Minimally Invasive Surgery

Total Hip Replacement THR and Total Knee Replacement TKR are very successful surgical treatment for arthritis of the hip and knee respectively.

Over the last several years hip and knee replacement surgery has evolved to a Minimally Invasive technique.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement are

  • Less tissue trauma – muscles and tendons are avoided or separated, not cut
  • Faster and less painful rehabilitation
  • Smaller incisions and less scarring – two incisions of 1½ to 2 inches each, rather than one 10- to 12-inch incision
  • Shorter hospital stay – 1-2 days (vs. 3-5 days); some patients go home in less than 24 hours
  • Reduced blood loss and less need for pre-surgery blood donation
  • Faster return to work and daily activities
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Minimally Invasive Knee
Replacement Incisions

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Minimally Invasive Hip
Replacement Incisions

Minimally Invasive Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Minimally invasive procedures can be very advantageous in the hand and upper extremity. Arthoscopic procedures within the hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder can allow better visualization of pathology and limit dissection. This can shorten recovery and improve outcomes in the appropriate patient. SDOA surgeons are skilled in arthroscopic procedures of the upper extremity. We are skilled in other minimally invasive surgical techniques such as percutaneous needle aponeurotmy for Dupuytren’s Contracture which has been a very successful surgical alternative for this problem.

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4060 4th Avenue
7th Floor
San Diego, CA 92103

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1665 South Imperial Avenue
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El Centro, CA 92243

COVID-19 Updates

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To provide options for our patients during these uncertain times, we are offering both in-office visits for new and established patients, and TeleHealth visits for our established patients.  To schedule an office visit or a TeleHealth visit, please call 619-299-8500, option 2.

Patient/Visitor Guideline Update

In an effort to minimize the risk of COVID transmission, provide a safer environment and promote social distancing, we are asking that patients avoid bringing visitors to their appointment. We are only allowing the patient into the waiting room and exam rooms. Additionally, we are respectfully asking that children not accompany any adult patient unless there is a medical necessity.

We are also requiring that any patient or visitor wear a face covering before entering our facility. Thank you for understanding and for helping us keep you and your greater community healthy.

Ensuring Your Safety

The safety of our patients and staff are top priority.  We are following strict disinfection protocols and continuously monitoring CDC guidelines and updates. We perform daily temperature checks on all staff and visitors, and require that staff members showing any symptoms stay at home to get well. We continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and alter our operations accordingly. 

As always, we appreciate our patients and thank you for your patience during this difficult time. We wish you and your families good health, now and always.

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