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Dr. John Dearborn

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Fremont, CA
31 years experience male

Locations

Dearborn • Sah Institute for Joint Restoration

Menlo Park, CA

Address

1706 El Camino Real, Suite 101, Menlo Park, CA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Shield of California

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Cigna

Dearborn • Sah Institute for Joint Restoration

Fremont, CA

About

Bio

I did my med school and residency at UCSF and then did a one year fellowship in joint replacement at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Harvard system. I started practice 17 years ago. One thing that I really appreciate about being a specialist is that I am able to approach patient care with more attention to detail. My focus is not diluted by the need to perform a wide range of orthopaedic procedures. I offer state-of-the-art joint replacement surgery, but I endeavor to deliver results in a highly personal way. I care for people, not just their arthritic hips and knees. My work is my ministry. I love making music with my family and friends, staying fit and staying married to my wife Danielle. Above all, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

102 Answers
13 Agrees
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Dr. Alexander Sah: Dr. Sah is in menlo park as well as fremont and is part of the reknown joint replacement program at washington hospital. He is a partial knee replace... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: There are a variety of alternative bearings that appear to be safe and will allow a new hip a your age to potentially last a lifetime. I would not... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Ask people who know: I'd recommend inquiring in your area about who does the most. If you can get a list of every surgeon within 50 miles who performs at least 150 hips p... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Weeks vs. months: An arthroscopy for a simple meniscal tear requires just a few weeks to recover. A knee replacement requires 3 months. A more complex arthroscopy, su... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: A replaced knee is often more swollen than the other for a few months and warmer for even longer. Ice and elevation, along with compression can help a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Perfectly safe: No issues with MRI and knee or hip replacement, except that if the MRI is of the area that has the replacement there will be some distortion of the im... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
It depends...: Early movement restrictions are based on the surgical method used. Extreme positions need to be avoided in the first 6 weeks no matter what. If an a... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Not too bad...: I recommend using an epidural for the surgery and then transition to oral medications a few hours later. I'd also suggest talking to your doctor abou... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Life is affected: If you have activity-limiting hip pain and have a bone on bone appearance on your xray, you are a good candidate. I also like my patients to understa... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
No: If you are being told stage 2-3, there is already some evidence of collapse, and therefore hip replacement will be inevitable.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
A pharmacy to start: More advanced or specialized versions are sold by medical supply or brace shops. Also, check online.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Femoral implant: Depending on what type of metal implant was used, the implant may be far stiffer than young femur, which can create thigh pain when you do a maneuver ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Femoral implant: Depending on what type of metal implant was used, the implant may be far stiffer than young femur, which can create thigh pain when you do a maneuver ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Nothing serious: Could be costochondritis or possibly a muscle strain. Unlikely a serious condition. Try taking Ibuprofen or naproxen.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Pain and swelling: Implant loosening causes pain, especially with weight bearing. The knee generally will make more lubricating fluid as well, causing swelling.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Absolutely: Wait until your walk is normal with flat shoes, and then you can kick up your heels!
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Get another opinion: If it did not used to pop but now it is, something may be wrong with the mechanism. Painful popping may reflect more of a soft tissue source.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Not very common now: This is primarily a feature of femoral components implanted without cement. The early designs from the mid 1980s, especially the depuy aml, was stiff... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Not related: Hip arthritis does not directly cause sciatica. If your left hip has been hurting and it has been causing you to limp, then your hip may indirectly a... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
After your recover: Give your hip a few months of recover and then ease into it.
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A female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: The american academy of orthopaedic surgeons recommends the use of antibiotics before a colonoscopy. "in order to prevent bacteremia, an appropriate d... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Loose ligament: Laxity is an orthopaedic term for looseness. Normally, ligaments don't really stretch much. If a ligament gets partially torn, it can be functionally... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Only a few...: We recommend a NSAID such as aleve twice a day with meals, as well as tylenol (acetaminophen) 500mg every 4 hours. Whereas these medications are not ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
For confidence: Interviewing a second doctor can sometimes open your eyes to a different point of view. Also, establishing a good rapport with your doctor is importa... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Don't rush back: The patient knows the requirements of their particular job. People who need to be on their feet a lot should wait 6 weeks. Sedentary workers can ret... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Fracture: The biggest issue with soft bone (osteoporosis) is fracture during implant insertion. Therefore, i'd recommend having a hybrid hip replacement, in wh... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
IT depends: If the fracture was treated by fixing it with screws or a plate, it takes 6 weeks to heal. If the hip was replaced, it is more of an issue with soft ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Possible labral tear: If you have had a n injury, labral problems are a possibility. Less likely would be arthritis, given your age. If it is in the way, an MRI with cont... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
3 months: The arthritis pain is gone immediately, but it takes about 6 weeks to feel better than you did before surgery. Three months to return to all normal ac... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Low impact: I let my patients do everything except sports that involve running.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Swelling, scar: Early on, swelling from blood or fluid production, along with the tissue trauma makes a knee feel stiff. After 6-12 weeks, scar tissue formation can b... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Hang back: Tendinitis requires rest and patience. Avoid exercises that hurt if tendinitis is the problem.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Femur and bearing: A hip resurfacing and total hip both involve relining the inside of the socket. A resurfacing does not remove the entire head, but rather caps the ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
It depends...: If you had surgery to repair a tear, you should avoid weight bearing exercise for at least 8-12 weeks. If you had the torn part removed, you could ge... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
6 weeks minimum: Generally, we do both knees at once. If a patient elects to stage the knees, we advise waiting at least 6 weeks to allow the patient to transition out... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
3 months: It takes about 6 weeks to feel better than you did before surgery when walking and 3 months to return to all normal activities. I tell patients that ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Expect 30+ years: A well-done modern hip implant should go a very long time.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
High: If you mean the rate of survival for the patient, overall it is over 99.9%, especially for someone of your age. If you mean the survival of the im... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Synovitis: Synovitis is an inflammation of the lining of your knee. The most common causes are infection and soft tissue impingement.
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Sounds like it might be sciatic nerve irritation, which most common is caused by a compressed nerve in your spine.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Something is wrong: If you cannot walk or stand, literally, there is a problem. Have your doctor get an xray and tell you what is going on.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: The biggest issue with hip replacement devices currently is the ones that use a metal against metal bearing. This articulation produces small amounts... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
A specialist: I'd recommend seeking out a fellowship-trained specialist in your area.
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A female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Ask your surgeon: The skin closure is the surgeon's choice, but i would go to someone who uses dissolving suture, as i think that that reflects more careful attention. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Stay away from TKA: At 32, a total knee replacement is ill-advised. If you have wear in one compartment only, we generally recommend joint sparing procedures such as an ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Is your splint tight: Hand swelling, in the absence of a specific injury, may be due to the form of immobilization being too tight. If you have a splint, loosen it and ele... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Specific vs. general: Tendinopathy is a general term referring to anything that can go wrong with a tendon, short of rupturing it. Tendinitis is a specific type of tendonop... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
This could be it: This is a rare complication and usually the result of an anterior hip approach. Injury to the sensory nerve to the thigh is the more common issue wit... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
No: Custom total knees are not generally performed, but rather custom cutting jigs are occasionally used to reduce the number of steps in the or. If y... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 31 years experience
Common early: Leg swelling is caused by the arterial blood flow to your foot being better than the return flow through your veins. An important issue to rule out... Read More
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Testimonials
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Feb 27, 2016
I'm thankful 4 Dr. John 4 making my knee better and 4 the book he gave me, favorites and now I have all of her books. Jesus Lives, Jesus Calling & Jesus Today. Blessings, to you your family & staff, e
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Dearborn is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Dearborn is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Francisco School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

UCSF MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, 1991
Phi Beta Kappa, 1987
Top Doctor, Second Place, Alameda County Region, CA - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
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