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Help TSAOG Support Prader-Willi Research with One Small Step

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TSAOG’s Dr. Sergio Viroslav has a daughter with Prader-Willi Syndrome, so this cause is very close to his heart. He has agreed to share his personal story to help raise awareness:

We always felt something was amiss. This pregnancy was different than Alice’s prior one; fetal movement was sporadic and with less vigor. The ultrasound showed excessive amniotic fluid. At least the amniocentesis revealed the normal number of chromosomes.

One month to go, Alice was admitted to the hospital with a baby that wasn’t moving much; the OB had done all she could do in 1996. All we could do was wait for the lungs to mature and hope for the best.

Olivia was born 1/11/96. She weighed less than 6 lbs, her tone was low, but at least she was alive and eating.

She didn’t walk until she was three. Then this small infant who we were told had some sort of muscle or energy producing disorder began to gain weight. She didn’t particularly eat more than her siblings, though she did seem to care more about food then her older sister and younger brother.

In 2001 a visit to a childhood obesity clinic prompted the endocrinologist to check for Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS). The doctor told us not to worry. Olivia was engaging and bright. She was performing well at school, and the chromosome test was standard in working up obesity in children. We were cautiously optimistic.

As the Twin Towers were falling on September 11th we received the news. Olivia’s 15th paternal chromosome had a deletion – Prader Willi Syndrome.

Olivia is now a junior in high school. She plans to attend college when she graduates. She has friends and is active in her Temple youth group. But every day is a challenge. The pantry is locked in our home. She takes a daily shot of growth hormone to help her muscles and metabolism. She takes medicine to help her when she becomes fatigued and medicine to help her cells use insulin more efficiently. She is at the gym every day, she eats less than 1500Kcal and she can barely lose a pound. Her hunger never ceases.

That’s why we do this. We do this to help kids with Prader Willi . We do this because it’s the only way to fight. It’s the only way to find a cure. 

“ The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little – do what you can.”-  Sydney Smith

TSAOG will be collecting donations in our clinics (where you can purchase a pair of One Small Step cut-out feet for $2) and online to help the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research work towards a cure for Prader-Willi Syndrome. All donations will go to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR)In fact, Dr. Viroslav is so committed to the cure that he will be matching all donations made to Team TSAOG through our campaign page at: http://onesmallstep.fpwr.org/dw/users/teamtsaog/SanAntonio2016

The fundraising for FPWR will culminate with a family friendly walk at the Tobin Center
 on Saturday, November 5th from 9am-Noon.  Please join us at this fun event to help raise awareness of this disease and contribute what you can to help work towards a cure. Register here.

 

 

TSAOG Welcomes Dr. Neel Bhandari and Dr. Jonathan Duncan

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TSAOG is very pleased to welcome Dr. Naumit “Neel” S. Bhandari and Dr. Jonathan S. Duncan to our practice! Their first day is Tuesday, September 8th.

Duncan

Dr. Jonathan S. Duncan is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the spine. He completed his fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

He will be treating all orthopedic conditions of the back and neck for patients of all ages and will hold clinic at the following TSAOG locations: Schertz, Medical Center, Westover Hills, and Stone Oak. Dr. Duncan’s special interests include:

  • Cervical & Lumbar Decompression and Fusions
  • Minimally Invasive and Microsurgical Techniques
  • Cervical Spine Surgery including Arthroplasty
  • Revisions and Infections
  • Spinal Metastasis
  • Spine Fractures and Trauma
  • Degenerative Scoliosis

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Duncan, please call 210.281.9595.

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

Bhandari

Dr. Naumit “Neel” S. Bhandari is an anesthesiology physician, specializing in pain medicine. He completed his fellowship training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX.

He will be treating all all acute and chronic pain conditions for patients aged 12 years and older and will hold clinic at the following TSAOG locations: Schertz, Medical Center, Westover Hills, Mission Trail, and Stone Oak. Dr. Bhandari’s special interests include:

  • Non-surgical Interventional Therapies of the Spine and Major joints
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty
  • Radiofrequency Neurotomy/Ablation
  • Epidural Steroid and Sacroiliac Joint (SI) Injections
  • Botox for Chronic Migraines
  • Ultrasound Guided Injections
  • Plasma Rich Protein (PRP) Injections

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhandari, please call 210.281.9595.

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

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

TSAOG Welcomes Dr. Adewale Adeniran

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TSAOG is very pleased to welcome Dr. Adewale O. Adeniran to our practice! His first day is Monday, August 17th.

Adeniran

Dr. Adeniran is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the spine. He completed his fellowship training at Texas Back Institute in Plano, TX.

He will be treating all orthopedic conditions of the back and neck for patients aged 11 years and up and will hold clinic at the following TSAOG locations: Schertz, The Orthopaedic Institute, and Mission Trail. Dr. Adeniran’s special interests include:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and fusion
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Lumbar micro-discectomy
  • Lumbar decompression
  • Lumbar fusion surgery
  • Deformity correction and fusion surgery
  • Robot Assisted spinal fusion
  • Posterior cervical surgery: laminoplasty and laminectomy/fusion
  • Vertebral Augmentation
  • Spine tumor resections
  • Implantation of spinal cord stimulators
  • Spinal injections

Without further ado, meet Dr. Adewale Adeniran:

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Adeniran, please call 210.281.9595.

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

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

TSAOG Congratulates Our Texas Super Doctors® 2014

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The following five TSAOG physicians were recently featured in Texas Super Doctors® 2014, which appeared in the December 2014 issue of TexasMonthly magazine:

The Super Doctors® list identifies top physicians in over 40 specialty areas, as selected by their peers and independent research conducted by Key Professional Media.

Dr. Brad S. Tolin received additional recognition this year as part of the Texas Super Doctors® Hall of Fame since he has been listed as in Texas Super Doctors® for 10 consecutive years!   

Congratulations to all our TSAOG Texas Super Doctors® 2014!

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 – 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. Christian Balldin on Why the 2014 FIFA World Cup is Missing Some of Its Star Players

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The World Cup starts today and some of the highest level soccer talent the world has to offer won’t be there.  Unfortunately, this is due to the rash of significant injuries – knee injuries in particular – we have seen over the past year. 

To name a few:

  • Radamel Falcao, who plays for the Columbian national team, tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in January and is still rehabbing after surgery.
  • Kevin Strootman, Netherlands national team player, is also rehabbing from ACL reconstructive surgery after injuring his knee in March.
  • Theo Walcott, from England’s national team, is yet another player rehabbing from ACL reconstructive surgery.
  • Thiago Alcantara, from Spain’s national team, is out due to medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury and currently rehabbing.
  • Segundo Castillo, Mexican national team player, is out with a torn ACL as well.

As you can see, there are quite a few significant knee injuries keeping these great players from participating in the World Cup this year.  The ACL is one of the main ligaments in the knee that is vital for proper stability in both side to side movements and twisting motions.  In order to fully trust your knee during quick reactions and side to side movements, the ACL has to be functioning properly. Following a significant ACL injury, you will not be able to participate in pivoting sports such as soccer, football, basketball, and tennis (most sports really) without having the ACL surgically reconstructed and properly rehabbed.

Unfortunately, the rehabilitation process after reconstructive ACL surgery is quite lengthy, averaging around six months. Rehabilitation can take even longer if there were additional injuries that were dealt with during the surgery. 

Hopefully, there will not be any additional significant knee injuries during the World Cup, but it is certainly a possibility due to the high intensity of these games and the forces placed on the knees of these world class athletes. Learn more about preventing ACL tears.

broken bone doctor san antonioDr. Christian Balldin is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients aged 3 years and up for sports-related injuries as well as other conditions of the shoulder, hip, and knee. He has a special interest in the minimally invasive treatment of multiligamentous knee injuries. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Balldin, please call 210.281.9595 or schedule online.

Dr. Christian Woodbury on Percutaneous Trigger Finger Release (VIDEO)

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***Video courtesy KSAT News and Aircheck Studios***

Trigger finger, or stenosing tenosynovitis, is a repetitive motion condition which can often occur as a result of typing and/or texting. If you suffer from trigger finger and conservative treatment options have not done the trick, you may be considering trigger finger release surgery.

Dr. Christian Woodbury, hand specialist with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group, appeared on KSAT News last night to discuss a relatively new option called percutaneous trigger finger release, a minimally invasive procedure which can be performed in the office. Compared to open trigger finger release, the percutaneous method offers a smaller incision, no stitches, and a drastically reduced recovery period. Check out the full interview above to learn more.

Dr. Christian A. Woodbury is a board certified hand, wrist, and elbow surgeon with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in the minimally invasive treatment of trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Woodbury, please call 210.281.9595 or schedule online.

Congratulations to Dr. Marvin Brown and Dr. Stephen Burkhart – Best Doctors in America® 2014

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TSAOG would like to congratulate our physicians who appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2014. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.

The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®, results from exhaustive polling of over 45,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in over 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s List.  In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”


This year, the following TSAOG physicians made the cut:


Congrats to both of you and we hope to see you and your peers on the list next year!


About Best Doctors, Inc:

Best Doctors works with the best five percent of doctors, ranked by impartial peer review, to help people get the right diagnosis and right treatment. The company’s innovative, peer-to-peer consultation service offers a convenient new way for physicians to collaborate with other physicians to ensure patients receive the best care. The global health solutions company, which has grown to over 30 million members worldwide, uses state-of-the-art technology capabilities to deliver improved health outcomes while reducing costs. Gallup® has audited and certified Best Doctors’ database of physicians, and its companion Best Doctors in America® List, as using the highest industry standards survey methodology and processes. Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors seamlessly integrates its trusted health services with Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 employers, insurers and other groups in every major region of the world. The company also designs and implements international insurance programs that help people be sure they get the right health solutions. 

For further information, visit Best Doctors at http://www.bestdoctors.comTwitter,Facebook, and LinkedIn, or call (800) 223-5003.

 

TSAOG Nominated for AthenaHealth’s 2014 Vision Award (VOTE NOW to Help Us Win)

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The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group (TSAOG) is one of three nominees for AthenaHealth’s Vision Award, which recognizes companies with a vision that helps “make healthcare work as it should.”

Check out our nomination video, courtesy of AthenaHealth:

Visit http://www.athenahealth.com/our-company/user-conference/awards.php to vote for TSAOG (you don’t have to log in or create a password, just click vote!) now through 5pm Wednesday, April 30th to help us win! The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 1st.

Working to “make healthcare work as it should” is one more way TSAOG makes your health our mission.

 

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