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Orthopedic Surgery


Sometimes surgery is the only option for a good result. You will be in good hands with experienced, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr Smith.


Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure orthopedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint.

Using an arthroscopic examination, an orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s skin and then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. Light is transmitted through fiber optics to the end of the arthroscope that is inserted into the joint. By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature television camera, the surgeon is able to see the interior of the joint through this very small incision rather than a large incision needed for surgery.

The television camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a television screen, allowing the surgeon to look inside the joint. Another incision is made through which the surgeon uses small, specially designed instruments to perform the surgery.

Over the years, advancements in the techniques and instruments have made it possible for surgeons to scope most major joints in the body. Knees and shoulders are the most often joints treated using arthroscopy. Major surgeries that in the past were done through large open incisions can now be done

The advantages of arthroscopy include less post operative pain and the ability to move the joint sooner after surgery for a decreased rehabilitation time.


Unfortunately, not all broken bones can be adequately treated with casting or splinting. When this is the case, surgery is necessary to align the bones and a combination of screw and plates are used to hold the bones together.


When joints wear out and become deformed, either secondary to arthritis or previous injury, limbs become painful and misaliged. We can replace the old joint by resurfacing the ends of the bones with metal caps and positioning a plastic cushion between them.


Because we utilize our hands so much, nerves or tendons can sometimes become entrapped in tissue causing pain, numbness and tingling, weakness or muscle atrophy. Open surgical techniques can relieve the entrapment and the symtoms.


Years of walking on our feet and putting them in shoes can cause uncomfortable deformities such as bunnions or hammer toes. These deformities can be corrected by cutting the boneand changing the angle or by realigning soft tissue thus relieving the pain.


Regenerative Orthopedics Institute
842 California Blvd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-309-9551
Fax: 805-542-9685

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