Dr. Thomas Deberardino

Orthopedic Surgery
San Antonio, TX
34 years experience male

Locations

The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

Graduated from NY Medical College in 1989. I completed Orthopaedic Residency program at Tripler Army Medical Center. I completed the John A. Feagin, Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship in 1997. After 4 years in San Antonio, I moved to the United States Military Academy. I recently retired in 2009 from active military service as a Colonel with 24 years of service after serving as the Director of the Feagin Sports Medicine Fellowship and Head Team Physician for West Point. I was an Assoc Professor at UCONN Health and served as a Team Physiciain for the UCONN Athletics 2009-16. I am now in practice in San AntIonio, TX with the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group specializing in the surgical management of complex shoulder, hip & knee injuries. I am the Co-Director of the Texas Sports Medicine Fellowship

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York, Texas

Doctor Q&A

826 Answers
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Possible arthritis: You should be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of hip pain. Positional pain such as you describe is often due to a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
VERY, if indicated: Total knee replacement (tkr) is a real success stories of modern medicine. When indicated, a tkr can be a overall health game changer. Tkr recipients ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Peds-Ortho eval now: It is hard to keep a three year-old child from walking- unless a significant underlying injury is present. I recommend obtaining an evaluation by a pe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Gravity is in play: After any fracture or surgery to treat a fracture, there is some degree of bleeding. The pathway of any bleeding will follow the pathway of least resi... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Surgery likely next: Having failed physical therapy, tendon tears about the shoulder (rotator cuff tendon tears) will likely benefit from a surgical repair. A thorough eva... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Surgery or nonop Tx: Achilles tendon tears are either treated with nonoperative immobilization in a cast or boot, or by surgery to repair the torn tendon followed by simil... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Motion & strength: The goal of physical therapy is to maximize functional recovery after injury or surgery by performing exercises to regain motion and strength about th... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Could be from neck: I see many patients with rotator cuff tears that also have numbness, tingling, and even weakness below the shoulder into the arm, forearm, and wrist/h... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes, possibly: Not all meniscus tears are the same, and asymptomatic tears do not require surgery. If a tear continues to be bothersome, blocks motion or significant... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Depends on symptoms: Not all meniscal tears are managed the same way. Tear specifics (such as chronicity, tear morphology and location), patient specifics (age, activity l... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Help negate reinjury: A pinched or torn meniscus can cause pain. The torn meniscus can get caught with motion across the joint as the loaded knee flexes and extends. This c... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Likely tendinitis: The triceps muscles connects to the bony prominence of the elbow at the olecranon via the triceps tendon. Pain at the insertion site can be from the m... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Only location of Svc: Inpatient physical therapy is performed on patients admitted to the hospital, whereas outpatient therapy is performed on patients that are not admitte... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ligament dependent: Many ligaments are part of your knee. Ligaments that have a reasonable chane to heal with appropriate non operative management, include: PCL (mandates... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
No ankle braces: Unless a physician has recommended that you wear ankle braces to protect against repeated injury/sprains, ankle braces are not indicated.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
3-4 months: A graduated rehabilitation process beginning with passive then active assisted motion followed by active motion and strengthening takes several months... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Rest should resolve: Shin splints is an overuse injury commonly seen when a training regimen suddenly increases too rapidly beyond the physiologic capability of the leg bo... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ligament dependent: Not all ligaments or degrees of ligament injury are treated the same. Some ligament injuries require simple supportive care (rest, ice, compression, e... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Less impact activity: Generally shin splints are treated by a period of rest and decreased impact aerobic activity to avoid progression to a frank tibial (leg bone) stress ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Not much, but < pain: Advil (ibuprofen) and similar anti-inflammatory medications may not actually reduce recovery time significantly. They do reduce pain and swelling whic... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Muscle atrophy: It may be that the larger side is normal and the smaller side is the abnormal side or atrophic. You should be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon to m... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ask your Heart M.D.: Any current or history of significant heart-related illness or disease (such as an aortic dissection) mandates medical clearance before beginning an e... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Bracing & therapy: Bracing is usually warranted after patellar stabilizing surgery. Physical therapy is also important to help regain motion & strength. Your surgeon wil... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ask your hip surgeon: Your hip replacement surgeon will know best exactly which positions are safe for your hip, so definitely ask your surgeon in the end. In general, the ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Giving way from pain: Pain generated reflexes can cause a sensation of instability and giving way, much like a frank ligament tear (acl) whereby the injured structure (meni... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes, after or during: Ankle sprains by nature and definition involve the ligaments that connect the bones together that make up the ankle joint. Ligaments can be stretched ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Cartilage damage: Knees can crunch for many reasons. Common causes include varying degrees of cartilage or meniscal damage, loose bodies, and scar tissue. Osteoarthriti... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ligament dependent: Not all knee ligament injuries can be treated the same. Most mild sprains can be managed nonoperatively and heal on the order of weeks to a month or t... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Hopefully as good: Not all cartilage and meniscal tears are the same. The goals of cartilage surgery are to restore function and motion with minimal pain. The outcome fo... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Highly variable time: The natural history of bone bruises within the knee has been the subject of ongoing study. Conflicting data exists suggesting that there really is ext... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
MRI and X-rays: If advanced imaging is recommended for a soft tissue injury to the forearm that may involve muscle, the most common modality is an mri.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
PTx- motion/strength: You are not the 1st nor last person to run/jump too early on an injured ankle. Thankfully the vast majority of ankle sprains do resolve with physical ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Likely no difference: Ankle sprains, especially low grade types, usually improve rapidly with or without formally therapy (rest, ice, compression, anti-inflammatory medicat... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Sports Medicine: Any physician that routinely manages musculoskeletal injuries and specializes in sports medicine can help. Either an orthopaedic surgeon or family pra... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Not always.: The goal of arthroscopy for treating a meniscus tear is to remove the portion that is causing the symptoms (pain, swelling, & catching). The remaining... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
No better in 72 hrs: You descibe an injury to your proximal interphalngeal joint. A ball striking the tip of the straightened finger can bruise the joint and injure the li... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
MRI will show best: X-rays are best suited for revealing bony abnormalities, whereas MRI is best for imaging soft tissue injury.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
OTC ankle brace best: An over-the-counter ankle support brace (choice of elastic, lace-up, or combined) may be a better option unless you have access to a team trainer vers... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes-protect shoulder: Working out can be safe with a history of shoulder instability with certain precautions. Your treating physician can best manage your activities based... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
General vs specific: Medical consultation infers a request for a general but thorough medical evaluation when recommendations are being sought for help with a diagnosis or... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Personal preference: Both elliptical machines and stationary bikes are great adjuncts to an ACL reconstruction rehabilitation program. They both protect the recovering kne... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Instability & pain: Posterior shoulder instability often results from a tear of the posterior labrum. The posterior shoulder capsule attaches via the labrum to the glenoi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Age/activity dictate: The risk of sustaining a recurrent shoulder dislocation is higher in the adolescent than the young adult. Recurrence risk continues to decrease with i... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Therapy vs repair: Not all rotator cuff tears are treated the same. Factors such as age of patient, age of the tear, size of tear, location of the tear, and most import... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Difficulty breathing: Injured ribs can cause pain with chest expansion as the air-filled lungs and chest expand with each breadth. Treatment is usually supportive and activ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Advance as tolerated: A diagnostic knee arthroscopy is a limited procedure, whereby the joint is entered and the staus of the named structures (cartilage, synovium, ligamen... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Physical therapist are experts in helping patients recover from musculoskeletal injuries, strains, sprains, and surgery. Back pain, and specifically a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Highly variable: No easy answer. Covering college football and athletes for years leaves me with the best advice to tell a coach querying when recovery and return to p... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
No pain is best sign: A fracture of the tibia is healed when there is radiographic evidence of healing combined with an absence of pain with ambulation and a lack of pain w... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Highly variable: Generally speaking, the rate of recovery is proportional to the length of the condition. Chronic (longstanding) patellar tendonitis will usually take ... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. DeBerardino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. DeBerardino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dec 13, 2015
Thank you for your prompt reply. It puts my mind at ease.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! month 3 of PatellarDislocation with fullthickness tear to mpfl and retinaculum. Invasive surgery scares me this gave a tiny bit of hope. 5 weeks of PT. I get a second op...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks a lot I really appreciate it! Are you pretty confident that's what happened? I would say it doesn't feel like a bicep tendon. This this injury happened years ago ...Read More
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I've been told that the general quad stretch often doesnt stretch the larger rectus femoris since the other muscles involved stretch first. But i'll give it a shot. Thanks.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Medical College
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

Tripler Army Medical Center
Completed 1995

Awards

Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Graft Choice Impact on Outcome in the MARS Cohort - awarded the 2014 O'Donoghue Award for Best clinical research at 2014 AOSSM Meeting
Top Doctor, Third Place, Hartford, CT - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Hartford, CT - Winter
2013

Affiliations

AOSSM, AAOS, AANA, ACL Study Group, Herodicus Society, AOA
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