Whether treating a painful fractured hip or repairing damage to the delicate bones of the human hand, Huntington Hospital’s commitment to providing individual attention and ensuring patient satisfaction has made us a leader in orthopedic care. The hospital’s renowned orthopedics department includes expert staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques. Huntington Hospital offers patients the most comprehensive and awarded inpatient and outpatient orthopedic care available in the San Gabriel Valley.

Each year, Huntington Hospital’s orthopedic surgeons perform hundreds of joint replacement procedures using the latest technological advances in orthopedic surgery. Combined with advanced pain management and rapid recovery protocols, the team at Huntington Hospital replaces stiff and painful joints, so patients can quickly return to their active lifestyles with less pain and greater mobility.


Tim Sullivan is an active guy. He has run marathons, completed triathlons and climbed mountains. When he started having pain in his hip, he ignored it at first. When it got worse, he tried physical therapy, but it soon became clear the problem was more serious than he had initially thought. Before the pain started, he could hike 20 miles. Eventually, it got so bad he could no longer take a short walk.

The pain became constant, and an MRI exam showed that Sullivan had severe damage in his hip. There were fractures across the head of his femur. The cartilage between the femur and hip socket was gone, and the bones were literally scraping against each other. To stop the pain, he would need to undergo total hip replacement surgery at just 57 years old.

“I knew I absolutely wanted my surgery to be at Huntington Hospital,” Sullivan, whose wife is an occupational therapist, said. “My family and I have been patients before, and we always had the best of care.”

Before the procedure, he attended a special educational session at the hospital to learn about what to expect before, during and after surgery. Following the procedure, he appreciated what he had learned.

“They made sure I would have the best recovery possible,” he noted.

Todd Dietrick, MD, medical director of Huntington Hospital’s joint replacement program, performed the operation to remove and replace the damaged parts of Sullivan’s hip, and the surgery was an overwhelming success. He was home within 24 hours, and within two months, he was hiking again. Last August, he and his family climbed Mount Whitney — the highest summit in the continental United States!

“From the moment I walked into the hospital, everyone was great — not just the doctors, but people at the front desk, nurses, staff checking me in, everyone,” Sullivan said. “I just can’t say enough good things about my experience, and the people at Huntington Hospital who helped me every step of the way.”

For more information about Huntington Hospital’s orthopedic program, visit huntingtonhospital.org/ortho.

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