Joint Replacement and Reconstruction

Joint deterioration from arthritis or injury can make even the simplest activities painful. Yet recent improvements in surgical techniques and technology are making joint replacement an increasingly popular and effective solution – allowing many to regain active, healthy lives.

Within St. Jude Heritage Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, you’ll find some of the nation’s leading experts offering today's most advanced joint replacement options. Having performed thousands of successful joint replacements, our surgeons’ expertise and experience allow them to individualize the procedure, technique and materials to fit your needs. In fact, our nationally respected surgeons are leaders in creating remarkable patient outcomes.

We're pleased to offer our patients the newest surgical approaches to joint problems, including:

  • minimally-invasive knee and hip replacement
  • partial knee replacement in which only the most damaged areas of cartilage are removed and replaced
  • total joint replacement for shoulder and ankle
  • shoulder resurfacing
  • joint reconstruction surgery, including complex revision surgery
  • advanced arthroscopic techniques

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. We take pride in using only knee replacement systems that have been on the market for many years (“battle-tested”) without product recalls or FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) warnings. We partner with our hospital teams, including our surgical nurses, postoperative nurses, and physical therapists, to provide the patient with a comprehensive joint replacement program to make their recovery faster, easier, and safer.

Total Knee Replacement Procedure

Total Hip Replacement (Full hip replacement)

For patients with bone on bone arthritis of the hip joint, even walking down their hallway or up to their second floor bedroom can be a difficult struggle. 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, since we realize that patients can often be overwhelmed with the large amount of information (or misinformation) that is available online and in our communities.

Total Hip Replacement Procedure

Specialized Services

Partial Knee Replacement

At St. Jude Heritage you'll find highly experienced experts in total knee replacement as well as newer, minimally-invasive partial knee replacement. Unlike a total replacement in which all three compartments of the knee are replaced, a partial knee replacement removes only the damaged or diseased areas while preserving healthy bone and cartilage. This minimally-invasive resurfacing technique also preserves the tendons and ligaments around the knee. Ideal for those whose arthritis or knee damage is confined to a limited area, our surgeons are using this advanced technique to produce exceptional results, including a more normal knee motion, better range of movement and an accelerated recovery. Considered an outpatient procedure, partial knee replacement often requires only an overnight hospital stay.

Total Knee Replacement Procedure

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 - St. Jude Medical Plaza - Suite 35000

Fullerton - St. Jude Medical Plaza - Suite 35000

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

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

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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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