Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at St. Jude Heritage Medical Group

Our nationally-recognized physicians are using dramatic improvements in care to successfully treat a wide range of conditions – from injuries to arthritis - allowing our patients to get back to doing the things they love.

With degrees and training from the top orthopedic programs - including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Cornell, Yale and UCLA - our fellowship-trained specialists provide cutting-edge diagnosis and treatment. In fact, in areas from cartilage restoration to sophisticated non-surgical interventions, we offer a level of expertise that places us among Southern California's best.

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    • Our physicians are also partnered with St. Jude Medical Center, recently named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s top performing hospitals in orthopedics.
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Procedures Performed

Hip: arthroscopic hip surgery

Arthroscopic hip surgery, commonly called a “hip scope” procedure, is a minimally-invasive procedure that is used to treat injuries in and around the hip joint. Much like arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, hip arthroscopy is designed to repair soft tissue tears of the labrum (labral tears) and to remove loose bodies or bone spurs which are causing pain. It is commonly used to treat femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and severe cases of hip bursitis. This procedure is now commonly performed in younger patients with labral tears as well as in middle-aged patients who want to preserve their joint (hip preservation surgery) and prevent the need for a hip replacement.

Hip: fracture repair surgery

Hip fractures are increasingly common as Americans live longer and stay more active. As we age, our bones will always become weaker so that the chance of breaking the hip bone with a fall becomes greater and greater as we get older. When a patient has a broken hip, surgery to repair the bone is usually offered because the hip bone cannot be placed in a cast and does not heal well on its own. Most commonly, a titanium rod and pins (screws) are placed into the hip (femur) bone to stabilize the fracture and promote healing of the bone.

Hip: partial hip replacement

A partial hip replacement involves replacing only the ball of the “ball and socket” hip joint. When the socket is not affected by arthritis, it does not need to be replaced. Most commonly, a hip hemiarthroplasty (partial or half of a hip replacement) is performed for elderly patients who have suffered a specific type of broken hip called a femoral neck fracture.

Hip: total hip replacement

Our surgeons will perform a comprehensive physical examination and imaging evaluation to determine whether hip replacement is right for you. Once we have determined that hip replacement is appropriate, our surgical team is proud to offer a variety of hip replacement options, including the popular posterior approach, the reliable anterolateral approach, and the increasingly popular direct anterior approach to total hip placement. Our team will help you determine the pro’s and con’s of each surgical approach option to choose the best option for each individual patient.

Knee: ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction

The most commonly injured ligaments include the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (medial collateral ligament). While most ligament sprains can recover without surgery, those patients with a full ligament tear often will need a ligament reconstruction or repair procedure to return to their normal activities, including work and sports. Our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons specialize in the latest ligament reconstruction techniques, including “all-inside” ACL surgery and ACL repair.

Knee: arthroscopic meniscus surgery

When our surgeons suspect a torn meniscus is the source of the patient’s pain, we will usually determine the size and shape of the meniscus tear with an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). If the patient needs surgery to correct the torn meniscus, then arthroscopic minimally invasive knee surgery (“knee scope”) will usually be offered. Partial meniscus removal (“partial meniscectomy”) or meniscus repair will be performed based on the specific clinical situation.

Knee: cartilage repair and restoration procedures

Traditionally, patients with cartilage injuries have had very few options for restoring their cartilage back to normal. Our surgeons are equipped with the most well-studied cartilage repair procedures, including microfracture (biologic drilling), cartilage grafting (biologic cartilage repair), the OATS procedure (osteochondral allograft transplantation surgery), and osteotomy procedures to re-align the bone and joints.

Knee: partial (unicondylar) knee replacement

Often called unicondylar knee replacement, a partial knee replacement is performed for patients who have “bone on bone” arthritis in only one area of their knee. Patient who have a partial knee replacement may have a faster and less painful recovery after surgery when compared to those who have a full knee replacement. Partial knee replacement may be a great solution for some patients who have been told they are too young to have a total knee replacement.

Knee: total knee replacement

One of the most successful and common orthopedic surgeries in the world is the full (total) knee replacement. This surgery is a game-changer for patients with severe knee arthritis who are living with pain and limitations. Our orthopedic surgeons perform a high volume of small incision, less invasive knee replacements using the most advanced implant surfaces, including newer ceramic and zirconium alloy implants.

Shoulder: arthroscopic shoulder surgery

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed through several small (half inch) incisions using a surgical video camera and specialized instruments that grasp and manipulate the internal structures of the shoulder. This allows the surgeon to correct problems in the joint without the use of a traditional open incision.

Shoulder: labral repair for instability

Shoulder dislocation, called instability, is most common among younger active patients who have sustained trauma from their athletic activities. Following a shoulder dislocation, the labrum, which is the soft tissue ring around the shoulder socket, often gets torn. This leads to a tendency for the shoulder to dislocate again. For patients with unstable, painful shoulders who have not healed with conservative treatment, our surgeons will routinely perform minimally invasive arthroscopic labral repairs and reconstructions, including arthroscopic remplissage (bone divot filling procedure) to stabilize and strengthen the shoulder.

Shoulder: partial shoulder replacement

For certain patients suffering from arthritis limited to either the ball or the socket (not both), a partial shoulder replacement may be the best answer. We specialize in partial resurfacing of any portion of the shoulder that has localized arthritis. This may be especially important for younger patients who have been told they are too young for a traditional total shoulder replacement.

Shoulder: reverse total shoulder replacement

The reverse total shoulder replacement is a more modern operation that is designed for patients with a specific type of shoulder arthritis called rotator cuff arthropathy. It is hard for any patient to tell if they have regular shoulder arthritis or rotator cuff arthropathy, so our providers are here to help you identify your specific arthritis sub-type so that you receive the most personalized, effective treatment plan possible.

Shoulder: rotator cuff repair

The rotator cuff is a tendon that covers the ball of the “ball and socket” shoulder joint. If there is a tear in the rotator cuff, the patient will typically have difficulty moving the arm in one or more directions, night-time pain, and shoulder weakness. Usually an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is needed to determine the size and location of the rotator cuff tear so that your surgeon may decide if surgery is right for you. If surgery is needed, our team of surgeons are ready with the latest techniques and technology for reliable rotator cuff repair and healing, including biologically “vented” anchors that bring bone marrow stem cells to the repair site and soft tissue “grafts” that may be used to patch up a large gap in the rotator cuff.

Shoulder: total shoulder replacement (anatomic or traditional)

The standard or traditional shoulder replacement is used to treat bone on bone shoulder arthritis that has not responded to conservative treatments, including physical therapy, medications, and injections. Our surgeons perform the anatomic total shoulder replacement, which strives to keep the patient’s normal surrounding tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues so that the newly replaced shoulder joint feels more natural and has greater range of motion.

Conditions Treated

Ankle Arthritis

Ankle instability

Bursitis

Capsulitis

Complex fractures

Congenital hand deformities

Dislocations

Fractures

Joint dislocations

Labral tears

Ligament injuries

Nonunions and malunions

Osteomyelitis

Overuse injuries

Rotator cuff injury

Shoulder instability

Shoulder separation

Spine trauma

Sports Injuries

Tendon disorders

Our Providers

Our Provider

Donald E. Bittner, MD
Donald E. Bittner, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery
City:  Fullerton
4.9 out of 5

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Our Locations

Fullerton - Orthopedics

Fullerton - Orthopedics

Address
2141 N. Harbor Blvd.
Suite 35000
Fullerton, CA 92835
Hours

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Yorba Linda - Orthopedics

Yorba Linda - Orthopedics

Address
4300 Rose Dr.

Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Hours

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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