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Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the... More
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Ortho CSI specializes in care of patients who are considering hip and knee replacement surgery. A decade of research and clinical experience convinced Dr. Long that hip and knee replacement surgery is safer and more precise using computer and robot assistance. Operations are preformed using minimally invasive surgical techniques. The operating room team has special instruments and expertise to care for patients who have complex and revision joint replacement needs.
Advances in anesthesia make joint replacement surgery safer and these improvements allow patients to walk on the day of surgery. Regional anesthesia controls movement and feeling at the surgical site. The patient is given an intravenous sedative to sleep. Pain following surgery is controlled using continuous nerve blocks. Most patients do not experience severe pain or vomiting during the hospital stay.
No malpractice history found for California.
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
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California Orthopaedic Association, Member
The California Orthopaedic Association is the largest statewide association representing orthopaedic surgeons in California. Orthopaedic surgeons evaluate and treat all types of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. This includes surgical and non-surgical treatment of the spine, hip, knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow and hand. The Association assists our members by providing continuing medical education and other resources that enhance their ability to provide high value quality health care.
Even specialists specialize. One orthopedic surgeon might do nothing but hip surgeries, while another does nothing but knees. If you want the best possible care, it’s critical to match your medical need with the doctor who truly specializes in treating it.
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Dr. William T. Long received his medical degree from UC San Diego. He completed Orthopaedic Residency at MLK/Charles Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. He received Joint Replacement Fellowhip Training at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and at the University of Southern California. He is board certified and recertified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Welcome to the Orthopaedic Computer Surgery Institute. William T. Long M.D., founder of Ortho CSI is a national leader in the use of computers and robots for hip and knee replacement surgery. The mission of the Orthopaedic Computer Surgery Institute is to improve joint replacement surgery so that one day all patients can enjoy unlimited activities on a joint replacement that will last a lifetime. Dr. Long and the operating room team at Good Samaritan Hospital performed the first robot assisted partial knee replacement in Los Angeles in October 2008. Perhaps no surgeon has performed more complex and revision hip replacement operations with computer navigation than Dr. Long. The results of this experience convinced Dr. Long that joint replacement is safer and more precise using computer and robot technology in the operating room. Members of our healthcare team have worked together for over a decade. Our physicians have published research on medical treatment to prevent blood clots, rapid recovery surgery and the use of computers to improve joint replacement surgery. We have performed joint replacement surgery at no cost to patients in the United States and around the world. Our patients receive competent and compassionate care from a team of experts. Courteous office staff will help each patient navigate smoothly from initial office visit through the return for long term follow-up. The physicians of California Lung Associates are the triple-boarded medical specialists who provide comprehensive medical care before surgery, during the hospital stay and though the safe transition home. Dr. Julio Raya and Dr. Brian Chan are anesthesiologists who helped to develop the techniques that allow patients to sleep during surgery while breathing oxygen through a mask. Hip and knee replacement surgery is safer without routine use of an edotracheal tube, a respirator or inhaled anesthetic agents. After surgery continuous nerve infusion pumps block pain at the surgical site and this provides superior pain relief without the side effects of injected morphine. Improved anesthesia, minimally invasive surgery, and better pain management allow most patients to walk on the day of surgery. The rapid recovery program helps to avoid the complications caused by bed rest. Most patients return home after two nights. We appreciate all of the patients who trust Dr. William T. Long and Ortho CSI to care for their hip and knee replacement needs.