Orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles
West Hills Hospital and Medical Center offers comprehensive care for orthopedic fractures, repair for aging or overused joints and conditions such as arthritis. Our orthopedic specialists are experienced in the fields of foot and ankle, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow and spine and trauma.
For more information about our orthopedic services, call (818) 676-4000
Orthopedic conditions we treat
The goal of our orthopedic program is to improve mobility, range of motion and quality of life. Some of the conditions our orthopedic specialists treat include:
- Ankle fracture
- Back pain
- Foot and ankle pain
- Hip fractures
- Knee pain
- Ligament injuries
- Shoulder pain
- Spinal conditions
- Torn rotator cuff
Joint replacement program
Joint replacement surgery is the removal of a damaged joint and the placement of a partial or total new joint. Patients who have joint replacement surgery typically have more mobility, pain relief and an improved quality of life after surgery.
You may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery if:
- You have moderate to severe arthritis in your joint, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis.
- Pain is present when resting or sleeping.
- You have reduced range of motion during normal activities.
- Non-surgical treatments, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections or physical therapy have not provided relief.
Commonly replaced joints include shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles.
To treat the knees for conditions such as arthritis, we offer total and partial knee replacement. Total knee replacement caps the ends of the bones that form the knee joint. A partial knee replacement replaces only the damaged part of the knee joint with a prosthetic implant.
We offer partial and total hip replacement options. Partial hip replacement involves removing the ball (femoral head) of the hip joint and replacing it with a prosthesis. This procedure does not replace the socket. Total hip replacement surgery removes both the ball and socket (acetabulum) and replaces them with prosthetic implants. We also perform anterior hip replacement which is a minimally invasive and muscle sparing approach to traditional hip replacement surgery.
Shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing the upper part of the arm bone (humerus) and/or the socket (glenoid) in the shoulder joint with metal or plastic components.
We understand that deciding to have joint replacement surgery is a big step. The more informed you are about the process, the better prepared you will be. Our total joint replacement program also includes a preoperative education class to prepare you for surgery and recovery.
Our patients also have access to services, such as pharmacists, dieticians, social services, physical therapy and rehabilitation and imaging services. Whether you undergo knee surgery or a total hip replacement, you can rest assured that you will receive thorough care to maximize your recovery and joint health.
The mission of our arthritis program at West Hills Hospital is to restore optimal function, alleviate pain and improve the patient's t functional level. Our orthopedic doctors and medical staff meet this goal by providing quality arthritis treatments and expert resources.
Our arthritis program features:
- Private treatment rooms
- Complete rehabilitation gymnasium and hydrotherapy area
- A full service hand clinic with custom splinting
- Activities of daily living areas and self-help equipment
- Personalized program for pain management, therapeutic exercise, functional activities, stress management and splinting (if needed)
- Patient and family education regarding arthritis, body mechanics, joint protection, energy conservation, adaptive equipment and home exercises
- Information and/or referrals to local resources, such as support groups, pool programs, exercise groups, activities and massage therapy
- Follow-ups to ensure program compliance and successful outcomes
- Training and resources for assistive devices and exercise aids for home program
To help prevent arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, follow these guidelines:
- Be physically active: Activity keeps joints limber and strengthens supporting muscles
- Control your blood sugar: High levels of glucose cause faster production of molecules that stiffen cartilage
- Live a healthy lifestyle: Eating well, managing stress and not smoking can help you live a healthy lifestyle
- Maintain a healthy weight: Fat tissue creates inflammatory proteins that are harmful to cartilage cells