Dr. Dirk Diefendorf, MD

Dr. Dirk Diefendorf, MD

Sports Medicine | Male | 59 years old

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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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in Santa Cruz, CA |
I went to Dr. D after learning that I had a partial tear to my left ACL. He and his staff made every effort to get me back to living the active lifestyle I am accustomed to living. Through his attention to detail at each appointment, every other month post-op, I was able to slowly build up the strength in my left knee. After 9 months of rigorous physical therapy and supporting strength building exercises, I have been cleared to do whichever outdoor activity I desire!
in Burlingame, CA |
I came to visit a friend in Burlingame from where I live in Sacramento. During my visit I broke my right femur and was transported (in great pain) to the nearby hospital. My surgery was scheduled for the next day but Dr. Diefendorf stepped up at the end of a very busy day and did my surgery that night. I found great comfort from Dr. Diefendorf's care. He is intelligent, competent, compassionate, and willing to listen patiently to what you have to say. I highly recommend Dr. Diefendorf!
in Pacifica, CA |
I had total knee replacements done by Dr. Diefendorf, the right knee 3/11/15 and left 1/4/16. In both cases the procedure was clearly explained to me ahead of time and the procedures went very well. I was home after 2 nights in the hospital each time. The followup care at home, therapy, was excellent. My recovery has gone quite well and I'm very pleased with the results of the surgeries Dr. Deifendorf performed to correct knee problems that have been with me for about 48 years.
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Specialties

  • Sports Medicine
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

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  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Ataxia
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • 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
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Wrist Fracture

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture Repair
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • 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 Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Simple Fracture Care and Casting

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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1983

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Southern California

    Completed in 1984

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Southern California

    Completed in 1988

  • Fellowship Hospital
    The Southern California Orthopedic Institute

    Completed in 1989

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of California At Los Angeles

    Graduated in 1978

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

    The California Orthopaedic Association is the largest statewide association representing orthopaedic surgeons in California. Orthopaedic surgeons evaluate and treat all types of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. This includes surgical and non-surgical treatment of the spine, hip, knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow and hand. The Association assists our members by providing continuing medical education and other resources that enhance their ability to provide high value quality health care.

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

  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Why Does Experience Matter?

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Dr. Diefendorf's Office & Staff

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Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
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Dr. Diefendorf's Care Philosophy

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon