Dr. Alexander Sah

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Fremont, CA
16 years experience male

Locations

Sah Orthopaedic Associates

Fremont, CA

Address

Institute for Joint Restoration, 2000 Mowry Ave, Center for Joint Replacement Bldg, Fremont, CA, United States
Directions

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Insurances accepted

Blue Shield of California

Medicare

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Other

UnitedHealthcare

Aetna Life Insurance Company

About

Bio

Alexander Sah, MD serves as Director of the Outpatient Joint Replacement Program and Co-Director of the Institute for Joint Restoration and Research at Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA. He earned his medical degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in PA. He then completed residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program and then the prestigious joint reconstruction fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Sah is a member of numersous national leadership committees, presents his research on advanced techniques, and is multi-year recipient of the “Best of Fremont” Doctor and Orthopedic Surgeon Awards and named a California Top 10 Orthopedic Surgeon, among many other honors. 

Specialties
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Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

144 Answers
5 Agrees
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Yes you may. It is a good low-impact exercise.
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A 82-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Yes, it is a less invasive knee approach. Most important is your surgeons experience, hospital and surgeon volume, and historical outcomes. Good luck!
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Surgical techniques and pain management strategies continue to improve. Implant designs are mostly comparable, and gradually improve with time. Robo... Read More
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A 68-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Hip pain can refer to the knee area. The same nerve innervates both joints, so problems in the hip can be felt in the knee area.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
As the name suggests: Typically, it is jumping or plyometric type exercises that cause over-strain of the tendon. The best way to isolate what activity is the likely cause... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Can you be more specific about the location of discomfort, and what causes the pain, and what makes it feel better? Will allow a better answer. Than... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Hip problems can refer down to the knee area. The same nerve innervates the two, so hip problems can be felt with pain in the knee area.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Ortho evaluation: Pain after meniscus surgery does not necessarily mean that knee replacement is needed. Evaluation by an orthopedist, and probable repeat MRI will be ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
If you are 34 years old, it would be reasonable to wait, if possible. Hip replacement addresses quality of life limitations, so some young people hav... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Hard to explain without understanding your symptoms better. What do you mean "stretching/widening"? Do they feel loose? or painful? was there any pr... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
It is possible to get arthritis in multiple joints. There are also many different types of arthritis.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Avoid re-irritation. Perhaps us a donut pillow or other cut-out so no pressure on area when sitting. Time to heal and avoiding aggravation is most h... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Strengthening the gluteus maximus will add muscle. Hip extension exercises.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Ligamentous laxity?: you may be describing knee hyper-extension, meaning the knees are going beyond straight. Perhaps you have loose ligaments, and are very flexible in o... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Hip subluxation, or the joint moving out of place, could be due to prior injury or hip dysplasia or labrum tear or other hip problems. Often, hip pop... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Knee aspiration?: If you mean a knee aspiration (taking fluid out of the joint), that would be a needle and a syringe to sample fluid in the knee. It can test for thin... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
It depends on the joint. Elbows and knees bend in one direction, hips and shoulders can move in many directions. There are different types of joins ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Depends on symptoms: For general aches, can use anti-inflammatories (like advil or aleve) or pain medications like tylenol. Rest, a knee compression sleeve, stretching an... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Typically it will heal. Sometimes depending on the severity of the fracture, or if nerves nearby are being compressed, then treatment may be recommen... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Agree with prior answer. Cat nails can act like needles and penetrate bacteria deep into a wound. If there is pus, there is risk of the infection sp... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Difficult to determine the cause of the swelling based on this description. Could be swelling, calcification, nerve, soft tissue, or other cause of se... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Agree that it may be more than plica. Locking and catching is often a meniscal or cartilage injury. Evaluation and MRI is likely next step.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Can be treated non-operatively. PT, anti-inflammatories, strengthening, possible knee injections, knee bracing, symptomatic care most likely recommen... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Xray and evaluation will help determine if removal of the fragments can improve symptoms. Agree that evaluation by a podiatrist or foot specialist by... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
In theory, it may aid some height. Taking a curved line to a straight line makes it increase in height. An opening wedge may add more than a closing... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Agree that a walking device would be best, a walker or cane or other support. Avoiding falling is the best preventative measure.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Agree with prior answer. May be positional or due to pressure over area. Without other symptoms, okay to monitor. Otherwise, evaluation is warrante... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
If it is already feeling better, that is a good sign. Give it rest, and time to heal, and expect resolution in 2-3 weeks. If persists, or worsens, t... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Most likely, but discuss with your surgeon as they are most familiar with the type of repair performed. Avoiding pain is a good general guideline, but... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Ice and stretching and anti-inflammatory medications are treatment. physical therapy and bracing also.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Elevation and compression stockings can help with leg edema. Evaluation by a vascular surgeon can assess that lymphatic and venous return is appropri... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Xray and examination by a physician is the best way to diagnosis a fracture or dislocation.
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Agree that must use caution with repeat injections in a single joint. At some point, the medication can have an effect on the good tissues of the joi... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Can be normal. Some people have more visible veins. Without other symptoms, it is likely normal. Can check blood pressure and circulation of the ex... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Depends on the type, and location, and patient factors. But usually it is successful.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Worth having a new Xray and a new knee exam.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Bending is ok: Bending and normal activities are ok after hip replacement. Assuming your hip has had no stability issues, and your bending is not out of the ordinar... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Agree, would be useful to have Xray and exam to determine if the bone is healing properly.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
They are different. A vertical tear more up and dow, and a buckle handle tear is more curved along the same direction of the meniscus.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
The fact that you can run and squat without pain is reassuring. Could be tendons or soft tissues that are irritated in the particular movements you d... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Xrays do not show much more than the bone structure and gives an indication of cartilage presence in the knee. Other injuries may be present that c... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
You should review the possible reasons for your elevated PT/INR. Medications or liver issues can be potential causes. But further workup is warrante... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Yes you can. Some surgeons have motion restrictions during the healing phase after hip replacement. And some hip approaches have different limitatio... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Sounds like a trauma of some sort to cause the swelling and bleeding. Obtain an evaluation to find the cause.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
People respond to different treatments very differently. That is often why there are so many variations of the same product available, because no si... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Agree that CORE strengthening is first treatment option. Physical therapy, heat, massage for the back. MRI may be warranted if the back pain continu... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
It could be a sprain or soft tissue in nature. It may heal on it's own. If it is a fracture, it typically takes 6-12 weeks for bones to heal. Depen... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Prolene sutures are non-absorbable. Typically does not show up on MRI or CT.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Was there infection as a cause for the debridement? It may be recurrent infection. Important to be re-evaluated to make sure the infection is not wo... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 16 years experience
Loose joints are not dangerous. They can sometimes be stabilized somewhat with therapy and exercises. Strengthening the muscles around the joints ca... Read More
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Testimonials
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Good words of help for future sufferers! It was painful & a bit scary
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Thank you. It isn’t painful but it was 2 mo ago so I was concerned
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Thank you. Tylenol doesn't help. I will check in with my family Dr.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
Completed 2007

Residency

BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL
Completed 2007

Awards

America' Top Doctors, Castle Connolly
American Registry Patients Choice Award
"Best Doctors in America"

Affiliations

Washington Hospital
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Publications

Outpatient Joint Replacement: Practical Guidelines for Your Program Based on Evidence, Success, and Failures.
The Safety of Tranexamic Acid in Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Direct Meta-Analysis.
The Efficacy of Tranexamic Acid in Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Network Meta-analysis.
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