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What Moves You

Where Does It Hurt?

If you're suffering from bone or joint pain, even small tasks can feel like monumental challenges. If pain is keeping you from doing things you love, it may be time to consider medical treatment.



The knee is the largest joint in the body and has a big job. The bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments that make up the knee are why you can sit, walk, stand and jump.

As many as one in four adults suffer from chronic knee pain, most often caused by osteoarthritis. However, there are ways to help ease the ache.

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The hip joint supports your body's weight and helps it move the upper legs to walk, climb stairs and even swing at a golf ball.

While you might think you're too young to be concerned about hip pain, the condition is common for people of all ages. In fact, at least 24% of American adults have arthritis - a major cause of hip pain. So, if you're having trouble moving, we can help.

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While the shoulder joint has the best range of motion, it also has the least stability, making it prone to injury. This can become a problem if your shoulder hurts too much to cross your arms, lift your children or grandchildren, or even shrug.

Shoulder pain and injury can worsen over time, so it's important to talk with a doctor early on, when the injury is most treatable.

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Back • Spine

Our back muscles and spine keep us upright and help us control our head, neck, shoulders, arms and legs. Parts of the back also work together to help us bend, sit, stand, twist and even walk.

Up to 80% of Americans experience back pain in their lifetimes, but working with an orthopedic team can help you determine the cause and treatment options.

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Foot & Ankle

The American Podiatric Medical Association reports 77% of adults have experienced foot pain. Still, many don't seek help for the 26 bones, 30 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that make up the foot.

While it might sound complicated, isn't it worth finding out more to regain your balance and mobility?

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Hand • Wrist • Elbow

If your hand, wrist or elbow hurts, chances are you fell or suffered an overuse injury. In fact, up to 50% of all hand and wrist injuries are from overuse during sports, hobbies like gardening or even work - such as frequent or repetitive computer use. Other conditions, such as arthritis, also can cause upper extremity pain.

Whether it's injury, overuse or something else, talking to a specialist can help you discover the source of your pain.

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Joint Pain

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Joint Replacement

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Meet The

Meet the orthopedic physicians who perform surgery at Santa Rosa Medical Center.

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Why Choose Us

Santa Rosa Medical Center offers a range of diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitative services for injuries and disorders of the skeletal system and associated bones, joints, tendons, muscles, ligaments and nerves. Our program brings together a team of knowledgeable joint replacement surgical specialists with compassionate and specially trained nurses, therapists and technicians committed to providing seamless, coordinated orthopedic care. Board-certified orthopaedic specialists provide customized treatment plans that may include exercise, physical therapy, medication, preventive care and more. From sports injuries to sprains, strains and fractures, Santa Rosa Medical Center is dedicated to helping you return to your active lifestyle. If further care is needed, the team can handle a wide range of conditions from a torn muscle or broken bone to total joint replacement.


Caring for the Parts That Keep You Moving

We offer specialized orthopedic care for:

  • Hips and knees
  • Foot and ankle
  • Spine
  • Upper extremities - shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist
  • Arthritis
  • Sports medicine
  • Pain management

Surgeons at Santa Rosa Medical Center perform the following procedures:

  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Foot/ankle surgery
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is orthopedics, and how do I choose an orthopedic surgeon?

Orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on diagnosing and treating injuries, diseases and disorders affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. Collectively, these parts of the body are also known as the musculoskeletal system.

Choosing an orthopedic surgeon is an important decision that requires careful consideration. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Does the provider have experience treating your specific condition and the appropriate education and credentials?
  • Does your insurance provider cover the services of this provider?
  • Are there any patient reviews and other feedback available online that may give you an idea of what the care experience would be like with this provider?
  • Have you considered recommendations from family, friends or your primary care provider?

Regardless of other factors, we recommend selecting someone with whom you feel comfortable communicating. A good surgeon will take the time to answer your questions and explain possible treatment options in a way that you can understand.

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What is minimally invasive joint replacement surgery?

Minimally invasive joint replacement surgery is an orthopedic procedure used to treat pain, stiffness and disability caused by various joint-related problems. The benefits of minimally invasive joint replacement surgery include a shorter recovery time, less pain, less risk of infection and reduced scarring than traditional, open surgery.

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Is joint replacement surgery the only option for my joint pain?

Surgery is often a treatment for joint pain, but it is not the only option, nor the first option usually recommended. Other therapies may provide relief depending on the cause and severity of your joint pain. Conservative, non-surgical treatments include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections and lifestyle changes that may be sufficient to address your joint pain. However, if these treatments are ineffective, surgery may be the best course to reduce pain and improve joint function.

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Are there weight requirements for joint replacement surgery?

A healthy weight is often recommended before surgery. Studies indicate that patients with a BMI of 30 or higher are almost twice as likely to experience joint replacement complications than those with BMIs under 30. However, weight is not the only factor determining if someone is a good candidate for joint replacement surgery. Other factors such as age, activity level, lifestyle and the patient's overall health are considered by the orthopedic surgeon.

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What is the cost of joint replacement surgery, and will my insurance cover that cost?

Out-of-pocket costs vary from patient to patient for many complex reasons, including the services provided and differences in insurance coverage and plans. Please contact us before scheduling surgery to obtain the most accurate cost estimate, information about our financial assistance programs and a better understanding of your insurance coverage. We also offer an online price estimator.

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Following a joint replacement surgery, will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?

Though length of time needed can differ by procedure, many joint surgeries generally take one to three hours. Hospital stays vary depending on the patient, but returning home on the day of your surgery is possible for patients who are healthy enough. Your care team will advise you about how best to prepare for your surgery and if your case requires you to stay overnight for treatment and observation.

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How long does it take to heal from joint replacement surgery?

After surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room. Your orthopedic surgeon will provide you with specific instructions for post-surgery care, including taking pain medications, participating in physical therapy, using assistive devices such as crutches or a walker and avoiding activities that can stress the affected joint.

Studies show most people return to sedentary jobs six to eight weeks after surgery. For more strenuous jobs, people often return in eight to 12 weeks. Your post-surgical care depends upon the procedure, and your care team will advise you on specific activities to avoid. This can include sleep and sitting positions, particular movements and high-impact sports.

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What are the risks of joint replacement surgery?

While most surgery patients experience little-to-no complications, any surgery has risks of infection, blood clotting or nerve damage. Let your surgeon know if you fall into risk categories due to smoking, heart issues or allergies.

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