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Dr. Alexander Sah

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Fremont, CA
15 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

Practice website

Insurances accepted

Blue Shield of California

Medicare

VA healthcare

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
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Joint stiffness can be improved with therapy, stretching, and other exercises. Joint pathology can lead to stiff joints, and can be evaluated by exam... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Metal on plastic: The knee replacement is made of metal and plastic. As hard surfaces, when the knee joint moves against itself, the hard on hard surfaces can make a c... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
People recover quickly from hip replacement. There is a range, but often 85% better at 6 weeks, 95% better at 3 months, and even better at one year.
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
What's loose?: Hip replacement being loose can refer to the hip being unstable, or to an implant being loose in the bone. Either way, evaluation by your surgeon is ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Depends what was dragged, and how. But most likely muscle or tendon or soft tissue injury. A broken bone would typically cause significant pain and ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
It is unusual to have pain that severe without a known injury. It is reassuring that you do not have any of the mentioned associated symptoms. Howev... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Could be tendonitis or other soft tissue strain. Rest, ice, anti-inflammatories may resolve it.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Agree that without symptoms, it may be your normal, or different if healed from a trauma in the past. If it feels different, or is changing shape, or... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
If the fracture did not heal completely, that can be a source of pain. More healing may occur, even after 3 months. But it is also possible that sur... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Could be nerve related, as it is including lumbar pain and going down to the foot. Blood clots can cause pain behind the leg, and are worth ruling ou... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Yes, neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons treat spinal deformities.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Wrist fractures are common in the elderly. As is surgery to treat the fractures. Bleeding can occur after any surgery, but bleeding and blood clots... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
It depends on the type of fracture, and the amount of displacement. A second opinion can be helpful.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
It may be trauma related. But 4 weeks it a longer delay than expected. It is most likely benign, but evaluation for a mass that is painful and possi... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
The bruise and inability to walk suggests an injury worth evaluating. An evaluation can make sure you did not break a bone, by xray, or sustain some ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Possibly. New exercise routines may stress your joints in new ways, as you get used to the new activity. Pain and symptoms that resolve with rest or... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Re-evaluation: stiffness after knee replacement can be helped with PT and exercises, if it is within the first few weeks to months. If the stiffness is beyond that,... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Time will heal the strained muscle fibers. Ice/heat, massage may help feel better in the meantime. But it will take time for muscle recovery to occu... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
CT scan is like many xrays combined. It gives multiple views of fracture and 3D imaging of the healing bone. It is more accurate in assessing bone h... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Based on information provided, assume it is soft tissue strain. Could be muscular or tendon. Swinging a heavy weight can stress the joints and soft... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Back pain can refer to the hip. But hip and back problems can occur at the same time. Given your young age, it would be less common to have 2 proble... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Hip joints are typically very stable. Hip strengthening exercises, improving the muscles around the joint, make it more stable.
A member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Online: AAOS- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has useful information resources: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/total-hip-replacement/
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Center of the knee: The ACL runs in the center of the knee, as one of the major stabilizers. It connects the end of the thigh bone (femur) to the top of the shin bone (t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Most problems with hip and knee joints occur when upright and loading them. Pain in those areas when lying down could be a referred pain from the low... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
yes, but a Low AP Pelvis xray would be best to see the joints completely
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Most comfortable: No specific recommendation, but what is most comfortable in your case. A bike that is easy to get on and off (no cross rail), may make it easier to u... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
If other body parts start to compensate for the knee injury, then yes, it could lead to pain elsewhere in the body.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
What's large?: What is large? Do you mean the tissue around the hips? That would be treated by exercise, diet, etc. The hip bone structure cannot be changed. It de... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Liver and kidney are in that area.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Strengthening: Muscle strengthening, particularly the CORE (abs and obliques) can help stabilize the spine. Hip strengthening can help gait and posture. PT can gu... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Usually it does: A baker's cyst is fluid in the knee escaping to the back of the knee. Typically, when the cause of knee inflammation and swelling is addressed, the c... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Can be many: Most often, symptoms around the hip area can be soft tissue related. Muscle or tendon strains or sprains. Sometimes it can be referred pain from else... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Sometimes they do: Knees can make sounds, and pop and crack. Typically it is painless, without associated symptoms. If it causes pain or limitations, that would warran... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Hip alignment: The hip joint is very mobile, as it is a ball-in-socket joint. Therefore, it can accommodate a wide range of motion and is less likely to be "out of ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Stretching, physical therapy, flexibility exercises.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Could be muscular, or soft tissue. Could be arthritis or injury to the cartilage of the hip. Could be referred pain from somewhere else.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Soft tissue grinding: Grinding can be due to soft tissues or irregularities in the knee. Most often, they are benign and painless causes of knee grinding. If the grinding... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
It could be muscular, or soft tissue. It could be abdominal pain referring to the area (stomach, kidney, other) Could be arthritis or joint type pains... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Yes they can. Raising your arms uses shoulder muscles like your deltoids and rotator cuff muscles. The pecs are in the chest and are more for pushin... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Fractures can take 6-12 weeks to heal, depending on the location and type. Swelling will take 2-3 weeks to go down, ice and elevation is helpful.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Assume you are not asking for yourself at age 17. Average age of hip replacement in the US is about 60-70. But hip replacement is done in ages much ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
What's popping: Sometimes the kneecap feels like it moves in and out of place. Or, perhaps you feel something internal in the knee that is not smooth. Could be some... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Back pain may be referring pain to your knees, or may be affecting the way you can walk. It would be worthwhile to have your back and knees evaluated... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
It depends on the nature of the fracture, and the size/orientation of the screw holes. Agree that typically bone strengthens over 6 months on average... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Depends on where and what type of laceration it is. Sometimes skin avulsions do not have tissue to repair with staples or stitches because the skin i... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Surgery is always possible, but not always recommended. Sometimes surgery may risk causing more problems than solving problems. If the bump is not p... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
It can take 3-4 months for pain to go away after a surgery for a broken leg. If there was a complication and another surgery for a hematoma, that may ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 15 years experience
Typically metal on metal replacement adverse reactions are treated by changing the bearing surfaces to not metal on metal. If swelling and pain conti... Read More

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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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