Dr. James Grimes, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Kern Bone and Joint Specialists 9330 Stockdale Hwy Ste 600 Bakersfield, CA 93311 Get Directions
Dr. James Grimes, MD

Dr. James Grimes, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Bakersfield, CA. He is 65 years old and has been practicing for 38 years. Dr. Grimes is affiliated with Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District, Bakersfield Heart Hospital and Adventist Health Bakersfield.

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I work in partnership with patients, offering high-quality, and individualized care with compassion. I believe communication and collaboration with patients is the foundation for effective relationships. Please contact our office with additional questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Patient Comments (12)
in Bakersfield, Ca |
I had a shoulder impingement corrected through surgery. I had virtually no pain! After care including physical therapy and other things was set up prior to surgery. By the next day after surgery, my range of motion was incredibly better! I wish I hadn't waited to get it done due to fear. I had no reason to worry!
Taft, CA |
i recommend DR.GRIMES to everybody and anybody to get a surgery . If you listen to this doctor and do as he asks for your whole process you will gain a huge accomplishment. i had my knee replaced om 5-2-17 and by the end of june i was great,,, i will definitely go back for any other needs in the future if needed.
Bakersfield, CA |
Total hip replacement by Dr. Grimes in May 2016. Dr. Grimes was very clear regarding what to expect. There were no surprises. I was walking the day after surgery with very little pain and NO limp. Prior to surgery I played tennis (despite the pain from severe arthritis in my hip) 3-4 times a week. Recovery limited my activities and no tennis for a 4 month period. I'm very glad I stuck to the plan 'cause now my tennis buddies call me the poster-child for hip replacement. Thank you Dr. Grimes
in Tehachapi, CA |
After months of increased pain & loosing range of motion in my left shoulder I decided it was time to get help and was blessed to have been directed to Dr. Grimes. Gr. Grimes was precise, direct & confident on my first visit and was that way all the way through my procedure. Dr. Grimes surgically repaired my rotator cuff and with his proactive post-surgical therapy regiment with pain management, I was up & moving it right away. It is so nice to have a Doctor do what they say they can do & do it.
in Bakersfield, CA |
I had a single portal arthroscopy on my left knee about four weeks ago and I am feeling great thanks to Dr. Grimes I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is in need of this kind of surgery I was walking the same day right after surgery very quick recovery I was able to go back to work after two weeks my knee feels like new.
in Bakersfield, CA |
Dr. Grimes performed a Total Hip Replacement for my left hip about 12 years ago and again for my right hip in 2016. I never even considered any other doctor because of the minimally invasive procedure which allows much less pain, minimal recovery time and the ease of returning to normal activities in a relatively short period of time. Dr. Grimes is easy to converse with, explains the procedures in lay terms and is very understanding and compassionate. I highly recommend him to all.
in Bakersfield, CA |
Dr. Grimes is an outstanding orthopedic surgeon! He recently replaced my left hip w/o complication while demonstrating excellent bedside support throughout my hospital stay. Dr. Grimes stopped by to check on me twice, late into the evening, well beyond normal work hours. He stayed for several minutes answering all of my questions. He is very personable and easy to communicate w/. After 3 months I continue to improve and have complete comfort and true alignment. I would highly recommend him!
in Bakersfield, CA |
I had arthroscopic knee surgery on my left knee by another surgeon using two ports of entry on my knee. It was so painful for six weeks afterwards . Dr Grimes performed my right knee arthroscopic surgery using one port of entry. What a difference! Much less painful afterwards, I needed very few pain pills, I'm able to walk without a cane after just a few weeks. I recommend Dr. Grimes. .
Bakersfield, CA |
Straightforward no nonsense Dr. Staff is very nice and attentive.
in Bakersfield, CA |
Dr. Grimes helped me get back to the things I enjoy. As a golfer we depend on healthy hips, I was having issues with my left hip and remembered that Dr.Grimes was in the same office as 2 of my previous physicians. Made a call they got me in and found that my hip needed to be replaced. He explained the process they took care of all my insurance info went to the hospital after the procedure a few hours later i was up walking and sent home a day and half later. No pain at all. Highly recommend
in Tehachapi, CA |
Nursing staff is terrible does not return calls while I suffer in pain
in Bakersfield, CA |
I had the Single Portal Arthroscopy for a torn Menicus and I had a pain level of #16. Three days after the procedure, I had no pain and I was back to work within a week. Dr. Grimes is the Best Doctor.
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Dr. Grimes' Care Philosophy

I work in partnership with patients, offering high-quality, and individualized care with compassion. I believe communication and collaboration with patients is the foundation for effective relationships. Please contact our office with additional questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger


  • Medical School
    Joan Sanford I Weill Medical College Of Cornell University

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    Barnes Hosp St Louis Chldns Hosp Washington University Sch Med

    Completed in 1980

  • Residency Hospital
    Barnes Hosp St Louis Chldns Hosp Washington University Sch Med

    Completed in 1984

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Leo a Whiteside MD Adult Reconstructive and Joint Replacement Fellowship

    Completed in 1985

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Kansas

    Graduated in 1975

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
  • Computer-Assisted Total Hip Replacement
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Replacement, Cemented
  • Hip Replacement, Cementless
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Image-Guided Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Implantation
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Mini Knee Surgery
  • Mini-Incision Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Orthopedic Surgical Procedures
  • Posterior Mini-Incision Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement Revision
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate