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  • The level of expertise is excellent almost without exception. Many of the doctors have an association with Stanford, which I consider to be quite an asset. I tremendously appreciate the posture of the medical center as a whole, as an institution dedicated to serving the community, as year after year they have accepted at least one of the rather generous insurance plans that were available to me through my employer, and now (as all along) they accept Medicare throughout the center (as far as I know) - how lucky I am to have access to such excellent doctors at this point in my life. And they have handled ALL the billing and paperwork for both the insurance and for Medicare, an enormous service the value of which cannot be overestimated.
    I have been no easy case. I have ALL of the traditional ailments for someone my age, and all are being well treated by my doctor. I also had severe osteoarthritis in my knees, two of which are now titanium, and in my shoulders, which through a single shot to each by a magician :-) in Sports Medicine were permanently cured. I've had three other surgeries I can think of that rescued me from the problems de jour at the time.
    I can't of course speak for the physicians I haven't seen. And I do think I've been very fortunate to have had a good referral chain. But I expect the level of excellence pervades the entire staff, and that any who are less than highly competent don't last long.
    There have been occasional exceptions, some egregious, to the otherwise excellent records of just about everything rated, but this is over years and years, and for the most part, the entire experience has been excellent.
    - Judith N.
  • I only saw him but didn't have the surgery done yet. I had heard a lot about him and thought that he was pretty impressive. He was very thorough in his explanations and things to me. He has a lot of background material that he gives and I thought that he was very good. He is very famous around here. Lot of people around here has had him do their knees. The office environment is very good. He was very informative.
    - Louise V.
  • It went great, from check in at Washington Hospital in Fremont to the surgery to the private room for recovery. I chose to be awake for the operation, and got to watch the whole thing--and Dr. Dearborn narrating everything he did for their own video/audio as it happened.
    They spent about 20 minutes prepping me, a tourniquet on my leg etc. The doctor was only in the room for about 1/2 hour, followed by the PA suturing the incision closed. He does a more modern treatment with a smaller incision that is stated to heal quicker and get patients walking sooner. It was interesting to me that when they prepped the leg bone, the piece they removed was very tapered. As he put it and quot;you had worn nearly 1/4and quot; off the bone on one side.and quot; First I went to the recovery room for ~ 1 1/2 hours. Then I was moved to the orthopedic post-operation building, which was great. They have a separate building for orthopedic patients, so, among other things, we are not infected by other patients with serious problems that can be transmitted in a hospital, and perhaps less risk of the dreaded MRSA bacterial infections.

    Although I had mentioned my GERD symptoms and over the counter Zantac/PepcidAc pills to control it, the post-op medicine and lying flat in bed caused worse problems than I had had the past six years. The pharmacy was reluctant to provide enough medication. On Wednesday morning my nurse went and got me some herself. Other than that, the 2 days went just fine.

    Surgery was Monday noon. I was up and walking with a walker Tuesday before lunch and Tuesday night I was climbing up and down stairs with the walker. Wednesday it was clear to them that I was just carrying the walker around, not relying on it, so I was switched to just a cane (I let Medicare buy the walker, I bought the cane just in case)-they had agreed I would not use crutches because of the rotator cuff/tendon repairs still healing on my shoulder. I went home Wednesday at 2 pm--about 50 hours after my surgery, using just a cane to walk with. I think 3 of the 10 patients stayed a 3rd day. By the time of my 1-week checkup I was walking freely without even the cane, although I still used the cane at night if I got up, just to be sure I would not fall.

    Pain killer as required at the hospital to make the first 2 days better. Recovery takes a while, physical therapy and just plain time for the body to heal. I had a wonderful ice machine. It is like a medium ice chest with a small pump. You fill it with ice, add a quart of water, and turn it on. It circulates ice water into a plastic sheet, adjustable with velcro, that can surround 2/3 of your leg and keeps going up to 6 hours on one charge of ~ 5 lbs of ice. That worked great--far better than any ice packs.

    I worked with a home therapist the 2nd and 3rd week (they didn't come the first week, while paperwork wandered around). I seemed to progress much faster after we switched to driving to a physical therapist. The key thing they are after is to get as much range of motion back in the leg in the first 6 weeks. Both fully straight and bent to at least 120 degrees. I had 110 degrees when I came home from the hospital and got up to ~ 145 degrees by the end of 8 weeks. In fact as of 1 September, both my unoperated left and new-knee right legs have the same range of motion--my heels about 1and quot; from my bottom. This is a good bit more than typical.

    During post-op, Dr. Dearborn scheduled check up visits at 1 week, 1 month and 3 months. I think the next would be at ~1 year.

    As far as and quot;Dosand quot; : ice the leg, and work to bend it during those first 6 weeks. I found putting the foot on a stepstool and leaning forward put my weight on it in a controlled fashion. Even better was setting my bike seat abnormally low, and pedaling backwards through a full circle, then periodically lowering it a bit. I would stop with pedals at top center and put my weight on that leg. Also measuring the angle each day let us monitor progress which was a great morale booster that some benefits were occurring.

    I stayed on the narcotic (Percoset) medication for about 2 weeks. I did not drive of course, and it caused really bad constipation. i found a combination of 3 Ecotrin aspirin, one Naproxen sodium (and quot;Aleveand quot;) and a Zantac worked as well and fixed both the constipation and the can't-drive problem.
    - Reg R.
  • Dr James Hartford arrived 2 hours late. Treated me as if I was extremely stupid. I am a law professor certainly not stupid, but perhaps my gender (female) was the problem. He offered me 3 terrible surgery options without talking or listing to me. Another arrogant doctor..what do they teach them in Med School?
    - Marcine B.
  • I suffered a fracture in a motorbike accident and Dr. Chou performed the surgery. She was competent, straightforward and caring and I would recommend her if any ongoing treatment warrants seeing her again (and not resident staff). The problem I had was that followup care such as cast replacements were handled by different resident doctors/interns and these visits were inconsistent. I was going to school at that time and needed to be moderately mobile. The wound area would swell and any tight cast made it hurt badly. I had to repeat the appeal for a looser cast each time it was due for replacement. Different doctors have different ideas of looseness, and in one case one doctor insisted on wrapping it tightly because that's the way it was supposed to be according to him. I ended up looking for another doctor and found Dr. Kenneth Zubrick whom I chose to go with for the rest of the care.
    - Cheng T.
  • Pre surgical class.
    Pre surgery physical.
    Surgery
    Post surgical physical therapy in hospital.
    All went very well. I was quite satisfied.

    - BARBARA F.
  • His success rate is VERY high. He does close to 1,000 surgeries per year. He has a low infection rate. He has a very efficient team. He has his own isolated unit in the hospital.
    - Susan B.
  • He is outstanding surgeon. He is a very wonder human being. He goes above & beyond the call of duty. The staff is wonderful as well.
    - VICKI S.
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