About Dr. Yau
Three Rivers Health Orthopedics
1021 Hill St.
Three Rivers, MI 49093
Phone: (269) 858-3024
Fax: (269) 273-9040
About Dr. Yau
Dr. Yau was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science degree. He continued his education at McGill University where he graduated from the M.D., C.M. program in 2009. He then completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Yau specialized in adult hip and knee reconstruction during his fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. His Board Certifications include Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada. He has professional affiliations with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and Canadian Orthopaedic Association, just to name a few.
Dr. Yau treats hip and knee problems caused by arthritis and injuries. He has special expertise in hip and knee replacement, including advanced procedures such as direct anterior hip replacement, custom total knee replacement, hip resurfacing, and revision surgery. He utilizes less invasive surgical approaches to facilitate rapid recovery. Dr. Yau also offers reconstructive and joint-preserving arthroscopic procedures of the knee and shoulder with a focus on improving pain and function.
Orthopaedic Surgery – Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – Board Eligible
McGill University – Quebec, Canada
University of Toronto – Ontario, Canada
Lenox Hill Hospital – Adult hip and knee reconstruction
– Anterior approach total hip replacement and minimally invasive total knee replacement
Areas of Interest
Total hip replacement
Total knee replacement
Partial knee replacement
Revision total hip replacement
Revision total knee replacement
Dr. Yau Shares Tips for Bone and Joint Care
Taking care of your bone and joint health is an essential part of staying healthy and mobile. Over our lifetimes of heavy work and play, we put our bodies through tremendous wear and tear, and often take our joints for granted.
Each year, over one million Americans are diagnosed with osteoarthritis, the leading cause of hip and knee pain. This disease affects the daily lives of over 30 million US adults every day. Hip osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and decreased range of motion. It is caused by joint overuse, age, and injury. As the disease progresses, the cartilage that lubricates and cushions your hips begins to wear away, which can lead to the most severe cases of “bone-on-bone” arthritis, the complete loss of all remaining cartilage.
During the early stages of the disease, patients usually complain of groin or buttock pain that is worsened after a full day’s work or after prolonged physical activity. As the protective hip cartilage continues to deteriorate, patients may notice a limp, pain during rest, or have difficulty climbing stairs or bending over. At the end stage of the disease, patients are often unable to walk even short distances without having to stop due to pain. Any activity that places stress on the hip can flare up inflammation and cause micro fractures, making every step as painful as walking on a broken bone.
As the pain worsens, quality of life suffers. Suddenly a trip to the grocery store becomes a difficult task. Vacations can be ruined by taking a bad step or walking on uneven ground. People give up their passions, finding it too painful to play golf or bowl. Activities of daily living that once seemed trivial, such as laundry or bathing, are now challenging to perform. In some cases, patients choose to use wheelchairs and give up entirely on the idea of walking independently.
Fortunately, modern technology has given orthopaedic surgeons the tools to help alleviate the pain and suffering of osteoarthritis. Although orthopaedic surgeons treat hip arthritis even in the earliest stages with both operative and non-operative treatments, the progressive nature of the disease means the vast majority of patients will eventually require surgery. Since its development 60 years ago, the modern hip replacement has allowed millions of Americans to return to the activities they love and has alleviated their pain. With cutting-edge minimally invasive anterior hip replacements, patients are often walking out of the hospital the very next day. As implant technology has improved, so has the durability of modern hip replacements, meaning patients can usually expect their hip replacement to last their entire lives with no restrictions on what activities they can and can’t do. This gives patients a new lease on life, with major health improvements for both body and soul.
If hip pain is starting to decrease the quality of life for you or someone you know, it may be time to get it checked out. It is our job to keep you as active and as pain-free as possible, and we have the tools to get you there.