As a fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeon, Dr. Karl Balch specializes in the latest joint replacement
procedures. Dr. Balch performs total hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement, minimally invasive hip
surgery, computer-assisted knee balancing, quadriceps-sparing knee approaches, as well as revision surgery for the
hip and knee. He also offers injections for nonsurgical pain management, and he is dedicated to helping patients
walk pain-free and get their mobility back after living with pain for years.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, Dr. Balch attended The
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine to earn his medical degree. He completed his orthopedic internship
and residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and went on to undergo additional specialty
training through a joint replacement fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
Dr. Balch ensures that patients understand their injury or condition and their available treatment options so that they
can work as a team to develop a treatment plan to meet their needs and goals together. His approach is to offer the
same care to his patients that he would want a member of his own family to have.
When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Balch enjoys spending time with his wife and children, woodworking, and playing
music as a drummer.
Karl R. Balch, MD, is available to see patients at the Bakersfield office.
Southern California Orthopedic Institute
2400 Bahamas Drive, Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93309
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