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.
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Prebysterian Hospital
Hip arthritis in young, active patients
Hip replacement in patients < 30 years old
Hip replacement in teenagers and children
Robotic hip replacement
Robotic knee replacement
Hip replacement after failed hip preservation surgery
Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis) of the hip
Same-day discharge (Outpatient) hip replacement
Patient-specific customized 3D surgical planning
Hip preservation (hip arthroscopy, surgical hip dislocation, osteotomy/Ganz/PAO surgery)
Minimally-invasive hip replacement
Patient-specific hip replacement
Same-day discharge (outpatient) hip replacement
Robotic hip replacement
Hip replacement after failed hip preservation surgery
Revision (re-do) hip replacement
Hip arthroscopy (hip scope)
Periacetabular osteotomy (Ganz PAO)
Robotic knee replacement
Revision (re-do) knee replacement
Robotic partial knee replacement (uni, patellofemoral)
2018 "Best Hip Papers", 2nd Annual World Arthroplasty Congress
2018 Best Scientific Exhibit, AAOS Annual Meeting
2018 Best Poster, Adult Reconstruction Hip, AAOS Annual Meeting
2016 The Knee Society John N. Insall Traveling Fellowship
2011-2012 Chief Resident
2011 Emerging Leaders Forum American Orthopaedic Association
2011 Current Concepts Foundation Scholarship
2007 OTA Annual Meeting Special Interest Paper Award
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
European Hip Society (EHS)
International Society of Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA)
Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) International
Eastern Orthopaedic Association (EOA)
English, Russian, Spanish
One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.
As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.
Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Vigdorchik as of March 05, 2019.
Intellijoint Surgical Inc.,-Consultant; Member of Scientific Advisory Board; Ownership Interest
Smith & Nephew- Consultant
Stryker-MAKO Surgical Corp.- Consultant
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University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine, 2007
University of Missouri - Columbia, General Surgery, 2008
Detroit Medical Center / Providence Hospital , Orthopaedic Surgery, 2012
Hospital for Special Surgery - Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement 2013
International Traveling Fellowship in Hip Preservation Surgery (Bern Switzerland, Zurich Switzerland, Boston Childrens' Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis) 2013
Board Certified – American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
Markel, DM; Golladay, GJ; Vigdorchik, JM. "Revision for Instability…Options to Consider in Challenging Cases." In: Jacofsky, DJ; Hedley, AK. Fundamentals of Revision Hip Arthroplasty. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.
Althaus, A, Vigdorchik, JM, Long, WJ. "Navigation in Unicondylar Knee Arthroplasty." In: Iorio, R; Scott, WN. Insall and Scott Surgery of the Knee. 6th Edition.
Vigdorchik JM, Begly, JP. "Periarticular injection in Total Knee Arthroplasty." In: Iorio, R; Scott, WN. Insall and Scott Surgery of the Knee. 6th Edition.
Smith DC, Vigdorchik, JM, Dorman, S, Iorio, R. "Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty." In: Iorio, R; Scott, WN. Insall and Scott Surgery of the Knee. 6th Edition.
Vigdorchik, JM, Eftakhary, N. "Intra and Periarticular Injections of the Knee." In: Iorio, R; Scott, WN. Insall and Scott Surgery of the Knee. 6th Edition.
Dundon, J, Vigdorchik, JM. "Proximal femoral deformity." In: Tsiridis, E. The Adult Hip: Masters Case Series and Techniques.
Elbuluk AM, Slover J, Anoushiravani AA, Schwarzkopf R, Eftekhary N, Vigdorchik JM.The cost-effectiveness of dual mobility in a spinal deformity population with high risk of dislocation. Bone Joint J. 2018 Oct;100-B(10):1297-1302. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.100B10.BJJ-2017-1113.R3. PMID: 30295522
Elbuluk AM, Ast MP, Stimac JD, Banka TR, Abdel MP, Vigdorchik JM. Peer-to-Peer Collaboration Adds Value for Surgical Colleagues. HSS J. 2018 Oct;14(3):294-298. doi: 10.1007/s11420-018-9616-6. Epub 2018 May 21. PMID: 30258335
Cross MB, Schwarzkopf R, Miller TT, Bogner EA, Muir JM, Vigdorchik JM. Improving registration accuracy during total hip arthroplasty: a cadaver study of a new, 3-D mini-optical navigation system. Hip Int. 2018 Jan;28(1):33-39. doi: 10.5301/hipint.5000533. PMID: 28885648
Aggarwal V, Thakkar S, Collins K, Vigdorchik J.Same Day Discharge After Total Joint Arthroplasty The Future May Be Now. Bull Hosp Jt Dis (2013). 2017 Dec;75(4):252-256. Review. PMID: 29151010
Buckland AJ, Puvanesarajah V, Vigdorchik J, Schwarzkopf R, Jain A, Klineberg EO, Hart RA, Callaghan JJ, Hassanzadeh H. Dislocation of a primary total hip arthroplasty is more common in patients with a lumbar spinal fusion. Bone Joint J. 2017 May;99-B(5):585-591. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.99B5.BJJ-2016-0657.R1. PMID: 28455466
DelSole EM, Vigdorchik JM, Schwarzkopf R, Errico TJ, Buckland AJ. Total Hip Arthroplasty in the Spinal Deformity Population: Does Degree of Sagittal Deformity Affect Rates of Safe Zone Placement, Instability, or Revision? J Arthroplasty. 2017 Jun;32(6):1910-1917. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2016.12.039. Epub 2016 Dec 27. PMID: 28153459
Wasterlain AS, Buza JA 3rd, Thakkar SC, Schwarzkopf R, Vigdorchik J. Navigation and Robotics in Total Hip Arthroplasty. JBJS Rev. 2017 Mar 14;5(3). pii: 01874474-201703000-00005. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.16.00046. No abstract available. PMID: 28359074
Buza JA 3rd, Wasterlain AS, Thakkar SC, Meere P, Vigdorchik J. Navigation and Robotics in Knee Arthroplasty. JBJS Rev. 2017 Feb 28;5(2). pii: 01874474-201702000-00001. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.16.00047. No abstract available. PMID: 28248737
Vigdorchik JM, Nepple JJ, Eftekhary N, Leunig M, Clohisy JC. What Is the Association of Elite Sporting Activities With the Development of Hip Osteoarthritis? Am J Sports Med. 2017 Mar;45(4):961-964. doi: 10.1177/0363546516656359. Epub 2016 Jul 30. Review. PMID: 27474380
Buckland AJ, Vigdorchik J, Schwab FJ, Errico TJ, Lafage R, Ames C, Bess S, Smith J, Mundis GM, Lafage V. Acetabular Anteversion Changes Due to Spinal Deformity Correction: Bridging the Gap Between Hip and Spine Surgeons. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Dec 2;97(23):1913-20. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.O.00276.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Computer Navigation-Assisted Total Hip Arthroplasty: Prevalence and Outcomes Compared with Conventional Technique: Presented at the 2018 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Orleans, LA.
A Prospective Evaluation of 3D-MRI versus 3D-CT in the Evaluation of Osseous Anatomy in Femoroacetabular Impingement: Presented at the 2018 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Orleans, LA.
The Cost-effectiveness of Dual Mobility in a Spine Fusion Population with High-Risk of Dislocation: Podium presentation at the European Hip Society, The Hague, Netherlands, Sept 2018.
Computer Navigation for Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty Reduces Dislocation Rates: Poster presentation at the European Hip Society, The Hague, Netherlands, Sept 2018.
Evaluation of the Spine is Critical in the Workup of Recurrent Instability after Total Hip Arthroplasty: Podium presentation at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Dallas, TX, November 2018.
Patient-specific hip and knee replacement
Outcomes of customized hip replacement
Robotic hip and knee replacement
Hip dysplasia - outcomes of the Ganz PAO osteotomy
Total hip replacement in the young-active patient
Total hip replacement in patients with hip dysplasia
Hip replacement after failed previous hip surgery
These postsurgical rehabilitation guides include exercises, practical tips for daily activities, and other information to help you along your recovery. They are specific to surgical approaches and should be approved by your surgeon prior to use for your optimal safety.
- Left Posterior Total Hip Replacement (Modified/Pose Avoidance)
- Left Hip Resurfacing
- Right Posterior Total Hip Replacement (Modified/Pose Avoidance)
- Right Hip Resurfacing