Dr. Vigdorchik is one of few national experts who specializes in all types of hip surgery, from same-day discharge rapid recovery hip replacement to hip preservation surgery, hip resurfacing, and revision hip replacement surgery. Hip preservation surgery includes hip arthroscopy, surgical hip dislocation, and hip osteotomy – specifically a procedure called the Ganz osteotomy, or periacetabular osteotomy (PAO), which is aimed at preventing the development of arthritis and the need for hip replacement surgery. His ability to perform multiple hip procedures – to prevent arthritis, manage arthritis, and treat complications of hip replacement surgeries – provides his patients with the best treatment options for their condition and lifestyle.
Dr. Vigdorchik focuses on safe and correct surgical techniques. Many errors in joint replacement are completely avoidable, which is why Dr. Vigdorchik creates a customized patient-specific 3-dimensional surgical plan (basically virtually doing the surgery before ever entering the operating room) and then uses a robot or computer-assisted technology to execute that plan. That way, he can ensure the quickest recovery and improvement in quality of life, with the least amount of complications.
Dr. Vigdorchik spends a lot of time with his patients. Typical patients are active 30 to 60-year-olds with an arthritic or pre-arthritic condition of the hip or knee, who want to get back to previous activities. His goal is to help patients return to things that make them happy, whether that is skiing, surfing, ice hockey, swimming, chasing kids or grandkids, or just walking around the block.
It is a major priority that his patients understand their treatment plan and they decide on it together. They know exactly what their condition means for them, if surgery is necessary, and how their quality of life will improve afterward. First, he ensures that everything is done to manage the condition without surgery. Then if necessary, he explains how the procedures lead to rapid recovery and fast results, and he makes sure the patients are comfortable with, and knowledgeable about, everything surgery entails.
In addition to surgery, Dr. Vigdorchik performs research on ways to improve customized hip replacement, the outcomes of robotic-assisted techniques, and how best to teach residents and fellows the proper way to perform hip and knee surgery.
Dr. Vigdorchik was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He speaks fluent Russian and Spanish, and is an avid skier, swimmer, hockey player, and golfer.