South Orange County Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Orange County, Mission Viejo, CA

Face Mask Policy
In keeping up with CDC guidelines, South Orange County Orthopaedics requires all patients to wear a face mask or some form of face covering that covers both the nose and mouth. For individuals that cannot wear a face mask due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face mask, as well as children under the age of 2, will be allowed to enter with a face shield. A face shield will not cause breathing obstructions and is an acceptable alternative solution. We have a very limited number of face shields in our office, so please come prepared with your own. Please note that patients who refuse to wear either a face mask/face covering or a face shield will not be permitted entry into the office. 
Temperature Screening
Our office now requires all patients to undergo a touchless temperature screening to determine whether it is safe for them to enter the office. Patients that have a temperature of 100.0 and above will be asked the following screening questions.
  1. Are you having any cough?
  2. Do you have any shortness of breath?
  3. Do you have a sore throat?
  4. Are you experiencing body aches or chills?
  5. Do you have a new loss of taste or smell?
  6. Do you feel any nausea, or are you experiencing vomiting?
  7. Do you have diarrhea?
  8. Are you experiencing any congestion or a runny nose?
  9. Have you or anyone in your household been tested for COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
If a patient answers yes to any of them, we will have to reschedule the appointment until they are feeling well. 
Patients & Support Persons (Family Member or Caregiver)
At this time, we are only permitting patients to enter the office. Support persons will be asked to remain outside or return to their vehicles. Once patient is in the exam room with the doctor, support persons who were not allowed into the office are permitted to call that individual on the phone, video chat or face time with the doctor so that they may ask questions and take notes on behalf of the patient. The exceptions to this rule are as follows: 
  1. If a patient is a minor (under the age of 18), one support person/parent/guardian may be allowed in with the patient.
  2. Patients who are over the age of 80 and feel they need to have a support person present during the appointment will be allowed to have only one individual accompany them.

South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc.

Dear Valued Patient,

At South Orange County Orthopedic your health and safety is our top priority. Amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, we want to emphasize that, we and our staff are practicing universal safety precautions. We are following updates and guidelines suggested by the CDC, Health Department, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. We realize that it is not what we say, but what we are doing to keep you and your loved ones safe that are most important.

  • Sanitizing common areas and objects. Our staff is regularly sanitizing our front desk and waiting areas, including chairs and tables, no less than once an hour. All doors, elevators, and commonly used items such as pens, clipboards, and iPads are being cleaned after each use.
  • Sanitizing equipment. Our staff routinely sanitizes equipment after each use. Moving forward you will now see our staff wipe the equipment down before it is used on you.
  • Removal of magazines from the waiting areas. We have suspended offering magazines at this time. We will reassess and hope to bring them back in the future.
  • Hand washing. South Orange County employs strict hand washing policies, which includes requiring physicians and employees to wash or sanitize their hands after every patient interaction. And for our staff not directly interacting with patients, they are required to wash or sanitize their hands every 30 minutes.
  • Employees and Providers exhibiting any signs of sickness are prohibited from working.

As long as you are not exhibiting any signs of a cold or flu, we encourage you to keep or make your appointment with us. What you will see and experience when you visit us is a heightened awareness and a demonstration of our care for you and our community.

Thank you for trusting us,

Physicians and management at SOCO

26730 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 200 ~ Mission Viejo, CA 92691 ~ Tel: 949-364-2154 ~ Fax: 949-364-2110

At South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc, patients living in and around Mission Viejo, California, have access to a team of professionals with an unparalleled core of education, training, and skill. State-of-the-art technology and a commitment to remaining on the cutting edge of orthopaedic medicine define this practice.

The physician team at South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc, brings a broad range of skills to the clinic. Patients have access to specialists in sports medicine, joint replacement, microvascular repair, physical therapy, and surgical procedures for virtually all joints within the human body.

They provide services and care in a welcoming, comfortable environment where technological innovation is an integral part of the practice of medicine. A highly individualized approach ensures that patients are always treated as people to be healed and not like numbers to be processed in and out of the office.

South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc, would not be complete without the work performed by a fantastic paraprofessional and support team. From the moment a patient walks through the door to the time they leave the office, our team takes the time to make sure that every person in our care feels welcomed, supported, and valued. That dedication to service is why so many people in the greater Mission Viejo area turn to South Orange County Orthopaedics for comprehensive orthopaedic care.  

We'd like to recognize Doctor Fitzpatrick, Doctor Elzik and Doctor Park for receiving the 2020 Physician of Excellence award from the Orange County Medical Association.




The Orange County Register and Orange Coast Magazine, in partnership with Orange County Medical Association (OCMA), honored Dr. Fitzpatrick, Dr. Elzik and Dr. Park for going above and beyond for their service and overall patient satisfaction. Congratulations to all the other honorees for the respected work they provide each and everyday while making patient care the number one priority!

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At South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Beech Street
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna Healthcare
Great West Health Care
Health Net
Mission Heritage
SCAN Health Plan
Secure Horizons
United Healthcare

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South Orange County Orthopaedics
26730 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 200
Orange County

Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Phone: 949-364-2154
Fax: (949) 364-2110

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