Dr. Roger is part of a team of scientists an surgeons that are researching and developing less invasive surgical techniques for minimally invasive hip replacement surgery.  This team has submitted their research to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) as well as other leading academic groups.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FROM DOUGLAS J. ROGER, MD

  • Q. How fast will I leave the hospital?

    A. Generally less than 24 hours. Dr. Douglas J. Roger continues to develop advance strategies for early recovery and new replacement techniques. This involves a combination of specialized surgical techniques, innovative anesthesia approaches and integrated rehabilitation strategies.  This has resulted in shorter hospital stays, lower complication rates and much faster recovery rates for patients undergoing knee replacement surgery.

  • Q. What type of instruments are used in Minimally Invasive Surgery?

    A. Dr. Roger is part of a team of surgeons and engineers who designed instruments for use in minimally invasive hip replacement surgery.  These instruments originally were manufactured in Switzerland but are currently being manufactured in the United States.  Dr. Roger continues to do research on surgical techniques and instruments which may have patent applications in the future.  Dr. Roger uses the same type prosthetic which is used in standard total joint replacements.

  • Q. Does Dr. Roger do the anterior hip approach?

    A. NO. In fact, Dr. Roger is a pioneer in the superior approach to knee and hip replacement surgeries. He is a leading authority on the Direct Superior Surgical Approach to the hip for minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, and the only orthopedic surgeon in the Coachella Valley currently performing the Direct Superior approach to the hip.  Dr. Roger was the first orthopedic surgeon in the Coachella Valley to perform the Direct Superior approach to the hip and believes that it is the least invasive technique with the fastest recovery for hip replacement surgery.

  • Q. Is Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery right for me?

    A. Dr. Roger’s minimally invasive surgery can help alleviate the pain and discomfort of arthritis. There are several surgical options for patients suffering from arthritis of the hip or knee— a consultation with Dr. Roger would allow you to discuss your surgical options or more conservative, non-surgical approaches to pain management.

  • Q. How can I get more information and/or schedule an appointment?

    ICON – Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neuroscience at Desert Regional Medical Center
    1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Suite W201
    Palm Springs, California 92262
    (760) 416-4511

  • Q. Can I mail x-rays and other medical information for the doctor to review?

    A. Unfortunately no, Dr. Roger needs to see and examine you prior to scheduling surgery.

  • Q. What is the sequence of events after I decide to schedule an appointment?

    A. A total of one to three  visits may be required to have the surgery performed by Dr. Roger. Some of these visits can be combined for our patients who live outside the Palm Springs area.

    These visits may include:

    1. An initial consultation
    2. A pre-operative testing and education day
    3. SURGERY (out-of-town patients stay two to three days following surgery)
    4. Two – three post-operative appointments
    5. An appointment every two to three years for routine monitoring

  • Q. Is there a local hotel where I can stay?

     Our office can also assist you with hotel recommendations.

  • Q. What insurance does Dr. Roger take?

    A.  When contacting the office to make an appointment please discuss which insurance plans we currently accept and how we can work with you to make Dr. Roger’s minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery possible for you.

  • Q. Where is Dr. Roger located?

    A. Dr. Roger sees patients at:

    ICON – Institute of Clinical Orthopedics at Desert Regional Medical Center
    1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Suite W201
    Palm Springs, California 92262
    (760) 416-4511

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