Orthopedic Surgery: Patient Resources

Video Resources

Osteoarthritis with Gregg Middleton, MD

Managing Knee Pain with Natalie Voskanian, MD

UC San Diego Core Exercises with Dr. Douglas Chang

Managing Back Pain with Doug Chang, MD, PhD


Overuse Injuries with Ken Taylor, MD

Shoulder Injuries with Matt Meunier, MD


Managing Hip Pain with Catherine Robertson, MD

Understand Your Upcoming Surgical or Diagnostic Procedure

UC San Diego Health orthopedic surgeons want to equip you with important information about any procedure you might be facing. Emmi programs explain numerous surgical procedures and provide information on how to prepare and what to expect during recovery. Each video is about 20 minutes long. Topics include ACL reconstruction, anesthesia, multiple spine surgeries, knee and shoulder arthoscopy, carpal tunnel release and many more. Register to view these informative, free programs today.

UC San Diego Health and Medicine Television

Award winning UCSD-TV features a variety programs on orthopedics, including sports medicine, osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, foot and ankle problems and new developments in orthopedic care. These programs are free to watch online and are available for download or as a podcast.

Locations and Forms

To schedule an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, call 858-657-8200

UC San Diego Health Locations

La Jolla

8899 University Center Lane, Suite 220
San Diego, CA 92122
Perlman Medical Offices
9350 Campus Point Drive, Suite 1A and 1B
La Jolla, CA 93037


UC San Diego Medical Center
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103
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1200 Garden View Rd.
Encinitas, CA 92024



Save time at the clinic by printing and filling out the medical history form for the physician you will be seeing.

Bone Health Education and Support Group

First Wednesday of every month at noon

Thornton Pavilion, Third floor
Bone Health Event Flyer
RSVP to Heather Hofflich, DO at hhofflich@ucsd.edu or call 858-657-7236.

Facing Hip or Knee Replacement? Attend an Informative Joint Replacement Class

Learn more about hip or knee replacement surgery. Classes are taught by our multidisciplinary joint surgery team, which includes nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions so that you feel comfortable with every aspect of the joint replacement process. Total Joint Replacement Patient Education Book

Class Locations:
Hillcrest: UC San Diego Medical Center
Classes are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.in the Administrative Conference Room on the 1st floor. Classes are also offered in Spanish.

La Jolla: Thornton Pavilion, Jacobs Medical Center
Classes are held in the Thornton SDGE Room, 3-102. Classes meet the second Wednesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

To register online please select a class below:

For more information, call Patient Education at 619-471-9322.

Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon

If you are scheduled for an appointment with an orthopedic specialist, you might want to ask some of the following questions during your consultation:

  • What are my treatment options? What are the pros and cons of each?
  • How long will the treatment take? How will it affect my daily activities?
  • What does the recovery process entail? How long will recovery take?
  • Are there any brochures I can read or websites I can visit for more information?
If Surgery is Recommended:
  • What the surgery involves?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Who will perform the surgery, if not your orthopedist?
  • Can I meet him or her prior to my surgery?
  • What can I expect after surgery?
  • Will I need further treatment (such as physical therapy, splints, medications)?
  • What will happen if I don't have the surgery now?
  • What are my alternatives to surgery?


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Contains information on orthopedic conditions and treatments, injury prevention, wellness and exercise

Orthopaedic Research Society
Promotes research and education related to orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal diseases and injuries

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
Provides information about foot and ankle conditions, how to select proper footwear and keep your feet healthy

American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Provides information on a variety of conditions affecting the hand and wrist

Spine Universe
Contains comprehensive information on spinal disorders, including technologies, services, treatments and research

Contains information on products used for the reduction of fractures involving crushed or collapsed bones