Dr. Andrew DeGruccio

Orthopedic Surgery
Louisville, KY
31 years experience male

Locations

Orthopedic & Sports Specialists of Louisville, PSC

Louisville, KY

Address

9370 Cedar Center Way, Louisville, KY
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

5027629529

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Kentucky

Carefirst Inc

CHA Health

Cigna

First Choice Healthcare

Great-West Healthcare

Health Net

Humana Insurance Company

MultiPlan, Inc

Sagamore Health Network, Inc

UnitedHealth Group

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

Andrew DeGruccio is a board certified orthopedic surgeon practicing since 1997. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Medical School and did his orthopedic training at the University of Louisville. He earned his undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology and Psychobiology from UCLA. He has been active as a player and coach in Louisville area soccer leagues for over 15 years and has played on a USTA tennis team. He has also become a white water kayaker. His active participation in sports combined with his educational background have made sports medicine a special interest in his orthopedic practice. With an appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the University of Louisville, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, he places special emphasis on educating his patients, as well as overseeing their comprehensive orthopedic care.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

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248 Answers
163 Agrees
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
2-3 months: Intensive therapy to regain range of motion, reduce swelling and then regain strength will last between 2-3 months. Long term strengthening will be n... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
4-5 days/week: To increase muscle mass, strength training 4-5 days/week with 2 recuperative days is recommended. A diet high in protein should be sufficient nutriti... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Duct Tape: Try duct tape technique. Small square of tape that completely covers the wart. Leave in place until tape falls off. If wart still present repeat ta... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: The typical uncomplicated knee scope requires 3-4 weeks to recover from. Unfortunately, not all scopes are the same. With meniscus repair, 3-4 month... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Home and Formal: Although formal outpatient therapy is usually involved, many motivated patients can do the majority of rehab at home. The first few weeks should conc... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Can be normal: "clicking" or "popping" of joints can be normal and is very rarely treated unless pain is associated with the clicking. Joints that swell and hurt th... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Time for a follow-up: Schedule a follow-up with your surgeon. It could be something as simple as persistent leg weakness, and a return to therapy could solve it. On the o... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Most rotator cuff repairs are done arthroscopically these days, which means minimally invasive and little blood loss. If you are mildly anemic, there... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
3 options: Options include simple sling for 3-4 weeks, figure of 8 brace for 4-6 weeks, or surgery. Most clavicle fractures heal within 10-12 weeks without surg... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Painful: Broken bones don't say i think i'm broke, they say i'm broke. Most people feel silly when they say i think i broke a bone when they finally break a b... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Use pain as guide: There is no magic mileage number. Simply use pain and swelling as a guide. Exercise should not just be about walking. Remember to do simple stretch... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Skin lesions : Skin lesions are not always necessary for psoriatic arthritis, or they can recede before the arthritis manifests. Very minor lesions can easily be mi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Xray finding: That is an xray finding. Not all xray findings correlate with symptoms. This xray finding is unlikely the source of your pain. Clinical exam and histo... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Painful: Hip stress fractures are always painful and limit weight bearing.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Shoulder Scope: 3-4 small portal incisions, 1-2 stitches each. Scope assessment of joint, labrum and cuff tissues with pictures. Cleaning up of degenerative tissues... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: It is unusual to not be able to extend the leg with a strain or muscle pull. Unless mostly resolved promptly, i believe you should go to a sports spe... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Usually viral illnes: Costochondritis, or tietze's syndrome, is an inflammation of the costochondral junction along the anterior chestwall adjacent to the sternum. It is u... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
No: A landmark study confirmed that there is no link between data entry typing work and carpal tunnel syndrome. Those that get it, are going to get it re... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Normal anatomy: It is a perforation through the fascia of the lower leg through which passes the superficial peroneal nerve. In some folks this perforation can be sl... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Improved Lifestyle: When knee pain created by arthritis becomes constant, interfering with daily activities and the ability to sleep, then it is time to consider replacem... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
80%: 80% of patients treated with the complete series of injections will report decreased arthritic symptoms for 6 months to a year.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Hamstring: Quicker recovery. Expected full regaining of hamstring strength at 1 year postop. No risk of fractures. Patellar tendon grafts result in only 80%... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
1-2 months: Full function and range of motion can be restored as soon as 2 weeks, but full strength may take more than 2 months.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Probably Not: I am unaware of any surgeon who has attempted to repair a pec. Tendon that has been torn for 4 years. An MRI would be helpful in determining, as it ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Bicycle: Exertional compartment syndrome is caused by increased pressure during exercise in the compartments of the lower leg induced by swelling/edema of the ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
2-3 months: Typical shoulder impingement surgery, without cuff repair, will have rapid recovery and early active rehab. Therapy is usually started within the wee... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Can be normal: Some pain and swelling can be normal at this stage. May take close to 1 full year for complete resolution with good therapy. Signs of metal allergy ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Instability: Pain, swelling, and mostly instability. Buckling or shifting of the knee, as if it is dislocating when you change directions. The knee can appear no... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Pain and swelling: Possible progression of deformity as well. Range of motion and strength must be maintained while waiting. If you can tolerate the pain, then there s... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Hip replacement is elective surgery. All the stars should be well aligned before proceeding. The only risk in postponement is falling from pain from... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes, but not smart: You can physically get away with it, but it is not advised. You will likely give way and damage the knee further. Playing sports on an acl deficient... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: White water, flat water, sea? Depends on type of kayaking. Standard flat water kayaking should be absolutely fine. White water and sea surf kayakin... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Simple answer: X-rays and/ or ct scan. If you still have pain, deformity, or loss of function, then radiographic imaging can determine healing, in regard to bony un... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Stability of knee: Your doctor will examine your knee and perform tests to determine graft and knee stability. As time passes and you are allowed more activities, the s... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Not AVN: Hemachromatosis is often an undiagnosed cause of major joint arthritis requiring joint replacement. Your shoulder may just have advanced osteoarthrit... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
20-30 years: Current hip replacements last 20-30 years 95% of the time. 95% of people have good to excellent results for all those years. It is a life changing..... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Scarring of joint: Adhesive capsulitis is a process of joint stiffening caused by capsular thickening or scarring. It can be post-traumatic, post-operative, or idiopath... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Ice and elevate: For 2 weeks after ankle scopes, rest, ice and elevation helps control pain better than anything else. Use crutches, and put no weight on the ankle. R... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
AC separation: Surgery is still controversial. Repair could include pinning, screw fixation, and/or ligament reconstruction, or some combination thereof. Pinning o... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Exercise Bike: Recumbent or regular. 4-5 days per week x 30 minutes. Slowly increase resistance. On the days that you don't use the bike, go for a long walk. The... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
4-5 days/week: To increase muscle mass, strength training 4-5 days/week with 2 recuperative days is recommended. A diet high in protein should be sufficient nutriti... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
They're equal: Depends on the surgeon implanting, and what he/she is comfortable with.
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A female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
You will not: Casts are never part of the treatment for osgood-schlatter's disease. No worries.
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Lower impact: Low impact exercises that emphasize repetition and endurance would be best. Good examples include walking, exercise bicycles, ellipticals, stair mast... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Identify the cause: See an orthopedic surgeon or sports specialist. The source of the locking must be identified to solve the problem. Exam, x-rays, and possibly MRI ma... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
As needed: Take until pain subsides. It is safe to take for extended periods, but likely your doctor did not intend for you to be on it for life. Watch for sig... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Pain relief possible: Microfracture can reduce symptoms and pain successfully 80% of the time. Unfortunately, the cartilage defect persists, and the results can deteriorat... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Recovery from hip replacement is short involving assisted walking, falls prevention, and general strengthening. The leg may hurt and swell for a few ... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Can you walk?: If you are not in a wheelchair, then you should probably have one at a time. Less risks, and easier recovery. Indications for bilateral tka include ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
4 to 6 weeks: Depending on complexity of the fracture, most will heal adequately within 6 weeks. Buddy taping with early rom allows for quicker functional recovery... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. DeGruccio is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. DeGruccio is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Jan 19, 2012
Very thorough answer!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I've been miserable the past few weeks. Just beginning this journey to rehabilitating chronic severe double shoulder problems. Anything I can do at h
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thank you for the great response, this will help me to explain to my clients why their arms and hands are numb in the morning and the pain they have. i repair these injuries.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have been to two. One thought too unstable for soccer the other said he wouldn't tell me not to. How effective is surgery? Will it last?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE HOSPITAL

Awards

2012 Talk of The Town Award for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction
patients choice award of 2012
Most Influential, Third Place, Kentucky - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Orthopedic & Sports Specialists of Louisville
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