Josh C. Vella, M.D.  is an expert in all aspects of hand, wrist and elbow conditions and has distinguished himself in the areas of carpal tunnel syndrome, treatment of tendonitis, fracture care, traumatic reconstruction, arthritis and tendon transfers.  He has served as consultant for professional athletes including NFL, WPGA, Phoenix Roadrunners and collegiate athletes of all types.  He is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Vella completed his fellowship in hand surgery at the renowned Indiana Hand Center and brings the newest innovations in hand surgery to the Phoenix area. Dr. Vella has presented topics at national hand society meetings and has published articles in the leading hand journal. He has participated in clinical research topics including carpal tunnel, ganglion cysts and wrist fractures.  He served as a clinical investigator for national research regarding Xiaflex (collagenase) treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture.  He annually attends national conferences to incorporate the latest innovations into his practice.

Dr. Vella’s patients comment on his unique ability to convey knowledge to them about the anatomy, pathology and rationale behind treatment plans tailored to fit their needs.

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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Josh Vella call our dedicated staff at 602-277-6211.

Our Patients love Dr. Vella!

Amazed at the service I received from you!! I had an appointment with “another” orthopedic practice set for 9 days and they called me the DAY before to tell me they now didn’t take my insurance (info I could have used EIGHT DAYS AGO!!) I endured the pain for 8 days! Then I called your practice and had an appointment in two hours!’s how it went…

I went to TOCA at 2222 E. Highland at 2pm … filled out paperwork and they said they’d get me right in..less than 5 minutes later I’m in the room..less than 3 minutes later Dr. is in..he say X-ray will be right in.. less than 30 seconds later I’m off to X’ray..10 minutes later I’m back in the room…3 minutes later & the Dr. is back in the room and explains no rips or tears just arthritis that I can help heal with anti-inflammatories and excercise…say they will be right in to drain my knee and give me a cortisone shot..less than 1 minute later the tech is there and less than 3 minutes later procedure is done and I have instructions…I ask if it’s OK to see the X-rays and the doctor says “Sure!” and explains everything and give me a quick biology lesson to boot! By MILES the most efficient Doctor visit I have had EVER! Amazing … I’m inviting them to St. Croix! THIS is how to run a practice!!!

I highly recommend TOCA physicians, PT, OT, and staff. Dr. Feng and Dr. Vella have treated me on separate occasions; both are experts in their fields and took time to answer all of my questions. They also have top-notch therapists: Jason (PT) and Debbie (OT). The Front Office staff are always friendly and excel in customer service.

I went to see Dr. Vella with severe pain on my left elbow. I was surprised because I never met a doctor that was so knowledgeable and who thoroughly explained how he was going to fix the problem. I went ahead and had surgery for my elbow and right away it felt 100% better and I got my strength back. I went again to see him a year latter to fix my other elbow and it already feels great. I just have to say that everyone in his office was super nice. Thanks Dr. Vella for doing a great job. I will tell everyone I know and recommend you, telling them what a great doctor you are.

Dr. Vella in the News

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