Dr. Thomas Degenhardt

Dr. Thomas C. Degenhardt is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a fellowship in sports medicine, specializing in arthroscopic surgery and knee joint replacement. With over three decades of performing highly technical surgical procedures, Dr. Degenhardt has worked with fellow orthopedists to advance the effectiveness of knee replacement surgery as well as the durability of artificial joints, called prostheses. Working with Zimmer, a leading developer of innovative personalized joint replacement technologies, Dr. Degenhardt utilized new Patient Specific Instrumentation (PSI) and MRI technology for knee joint replacement.

Zimmer PSI represents the next generation in customization of total knee surgical procedures. MRI imaging and specialized preoperative software provide surgeons with additional control in their preoperative planning, and enable them to view in detail the precise size and shape of an individual’s anatomy. For the total knee joint replacement procedure, Zimmer PSI creates disposable, patient-matched femur and tibia pin placement guides designed to facilitate a simplified, efficient, and surgeon controlled surgical experience.

While utilizing standard knee joint replacement guides, experienced surgeons regularly achieve excellent success in their knee replacement surgeries with great outcomes for their patients. However, when it comes to a procedure as specialized as total knee joint replacement, technological advances are important. One of the immediate benefits to the patient of PSI and MRI computer-assisted design is the ability to precisely measure all of the bone resections required for a knee joint replacement preoperatively. In addition, imaging soft-tissue attachments to the knee provides anatomic information allowing the surgeon to accurately locate the epicondylar axis, which is useful in aligning a knee joint replacement.

Dr. Degenhardt explains his professional reasons for using Zimmer PSI, “I believe that it is vital to stay in touch with the latest advances in technology, which may enhance surgical accuracy. Zimmer PSI offers one of today’s most technically advanced softwares for orthopedic surgeons. Learning these technologies and evaluating their efficacy has the potential to make an already extremely successful procedure even better.”

Since less soft-tissue dissection is required using Zimmer PSI when compared to using standard instrumentation, the technology may minimize the invasiveness of knee replacement surgery and should ultimately lead to shorter operative times. The new advanced PSI technology is paving the way for even safer, more effective knee replacement surgeries for future patients.

Dr. Degenhardt is a team physician at the high school and college level and an avid skier. He is proud of his service as a team physician for the Untied Sates Ski team. In addition to his community involvement and contributions to advancing the orthopedic profession, Dr. Degenhardt has been recognized for his excellence in patient care by Santa Rosa Memorial Hosptial, having been awarded the “Top Doc” designation for three consecutive years.

At SRO, Dr. Degenhardt is part of a collaborative team of nine multi-specialist orthopedic surgeons and experienced physical and occupational therapists. In its efforts to bring the best outcomes to patients, SRO has set the model for exceptional orthopedic care for over 60 years. SRO offers patients in-house diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, sports injury prevention, as well as advanced surgical treatments in joint replacement, sports medicine, trauma care, hand, foot, ankle and general orthopedic surgery. For more information on Dr. Degenhardt and the other SRO surgeons, visit http://www.srortho.com.