1180 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
Ste. 200, 201, and 214 W
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Ph. 760.416.4511

Joint Replacement

Joint Program Specialists

James Bell, MD, PhD
Douglas Roger, MD
Louis Stabile, MD
David Duffner, MD
Sydney Pardino, MD
Lawrence Serif, DO

Treating a severely injured or diseased joint involves more than great surgical technique. It requires the skilled, hands-on evaluation and appropriate diagnostic testing that determines the best overall plan of care, by clinicians who are mindful that they are not treating a joint, but a human being.

The Joint Program provides a full continuum of coordinated, multidisciplinary care.  The program is designed to support patients through every aspect of their experience beginning with initial assessment through treatment, recovery and rehabilitation. For those patients for whom non-surgical treatments have been exhausted, minimally invasive surgical techniques may be an option. Comprehensive pre-operative educational classes outline what to expect in the hours, days and weeks following surgery.

In December 2012, The Joint Commission awarded Certificates of Distinction to Desert Regional Medical Center’s Joint Program in the management of Knee & Hip Replacement.

The average hospital stay for hip and knee replacement patients at the Joint and Spine Pavilion at Desert Regional Medical Center is just two nights. Some patients only stay one night and check out the next afternoon.

“We have geared our program to promote rapid recovery,” said Douglas Roger, MD, Medical Director of the Joint Replacement Program at the Institute for Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences at Desert Regional Medical Center (ICON). “We know that patients do better at home, recovering in their own, comfortable surroundings.”

There are several reasons today’s patients can go home sooner than they once could. Among these reasons are minimally-invasive surgical techniques, multimodal pain management – focusing on preventing pain before it starts and minimizing narcotic use, on-site rehabilitation and a dedicated team of orthopedic nurses and physical therapists. The less-invasive surgical techniques the ICON surgeons use not only allow for a shorter hospital stay, they also contribute to the need for less pain medication and a quicker return to activities.

One significant breakthrough is the minimally invasive anterior approach to total or partial hip replacement. The anterior approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip from the front, rather than the posterior approach. In this technique, the hip is replaced without detachment of the gluteal muscles from the pelvis or femur, leaving them undisturbed, and therefore with significantly less surgical trauma. The anterior approach allows patients to immediately bend their hip freely and bear full weight when comfortable, resulting in a rapid return to normal function, without the typical restrictions of traditional hip replacement surgery.

Hip Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that gives doctors a clear view of the inside of a joint. This helps them diagnose and treat joint problems. During hip arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your hip joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments.

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