Care for Bones and Joints
Orthopedic surgeons at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center use advanced techniques and technology to help people get back to active, independent lives. Our surgeons have access to advanced, navigation technology, much like GPS, in which computerized systems help guide surgeons through precise procedures on delicate joints.
Desert Springs Hospital orthopedic services include:
- Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle
- Computer-navigated surgery
- Fracture care
- Hand surgery
- Joint replacement (hip and knee)
- Minimally-invasive surgery
- Podiatric surgery
- Spine surgery
- Sports-injury-related medicine or surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Having orthopedic surgery used to mean spending several days in a hospital and weeks in recovery; the surgeon made long incisions that cut through muscle. Today, many (but not all) procedures can be done with tiny incisions, known as minimally invasive surgery. This type of surgery may lead to faster healing and less scarring. Using advanced technology, surgeons make small pencil-sized holes in the body while video equipment is used to provide a magnified view of the surgical site. Instruments are used to perform the surgery through the incisions; this usually results in smaller scars, less time in the hospital and a faster recovery and return to work and daily activities.
Hip replacement surgery and spinal surgery are two types of orthopedic procedures that have been revolutionized by minimally invasive surgery. In anterior hip replacement surgery, the surgeon makes a tiny incision at the front of the hip that leaves muscles intact. This results in minimal scarring, often fewer complications, usually a shorter hospital stay and often a more rapid return to daily activities.
Following orthopedic surgery, some patients may need therapy and rehabilitation to help relieve pain and increase function. The Valley Health Specialty Hospital offers inpatient rehabilitation services to assist those recovering from orthopedic procedures.