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TSAOG Customer Survey Highlights – December 2014

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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 December 2014 Customer Survey:

  • “Well organized and on time. I was very pleased with Dr. Balldin’s assessment and treatment plan and his answers to my questions”
  • Dr Bell and his staff always addressed each patient by name and treated individuals with warmth and compassion. Over the last year I never waited more than 10 minutes to see Dr Bell and for most of my appointments he was right on time.”
  • “[I liked] that there are multiple docs under one roof whose specialties overlap and they can collaborate.”
  • “[Dr. Brenman] and his nursing staff are always super efficient and even though I know they see a huge amount of patients they offer me really personalized care.”
  • Dr. Brown is extremely knowledgeable and explains procedures and options well, and PA Rice has been very helpful and thorough.”
  • “I never feel like I am in an assembly line like I have when I am a patient in other practices.”
  • Dr. Burkhart gave me my life back by successfully operating on my rotator cuff injury. No more pain and can do anything I did before the surgery. Great Man Dr. Burkhart!”
  • “I don’t like coming to the SAOG only because it means I am injured or starting to fall apart due to age, BUT I like coming to SAOG because I’m cared for very well and am very satisfied with my care and the customer service. Thanks to all of the staff, keep up the great work!” (Dr. Connor)
  • “I was very impressed with how well the office was run overall. There was a calm atmosphere and everyone I encountered was very pleasant.”
  • Dr. Drukker was already my physician, but also a lady in Houston recommended him. He is great!”
  • “Very happy with Dr. Garcia. Also with his regular follow-ups”
  • “I like Dr. Gonzalez and think he is an excellent surgeon and physician.”
  • “Although Dr. Hartzler is listed as a shoulder/ elbow specialist, he agreed to see me regarding my foot/ankle problem. He was very kind and I felt well taken care of.”
  • Radiologist and Leticia (Technician) were awesome. I was nervous and scared and they made me feel at ease and explained everything.”
  • “I was actually surprised at the speed with which I was able to get a new patient appointment.”
  • “Doctors are friendly and listen carefully” (Dr. Hibberd)
  • “Keep up the great work — both the office and the practice seem to run like well-oiled machines, with great resources and availability.”
  • Dr. Hughes listens well, takes my lifestyle into consideration when making recommendations on treatment.”
  • “I have always been able to be seen promptly by my doctor and the staff has always been courteous and professional.” (Dr. Jacobs)
  • “I would like to thank Dr. Kaiser for the wonderful job he did on my knee.”
  • Dr. Kirk was very gentle, patient & explained in great detail everything I needed to know.”
  • “I loved the care I received from Dr. Marx and would highly recommend him to anyone needing surgery.”
  • “Able to get seen quickly, Dr Ochoa is a good guy. I would recommend him to anyone.”
  • “With a complete state of the art facility each and every detail was handled perfectly. An amazing staff and an equally amazing set of doctors. I was completely impressed and 100% pleased!”
  • Dr. Paul Pace and his staff are amazing and I am so thankful to each and every member of his team that were involved in any aspect of my surgery and continued treatment. Thank you thank you thank you”
  • “The doctor shows an interest in my overall well being.” (Dr. Rowland)
  • “The doctors are fully informed in the field of orthopaedics. They offer a storage of information to help me understand my condition and the plan of treatment. They are friendly and make you feel very comfortable.”
  • “It was my first visit with Dr. Rutstein and I was very impressed. She is well informed in her field and had answers to all of my concerns. She took a lot of time to explain and offer suggestions. It was a beautiful experience. Her treatment plan is making a big difference in my condition. “
  • “…chiropractic services help me a lot.” (Dr. Seidel)
  • Dr Taber has a great bedside manner, very professional. I completely trust him with my care”
  • “From the first visit, my care has been exceptional, personalized, and caring. This is the best orthopedic organization I have ever had the honor of using. You have extensively improved my daily functioning and reduced my pain significantly, improving my overall lifestyle.”
  • Dr. Tolin exhibits exceptional patient relations. He is PROFESSIONAL, focused on the patient, and educational. I have never had the superior attention he provides to me.”
  • “Very pleased with all aspects of the hip replacement process. I would and have recommended Dr. Ursone to anyone considering hip or knee replacement. Extremely pleased with the care provided by North Central Baptist Hospital.”
  • “Excellent customer service!” (Dr. Valdez)
  • “Excellent experience. Some of my favorite docs in the past have had poor staff. Not SA Orthopedic! Everyone is top notch!” (Dr. Viroslav)
  • “I know that the good Lord sent me to Dr Woodbury and his staff.”

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 patient 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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Congratulations to Our SA Doctors: Best of 2015!

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TSAOG is so pleased to announce that 24 of our physicians (all of our M.D.s and D.O.s) have been named to San Antonio Scene‘s list of S.A. Doctors: Best of 2015! This issue is on newsstands now and features the best doctors and dentists in San Antonio, TX as nominated by their peers.

Most, but not all, of our winners are pictured above. Without further ado, your S.A. Doctors: Best of 2015 are:

  • B. Christian Balldin, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 3 years and up.
  • S. Josh Bell, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 11 years and up. 
  • Ephraim K. Brenman, D.O., is a board certified doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation specializing in non-surgical treatment of neck and back pain for patients aged 12 years and up. 
  • Marvin R. Brown, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg for patients 1 year and up.
  • Stephen S. Burkhart, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the shoulder for patients aged 16 years and up.
  • Ronald W. Connor, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the shoulder and knee for patients aged 14 years and up.
  • Stephen C. Drukker, M.D., is a board certified surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow for patients of all ages.
  • Frank J. Garcia, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the knee and shoulder for patients aged 14 years and up.
  • David M. Gonzalez, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and conditions of the knee and shoulder for patients aged 16 years and up.
  • Robert U. Hartzler, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and conditions of the shoulder and elbow for patients aged 6 years and up.
  • Alan E. Hibberd, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the hip and knee for patients aged 16 years and up.
  • Philip M. Jacobs, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 11 years and up.
  • Bryan W. Kaiser, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 14 years and up.
  • Kevin L. Kirk, D.O., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the foot, ankle, and knee for patients aged 6 years and up.
  • Randall C. Marx, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg for patients of all ages.
  • Eloy Ochoa, Jr., M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 14 years and up.
  • Paul D. Pace, M.D., is a board certified surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand and wrist for patients of all ages.
  • Alexander S. Rowland, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow for patients aged 6 years and up.
  • Casey D. Taber, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 14 years and up.
  • Brad S. Tolin, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 13 years and up.
  • Richard L. Ursone, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the knee and shoulder for patients aged 1 year and up.
  • Daniel C. Valdez, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the hip, knee, and shoulder for patients aged 16 years and up.
  • Sergio Viroslav, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the hip, knee, and shoulder for patients aged 12 years and up.
  • Christian A. Woodbury, M.D., is a board certified surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow for patients of all ages.

Congratulations to all our winners! If you’d like to make an appointment, please call us at 210.281.9595.

TSAOG Customer Survey Highlights – November 2014

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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 November 2014 Customer Survey:

  • Dr. Hughes is very personable and highly professional. Doctor’s appointments are always pleasant experiences.”
  • Dr. Rutstein is very friendly, passionate and caring – I know she is tailoring my medical therapy to best suit my needs and she is mindful of costs and insurance provider difficulties (referred me to BCBS places for MRI and additional services when possible) X-rays were done right away – no wait, very efficient at scheduling imaging and getting the care and therapy I needed quickly.” 
  • Dr. Kirk is an absolutely great physician I would recommend to everyone.” 
  • “[I liked] How quick and easy the appointment was.” (Dr. Hartzler
  • “PA Miller and his staff are wonderfully caring and trully know what they are doing. Would rather see him than my doctor” (OrthoNow Injury Clinic
  • “He has a great bedside manner, always makes me fell like he really cares about my health and progress.” (Dr. Connor
  • “I like the fact that an entire range of treatment options and practitioners are available within your group” 
  • Dr. Garcia showed me my MRI which helped me to understand spinal stenosis more than anything else could have.” 
  • “I am fortunate to have the physician I have.” (Dr. Hibberd
  • Dr. Richard Ursone is much appreciated by my husband and I, as he has performed surgeries on both of us. His dedication towards our wellbeing is much appreciated.” 
  • “Every one was just amazing. I’m scared to death of surgery, I never felt more comfortable before hand. AMAZING!” (Dr. Valdez
  • “The staff is courteous and knowledgeable. Dr. Viroslav seems quite competent and caring and interested plus he has a sense of humor.” 
  • Dr. Drukker was very professional and timely with my treatment. I would recommend him to any of my friends that were having issues or problems with their hands. I just loved him.” 
  • “Having gone to another Orthopaedic Group and after coming here. It was like day and night.I have to say eye contact is greatly appreciated and not being rushed and creating an atmosphere of neverousness and chaos.” 
  • Dr. Pace was funny and made me feel very comfortable” 
  • “This last few months of care by Dr. Rowland for my carpal Tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and Dupuytren’s contraction was handled wonderfully and his staff was a great help in getting the necessary Worker’s Comp paperwork through so I could get the much needed surgery. Post surgery treatment has also gone very well. I will never go to any other Orthopaedic group doctors and definitely recommend this group to anyone needing orthopaedic care.” 
  • “My wife, who drove me, and I were very impressed with the attention, explanation of the x-ray results, care, and manner of Douglas Dusenberry. Never having been to the Saturday clinic but preferring the hour-driver to going to a clinic or emergency room close to us, I greatly appreciate that you have this facility available and staff it with such an excellent care provider. The help and care suggestions have enabled me to make it with much less pain, through two weeks to my specialist doctor’s appointment.” (OrthoNow Injury Clinic
  • Dr Woodbury is extremely caring and friendly. I had surgery on both hands on Thursday. I had a few concerns on Saturday about pain. I was going to call on Monday when office was open. Dr Woodbury called out of the blue on Sunday. I could not believe that. He answered my questions and I was relieved. May God bless him and his family” 
  • Dr. Brown and his PA/NP always make me feel as though I am their only patient. Ouality time and visits” 
  • “Very pleased with how competent and personable Dr. Marx is!” 
  • “Treatments with Dr. Seidel are quick and effective. Noticeable improvement in just the 1st visit and alot better after the 2nd.” 
  • “I was referred to the group following a vehicle accident. The office worked with me to be seen even though SAOG is not an in-network provider for my insurance. Thanks for the excellent care from all parties at your practice.” 
  • Dr. Balldin is AWESOME!” 
  • Dr. Bell is a fantastic Doctor” 
  • Dr. Burkhart, his assistant, and nurses were very professional. They were great at putting me at ease during my visit. I felt like they really cared about my concerns. Keep up the good work.” 
  • “Doctor was very friendly and very specific in the options that I have on my physical problem” (Dr. Gonzalez
  • Dr Jacobs was versed in the area of my problem and I felt he had my best interest in mind. He gets directly to the point and doesn’’t waste a lot of time.” 
  • Dr. KAISER is so sweet and attentive.” 
  • “I have already recommended Dr Ochoa to two of my friends with knee trouble.” 
  • “The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group has a great staff, very friendly, kind and knowlegeable. Always trying to do all they can to help you.” 
  • “My daughter is medical averse. She is afraid of doctors, shots, X-Rays, everything related. This doctor was personable and really installed trust in my daughter and explained and LISTENED.” (Dr. Taber
  • “I am highly satisfied with and confident of the care I receive from Dr. Tolin.” 
  • Dr Brenman is excellent”

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 patient 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 – October 2014

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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 October 2014 Customer Survey:

  • Dr. Seidel really cares about his patients and goes above and beyond to see to it that his patients have the best care.” 
  • “Excellent staff from check in to check out. Dr. Brenman was excellent, informative and took great care of me through every step of the process. SAOG is the best!”
  • “PA Davis Miller is exceptional. Very comfortable communicator.” (OrthoNow Injury Clinic)
  • “I was pleasantly shocked at how easy a payment plan was set up and all my options.”
  • Dr.Tolin was really nice and explained my surgery. I had a rough recovery and he called back later that to answer my question.”
  • “I’ve already referred others and shared my great experience with family and friends” (Dr. Ochoa)
  • “The MD was friendly, approachable, professional, he made a suggestion as to what would help me which was a cortisone injection. I received it and I feel much better.” (Dr. Jacobs)
  • “The care I have received has help improve my daily life.” (Dr. Gonzalez)
  • Dr. Josh Bell – very easy-going, approachable, clear and direct with all information. The support staff is very kind and helpful as well.”
  • Dr Hughes was very attentive to my concerns”
  • “From beginning to end EVERYTHING WAS PROFESSIONAL.THE STAFF FROM CHECK IN TO CHECK OUT IS TOP NOTCH.” (Dr. Kirk)
  • “Had surgery for carpal tunnel… was an awesome experience from first appt, thru surgery, to last follow up.” (Dr. Woodbury)
  • “Excellent service provided by Dr Pace and support staff. They were genuinely concerned with my injury and provided options for treatment. Professionalism exhibited at every level.”
  • “I truly enjoy being a patient of San Antonio Orthopedic Group and have recommended you to friends in the past and will continue to do so in the future.”
  • “Having trust and confidence in one’s doctor helps tremendously and I have that. Dr. Viroslav and I have a nice, easy going relationship.”
  • Dr. Ursone is the only physician who I see in the group, and I’ve been seeing him since he was in the Army. He is an excellent MD, and I will continue to see him and recommend him to friends and family.”
  • “I have always had a good visit, even if I’m in pain, I leave happy.” (Dr. Garcia)
  • “I look forward to my hip replacement as well as the help it will give me in feeling less pain and having more mobility on my left side. Thank you Dr.Taber for making me feel so comfortable during my visit, and for the information that you gave me in order to make my choice to have a hip replacement.”
  • “I have had a knee replacement by Dr Tolin and hip replacement by Dr Kaiser. I was very pleased with both doctors and procedures. I am experiencing some hip pain and I choose again to see Dr Kaiser because I trust his opinion.”
  • “The doctor interacted really well with me in reference to my pain” (Dr. Hartzler)
  • Dr. Burkhart always hits the mark for shoulder injections and ignores my grimaces!”
  • “From the moment you drive in…the facility looks wonderful nice and clean. The parking lot was clean and plenty of parking. Once you go inside the atmosphere stays the same, clean and modern. The free wifi was a nice touch. The whole staff are really nice and calm. I’d imagine that even if they’re stressed they wouldn’t show it to the patients. The doctor was AMAZING! Direct and to the point yet fully explained everything and seemed to care about his patients. I loved EVERYTHING about this place 5 stars!!!” (Dr. Balldin)
  • “Loved Dr. Rutstein. My first visit to the office, and will continue to receive treatment there.”
  • Dr. Marx was a very nice Dr. He explained everything to me about my foot. Thank you all so much.”
  • “my physician (Dr. Marvin Brown) was very patient with me. he answered all my questions and he gave instructions on my ordeal.”
  • “Same day appointment for new patient!” (Dr. Rowland)
  • “Called the morning of 10/7/14…turned out that is the day Dr. Drukker is at Stone Oak office and they had a mid-afternoon appointment available….very pleased.”
  • “I have recommended your group and Dr. Valdez in particular to my cousin who needs knee surgery. I know that she will receive excellent information as to her possibilities.”
  • Doctor Hibberd gave me his undivided attention to my medical issue and did not appear rushed.”
  • Dr. Connor was most wonderful and deeply appreciated for all his thoughtfulness sand kindness.”

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 – September 2014

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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 September 2014 Customer Survey:

  • Dr. [Hartzler] has wonderful bedside manner, everyone is super friendly.”
  • Dr. Hughes is my podiatrist. And I have full confidence in his knowledge and expertise!”
  • “I now go to Dr. Jessica Rutstein who was recommended by Dr. Ed Sargent. I am very satisfied with my treatments.”
  • Dr Seidel cares and explains…I appreciate that”
  • Dr. Brenman is always there for me. He’s kind, understanding, extremely intelligent, and up-to-date on every therapy and medicine I’ve ever inquired about. He listens to me, takes time to explain everything to me, and gives his opinion about anything I ask (no matter how silly I might sound). I think he’s an excellent doctor, and a genuinely good person.”
  • “I always receive professional and courteous service at this office. My physician, Dr. Viroslav, is outstanding.”
  • “I feel like I’m get the best medical care a for my problem. I trust the Doctors with this medical group.”
  • “Thank you to Dr Woodbury for addressing my concerns and easing my fears. He […] answered my questions and explained my treatment options. A big Thank You to Miss Jennifer, who […] cleaned my hands after my injections and for her suggestion of using an ice pack to help with the discomfort.”
  • “Loved my Doctor. He made me feel comfortable, he was very professional, and had a sense of humor. I felt that he was on top of my issue and would provide the help I needed.” (Dr. Marx)
  • “[I liked] the fact that I can be seen the same day as a walk-in without making a prior appointment.” (OrthoNow)
  • “I went first to another so called specialist, whom in my opinion seemed incompetent, and really did not care about my problem because it was a Workman’s Comp. issue. I was humiliated, and wanted to give up. I went to Dr. Tolin for a second opinion, and he knows exactly what is wrong with my knee, and told me all my options. I am glad to find a physician who cares about me, and willing to help me.”
  • “SA Ortho Group is IMPRESSIVE!”
  • Dr Taber was highly recommended to me, he has given me options besides replacement surgeries as well as making me aware of the pros and cons of each procedure”
  • “I am so pleased that I came to a wonderful facility that helps people in their time of need and I thank each and every employee that is there helping in doing their part and caring for people, in our most crucial time of need” (Dr. Valdez)
  • “Thank you for fixing my son’s broken fingers and for making it possible to still play football” (Dr. Rowland)
  • “Really, it is good that Dr. Marvin Brown is serious and is strong in his manner to get us to do what we need to do in order to heal..and, I noticed that Allison Rice is getting stronger all the time..no need to just gently tell others what they need to do to heal, but be firm like Dr. Brown is..”
  • “I WAS ABLE TO GET AN APPOINTMENT THE SAME DAY THAT I CALLED”
  • Dr Ochoa is the greatest!”
  • Dr. Kaiser. He has been such a blessing in my life. I know that he genuinely cares about me and my family.”
  • Dr Ursone is one of the best doctors I have ever seen.”
  • Dr. Pace is a great surgeon. My recovery went very well no pain.”
  • “I have been a patient of Dr Gonzalez for over 8 yrs and I am very satisfied with his care”
  • “I appreciate Dr. Jacobs’ conservative approach and treating me as though I have some responsibility in decisions and in my care.”
  • “Friendly, courteous, attentive staff, and Dr.” (Dr. Hibberd)
  • “Love Dr. Drukker’s way of explaining my problem, and all options to fix it.”
  • “I absolutely love being a patient of the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. Everything about this practice is Grade A!!!”
  • “I am very thankful for the care I have received from Dr. Burkhart and his entire staff. Hopefully, I will never need their services again; but, if I do, I know where I will turn for help!”
  • Dr. Garcia did my first surgery about seven years ago. I trust him implicitly.”
  • “I went into my first appointment in a lot of knee pain, somewhat apprehensive and worried, not knowing what to expect. It didn’t take long at all, for me to realize that Dr. Bell and his entire staff are not only kind and caring, but very knowledgeable and highly skilled professionals. They quickly put all of my fears to rest; and I walked away after my first visit feeling very confident that I am in good hands and that I will receive the best possible treatment and care in the days ahead. That is a huge comfort! Thank you Dr. Bell and staff!”
  • Dr. Connor is great and so is his staff. They are always very personable and Dr. Connor loves what he does. And he’s a very caring physician.”
  • Dr. Balldin took great care of [my son] during his illness. He promptly contacted his pediatrician and made sure that he was well cared for during this period. He made great recommendations and referred us to the best physicians.”

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 – August 2014

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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 August 2014 Customer Survey:

  • Dr. Gonzalez is great; he fixed my left knee a few years ago and it’s been wonderful. Besides, great manner and not stuffy, very approachable; wish more doctors were like him when dealing with patients.”
  • “I needed a good chiropractor and the fact that he was in practice with orthopedic doctors didn’t hurt my decision to try him. Very satisfied.” (Dr. Seidel)
  • “I can get everything Orthopaedic fixed at your practice, from my feet to my neck!”
  • “Very much like my doctor. Would recommend him. Kind and knowledgeable” (Dr. Rowland)
  • Dr. Connor is a very knowledgeable and explained things to me in a way I could truly understand.” 
  • “Very pleased with Dr Marx. He was very professional and very personal”
  • “Never had to wait. I called in to see if I could see an MD because I was having pain. I called at 11:30 AM. They told me to come in as soon as I could get there. I arrived at noon and was seen by Dr. Brenman at 12:15 who apologized for keeping me waiting!!! Seriously? I was amazed! Needless to say I was more than impressed as well as relieved to get what I needed”
  • Dr. Bell is a phenomenally gifted physician. He confident yet humble and isn’t afraid to ask other physicians their opinions when problems occur.”
  • “I would recommend and share my experience with your service at any time and am recommending you to all my friends.” (Dr. Viroslav)
  • “Very short wait times. Dr. Pace is very professional and explains everything very efficiently.”
  • Dr Kaiser is the best! I have not only referred friends to him, but keep finding friends who have seen him and we all agree.”
  • Dr. Balldin is wonderful. He has made the surgical process as clear and pleasant as possible.”
  • “I have been very pleased with Dr. Hibberd. He has performed 2 surgeries on me and they have both turned out very well.”
  • “I feel blessed to have Dr Ochoa as my Doctor. He has always paid attention to detail and has always explained to where I understand.”
  • Dr Brown excellent and caring doctor with a wonderful bedside manner******would and I do recommend him”
  • “I think Dr Taber is an excellent doctor and I HAVE referred my friends and family to his care.”
  • “I am very pleased with the care I and my husband receive from dr. Richard Ursone.
  • Doctor Daniel C. Valdez is great physician and has a great staff working together.”
  • Dr. Drukker was fantastic! Answered all our questions, seemed very honest and caring. Will definitely refer him to others!”
  • “[I liked] The knowledge of the Dr. Tolin and his PA’s and his x-ray staff that do an outstanding job. I had a Baker’s cyst that was very painful and his PA…knew exactly what it was and drained it immediately.”
  • “Check in and check out were great! Almost no wait anywhere.” (Dr. Jacobs)
  • “I have had neck surgery with Dr. Garcia years back and to this day I don’t have any problems at all well done Doc.”
  • Woodbury best dr ever. Recommend him to everyone”
  • “[I liked] The service I received from my surgeon and his associates and staff. The facilities are top notch.” (Dr. Burkhart)
  • “I came to your practice after a bad experience with another ortho group. I am so happy that I am seeing a doctor that understands my condition and has referred me to another doctor in the practice that can help me.”

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 – July 2014

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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 July 2014 Customer Survey:

  • “My scar looks great! Thanks Dr. Tolin!!!”
  • Dr. Brenman is very thorough, seems to genuinely care about his patients, very professional.”
  • Dr. Connor is a great person. I always feel comfortable. He answers all my questions and concerns.”
  • “[I liked] The fact that a procedure was completed for my diagnosis on the initial visit!” (Dr. Pace)
  • Dr Marx was wonderful. He explained everything very well. His bedside manner was great.”
  • “…I just LOVE Dr Gonzalez! He also lives by the Golden Rule. I trust his judgment 100% and the surgeries he has performed on me have been 100% successful.”
  • Dr. Ursone is the BEST !!!!!!! I continue to recommend him to all my friends who need knee replacement.”
  • Dr. Ochoa is an exceptional doctor. My daughter and I were impressed with his expertise and mannerism.”
  • “When I am injured, you always fix me and get me back to doing the things I love to do”
  • Dr. Rowland did a great job on my finger.”
  • “I was very impressed Dr. Bell called me. personally, to discuss my MRI completely.”
  • Dr Hibberd always makes me feel like he really cares about my well-being.”
  • “Best care I have ever received” (Dr. Brown)
  • Dr. Stephen Burkhart greeted me with a handshake/smile and gave me his full attention and answered my ?’s Thnx”
  • Dr. Valdez is so very patient with me. He always re-explains if I don’t quite get it.”
  • “I love Dr. Drukker. He did a wonderful job on the surgery last time. The staff are always totally professional while being friendly enough that you feel like you’ve always known them.”
  • “Overall an excellent experience. My dad was a Surgeon so I tend to be super critical. No criticisms here”
  • Dr. Kaiser is a wonderful doctor–great bedside manner and the best at what he does surgically. Cannot say enough good things about him!!”
  • Dr. Frank Garcia is simply the best!!”
  • Dr. Balldin is an awesome orthopaedic doctor”
  • “Very happy with my first appointment. Dr. Woodbury explained possibilities of the pain and after the shots in my thumbs, I felt relief immediately.”
  • “I love Dr. Jacobs. One of the best doctors I’ve ever had.”
  • “Overall I give the practice an A+ grade and will continue to use you as necessary.”
  • Dr. Viroslav chooses treatment options with the patient in mind.”
  • Dr. Casey Taber is what made a visit pleasant. By his actions and professionalism, he demonstrates he cares about me. When he was with me, he was with me!!! Dr. Taber is the best thing about your practice.”

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 Congratulates Our Texas Super Doctors® Rising Stars 2014

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Four physicians from The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group (TSAOG) were listed in Texas Super Doctors® Rising Stars 2014, which appeared in the July 2014 issue of TexasMonthly magazine.

This list showcases standouts in the Texas medical community, as nominated by their peers, who have been in practice for 10 years or less.  The Super Doctors® Rising Stars list is limited to approximately 2.5% of the region’s active physicians. To learn more about how physicians are selected for the list, visit the Super Doctors Website.

Here are our winners:

Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine
Joint Replacement
Arthroscopic Surgery 
 

 


Michael W. Hennessy, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgery
Spinal Surgery
 

 

Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine
Joint Replacement
Arthroscopic Surgery
 

 

Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery
Arthroscopic Surgery

 

We are so proud of our physicians for making the list and for being 4 of only 6 orthopaedic specialists in San Antonio who did so! Please note: this is the second year on the list for Dr. Woodbury and the third for Dr. Taber.

TSAOG Customer Survey Highlights – June 2014

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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 June 2014 Customer Survey:

  • Dr. Seidel was very receptive and focused on my needs and had ideas that may help me recover properly from my low back pain.”
  • “The procedure was explained to me in detail by Dr. Marx. A successful surgery was done with minimal pain and discomfort and I am now able to do the things I haven’t been able to do in about 3 years.”
  • “I felt the doc handled the problem very effectively and gave me the opportunity to ask pertinent questions.” (Dr. Rowland)
  • Dr. Ochoa is fabulous. So patient and gave me a clear understanding of what my problem was as well as the choices I had.”
  • “Everyone was professional and friendly. The Dr. was gentle and very informative. His assistants were also gentle and professional. Very good experience all the way around.” (Dr. Ursone)
  • “All personnel are courteous and thorough; Dr. Bell is outstanding — warm, friendly and his information clear and straight to the point.”
  • “I’m an active person especially with the profession I have and having staff that worked with some of the local semi pro teams gave me confidence they I would be in good hands.”
  • Dr. Brenman solved my problem.”
  • Ortho Now is a real winner. Got immediate treatment.”
  • “I am so glad Dr. Balldin was available at my emergency. I could have not had a better doctor I believe that because of him I am walking normally today. I am very grateful.”
  • Dr. Drukker is an awesome physician and takes his job to the highest level there is. Great manners and caring.”
  • Ronald Connor is a great doctor.”
  • “I felt that someone finally understood my concerns and knew what steps to take to address them.”
  • “Very satisfied with Dr. Kaiser and his aide. My wife had her right hip replaced by Dr. Kaiser five years ago and it has made her life much better.”
  • “The after hours clinic option was much needed and allowed me to be seen the same day.”
  • “[I liked] The ability to go from one specialist to another (when this is necessary) and remain in the same office. I also appreciate the computerized history, treatment, care, etc. which any one of the doctors, PA’s or other medical personnel can access. It is an efficient way to practice medicine.”
  • Dr. Rahal and his assistant were very compassionate, courteous, thoughtful, patient, and wonderful!”
  • “I had seen two doctors previously about my condition, with no relief. Within 5-10 minutes, Dr. Viroslav pinpointed the problem. His care, compassion, knowledge, and thoroughness are exceptional, and I feel very secure with him handling my condition.”
  • Dr. Tolin has been guiding my treatment to my knee, much to my satisfaction and appreciation.”
  • “Thanks for being right on top of latest procedures and offering patient pain relief” (Dr. Pace)
  • Dr. Brown is awesome!”
  • “[I liked] the sincerity I feel I am given each time I go in. They are always professional and I am given their full attention.” (Dr. Gonzalez)
  • “[I liked] Timeliness of doctor keeping the appointment time valid and very close to what was set up.” (Dr. Hibberd)
  • Dr. Woodbury took the extra step just to make sure there wasn’t anything else going on with my hand. Thank You Dr. Woodbury for taking that extra step.”
  • “Very professional Dr Jacobs came highly recommended by friends that are PT’s and Dr. DeLee.”
  • “Physicians take the time to explain results of X-rays and treatment options.” (Dr. Garcia)
  • “The care I’ve received from the doctors in The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group has been excellent.”
  • “I feel very comfortable and confident of success with Dr Taber.”
  • Dr Valdez was very courteous and very competent.”
  • “[I liked] The attention Dr. Burkhart gave me.”
  • “Each physician we have seen over the years has been top notch and each has helped us to lead healthy lives.”

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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Dr. Casey Taber on Knee Malalignment – Varus vs Valgus Deformity

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I sat down with TSAOG orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Casey D. Taber to discuss knee malalignment.


What is knee malalignment?

In a perfectly aligned knee, weight is distributed evenly across the knee joint. However, not all knees are perfectly aligned. When the knee joint bows outward or inward, this distributes weight unevenly across the joint and is referred to as knee malalignment.

What does knee malalignment look like?
There are 2 main types of knee malalignment:

  • Valgus Deformity – Valgus deformity (genu valgum) causes the knees to bow inward, giving a knock-kneed appearance and putting extra pressure on the outer (lateral) compartment of the knee joint. People with Valgus deformity often cannot touch their ankles together when their knees are together.
  • Varus Deformity – Varus deformity (genu varum) causes the knees to bow outward, giving a bow-legged appearance and putting extra pressure on the inner (medial) compartment of the knee joint. People with Varus deformity often cannot touch their knees together when their ankles are together.

 

What causes these deformities?
There are multiple reasons for malalignment of the knee. The primary reason is genetic, which means it can run in your family. Genetic knee malalignment will present bilaterally (in both legs).

The second most common cause of knee malalignment is prior trauma, often from a tibial plateau fracture or a growth plate injury as a child. In cases where prior trauma has brought on the malalignment, the deformity usually presents unilaterally (only on one leg).

How does someone with knee malalignment know when to seek medical attention for their condition?
The primary sign or symptom that medical attention is necessary is pain. This is sometimes pain in the ankle or foot, but more commonly this pain is in the knee. This is usually pain on the outside (lateral) part of the knee in cases of Valgus deformity and the inside (medial) part of the knee in cases of Varus deformity.

The excess pressure on one compartment of the knee increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis for patients suffering from both Valgus and Varus deformities. Chances are, the longer you have been living with these deformities, the more pain you are likely to experience, especially in severe cases.

What is the recommended treatment for knee malalignment?
Treatment typically starts conservatively, employing anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. A special kind of knee brace can also be used to try and correct the deformity slightly.

Beyond conservative treatment, these cases typically will require surgery. The surgery typically consists of a total knee replacement for patients over 50 years old. This will correct the deformity and deal with the osteoarthritis that has inevitably developed in the knee joint.

In younger patients, where significant osteoarthritis has not yet presented, a procedure called an osteotomy can be performed. This is a procedure where bone in the leg (the femur/thigh bone in Valgus deformity and the tibia/shin bone in Varus deformity) is cut in order to realign the knee into the correct position.

What kind of recovery should someone expect after surgery to correct knee malalignment?
The recovery will be slightly different for someone undergoing a knee replacement versus an osteotomy. A knee replacement allows you to walk with full weight-bearing immediately and typically takes anywhere from 6-12 months to fully recover.  An osteotomy, on the other hand, requires you to be on crutches for 6-8 weeks and typically takes from 6-8 months to fully recover.

Dr. Casey D. Taber is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship trained sports medicine specialist with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients aged 14 years and up for conditions of the shoulder, hip, and knee as well as any sports-related injury. His special interests include total knee replacement and hip arthroscopy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Taber, please call 210.281.9595.

 

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