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Orthopedics

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Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. In other words, orthopedics focuses on the musculoskeletal system. There are a few medical professionals who practice non-surgical orthopedics such as sports medicine or physical medicine.

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Some of the most common health issues and diseases the orthopedists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital encounter on a daily basis are arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and joint pain. With years or even decades of professional experience, our orthopedists will provide you with a thorough health assessment, which will ultimately allow them to assign you a correct and precise diagnosis. Subsequently, they will present you with the safest, as well as the most effective, treatment options. For instance, if your mobility is limited by arthritis, injury, or joint pain, our medical experts can restore your health and your independence. Afterward, you can live a free and carefree life once again, regardless of your age or the orthopedic condition you were struggling with.

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we employ a wide range of treatments for orthopedic problems, from non-invasive treatments to surgery. We are proud to say that our team of orthopedists is highly skilled, as they underwent extensive training and have the necessary expertise to assign a precise diagnosis, as well as to recommend the best treatment approach for you.

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Every year, our surgeons, orthopedic nurses, and rehabilitation therapists restore the health of the musculoskeletal system of hundreds of patients. It is important to know that if you have one or multiple fractures that require immediate medical attention, our orthopedic surgeons are ready to perform the procedures you need to remediate your health problems. For this reason, our team of orthopedists has a close relationship with the Department of Plastic Surgery, the Department of Neurosurgery, and the Department of Vascular Surgery, since a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals may need to attend to a complex orthopedic case. If, however, you do not have any emergency and your orthopedic problem can wait, you can benefit from minimally invasive surgery, which can be performed at our hospital by virtue of the Da Vinci Si Surgical System, a robotic platform. The benefits of this type of surgery are numerous, including:

  • decreased blood loss
  • lower risk of complications
  • shorter recovery time
  • tiny incisions
  • minimal scarring
  • reduced pain and discomfort

Nonetheless, it is important to know that not everyone is a good candidate for robotic surgery. After a complete evaluation, our orthopedists will be able to tell you with certainty whether you qualify for robotic surgery. The reason not everyone can safely undergo robotic surgery is that certain health problems involving bones and muscles require a traditional surgical approach due to the extent of the damage. For a thorough assessment of the health of your musculoskeletal system, we strongly encourage you to visit the Department of Orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most frequently performed orthopedic surgeries at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are as follows: arthroscopy of the knee and meniscectomy, arthroscopy of the shoulder and decompression, carpal tunnel release, chondroplasty, removal of support implant, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, knee replacement, repair of the femoral neck fracture, repair of the trochanteric fracture and total joint hip replacement.

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You should be able to stop using your walking frame or crutches and get back to your normal leisure activities within six weeks after the surgery. However, it can take up to three months for the pain to settle down and up to a year for a complete recovery.

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A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL), and a torn meniscus are very common injuries regarding the knee. They appear during sports activities that involve twisting, bending, or fast changing of direction.

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The most common complications and risks of orthopedic surgery include bleeding, infections, blood coagulation, nerve damage, lack of full range of motion, reaction to anesthesia, development of arthritis, scar formation, or re-injury of the joint or soft tissue.

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Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Medicare, United Healthcare, and Coventry Health Care insurance programs may cover the cost of your orthopedic surgery. Additionally, medical financing may help you afford orthopedic surgery if you do not have health insurance or if your current plan will not cover your surgical expenses entirely.

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