About Webster Orthopedics

Webster Orthopedics is a full-service orthopedic practice that provides high-quality care by physicians in a variety of fields of expertise. The group had its origin in 1939 when Dr. Douglas D. Dickson began practicing on 17th & Webster Street in Oakland as a sole practitioner.

Since that time, the physicians of Webster Orthopedics have been providing the residents of Oakland, California, and surrounding areas of the East Bay with excellent orthopedic care for over 70 years. Today, Webster’s staff has expanded to 14 full-time physicians, physician assistants, sports physical therapy, hand therapy & MRI.

We have offices conveniently located in Oakland, Castro Valley, San Ramon, and Dublin, California.

We are dedicated to meeting each patient's individual needs through the highest possible quality orthopedic care. We achieve this through a team effort of physicians, staff, and patients. We use our expertise to help you regain and maintain good physical health, and we value your questions and comments as part of the process of successful treatment.

Our staff maintains current certifications and completes training on the latest techniques to ensure that you receive the best care possible. We hope that you will find our offices to be a professional, relaxing, and comfortable environment for your orthopedic care.

In addition to caring for individual patients, our physicians also participate in the surrounding communities by acting as team physicians for both professional, collegiate, and high school sports teams, we contribute to the education of tomorrow's physicians at local teaching hospitals and give local presentations on preventive health measures.

Emeritus:

  • Jerrald R. Goldman, M.D.
  • William Billings, M.D.
  • William Jackson, M.D.
  • Jay Hann, M.D.
  • John K. Frazier, M.D.
  • William West, M.D.
  • Harold M. Reynolds, M.D. (deceased)
  • Douglas Dickson, M.D. (deceased)

What Is an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Orthopedics is a branch of surgery involving the treatment or correction of diseases, injuries, and loss of normal function of the bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. This includes fractures, sprains, sports injuries, work- and accident-related injuries, arthritis, low back and neck disorders, bursitis, tendonitis, stroke, and development problems in children, as well as many other problems of the musculoskeletal system.

Surgery, when needed, may include fracture repair, joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and other joint surgery and disc surgery. However, many forms of treatment are nonsurgical in nature and less than half our patients require surgery for successful treatment.

Do I Still Need My Primary Care Physician?

Yes, your primary care physician is in charge of your general health care and is aware of your total health needs. If you need a referral to a primary care physician, please contact the Medical Society in your community or ask your physician at Webster Orthopedics.

Appointments

The Call Center hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Call 1-800-943-8099 to schedule an appointment. Your appointment schedule will vary depending on the doctor's hospital rounds and surgery schedule. We believe that our patient's time is valuable. In the event of a delay, we will do our best to notify you in advance. Please notify us as soon as possible in the event you need to reschedule your appointment. If you need to be seen immediately, we will do our best to accommodate you. Emergency care is given first priority.

Emergency Care & Orthopedic Urgent Care

Emergency care is always available during office hours. Tell the receptionist of the urgency and ask to speak with the physician's assistant. She will immediately notify your physician (or any other physician in the group if yours is unavailable). Calls received at other times will be answered by the operator from our answering service. They will contact the on-call physician from this office. We encourage you to call during routine office hours so that you can be best assured of reaching your regular physician and so that we will have your medical records available. If your call is an emergency, please call 911. Medications are only refilled during office hours so please plan accordingly.

Telephone Calls

Except in emergencies, our doctors do not accept calls while they are seeing patients. Our staff is experienced and able to answer most questions and, if not, we will accept your call and relay your message to the physician. When necessary, they will obtain appropriate answers from the physician immediately or give you an approximate time to expect a return telephone call.

Prescriptions

All new prescriptions are given to the patient at the time of their visit. Requests for refills of medications should be made during office hours when your medical records are available. Please have the pharmacy fax us the prescription. At times, a refill may not be given if you have not had an office visit in more than six months.

Paying for Your Care

In general, fees charged in this office are comparable with those charged by other orthopedic surgeons in this area. Co-payment is expected on the day of service. Monthly statements are mailed to each patient.

You should feel free to request an estimate of the charges for any surgery when scheduling a surgery date. It may not be possible to quote an exact figure. A specified period of postoperative care will be included in the charge for your operation. This includes routine postoperative treatment directly related to the surgery but not X-rays, cast changes, or unrelated conditions which might arise.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. There is a $25 charge if an appointment is not cancelled within 24 hours. For your convenience, we have an automated system that reminds you of your appointment 48 hours in advance.

Medical Insurance

Insurance is often complicated. Should you require surgery, nearly all insurance carriers cover a percentage of the surgeon's fee. The percentage of coverage does vary with policies. To avoid confusion, it is best to review your personal policy or consult your insurance carrier. If your insurance covers a percentage of your procedure(s) (e.g. 80/20), your estimated co-insurance will be collected prior to your surgery date. Some insurances will cover the cost in full (e.g. workers’ compensation claims). Unusual circumstances can be worked out with our billing manager on an individual basis.

For more information please call

Main Office: (800) 943-8099
MRI Office: (925) 838-1440
Physical Therapy Office: (925) 838-1550

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