Matthew Russo, MD & Vincent Russo, MD – Orthopedic Surgeons is one of the best!

Matthew Russo, MD & Vincent Russo, MD – Orthopedic Surgeons

Total Joint Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Matthew W. Russo is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic specialist in both primary and complex revision total joint replacement surgery. He performs the anterior approach to the hip in addition to total and partial knee replacement utilizing cutting-edge robotic surgery technology. His research in multimodal pain management strategies combined with minimally invasive techniques allows many of his patients to be discharged home safely on the same day as their procedure. He feels grateful to have the opportunity to serve the Phoenix community as a third-generation orthopedic surgeon, joining his father in practice in 2017. He is honored to continue the legacy of treating the orthopedic needs of local patients, just as his father and grandfather have done for almost 35 years.

Dr. Russo received his undergraduate education from the University of Notre Dame prior to his completion of medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. There, he became a member of a select group of medical students known as the Gold Humanism Honor Society representing “humanistic attitudes in medicine.” He went on to complete his residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he received multiple awards for resident teaching in medical education. Dr. Russo then completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at the Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic in Alexandria, Virginia, where he performed over 600 hip and knee replacements.

Total Joint Orthopedic Specialist

Medicine is in the family for Dr. Russo, whose father was an orthopedic surgeon and his son as well.  Dr. Russo is board-certified in orthopedic surgery with more than 30 years of experience treating patients in the Phoenix area. During this time, he has been privileged to care for as many as three generations of patients from the same family. His practice specializes in arthroscopic surgery and total joint replacements. As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Russo enjoys the challenge of treating a variety of conditions and problems ranging from sports-related injuries to total joint replacements. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed residency programs with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University.

Dr. Matthew Russo grew up with incredible role models in his Dad and Grandfather, both of whom were Orthopedic Surgeons. His Dad continues to practice here in Scottsdale and Matthew is a very established partner in the practice, sitting in the same office his Grandfather once held.

Total hip arthroplasty is a procedure to remove the damaged hip joint and replace it with an artificial one with the goal of returning to the activities previously enjoyed without discomfort. Although the anterior approach to total hip replacement was first performed over 50 years ago in France, it wasn’t popularized until much more recently in the United States with the advent of a specialized table. This approach allows the surgeon to replace the damaged joint by working between the muscles rather than detaching them. It is performed through a small incision utilizing minimally invasive techniques on the front of your hip. The anterior approach allows for the use of xray during the surgery to ensure accurate component placement and leg lengths. Advantages of the anterior approach over the more traditional posterior approach include more accurate component placement, accelerated early recovery and pain relief, decreased dislocation rates, and no need for hip precautions following surgery.

Typically, patients who may be a candidate for a total hip replacement have significant groin pain that often can travel down the front of their thigh, sometimes all the way to the knee while performing everyday activities such as walking, hiking, or running. Often, patients will complain of difficulty placing their shoes or socks. Discomfort in the buttocks is usually referred pain from the low back and spine rather than the hip itself. If the discomfort is only mild, surgery would not be recommended as patients will often find that their pain is improved with anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or steroid injections.

Minimally invasive partial knee replacement is an alternative to total knee replacement and involves only replacing the part of the knee that has been damaged. The knee has three compartments, the inside (medial), outside (lateral), and patellofemoral (under the knee cap). While oftentimes severe arthritis will involve the entire knee, if only one of the compartments is involved, then you may be a candidate for a partial knee replacement. Advantages of partial knee replacement include enhanced recovery with the procedure typically performed on an outpatient basis and a more natural feeling knee due to the preservation of all your native ligaments. Partial knee replacement patients continue to enjoy an active lifestyle, returning to many activities that are often avoided after total knee surgery.

Candidates for partial knee replacement will often describe isolated pain only in one specific part of the knee, most commonly on the inside (medial) aspect, associated with activities such as walking, jogging, golfing, or recreational sport. Similar to other forms of joint replacement however, if the discomfort is only mild then surgery would not be recommended as patients will often find that their pain is improved with anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or steroid injections.

Total knee replacement is a procedure to remove the damaged knee joint and replace it with an artificial one composed of metal and plastic. As opposed to partial knee replacement, a total knee arthroplasty refers to the replacement of the entire joint. Total knee replacement is one of the most common and most successful procedures performed in orthopaedic surgery, allowing patients to return to activities such as walking, golfing, and biking with a significant improvement in discomfort. The surgery is performed through an incision on the front of the knee, cutting away the damaged bone and replacing the joint by cementing metal components to the bone ends and placing a plastic component in between, allowing the joint to move freely without the grinding limitation and pain of arthritis.

Candidates for total knee replacement are typically 50+ years of age and will often describe sharp pain in the knee associated with activity that is not relieved with over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy, or steroid injections.

Although joint replacement continues to be one of the most successful surgeries performed in this country, there are occasional complications that may require revision surgery. The causes for revision surgery are numerous and require a discussion with your surgeon to discuss your individual options if you are the recipient of a total joint replacement but continue to have activity-limiting pain or discomfort.

Complex joint replacement may be necessary for the patient who requires a total joint surgery but has complex anatomy, prior injury, or repeated prior surgery that complicates how the surgery is performed. These patients may require a surgeon with experience in many different aspects of joint replacement surgery to ensure the best outcome possible.

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