Dr. John Balbas, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 46

Dr. Balbas
Accepting new patients

Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates

4802 S 109th East Ave Tulsa, OK 74146

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(918) 392-1400

Dr. John Balbas, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Balbas has more experience with Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Ascension St. John Broken Arrow and Ascension St. John Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Balbas to book an appointment.

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Dr. Balbas is affiliated with Ascension St. John Broken Arrow Broken Arrow, a highly rated and top awarded hospital for orthopedic surgery.

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Practices at Top Hospital
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Balbas

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Balbas treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Balbas treats other conditions, please contact the office at (918) 392-1400.

Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery

Shoulder and upper arm conditions include arthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and dislocations, with treatment options such as surgery or physical therapy.Compare with other Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery specialists.

Dr. Balbas is experienced in the area of Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
Adhesive Capsulitis
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Glenoid Labrum Tear
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Dr. Balbas' conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair
  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • 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 of the Elbow
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bunion Surgery
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement Revision
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • 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
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • 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
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Sprain or Strain

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Dr. Balbas accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Blue Choice
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
CHAMPVA
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Community Care Network
Standard Network PPO
CoreSource
Coventry Health Care
Coventry Health Care of Oklahoma
Life and Health Oklahoma
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
MedHealthInsurance
Medicaid
Meritain Health
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
State Farm
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare

Dr. Balbas' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Balbas

4.4

Based on 38 ratings

5 Stars
81.57894736842105%
(31)
4 Stars
2.6315789473684212%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
13.157894736842104%
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I have not had my knee replacement yet, but I feel confident that, based on the appointments I’ve had, it will be fine.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Amy Lankford – Sep 17, 2021
No complaints??
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Jack – May 01, 2021
Dr. Balbas and staff are simply The BEST to get and keep you up and running again. He has been my surgeon for both my total knee replacements and I cannot recommend him highly enough! Staff is terrific and attentive.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Jane G. – Feb 03, 2021
Dr. Balbas' PA-C, Mark. A. Cuthbertson, was very compassionate and had a great bedside manner. Dr. Balbas spoke with me for 15 seconds which amounted to "My name is Dr. Balbas, this is what you have, we are going to give you a shot and schedule you a 5 week appointment." Didn't shake my hand, didn't tough me and walked out.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Dee – Feb 01, 2021
Dr. Balbas is a wonderful surgeon who performed both shoulder surgeries in the past and recently, knee surgery. He is a gifted surgeon, his work is outstanding and the outcomes, along with physical therapy, have improved my life significantly! I am so proud that he is my doctor and I would have all members of my family go to him. He has great rapport with his patients and answers all my questions. I have great respect for him and his nurse, Linda! They work so well together and Linda is very kind, hard working and is patient. She took out some tough sutures for me and did it gently and with compassion. Dr. Balbas and Linda are a great time and I had a wonderful outcome with my surgery.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Marie Kleps – Nov 20, 2020
Dr. Balbas was great. Diagnosed my issue promptly, got me into surgery quickly. Still in recovery stages, but I suspect the results will be good. Bruising was minimal (almost non-existent), there IS some lingering pain (let's be honest, structural repairs to the human body are serious, and we evolved over millions of years to be the way we are, so anytime we go digging around in there, it's going to hurt some). Pain management is acceptable. Staff was great, they were a good audience for my jokes, 10/10 would perform here again. *badumtiss* Remember to tip your nurses.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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T. Aron Vance – Oct 14, 2020
Very Professional & true to his word , we didn’t meet on good terms but I’m so glad he did my 5th surgery , absolutely no problems and I feel really good with the outcome , I only wished he did my first . Thank You Dr Balbos
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Traci Bromley – Aug 27, 2020
Explation on my condition was explained in very simple and thorough way.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Don Simpson – Jul 22, 2020
I had a reverse shoulder replacement by Dr. Balbas. My questions and concerns were answered and the surgery went great. The hospital staff at St. John Hospital in Broken Arrow were terrific. The staff at the Tulsa Bone and Joint were courteous. I was always seen promptly at my appointment time. I highly recommend Dr. Balbas.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jul 06, 2020
He was very kind help me with it all
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 29, 2020
Dr. Balbas is the dude! Between being born with a severe club foot and a major basketball related injury, my knee was in terrible shape. Severe pain, horrible instability...just a god awful mess. Upon the initial examination, Dr. Balbas speculated that I had a torn ACL and MCL among other things. And the subsequent MRI concluded that he was absolutely correct. I had a 4 hour reconstruction: repair torn ACL and MCL, tibial and femoral osteotomy, tibial tuberosity transfer, chondroplasty, VMO advancement...I might even be forgetting a few things. But the end result, minimal pain (its typical for my disability) and ZERO instability. I have been able to return to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu unimpeded. And aside from his incredible talent as a surgeon, his bedside manner is amazing. Explains things a lay person can understand without sounding condescending. One of the nicest physicians I've ever met. No ego. I LOVE Dr. Balbas!!! He's the only ortho surgeon I trust. I would recommend him to anyone!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Michael Mahoney – Jun 04, 2020
Dr Balbas is always caring and kind. He is good with my treatments and to find new ways to care for my needs
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Tracy Bevil – Jan 15, 2020
Dr. Balbas and his staff are very informative and caring. All my questions are answered.
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Marjorie – Dec 14, 2019
He was excellent, and explained everything in detail. I would recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 07, 2019
Very thorough and knowledgeable.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 07, 2019
I was made to feel at ease with my problem, Dr.Balbas explains everything that was wrong and what we would do to make it better. Overall a very good experience.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Janet – Nov 27, 2019
He listens to my concerns and answers any questions I have.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Sara Neal-Ferguson – Nov 16, 2019
Dr Balbas has treated my wife & I both. My wife has had 4 different surgeries & me for sciatica. He is excellent @ has a great team.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Office environment
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Nov 13, 2019
Good dr fixed my knee right up no trouble out of it since thanks
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Brendan – Oct 17, 2019
Dr. Balbas has been incredible. Great results from hip surgery. He’s extremely knowledgeable ands spends time answering any questions you may have. Appointments have been on time with minimal waiting. Highly recommended Dr. Balbas if you need a great orthopedic surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Obie Bryant – Oct 12, 2019

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Biography

Dr. John Balbas, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Balbas has more experience with Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery than other specialists...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

2007
University of Tennessee / Memphis / College of Medicine & Surgery
Residency Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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Dr. Balbas frequently treats Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery. See all practice areas where Dr. Balbas specializes.

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Dr. Balbas' office is located at 4802 S 109th East Ave, Tulsa, OK 74146. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates

Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates4802 S 109th East Ave Tulsa, OK 74146
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Balbas is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Ascension St. John Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow, OK

82% Patient Experience Rating, 13% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2021)

Ascension St. John Medical Center

Tulsa, OK

71% Patient Experience Rating, 2% higher than the national average