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Dr. Rick Pospisil

Orthopedic Surgery
male

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Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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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
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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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284 Agrees
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Acl /pcl: Most of the supportive structures within the knee can not heal as they lack a good blood supply. Thus ,both Acl/ pcl , medial ,lateral meniscus, and t... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
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Prevent arthritis: Part of prevention of further wear of ones knee is established by securing the structural deficits as u already have . Other pearls include maintainin... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Bone changes with aT: Our cortical or compact bone actually thins as we age and the diameter enlarges. This is a consequence of our bodies response to the forces around us ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Ankle pain: Anytime one has persistence of pain beyond several weeks ,you should be examined. There are many other causes of ankle joint pain besides trauma.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Prosthesis aa and br: Either an orthopaedic surgeon or physical medicine and rehab specialist. Both work closely with an orthotist and prosthetist
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A 44-year-old member asked:
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Knee injuries: Knee injury is accompanied by pain , swelling, bruising , feelings of weakness or buckling, at times numbness and tingling., giving out or instability... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Wrist injuries: Any part of the body which develops pain , stiffness, swelling , is indicative of either an injury or structural abnormality. Injuries r the culprit i... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
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Knee injury: Many knees may have clicking and popping which may not be of concern. Pain ,swelling, stiffness, locking , or feelings that the knee is unstable are m... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
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Knees: Injury prevention principles can be useful for any joint. 1. Maintain good muscle tone . 2. Keep good cardiovascular conditioning .3 Don't play or ex... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
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Coxydnia: Acupuncture , manipulation , injections , surgery
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Rib pain: Acute onset of rib pain without a history of trauma is not problematic unless it doesn't resolve within few days,. Try heat/ice contrast. Rest, NSAIDs... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
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Walk: Walk for 15 min , 3x a week , stretch daily , lose weight ( BMI of less than 30), NSAIDs,.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Nerve pain: We have a lot of superficial nerves, which run directly over our shin bone and can be easily irritated. Treat with alleve , for a week , avoid compres... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Post op meniscus: If u have no swelling nor symptoms of the knee feeling like it is going to lock or give out probably not. If pain and stiffness persist for another 2 ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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Prime condition: Younger than u think . Most males are at their physiologic maximum between age 16-18!
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A 37-year-old male asked:
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Ignore: Early symptom is increasing leg and thigh pain with ambulating. Which is improved by resting(sit ).
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A 27-year-old female asked:
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T spine : Unusual for bulging discs in thoracic area to produce leg numbness. Arm sxs can not be caused by thoracic spine discs issues as those nerves exit spi... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
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Thigh pain: The answer depends upon your circumstances. Did you have an injury.,, is your pain changing in terms of severity,frequency, or duration. ? Consider a... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
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Thigh leg pain: I would need more history to provide better advice. Perhaps an introductory web consult would be helpful. Di d you have an injury ? DOES YOUR BACK HUR... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
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Most: Most of the time pain reflects too much of an activity for too long a time . So adjust accordingly.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Chest. Muscle: You should have a history of trauma to that area,plus it should have increased pain when you push on it. If you feel a lump or mass ,get it checked by... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
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Knee pain: You can however it would be preferable for you to treat with non narcotic medicines which treat the cause. Ie,. For inflammation ,treat with an Nsaid ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee pain: Some antibiotics have antinflamatory properties( tetracycline) . Since it is not uncommon for post op knees to have sustained some damage to the artic... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Foot fracture: Open surgery to treat a foot fracture complicated by CRPS makes ongoing care necessary, it may be prudent to gain other opinions as to what's best to ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
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Biceps pain: Pain which persists in any area can be cause for concern . Thus if u r 4-6 weeks postop. U should be checked by your surgeon for infection ,status of ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
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Labral tear: Further progression of shoulder symptoms is a function of how hard one works at recovering good motion and strength of ones shoulder. Avoidance of act... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Patellar wear: Recent data confirms the value of strengthening the muscles of our thighs and calves prior to knee arthroplasty. This is especially true for patients ... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Plantar fascitis: Stretching of the plantar fascia ,during the day and at night. Go online and look up the diagrams that show the proper way of stretching. A short cour... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Blunt knee injury : Based on mechanism of injury and persistence of a swollen area u probably have injured the bursa . If it is still there after 2 months u should be see... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Joint pain: It is common to have joint pain upon awakening when people reach their 50-60, fatigue has so many things it can be associated with it would be hard t... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Calf hardness: Increase in calf swelling and hardness post knee surgery can be cause for concern, notify your surgeon so you can be evaluated
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A member asked:
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Swollen finger.: The symptoms described are very suggestive of infection. You should be seen by an an md soon.
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A female asked:
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Knee pain: Without a history of trauma or swelling of the knees ,it may be a symptom from your epiphyseal growth plates. Ask to have X-rays taken of your knees.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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Coccyx: Get a second opinion . Ask to speak with other patients that have had that procedure by the surgeon u r considering. Check with your ob/gyn dr and ask... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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Muscle relaxants: Medications which work by blocking the chemical ( acetylcholine) release by the nerve from activating the muscle to contract. Eg Botox prevents nerve ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder impingement: Part of dealing with inflammation in the shoulder is to try and reduce it. This is accomplished by taking NSAIDs consistently for 2-4 weeks, restricti... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Chronic ankle: If ankle pain ,swelling and inability to return to full function persist after 4 months of RICE Rx. One will expect a thorough physical exam, xrays, i... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Si joint: Pain ,swelling , stiffness are the primary symptoms for osteoarthritis of any joint. Some times it is difficult to distinguish the location of the pro... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Direct trauma to tip: Direct trauma to tips of fingers and thumb usually produce a contusion to the bone and bruising of surrounding soft tissue. Most respond to rest, ice,... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee cap: Depends upon amount of force which occurred. Can u lift your leg with the knee out straight and hold it up against some resistance? If so it's unlikel... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Osteoporosis: One year . U should seek monitoring with an orthopedist that has special expertise with osteoporosis as u will need to be followed for 5-7 years.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Numb hand : Neurologist or upper extremity hand specialist ( can be orthopaedist, plastic surgeon or general surgeon). If u start with a gp they will have to refe... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee effusion : Intrarticular effusion indicates that your your knee is inflamed . If you can't straighten it you probably have some structural wear and tear inside ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Wrist: Severe twist pain would indicate a significant problem you should be seen by a dr and have an X-ray taken
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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Shoulder dislocation: When a joint such as the shoulder is dislocated,trauma invariably occurs to the supporting muscles and ligaments, so. Post injury one will experience ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Severe knee pain: You. Should see an orthopaedic dr soon ! You probably have ligament or meniscal tearing which should be assessed
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A female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Try otc gels: need to treat constipation which can have many causes , get seen by a dr, you can rx with local remedies available in most pharmacies
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A female asked:
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NEED MORE INFO: NEED TO ANSWER , HOW LONG, WHERE, HOW SEVERE, DID IT START AFTER AN EVENT OR CERTAIN ACTIVITY? HAVE YOU HAD THIS PREVIOUSLY?
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A male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Metacarpal fracture: It depends where the fracture is . If it is close to the base then those r slow to heal ( 12-16 weeks ) if it is mid shaft should be healed in 6-8 wee... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Severe injury: What was repaired ,? If only the blood vessels you need to be in the hands of an experienced knee surgeon who can monitor the treatment ,which will p... Read More
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Testimonials
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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!
HealthTap member
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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