Our Program

The USC Joint Preservation and Replacement Center at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles offers specialized care for the preservation and replacement of the hip and knee, as well as cartilage repair.
Our orthopaedic surgeons provide relief for patients from diagnoses through rehabilitation for conditions such as arthritis, damaged cartilage and hip impingement. Using the latest advances in surgery such as robotic surgery, our surgeons can perform minimally invasive procedures to help speed recovery time.

The USC Joint Preservation and Replacement Center has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center, a center recognized for its expertise in delivering specialty care by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Our Approach

We pride ourselves in the ability to provide the appropriate level of care for each specific condition, preserving the joint whenever possible and replacing the joint when necessary. Our program is multidisciplinary and our orthopaedic surgeons work with primary care physicians, anesthesiologists and other subspecialists in the medical field to ensure that our patients are placed in the best path toward success.

Unique aspects of our program include:

  • Pain Management Protocol – Our patients take pain medications prior to undergoing joint replacement procedures, including the morning of the procedure. In addition, pain medication is injected into the joint prior to joint replacement procedures, so that typically, our patients do not feel pain following the procedure. USC orthopaedic surgeons generally use spinal anesthesia rather than general, which is less risky and allows for quicker recovery.
  • Post operative Protocol – In most cases, our patients are in physical therapy the day of surgery, which allows them to go home one or two days after surgery, depending on the treatment given and the patient’s overall health. We’re focused on returning our patients back to an active lifestyle.
  • Physical Therapy – Physical therapists are actively involved in returning you to an active lifestyle. They are involved in the both conservative management of your condition and rehabilitation following surgery. A physical therapy program will be designed to meet your specific need.

Keck Medicine of USC orthopaedic surgeons are among the most experienced in the region, having performed more than 2,000 joint preservation and replacement procedures in the past two years. Staffed by surgeons with specialization in joint preservation and replacement, the center focuses on giving patients the highest level of care.

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Our orthopaedic physical therapists use specialized skills to assess and treat musculoskeletal injury and illness, prevent pain or further damage, train different muscles to compensate for ones that have been damaged and, ultimately, restore the patient’s ability to work, play and live as normally as possible. Orthopedic physical therapy is provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis by therapists who are certified in this specialty. This means that they not only are licensed physical therapists, but also have met rigorous national standards of education, experience and clinical expertise in the specialty of orthopedics.

Orthopaedic physical therapy can benefit patients with a wide range of injuries or disorders, including:

  • Post-operative joint replacement
  • Hip and/or pelvic pain
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)

After a thorough assessment to identify the source of your pain or mobility problem, we will design a treatment program tailored to your unique needs, utilizing a range of treatments. For more information, click here.

Support Information

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
http://www.aaos.org

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
http://www.aofas.org

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
http://www.sportsmed.org

International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
http://www.isakos.com

Orthogate – The Gateway to the Orthopaedic Internet
http://www.orthogate.com

Our Physicians

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Norris Healthcare Center HC3
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC – Glendale
Norris Healthcare Center HC3
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Specializing In

Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee, Partial Knee Replacement

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Norris Healthcare Center HC3
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, and ligament reconstruction (ACL Surgery), Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery (rotator cuff shoulder instability), Cartilage Preservation, Knee Osteotomy, Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Norris Healthcare Center HC3
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee, Degenerative Arthritis of the Hip and Knee, Osteonecrosis of the Hip and Knee

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Norris Healthcare Center HC3
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Norris Healthcare Center HC3
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Norris Healthcare Center HC3
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Total Elbow Replacement, Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement, Hip Arthroscopy

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Norris Healthcare Center HC3
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery and Ligament Reconstruction (ACL Surgery), Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery (Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Instability), total and reverse shoulder replacement, cartilage preservation procedures.

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Practicing Locations

Norris Healthcare Center HC3
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Cartilage Preservation; Arthroscopy and open surgery of the Knee, Shoulder and Elbow

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC – Glendale
Norris Healthcare Center HC3
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Specializing In

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery and Ligament Reconstruction (ACL Surgery), Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery (Rotator Cuff Shoulder Instability), total and reverse shoulder replacement, cartilage preservation procedures, and Hip Arthroscopy