Ratings for Dr. John T. Dearborn
This is about my experiences, not an attempt to harm. My experience ended well, I hope yours does too, it is only my opinion. There is nothing "fraudulent" about telling your true story. Dearborn is considered the "go to" doctor. I would never go to him again. I would recommend anyone use extreme caution. I would not recommend him to anyone, I am very glad to hear most have had great results. He is a salesman, selling his team and procedure. I am not angry, bitter nor dishonest. I have had many surgeries, and not all goes well. I am merrily attempting to help others. Please read all of Dr. Dearborn's replies to bad reviews. His remarks will teach you a lot about him, his practice and feeling about his patients. Dr. Dearborn blames billing, attempts to extort money, claims alleged patients who may be mentally unstable or simply angry or dishonest people. He will tell you "Unfortunately, complications happen with any surgical procedure." Dearborn wants you to think there are few complications. Most will not write a poor review as he will attack you leaving no possible response or recourse to his pitiful replies. He will accuse patients (that is you) that write reviews sadden him and that they are bitter and angry. After he leaves them hurt in pain he says, he has to forgiven them for ongoing efforts to personally injure him? Dearborn is nothing but a joint replacement machine after your money. I truly liked Dearborn's bedside manors. He gave me plenty of time and attention prior to my surgery. His staff was excellent and very attentive. Dr. Dearborn did a total left knee replacement (arthroplasty) on me four years ago, in October of 2013. My recovery was coming along quite well, three days home the joint started swelling, turning red and feeling extremely hot. I immediately called his office three consecutive days, as it worsened and ballooned up. I told the PA I had a staff infection. I was astounded his PA told me "YOU NEED TO GET TOUGHER AND TAKE IBUPROFEN for the swelling." I finally sent him pictures to no avail. When my PT first saw it, she called Dr. Dearborn's office as she knew it was staff infection. They had me immediately in to the office, admitted me that day back into the hospital and preformed a second surgery the following day as I had a staff infection. His reports never show the real story of what was done so as to alleviate any possible law suit down the road. Like I ever wanted to sue him. All I wanted was to walk with maybe a pain level of 4 out of 10. He actually verbally told my wife and I the infection in the joint was the PA's fault, due the his poor, wrong choice in the material he chose for the stitches. Dearborn never makes a mistake. Following the second surgery I did my rehab exactly as was requested of me. There was still a lot of instability, pain, swelling, popping and burning in the joint. Followed up with Dearborn - xrays, they said everything was fine. Again, I was told I just have to get tougher. I have lived in excruciating pain while still doing my daily activities with no pain medication for four years. I would tell anyone who asked, having a knee joint replacement would make you feel as though you were walking on unstable painful, burning stilts for the rest of your life. I researched orthopedic joint replacement Doctors, nation wide, for four years to come up with the same three names repeatedly... None had the poor reviews like Dearborn. I chose one, the Doctor and his PA put my knee through its range of motion. They were amazed at the joints "looseness" hyperextending it, moved laterally and medially (side to side) over eight inches, a direction no knee bends. The Doctor, stated, "this kind of movement is not normal at all, it is almost like "you are walking on stilts" each step. He determined that the polyethylene spacer in knee joint is too thin, allows too much "play" in the joint, causing continual irritation of tissue/tendons/muscles swelling and the resulting pain. The spacer needed to be replaced with a thicker version during revision surgery which I have done. He replaced the polyethylene spacer between the two metal plates with a new polyethylene plate, 4 cm thicker. The Doctor stated the plate was cheap, not high impact and so thin it was almost non existent. He replaced it with a high impact polyethylene spacer. I am currently one week post surgery, no pain medication, pain free. My knee is more stable than it has been in over eight years. There is already less swelling than I have lived with for the past four years. Dearborn is a knee factory. Anything other than a perfect outcome, they don't acknowledge. He states he wants follow up but not if your a case he does not want to admit too. One cannot grow if you are not capable of a truthful critique, listening without attacking. To top all of this my knee, a Zimmer Persona has been recalled and Dr. Dearborn has not even been ethical enough to notify me.
Dr. Dearborn and his team gave me the best medical experience I've had, and my first major surgery. I had my hip replaced after years of postponing the operation and I did my homework. My insurance coverage is not very comprehensive but Dr. Dearborn works with people who do not have insurance and takes many kinds of insurance as well. I received a huge discount as well as a payment plan so that I could have the surgery. Some of the other reviews do not seem accurate to me based on my own experience. I was able to watch my surgery, and the entire staff was professional, patient and thorough in answering my questions and addressing any problems I had. Dr. Dearborn spent time with me in person and on the phone, including the night before my surgery, when we talked for close to one hour. My recovery has been excellent and I am pursuing my love of horseback riding and other sports. I would not hesitate to recommend him. Fabulous doctor and wonderful human being.
DR. DEARBORN HAS TO BE ONE OF THE FINEST SURGEONS ON THE WEST COAST! I HAD A HIP REPLACEMENT AND WAS IN THE HOSPITAL OVERNIGHT AND HOME THE NEXT DAY. I WALKED IN THE HOUSE (WITH A CANE)AND BEGAN MY RECOVERY. AFTER 8 WEEKS I AM NOW PLAYING GOLF AGAIN AND AM PAIN FREE! DR.DEARBORN AND HIS STAFF ARE MOST PROFESSIONAL AND TENDED TO ALL MY NEEDS (AND QUESTIONS). WHAT A BLESSING IT WAS TO HAVE FOUND OUT ABOUT DR.DEARBORN! WE HAVE REFERRED TWO OF OUR CLOSE FRIENDS TO HIM AND THEY HAVE HAD THE SAME POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. HE IS THE BEST OF THE BEST!!!
Doctor very knowledgeable, gave injections, but I am still in great pain. Staff misleading on coverage -- said Dr. in contract with my insurer, and that is not true. Sent over a big bill after the fact, when if in network I would pay $0 after the office visit co-pay.
Had severe post op problems with bi-lateral KNR. Developed severe pain in left knee. I went back to Dearborn to have it checked. He took x-rays and a fluid sample from left knee and said everything was ok. Problem kept getting worse. Went to see another Dr. He told me knee was severely infected and the knee joint had come loose. He pulled the original lab report on the fluid draw that Dearborn took and it showed infected. The X-rays also showed a problem. Dearborn never said a word. He told me everything was fine, no need to worry. Please be careful with this Dr.
Dr. Dearborn was very calm and reassuring prior to surgery, the staff and aftercare are the best available, and I can't wait to have my other hip done! I doubt any doctor can top his performance, his quality assurance, and total patient comfort and care.
During my initial consultation Dr Dearborn throughly explained my options & the steps involved in a THR. The morning following the prodecure Dr Dearborn did the rounds to check on his patients and change the dressing. At that time he filled me in on how the surgery went. The PA's, seen at the pre-op and post-op appt, are very knowledgeable and qualified. Dr Dearborn uses Washington Hospital in Fremont and they have a wing designated as a Center for Joint Replacement. The staff there is outstanding and very experienced with replacement patients and rehabilitation. My experience and care throughout this process has been extremely professional.
Excellent staff and office. A little wait, but not unexpected to see one of the best joint replacement specialist in the US. He has very knowledgable PAs that work very closely with him. I got more information out of this visit than I did with 3 other orthopods combined. He and the PA took all the time needed to answer all my questions and give me sound advice. Highly recommended.
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- University Of California, San Francisco School Of Medicine (Grad. 1991)
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