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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!

Join Team TSAOG as we take One Small Step for Prader-Willi Research on October 26th, 2019

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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 senior in college. Though we don’t know what her future will look like, 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. Now she is on a blood thinner as she is recovering from a recent pulmonary embolism. Every day she is working out, counting her steps, and planning her meals. It is all encompassing.

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 selling raffle tickets and collecting donations in our clinics 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)

The fundraising for FPWR will culminate with a family friendly walk at the Tobin Center
on Saturday, October 26th from 9am-12pm.  Please join us at this fun, family friendly event to help raise awareness of this disease and contribute what you can to help work towards a cure. Register or donate here.

 

 

THIS SATURDAY – Join TSAOG As We Take One Small Step for Prader-Willi Research

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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)

The fundraising for FPWR will culminate with a family friendly walk at the Tobin Center
 on Saturday, November 11th from 9am-11:30am.  Please join us at this fun, family friendly event to help raise awareness of this disease and contribute what you can to help work towards a cure. Register or donate here.

 

 

TSAOG Seeking Patients with Chronic Hip Pain for Hip Osteoarthritis Study

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

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

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

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

Other study restrictions apply.

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

TSAOG Congratulates Our SA Doctors: Best of 2017

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

The following TSAOG physicians made the list:

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

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 Patient Survey Highlights – April 2015

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

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

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


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TSAOG Patient Survey Highlights – March 2015

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

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

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

Please note: Spelling and punctuation errors may have been corrected for readability.

TSAOG Customer Survey Highlights – February 2015

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

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

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

Please note: Spelling and punctuation errors may have been corrected for readability.

 

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