Dr. Rick Pospisil

Orthopedic Surgery
male

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My office hours

Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Insurances accepted

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

Dr Pospisil is one of Southern California's well known Orthopaedics surgeons, having practiced in Orange County for over 30 years. He has extensive experience with arthroscopic repair of knee and shoulder injuries as well as total joint arthroplasty. He is one of the few ortho Drs trained in the art of subchonralplasty to help repair early arthritic conditions to stave off the necessity of an arthroplasty.As a surgeon he has resounding success performing 200 surgeries a year for 25 years

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Knee replacements: Any surgery can involve the potential for injury to nerves , blood vessels, , post op infections, blood clots, or failure of the procedure to correct ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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Shoulder pt: Length of time for pt of any body part depends upon the problem. On the average most shoulders improve after 6-8 weeks of pt.Those that require surger... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Winged scapula: Most winged scapulae occurr ad a result of weakness of the muscles attaching the shoulder blade to the rib cage. Many times this has been caused by in... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Healthy joints: Avoid activities that produce pain while your doing an activity, keep your weight down, keep yourself in good cardiovascular shape and good muscle ton... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Acl tears: Pain with swelling along with feelings of instability r the most common symptoms associated with torn Acl. Usually one will also have experienced some... Read More
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Rib cage: Rib cage pain is usually produced by some. Blunt trauma producing rib fracture or tearing of the intercostal muscles between the ribs. Or can be seco... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
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Shoulder ligaments: Good rehabilitation of this surgery is critical to the outcome. One undergoes graded increase in motion and strength while the repair heals. The tric... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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Back issue: Any exercise program which is consistent, emphasizes core strenghening and stretching is valuable for healing most situations which involve the back. ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
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Microfracture: Recovery for Microfracture knee surgery ( performed to encourage incursion of blood supply to enable healing of articular surface) is in stages. Firs... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
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Knee postop: What surgery did u have ? Typically if you have resumed all your desired activities and experience no knee pain or swelling you r fine and don't need ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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Surgical shoulder in: When there r structural damages to supporting ligaments ,tendons or bone., many times full recovery maximally occurs when surgical repair is undertake... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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AC injury: This is a very commonly injured part of the shoulder It is where your collar bone attached to the anterior portion of your shoulder blade. Most of th... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
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Rotator cuff: pathology indicates an abnormality which in the rotator cuff usually indicates a spectrum. first there is inflammation of the bursa and tendons of the... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
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Weight lifting: Yes. As long as there is not any associated pain don't be concerned
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A male asked:
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Knee injury: Severity of injury will determine the rate of recovery . Most knee injuries which don't continue to improve should be a sign that the knee should be s... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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Tailbone: Avoid direct contact with firm surfaces , trIal with donut pillow , use real anti inflammatory like diclofenac ,nalbutone. Stool softeners
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A 49-year-old female asked:
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5 mo old hand injury: You should immediately be seen by a Hand specialist , One can have injury to the tendons ,ligaments which can be equally painful and should be treated... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
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Waist back pain: How long have u had it ? Any other issues like pain when u urinate , fever , chills , other medical diagnosis? Without a history of an injury we thin... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Fibula: Depends where the fibula is fractured as well as if there are any other injured parts. Eg ankle ligaments or syndesmosis ,if also injured and missed ,... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
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Ignore: Ask what areas of the body get bursitis ( shoulder ,elbow , hip, knee) and what complaints one has.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
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Leg bumps: What u describe is probably varicose veins , which are soft ,can protrude with activity, and can be on both legs. Try wearing some mild support hose w... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
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Ignore: Rotator cuff 1. Minimize placing the arm in positions which produce pain. Treat with Nsaids.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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Tailbone: Almost impossible to totally alleviate , stay on stool softener so , use donut pillows , avoid sitting on area of pain. Trial with NSAIDs like celecox... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Winged scapula: Depends upon the causation. You should be evaluated by either a neurologist or orthopaedic specialist
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Ignore: Think about onset, activity, how long, what helps , what worsens, whether this is recurring, ?
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Ribs: No. Treat with naproxen ds two times a day for two weeks . Get an X-ray , don't let that area get adjusted
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A 25-year-old male asked:
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More info: need to know how long you have had this and if it is getting worse ? if so and has been there for more than 2 weeks you should be seen by a dr
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Rib: Muscle twitching , our ribs inflate and deflate by activation of the intercostal muscles, Get it checked out if it persists beyond several days
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A female asked:
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Probably: cant tell without an xray , go get checked by an md
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A 48-year-old member asked:
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Elbow pain: Is the pain only on the left ? Does it occur with any movement of the arm ? Is it on the inside or outside of the elbow . Typically the elbow gets str... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
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Fibulae head avulsn: One needs to be concerned regarding the injury to the surrounding tissue like the PCL or posterior lateral corner . I.e. The fibulae head avulsion is... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Swollen foot post an: MECHANISM of injury which is a result of a severe inversion force can also injure part of the foot. U need. To be further evaluated for that.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
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Rarely will cause it: But can definitely aggravate it
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A 30-year-old female asked:
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Shin bumps: Small masses at junction of leg with ankle, are usually not a concern if they don't continue to increase in size or pain. If the burning pain persist... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
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Nerve injury: Complete transaction of a nerve in the foot as described is neurotmesis.. Partial transaction of only the axon with preservation of the surrounding s... Read More
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A member asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee cap: Direct blows to the knee cap will usually injure the protective bursa sac , which will swell and produce pain. If your knee cap pain is increased wit... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee issues: Root of the meniscus is the part which attaches to the bone, if it is displaced then it is probably torn,.Yes Acl sprain indicates a partial tear of ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Postop knee pain: Either md and or your surgeon can assist u with making the correct choices, if your knee pain is staying moderate to severe at 4 weeks post op u shoul... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Arch collapse: What is your other foot like ? Is it also collapsed? If not you may have ruptured a tendon which holds up the arch . You should be evaluated . Either... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
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Knee hemarthrosis: Depends on what caused it . You should be followed by a doctor
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A 40-year-old female asked:
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Knee contusion: When a direct blow to the knee has occurred it results in bruising of the undersurface of ones knee cap as well as the femoral trochee a it sits. Abov... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Lumbar. Degerative d: It is extremely. Unlikely that rectal prolapse is caused or related to lumbar disc problems, get it checked by a specialist of the lower end of the co... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
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Knee cap: Described symptoms can be very characteristic of a septic bursitis. These can occu very quickly as a result of even a minor rug burn or insect bite. T... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Ankle pain: Progressive worsening of ankle pain,swelling,stiffness without a history of trauma is concerning as .there can be many causes ,some of which can be s... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
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STRIAGHT LEG RAISES: IF YOU HAVE NO PAIN OR KNEE SWELLING IT IS UNLIKELY TO BE A MAJOR ISSUE. YOU SHOULD CONSIDER DOING STRAIGHT LEG RAISES TO STRENTEN YOUR QUADRICEPS . G... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Ibu plus acetamin: One can make use of alternating Tylenol (acetaminophen) with Motrin ,to Rx pain in OA . The important point to be aware of is the max. amount of dai... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
YES: IT IS VERY COMMON TO HAVE SWELLING AND STIFFNESS IN ALL OF THE FINGERS OF THE AFFECTED HAND POST OP. YOU CAN MINIMIZE IT MY ELEVATING YOUR HAND ABOVE ... Read More
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A female asked:
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Within 2 weeks: Can be accomplished within 4 weeks of the injury ,but better to perform sooner than that time frame
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Knee : Unsure what "lance " means but if your knee locks and can't straighten for 3 months u need to be seen by a knee specialist!
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A 24-year-old male asked:
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Shoulder injury: As a rugby player which indicates u were probably exposed to a large injuries force., the fact that u have pain with attempted push-ups indicates poss... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Gross
Aug 21, 2020
Dr. Pospisil is an expert orthopedic surgeon. I am proud to have referred him patients, who always return happy and better off!
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pospisil is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pospisil is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for a very clear and concise answer. Now I will know how to proceed if and when another similar injury occurs. Also, please pardon the delay in replying.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank u!! I've got a puncture wound from thorn, top of hand, from weed eating a pasture. Nearest Dr, hr away. Will go.Thank u so much for your time!!!!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! im already taking glucosamine and chronditin, also, i think i have thyroid issues that arent caught in bloodwork so im taking kelp and losing weight

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

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Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA
Graduated 1978MD

Residency

DUKE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

summa cum laude-UCLA, ALPHA OMEGA ALPHA- USC, PHI BETA KAPPA -UCLA
TOP DOCTORS 2012
TEAM DR MARINAHIGH SCHOOL 1990- 2006

Affiliations

AAOS,COA,PIEDMONT ORTHO
calif ortho association
Fellow, American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgery
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