TSAOG Orthopaedics is Now the Official Healthcare Provider for the San Antonio Missions

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The San Antonio Missions announced today that TSAOG Orthopaedics (formerly the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group) will be the team’s official healthcare provider through the 2021 season.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with TSAOG,” said Missions General Manager David Gasaway. “They have been a San Antonio institution for over 70 years and will work with us as we continue to give back to San Antonio and our fans.”

“TSAOG is very excited to serve as team physicians for the San Antonio Missions,” said TSAOG sports medicine specialist Dr. Thomas DeBerardino. “Sports are a passion of mine and, as a surgeon, there is nothing better than helping an injured athlete return to play.”

In addition to their presence at Nelson Wolff Stadium, TSAOG Orthopaedics will be involved in the Missions Youth Sports Initiative in a variety of ways, including:

  • Serving as the exclusive partner of the 2019 Missions Rookie League. The Missions Rookie League is a Little League program for financially disadvantaged San Antonio youth, run in conjunction the San Antonio Police Athletic League, and supported by Missions CARE (the Missions’ charity foundation).
  • Working with the Missions Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics are hosted by Missions players and coaches to provide youth baseball players hands-on instructions on various aspects of the game.
  • Providing educational and instructional content for youth athletes and their parents on various topics including injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion recognition and management, and the importance of nutrition to sports performance.

“In addition to serving as the team physicians for the Missions, I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the team on their youth sports initiatives,” said TSAOG sports medicine specialist Dr. Christian Balldin. “Playing youth sports growing up helped shape me as I was maturing and gave me a passion for sports that has evolved into a career in sports medicine. Now, as a father of four, I appreciate the benefits these programs bring children, not just encouraging physical fitness, but fostering personal development.”

The 118th season of baseball in San Antonio begins Thursday April 4th, as the Missions begin their new era as a member of the Pacific Coast League and take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Season ticket memberships are available now by calling 210-675-PARK (7275).

About TSAOG: Established in 1947, TSAOG Orthopaedics provides comprehensive orthopaedic services for San Antonio and surrounding areas. Their physicians specialize in diagnosis, treatment, and care for the full range of musculoskeletal disorders.

  • About Dr. Thomas DeBerardino: Dr. DeBerardino is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with TSAOG Orthopaedics. He served as Director of the West Point Sports Medicine Fellowship and Head Team Physician for Army Athletics before his retirement from the Army in 2009 at the rank of Colonel. Following his retirement, he spent seven years as an Associate Professor and Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the University of Connecticut Medical Center and the UCONN Athletic Department.
  • About Dr. Christian Balldin: Dr. Balldin is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with TSAOG Orthopaedics. His previous team coverage experience includes the US Ski Team in Colorado, the San Antonio Talons, and the San Antonio Scorpions. He also serves as President of the Texas Society of Sports Medicine (TSSM).

TSAOG Seeking Patients with Chronic Hip Pain for Hip Osteoarthritis Study

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***UPDATE: The MONOVISC study is no longer accepting participants.***

The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group (TSAOG) is currently seeking participants for the MONOVISC Hip Osteoarthritis Study.

You may qualify for the MONOVISC Hip OA Study if you:

  • Are at least 30 years old
  • Have hip osteoarthritis that causes significant walking pain
  • Are willing to discontinue all pain medications for the duration of the study except for acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)
  • Have not had recent injections into your hip joint

Other study restrictions apply.

For more information, please contact Maria Lopez, Study Coordinator, at (210) 804-5901.

TSAOG Congratulates Our SA Doctors: Best of 2017

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TSAOG is so pleased to announce that 28 of our physicians have been named to San Antonio Scene‘s list of S.A. Doctors: Best of 2017! This issue is on newsstands now and features the best doctors and dentists in San Antonio, TX – as nominated by their peers.

The following TSAOG physicians made the list:

Congratulations to our S.A. Doctors: Best of 2017!

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.

TSAOG Patient Survey Highlights – April 2015

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When our patients have something nice to say about us, we like to brag about it!
Please enjoy some of the highlights from TSAOG’s April 2015 Customer Survey:

  • “This I by far the overall most cutting edge clinic facility I’ve been to in San Antonio. My kids play sports and if they are ever in need of orthopaedic urgent care, I will definitely bring them here!”
  • Dr. Tolin gives compassionate, professional care.”
  • Dr. Connor has been my orthopedic physician for several years. He is always positive and pleasant when I see him and gives me his full attention.”
  • Dr. Rowland and Kim Rae Torans were OUTSTANDING. They showed interest, professionalism, and I was amazed and extremely satisfied at the overall treatment I received.”
  • “You have THE best physicians and surgeons. I even recommend Dr. Brown and Dr. Burkhart to strangers that I meet who need their care.”
  • “After getting the shoes and supports that Dr. Rutstein recommended, and after getting used to them, I realized that the lower back pain I have had for some time was minimalized and it was easier to improve my posture.”
  • Dr. Kirk and his assistant answered all of my questions and gave me the best treatment that I have never received from previous orthopedic doctors. I am so glad I was referred to Dr.Kirk and I plan to continue my treatment and stay with San Antonio Orthopedic Group for all of my orthopedic needs. I would like to say Thank You very much to Dr.Kirk and his staff.”
  • Dr. Hughes and his nurse Alma very professional and yet very friendly. Alma was very helpful in helping to get medical info from PCP. Thank you”
  • Dr. Kaiser is amazing! He is empathetic, very attentive, and willing to sit through my many many questions. His attitude, experience and respect for my concerns are the primary reason we are going through with the surgery.”
  • Dr. Woodbury was professional and approachable as he listened carefully to my description of my symptoms. He was thorough in his exam as well as in the explanation of my diagnosis. He then recommended a couple of different options for my treatment. After discussion, I elected to receive injections which Dr. Woodbury performed precisely. I have had 100% recovery. Dr. Woodbury is an exemplary physician and I would definitely recommend him!”
  • Dr. Ursone did wonders with my difficult left leg fractures. He is an excellent doctor – caring, kind, etc.”
  • “I was especially pleased with Dr. Bell’s actions, particularly when he discussed referring me to another provider for special care. I think this speaks volumes about the professional staff at TSAOG, as my impression is they look to get the best care to the patient.”
  • Dr. Brenman is very courteous to his patients. I have full faith on his advice.”
  • “I travel 4 hours to go see Dr Randall Marx when we have lots of Drs where I live so that should answer the question.”
  • Dr. Seidel is top notch. Very personable which is a rare quality in physicians.”
  • Dr. Ochoa was wonderful and very attentive. I have heard only wonderful things about all of the medical providers at the practice.”
  • “I look forward to coming back for further treatment. I was in and out of the office in less than 45 minutes which is very unusual and I greatly appreciated that.” (Dr. Garcia)
  • “Dr Pace’s group is like a well oiled machine, everyone works together so well that I never feel lost, awkward or uncomfortable. Dr Pace is kind, brilliant, and compassionate.”
  • “I liked the availability of Dr Balldin. Also seeing me in the Medical Center saves me lots of driving.”
  • Dr Viroslav & his staff are great folk! Concord location is a wonderful facility.”
  • “My appointment was as scheduled and I did not have to wait forever to see the doctor.” (Dr. Jacobs)
  • “I am very satisfied with the care received-have recommended Dr Drukker and will continue to do so”
  • “Already referred 3 family members to Dr. Taber. I am a physician as well as the patient.”

We encourage you to review and rate your experience with TSAOG.  The next time you visit us, please take the time to fill out our customer survey and you may see one of your comments online the next month! You can also choose to submit a testimonial online anytime!

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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 Patient Survey Highlights – March 2015

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When our patients have something nice to say about us, we like to brag about it!
Please enjoy some of the highlights from TSAOG’s March 2015 Customer Survey:

  • “I really appreciate the treatment I received. Dr Hughes was outstanding.”
  • Dr. Valdez has amazing bedside manner”
  • “[I did] not [feel] rushed at all by Dr Rutstein. Listened to my concerns and very professional.”
  • Dr. Hartzler overwhelmed us with his knowledge and positivity! He explained everything in detail and answered all of our questions and concerns!”
  • Dr. Brown is a skilled surgeon. He explained my procedure clearly and thoroughly at my initial visit and right before surgery. He was available when I made an emergency visit to OrthoNow for a pain issue. He is strict, but by following his instructions I am healing on schedule. Alma and Allison round out his dynamic team and are personable and quick to respond to questions.”
  • “I received great care and advice and will definitely recommend the group that took care of me.” (Dr. Brenman)
  • “The doctor was very knowledgeable and courteous. The staff was equally courteous and friendly.” (Dr. Hibberd)
  • “Very humbled and thankful for the opportunity to have my shoulder repaired by Dr. Burkhart.”
  • “I place all my trust and confidence in your organization when it comes to my ortho needs!” (Dr. Taber)
  • “I have been going to see Dr. Viroslav since the summer of 2010 when I was referred to him by my primary physician because of severe hip pain. During all of my appointments and both hip surgeries, I never felt disappointed, scared or reluctant to have him as my surgeon. All of the staff were great also. I would not hesitate to use this group again.”
  • Dr. Ursone is the best orthopedic surgeon in this area. He has replaced both of my husband’s knees and has operated on 5 of our friends.”
  • “Thank you for taking my concerns, and pain, seriously.” (Dr. Kaiser)
  • “Love my doctor, Dr. Pace.”
  • Dr Randall Marx is highly recommended for his expertise in lower extremities. He’s polite, patient and made me feel comfortable with my surgical decision .nurses , receptionist ortho techs are all excellent.”
  • “Wait time was ALWAYS very short. I really appreciate that. Dr. Woodbury and I were on the same page from the start!”
  • Dr. Connor is great!!!!”
  • Dr. Balldin was highly recommended and I am very happy with his help and how persistent he was on my surgery and recovery plan. Answers all questions and doesn’t sugar coat anything.”
  • Dr. Rahal and Leticia’s image guided joint injections have kept this old arthritic in comfort.”
  • Dr. Rowland was terrific”
  • “I trust Dr. Tolin with any decision he feels is best for my care.”
  • Dr.Kirk is an amazing physician. I have never broken a bone before nor have I ever had surgery & TSAOG has been so wonderful making this so much easier to handle. I am grateful for all of the staff and their kindness.”
  • “There is a great team of surgeons to help me with any ortho problems. Makes life easier!”
  • “I was most impressed with the personal attention and care given me by Dr. Stephen Drukker.”
  • “Thank you for helping me. I’ve been in pain. I’ve been scared. But everyone has helped me so much. You guys really care. Thank you.” (Dr. Jacobs)

We encourage you to review and rate your experience with TSAOG.  The next time you visit us, please take the time to fill out our customer survey and you may see one of your comments online the next month! You can also choose to submit a testimonial online anytime!

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TSAOG Customer Survey Highlights – February 2015

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When our patients have something nice to say about us, we like to brag about it!
Please enjoy some of the highlights from TSAOG’s February 2015 Customer Survey:

  • Dr. Kirk is a fine physician and I am well pleased with the surgeries he has performed on me. He explains everything in detail.”
  • “It is well run, every time i have seen a doctor or a member of my family has seen a doctor they have ALWAYS been excellent. They take the time to explain everything answer questions and are very knowledgeable. It seems the quality of care is excellent throughout your practice. We have had treatment from three different doctors and all were outstanding. Your Xray Tech i used at the Concord location is always kind, considerate and cheerful he does a great job.”
  • “I have seen many different Dr’s in my 54 years DR Hartzler is one of the BEST i have ever dealt with.”
  • Dr. Rutstein is so personable. She makes me feel comfortable and is very clear on her instructions. She is a really good doctor and I consider her a friend. She has helped my foot pain tremendously.”
  • “I am so happy with the staff & service I received from the office of Dr Sergio Viroslav.”
  • “Service was great and fast. In and out.” (Dr. Pace)
  • Dr. Seidel and Carlos are both kind and extremely helpful. I can get an appointment with short [notice] if needed. Thank you!”
  • “Your staff treats patients well, and doctors [are] willing to help you, even though it is a workman’s comp.injury. This had not always been the case until I found San Antonio Orthopaedic Group.” (Dr. Brenman)
  • “I have only just met Dr Ochoa but he operated on two friends of mine and they were very satisfied and I am sure I will be also.”
  • Dr. Bell has been tremendous throughout the entire process. PT Cheryl Obregon has [also been] extremely attentive to my needs.”
  • “Our doctor was absolutely fantastic! Loved him!” (Dr. Rowland)
  • “My Doctor!!! Dr Ursone listens to and answers my questions. He makes me feel that HE REALLY CARES.”
  • Dr. Marx is a wonderful surgeon. He was very thorough about my procedure and great bed side manner.”
  • “Really like Dr Kaiser
  • “I was seen right away, Dr. Jacobs had already seen the x-rays he immediately explained my condition and my options.”
  • “My wife is a nurse and I have work around doctors all my adult life, I came home and told my wife Dr Woodbury was the most professional and nicest doctor I had ever met.” 
  • “Absolutely LOVE Dr. Hughes! Both warm and professional. And he LISTENS!”
  • “I am very thankful for Dr. Hibberd’s competence and clarity.”
  • Dr. Connor is great, and you are located near my home.”
  • Dr. Tolin is an excellent doctor.”
  • “My doctor was very understanding and i would go back to him if the need should arise.” (Dr. Drukker)
  • “Great patient service, explains and takes time with patient” (Dr. Garcia)
  • “The personnel are professional and caring. Everyone is there to help the patient. Very comforting! Dr. Brown is the best!”
  • “Good service.” (Dr. Valdez)
  • Dr. Taber did a very good job on my right hip. It came out just as good as expected.”
  • “Doctor and staff are awesome” (Dr. Burkhart)
  • “I broke my hip. At North Central Baptist, I lucked out and Dr Balldin appeared to be my surgeon. I am grateful to have gotten such a great surgeon.”

We encourage you to review and rate your experience with TSAOG.  The next time you visit us, please take the time to fill out our customer survey and you may see one of your comments online the next month! You can also choose to submit a testimonial online anytime!

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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:

Video Courtesy Great Day SA~

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.


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