Project Description



Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr Christian Heywood



  • Capitola

  • Watsonville


“My philosophy is to get my patients functioning and participating in the activities they love. I enjoy working in partnerships with my patients towards reaching their goals.”


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About Dr Heywood

As an orthopedic surgeon, I am able to blend my interests in medicine, physics, and engineering with my passion for helping people. I am particularly interested in the treatment and prevention of sports medicine injuries, and I enjoy working in partnership with my patients to help them recover and reach their goals. I believe in a whole-body approach to treatment and am dedicated to helping my patients not only achieve a full recovery but also improve their overall body function and performance. Through my specialty training in sports medicine and arthroscopy, I provide patients with experienced, individualized non-surgical, and surgical orthopedic care. Additionally, I specialize in total joint replacement of the shoulder, hip, and knee, as well as the care and management of fractures.

When I’m not treating patients, I enjoy participating in medical missionary work, writing and performing music, and surfing.

  • 2003 George Washington University School of Medicine
  • The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, Kerlan – Jobe Orthopedic Clinic
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • California Orthopaedic Association
  • Aptos High School
  • Soquel High School

Assisting the Doctor:

Golden State Ortho Doctor showing caring hands

Golden State Ortho Doctors are assisted by our clinical support teams which include Medical Assistants, X-Ray Technicians and more.

Reviews Mean So Much!

Reviews mean so much to both the doctor providing care as well as to prospective patients. We appreciate your reviews!

Dr. Heywood takes the time to explain everything to his patients. I have had an excellent experience so far and I have the utmost confidence in regard to my upcoming surgery.

- Jack T

Always makes you feel taken care of and safe. Office and ‘minions’ are the best I have experienced. Spends time to make sure you have time to ask questions and feel understood.

- Linda A

Excellent surgeon, willing to treat conservatively. Was offered a knee replacement by one of his associates and when I felt that was over treatment, I chose to get a second opinion with Dr Heywood. I’m comfortable now, pain free for the first time in years.

- Steve P