Dr. Roger A. Fontes, MD

Dr. Roger A. Fontes, MD

Orthopedic Surgery | Male | 50 years old

My philosophy is to treat all of my patients as I would want my own family to be treated. My goal at Desert Orthopaedic Center is to provide my patients with the best orthopaedic care available, to help my patients live pain free, and to get my patients back to a full and active lifestyle. I pride myself on open and honest communication and I actively involve my patients in every step of the diagnosis and treatment process.Read more

Desert Orthopedic Center
2930 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy Ste 100
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My philosophy is to treat all of my patients as I would want my own family to be treated. My goal at Desert Orthopaedic Center is to provide my patients with the best orthopaedic care available, to help my patients live pain free, and to get my patients back to a full and active lifestyle. I pride myself on open and honest communication and I actively involve my patients in every step of the diagnosis and treatment process.Read more

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I'd like to thank my patients for providing feedback regarding the care I have provided to them. My staff and I value this feedback and know that the majority of new patient referrals comes from my patients telling their friends and family about me.

I have been a dedicated orthopedic surgeon for over 20 years. Quality patient care is #1 to

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in Henderson, NV |
it's interesting that (in his profile), Dr Fontes states that he treats patients the way he would want his family to be treated. If that is the case, then he doesn't think much of his family. I was frustrated by the poor treatment at every turn. Forgetting to order my MRI, no return phone calls, long waits on hold, rude receptionist. After waiting 3 weeks for his consultation call to discuss my MRI (and calling every other day to request his opinion)- I GAVE UP!! DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!!
in Henderson, NV |
I've had 5 meniscus repairs, 6 injections, and now 1 partial knee replacement over the past 20 years with a total of 4 different orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Fontes did the latest knee replacement, and he was by far the best surgeon I've had. Very skilled, knowledgeable, and stays up to date with the latest technology. I hope I don't have to have the other knee replaced, but if I do I will only be going to Dr Fontes. Don't go to someone who has lots of spare time. He's busy for a reason.
Las Vegas, NV |
In short, it was almost like never seeing a doctor. Received absolutely zero resolution on what I was diagnosed with, and never got a follow up call, from my last appointment....where I got no answers from. DOC is a complete joke. Doctors sit there, collect a bunch of money, and care nothing whatsoever about patients.
in Las vegas |
After a bad motorcycle accident. Late 2013 i was busted up pretty bad. Pelvic bones broken. Dr fontes can come across as ego strong. But what super star doesn't have a bit of an ego. Bottom line is he is a very talented skillfully capable of being a star in his field. I'm greatfull that he was my surgeon. You won't find better.
in Las Vegas, NV |
Dr Fontes is fabulous! I love my new hip and the mobility I have regained. I was in such pain, I could barely walk before my hip relplacemnt. After my surgery, I was up and walking the same day. Recovery was speedy, and post-op discomfort minimal.
in Henderson, NV |
My recent experience during a consult with Dr. Fontes leads me to believe that his hippocratic goal is secondary to his desire for dollars. Dr. Fontes attitude with me as a patient was absolutely deplorable. He displayed a 'superior' attitude and little concern over my actual conditions. He refused to provide input on any condition other than that which he was required to do in spite of having been provided specifics as to the reason for consult. At best, his staff is inadequately trained.
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Dr. Fontes' Care Philosophy

My philosophy is to treat all of my patients as I would want my own family to be treated. My goal at Desert Orthopaedic Center is to provide my patients with the best orthopaedic care available, to help my patients live pain free, and to get my patients back to a full and active lifestyle. I pride myself on open and honest communication and I actively involve my patients in every step of the diagnosis and treatment process.

Dr. Fontes says...

I have been in practice as an orthopedic surgeon for over 20 years. In that time I have taught orthopedic residents at UCSF as an Associate Professor, have managed the Foot & Ankle clinic for San Francisco General Hospital, have covered trauma call at University Medical Center (UMC), a Level 1 trauma hospital, have covered orthopedic call at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and have run a successful orthopedic practice.

I consider myself a "general orthopedic surgeon" in that I treat all orthopedic injuries and diseases except the spine and hand. From Direct Anterior Hip Replacement to Rotator Cuff Repairs to Knee and Ankle Replacements to Fracture Care, I have done it all. 

I take pride in being able to diagnose and treat orthopedic conditions that others may have not been able to successfully treat. I believe treating my patients as I'd want my family to be treated and my goal is to get my patients back to their healthy and active lifestyles.

Dr. Fontes says...

I am the only orthopedic surgeon in the Las Vegas Valley who performs the Direct Anterior Hip Replacement approach for hip replacements. I have done over 320 successful surgeries with this revolutionary approach and my patients have been extremely satisfied.

The advantages of the Direct Anterior Hip Replacement approach vs. a traditional hip replacement are:

  • No muscles cut in surgery
  • No dislocation precautions needed
  • Shortened hospital stay, sometimes leaving next day
  • Up and walking immediately after surgery
  • Shortened use of cane or walker after surgery
  • Less post operative pain
  • Leg length accuracy assured

For more information, please call (702) 731-4088.

Dr. Fontes says...

I'd like to thank my patients for providing feedback regarding the care I have provided to them. My staff and I value this feedback and know that the majority of new patient referrals comes from my patients telling their friends and family about me.

I have been a dedicated orthopedic surgeon for over 20 years. Quality patient care is #1 to me...no exceptions. Whether during an office visit or in the surgical setting, my patients come first and I try to provide the best level of care possible. 

However, the nature of being an orthopedic surgeon means variables outside my control (calls from hospitals, doctors, nurses, PTs, care facilities, etc.) can at times affect office wait times. I encourage my patients to discuss this with my staff and I during their appointments. I believe in transparency with my patients and feel the more they know, the more they understand what goes into providing quality care to patients. Thank you.

Dr. Fontes' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tendonitis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures

Education

  • Medical School
    Washington University In St Louis School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1993

  • Internship Hospital
    University of California, San Francisco

    Completed in 1993

  • Residency Hospital
    University Ca Sf Med Center

    Completed in 1998

    University Ca Sf School Of Med

    Completed in 1998

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Ao/Asif Shoulder Fellowship Under Prof. Christian Gerber-Zurich, Switzerland

    Completed in 1999

    Ao/Asif Trauma Fellowship Under Prof. Norbert Haas-Berlin, Germany

    Completed in 1999

    Ilizarov Fellowship Under Prof. Maurizio Catangi-Lecco, Italy

    Completed in 2000

  • Undergraduate School
    University of California At San Diego

    Graduated in 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hemi (Half) Hip Replacement
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Replacement, Cemented
  • Hip Replacement, Cementless
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Image-Guided Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Reconstruction Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • 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
  • Mini-Incision Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Unicompartmental Hip Surgery
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate