Karl R. Balch, MD
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Karl R. Balch, MD

  • Hip and Knee Orthopedic Surgery
Southern California Orthopedic Institute - Bakersfield | 5201 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93309


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.




Medical Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2019


Orthopaedic Adult Reconstruction, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 2017


Orthopaedic Surgery, Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2016


MD, The University of Chicago Pritzker, 2010


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Southern California Orthopedic Institute - Bakersfield



Golladay GJ, Balch KR, Dalury DF, et al.: Oral multimodal analgesia for total joint arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty 2017;32:569-573.


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