Total Joint Replacement Specialist

Richard Malinick, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in San Dimas, CA

If your joints have become damaged to the point where they need to be replaced, trust Dr. Malinick to help guide you through the process of total joint replacement. Patients in San Dimas, California and surrounding cities can visit Dr. Malinick for total joint replacement.

Total Joint Replacement Q & A

What is a knee joint replacement surgery?

Replacing the knee joint involves a surgical procedure usually used to resurface a knee that has been damaged by arthritis when other treatments can’t help. The goal is to relieve pain in the knee and improve mobility. Metal or plastic pieces are used on the ends of the bones that make up the knee joint and the kneecap. Knee joint replacement is usually only used when someone has severe arthritis or a severe knee injury.

Who needs hip joint replacement?

Most hip joint replacements are performed on people between the ages of 50 and 80. These surgeries are usually performed when arthritis has become too painful in the hip and has broken down cartilage causing bones rub against each other. A hip replacement may be used for rheumatoid arthritis; traumatic arthritis; or osteoarthritis. Hip replacements can also be used for other health conditions such as tumor growth or to repair a fracture.

Can I drive after getting a joint replacement?

If a joint replacement operation has been performed on the right leg, hip or knee, it is recommended that you wait at least four to six weeks before driving. You should also wait until after you have stopped taking any pain medications that could impede your driving ability. Replacements that are done on the left side need to take special considerations when driving with an automatic transmission. Usually, after four to six weeks you can drive with a pillow on the seat for support. Also, take special care to make sure you can safely get into and out of the car.

For more information on joint replacement services and post-operative procedures please call the office today.

Insurance Policy

We accept Medicare and most major PPO insurance providers. Here is a short list of insurances we accept. Please feel free to call our office with questions regarding your coverage options.

Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California
Health Net
Humana Choice Care
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
United Healthcare
Western Growers