Patients and Family
UC Irvine Orthopaedic Surgery is home to some
of Orange County’s
most highly trained and experienced orthopaedic surgeons, nurses,
and therapists treating disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal
system. Superior comprehensive care under one roof allows patients
to achieve the highest degree of functional outcome possible.
surgeons have received top awards for their work and authored
more than hundreds of peer-reviewed
publications in the world’s leading textbooks and journals
representing the best scholarship currently available
in the field.
Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses
on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system.
system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles,
and nerves and allows you to move, work, and be active.
devoted to the care of children with spine and limb deformities,
orthopaedists now care for patients of all ages, from athletes
requiring arthroscopic surgery to people with arthritis who
need a joint replacement. And anybody can break a bone.
surgeons manage special problems of the musculoskeletal system.
- Diagnosis of your injury or disorder
- Treatment with medication,
exercise, surgery or other treatment plans
by recommending exercises or physical therapy to restore
movement, strength and function
- Prevention with information
and treatment plans to prevent injury or slow the progression
While orthopaedic surgeons are familiar
with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many orthopaedists
specialize in certain areas, such as the foot
and ankle, spine, hand, shoulder, hip or knee. They may also choose
to focus on
specific fields like pediatrics, trauma or sports medicine. Some orthopaedic
may specialize in several areas.
We see patients at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange and at
The Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center in Costa Mesa/Newport
Appointment and General
Patient Education - Here is some useful information
on common ailments that our doctors deal with daily. For more
information please click on any topic and it will redirect you
to a link with more information on that given topic.
Click below to see more information...
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Foot & Ankle • Shoulder
Hand & Elbow Surgery • Spine
Spine Surgery (Educational Videos) • Trauma
Foot and Ankle - Steven
A bunion is a foot deformity that occurs
in the bone that is connected to the big toe. Bunions are
most commonly caused by wearing narrow or unfit shoes for
a long period of time. There are many different non-surgical
treatments that are used but 85-90 percent of patients
that undergo bunion surgery are satisfied with their results.
Achilles tendon is the largest tendon
in the human body and can withstand forces up to 1, 000
pounds. This happens to be the most frequent tendon that
gets ruptured due to overuse and inflammation of the tendon.
This can be treated by rest, anti-inflammatory medication,
and in some extreme cases surgery.
Sprained Ankles are a very common injury that approximately
25,000 people each day experience. This type of injury
can occur for anyone that may associate themselves with
physical activity or any other type of activity where
the foot can twist, roll or turn beyond its normal motion.
Surgical treatment is rare for this type of injury but
treatment can vary within each person.
for foot and ankle surgery
||The following general instructions are guidelines for your
post-procedure recovery at home. Due to medication given
during your stay, you may not remember these instructions.
Therefore, you should review these instructions before your
surgery and make sure to keep a copy at home. These should
be read and understood before your surgery and you should
ask your doctor if you have any questions about these post-operating
Click HERE to download instructions.
Shoulder Surgery - Ranjan
A broken collarbone is a common aliment
found amongst children and athletes. A collarbone causes
the inability to move your arm without any pain. A broken
collarbone can be treated effectively without surgery and
can be restored to the natural movement that was once allowed.
Impingement/ Rotator Cuff Injury
A shoulder impingement is one of the
most common pains in the shoulder. This pain is a result
of pressure that is felt on both the shoulder blade and
rotator cuff. Pain is often felt when the shoulder is at
rest and when in activity. Non-surgical and surgical treatments
vary from patient to patient.
||Shoulder instability is a result of the shoulder when it
is forced out of its socket which is a result of a sudden
injury. There are two different forms of shoulder instability
which include subluxations and dislocations. Both surgical
and non-surgical methods are used to treat this type of injury.
of the Shoulder
There are three different types of arthritis of the
shoulder. The types include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid
Arthritis, and Posttraumatic Arthritis. This can be treated
by both surgical and non-surgical treatment depending
on the patient.
Hand & Elbow Surgery - Ranjan
Gupta, MD - Neil
F. Jones, MD - Greg
Rafijah , MD
Hand numbness and pain is more commonly caused by carpal
tunnel. This happens as a result of swelling and pressure
on the median nerve. The most common causes of carpal
tunnel are heredity, extensive use of the hand, and repetitive
use of the hand and wrist. This can be treated with medication,
a splint or brace, and in some severe cases surgery may
||A trigger finger occurs when the motion of the tendon that
opens and closes the finger is limited, causing the finger
to lock or catch as the finger is extended. Trigger fingers
are more common in women than men. They occur most frequently
in people who are between the ages of 40 and 60 years of
age. Trigger fingers are more common in people with certain
medical problems, such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Distal radius fractures are very common. In fact, the
radius is the most commonly broken bone in the arm. The
break usually happens when a fall causes someone to land
on their outstretched hands. It can also happen in a car
accident, a bike accident, a skiing accident, and similar
Spine Surgery- Nitin
Bhatia, MD - P.
Douglas Kiester, MD - Charles
Rosen, MD - Yu-Po Lee, MD
Conservative spinal care is a treatment
which requires non-invasive approach which can include
medication or even less invasive approach to surgery. The
amount of time in which conservative care is used varies
within each patient.
|Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery is a type
of surgery performed through small incisions and usually
requires small cameras. This type of surgery has been introduced
to reduce the amount of recovery time and minimize the
scars that are created during surgery.
Lumbar spine stenosis is a narrowing
of the lumbar spinal canal. The narrowing of the spinal
canal is caused by a thickening of the spinal canal due
to arthritis. This can be treated with physical therapy,
cortisone shots, anti-inflammatory medications, and in
some cases surgery.
About 2% of the population is affected
by scoliosis. Scoliosis is seen more likely between girls
than boys. Scoliosis is where the spine is bent beyond
its natural curves and can contribute to poor posture.
Scoliosis cannot be corrected by standing straight, it
can however be corrected with an orthopedic brace or in
extreme case surgery can correct this problem.
Cervical Disc with Radiculopathy
Herniated cervical disc is when cervical
disk breaks producing pressure on the nerve that exists
within the spinal column. The nerve then becomes irritated,
swollen and inflamed. Treatment can vary from medication,
limited activity, physical therapy, and surgery depending
on the patient.
Herniation Disc with Radiculopathy
A disk herniation is when part of the center nucleus
gets ruptured and pushes through the outer edge of the
disk and toward the spinal canal causing pressure on
the nerve. This can be a result from sudden pressure,
smoking, or lifting something improperly. Treatment can
vary from rest, muscle relaxers, and surgery depending
on the patient.
Spine Surgery (Educational
Videos) - Nitin
Bhatia, MD - P.
Douglas Kiester, MD - Charles
(Pars Defect, Pars Fracture)
|Cervical Total Disc Arthroplasty
|Low Back Pain
|Cervical Disc Herniation
(Herniated disc in the neck)
|Lumbar Disc Herniation (Herniated
disc in the low back)
Trauma-Martin Tynan, MD
- Stuart Green, MD - Greg
Rafijah , MD
Osteoporosis is a disease of progressive
bone loss with an increased risk of fractures. This is
a major health problem that affects 28 million Americans
and can contribute to 1.5 million bone fractures each year.
There is not one common factor to what causes osteoporosis,
the only things that may contribute to osteoporosis is
Hip fractures are the most common broken
bone for patients over the age of 65 years old. This is
a serious health problem common among the elderly men and
women when they fall. In most cases, hospitalization and
surgery might be required.
This is the most common broken bone for patients under
the age of 65 years old. Some common symptoms of a wrist
fracture include swelling, pain in the wrist and even
deformity of the wrist. Treatments vary from patient