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TSAOG Orthopaedics is First in Texas to Offer Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement in an Outpatient Surgery Center

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TSAOG Orthopaedics is the first in Texas to offer Stryker’s robotic-arm assisted knee application for use with its Mako System in an outpatient surgery center. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way joint replacements are performed.

“We are proud to be the first orthopaedic Group in Texas to offer this state-of-the-art robotic technology in an outpatient surgery center,” said Ron Bullock, Director of Clinical and Ambulatory Services at TSAOG Orthopaedics. “This ensures that our patients undergoing total and partial knee replacement procedures will have access to the most advanced technology possible and reaffirms our commitment to providing the community with outstanding healthcare.”

The Mako Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation, and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

“The MAKO robotic knee replacement system assists surgeons in performing total knee replacement by using cutting edge 3-dimensional planning with robotic guidance systems,” said Dr. Richard Ursone, TSAOG Orthopaedic Surgeon and Joint Replacement Specialist. “It allows surgeons to perform a customized ‘perfectly fitted’ knee replacement for the best functional outcome while minimizing surgical exposure to decrease pain after surgery and allow for a more rapid return of function.”

“It is a revolutionary tool that allows us to make intraoperative decisions that can directly affect the patient’s outcome,” said Dr. Casey Taber, TSAOG Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist. “I believe it causes less pain and allows for more exact sizing of the implants. In my experience, people recover quicker and have a more stable knee following the MAKO knee replacement.”

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 673 percent by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 30 percent of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery. Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically proven GetAroundKnee (Triathlon Total Knee System), which has enabled surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy during laboratory testing.

Learn more about Mako Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement at TSAOG Orthopaedics.

TSAOG Congratulates Our SA Doctors: Best of 2020

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TSAOG is so pleased to announce that 38 of our physicians have been named to San Antonio Scene‘s list of S.A. Doctors: Best of 2020! 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 2020!

San Antonio Christian School Announces Partnership with TSAOG Orthopaedics

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San Antonio Christian School Announces Partnership With TSAOG Orthopaedics to Keep Student Athletes Healthy and In the Game

TSAOG Will be the Team’s Official Orthopaedic Provider

San AntonioDecember 12th, 2019 ­­–– San Antonio Christian School (SACS) announced today that TSAOG Orthopaedics (formerly the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group) will be the team’s official orthopaedic provider for the next three years.

“This partnership is truly based upon our desire to have the best possible medical care for our student-athletes” said Brandon Parrott, Athletic Director for San Antonio Christian School. “The knowledge and experience that TSAOG Orthopaedics has will be utilized daily by our coaches, strength and conditioning coordinators, and athletic training staff to improve our student-athletes’ health and performance.”

Parrot continued, saying, “While competing, SACS athletes will be monitored by some of the top sports medicine professionals in the country, but the reach of this program extends throughout the entire SACS community.  On campus clinics, parent seminars, coaching seminars, and the development of a student athletic training course are now possible thanks to the support of TSAOG.”

“TSAOG Orthopaedics is excited to partner with San Antonio Christian School (SACS),” said TSAOG sports medicine specialist Dr. Clayton Nuelle.

“SACS has a tremendous reputation throughout San Antonio for excellence in the classroom, on the field, and in the community and we are looking forward to helping keep SACS athletes and their families healthy so they can continue these endeavors. As an athlete myself growing up, our school had a similar relationship with a health care group that helped get us back on the field quickly after injuries. My experience with the physicians who took care of our teams was my first exposure to sports medicine and it inspired me to become a physician (and ultimately an orthopaedic surgeon) myself. We hope to have a similar impact on the young athletes at SACS and we believe it will be a tremendous partnership for everyone involved.”

Dr. David Espinoza, TSAOG sports medicine primary care specialist, added, “whether SACS student-athletes go on to play collegiate and professional athletics, or become renowned professionals in any respective field, ensuring that they receive proper, well-rounded health care while at SACS can go a long way toward shaping their bright futures.” 

In addition to their presence on the sidelines at games, TSAOG orthopaedic staff will be involved with SACS behind the scenes in a variety of ways, including:

  • Providing physician medical coverage for all home games and sponsored events.
  • Providing a physician in the training room weekly and physician consultations during practices.
  • Holding educational sessions for SACS coaches and staff. These sessions will focus on injury prevention and the recognition and treatment of sports-related injuries.
  • Arranging CPR training and certification for SACS personnel.

About San Antonio Christian School: San Antonio Christian School (SACS) is a non-denominational Christian school with small class sizes, a wide range of art programs and extracurricular activities, and a passionate following for Lions athletics. It provides its students with a wide range of athletics opportunities, a band and music program, award winning art classes, state and nationally recognized journalism classes, and a highly skilled drama department.

  • About Brandon Parrott: Brandon Parrott is the Athletic Director at San Antonio Christian School and has been active in the San Antonio sports community for several years. He is a graduate of Smithson Valley High School and played football at the University of Kansas.

About TSAOG Orthopaedics: Established in 1947, TSAOG Orthopaedics (formerly The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group) provides comprehensive orthopaedic services for San Antonio and surrounding areas. Its 35 specialty trained physicians specialize in diagnosis, treatment, and care for the full range of musculoskeletal disorders.

  • About Dr. Clayton Nuelle: Dr. Nuelle is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with TSAOG Orthopaedics. His previous team coverage experience includes the San Antonio Missions and University of Missouri Athletics.
  • About Dr. David Espinoza: Dr. Espinoza is a board certified sports medicine primary care physician with TSAOG Orthopaedics. His previous team coverage experience includes Robert Morris University Athletics, the University of Pittsburgh Athletics, and Penn State University-Greater Allegheny Athletics.

TSAOG Welcomes Dr. Clayton Nuelle

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TSAOG is very pleased to welcome Dr. Clayton W. Nuelle to our practice! His first day is today – Tuesday, September 5th.

Dr. Nuelle (pronounced null ē) is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who recently finished his fellowship training in sports medicine at the University of Missouri. 

Dr. Nuelle will treat patients aged 6 years and up for all orthopaedic conditions, with the exception of the spine. His special interests include:

  • Cartilage restoration
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, and ankle
  • Sports medicine
  • Joint replacement – partial knee (both unicompartmental and patellofemoral), total knee, total hip, and total shoulder
  • Fracture and trauma care

He will hold clinic at the Orthopaedic Institute, Medical Center, Mission Trail, and our brand new office (opening September 13th) in New Braunfels.

Without further ado, meet Dr. Clayton Nuelle:

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

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

I hope you will all join me in welcoming Dr. Clayton Nuelle to Team TSAOG!

 

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