Finding solutions for joint pain at Palmdale Regional

May 16, 2018
Finding solutions for joint pain at Palmdale Regional

Josephine Guidry and Orthopaedic Surgeon Domenick J. Sisto, MD, discuss her knee replacement and recovery.

When Josephine Guidry’s osteoarthritis pain in her left knee became too intense to manage, she knew it was time to consider surgery as an option. “I had the problem for over 10 years before I decided on surgery,” she says, “I was hoping for something less invasive.”

Her primary care doctor had recommended she consult Orthopaedic Surgeon Domenick J. Sisto, MD, of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute located in the medical office building next to Palmdale Regional Medical Center. After trying alternative, non-operative treatments for several years, Guidry and Dr. Sisto determined that arthroplasty to replace the left knee joint would be her best option to alleviate the pain and help her return to her active lifestyle.

In August of 2017, Dr. Sisto performed a full joint replacement surgery on Guidry’s left knee at Palmdale Regional. “What I was really impressed with when I had the surgery was the care I received. The nurses were just wonderful and answered any questions I had. Dr. Sisto was very forthcoming when I had questions, and I feel this is important in a relationship with a doctor.”

The orthopedic surgery program at Palmdale Regional gives patients like Guidry access to specialists who evaluate and treat hand and shoulder injuries, arthritis, congenital deformities, carpal tunnel and tendon and rotator cuff problems. Following procedures, patients can receive physical therapy at the Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute at Palmdale Regional, which Guidry did after surgery.

"I was very impressed with the treatment I got from the physical therapist," shares Guidry. "My last physical therapy session was the last week of December. I've been doing well ever since. The only thing I occasionally have is stiffness in the morning when I get up, but as an 84 year old, that's a normal part of life!"

Roger and Bobbie Heden

Bobbie and Roger Heden

Both Roger and Bobbie Heden underwent joint replacement surgery at Palmdale Regional.

Gregg R. Sobeck, MD

Knee, shoulder and hip specialist Gregg R. Sobeck, MD, of the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute has been treating patients Bobbie and Roger Heden for nearly a decade. Both Mr. and Mrs. Heden struggled with osteoarthritis and eventually opted to undergo joint replacement surgeries at Palmdale Regional.

Mrs. Heden suffered with osteoarthritis in her left thumb and had arthroplasty to replace the joint. “At Palmdale I had hand surgery. On their surgery floors, they are the best,”shares Mrs. Heden. “I could not believe the service.”

Mr. Heden had various shoulder issues related to osteoarthritis and a possible rotator cuff tear. Dr. Sobeck treated his shoulder through arthroscopic procedures that utilize a narrow viewing scope inserted through a small incision to explore and repair joints by removing inflamed tissue and smoothing growths.

"He's a very caring doctor," says Mr. Heden. "He can pinpoint the problem and explain it so that you can understand. I have had no problems since surgery. I have no pain in that shoulder, and it's just like I never had it done."