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White Coats for Black Lives

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Every generation has been faced with challenges that then define history.  We are amid a movement that our children will ask what we did; how did we react to addressing the open wounds of racism and discrimination in our collective community?  This will be our defining moment.

At TSAOG Orthopaedics, we commit to:

  • Standing with our team and community to ensure that safety is a right for all, not a privilege for a few. 
  • Encouraging an environment that allows for constructive discussion of these important issues.
  • Taking decisive action when our organization is harmed by those who choose to be a part of the problem and not a part of the solution.

Additionally, we should all commit to raising awareness and educating our families of systemic injustices and what steps are possible to remove barriers that cause inequalities among us. We hope that you will lead in the conversations around our dinner tables and dedicate yourselves to eradicate the stain of racism from the very fabric that makes our country great.

Dr. Martin Luther King said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Given recent events, and on this day when George Floyd is laid to rest, TSAOG Orthopaedics will not be silent while our society continues to be eroded by racism and inequalities. We hope you will join us as we advocate for meaningful change so that ‘liberty and justice for all’ is the norm, and the human experience is the same for all people.

Stone Oak Clinic Closed Today – Thursday, May 28th – OrthoNow Available at 4pm

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UPDATE 5/28/20 at 1:15pm: Our power is BACK ON! Yay!

Patients and providers for our afternoon clinic have already been relocated, so regular clinic visits will resume at this office tomorrow – Friday, May 29th.

The OrthoNow Walk-In Injury Clinic at Stone Oak WILL be open tonight from 4pm-7:30pm.

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Due to a power outage in the building, TSAOG’s Stone Oak office will be closed TODAY – Thursday, May 28th.

Patients with scheduled appointments at this office today will be contacted shortly. Your appointments will still be held, but at an alternate location.

The OrthoNow Walk-In Injury Clinic at Stone Oak will not be available today.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Memorial Day 2020 – TSAOG and OrthoNow Will Be Closed

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All TSAOG offices and both OrthoNow Injury Clinics will be closed on Monday, May 25th, to allow Team TSAOG to spend Memorial Day with their families. We will resume normal operating hours at all locations on Tuesday, May 26th.

Please note: the OrthoNow Injury Clinic at our Quarry Area location will be open Saturday, May 23rd from 8am-2pm for your immediate orthopedic needs.

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!

Good Friday 2020 – TSAOG and OrthoNow Hours

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TSAOG Hours:

This Friday, April 10th, all TSAOG clinic locations will be open from 8am-Noon only.  All offices will close at the half day in observance of Good Friday.

OrthoNow Hours:

On Friday, April 10th, both OrthoNow Injury Clinics will be open from 9am-1pm.

Regular Saturday hours, 8am-2pm, will resume for the OrthoNow Injury Clinic at our Quarry Area location on Saturday, April 11th.

Learn more about OrthoNow, TSAOG’s Urgent Injury Clinic.


Have a safe and happy Easter weekend!

Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for TSAOG Patients

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COVID-19

UPDATED 6/23/2020 – At TSAOG Orthopaedics, the health and safety of our patients, our providers, and Team TSAOG is always our top priority. As we work to address the threat of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we ask that you work with us to minimize the risk of infection and limit the spreading of germs.

For the most up-to-date information on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

WHAT WE ARE DOING AND WHAT YOU CAN DO:

What is TSAOG doing to protect our patients?

  • Disinfecting – Exam rooms and tables are disinfected between patients. Commonly used surfaces are disinfected multiple times per day.
  • Hand Hygiene – All providers and members of Team TSAOG adhere to a conscientious handwashing protocol.
  • Masking Up – All providers and members of Team TSAOG wear face masks when in contact with patients or when working in close proximity to other team members. Face shields will also be worn by those providers in close contact with patients for over 15 minutes.
  • Smart Scheduling – Patients who have recently returned from an area where the virus is widespread will be required to schedule at least 14 days after their return.
  • Screening for Symptoms and Risk Factors – Patients and visitors for the clinic and surgery center will be screened for symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19, may have their temperatures taken, and will be asked to reschedule their appointments as appropriate.
  • Social Distancing – Patients concerned with waiting in the lobby will be given the option to wait in their cars. They will be contacted via cell phone when Team TSAOG is ready to bring them back to the exam room.
  • Telemedicine Visits – Telemedicine consultations will be made available for appropriate appointment types. Learn more about OrthoConnect Telemedicine consultations at TSAOG.

What can you do to protect yourself and others?

  • Handwashing – Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover Your Cough – Cough into your elbow or a tissue, not your hand.
  • Mask Up – The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has adopted an emergency rule which requires “a mask must be worn by both the patient and physician or the physician’s delegate when in proximity of the patient (meaning less than a 6-foot distance between the patient and the physician or the physician’s delegate).” In accordance with this rule and effective May 1st, any patient arriving for an appointment without a mask will be turned away at the door and rescheduled. Masks must also be worn by anyone over the age of 10 who is accompanying or visiting a patient. Masks are required to be worn, and cover both your nose and mouth, the entire time you are visiting a TSAOG facility.
  • Leave Family at Home – In order to maintain social distancing, keep our patient areas from becoming overcrowded, and limit exposure for our staff, we are no longer allowing visitors to accompany patients into the waiting room or exam room. Anyone who accompanies you to your appointment will be asked to wait in the car until your appointment is completed.
  • No Touching – Avoid touching your hands to your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Disinfect – Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home and work.
  • Social Distancing – Avoid large groups of people as well as close contact with people who are sick.
  • Recover, Don’t Spread – If you are sick, avoid travel except for medical care. Stay home to recover and do NOT report to work or school.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (including fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, muscle aches, runny nose, fatigue, and sore throat), please give us a call and we will be happy to help reschedule your appointment for a time when you are feeling better.

PATIENT FAQS REGARDING COVID-19 AND TSAOG:

Is the office open for clinic and physical therapy visits?
Yes, all TSAOG locations remain open for clinic and physical therapy visits. We also offer telemedicine consultations for those who would prefer to avoid an in office appointment. 

What can I expect when I arrive at the office?
For the safety of everyone involved, we are screening all patients and visitors prior to entry to any TSAOG clinic. This screening will include a temperature check as well as general health-related questions. If you are determined to be at risk based on this screening, your appointment will be rescheduled for a later date.

Can I wait in my car instead of the waiting room?
Yes. When you check in for your appointment, you will have the option to provide your cell phone number to the front desk so that you can wait in your personal vehicle. We will contact you when we are ready to bring you back to the exam room.

Why aren’t you allowing a visitor to come with me to my appointment?
In order to maintain social distancing, keep our patient areas from becoming overcrowded, and limit exposure for our staff, we are no longer allowing visitors to accompany patients into the waiting room or exam room. Anyone who accompanies you to your appointment will be asked to wait in the car until your appointment is completed.

Is there staff in the office working if I have questions?
Many of our staff have been set up to work at home, but their phone lines are being forwarded, so you may reach them on the same phone numbers you normally use to contact them. Please note: our phone communications are somewhat limited in this environment (they may be only able to answer one call at a time vs. up to three lines in the office) and, as such, you may experience higher than normal need to leave a voicemail. This should be expected during this time, so please do leave us a voicemail. We are monitoring our messages and returning calls as quickly as possible. IMPORTANT NOTE: when our staff returns your call, it may register as a “private number” if they are working remotely. Please make sure to answer these calls to avoid an infinite game of phone tag!

Are you still performing surgery?
Yes. In accordance with guidance from local, state, and federal authorities, we have resumed scheduling elective surgical cases. Please be aware, your surgical experience will differ from prior experiences. For example, we will not allow visitors to remain in the surgical facility. Parents/guardians of minor children and other unusual individual circumstances will be the only exceptions to this rule.

How will you communicate with my loved one after surgery?
Your loved one will be asked to leave a phone number upon check-in so that we may communicate with him/her when you are in recovery. Your physician will call shortly after surgery and our nurses will call again when you are ready to go home. The nurses will give discharge instructions over the phone and will leave written instructions with your loved one when they arrive to pick you up.

What if I need to schedule an appointment?
You may schedule an appointment with us using our online scheduling link. It’s easy and available 24/7! You may also call to schedule an appointment at 210-281-9595, but you may be asked to leave a message and wait for a call back. 

Should I wear a mask to my appointment?
Yes! The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has adopted an emergency rule which requires “a mask must be worn by both the patient and physician or the physician’s delegate when in proximity of the patient (meaning less than a 6-foot distance between the patient and the physician or the physician’s delegate).” In accordance with this rule and effective May 1st, any patient arriving for an appointment without a mask will be turned away at the door and rescheduled. Masks must also be worn by anyone over the age of 10 who is accompanying or visiting a patient.

Thank you for helping us keep TSAOG safe and healthy!

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!

Happy Retirement, Dr. Burkhart!

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Dr. Stephen S. Burkhart – shoulder specialist and long time member of TSAOG – will be retiring from private practice, effective January 31st, 2020.

Current patients of Dr. Burkhart 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. Burkhart and have any questions about your medical records or continued care, please contact our main office at (210) 804-5400.

Dr. Burkhart joined TSAOG in 1981 and has served as an important leader in our practice for 38 years. According to TSAOG CEO Sani Mirza, “Dr. Burkhart has led TSAOG Orthopaedics as he has lived his life – with humility, decency, and honesty. His leadership is the reason this organization has grown from six physicians to over forty and continues to attract the very best. His legacy is not only this Group, but all it represents: unequalled patient care, innovation, compassion, and integrity.

I am honored to call Steve Burkhart my friend and, while I wish him well in retirement, I hope he visits us often to ensure we continue to be the type of practice that he built and would be proud to call home.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Burkhart on an incredible career which has benefited so many people around the world. We will all miss him very much. Happy retirement, Dr. Burkhart!

2019 Holiday Hours – Closures for TSAOG and OrthoNow

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All TSAOG offices and both locations of the OrthoNow Walk-In Injury Clinic will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th to allow the members of Team TSAOG to spend Christmas with their families. We will resume normal operating hours at all TSAOG and OrthoNow locations on Thursday, December 26th.

All TSAOG offices and both locations of the OrthoNow Walk-In Injury Clinic will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020.  We will resume normal operating hours on Thursday, January 2nd.

We wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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