Orthopedic Surgery Specialist

Todd Katzman, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Anaheim, CA

Costing over $200 billion in medical cost annually and accounting for almost 500 million days of restricted work activity, injury and illness affecting the musculoskeletal system add up to a major strain on the health care system in America. Orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Katzman, in Anaheim, California, are experts in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Call or click today to book an appointment.

Orthopedic Surgery Q & A

What is orthopedic surgery?

Any surgical procedure that’s designed to repair or treat bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves related to the mechanics of your body can be considered an orthopedic technique. In addition to four years of study to obtain a medical degree, orthopedic surgeons may have up to six years of additional education, training, and residency to hone their skills.

Orthopedic problems affect patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors. These issues can range from broken bones and torn muscles to complex disorders and diseases. Dr. Katzman uses many types of surgical procedures to treat you, matching the technique to the problem. However, surgery is rarely your only option, and it’s typically a last resort, only for use when you don’t respond to more conservative treatments.

What are some common conditions Dr. Katzman treats?

General areas treated by orthopedic surgeons include:

  • Back issues, such as back pain, sciatica, scoliosis, and ruptured discs
  • Bone tumours
  • Cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy
  • Finger and toe abnormalities
  • Bone fractures and joint dislocations
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

Some of the surgeries Dr. Katzman most often performs include:

  • Knee surgery, including arthroscopic techniques and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Shoulder surgery, including repair of rotator cuff injuries
  • Hand surgery, including carpal tunnel release and procedures to repair conditions such as trigger finger, contractures impingements
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Injuries to the hips
  • Ankle sprains and ligament injuries
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Soft tissue repairs

What are some of the surgical techniques that Dr. Katzman uses?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that’s increasingly popular for the way it minimizes damage to the tissue surrounding the treatment area. Traditional open surgery often requires cutting and pulling back healthy tissue to access an injury or disorder, resulting in long recovery times and potential complications. Arthroscopy uses special cameras and tools to see inside the body through small incisions.

Fusion can be thought of as a welding process for bones, often using bone grafts or metal rods to assist the process. It’s most frequently used when ruptured discs of the spine must be removed. The vertebrae on either side of the disc are fused to prevent bone-on-bone contact during movement.

Joint replacements, both total and partial, provide a way to restore worn or damaged joints, using synthetic joints that can fuse with the bone to provide a smoothly operating replacement.