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Hi everyone,
I am looking for a recommendation on a hip specialist that does total hip replacement for patients with avascular necrosis. I currently have Medi-cal insurance due to my low income so I am looking for a surgeon who accepts this insurance.

Thank you!
 

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@attyboy
Welcome to BoneSmart, glad you joined us! :welome:
You can use our Surgeon Locator at the top of the page to find surgeons in your area, most of their web sites will give you information about what insurances they accept.

New BoneSmart members like you are in various stages of their journey to joint replacement. Making the decision whether or not to have surgery and preparing for surgery can be easier once you have done your research and know what lies ahead. Here are some tools that can help you decide what is best for you.

If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:
Score Chart: How bad is my arthritic hip?
Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
BMI Calculator - What to do if your surgeon says you're too heavy for joint replacement surgery
Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced hip, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:
Stories of amazing hip recoveries
 

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@attyboy Do try our Surgeon Locator as Chris recommended. This surgeon is in our database of surgeons recommended by our members. You would need to call to confirm what insurance he takes:

Dr. John Dearborn
Co-director of The Institute for Joint Restoration.
2000 Mowry Ave
Fremont, CA 94538
510-818-7200
 
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I have used the locator. I just wanted to get any personal insight on any hip specialist in the area. I’m 26 with AVN so I just want to make sure I get surgery with the right doctor.
 

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Any hip surgeon will be fully experienced with AVN. It is one of the most common reasons for THR.
 
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Sorry to give more insight on to why I’m asking,
I have worked in a orthopedic office and I have seen the surgeons I worked with get thrown patients that had bad surgeries due to lack of experience/care from their previous orthopedists. I just wanted to get suggestions from patients here if they have anyone they recommend.
 

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attyboy,
You can check these two surgeon scoring sites for how surgeons do with joint replacement.
One of the most important questions you can ask is how many joint replacements they perform every year.

Have you checked at UCSF or Stanford for a surgeon?

Surgeon Score Card/ProPublica
https://projects.propublica.org/surgeons/

Surgeon Ratings by Consumer Checkbook
https://www.checkbook.org/surgeonratings/
 
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I was looking into UCSF. Do you recommend any hip specialist there?
 
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Hi,
Has anyone here gotten a THR done by Dr. Nicholas Pirnia in Northern California??
 

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@attyboy One of my Dr. recommended Dr. Sah, who did his wife's THR.
Used to be in practice with Dr.Dearborn. Office in Menlo Park.
Excuse me for expressing my opinion here; at your age have you looked into
Hip Resurfacing ? Hope I don't get into trouble here since I'm a newbie.
 
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@XBreadman hip resurfacing has nothing to do with age. It is all about the condition of the hip joint and the patient's own situation.

Why don't you start your own thread and tell us a bit about your story?
 

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Hi Atty,

I'm pretty new to the Bay Area, and on the Peninsula, not in the East Bay. There are several recommendations from this board, and a history of how I selected my surgeon, on my preop thread Surgeon In SF Bay Area needed

Hubby and I have private insurance on the individual market -- blue shield CA. We have found that UCSF takes all insurances. I would look through all the profiles on the UCSF site, then call their ortho dept. They can tell you about insurance coverages. UCSF has a special department for this too.

I had an appt with Dr. Hansen at UCSF, who came highly recommended, which I canceled only because I wanted my hip done ASAP; I found a surgeon (Dr. Hartford at PAMF ortho) that I was and am comfortable with, and I thought UCSF would take longer than PAMF to get it scheduled and done. I second guessed that cancellation decision over and over again during the COVID delay.

Truly all the best in your search. My recovery is going along well, and I certainly recommend Dr. Hartford and Dr. Lannin at PAMF without reservation, and I'd expect that Dr. Graw at the same group is great too.
 

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