Dr. John Dearborn

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Fremont, CA
32 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

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Blue Shield of California

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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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Gradual therapy: Initially range of motion exercises are simple, such as pendulum movements with the arm dangling. Gradual work in getting the arm elevated using the ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Most are fine: Sex positions rarely violate the hip precautions that I have patients follow. I advise my patients to do what feels comfortable.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
In some cases...: Use of wrist supports or lateral epicondylitis straps relieve the symptoms, nonsteroidal antiinflammatories treat the inflammation. Rest is probably ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 32 years experience
Yes: I have a yoga instructor who can do a full split after i replaced both her hips. A lot depends on the preop flexibility.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Jumping exercises aggravate the condition, but swimming is safe.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Flexion type: With an anterior-type approach, the safe motions are flexion of the hip with internal rotation. Avoid hip hyperextension combined with rotation of th... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Depends on when: Early the causes are many, typically swelling and pain. After 3 months the major cause is scar tissue formation.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Antii-nflammatories: Over the counter versions work well, if you take them with food. Tylenol (acetaminophen) works for pain but does not cut inflammation.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Stationary bike: I really like the stationary bike as a form of exercise for knee replacement patients. Body weight is eliminated, quad strength is improved and weight... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Doable, but wait: 42 is definitely young, so i would recommend trying every nonoperative option and then consider joint sparing procedures first.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Sciatica: Back and leg pain are usually due to nerve compression in the spine area. Tests that look at the spine, like MRI scans can be diagnostic.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Yes if comfortable: Biking does not stress the mcl so you should be fine if you do not have pain. If you do, a brace may be useful.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Nothing but wait: The sciatic nerve peroneal division governs foot drop. If the nerve was just bruised or stretched it may spontaneously wake up. Otherwise, you will ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Usually an osteotomy at your age is geared toward straightening out a deformity that is contributing to progressive arthritis on one side of the knee.... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Surgery type: If you have a knee angular deformity, it can be corrected by cutting a bone (an osteotomy) near the knee joint to change the alignment of the knee. A... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
See a back doctor: Buttock pain is usually due to nerve compression in the spine, assuming that you don't have a large blood collection back there.
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A member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: The longer you wait the more challenging. If the girdlestone was for an infection, be sure the infection is cleared. Bone quality can sometimes ... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Depends on your MD: We don't do surgery on patients with a bmi above 38, primarily because the implant companies are not going to stand behind their implants when they ar... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
No: Normally, pt starts within a day of surgery and continues for several weeks. Check back with your doctor.
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Every 2 years: We have people come back every 2 years. This also helps us stay connected with our patients and update them regarding changes in precautions, etc.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Depends: If the revision surgeries were for failed treatment of infection, sometimes amputation becomes necessary. Otherwise, most knee implant problems can b... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
More minor: Twisting the knee while skiing most commonly results in a ligament injury, usually the acl. Occasional a cartilage tear can occur. The extent of the... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Within a coulpe of weeks you should be able to tolerate sitting for an hour or so on a pillow.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Not the hip: This sounds like nerve compression in your spine. Find a good physiatrist to investigate.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Very rare: Less than 1 out of 3000 die in the first 90 days after knee replacement surgery.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
3 months: When you resume, progress slowly. If you had an anterior approach, be a bit careful when you do the first position.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Unusual: If there is a bacterial infection causing the synovitis, a fever will likely be present but even worse would be the severe pain in the hip. More comm... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Pain relief only: Meniscal tears generally do not heal. Inflammation is a normal step in healing, and steroids block inflammation. Any relief that one feels after a s... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Low impact: I let my patients do everything except sports that involve running.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
3 months: The recovery time for bilateral replacement is the same as for a single knee. It takes about 6 weeks to feel better than you did before surgery when ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Pain and bone loss: In most cases, waiting is just a quality of life issue. Occasionally, I have had patients who waited so long that they ground down the roof of the hi... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Surgery: After growth stops, scoliosis curves that were sizable at that point will progress by as much as 1 degree every year. The rib hump goes along with th... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
6 weeks: Swelling around the knee may be due to fluid in the knee or soft tissue swelling around the joint. Ice, elevation and nsaids can speed the resolution... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
No: A hip hemiarthroplasty does not include lining the socket with metal and a new bearing. It only replaces the femoral head. A total hip does both.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Could be impingment: If tissue inside the knee is getting caught between the implants, when you step on the leg you will feel a pinching sensation at the spot that it is o... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
A socket problem...: Groin pain could be failure of the socket implant to achieve bone ingrowth, which means it is loose. Another common cause is tendinitis of the psoa... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Low impact: I let my patients do everything except sports that involve running.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 32 years experience
Hang back: Tendinitis requires rest and patience. Avoid exercises that hurt if tendinitis is the problem.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 female asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 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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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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