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Wesley Phipatanakul, M.D.

Gender: Male
Wesley Phipatanakul, M.D. specializes in Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center.



Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Accepting New Patients?

  • Accepting Children?

Languages Spoken
Translation available


Primary Office Location
  • 25455 Barton Road
  • Suite 102 B
  • Loma Linda, California 92354
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  • Phone
  • (909) 558-2808
  • Hours
  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed

Insurance Accepted
We accept most insurance plans. Please contact your physician's office prior to your appointment to verify insurance coverage.
Clinical Information
Doctor's Profile

Conditions Treated

Shoulder Instability

Shoulder pain

Shoulder – Rotator cuff tears


Procedures Performed

Shoulder arthroscopy


"I treat patients not x-rays".... What does that mean? It means that I take time to get to know my patients on a personal level and address their wishes and concerns. There is so much more to patient care than x-ray findings. How is your overall health? What to Expect: Personal attention from your physician. When you come for an office visit, your exam and questions will be performed and answered by me. Phone messages are to be returned the same day. I am very particular about that last point. I believe in direct open communication between patient and physician. My patients are given the direct phone number to my medical assistant and surgery scheduler. I am directly involved in All details and aspects of the surgical procedure: from positioning and setup of the patient to wound closure, dressing and sling application. In fact, I believe my residents would prefer if I was less involved. This also includes post-op care in the hospital. You will see me personally every day you are in the hospital including weekends following surgery with only rare exception. Social factors such as family/friend support, living situation, use of assistive walking devices, and type of employment are discussed. I am concerned about the patient as a complete individual, not only as someone with shoulder arthritis or a fractured bone. The individual characteristics of each patient are vital to a successful outcome. Medicine is both an art and a science. I believe in open and direct communication between patient and physician.


Reverse Prosthesis - Shoulder Replacements My Training and Experience: I completed my shoulder fellowship in 2004. I was fortunate as that was the same year the FDA approved the use of the Reverse Prosthesis making me one of the first users of this product in the United States. This prosthesis has been used successfully in Europe since the mid 80s. We have been blessed at Loma Linda University as we have done over 700 shoulder replacements since starting here in 2004. I do this procedure through a mini incision of 3-4 inches in length. I teach other Orthopaedic Surgeons the shoulder replacement procedure as a faculty member at instructional courses. My Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan was very heavy in traumatic injuries which has served me well as we are a level 1 trauma center at Loma Linda University.