotic
Hip Replacement
Total & Partial Knee Replacement
Total & Reverse Shoulder Replacement
Sports Medicine & Performance Improvement

"Dr Hicken and the staff of ROI in in St George, UT provided me with the best orthopaedic care I've had. The staff was amazing, friendly, and went out of their way to help me plan and recover from surgery and stay connected via telehealth. I highly recommend them!"

- Shoulder Patient from Idaho

Welcome to Robotic Orthopaedic Institute at the Coral Desert Health Center, is Southern Utah’s premier multispecialty musculoskeletal treatment  and joint replacement expert Institute in St. George, Utah. We attract patients from every state and several foreign countries to be treated by our experts.  

Your musculoskeletal system is vital for your quality of life, consisting of your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Any problem in these areas can greatly impact your daily routine, cause pain, and limit mobility.

Southern Utah’s ONLY Robotic Joint Replacement Specialist

As the leading robotic hip and knee replacement clinic in St. George, Utah, we specialize in providing most advanced treatment for osteoarthritis and most other musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis. 

Medical Travel 

We coordinate your travel to and from the Institute, accommodations, and your care back home after treatment. Often, we can arrange to have you flown directly to St George through a non-profit association with which we collaborate at no charge to you or your insurance company.


We also offer face-to-face telehealth appointments with our providers at the same prices as office visits if you live too far away to come back to us for every appointment. Should the need arise to perform hands-on treatment, we’ll help with travel arrangements to get you here and back home.

Conditions Treated:

  • Shoulder
  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Foot & Ankle
  • Hand & Wrist
  • Neck and Back
  • Adolescent & Pediatrics

Second Opinions:

  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Defense
  • Work Comp
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Return-to-Work Readiness

Financing is available from:

  • Smart Health Pay Card
  • Care Credit

Languages Spoken at the Institute

We can communicate in the following languages at the Institute:

  • Hablamos español (Spanish)
  • Nós falamos português (Portuguese)
  • Nous parlons français (French)
  • Wir sprechen Deutsch (German)
  • Mi magyarul beszélünk Hungarian)
  • Μιλάμε ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Мы говорим по-русски (Russian)
  • 私たちは日本語を話しま す (Japanese)
  • 我们说普通话 (Mandarin)
  • 우리는 한국어를 말해요 (Korean)
  • ما به فارسی صحبت می‌کنیم (Arabic)
  • ہم اردو بولتے ہیں  (Urdu)
  • हम हिंदी बोलते हैं (Hindi)
  • نحن نتحدث العربية (Farsi)
  • אנחנו מדברים עברית (Hebrew)

We Welcome:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Performing Arts Medicine
  • Self-pay / Cash pay
  • HMO/PPO patients
  • Patients injured in auto accidents
  • Fall injuries
  • Patients with work-related injuries
  • Second-opinion consultations
  • Medical travel coordinators
  • Employer-sponsored redirection programs
  • Pre-settlement funded patients

Cash Pay Discounts for our Utah, Nevada, and Idaho locations

We offer special cash pay discounts for folks with who don’t have insurance.

We coordinate patients insured by EMI, Aetna, Molina, and Select Health through our sister locations.  Dr Hicken may be able to offer surgery under those plans at his Preston, Idaho and Mesquite, Nevada locations using the same make and model robotic technology and 30-year implants.  Dr Peterson will soon be able to offer care for patients insured by these plans at other locations as well.

Ask about how we coordinate this through our St George location when you ask about an appointment for an office visit, robotic-assisted surgery, second opinion consultation, or injection. 

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