Menendez earned his medical degree from the New York University
Medical School. He also completed a general surgery internship
at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He returned to New York
University for his orthopedic surgery residency. Also, he took
an oncology fellowship at the University of Florida.
Menendez first served as a full-time University of Southern California
faculty in Orthopedic Surgery in 1985 as an assistant
professor. He has since been promoted to Professor of Orthopedic
Surgery. He is also the Director of the Orthopedic Oncology. He
is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
and many medical associations.
As an orthopedic oncology surgeon, he performs biopsies using
small cuts in the body to take samples of the tumor so that the
type of tumor can be identified. Since tumors grow in a number
of bones in the body, he is accustomed to operate on various parts
of the body using different surgical approaches to reach the tumor.
In the hip area, he routinely uses the posterior approach, the
lateral approach and also the anterior approach to reach the tumor.
This all depends on the location of the tumor. So, this led to
the anterior approach in total hip replacement.
In the process of getting to the tumor, blood vessels nerves and
muscles not intertwined with the tumor are spared. This led to
the muscle sparing concept.
he rebuilds the missing bone segment with metal hardware and
artificial total joints. Some of these implants may be rather
large and are called mega-prosthesis.
implants are then covered with the patient’s own or biological
tissue. His oncological expertise enables him to perform various
reconstructions of the
body with artificial parts.
So, when a patient only has a painful and disabling joint due
to arthritis, he prefers a small incision and muscle sparing technique
using an anterior approach.