Congratulations Northridge Hospital

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Congratulations to Northridge Hospital Medical Center for being designated a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California. This national designation is given to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care in comprehensive in patient knee and hip replacement services.

The reason I am excited about this award is that Blue Destination Centers have a proven track record for delivering better results including fewer complications and re-admissions than hospitals without these recognitions.

I have been on staff at Northridge Hospital for twenty five years and have performed over one thousand knee arthroplasties at this great hospital. I am proud of this distinction and invite you to discuss the advantages of having a partial or total knee arthroplasty at Northridge.

Keep Moving!
Dr. Sisto

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Sex and Joints

A study presented at the American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons recently linked total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) to IMPROVED SEXUAL FUNCTION!!!
The researchers surveyed 147 patients younger than 75 years old regarding sexual function prior to surgery and one year following surgery. More than 70% reported physical problems prior to surgery.
After surgery 90% of patients reported improved sexual function.
42% reported an improvement in libido, 41% reported increased intercourse duration and 41% reported increased intercourse frequency. Patients also reported improvement in general well-being (84%) and in sexual self image (55%).
Patients with degenerative knee and hip arthritis have had their social, athletic and SEXUAL  lives improved after undergoing a knee or hip arthroplasty (replacement).
At The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute we perform more total knee arthroplasties than any other group in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys!!
If you have knee pain and are limited in your athletic, social and sexual life, call us and we can formulate a plan to return you to a more active and romantic lifestyle.
Keep moving (and flirting)!!!

Dr. Sisto

Top Orthopaedic Surgeon in SoCal

Castle Connolly Medical LTD just publisehd the Top Doctors in Southern California in 2012. I am fortunate enough to have been selected as one of the TOP ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS in Southern California.
The mission of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. since its finding 20 years ago has been helping consumers find the best healthcare in identifying top doctors.
Every year they survey hundreds of thousands of physicians and ask them to nominate those they believe to be amoung the very best in their specialty or specialties in their communities across the nation. In addition to surveys conducted by mail and internet, their physician-led research team makes thousands of phone calls to identify excellent doctors and reinforce the survey responses. As a result of this intense research process, their years of experience and the medical professionals leading the company, Castle Connolly has become the nations most trusted source for identifying top doctors.
Physicians DO NOT AND CANNOT PAY to be in any Castle Connolly guide or list.
The Top Doctor listing can be found at http://www.topdoctorssoutherncalifronia.com.
I am proud of this recognition and hope to offer the highest level of care to all of my patients for many years to come.

KEEP MOVING!
Dr. Sisto

PRP Treatment Now Available

A number of new studies have been published discussing the role of Platelet-Rich Plasma in treating patients with degenerative arthritis of the knee. Platelets are found in our blood and are responsible for blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding. Platelets are also sources of cytokines, which regulate healing and tissue regeneration in the body. The theory of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is the hope that if a concentrated amount of our own platelets are injected into the knee that it may lead to a healing of the degenerative changes which have occurred in the knee. In essence, it is a process of healing damaged cartilage in the knee.

The surfaces of our bones are lined by a smooth, glistening surface called articular cartilage which allows the bones to glide over each other. The loss of the articular cartilage allows bone to be exposed and the bone on bone grinding causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the knee. This is called degenerative arthritis.

We have been treating a number of patients with PRP in the office with exciting success at short term follow up. The process is done in the office and starts with the patient having a small amount of blood drawn by our staff. The blood is prepared by a special process which concentrates the platelets and other growth factors into a syringe. The “super-healing” concentrate (PRP) is then injected into the knee.

Recent studies in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and The American Journal of Sports Medicine have indicated that PRP can be helpful in treating degenerative arthritis.
We are all committed at The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute to making our patients’ knees younger and, hopefully, avoiding surgery. Please contact us if you have knee pain and wish to discuss the new non-operative techniques which are now available.

Stay Healthy,
Dr. Sisto

Who’s Who Recognition

I was just selected into Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare in 2011-2012.  This is the publisher of the Who’s Who in America since 1899.  This award distinguished me as one of the leading healthcare professionals from around the world.

I was told that I was selected because I have developed a minimally invasive surgical procedure to grow “new cartilage” in the knee to make the knee “young again”.

I am proud of this recognition and I encourage anyone who has knee pain and is disabled because of pain to be evaluated and we can recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure to eliminate years off the knee and allow you to function at a higher level.

I am proud of this recognition by the Who’s Who of America and I look forward to treating all of your knees in the years to come.

Dr. Don