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We have good news for your aching bones and joints at Dominican.

Dominican's orthopedics department continues to provide the most advanced care available and continually expands its services to better serve our community.

With exceptional specialists and a dedicated sports medicine center, we offer an entire range of orthopedic services to those who suffered trauma to a bone or joint or who have arthritic conditions.

From head to toe, or from shoulder to foot, the orthopedists of Dominican's Medical Staff employ the latest methods to get patients back in action quickly with minimal pain.

The revolution in joint replacement for upper and lower extremities means our specialists can treat hand, wrist, elbow, ankle and foot problems like never before.

New materials and procedures are used for hip and knee joint replacements, too. Improvements in materials have dramatically prolonged implant wear.

Surgical Innovations Combine New Techniques and Materials

Significant recent advancements in surgical procedures, including joint replacements -- and even the materials used in replacement joints -- are leading to faster recovery, improved range of motion, and longer lasting results.

Innovative techniques, such as arthroscopy (inserting a tiny scope into the joint through a small incision), bone growth factor use, and improved soft tissue management are also producing substantial improvement.

Orthopedic surgeons with Dominican's Medical Staff are using most of these breakthrough techniques and materials in their practice and at Dominican's Arthritis and Joint Reconstruction Center.

They are using arthroscopy -- a less invasive surgical technique that results in reduced pain and speedier recovery -- for more and more procedures.

A variety of bone growth factors -- organic materials ground up and used as a sort of adhesive -- are used to treat bones and wounds that don't heal. Platelet-derived growth factors that help skin and tissue to heal are now widely available. And bone stimulators -- electronic coils placed on the skin or implanted -- are used to generate bone growth.

Significant advances have also been made in the materials used in joint replacements. Until recently, cement was used to affix the bone and the prosthesis. The problems were that cement eventually fractures, or causes stiffness in the joints, limiting motion. In the new procedure, however, bone grows directly into the roughened surface of a titanium prosthesis. The plastics, metal and ceramics, of which prostheses are made, have also improved recently, prolonging the life of a replacement joint.

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Dominican Hospital
1555 Soquel Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 462-7700