Dr. Bharat Desai, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Dr. Bharat Desai, MD

Dr. Bharat Desai, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Golden, CO. He is 53 years old and has been practicing for 27 years. Dr. Desai is affiliated with St. Anthony Hospital and St. Anthony North Hospital.

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Dr. Desai's Care Philosophy

To practice high quality orthopedic care for my patients. The philosophy is the patient drives the practice. The employees are team members who are mutually accountable and pursue our goal of high quality care in a team approach.

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    Patient Comments (10)
    in Denver, CO |
    Dr. Desai first treated me 18 mos ago for a broken clavicle. He gave it a few weeks to begin healing then we ultimately decided to plate it as healing was very slow. It was the right decision and he set the expectations very well. 17 mos later he did a second surgery to remove the plating, again he set correct expectations. He was always very compassionate and caring, he was always available when I needed him. I would highly recommend him, and will not hesitate to go back. Thanks Dr Desai
    Littleton, CO |
    Dr. Desai was very helpful and explained everything clearly. He even asked if I needed anything else before he left the room. Dr. Desai explained my diagnosis in terms that I would understand.
    in Golden, CO |
    I fell off a ladder in October and broke my heel bone into three pieces. On October 21st I had surgery with Dr. Desai, receiving a plate and 8 screws. Before and after the surgery, Dr. Desai was very confident and upbeat. I found this encouraging. Early on, my wife said "No skiing for you this year!", to which Dr. Desai said, "Hmmm, maybe spring skiing." That became a goal to work toward, and on March 31st I skied at Aspen for two days. The foot performed great! Thanks Dr. Desai!
    in Arvada, CO |
    I fractured my ankle and had surgery in South Africa. I went to another surgeon at Panorama Orthopedic for follow-up care who was rude and didn't provide adequate care. I wasn't healing normally so I switched to Dr. Desai. I think he is the most amazing, caring orthopedic surgeon I've ever met. He took me in and ended up having to do another surgery to take out the hardware on my ankle since it had become infected. He explained everything thoroughly. I appreciate Dr. Desai immensely.
    in Denver |
    I visited Dr. Desai for what I thought was a sprained ankle. I have general confidence in Panorama Orthopedics but did not know him. It was just so clear that he knows what he is doing, he is very smart (important to me), and he is curious. He diagnosed my condition quickly and effortlessly, prescribed a protocol and did not over-prescribe with unnecessary follow ups. I highly recommend him.
    Denver, CO |
    I will NEVER recommend Desai to anyone ever. He did surgery on my foot & butchered it in all of the 10 minutes he decided to designate to my foot. He cut nerves, tendons & with his lack of concern caused my foot to become extremely infected. I was horrified at the outcome & the LACK OF QUALITY of his surgical skills!!! I found another surgeon to correct his MESS on my foot, 2 1/2 hours of surgery. I have come across other victims of his surgery. HORRIBLE OUTCOME! He deserves 0 stars. A butcher
    Evergreen, CO |
    He pretends to listen, but forgets most things. In and out in a flash or sends a PA. Unsuccessful surgery so he just refers you to pain management instead of trying to fix the problem.
    in Castle Rock, CO |
    The first ankle sprain that my wife went to Dr. Desai for, last year, he was very good. She had a pretty bad one this last time, high ankle sprain. We had to 2 appointments and the doctor never came in to examine her either time. Instead he sent in the PA both times. When I make an appointment with a doctor I expect to at least see the doctor, not the PA. Once maybe but not for 2 appointments. Very disappointing. I gave a poor rating to the provider because we never saw the doctor.
    in Lakewood, CO |
    I had a shattered my pelvis from a cycling accident. I knew it was bad, but didn't realize how bad it was until after the surgery. The day before, Dr. Desai visited me to explain everything and encouraged my then panicking mind that everything would be ok. He knew I was very active and assured me I'd be back to riding with a full (99%) recovery. I was back on the bike 2 weeks after crutches and racing 6 weeks later. Highly recommend for pelvic surgery.
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    Dr. Desai's Care Philosophy

    To practice high quality orthopedic care for my patients. The philosophy is the patient drives the practice. The employees are team members who are mutually accountable and pursue our goal of high quality care in a team approach.

    Dr. Desai's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  No malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

    Awards & Recognition

    • Awards & Honors
      • Healthgrades Honor Roll
      • Cum Laude Society, 1982
      • Sigma XI Society, 1986
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    • Media & Publications
      • Divergent Alignment of Femoral Interference Screws in Single Incision Endoscopic Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, 1994

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    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Conditions Treated

    • Achilles Tendinitis
    • Ankle Fracture
    • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
    • Ankle Sprains and Strains
    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
    • Arthritis
    • Ataxia
    • Autoimmune Diseases
    • Back Pain
    • Baker’s Cyst
    • Bone Cancer
    • Bone Disorders
    • Broken Arm
    • Broken Neck
    • Bunion
    • Bursitis
    • Cancer
    • Chondrocalcinosis
    • Chronic Neck Pain
    • Chronic Pelvic Pain
    • Clavicle Fracture
    • Clubfoot
    • Coccygeal Pain
    • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
    • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Diabetic (Charcot) Foot
    • Difficulty With Walking
    • Elbow Bursitis
    • Elbow Injuries
    • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
    • Femur Fracture
    • Foot Conditions
    • Foot Fracture
    • Foot and Ankle Disorders
    • Foot and Ankle Injuries
    • Fracture
    • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
    • Gait Abnormality
    • Ganglion Cyst
    • Gout
    • Hammer Toe
    • Hand Conditions
    • Hand Fracture
    • Heel Spur
    • Hip Fracture
    • Hip Sprain
    • Internal Derangement of Knee
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Joint Pain
    • Knee Dislocation
    • Knee Disorders
    • Knee Fracture
    • Knee Sprain
    • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
    • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
    • Limb Pain
    • Low Back Pain
    • Lower Extremity Trauma
    • Lumbar Spine Fracture
    • Lupus
    • Multiple Injuries
    • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
    • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
    • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
    • Osteoarthritis of Hands
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
    • Osteoarthritis of Knee
    • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Osteopenia
    • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
    • Pathological Spine Fracture
    • Pelvic Fracture
    • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Pseudoarthrosis
    • Pyogenic Arthritis
    • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Rib Fracture
    • Rotator Cuff Tear
    • Sacrum Disorders
    • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Scoliosis
    • Sever's Disease
    • Shoulder Disorders
    • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
    • Sjögren's Syndrome
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spine Deformities
    • Spine Disorders
    • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
    • Thoracic Spine Fracture
    • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
    • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
    • Torticollis
    • Wrist Fracture


    • Medical School
      Temple University School of Medicine

      Graduated in 1990

    • Internship Hospital
      Geisinger Medical Center
    • Residency Hospital
      Geisinger Medical Center
    • Fellowship Hospital
      Harborview Medical Center
    • Undergraduate School
      Swarthmore College

    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Procedures Performed

    • Ankle Replacement
    • Arm Surgery
    • Bone and Joint Repair
    • Carpal Tunnel Release
    • Diabetic Foot Care
    • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
    • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
    • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
    • Excision of Femur or Knee
    • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
    • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
    • Foot Surgery
    • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
    • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
    • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
    • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
    • Fracture Care
    • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
    • Hammer Toe Repair
    • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
    • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
    • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Hardware Removal
    • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
    • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
    • Hip Replacement
    • Hip Resurfacing
    • Joint Drainage
    • Knee Surgery
    • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
    • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
    • Nerve Block, Somatic
    • Neuroplasty
    • Peripheral Nerve Block
    • Removal of Bone Spur
    • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
    • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
    • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
    • Steroid Injection