Office Hours 

Monday – Friday

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Bedside Manner

Very Supportive

Avg. Wait Time

15 – 20 min

Follow Up

Very Responsive

Dr. Robert Detch

Orthopedic Surgeon

Education & Training

Medical Education

New York School of Medicine


University of California (UCSF)
San Francisco General Hospital


University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)


Stanford University Hospital

Special Training

Military Service – Active Duty
Orthopedic Surgeon, US Navy, 2007 – 2011
US Military Advisor for Orthopedic Surgery,
Afghanistan, 2008-2009

Hospital Affiliations

Mills-Peninsula Health Services

VA Medical Center, Palo Alto

VA Medical Center, San Francisco

Medical Affiliations

Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Mills-Peninsula Division
Mills-Peninsula Physician Network

Spoken Languages


Community Activities

American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
California Orthopaedic Association
Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology (IGOT)

Personal Interests

Dr. Detch is married and has two young boys. He enjoys archery, hiking, music and exercise.

  • Injuries of the Knee

  • Injuries of the Hip

  • Injuries of the Shoulder

  • Chondral Injuries

  • Gluteus Medius Injuries

  • Sports-related Injuries

  • Tendon Injuries of the Knee, Hip & Shoulder

  • Ligament Injuries of the Knee & Shoulder

  • Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee

  • Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder

  • Biologic Knee Reconstructions

  • Cartilage Transplantation

  • Complex Reconstructive Surgery

  • Hip Replacement Surgery

  • Knee Replacement Surgery

  • Mini Incision Hip Replacement Surgery

Great Staff. Everyone has been great. Dr. Detch's professionalism is great. He explained everything, made sure I understood what the surgeries entailed. Followups were painless. Overall everyone was great and very helpful!!

Great staff. Everyone has been great!! Dr. Detch's professionalism is great!! He explains everything, made sure I understood what the surgeries entailed, etc. Follow-ups were painless. Overall everyone was great and very helpful!!

I am very happy patient of Dr. Detch and his staff. Dr. Detch performed my left hip replacement and it was like a miracle - the pain was gone and my hip feels so much better now!

Staff and Dr. Detch all very nice and caring. Great experience. I had excellent and wonderful care. Diana Hull

It has been six months since my total left hip replacement - very happy with my results. Dr. Detch is articulated and caring - starting with pre op appointments, surgery and post op care. He made our eI was doing well and happy with results after surgery.

Dr. Detch is very professional. The hospital staff were wonderful. I would recommend the doctor and the hospital to everyone. Anne O'Connor

Total right hip replacement (anterior) 5/14/18 post-op 5/25/18. I am very happy with the procedure. Gary Carson

Today I had a post-op appointment with Dr. Detch following a total right knee replacement. I have a lot of confidence in him based on his experience and my ongoing recovery which has been going well. He is realistic when discussing outcomes and very pleasant to speak to, both of which I greatly appreciate. Maureen George

Overall process leading up to the day of surgery was very good. We were provided with lots of useful information. Surgery went well and I did not experience any issues. We are glad to have our dad under your care. Thank you!! G. Barroj

The first meeting face-to-face with Dr. Detch was trustful, his explanations before surgery and the procedure to be performed was great and understood. Surgery went well. My mother is progressing well and good. Thank you Dr. Detch for excellent performance.

I could not be happier with all of the staff at this hospital and Dr. Detch. Dr. Detch and all his staff are completely benevolent in every way. Thanks kindly for everything. Sarah Hill

TKR by Dr. Detch. I have had two knee replacements done by Dr. Detch. He is a caring doctor and very efficient in his job. Thank you Dr. Detch. Chris Minewa

My experience was very positive with Dr. Detch. From the waiting room through the rehab. Everything was great!! Ann Laubertson

Hip replacement surgery went very smoothly. Recovery was very nice with very low level of pain. Orthopedic staff were very kind and took excellent care of me. I am very impressed by Dr. Detch and the staff's professionalism. Thank you!! Leonardo Fermin

Very organized staff. Dr. Detch came to visit every day when I was in the hospital. Great experience!! M. Graham

Left hip replacement - anterior approach - Excellent process - pre-op surgery - recovery and nursing staff were all excellent. Great experience!!

Everything went very smoothly. No long waits, was taken care of well. Implantation and everything was explained and all my questions were answered. Dr. Detch and the anesthesiologist were very responsive and kind. Terese Peomly

Had a right knee replacement done with Dr. Detch on 4/20/17. Staff were very professional, good patient instructions and I appreciate the flexibility in discharge concerns. Early Discharge was greatly appreciated. Thank you to all. Ricardo Castillo

Dr. Detch provided me with a total knee replacement and it worked so well. I had the left knee done in December. I am ecstatic with the results. I recovered quicker than normal due to the way anesthetic was administered. Thank you very much Dr. Detch and team.!! Vance Daddi

We had extremely positive experience with Dr. Detch when our son broke his wrist. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional and helpful!! Always cheerful and took the time to explain all about bones and the healing process to our sone which is 14 years old and priceless. The staff and everyone here really top notch!! Keep it up!! Celsina Bignoli

Dr. Detch checked out my new right knee. Everything fine and we are both very happy. Dr. Detch cares for his patients and is a great surgeon!!

Dr. Detch always takes the time to answer any questions I have and to make sure I am comfortable with the information received. Kathy West

Dr. Detch and the staff were all wonderful!! The surgery went well and the pain was managed and minimized so that I could start healing and moving as soon as the first day. The hospital staff were very caring!! Ms. Pamela Ginsti

Dr. Detch is compassionate, gentle and very courteous. I would highly recommend him. Cherie Hong.

Saw Dr. Detch for a consultation about hip replacement. He saw me in a timely manner. The consultation was informative and pleasant. I am back to discuss a few more things prior to making my final decision. Jack Hesorian

Dr. Detch's skills saved my leg. I'm very grateful to him and his staff for everything they have done for my recovery. I'll definitely recommend his practice to others. Thank you Dr. Detch. Robin Runneals

I would recommend Dr. Detch to anyone. Very positive experience, very grafted I was recommended to him. Sharon King

Dr. Detch has a very high and reputable Orthopedic reputation and I am so thankful for the referral to his office. He is not only very handsome, but extremely compassionate about his work and his patients. Staff members are awesome and will go the extra mile on your behalf. Love, love this office. Norris Taylor

Dr. reviewed by results of my last knee procedure (knee replacement). He stated that everything was great. I replied that I could not be happier with him, the procedure and the hospital.

I had suffered with osteoarthritis for a few years, had to put off surgery as I was a care taker to my fiancé. Once I was able to have surgery by Dr. Detch, I was so thankful to finally get rid of that terrible pain. He truly has a talent when it comes to surgery. I am so thankful that he was the doctor who performed my hip replacement. Sheryl Charles

Dr. Detch is wonderful!! He listens to my concerns and is very positive and encouraging. He makes me feel like I am the most important patient!! He never is rushed or walking out while I am in the room. He has a beautiful smile? He is genuine, kind and very skills surgeon. He has great "bedside" manner. Patricia H.

Great facilities and fairly easy to get an appointment. Dr. Detch was very professional and efficient. Very Happy with my experience. Don B.

Dr. Detch is very thorough and staff have good customer service dedication to patients.

This will be my 3rd visit at this site and each time all staff has been very prompt and helpful. Dr. Detch is very good at communicating the information I needed.

I had two knee surgeries - one at a time. I love the service provided by Dr. Detch. A great experience in all respects. - Sheila M.

Dr. Detch performed a knee replacement 1.5 years ago and it was the best thing I did for all the pain I was having. Dr. Detch is #1 in my book!! Terri M.

Dr. Detch is very thorough in his analysis of your orthopedic problems and take time to explain the procedure and what to expect as far as recovery time. Great surgeon. SP G

Oustanding and thorough treatment of my orthopedic needs. Dr. Detch efficiency diagnosed my knee pain as a torn meniscus. He was able to perform arthroscopic knee surgery to repair the damage. I am pain free in my knee for the first tim in several years.. Joe A.

Knee replacement surgery. Great pre-op information, wonderful care during hospital stay and good follow-up post surgery.!! Roanice M

2nd surgical procedure with excellent results. Appointments with Dr. Detch always on time, informative and professional. He always covers all my questions and willing to discuss options. All staff are professional and personal. Very grateful for this surgeon and his staff. Genie K.

Just started seeing Dr. Detch and to this point I feel that he will be able to fix what needs revising. I respect the way he treats, talks to make me feel that he cares. C. T.

I have had a positive result after my visits with Dr. Detch!! Thank you!! Kenla S.

Had total knee replacement with Dr. Detch and experienced outstanding results. Great surgeon, many thanks to a real proficient doctor!! Kim D.

Great Communication. Thank you so much!! Marion W.

First appointment, very favorable. Dr. Detch listened and discussed to my issue respectfully and didn't seem rushed. Marilyn H.

Dr. Detch has been very informative and thorough this far with my condition. Very pleased. Wilson C.

Dr. Robert Detch is a very excellent doctor. Very professional!! Thank you Dr. Detch. Mario O.

I was very happy with my first visit with Dr. Detch. He was highly recommended. I am here today to follow up and consult on an additional problem. He is kind, helpful and very qualified and I value his opinion.

Dr. Detch is a real good doctor. I have been treated well by him and would come back to him if need be. Mike Gromowski

Second follow-up appointment after physical therapy. Dr. Detch has been good listeners and very informative.

I had my right knee replaced and am very happy with the results. In Jan of 2016 my left knee was replaced. Dr. Detch is great!! I feel like I'm getting my active life back. Thank you Dr. Detch. Thomas P.

Procedure - revision hip surgery. Very happy with experience - Dr. Detch is accessible, informative and a very skill surgeon. Much less pain; quicker recovery than original surgery. At 5 weeks, so far so good. Would highly recommend. Debra R.

The operation (left knee replacement) went well, no nausea this time. Recovery has been quicker than with previous knee operations (October 2015). This has been a very positive experience. Mariann B.

Dr. Detch is number one in all aspects. Dr. Detch and his staff are caring and organized. Hospital staff compassionate, sweet and dedicated. Overall my experience was superb. My knee feels like my own now!! Ana Teresa G.

Did a great job. The scar is almost invisible. No pain and I'm back to doing activity like before. Highly recommend Dr. Detch. Jim Rainey

Dr. Detch is thorough and compassionate. Paula B.

Great surgeon, like his personality, patience. Would recommend him to anyone. P. Smith

I had a total left hip replacement. I classify it as a complete success. Dr. Detch is an excellent surgeon and caring doctor.

I have been impressed by the advice and care and expertise of Dr. Detch. I had a complex operation that went very smoothly. Michael Knox

This was my first experience with Dr. Detch. He replaced my left hip and I had little pain afterwards and a very quick recovery. I would recommend him highly to anyone. Catherine Maloney

Dr. Detch has been very communicative and patient with questions. No procedure was required but I feel confident in him if the future warrants surgery.

My experience with Dr. Detch was great!! Would highly recommend him. R. S.

Dr. Detch was very thorough in explaining everything and I appreciated his professionalism and great work. Jade Perez

Had a right total knee replacement with complications of a stress fracture in the tibial plateue. After waiting for a period of time for weight bearing things went very well!! Maria DeCarlos

Dr. Detch is always thorough and on time. He explains all the details and is very kind in his treatment. The girls at the front desk are always providing a very kind greeting. Great experience!! Maureen Byrne

Dr. Detch was excellent. He was very thorough, explaining about my condition and the procedures we could take going forward. Camille Pulsing

I had a super experience with Dr. Detch. Very professional, experience, etc. P Hopkins

My experience with Dr. Detch was superior. I would highly recommend him to any new patient. Thank you Dr. Detch. PJ Perry

So far, I have been impressed with the attention to detail of Dr. Detch. Deborah Knous

I was lucky enough to meet you in the ER on Christmas morning and you operated on me 12-31-15. I had a triple fracture on my left ankle. I am writing to thank you again for being such a brilliant surgeon. I was told yesterday by my doctor in Naples Florida that I can now put weight on my left foot - I do not have to use the "dreaded" scooter or wheelchair anymore ~ just a walker to keep my balance. Therapy to start in 2 weeks. I can't thank you enough for this superb job you did!! Best regards, Chris Leach

I just wanted to personally thank you for performing my hip replacement surgery. I am 2 1/2 weeks out from my surgery and my recovery to-date has certainly exceeded my expectations. None of this would have been possible without the help of you and your team. I have been so impressed with everyone we've interacted with at Peninsula Bone & Joint Clinic. What an amazing experience!! Thank you!! Sincerely, John Bur, MD

A great place to get all of your orthopedic conditions treated with competence, quality of care and a lovely smile from everyone. Nancy Cameron

Dr Detch is one of those hidden gems. Don't let him fool you, he is one of the kindest, knowledgeable orthopedic surgeons around. He's dedicated to improving his patients lifestyle.

Dr Detch performed surgery on my knee. He has been great in explaining my care. Very thorough and listened to all my concerns. I highly recommend him.

I cannot thank Dr Detch enough for how he guided and supported me during my surgery, pre and post. I am totally thrilled with the results one year later.

So far all staff have been professional and helpful. I broke my foot and had surgery with Dr. Detch. He was wonderful and I would highly recommend him.

Thanks for the great care!!!

Outstanding service thank you

Best orthopedic surgeon in the bay area.

I love my new knee, an d the wonderful service at your facility.

Dr Detch performed surgery on my knee. He has been great in explaining my care. Very thorough and listened to all my concerns. I highly recommend him.

“I am dedicated to improving the lives of my patients and their families. With every orthopedic consult comes the opportunity to restore the function and activity of my patients. I believe excellent care starts with a clear understanding of the diagnosis and thorough understanding of the treatment options. I practice evidence based Orthopaedic medicine, so I’m always looking to improve my practice and adopt new technologies when research studies show clear benefits. I enjoy working with patients to find the best solution for their problem, starting with non-invasive methods and reserving surgery only for problems best treated surgically. The best days of my week are when I see patients for long term follow-up visits after surgery which has changed their lives.

I also enjoy teaching surgery, so I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to train resident Orthopaedic doctors from UCSF in the operating room at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco.”