Dr. Christopher Hajnik, MD

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Dr. Christopher Hajnik, MD
Dr. Christopher Hajnik, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Encinitas, CA. He has been practicing for 14 years. Dr. Hajnik is affiliated with Tri - City Medical Center and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

332 Santa Fe Dr Ste 110

Encinitas, CA 92024

Contact Information

(760) 943-6700

Dr. Christopher Hajnik, MD

Dr. Christopher Hajnik, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • National Elevator
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Osteoarthritis of Knee
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers
Bone Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty With Robotic Assistance
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Notre Dame
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1994
  • Thomas Jefferson University
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Loyola University Of Chicago / Stritch School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Insall, Scott Kelly Inst Ortho & Sports Med
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Notre-Dame
    Other Education | Completed 2008

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Hajnik has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Hajnik's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Hajnik to family and friends
based on 54 total reviews (18 with comments)
Dr. Hajnik's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (18)
in Cardiff by the Sea, CA |
Dr. Hajnik performed surgery on both hips on two separate occasions in the summer of 2017. We discussed alternatives to surgery but given the amount of pain I was in, opted for surgery on my left hip on June 1, 2017. His bedside manner was caring and comforting. After surgery he made sure my leg's length was even with the other leg and asked me numerous times. Right hip surgery a few weeks later went similarly. My recovery was easy and painless. I would trust no one else and recommend highly
in Carlsbad |
A very no nonsense doctor with amazing knowledge and skill in knee replacement. His staff is top notch and the office has easy access.
in San Diego, CA |
I would recommend Dr. Hajnik in a heartbeat. My hip replacement went better than I anticipated. I was able to walk without assistance in a month! Please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hajnik. My husband sent me to him after his knee replacement. I am so glad he did. I will go back to Dr. Hajnik should I ever need any other surgeries. Thank you Dr. Hajnik. His staff is also very warm, efficient and welcoming. Mrs. R. Sanders
in Oceanside, CA |
I had a full knee replacement performed by Dr Hajnik in April 2017. It has now been six months and couldn't give Chris higher marks. On a 1 to 5 rating I'll give him a 7. I suffered for decades with a knee that dislocated on a regular basis. I would experience awful calve cramps as well. My knee is much stronger than my other knee and have been released to whatever sports or exercises I liked in my past. Racquet sports, hiking, whatever. It's a new lease on life. No calve cramps any longer. AA++
in Carlsbad, CA |
Dr. Hajnik replaced both my knees in 2015 - the right knee in January 2015 and he left knee in March, 2015. I LOVE MY NEW KNEES.. Even after 2 years, I always tell people that the surgery has made such a difference in my life. I know people who have had knee replacements but are not as satisfied as I am. Dr. Hajnik did a wonderful job. His approach to pain control was right on! I had sufficient pain relief so that i could do the exercises I needed to do in order to get the full benefit !
in Carlsbad, CA |
I'm a male 75 years old, on May 16th, 2017 Dr. Chris Hajnik performed knee replacement surgery on my left knee, on August 22nd, 2017 I had last visit with Dr. Chris Hajnik. I walk up and down stairs, go on long walks, etc. etc. and etc. with no pain in left knee. Dr. Chris Hajnik and his staff at Scripps Hospital, Encinitas, CA. are vary Professional, Precise, and very Kind. In other words that's one DAMN good Orthopedic Surgeon!! Thank you Dr. Chris Hajnik and your staff. for D. Bianco
Oceanside, CA |
More pain now than 6 mo ago before total hip. .75 longer leg has totally messed up my back. Traded hip pain for back pain. After lots of pain and money in physical therapy, still way bad. Find another surgeon!
Hudson |
I was thrilled with my hip replacement surgery. Dr. Hajnik made a good decision to do a full hip replacement. I am healing very well. I had an emergency because of a fall and he was prompt, informative, and capable.
San Marcos, CA |
Dr. Hajnik performed a hip replacement in October, 2016. The results are wonderful and I recommend him without hesitation. The surgery went perfectly and the recovery was easier and far less uncomfortable than I feared. Dr. Hajnik always answered my questions in ways that were completely understandable and explained in detail what would be involved in the surgery and recovery. He takes enough time with me so that I never feel rushed or that I am asking too many questions.
Fallbrook, CA |
Fantastic surgeon, have a brand new knee. Knee works greats, fast recovery. I wish I would have done this sooner!!
in Carlsbad, CA |
Provided me and my family with a thoughtful discussion and support all the way through my knee replacement. And - perhaps most important - He did an excellent job with my knee. Life is so much better pain free!
Carlsbad, CA |
I had a full knee replacement on my left knee in 2015 with Dr. Hajnik, and a full knee replacement on my right knee in 2016. I cannot express enough how happy I am with the outcome, and how incredible Dr. Hajnik was throughout the process of both replacements. HIs consultation for the months leading up to the replacement was thorough and professional, and his diagnosis and counsel was incredibly valuable and reassuring. The attention to detail w/prep, surgery, and post surgery was AAA+.
in Oceanside, CA |
Here is what I didn't appreciate about my visit with Dr. Hajnik: 1. Terrible bedside manner ("Don't tell me what hurts just point") 2. Insulted my GP saying snarkily "Then he can be your surgeon" after I expressed a concern my GP shared with me 3. LITERALLY rolled his eyes at me when I told him I had questions 4. Told me "I only have so much time with each patient" 5. Aggressive physical examination It's obvious he appreciates quantity of patients and tests instead of the patients themselves.
in Fallbrook, CA |
Total knee replacement 2015.
in Encinitas, Ca |
Today I waited 50 minutes for an appointment and I found that to be unacceptable so I left. I wish the office would've called me in advance to let me know that he was running behind. This was my second appointment with him. The first time the wait was about 15 minutes, which is fine.
in Encinitas, CA |
He has done i knee replacement that went very well and I am going to have him do the other knee
in Vista, ca |
I'm 72. Dr. Hajnik replaced my hip. I spent 3 days in the hospital. Then went to a nursing care facility for 7 days because I didn't want to put any pressure on my wife. After 2 weeks I got my staples out and was walking with very little assistants (just carried my cane). By the 3rd week I was released from home nursing, OT and PT. Tomorrow will be 4 weeks since surgery and I'm walking over a mile a day,adding a little more every day.
in Carlsbad, CA |
Dr. Hajnik replaced my knee. I am a golfer and really wanted someone who was very experienced, sports focused, and could help me get back in the game. I could not have picked a better surgeon! I was playing 18 holes of golf 3 months after surgery. He is very exact and focused on best practices throughout the process. From initial diagnosis to pain management and surgery, you could not get a better surgeon. Operating room nurses all commented to me on his success with patients.Thanks CORE!
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Dr. Hajnik accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Select PPO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Access Plus Savenet
    Basic PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Health Net
    Covered California - Bronze PPO
    Health Net PPO
    Individual and Family PPO
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
    Kaiser PHCS Network PPO
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • National Elevator
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Hajnik has admitting privileges

Tri - City Medical Center
4002 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
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Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
354 Santa Fe Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
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