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O'Connor Hospital



For physician referral, call (800) 220-0182. For general information, call (408) 947-2500.


For physician referral, call (800) 220-0182. For general information, call (408) 947-2500.

 

 O'Connor Hospital

Orthopedics and Spine

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In 2011, we became the first, and still the only, hospital in San Jose to earn the Joint Commission’s Center of Excellence designation.

Spine, back and joint pain can take its toll – physically, mentally and emotionally.

At O’Connor Hospital, experienced surgeons perform advanced procedures that can reduce or eliminate pain so you can return to an active lifestyle—with the additional benefit of minimal recovery time. Our personalized, expert care starts from the moment you walk through our door to the time you settle in your home.

At O’Connor Orthopedics and Spine, you receive:

  • Award-winning care: We were the first hospital in Northern California to earn the Center of Excellence designation from the Joint Commission for a hip and knee replacement program. To this day, O’Connor is the only hospital in San Jose to have earned this honor, which we’ve held for the past 6 years. We are also a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care.
  • Advanced treatments: Our highly skilled and specialty-trained surgeons use leading-edge technology to perform the latest minimally invasive surgeries. These less invasive procedures mean a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and less pain.
  • A team of experts: Our dedicated, skilled staff includes orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pain management physicians, physical and occupational therapists and orthopedic nurses.
  • Dedicated physical and occupational therapy: Our rehabilitation team works in a specially designed gym to help patients regain full mobility and strength.

Joint Replacement at O’Connor

Our designation as a Center of Excellence and Blue Distinction Center means low complication rates and excellent outcomes for our patients. We offer joint replacement education classes, led by an orthopedic nurse. Knowing what to expect before, during and after a joint replacement procedure greatly improves your experience and recovery. Learn more about joint replacement.

We treat a variety of arthritis and joint conditions, which include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Posttraumatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • End-stage joint disease
  • Avascular necrosis, the death of bone tissue due to loss of blood supply
  • Hip fractures

Our orthopedic surgeons use minimally invasive techniques (surgery with small incisions) to perform these treatments:

  • Anterior approach for hip replacement, an innovative technique with quicker recovery time and fewer post-operative restrictions
  • Total knee, hip or shoulder replacement
  • Partial knee, hip or shoulder replacement

Spine Center at O’Connor

We combine medical expertise and the most advanced treatment and technology to reduce back pain and improve spine function and mobility. We are one of the only facilities in the area to perform minimally invasive lateral lumbar spine fusion. This treatment enables surgeons to enter the spinal area from the side, avoiding large back muscles and reducing the risk of muscle and soft tissue damage. Learn more about our spine center.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Spondylolisthesis, a condition where a bone in your back slides forward
  • Sciatica
  • Spine deformities, including scoliosis (curved spine) and kyphosis (hunchback)
  • Spine fractures
  • Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck and back

Back and spine treatments include:

  • Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
  • Minimally invasive lateral lumbar spine fusion
  • Artificial cervical and lumbar disc replacement
  • Minimally invasive spinal fusion
  • Microsurgical decompression of the spinal canal and nerve roots
  • Herniated disc repair
  • Disc protrusion removal
  • Total disc replacement
  • Bracing, splints and traction

Advanced Care at O’Connor Hospital

Joint pain can develop after an injury, arthritis, or due to years of wear and tear. It can make getting around challenging and uncomfortable.

Our highly trained orthopedic surgeons at O’Connor Hospital have extensive experience in hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgery. We can help reduce or even eliminate pain and help you return to an active lifestyle.

At O’Connor, you receive:

  • Award-winning care: We are the only hospital in San Jose to earn The Joint Commission’s Center of Excellence designation for our hip and knee replacement program, which we’ve held for the past 6 years. Our joint replacement program has also been selected as a Blue Distinction Center for 4 years in a row.
  • Excellent outcomes: Our designations as a Center of Excellence and Blue Distinction® Center translate into proven, high-quality care, low complication rates, shorter hospital stays and excellent outcomes for our patients.
  • Leading-edge treatment: We are one of a few hospitals in the area to perform an anterior approach for hip replacement surgery. This innovative procedure has fewer post-operative restrictions than other hip replacement methods and is ideal for younger, active patients.
  • A dedicated team of experts: Our team of board-certified physicians and specially trained experts includes:
    • Orthopedic nurses
    • Physical therapists
    • Orthopedic surgeons
    • Nutritionists
    • Case managers
  • Personalized treatment: From your first office visit through diagnosis and treatment, our expert medical team provides a personalized and comprehensive approach to care, with your best possible outcome in mind. For example, a trained orthopedic nurse will walk you through your joint replacement experience before surgery, so you know exactly what to expect.

Orthopedic and Joint Conditions We Treat

Our orthopedic specialists treat all types of arthritis and joint disease, which include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Posttraumatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • End-stage joint disease
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Hip fractures

Diagnosing Orthopedic and Joint Pain

If you have been experiencing joint pain, stiffness or swelling, our physicians perform a thorough exam to diagnose your condition and determine the best treatment option. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.

Our comprehensive exam includes:

  • Medical and family history
  • Physical exam
  • Imaging tests such as an X-ray, ultrasound or MRI

Minimally Invasive Treatment

Our highly trained orthopedic surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures on all hip and knee replacement patients. Minimally invasive methods mean shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery. Our surgeons customize each treatment to match your lifestyle and health condition. Find out more about diagnosis and treatment.

Our leading-edge treatment options include:

  • Anterior approach for hip replacement
  • Total knee, hip or shoulder replacement
  • Partial knee, hip or shoulder replacement 

Spine Center: Comprehensive Care at O’Connor Hospital

Spine and back conditions can be painful, debilitating and life-altering. At O’Connor Hospital, our expert team of spine specialists uses leading-edge treatments to improve function and mobility and relieve pain. We get you back to a healthy, active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

At O’Connor, you receive:

  • Advanced treatment: Most of our spine treatments are noninvasive or minimally invasive, which means quicker recovery time, shorter hospital stay and less pain.
  • A team of specially trained experts: Our specialists work together to diagnose and treat your spine condition and get you back on your feet. Team members include:
    • Neurosurgeons
    • Orthopedic spine surgeons
    • Pain management physicians
    • Orthopedic nurses
    • Physical therapists
    • Occupational therapists
  • Leading-edge technology: We use the latest technologies to treat spine and back pain such as the advanced O-arm® Intra-operative Imaging System. This 3-D imaging system aids our surgeons in minimally invasive and traditional open spine surgeries.
  • Dedicated rehabilitation therapists: Physical and occupational therapy are key components for patients to get back to a fully active life. Our therapists use a specially designed exercise room to help you gain strength, improve mobility and build muscle function.

Spine Conditions We Treat

Our specialists treat all spinal problems from minor conditions to severe, chronic disorders and injuries.

These conditions include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Spondylolisthesis, a condition where a bone in your back slides forward
  • Sciatica
  • Spine deformities, including scoliosis (curved spine) and kyphosis (hunchback)
  • Spine fractures
  • Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck and back

Diagnosing Spine Conditions

Spine problems or back pain have many causes, such as a sports injury, a fall or a spinal deformity. Diagnosing and treating them can be challenging. Our orthopedic specialists perform a thorough exam to determine the cause of your pain or discomfort and develop the best course of treatment. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.

Our comprehensive exam includes:

  • Medical and family history
  • Physical exam
  • Imaging tests such as an X-ray, MRI and CT scan
  • Nerve conduction study and electromyography, if necessary, to test nerve and muscle function

Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures

Our highly trained orthopedic spine specialists use the most current treatment technology to perform minimally invasive procedures. We are early adopters of leading-edge techniques such as minimally invasive spinal fusion from the lateral approach. Our orthopedic surgeons use this technique to treat a variety of spine issues, including degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. Find out more about diagnosis and treatment.

Some of our spine treatments include:

  • Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
  • Minimally invasive lateral lumbar spine fusion
  • Artificial cervical and lumbar disc replacement
  • Minimally invasive spinal fusion
  • Microsurgical decompression of the spinal canal and nerve roots
  • Herniated disc repair
  • Disc protrusion removal
  • Total disc replacement
  • Bracing, splints and traction

Diagnosis and Treatment: Orthopedics and Spine

Pain and discomfort in your joints, muscles, spine and back can have many causes. To develop an effective treatment plan, doctors need to pinpoint the source of your issue. At O’Connor Hospital, our expert team of specialists uses the latest diagnostic and treatment technology and a personalized approach to get you back to a pain-free, active lifestyle.

Diagnosis of Orthopedics and Spine Conditions

Our specialists conduct a comprehensive exam to figure out the reason for your pain or condition.

Our exam includes:

  • A family and medical history: We start by asking a series of questions about the nature of your pain to help diagnose or rule out certain conditions. Questions include:
    • Where is the pain?
    • Do certain activities make the pain worse or initiate the pain?
    • When did the pain start?
    • How severe is the pain?
    • Do close relatives have a similar pain or conditions? (We may ask this question because some diseases run in the family.)
  • A physical exam: We will test your muscles, reflexes, flexibility, range of motion and nerves for inflammation, weakness or another type of issue.
  • Imaging test such as an X-ray, MRI or ultrasound: These images give our specialists a close-up or 3-D view of what may be causing your pain. We then use these images to select the best treatment option.
  • Other tests: These may include a nerve conduction study and electromyography, which we use to test nerve and muscle function and to detect neuromuscular disease.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Our orthopedic surgeons are experts at using minimally invasive procedures for almost all spine and joint replacement surgeries. During these complex procedures, our team makes small incisions on the body and uses advanced imaging equipment and computer-navigated technology.

Some of the many benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Quicker recovery
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain
  • Less pain medication
  • Reduced risk of damage to muscles and soft tissue

Joint Replacement Treatment

At O’Connor, a designated Joint Commission’s Center of Excellence for hip and knee replacement, you can feel confident that you are in expert hands with our physicians. Our surgeons use the latest technology, such as X-ray controls and computer navigation, to perform minimally invasive procedures for all hip and knee replacements. We create a customized treatment plan to match the lifestyle of our patients.

Leading-edge Treatments

  • Anterior approach for hip replacement, a minimally invasive surgery that is ideal for younger, more active patients
  • Minimally invasive total knee, hip or shoulder replacement
  • Minimally invasive partial knee, hip or shoulder replacement

Nonsurgical Treatments

  • Modified activities
  • Medication
  • Lifestyle and nutrition counseling
  • Walking aids

Spine Treatment

Our orthopedic spine surgeons stay on top of the latest and most effective treatment options. Additionally, our surgeons provide a personalized approach to care that does not end at surgery. We offer personalized post-operative care for all our patients.

Advanced technology includes:

  • O-arm® intra-operative imaging system: This imaging device helps physicians in diagnosis and during surgery. It provides live 3-D images to help surgeons accurately place screws, rods and cages for spinal fusion and other spine surgeries.
  • Computer navigation system: Our advanced computer navigation, along with imaging devices such as the O-arm or CT scan, helps guide surgeons during minimally invasive procedures.

Leading-edge Treatments

  • Minimally invasive lateral lumbar spine fusion, in which the surgeon makes an incision on the side to avoid major back muscles
  • Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
  • Artificial cervical and lumbar disc replacement
  • Microsurgical decompression of the spinal canal and nerve roots
  • Herniated disc repair
  • Disc protrusion removal
  • Total disc replacement

Nonsurgical Treatments

  • Medication
  • Ultrasound (used to deliver heat and energy to lower back to reduce pain)
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Bracing
  • Splints
  • Traction

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment, call (408) 947-2911.

Monday - Friday | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Patient Education Class

O’Connor hosts a weekly informational class for patients scheduled for, or those who are considering, joint replacement or spinal surgery.

Our free education classes prepare you for before and after surgery. By knowing what to expect from the procedure, you have an easier and quicker recovery time.

To Attend

Please include the following information in your registration:

  • Your Name
  • Type of Surgery (Joint replacement, Spine, etc.)
  • Surgeon (if applicable)
  • Anticipated surgery date (if applicable)
  • Date of class you would like to attend
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Preferred method of contact (email or phone)

Classes are two hours long for total joint replacements and one hour for spine surgeries.

Patients who are prepared for surgery have better outcomes. Let O’Connor help you prepare!