Dr. Fricka was born in Chicago, IL and then grew up in the greater Los Angeles, CA region. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University where he was also a member of the varsity basketball team. He completed his medical education at George Washington University. Upon graduation he was inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society and received the Julius S. Neviaser award in Orthopaedic Surgery.
He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of California-San Diego. Dr. Fricka finished his specialty training with a one year fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University in Chicago, IL. He has presented numerous scientific papers and has won several awards for his research efforts. He has been published in the Journal of Arthroplasty and other scientific orthopaedic journals, co-authored several book chapters and is a member of both the American Academy of of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Dr. Fricka was one of the first Inova orthopaedic surgeons to perform outpatient partial knee replacement, a less invasive option for patient with knee arthritis than a total knee replacement. He performs partial knee replacements in an outpatient surgical center and the patient “walks” home the same day avoiding a hospital stay. Dr. Fricka’s surgical expertise and interests include partial knee replacement, “minimally invasive” knee and hip replacement and the more complex revision or second surgery of failed knee and hip replacements. Watch Dr. Fricka give one of his famous Community Lectures about joint replacement.
In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, both playing and coaching, cycling, cooking and spending time with his children, Jack and Emily. He also devotes times to the charitable organization, Operation Walk Virginia, a non-profit charity that provides joint replacement surgery for those patients that do not have access to surgical care both in the United States and other countries around the world. For more information about Operation Walk Virginia and it’s upcoming events click here.
“I believe that patient care, patient education and patient-being, both in the hospital and at home after surgery, are important aspects in successful joint replacement surgery. I look forward to meeting with patients and helping them along their journey from surgery through recovery to an active lifestyle.”
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