Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Padilla trained at Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently completed a 5 year orthopedic training program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics. He brought his expertise in hip, knee, and shoulder reconstruction surgery to the Chippewa Valley over 10 years ago.
Dr. Padilla has extensive experience in joint reconstruction and was the first surgeon to perform a robot assisted joint replacement in Wisconsin outside of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has been performing direct anterior hip replacement, partial and total knee replacements and shoulder reconstructions for several years here in Wisconsin and now is at the forefront of joint reconstruction surgeries with the incorporation of the Mako Robot System.
His Master’s Degree in Biomechanics has given him a unique advantage in understanding the intricacies of computer navigation and robotics in joint reconstruction. Biomechanics can be considered the original research in the field of Makoplasty surgeries and the development of the Mako Robot. With this degree, Dr. Padilla is set apart from other orthopedic surgeons, as he understands the exact operation of the Robot. Along with his Biomechanics education, his past training at Stanford and the Mayo Clinic has prepared him for the most complex of cases in this field.
Dr. Padilla accepted a position in the Eau Claire & Altoona area with Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in late 2005. Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine was only the second hospital in the state of Wisconsin to have and perform robotic assisted surgeries with a Mako Robot. With the aid of a robotic arm, Dr. Padilla is able to view a virtualization of the patient’s knee or hip on a CT scan. During the joint surgery, the robotic arm system provides Dr. Padilla a virtual view of inside the joint and the area of bone where the implant will be placed. This system gives an added level of accuracy to bone preparation and implant placement.
He and his family have embraced the outdoor lifestyle of the upper Midwest and are thankful for the warm reception they have received from the Eau Claire and Altoona community.