Orthopedics


Dignity Health facilities offer world class interventional and surgical services with outstanding clinical outcomes.

At Dignity Health, the orthopedic service line provides specialty care for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, general joint pain, diseases and injuries of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves, spine conditions, and sports injuries.

While most diagnostic and treatment procedures are done as outpatients, joint replacements are the most often performed elective inpatient surgeries. Dignity Health facilities offer the most advanced joint replacement surgeries with excellent results. Pre-surgical education and post-surgical rehabilitation services prepare patients to return to their previous active lifestyles. Board certified and Fellowship trained surgeons perform surgeries with state-of-art equipment and techniques that minimizes pain, restores function and speeds recovery.

Comprehensive Services:

The care of the patient is supported by a multidisciplinary team comprised of specialists who are devoted to diagnosing and treating problems of the spine, bones, joints, cartilage and ligaments. The personalized treatment team may include a surgeon, case manager, physical therapist, occupational therapist and nurses who are certified in advanced orthopedic care. In some cases, Hospitalists work closely with the surgeons to attend to medical and chronic health conditions. Physical therapists help the patients in early mobility after surgery. Case managers coordinate the patient’s discharge. In-home and outpatient rehabilitation are offered which help patients return to their previous function quickly.

Procedures performed in Dignity Health Orthopedic Centers of Excellence:

  • Anterior Hip Replacement - The less invasive approach allows surgeons to make one small incision and work between muscles and ligaments to replace the hip rather than cutting through or detaching them. This means a smaller incision, faster recovery, reduced pain, and much more rapid return to normal activities than with conventional hip replacement surgery.
  • Conventional Hip Replacement – For patients for whom posterior or lateral approaches are indicated.
  • Kinematically Aligned Knee Replacement - Kinematic alignment ‘customizes’ the placement of the implants to the unique anatomy of each patient’s knee, which quickens recovery, and provides better satisfaction, pain relief, function, and flexion than traditional or mechanically aligned TKR.
  • Bicruciate Retaining Procedure - This procedure enables surgeons to preserve the anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments when they are healthy, which results in more natural functions for the knee.
  • Sensor-assisted Knee Replacements - Sensors replace standard plastic tibial spacers to wirelessly transmit real-time information to a computer screen enabling surgeons to accurately guide the implant into place.
  • MAKOplasty - A robotic arm-assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. The MAKO system makes a relatively small incision and removes only the arthritic tissue. An implant replaces the lost bone tissue, providing a smooth artificial surface with a shape and fit customized precisely to the patient’s unique anatomy.
  • Uni-compartmental knees surgeries – Patients are discharged typically the same day.
  • Total Shoulder Replacement and Reverse Total Shoulder procedures
  • Total Ankle Replacement (Star Ankle)
  • Foot and ankle surgeries
  • Hand, wrist and elbow surgeries
  • Sports injury procedures
  • Minimally Invasive arthroscopy for rotator cuff repair, anterior cruciate ligament tears, meniscus tear, etc.
  • Podiatry and trauma care