Aaron K. Salyapongse, M.D.

Joint Replacement, Fracture Care, Arthroscopic Surgery and General Orthopedics

“I see each patient as an individual with unique goals, anatomy, and problems requiring a treatment plan that best meets his or her specific needs.”

Credentials

  • Fellowship, Adult Reconstruction - Hip and Knee Surgery
  • Medical Director, ValleyCare Health System, Joint Replacement Institute
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Salyapongse graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He earned his medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, California. In addition to providing high quality general orthopedic care (fractures, sports injuries, hand and wrist injuries), Dr. Salyapongse completed a total joint fellowship at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he trained extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the hip, knee, and shoulder. He utilizes advanced arthroscopic techniques to address a multitude of conditions involving the hip and knee.

Dr. Salyapongse also specializes in tissue-sparing techniques for hip and knee replacement surgery (including the anterior approach hip replacement, minimally invasive knee replacement, and customized knee replacement) that provide the potential for shorter recovery times, accelerated rehabilitation, and durable, long-lasting joint replacements. He also specializes in the diagnosis of problems and treatment of patients who have already had their joints replaced.

Dr. Salyapongse serves as the medical director of joint replacement at the ValleyCare Health System. He currently is a certified instructor for anterior approach hip replacement. He travels nationally to teach other surgeons how to perform this revolutionary procedure in hip replacement. He is also pioneering the use of customized technology for knee replacement surgery. This ensures that each individual receives a knee replacement, sized and positioned customized to your unique anatomy.

Dr. Salyapongse is fortunate to have Robin Fuessenish, PA-C as his physician assistant. Click here to learn more about PAs and the PA profession. 

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Patient Education Videos

Below is a collection of animated videos that help patients understand the procedures and techniques utilized by Dr. Aaron K. Salyapongse, M.D.

Hip Procedures:

Knee Procedures:

Video: Anterior Approach

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Patient Reviews

“After a couple of years of pain in my back and hip, I was referred to Dr. Talwar. Dr. Talwar realized the problem was not my back and referred me to Dr. Salyapongse. Dr. Salyapongse explained that I needed a total hip replacement at age 49. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable concerning the leading edge of technology in his field. He answered my questions, calmed my fears and made me feel comfortable with my decision to pursue the surgery. His follow-up care was exceptional and his support staff phenomenal. Five months later I developed an infection (strep b). This time I was even more impressed with Dr. Salyapongse's handling of this urgent situation. He explained my options clearly and at that point I knew that I had picked the right surgeon. My experience has been very positive and I feel he is an asset to your practice. He has given me back my active lifestyle free of hip pain.” – S. Shaw

"I had a new custom hip joint inserted on May 24th, 2011 by Doctor Salyaponge. He and I discussed my needs and the availability of a strong, collared, large replacement – and that is exactly what I got. The surgery obviously went very well and there were no complications anytime afterwards, though I will discuss which general anesthetic and post-op pain killers to use next time (when this hip wears out). I haven't noticed any geometry differences from the original and my range of motion is getting better. I walked out of the hospital two days later. The recovery felt rather slow, but then my muscles and tendons were very tight I guess even though I was still running three miles a week before surgery. If I hadn't been so restless the hospital stay would have been agreeable. The nurses were great as were all concerned doctors and therapists.

Recovery:
Three months – backpacked 25 mile round trip to 12,500 ft Mt Conness in Yosemite. I was very cautious and had no problems.
Four months – started running moderately again and went back to fencing. Felt like I had 90% use again.
Six months – Running uphill almost like old times and able to lunge better while fencing. Leg is much stronger. Felt like 90% use again.
Eight months – Leg getting stronger still. Felt like 90% use again. Obviously I had forgotten just how strong my legs used to be.
Ten months – Can actually run like I used to but don't, just to make sure I don't impact the hip too much. Even so I will fence agressively. The hip muscles still get pretty sore after a vigorous work out but that is okay. Feels like 90% use again. I won't feel 100% until I can do one-legged deep knee bends like before, maybe even with a backpack on. I forgot that it took three years for my partially torn ACL to heal completely.

Two more months untill my one year post-op. I'm anxious about what the X-rays will show. I have already put many miles on the new hip and have treated it like the good one, living the active lifestyle I always have. If it shows any wear so far I will be concerned. If it doesn't I will be ecstatic. Just a few years ago I would have been resigned to being crippled and half blind (had a cataract operation). Modern medicine and highly skilled surgeons! Thank-you Doctor Salyaponge and Jamie - and all support personnel!" - M. Stanly

"I was very please with the treatment that was provided to me by Dr. Aaron Salyapongse and other staff. They are excellent. No other words can explain how superb they are." – Roger A.

"I recently had right hip replacement surgery and I consider myself VERY fortunate to have Dr. Salyapongse as my surgeon. He is just what you hope to find in a doctor. He didn't push surgery, but he also didn't hesitate once we had exhausted the other interventions - he knew how much pain was involved in my condition (even though I am considered young for the procedure). The surgery went very well, and I was off pain pills and walking with crutches in a week, driving and walking with a cane in 4 weeks, and back at work walking better than ever with no assistance and no pain and no limp six weeks later. Everyone thought I had a great physical therapist, but it was the skill of the surgeon and the newer minimally invasive approach. I still can't believe how small the scar is! I would do it again in a heartbeat." - L. Robinson

"David, 2.5 years out from his hip replacement, hiking Yosemite."

"I was 64 years old when I had my left hip joint replaced by Dr. Salyapongse and the Webster team in November 2009. Although I have had a few minor "repair" surgeries earlier in life, this was my first major surgery. I could not have been more pleased with the process and the outcome. Dr. Salyapongse, the rest of the team at Webster, and coordination with hospital personnel were all outstanding and beyond my expectations. I felt like I was informed every step of the way, I knew what to expect, and never had a question or call that went unanswered. I expected my recovery to be pretty quick, and it was. I was back to work in an office in about 10 days, and back riding a bike on the Iron Horse Trail in 5 weeks. Now, almost 2 years after the surgery, I don't even think about my hip, and I feel great. No restrictions, no pain, no complaints, and regarding Webster Orthopedics - on a scale of 1 to 10, a perfect '10'" – P. Geddis

"February 2010, Dr. Salyapongse replaced my right knee. Before the operation, Dr. Salapongse, told me that I will get mobility improvement, but he was not sure how much. See my right knee was a total mess, and I was not standing up straight, walking very good, and in pain a lot. Since the operation, I am standing taller, walking much better, and can do things I was not able to do for years. His bed side manner is great, along with the way he cares for someone on a case by case situation. Also, because I have Parkinson, Dr. Salyapongse contacted the Doctor that I see for my Parkinson." – L. Cunningham

D. Welch at the NBTS (National Brain Tumor Society) 5k walk in May.

“It was a very humbling yet awesome experience, especially since I was able to participate this year with both of my sons at my side. Many thanks to Dr. Salyapongse & my new hips!” – D. Welch

“Anterior Hip Replacement - Surgery and hospital stay went very well. I was walking with the aid of a walker on the second day. Stayed on the walker for two days after leaving the hospital and then used a cane for about two weeks. Did my home therapy 3 times a day and went to professional therapy for about 10 sessions. I was playing golf before 2 months after surgery. I can't say enough about the skill and professionalism of all involved." – R. Senft

"3 weeks to the day after (arth. meniscus) knee surgery, I played a 2 day golf tournament. With a slightly modified stance (front toe pointed out) I played Saturday with no pain and only moderate discomfort the next morning. On Sunday I shot my personal best round in tournament play, and still only moderate discomfort the next morning. Thank you very much!" – Paul K.