Dr. Alejandro Gonzalez Della Valle has been fully devoted to orthopedic surgery since 1993. He is an expert in reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee, including joint reserving procedures (osteotomies and arthroscopy), as well as hip and knee replacement surgery. He has surgically treated over 6,000 patients with numerous hip and knee conditions ranging from straightforward procedures to complex revision surgery of hip and knee replacements. He has received the Patients' Choice Award from Vitals.com for being one of New York's favorite physicians yearly since 2008. He has also been named a Top Doctor by NY Top Docs in 2015.
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Dr. Gonzalez Della Valle is aware of his patients’ wide range of expectations for function and activity following surgery. "Patients undergoing joint replacement surgery today are not the same as those who underwent surgery 20 years ago," he says. "Today, the enthusiastic baby boomers, post-baby boomers and young patients who receive a joint replacement expect a short hospital stay, a fast recovery, and a prompt return to their regular activities and active lifestyles." Dr. Gonzalez Della Valle combines classic concepts of total joint replacement surgery with the newest techniques, technologies and materials, and adapts the surgery to meet each patient’s realistic demands. His recommendations for treatment are based on a thorough physical examination and discussion with the patient, a deep understanding of the classic and newest surgical techniques, and a robust body of research, which includes over 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters authored by him.
Most of his patients are active and motivated individuals who are disabled by joint pain and who want to get back to having an active lifestyle. “I encourage my patients to go back to being active, practicing sports, traveling, and enjoying their leisure time after surgery, once they are pain free,” he says.
Dr. Gonzalez Della Valle graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He trained in prestigious institutions in North and South America including Hospital for Special Surgery and the Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires. He also received numerous awards including the prestigious Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica Research Award; the Sir John Charnley Award, which is awarded by the American Hip Society; and the Nicholas Andry Award, which is awarded by the American Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. He is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons where he provides orthopedic expertise on behalf of the AAOS.
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Minimally invasive hip and knee surgery
Hip replacement and resurfacing
Partial and total knee replacement
Sensor-assisted, computer-assisted, and robotic-assisted surgery
Revision hip and knee surgery
Sports medicine knee surgery
Cartilage repair and transplantation
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie
Argentine Orthopedic Association
Argentine Hip and Knee Society
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
Medicare (Status: Non-Par using Medicare Limited Fee Schedule)
United Healthcare Compass
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MD, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1992
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, General Surgery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1993
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Orthopaedics, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1997
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Hip Surgery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1998
Hospital for Special Surgery, Research Hip and Knee, New York, 1999
Hospital for Special Surgery, Hip and Knee, New York, 2002-2004
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Argentine Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Argentine Board of Hip and Knee Surgery
Malik A, Salas AP, Ben Ari J, Ma Y, Gonzalez Della Valle A. Range of motion and function are similar in patients undergoing posterior stabilized total knee arthroplasty with conventional and high flexion polyethylene inserts. Int Orthop 2010;34:965–972
Memtsoudis SG, Gonzalez Della Valle A, Besculides MC, Esposito M, MacKenzie R, Koulouvaris P, Salvati EA. Risk factors for perioperative mortality after lower extremity arthroplasty: a population-based study of 6,901,324 patient discharges. J of Arthroplasty 2010;25(1):19-26.
Su E, Su S, Gonzalez Della Valle A. The stiff knee: Exposure and Management. Techniques in Orthopaedics 2010;26(2):105-110.
Memtsoudis SG, Ma Y, Chiu YL, Poultsides L, Gonzalez Della Valle A, Mazumdar M. Bilateral total knee arthroplasty: Risk factors for major morbidity and mortality. Anesth Analg 2011;113(4):784-90.
Ghomrawi HMK, Franco Ferrando N, Mandl L, Do H, Noor N, Gonzalez Della Valle A. How often are patient and surgeon recovery expectations for total joint arthroplasty aligned? Results of a pilot study. HSS Journal 2011;7:229-234.
Poultsides L, Gonzalez Della Valle A, Memtsoudis S, Ma Yan, Roberts T, Sharrock N, Salvati E. Meta-analysis of cause of death following elective Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty utilizing different thromboprophylaxis regimens. J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 2012;94(1):113–21.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Dr. Alejandro González Della Valle is currently pursuing research into factors affecting speed of recovery.
Welcome to my website. Below you will find the necessary information to make an appointment. In addition, you will find extensive information on the hip and knee conditions that I treat, on hip and knee replacement surgery and arthroscopic knee surgery. You will be able to access the written information that I give to my patients based on their individual needs. This content is for your information only – It should not be used for patient care unless specifically instructed by me.
I strive to provide sensitive, personalized and efficient care to patients with painful hips and knees. Please meet my team:
Hope is my office manager and surgical coordinator. She has been working in the medical field since 1996 and joined my practice in 2012. She oversees all office functions and stages of the pre-surgical appointments. She will discuss surgical dates with you, pre-authorize your surgery, and book the appointments for the pre-admission tests that take place at HSS a few weeks prior to surgery. Both Hope and Rosemary will help you with your administrative needs, insurance authorization, and patient education.
Rosemary has been my medical secretary and assistant for many years. She is our office coordinator specializing in scheduling the appointment calendar for consults and follow up appointments for domestic and international patients. For the appointments, Rosemary will also order xrays and special studies when needed. She has extensive knowledge on the different insurance plans for which I am a provider and she will verify your benefits prior to your visit. Rosemary and I are also fluent in Spanish.
Maureen Barlow, PA-C
Maureen is our Physician Assistant. She completed her training in Pittsburgh, PA where she also worked in the Orthopaedic Surgery department at UPMC. Maureen is my assistant in the office and in the operating room. While I strive to develop a personalized relationship with all my patients, Maureen is an extension of my care. You will see and speak with her during your initial visit and follow up appointments. In clinic, Maureen also can provide continuity of care to patients who are not ready for surgery. While in the hospital, Maureen or I will see you to make sure that your recovery is uneventful. Both of us can answer medical questions pertinent to your current condition, surgery and post-operative care. Patients may also contact Maureen if they need a medication or physical therapy prescription.
- Diagnostic Arthroscopy Animation
- Articular Cartilage Drilling/Microfracture Animation
- Removal of Damaged Cartilage Animation
- Cartilage Transplants - Autograft Animation
- Torn Meniscus Repair Animation
- Torn Meniscus Trimming Animation
- Loose Body Removal Animation
- Patella - Removal of Damaged Cartilage Animation
- Patella - Patella Realignment
- Patella - Drilling/Microfracture Animation
- Patella - Removal of Painful Plica Animation
- Synovial Problems - Removal of Painful Plica Animation
- Synovial Problems - Removal of Inflamed Synovium