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Desert Orthopaedic Center was founded in 1970 by Dr. John H. Payne and Dr. Chester W. Eskey to provide care for problems in the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.

Since 1970, the center has evolved into our current group of orthopaedic surgeons. We provide general orthopaedic care, and each doctor has special expertise in a subspecialty area, such as sports medicine, total joint replacement or revision, arthroscopic reconstruction of the knee and shoulder, microscopic hand surgery, pediatric orthopaedics, scoliosis and spinal deformities, spinal surgery, and foot and ankle reconstruction. To stay current with the latest orthopaedic care techniques, DOC doctors participate in seminars, conferences, and research studies.

To provide the highest quality and most cost-effective orthopaedic care, the doctors at DOC are assisted by many experienced and highly trained personnel.

Physician assistants aid in your clinical evaluation and your surgical care. Our technicians allow us to complete necessary X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans in our office in a safe and convenient fashion. Our medical secretaries, business office personnel, and receptionists are skilled in dealing with insurance companies and various healthcare plans.

Our primary goal is excellence in the care of our patients. We are committed to providing streamlined, efficient, subspecialty, state-of-the-art orthopaedic care of the highest quality found anywhere in the nation.

Superior Sports Medicine Care

For over five decades, our specialty-trained providers at Desert Orthopaedic Center have continued to be the region's experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating sports-related injuries and conditions. From ankle sprains and strains to tendon ruptures and fractures, our doctors use the newest techniques and technology to better the experience of our patients. 

Working with patients from many walks of life, we have provided superior care to recreational, professional, collegiate, and high school athletes as well as show performers, entertainers, and stars. 

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Las Vegas High School
Las Vegas Legends
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
USA Swimming
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At our Desert Orthopaedic Center Surgery Center and Recovery Center, we can better serve your needs by providing superior care during and after your surgery.  Striving for excellence in the care of our patients, our facilities can make your experience convenient and resources accessible to you without compromise.

The Surgery Center is a premiere orthopaedic ambulatory surgery center established by our doctors of Desert Orthopaedic Center. With our extensive experience in the orthopaedic healthcare environment, we can provide our patients with care of the highest quality found anywhere in the nation.

Patients who have undergone a total joint replacement or spine surgery can stay overnight at our Recovery Center, where we are committed to providing convenient avenues for you to receive the care that you deserve.

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