Leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery & Joint Replacement
At Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley, surgeons perform advanced and minimally invasive procedures for simple injuries and complex conditions. Our highly experienced arthroplasty surgeons perform more than 500 surgeries every year. The latest options, patient education and physical therapy can reduce complications and help you regain your active lifestyle.
What We Offer You for Orthopaedic Surgery & Joint Replacement
- Specialized expertise in treating hip and knee pain, herniated discs, degenerative conditions, arthritis, and other damage to bones, joints, muscles and tendons.
- Advanced treatment options with excellent outcomes, including minimally invasive arthroscopy and anterior approach to hip replacement to speed your recovery.
- Team-based approach, that brings together orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, orthopaedic-trained nurses, and other experts to focus on your needs.
- Comprehensive support services to help you focus on health and healing, including education before, during and after your procedure so you know what to expect.
- Ease of access to care with physical therapy integrated into your care and our Ambulatory Surgical Center offering highly specialized staff and equipment.
We’ve earned national recognition as a Blue Distinction Center®+ for Spine Surgery from Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation for medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.
Our Joint Replacement Program has earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for both Knee and Hip Replacement, and our specialists use the latest evidence-based approaches to speed recovery.
Our spinal and orthopaedic surgeons treat all conditions involving the joints, spine, back, neck, and nervous system. We thoroughly evaluate your symptoms to provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment designed to help you manage symptoms and improve your quality of life. Before surgery, we ensure that you understand your condition and all your options.
Our surgical floor includes rooms specifically designed for our orthopaedic patients. You receive care from nurses who have special orthopaedics training. As you recover, we outline a personalized plan for you, including physical therapy from our certified physical therapists. Our goal is to shorten hospital stays and recovery time and help you resume your usual activities as soon as possible.
For more information about conditions we treat, learn more about our orthopaedic and sports medicine services.
Find comprehensive care and therapy for knee pain, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sports-related injuries.
We offer a full range of orthopaedic surgeries. We always consider the most conservative approach first, and we use noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.
Our surgeons use innovative techniques that improve the safety and outcomes of spinal and other orthopaedic treatments. We have a lower rate of complications for spine surgery compared to similar-sized California hospitals, according to 2016 National Inpatient Sample. Our outcomes put us in the top quarter of similar-sized California hospitals for joint replacement.
At Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley, we’re increasingly moving from inpatient to outpatient care. Today, you can often receive care and safely go home the same day after a procedure in our Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). At the ASC, you’ll find leading-edge equipment, highly skilled staff, and pain management techniques to keep you safer and comfortable.
If you experience chronic knee pain or hip pain, joint replacement surgery can help you regain your mobility. Because our orthopaedic team performs more than 500 knee and hip replacements each year, you can rely on our expertise.
We are recognized on the West Coast as an anterior hip replacement learning center. Surgeons travel from across the country to learn this revolutionary technique from our surgical team.
Hip surgery and replacement
- Total hip replacement: Surgery to replace a painful, arthritic hip joint with an artificial hip joint (called a prosthesis) made of a combination of metals, plastic, and ceramics
- Minimally invasive hip surgery: Less-invasive surgical techniques with small incisions that offer less pain, shorter recovery times, and faster return to activity
- Anterior hip replacement: Minimally invasive hip replacement technique using a small incision in the front of your hip to avoid cutting major muscles
- Posterior (traditional) hip replacement: Procedure involving a 6- to 10-inch incision on the back of your hip, removal of damaged cartilage, and placement of an artificial hip
- Total knee replacement: Removal of all damaged bone and cartilage in your knee and replacing it with a new, artificial knee prosthesis
- Partial knee replacement (unicompartmental arthroplasty): Replacement of a section of a damaged knee for people with arthritis in only part of the knee
- Customized knee replacement: Use of personalized solutions to ensure precise sizing and alignment for better knee function
Our board-certified spine surgeons offer a breadth of treatments for all areas of the spine and can discuss the best options for you. We offer minimally invasive procedures provided by doctors who are experts in advanced therapies.
Spinal correction and reconstruction
- Complex spinal reconstruction: Surgery to repair severe spine misalignment by correcting curvatures, placing pins and rods, and fusing vertebrae, the small bones that make up the spine
- Craniovertebral junction (CVJ) reconstruction: Techniques to repair or rebuild the CVJ, a complex area where the brain and cervical spine meet
- Kyphosis correction: Surgery with spinal implants to help stabilize the spine and remove curvature
- Reconstructive peripheral nerve surgery: Procedures to repair nerve damage that can cause pain, numbness, or paralysis
- Revision surgery: Correction of problems after previous spine surgery
- Scoliosis surgery: Surgery using rods and screws to repair a curve in the spine
Spinal disc treatments
- Discectomy: Removal of all or part of a disc, the jellylike cushion between the vertebrae
- Microdiscectomy: Minimally invasive procedure, using a microscope, that removes all or part of a disc
- Minimally invasive decompression
- Motion preservation techniques
- Total disc replacement: Removal and replacement of a diseased or damaged disc with an implant to relieve nerve pain
Spinal fracture treatments
- Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar decompression: Removal of bone to relieve pressure on and pinching of spinal nerves
- Kyphoplasty: Surgical repair of a collapsed vertebra using a balloon to create space and fill it with cement
- Stabilization of spinal fractures and dislocations
- Vertebroplasty: Procedure that surgically fills a collapsed vertebra with cement
Spinal fusion and spinal stenosis care
- Cervical fusion: Surgery to join two or more vertebrae in the neck (cervical spine) using hardware or bone plus to stabilize or realign the spine
- Foraminotomy: Procedure to widen the opening where nerve roots exit the spinal canal to relieve pressure and pain, often done with a laminectomy
- Laminectomy (spinal decompression): Removal of the lamina (back side of the vertebra) to relieve pressure on nerves or the spinal cord that can occur with spinal stenosis
- Laminoplasty: Procedure that lifts the back of the vertebrae to relieve pressure without the need for hardware or joint fusion
- Lumbar fusion: Procedure joining vertebrae in the lumbar spine (lower back) to treat degenerative disc disease and prevent spinal movements that cause lower back pain
- Minimally invasive fusion techniques: Procedures using small incisions to perform spinal fusion
Spinal tumor treatments
- CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery: Robotic system that delivers targeted radiation to treat tumors along the spine, offered through our cancer program
- Open and microlaminectomy: Traditional (open) or minimally invasive (micro) surgery to treat bone spurs pressing spinal nerves
- Tumor excision and reconstruction: Procedures to remove tumors and repair damage
Support and education
We help you prepare for surgery, and we answer your questions before your procedure and throughout your stay. Our orthopaedic nurse coordinators and physical therapists provide information so you know what to expect. See our orthopedic class calendar.
Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley surgeons are pioneers in their fields. They use the latest technical advances in their specialties and perform minimally invasive surgery when appropriate, which reduces hospital stays and speeds recovery.
Minimally invasive procedures
- ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery: Endoscopic procedure (using small incisions and tiny instruments) to rebuild the ACL, a knee ligament
- Arthroscopy: Removal or repair of damaged areas of the hip, knee, or shoulder joint using small instruments and a medical scope with a light and camera
- Bursitis surgery: Removal of an inflamed bursa to relieve pain and restore movement
- Ganglion cyst treatment: Procedure to drain fluid from a cyst or remove it
- Fusion (arthrodesis): Surgery to eliminate a joint and fuse two bones to provide stability
- Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF): Two-part surgery to repair broken bones, especially joints, by repositioning the bones and fixing them in place using pins, screws, or plates
- Tendon repair or reconstruction: Surgical procedures to repair torn or damaged tendons
Surgery: Lower body
- Achilles tendon repair: Surgical repair of a partial or complete tear (rupture) in the Achilles tendon by stitching the tendon back together
- Ankle surgery: Procedures to repair ankle damage, including ankle replacement, ligament reconstruction, tendon repair, and ankle fusion
- Bunionectomy: Surgical realignment or removal of bone and soft tissue around the base of the big toe to relieve pain and restore normal joint alignment
- Hammertoe repair: Tendon release or bone removal to straighten the toe
- Knee reconstruction: Procedure to rebuild multiple knee tendons and ligaments, using tissue from elsewhere in your body or from a donor
Surgery: Upper body
- Carpal tunnel release: Open or endoscopic surgery to relieve pressure in the carpal tunnel, a narrow canal in your wrist through which nerves and tendons pass
- Hand surgery: Procedures to restore the hand’s function and appearance after changes due to trauma, arthritis, or injury, including repetitive use injury
- Tennis elbow surgery: Procedure to remove and repair injured elbow tendon
Education is an important element of our orthopaedic programs. You receive pre- and postsurgical instruction, preventive and general education about your orthopaedic injury or surgery. We offer classes and education seminars throughout the year. View our upcoming orthopaedic classes and seminars.
Your Orthopaedic Care Team
Our orthopaedic surgeons work closely together to make sure that you get complete care for any musculoskeletal condition. We meet regularly to discuss each complex case so that your care plan benefits from team members’ shared expertise and experience. With decades of experience diagnosing and treating a wide range of issues, our surgeons are often consulted for second opinions.
Doctors who specialize in orthopaedic surgery are called orthopaedic surgeons or orthopaedists. Orthopaedists have education and training in the workings of the musculoskeletal system. They diagnose conditions or disorders, identify and treat injuries, provide rehabilitation, and help prevent further damage to the musculoskeletal system. Some orthopaedic surgeons specialize in certain areas of the body, such as the hand, spine, hip, or knee) or an orthopaedic specialty, such as sports or trauma medicine.View All Orthopaedic Surgeons »
Neurosurgery Spine Specialists
Neurosurgery spine specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating conditions involving the nervous system, brain, and spinal cord. Our specialists have extensive training and experience managing all spinal conditions, even the most complex.View All Neurosurgery Spine Specialists »
Orthopaedic Spine Specialists
Orthopaedic spine specialists excel in diagnosing and surgically treating conditions involving the musculoskeletal system, with an emphasis on the spine and spinal cord. Our orthopaedic specialists are highly trained and experienced in treating a wide range of spinal conditions.View All Orthopaedic Spine Specialists »
A neuroradiologist uses imaging studies such as CT scans and MRIs to diagnose conditions of the central nervous system, head, neck, and spine. You may not meet your radiologist, because these doctors usually work behind the scenes to determine your diagnosis.View All Neuroradiologists »
Endocrinologists are specialists in the body’s endocrine system, which includes glands throughout your body that produce hormones. Hormonal changes related to aging or endocrine gland diseases can cause conditions such as osteoporosis, which may result in bone and spine fractures.View All Endocrinologists »
Neuro-oncologists specialize in diagnosing and treating brain and spinal cord cancer. They treat these cancers using medications including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and biologic therapy (targeted therapy and immunotherapy). Neuro-oncologists often serve as your main health care provider, coordinating your treatment among several specialists.View All Neuro-oncologists »
Extended Care Team
Occupational therapy is a health care profession that uses “occupation,” or purposeful activity, to help people with physical, developmental, or emotional challenges. They teach people new ways to perform tasks to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. They coordinate individual or group treatment, taking disabilities or injuries into consideration. Occupational therapists, or OTs, have graduate-level training and must pass a national exam to be certified to practice.
Physical therapy focuses on the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and cardiopulmonary systems of the human body, as these systems relate to human motion and function. Physical therapists, or PTs, evaluate and provide treatment for people with health problems resulting from injury, disease, or overuse of muscles or tendons. PTs have an undergraduate degree in physical therapy, and many have a master’s or doctorate degree. They must pass a national certification exam to obtain state licensure.
We help with the details so you can focus on your health and wellness. We offer a range of patient services and helpful information to coordinate the various aspects of your care:
Orthopaedic surgeons, spine surgeons, specially trained orthopaedic nurses, and physical therapists guide your surgical treatment plan. You benefit from precise options to relieve pain and restore function with the goal of helping you return to an active life.
Convenient care where you live and work
- Insurance and billing: We accept several insurance plans to serve you. Please check with your insurance carrier about referral requirements and coverage.
- Coordinated care: Get the care you need for every type of joint replacement and orthopaedic surgery in one integrated program.
- MyHealth: Our MyHealth system allows you to access your records and view test results through a secure, online portal and device app. You can also communicate with your doctors.
- Send referrals online
- Place radiology orders
- View referral status
- Access medical records