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AboutDr. BirchHip and Knee Replacement

Dr. Birch specializes in adult reconstructive Orthopaedic surgery, with a focus on primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty. He is skilled in minimally invasive total joint arthroplasty as well as advanced techniques in managing complications of failed or painful hip and knee replacements. He is comfortable performing total hip replacements through all surgical approaches and, together with the patient, decides which option is best for each individual.

Alta Orthopaedics
  • “Exceptional care for every patient, every day, every time.”

  • Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our community by offering the highest-level orthopaedic care in California’s Central Coast. We recognize every patient has a unique situation for which we provide exceptional care and treatment – as individualized as they are. We believe that the best orthopaedic care is obtained through the relationship and collaboration of patient, physician and staff team.

  • Alta Orthopaedics has been providing expert orthopaedic and sports medical care to the greater Santa Barbara community for over 30 years. We are a dedicated team of board certified orthopaedic surgeons, physician assistants, and physical therapists. Our goal is to apply the most advanced medical and surgical technologies to help our patients regain function and live more active and fulfilling lives. We are the leaders in patient-friendly orthopaedic care in California’s Central Coast.

Patient Reviews
  • Dr. Christopher E Birch is not only an excellent surgeon but he is also a compassionate, patient, and hard working individual. He takes the time to not only know his patients, but figures out the best possible solutions for them. He is willing to come alongside his patients to support them and care for them to the best of his abilities. If you ever have the opportunity of talking to him, pick his brain! He is open to answering any questions you might have.

  • Being Dr. Birch's patient was a pleasure from start to finish. He was incredibly thorough in his explanation, and it's a week out from my surgery and things are going great. I can't believe I was ever nervous about getting a total knee replacement!

  • Dr. Birch is gifted beyond belief! He's smart, thinks outside the box and has the very BEST bedside manner is he's fantastic with children and their neurotic parents (Myself). He left no detail unturned. I give Dr. Birch 5 Stars and beyond. My son healed quickly and is already cleared to ride again.

What to Expect During Joint Replacement Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • University of California San Diego