About USC Orthopaedic Surgery
At USC Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, we provide our patients with exceptional medical care in treating a wide range of orthopaedic disorders, including sports medicine, joint preservation and replacement, musculoskeletal oncology, spine disorders, fractures and traumatic care, foot and ankle disorders and hand and wrist injuries.
Our patients receive an individualized treatment plan based upon their input in a collaborative process with their physician. This shared decision-making allows us to offer the best, most appropriate and most effective care for each patient.
USC Orthopaedic Surgery physicians offer expertise across a wide range of orthopaedic specialties. We have special pain protocols and physical therapy protocols to shorten length of stay and enhance recovery from surgery. We use minimally invasive procedures and robotic surgery to restore mobility and function to our patients. We offer a blend of orthopaedic and micro surgical expertise in the treatment of hand and upper extremity disorders. Our specialists also use a multidisciplinary approach to treat patients with musculoskeletal tumors. Read More »
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Those areas I rated as "fair" were rated this way primarily because I don't yet have enough experience with this provider. Too soon to tell...Review for CHRISTOPHER CHARLES ORNELAS MD
Back and Neck Pain
Back and neck pain, which can be caused by various conditions including injuries, is treated in the USC Spine Center.
Sports-related injuries are treated by leading experts in the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine.
Professional dancers, musicians and other performers experiencing back and neck pain are treated in the USC Performing Arts Medicine Center, which is staffed by experts focused on returning patients to their craft.
Athletes and weekend warriors experiencing pain from conditions affecting the elbow, such as tennis elbow and biceps tendon tears at the elbow can seek treatment in the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine. Our sports medicine experts are skilled in the replacement and reconstruction of the elbow.
The USC Hand Center can treat a variety of conditions of the upper extremities including complex brachial plexus injuries affecting the elbow.
Tumors present in the elbow are treated in the USC Musculoskeletal Oncology Center.
Foot and Ankle
The USC Foot and Ankle Center specializes in the treatment of both common and complex foot and ankle problems from bunions and hammer toes to failed hindfoot fusions and complicated fractures.
Our foot and ankle experts also offer a unique approach in the care of professional performers needing treatment for injuries. Learn more at the USC Performing Arts Medicine Center.
Fracture and Trauma
The Trauma and Fracture Care Center treats simple and complex fractures of all parts of the body, except the hand and spine. Fracture and Trauma surgeons specialize in fractures that do not heal or heal out of proper alignment, deformity correction and microvascular reconstruction.
Hand fractures and trauma are treated in the USC Hand Center.
Fractures of the spine are treated in the USC Spine Center.
The USC Hand Center team specializes in upper extremity reconstruction, reconstructive replantation of the upper extremity, and vascularized bone and functional muscle transfers. Common conditions treated include carpal tunnel, trigger finger and fractures of the wrist and elbow.
Tumors present in the hand are treated in the USC Musculoskeletal Oncology Center.
Conditions affecting the hip such as arthritis and hip impingement are treated in the USC Joint Preservation and Replacement Center, which specializes in conservative management of these conditions as well as total hip replacement and hip resurfacing.
Hip injuries related to physical activity are treated in the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine.
Hip injuries specifically related to performers of all kinds, such as hip labral tears, found commonly among dancers, are treated in the USC Performing Arts Medicine Center.
The USC Joint Preservation and Replacement Center prides itself in the ability to provide the appropriate level of care for each specific condition, focusing on joint preservation of the hip and knee whenever possible.
Experts in the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine, who treat sports-related injuries of the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow and neck, specialize in cartilage restoration and preservation.
Our orthopaedic surgeons treat conditions conservatively, only replacing joints when necessary. The USC Joint Preservation and Replacement Center is staffed with among the most experienced surgeons in the region for the both total and partial replacement of the hip and knee.
Surgeons in the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine are leading experts in shoulder and elbow replacement and reconstruction.
Conditions affecting the knee such as arthritis and osteonecrosis are treated in the USC Joint Preservation and Replacement Center, which specializes in conservative management of these conditions and partial and total knee replacement surgery.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), collateral ligament and meniscal tears and other common sports injuries to the knee are treated in the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine. Performers suffering from a knee injury, eager to return to their craft as quickly as possible are treated in the USC Performing Arts Medicine Center.
Tumors present in the knee are treated in the USC Musculoskeletal Oncology Center.
The USC Musculoskeletal Oncology Center at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles offers comprehensive care for the treatment of rare and complex musculoskeletal tumors. Despite the rarity of these tumors, our center is active, high-volume and staffed by a very experienced team who offer a wide variety of options in the treatment of these conditions.
A wide range of conditions affecting the shoulder including joint pain, arthritis, frozen shoulder and labral tears are treated at the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine. Our sports medicine experts are skilled in the replacement and reconstruction of the shoulder.
As leading authorites in reconstructive surgery, the USC Hand Center can treat complex brachial plexus injuries.
Performers suffering a shoulder injury may seek treatment in the USC Performing Arts Medicine Center.
Tumors present in the shoulder are treated in the USC Musculoskeletal Oncology Center.
At the USC Spine Center, our experts provide some of the best non-surgical and surgical approaches to alleviate pain and restore function and mobility. The center is staffed with an experienced group of spine surgeons – both neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons – who are committed to providing appropriate and individual spine care. Our physicians are accomplished in performing a full range of spine surgical procedures from minimally invasive to the most complex.
The USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine specializes in treating sports-related and recreational injuries affecting the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow and neck. Our surgeons in the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine are not only leading experts in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and management of shoulder instability, they also perform shoulder and elbow replacement and reconstruction, and rotator cuff.
Foot and ankle injuries, including stress fractures and ankle sprains, are treated in the USC Foot and Ankle Center. Our experts specialize in minimally invasive Achilles tendon repair, a procedure not widely available in the community.
Foot and Ankle Center »
Hand Center »
Joint Preservation and Replacement Center »
Musculoskeletal Oncology Center »
Performing Arts Medicine Center »
Spine Center »
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Trauma and Fracture Care Center »
Recognized for our expert care
USC Orthopaedic Surgery has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for our expertise in delivering specialty care. This distinction demonstrates our commitment to better quality and improved outcomes for our patients.
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