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Dr. Thomas Deberardino

Orthopedic Surgery
San Antonio, TX
32 years experience male

Locations

The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group

My office hours

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

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

CIGNA Health Care

Oxford Health Plans

State Farm Insurance Companies

UnitedHealthcare

WellCare Health Plans

WellPoint Health Networks Inc

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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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York, Texas

Doctor Q&A

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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes!: Exercise and workouts that increase cardiovascular fitness have been shown to increase one's libido.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Variety is important: Best to come oup with a variable routine that consistently surprises the muscle groups in question. specifically, work on lat (latissmus) pull downs w... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes with bracing: The treatment for a pars fracture is initially non-operative and includes rest and bracing. Activities of daily living such as walking and prescribed ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
We stiffen with age: Thankfully, most hypermobile joints stiffen naturaly with age. It is unlikely that an ything other than physical therapy for muscle conditioning is wa... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Once fx is healed: Once the im nail has done the job of allowing your fracture to heal, it actually becomes somewhat superfluous. Surgeons do not like to remove the actu... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
No, neck more likely: A rotator cuff tear will cause weakness and localized pain in and around the shoulder. Cervical neck pain resulting from local nerve compression, howe... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Heavy wts 3x/wk: Do weight training 3x/wk, making sure you work to fatigue each set with a target of 8 to 10 reps per set. Protein drinks can help build mass so supple... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Not usually: An isolated medial retinacular tear of the knee does necessarily require surgery/ thorough evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon will determine your sp... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Xray to see fracture: You need to undergo a thorough anl/leg examination by a health care provider to see whether an xray is indicated.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Weak & stiff & thin: Cast immobilization is great if needed, but will likely lead to transient joint stiffness of any joint immobilized by the cast-- your elbow. The muscl... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Not generally: Doctors of Chiropractic are not licensed to write medical prescriptions or perform surgery in the United States. They rely instead on a variety of man... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Not usually: An isolated medial retinacular tear of the knee does necessarily require surgery/ thorough evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon will determine your sp... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Not uncommon postop: Postoperative swelling within (effusion) and around the knee is not uncommon out to 3+ months after major acl reconstruction. It also depends upon the... Read More
A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Mild stretching OK: Seek the advice of a physical therapist to assist you with a personalized rehabilitation program under the guidance of your treating physician. A tail... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Rest, heat, NSAIDs: Simple neck rest, a heating pad, and over the counter anti-inflammatories (nsaids) should help speed up your rate of relief
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
4-7th decade- common: Not all tears of the rotator cuff need to be fixed. Symptomatic complete tears that do not respond to physical therapy often get repaired. Physical th... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Pediatric Ortho Eval: Arthrogryposis is defined as a congenital joint contractures in two or more areas of the body. A team approach is often needed to maximize functionali... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Plank exercises: Definitely obtain clearance from your spine care team prior to starting any new exercise program so as to tailor a regimen specific to your circumstan... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Xray views may vary: Radiographs taken on separate days may variably reveal different subtle fracture lines because of slight variations in image angle, especially if the ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
No direct linkage: Topical steroids act locally for the most part. Ask your physician who prescribed the specific medication to make sure there is no known tendon-relate... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Definitely: Burning more calories than one takes in will always lead to weight loss.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Masks avail. online: Multiple commercial masks options are available online and in some retail sporting goods stores (check sites online). Just check your favorite search ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
See Ortho Surgeon: You may have something else going on in your ankle such as instability (looseness), loose bodies, a cartilage lesion, or scar tissue that is causing s... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Ankle pain/swelling: Signs & symptoms of an ankle sprain include localized swelling and pain over the front of the ankle just in front of the bony prominence of the fibula... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Pain-swelling-motion: An ankle that is sprained will be somewhat stiff and painful from swelling, and have varying degrees of decreased motion and ability to bear wright wi... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Subscapular bursitis: We all have a bursa (soft tissue lined space with thin film of fluid) at most of our bony prominences where there is expected movement between juxtapo... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Eval by Ortho Hip MD: If your sharp pain persists for greater than 10-14 days, you should be evaluated by a hip injury specialist, such as an orthopaedic surgeon or a physi... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Ignore: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation = RICE therapy. Expect pain/swelling to diminish in 2-3 days.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Temporarily- perhaps: Bone on bone pain is the definition of advanced arthritis. Cortisone (steroid) injections into an arthritic knee can provide temporal relief from the ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
If nonop option fail: Surgery may be indicated if attempts at nonoperative therapy have failed.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Seek re-evaluation: Without knowing any more specifics about the actual location size and status of the avulsion fracture, it is reasonable to recommend that you seek re-... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Abnormal gait- Yes!: A foot injury or fracture can easily lead to abnormal gait or walking patterns and secondarily cause knee pain as the muscles are used in an abnormal ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
A common problem: Most postoperative patellar tendinitis is "self-limiting" and tends to fade away during the course of the necessary rehabilitation for your new ligame... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Muscle stress hurts: When you work out, for example, doing a modest bench press, the goal is to get stronger. Our muscles respond to appropriate stress by strengthening ov... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Range of motion PTx: Therapy after rotator cuff surgery necessarily varies with the gravity of the tear and subsequent tissue repair quality. For a simple tear, rehabilita... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Not necessarily: The peer-reviewed literature on bracing after acl surgery states that it is not necessary. Nonetheless, many orthopaedic surgeons and patients "feel" ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Nl out to 6-12 wks: Postoperative swelling is normal after ankle fracture surgery for up to 6 to 10 weeks. Icing elevating and simple allowable motion helps mitigate agai... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes- if tolerated: Mild muscle achiness should not prevent you from working out on subsequent days.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes- esp. if seated: As long as you are not applying more than the simple weight of your leg and otherwise abiding by your physician's activity limitations, you should be ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Cartilage damage-yes: You likely have lost the smooth normal surface of the articular cartilage under your patella (kneecap) along with the cartilage of the trochlea (groov... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Ignore: Most fractures heal and become nontender to palpation around six weeks after injury.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Ignore: Most fractures heal and become non-tender to palpation around six weeks after injury.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Acromioclavicular jt: Crackling about the collar bone (clavicle) is likely something to do with your acromioclavicular joint (ACJ)- where the collar bone joins to the acrom... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Relief by day 3-5: Cortisone injections performed in the mild to moderately arthritic knee should provide relief by days 3-5 if the injections are to work at all. Each k... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
SI joint: You are correct. The si joints are deep to the lower back dimples you mention.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Ortho Evaluation: A thorough knee examination along with basic X-rays will help figure out what is causing the cracking sensation within your knee.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Joint fluid: The synovial fluid of the joint provides the nutrients for the original hyaline cartilage and regenerated fibrocartilage within joints
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Orthopaedic evaluate: A musculoskeletal specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon can help evaluate your knee injury.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Fx's heal in 6-10 wk: Most fractures treated in a cast, whether fixed by surgery or not, take between 6 and 10 weeks to heal. After a brief period of rehabilitation out of ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Bursitis, contusion: Falling off a horse can lead to a myriad of hip complaints, to include: greater trochanteric bursitis, simple muscle bruising or injury (abductors or ... 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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