Orthopedics

Our orthopedic team offers comprehensive care for bone and joint issues of all kinds, whether they stem from injury or overuse, or from a progressive condition like arthritis. Our specialists help prevent, treat, and heal joint and spine issues with a full complement of care. We do all we can to treat orthopedic issues minimally invasively, but if surgery is necessary, we have a robust joint replacement program and a specialized Spine & Brain program offering complex neurological and orthopedic spine care.

Our team is exceptionally collaborative and includes board-certified surgeons, along with specialized radiologists, physiatrists, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, case management, orthopedic, and spine coordinators.

Orthopedic Expertise From Head to Toe

MarinHealth Medical Center offers full-service orthopedic care, from pre-surgical evaluation, to surgery and rehabilitation. We have performed thousands of orthopedic surgical procedures in the last decade with excellent outcomes.

Surgical Expertise

All joint replacement patients are encouraged to attend our complimentary Total Joint Class. This service helps our patients feel informed about their procedure and involved in their own care.

Innovation & Technology

Your safety and comfort are top priorities. We are always looking to refine and streamline procedures and acquire the most advanced technologies.

  • Unlike most academic hospitals where a surgeon works with a resident, we perform many procedures with two surgeons operating in tandem. This shortens the length of surgery and allows for the patient to awake from anesthesia sooner.
  • We do patient-specific knee implants, using a personalized "cutting guide" devised from precise calculations based on imaging of the individual patient’s knee.
  • We have two dedicated joint-replacement operating rooms, plus one dedicated spine operating room.
  • We offer a wide variety of sophisticated, minimally invasive spine surgeries, including cervical disc replacement with the revolutionary Prestige® prosthetic disc that preserves motion in the neck.
  • Our new Hana® operating platform is specially designed for anterior hip replacements.
  • During surgery, we use the Aquamantys™ System to seal blood vessels in soft tissue and bone. This technology helps prevent blood loss, pain, and swelling, and reduces the number of patients requiring transfusion.

Innovative Approaches to Anesthesia

  • Multimodal Pain Management
    Postoperative pain can slow down a recovery process that is based on increasing the use of a new joint. We are one of the few hospitals in the Bay Area to offer multimodal pain management for orthopedic surgeries. This technique combines a cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 inhibitor, a COX-2 inhibitor, and an opioid to control pain on three different levels in the brain. We start pain relief before the patient even goes into the OR, to prepare the body for pain.
  • Spinal Anesthetic for Hip Replacements
    The amount of general anesthesia required for hip replacement surgery can be reduced through the use of a spinal anesthetic.
  • Continuous Nerve Block for Knee Replacement
    We administer a continuous nerve block during and up to two days after a knee replacement. This reduces the amount of general anesthesia needed to perform the surgery and makes the initial stages of recovery less painful.