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TSAOG Welcomes Dr. Thomas DeBerardino

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TSAOG is very pleased to welcome Dr. Thomas M. DeBerardino to our practice! His first day is today – Friday, September 16th.

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Dr. DeBerardino is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is a retired U.S. Army Veteran specializing in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, and hip and reconstructive procedures of the knee and shoulder. 

He will be treating orthopedic conditions of the shoulder, hip, and knee for patients aged 6 years and up and will hold clinic at the following TSAOG locations: The Orthopaedic Institute, Stone Oak, and the Medical Center.

Dr. DeBerardino’s special interests include:

  • Arthroscopic Surgery (Shoulder, Knee, and Hip)
  • Sports Medicine
  • Joint Restoration Surgery
  • Cartilage & Meniscal Transplantation
  • Complex Knee & Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomies and Partial Knee Replacement

Without further ado, meet Dr. Thomas DeBerardino:

To schedule an appointment with Dr. DeBerardino, please call 210.281.9595 or request an appointment online.

To learn more about Dr. DeBerardino’s background and training, please visit his webpage.

Recruiting specialty trained orthopedic surgeons is one more way TSAOG makes your health our mission.

TSAOG Welcomes Dr. G. Lane Naugher

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TSAOG is very pleased to welcome Dr. G. Lane Naugher to our practice! His first day is today – Friday, September 9th.

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Dr. Naugher is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He completed his fellowship training at Wake Forest Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. 

He will be treating all orthopedic conditions, with the exception of the back and neck, for patients aged 3 years and up and will hold clinic at the following TSAOG locations: The Orthopaedic Institute, Schertz, New Braunfels, Westover Hills, and Mission Trail.

Dr. Naugher’s special interests include:

Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine:

  • Shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee arthroscopy
  • Shoulder dislocations and instability
  • Rotator cuff tears, including arthroscopic treatment of massive tears and revisions / repairs
  • Throwing Problems and Pain in the Shoulder and Elbow
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries, Tommy John Procedure
  • Hip arthroscopy for management of hip conditions including FAI (femoroacetabular impingement), labral tears, trochanteric bursitis, ilitiotibial band syndrome, gluteal tendon, and proximal hamstring tendon tears
  • Knee Instability and Multiligament knee reconstructions
  • ACL , PCL Injuries and Arthroscopic Reconstruction
  • Meniscal Repairs and Transplantation
  • Cartilage preservation and restoration procedures of shoulder, elbow, hip and knee

Joint Replacement and Preservation:

  • Joint preservation arthroscopic procedures for shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee arthritis
  • Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Partial and Total Knee Replacement

Trauma and Fracture Care:

  • Upper and lower extremity fractures and dislocations
  • Traumatic tendon or ligament injuries

Without further ado, meet Dr. Lane Naugher:

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Naugher, please call 210.281.9595 or request an appointment online.

To learn more about Dr. Naugher’s background and training, please visit his webpage.

Recruiting specialty trained orthopedic surgeons is one more way TSAOG makes your health our mission.

TSAOG Bids Farewell to Dr. Philip Jacobs

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Unfortunately, TSAOG must bid a fond farewell to sports medicine specialist Dr. Philip Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs has accepted an academic position at the University of Texas Health Science Center and will be leaving The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group effective September 30, 2016.

Current patients of Dr. Jacobs will have the option of transferring their care to another TSAOG physician or any other physician of their choice. If you are a current patient with Dr. Jacobs and have any questions about your medical records or continued care, please call our main office at (210) 804-5400.

Dr. Jacobs will be missed and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

2015 Saturday Sports Injury Clinic Starts Tomorrow

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Injured On the Field Friday Night? Walk Right In Saturday Morning!

Beginning Saturday, August 29th and running through football season, The Sports Institute at The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group will hold a Saturday Sports Injury Clinic every Saturday morning from 8-10am.

This walk-in clinic will allow athletes to be treated by one of The Sports Institute’s board certified orthopedic surgeons, all of whom have completed specialty training in sports medicine. X-ray, CT, and MRI imaging as well as casting services are available onsite to ensure there’s no need to make a second stop.

Best of all, a visit to the Saturday Sports Injury Clinic will bill to your health insurance as a specialty office visit, not an emergency room or urgent care visit, to keep your costs reasonable.

The Saturday Sports Injury Clinic will be held at our Central location at:

The Orthopaedic Institute
400 Concord Plaza Dr, Ste 300
San Antonio, TX 78216

Call (210) 804-5555 to learn more!

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Dr. Christian Balldin Presents at 2015 Vail International Complex Knee Symposium

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TSAOG sports medicine specialist and member of the Burkhart Research Institute for Orthopaedics (BRIO) Dr. Christian Balldin presented last week at the Vail International Complex Knee Symposium (VICKS). Surgeons from around the world attended the symposium to learn from the world renowned faculty participating in this year’s event.

Dr. Balldin gave a lecture on “Popliteus and Posterior Oblique Ligament Tears: Anatomic Treatment and Outcomes.” He also performed a live surgical demonstration of a posterolateral corner (PLC) reconstruction and taught multiple procedures to the attendees on cadaver specimens during wet lab sessions. VICKS 2015 was an anatomic-based symposium, focused on the reconstruction of many of the the ligament, mensiscus, and malalignment issues that can occur around the knee as well as the latest techniques in knee arthroscopy.

broken bone doctor san antonioDr. Christian Balldin is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients aged 3 years and older for any sports-related injury as well as conditions of the shoulder, hip, and knee. He has a special interest in mutiligamentous knee reconstruction. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Balldin, please call 210.281.9595.

Has Obamacare Led to Increased Reliance on Emergency Medicine?

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A new poll of the American College of Emergency Physicians shows that patient volumes have increased since January 1st, 2014, when the ACA requirement to have health insurance went into effect.

According to Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians,”The reliance on emergency care remains stronger than ever. It’s the only place that’s open 24/7, and we never turn anyone away.

More people getting access to necessary medical care is a good thing, but seventy percent of physicians surveyed are concerned that their emergency departments are ill-equipped to handle this increased patient volume. Over a third of those surveyed even reported that they’d considered leaving the profession.

Dr. Christian Balldin, board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group, was interviewed by 1200 WOAI Radio on why an increased reliance on emergency medicine isn’t necessarily a good thing.

According to Dr. Balldin, part of the problem is “lack of information on the patient’s part that they shouldn’t go to the emergency room for routine medical care.” People who have never had medical insurance before may not realize that the ER is by far the most expensive place to seek care and 24/7 availability should not be the reason to choose to be seen there. WebMD explains how to tell when to go to the ER.

Another issue is timely access to care. Patients on Medicaid or exchange health plans may have difficulty finding physicians and specialists who will accept their insurance. With very limited networks, even if an in-network doctor is found, there may be a long wait to get an appointment.

If you need to seek medical care, consider the best place to seek that care. True emergencies should be handled by the ER, but other issues could wait for a doctor’s appointment or be treated after hours by an urgent care center, minor emergency clinic, or a specialty walk-in clinic like the OrthoNow Injury Clinic. If in-network coverage is an issue, consider asking facilities about cash rates for out-of-network patients, which sometimes can be less expensive than in-network rates, especially if you have a high deductible health insurance plan.

TSAOG Celebrates National Athletic Training Month 2015

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It’s National Athletic Training Month and a perfect time to acknowledge the contributions of athletic trainers as an important part of the sports medicine healthcare team.

TSAOG would like to give a special shout out to our fantastic athletic trainers, Bryan Meyenberg, MA, ATC, LAT and Dallas Rainer, BS, ATC, LAT. These talented ATs work in conjunction with our sports medicine specialty trained orthopedic surgeons to provide coverage and support for athletic organizations in and around San Antonio, from middle school sports to community events up to the San Antonio Scorpions.


According to Dr. Brad Tolin, one of TSAOG’s sports medicine specialists, “Athletic trainers are an essential part of a Sports Medicine team. They are typically the first to evaluate an injured athlete on the field. Their skill, knowledge, and close working relationship with an Orthopaedic surgeon are integral elements to successfully caring for the athlete.  At TSAOG, we are fortunate to work closely with outstanding athletic trainers at the professional, collegiate, and high school levels.”

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. To learn more about athletic trainers and what they do, visit the National Athletic Trainer’s Association webpage.

Do you need Athletic Trainer coverage for your team or sporting event? Learn more here: http://www.tsaog.com/our-specialties/sports-medicine/team-coverage

Preventing Common Soccer Injuries (VIDEO)

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Sports medicine specialist and team physician for the San Antonio Scorpions Dr. Christian Balldin appeared on Great Day SA yesterday to discuss soccer safety and things players and parents can do to prevent common injuries. Watch the full interview below:


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Interest in soccer has been growing in the US in recent years. It’s a sport where you don’t need a lot of equipment to play, just a ball and some shin guards to protect your shin bones (tibias) from injury.

However, one of the most common injuries in soccer is not a contact injury at all, but an injury that occurs to the knee when pivoting or changing direction. These are called Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears. Learn more about ACL injuries and how to prevent them.

In the video above, Stephanie Nino, lead physical therapist at TSAOG’s Medical Center office and team physical therapist for the San Antonio Scorpions, demonstrates exercises that you can perform to give your body better motion control for knee movements, which can reduce your risk of ACL tears and other knee injuries. 

Educating our community on how to prevent common injuries (as well as treating them when they occur) is one more way TSAOG makes your health our mission.

Could Your Team’s Super Bowl Loss Affect Your Knees?

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Root for your team in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Make sure you cheer hard because a loss could cause increased binge eating this weekend.  

A recent study showed that the populations of NFL cities whose team lost the Super Bowl consumed more calories and fat the day after a Super Bowl loss. The amount of calories consumed by Americans while watching the game is also staggering. Over 30 million pounds of snacks, including over 11 million pounds of potato chips and 90 million chicken wings, are estimated to be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday annually.  
The Super Bowl party is a great event and a celebration of the American passion of football.  However, there is a potential price to be paid in joint health if the effects of the party are not addressed.

Increasing body weight can lead to increased pain in the joints (especially lower extremity joints like the knee and ankle).  Studies have shown that overweight patients with knee pain experience a measurable decrease in pain as they lose weight in 10 pound increments.  The causes of knee pain include arthritis and injuries (such as tears of the cartilage, meniscus, and ligaments).  The pain associated with these conditions can be increased if your weight is significantly above your ideal body weight.

What can you do about knee pain?

  • Maintain your fitness and optimize your body weight.
  • Avoid stressful situations for your knee, such as heavy lifting and repetitive stress, if it is in pain.
  • Work on increasing the strength and flexibility of the knee joint.  A strong and flexible joint has a much better chance to resist abnormal forces and control pain.
  • Seek medical advice about your condition if it fails to improve.
  • Have your team win the Super Bowl?  Sure, it makes it more fun, but it may also lead to less binge eating the day after the game.

If your knee pain persists after a trial of reasonable measures to improve it, you should consider seeking professional evaluation of your knee.  There are many treatments that can assist in recovery and improve the outcome of your knee.  Advances such as minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, injections targeted for treatment, and even stem cell therapy can improve knee pain and increase function.

S. Josh Bell, M.D.Dr. Josh Bell is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats all sports-related injuries and conditions of the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle for patients aged 11 years and older. His special interests include sports injuries, total hip replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bell, please call 210.281.9595 or request an appointment online.

Happy Retirement, Dr. Gonzalez!

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Dr. David M. Gonzalez will be retiring from private practice, effective February 28th, 2015. 

According to Dr. Stephen S. Burkhart, “Dr. Gonzalez served more than 21 years in the United States Army, retiring as a Colonel before he joined our group in 2001. He served as Chief of Orthopaedics in various assignments during his Army career from Ft. Hood to Seoul, Korea, as well as the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. Since joining, Dr. Gonzalez has been a strong supportive member of our group and was instrumental in paving the way for our group on the implementation of electronic medical records and the development of our ancillary services. On behalf of the group, we send him best wishes in his well-deserved second retirement and hope you will do the same.

As of March 1st, 2015, Dr. Ronald W. Connor will be taking over Dr. Gonzalez’s practice. Current patients of Dr. Gonzalez will have the option of transferring their care to Dr. Connor, another TSAOG physician, or any other physician of their choice. If you are a current patient with Dr. Gonzalez and have any questions about your medical records or continued care, please call our main office at (210) 804-5400.

Dr. Gonzalez has been a part of the TSAOG family for the past 14 years and he will be missed. Happy retirement, Dr. Gonzalez!

 

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