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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio

Orthopedic Surgery
Louisville, KY
30 years experience male

Locations

Orthopedic & Sports Specialists of Louisville, PSC

Louisville, KY

Address

9370 Cedar Center Way, Louisville, KY
Directions

My office hours

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

5027629529

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

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

Doctor Q&A

248 Answers
163 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
You will not: Casts are never part of the treatment for osgood-schlatter's disease. No worries.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Hematoma residual: Likely the hit to the shin resulted in a hematoma, or collection of blood under the skin over the bone. These collections of blood clot up and heal b... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Unlikely: Unless your running involves falling, it would be unlikely that shoulder and wrist pain is coming from running. If both problems are referred pain fr... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
May be helpful: Not only is it alright, but it actually may help resolve the problem. In many forms of tendonitis, manual deep tissue massage is part of the prescrib... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Odd description: This is an odd description of loss of shoulder motion, but your doctor is probably correct if you're losing motion without an injury causing it. Ther... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
They're equal: Depends on the surgeon implanting, and what he/she is comfortable with.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Scar tissue: Likely persistent or recurring scar tissue. Probably normal. Keep moving it no matter what. Do not worry about these feelings. Range of motion exe... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Not effective: There is no scientific evidence that prp therapy would be in any way beneficial to the healing of an acl tear, partial or otherwise.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Getting better: 9 weeks after knee replacement you should be making good progress on your range of motion. 0-120 degrees should be expected. Pain should be subsidin... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Therapy: Try therapy first. If not painful, then don't worry about it. If painful, proceed with therapy for eccentric contraction exercises and deep tissue m... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
1-2 months: If symptoms are not significantly improved within 1 month, usually an MRI should be considered to rule out significant tearing that might need surgery... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Arthritis: These findings suggest early arthritis with cartilage wear and defects developing in two areas of the knee with fluid swelling in the knee currently. ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: The high hr is likely due to the deconditioned state. Start light and progress gradually. Try 4-5 days per week for 30-60 minutes trying to raise yo... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Take as prescribed: Taking more than prescribed can increase risks of stomach upset to include ulcers, gastritis, reflux, rectal bleeding. At higher doses, nsaids such a... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Use pain as guide: As you age the growth plates will close, and then the pain will completely resolve. Until then, stretch your quads regularly, use knee pads if playin... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Painless: Radioactive tracer injected in vein. Small needle stick. Return a few hours later and stand in front of scanning machine for a few minutes. Bones a... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Painful: Hip stress fractures are always painful and limit weight bearing.
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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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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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