Orthopedics


In the summer of 2021, MarinHealth and UCSF Health expanded our strategic alliance to include orthopedic care. This move added academic and clinical expertise to MarinHealth’s already robust orthopedic and sports medicine programs and broadened our capabilities to cover all orthopedic specialties and subspecialties. As part of this expansion, we also opened a new orthopedic care clinic in the Terra Linda neighborhood of San Rafael.

Highly ranked by US News and World Report, UCSF Medical Center's orthopedic program is known for expertise in leading-edge treatments and complex surgeries. Our collaboration with UCSF provides our patients with local access to the latest research and technologies, including potential enrollment in UCSF clinical trials for MarinHealth patients who meet the criteria. Another significant advantage of working with UCSF surgeons is that in addition to caring for adults, we can now treat children ages two and older.

Our Team

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

Orthopedic Expertise From Head to Toe

Our services cover the full range of orthopedic care, from prevention and diagnostics to treatment, (including emergency trauma surgery in our ED), to rehabilitation. Whenever possible, our experts turn to non-invasive treatments first. The physiatrists on our orthopedic team are well versed in the latest pain management modalities, including medication, physical therapy, and non-operative spine treatments. Our surgeons excel at sophisticated minimally invasive techniques. When total joint replacement is the best solution, qualified patients have the option of a same-day procedure. We also have a specialized Spine & Brain program offering complex orthopedic and neurological spine care.

Surgical Expertise

Our orthopedic surgeons operate in the state-of-the-art surgical suites at MarinHealth Medical Center’s new Oak Pavilion. We perform the full range of orthopedic surgeries, including:

All joint replacement patients are encouraged to attend our complimentary Total Joint Class. This class helps prepare our patients for surgery by educating them about their procedure. Community members seeking information on joint replacement surgery are also welcome to attend.

Innovation & Technology

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

  • 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 have two dedicated joint-replacement operating rooms, plus one dedicated spine operating room.
  • Our hip specialists perform anterior hip replacement using real-time C-arm imaging and navigation.
  • 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 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 by using 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.