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Surgeon Uses Minimally Invasive Techniques To Help Patients End Pain

Dr. Richard Emmanuel is using cutting-edge technology to help his patients end pain.

A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Emmanuel is known for using minimally invasive endoscopic surgery to treat pain in the shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle and complex back and neck disorders like herniated discs and spinal stenosis.

His patients come from all walks of life, including those who’ve suffered chronic pain, those who’ve fallen and suffered an acute injury like a ruptured disc, workers who’ve been injured on the job and school athletes with sports injuries.

Since 1999, Dr. Emmanuel has performed thousands of knee, hip and shoulder surgeries and gained expertise in innovative surgical techniques.

“The techniques we employ were not available, even as few as seven years ago,” Dr. Emmanuel says. “We’ve witnessed a revolution in the field of minimally invasive surgery as it applies to orthopedics.”

Advantages to minimally invasive surgery include: faster recovery, less soft-tissue damage, less pain and better outcomes, Emmanuel says.

Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis with no or shorter hospital stays.

He was one of the first surgeons in Southern California to perform the robotically assisted partial knee replacement surgery MAKOplasty, which only requires a 23-hour hospital stay.

“There is markedly less dissection of soft tissue,” Emmanuel said, “and the surgery precision is unmatched because of the system of checks and balances that are part and parcel of the procedure with the infrared camera and robot talking to each other.”

He is among a handful of surgeons with special training and certification to perform the Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the the lower back (lumbar spine) or neck (cervical spine).

New techniques and small incisions mean hip replacements can be done through the side or front with a one-inch non-muscle cutting incision and a 36-hour hospital stay.

Screws and rods used to act as an internal brace while vertebrae are joined together can be inserted through two one-inch incisions. These lumbar fusions can help patients with degenerative disc disease.

ACL reconstruction of the knee can be done from two half-inch incisions.

It’s his practice’s marriage of orthopedic and endoscopic techniques that has made a difference for a lot of patients, Emmanuel said.

It’s this combination of techniques, personalized and one-on-one attention patients need to recover that sets his practice apart, Emmanuel says. Another doctor in the practice handles pain management.

He calls patients the night of their surgery to make sure everything is okay and “patients know they have access to me,” Emmanuel says.

His skills and patient referrals have earned him an international clientele; and Dr. Emmanuel has patients from Europe and the Middle East.

A consultant at UCLA on work injuries, he operates at the UCLA Medical Center often on patient referrals from other doctors and revision work, fixing things that went wrong on previous surgeries.

A long-time Beverly Hills resident, Emmanuel has an office at 9201 Sunset Blvd. and an office in Culver City near Sony Studios where he sees patients injured on film sets.

For more information, call 866-57-ORTHO (67846) or visit

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