Dr. James Kayvanfar

Orthopedic Surgery
35 years experience male

Locations

JFKMD.com

Santa Clarita, CA

Address

24318, Walnut St, Santa Clarita, CA
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About

Bio

I am an orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in evaluating and treating spine disorders. I also evaluate and treat general orthopedic problems including hip, knee, shoulder and other extremity problems. Furthermore, my undergraduate engineering education from MIT helps me every day in my medical practice. A substantial part of my practice is in evaluating and treating patients with complex problems who have already been to multiple other surgeons. Treating such patients requires complex problem solving which I enjoy. My education and experience of over 20 years of medical practice, helps me better identify and treat all the factors that impact treating patients. Every patient I treat presents with unique problems which require unique solutions. In my evaluation of every patient I try to be as thorough as possible in order to identify and treat all the factors which impact the outcome of the treatment. In addition, while I perform complex spine surgery, hip & knee replacement, nerve decompression procedures, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, there are more specialized and complex surgeries in each of those areas which I do not perform. Of course, in those situations I refer the patients to my colleagues for surgery when they require such procedures. In treating patient, I systematically identify the cause of a patient's complaints which is sometimes not as obvious as one would think. One must then weigh the treatment options and the risks and benefits and create a treatment that would be appropriate for the individual. I encourage the patients to participate in the decision making. Being thorough in the treatment process is one way to avoid failures of treatment. For example, common causes of failed back surgery include operating on an asymptomatic abnormality on an MRI of the spine, not checking for and treating an underlying vitamin D deficiency, or ignoring the mechanical principles of spine treatment.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

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44 Answers
14 Agrees
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
May have instability: One reason why you may not be getting better: presence of instability at L4-5. Have you had standing Xrays of the lower back? If not, then ask your MD... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes.: First of all you need a medical evaluation including blood tests to find out why you have osteoporosis. You may have abnormal hormone levels, seve... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
What is the source?: Sciatica is commonly caused by a disk protrusion in the lower back in a young person. There are other less common causes such as piriformis syndrome ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Ignore: You need protein, calcium, vitamins D & C for bone healing which takes usually over 3 months.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Ignore: Take vitamin D 5000 units & vitamin C 500mg daily for 3 to 6 months to help your bone heal.
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A male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
No: There is no scientific evidence that acupuncture actually helps heal any injury. You need to rest for several weeks and then rehab your injury as long... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Ice & elevation: You at least have bruised the hand. Ice and elevation helps. If you are having difficulty using you hand or are not able to make a fist and open the h... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Need to see ENT Dr.: Forteo stimulates bone healing but can also stimulate a bone tumor to grow faster. See an ENT Dr to make sure it is not a serious problem. Did you h... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
EKG, blood test, ...: EKG which is an electrical recording of the heart using electrodes placed on the skin. Blood test which can show evidence of damage to the heart muscl... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Ask your doctor...: You should ask your doctor. Having said that, weight lifting put your shoulder at risk of developing premature wear and arthritis. Shoulder is not a... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: The usual dose is 100 milligrams per day. The maximum recommended dose is 100 milligrams twice a day. There is potential for serious liver and kidney ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Ignore: Ask your doctor to check your vitamin D level as deficiency of vit. D is common.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Days to Weeks: Usually your symptoms should resolve very quickly after surgery. If you ate still symptomatic 6 months later, you should have a re-evaluation. You m... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Get the MRI: You should get the MRI to check for meniscus pathology. Plica syndrome is usually diagnosed on the examination by the experienced orthopedic surgeon ... Read More
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
2-3 months: more importantly, you need a bone density & blood tests including vitamin D level followed by treatment for osteoporosis in order to avoid more f... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Neck strain: Start with local heat and topical muscle rubs such as Ben Gay or Icy Hot. Advil or Aleve (naproxen) as needed are also reasonable. See a Dr if not ge... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Need more evaluation: Causes of groin pain include hip problems, hernia, back problems (pinched L1 nerve root) , & other less common problems. A good history & e... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
C7 radiculopathy: You may have a pinched nerve in the neck usually caused by a disk problem. Examination and MRI cervical spine will probably confirm the diagnosis. O... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: I treat many with osteoporosis. Most have vitamin D deficiency. Have your Gyn order a 25-OH vitamin D level. Most people need between 1000 & 500... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Heart / Neck problem: Heart problems should be checked for first. Though, if it was a heart problem, you would likely been to the ER/MD already. Neck problems can cause a ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Bleeding into the leg muscle compartment can cause compartment syndrome requiring emergency fasciotomy to relieve the pressure and restore circulation... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Orthotics?: I believe you may be asking about custom made orthotics. Custom made orthotics are usually expensive and are usually used for patients with significa... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
U need surgery: Scoliosis curves greater than 50 degrees will increase even after you stop growing (adult) at a rate of approximately one degree per year. Current tr... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Need testing: Sounds like you may have hyperthyroidism or some other medical condition. You should see your internal medicine doctor for blood tests which would sho... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Several possiblities: If you are having increased knee pain, you need a clinical re-assessment. If the knee is swollen and warm, then it is inflamed which raises the possib... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Needs further evalua: Does he get dizzy when he turns our bend his neck? He may have instability. He needs a full cervical xray exam including bending views to check for ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Use a cushion: You have a painful tailbone. This is a common condition. The treatment is to avoid direct pressure on your tailbone. Horseshoe-shaped cushions are the... Read More
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Many possibilities: Meds you are taking may interfere with some food absorption including calcium. Try chewing tums (calcium carbonate) with each meal. Also increase pot... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: If something is compressing your spinal cord or nerve roots can then it maybe surgically opened up. However, fused verteba do not usually cause such ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes.: Back braces may be helpful short term but long term use will result in muscle weakness and atrophy. Physical therapy is usually more helpful long ter... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
NCS, MRI, PE: Nerve conduction study helps diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome. MRI cervical spine helps identify the pinched nerves in the neck. A good medical exa... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Heart / neck problem: Should see your doctor ASAP to make sure your heart is OK as your symptoms are very typical for a heart attack although a heart attack is extremely ra... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Standing xrays, MRI,: After 1.5 years of lower back pain, you need standing xrays and an MRI of lumbar spine. Your leg pain may well be related to the lower back problem. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: A superior pubic ramus fracture will be very painful. You should be on crutches for a few weeks. You should also check your vitamin D level and probab... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
No...: More likely you had bilateral fractures. How was the diagnosis made? It is possible that the other fracture was missed initially. Did you have a sec... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
See orthopedic dr: if your knee is buckling then there may be a problem with your knee and you should see an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Your scapula: Your scapular bone is rubbing against the uneven ribs which you broke and cause the grinding.
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Belt and suspenders: The collar is to remind the patient to limit their neck motion and avoid stress on the fusion site until the fusion is healed. It also protects the n... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Arm fell sleep: Your arm fell sleep because of nerve and blood vessel compression. After you re-position and the circulation is restored to the nerves and muscles, t... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Minor surgery yes.: Minor spine surgery could be done under local or regional anesthesia with sedation. Fusions usually require general anesthesia.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Maybe: Muscle atrophy by itself is not usually painful. If the cause of atrophy is a pinched nerve, then there maybe significant pain involved. Also, of atro... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Not likely.: A bruise is not a sign of a blood clot. It is a sign of bleeding from some type of injury usually. Are you on aspirin or other blood thinners? If ye... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
U r getting older: Back side of the knee meniscus on the inside part of the knee shows changes consistent with wear & tear or aging. Are you having pain there?
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Feb 1, 2015
Dr. Kayvanfar provides excellent orthopedic and general medical advice to our patients on HealthTap. He is an asset to the HealthTap community.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kayvanfar is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kayvanfar is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I can live with that. They were talking knee replacement & that seemed extreme. At 55 I'll take getting older. Thanks much!!
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Thanks for the reply, I wish I could have explained more but I am only allowed a small amount of space to write.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I will try tums and food high in potassium and see Dr if not improving

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Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 1988MD
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