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Happy Retirement, Dr. Pace!

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Dr. Paul Pace – hand and wrist specialist and long time member of TSAOG – will be retiring from private practice, effective June 30th, 2018.

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

Dr. Pace joined TSAOG in 1998 and has served as an important leader in our practice for 20 years. According to TSAOG President Dr. Stephen Burkhart, “Dr. Pace was a driving force in the merger of four separate San Antonio orthopaedic practices into what is now known as TSAOG. He was a tireless worker on the TSAOG Management Committee, and was instrumental in the early success The Orthopaedic Surgery Center of San Antonio. He led TSAOG’s physician recruitment efforts for many years, and was responsible for recruiting most of our younger surgeons to TSAOG.

Despite an incredible appetite for work, Dr. Pace will always be known as a fun-loving guy who brightened everyone’s day with his Mardi Gras and Fiesta celebrations. […] And how about the Spurs? Was there ever a more devoted Spurs fan than Dr. Pace (ask the referees whose names and numbers were on his business cards so that they could be heckled in a more, er, personal manner)?

Professionally, Dr. Pace was a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, a highly prestigious organization that invites only the top hand surgeons in the U.S. to become members. In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Pace found time to serve on the Board of Governors of the Tulane School of Medicine, and to participate as an active member of The Texas Cavaliers.

Finally, Dr. Pace has been a devoted family man. We are sure that his wife Peggy and his children will enjoy seeing more of him in retirement.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Pace on an incredible career with TSAOG which has benefited so many people in San Antonio and South Texas. We will all miss him very much.”

Happy retirement, Dr. Pace!

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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Dr. Stephen Drukker on Chainsaw Safety

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In light of golfer Greg Norman’s chainsaw accident over the weekend, Dr. Stephen Drukker, hand and wrist specialist with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group, was interviewed by WOAI Radio regarding power tool safety this morning.

Norman was using a chainsaw to trim tree branches when the weight of a branch pulled his hand toward the blade. According to Dr. Drukker, homeowners have a tendency to get so familiar with common power tools like chainsaws and lawnmowers that they forget the power these items have. “I think we get comfortable with the chain saw, we work over our head, we lean off the ladder when we use the chain saw.” About 400,000 people make visits to the ER every year with injuries related to househole power tools.

Safety tips for chainsaw use include:

  • Maintain secure footing.
  • Wear protective gloves and eyewear.
  • Never disable an automatic shut off switch.
  • Avoid using the chainsaw above your head if possible. If you must use it above your head, try to cut to the side of your body instead of directly above.
  • Keep the chainsaw blade cleaned and sharpened to reduce the amount of energy you have to use to get the tool to work.

Check out the full interview here: http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-sponsored-by-five-119078/greg-norman-chain-saw-injury-a-12771939/
 
Dr. Stephen Drukker is a board certified hand and wrist surgeon with The San Antonio Orthopaedid Group. He treats patients of all ages for conditions of the hand and wrist and has a special interest in endoscopic carpal tunnel release, arthritis, and Dupuytren’s Contracture release. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Drukker, please call 210-281-9595.

Did Your Elbow Pop While Lifting Something Heavy? How to Recognize Biceps Tendon Tears

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When people experience muscle pain as a result of an injury, they often think it’s “just a sprain” and delay seeking treatment to see if the injury will heal on its own. In the case of a torn biceps tendon, this approach could cost you. Elbow specialist Dr. Alexander Rowland tells me why.

So what is the biceps tendon?
Tendons attach muscle to bone in the human body. Your biceps muscle is the muscle in the front of your upper arm. It is attached to bone by two tendons at the shoulder, and one tendon at the elbow. The biceps muscle helps to stabilize your shoulder, bend your elbow, and rotate your forearm. In this example, we’ll be looking at the distal biceps tendon, which attaches the biceps muscle to the radius (a bone in the forearm). 

How would someone tear their distal biceps tendon?
Distal biceps tendon ruptures occur when the tendon is overloaded and it tears off of the radius. This usually happens when someone tries to lift an object that is too heavy or lifts an object at an odd angle. When the biceps muscle is flexed against resistance and is suddenly pulled strait, the tendon fails at its insertion and pulls off of the bone. 

Ouch! That sounds painful! Can it happen to anyone?
Yes, biceps tendon tears can happen to anyone, but these types of ruptures are most common in men between the ages of 40 and 60.

What symptoms would someone experience if they have ruptured their distal biceps tendon?
At the moment of injury, most people will feel a “pop” in the elbow, followed by pain and swelling. Other indications that you may have a torn biceps tendon include:

  • Bruising on the front and inside of the elbow which develops within 24 hours of injury
  • Weakness and increased pain when you flex your elbow or rotate your forearm
  • The biceps muscle can look like it is positioned higher in the arm, toward the shoulder, as it has recoiled and shortened from the elbow

If you notice some combination of these symptoms after lifting (or attempting to lift) something heavy, you should contact your physician for evaluation and treatment within a week, even if your symptoms seem to be improving.

What’s wrong with waiting to see if it improves without treatment?
A rupture of the distal biceps tendon cannot repair itself. The tendon cannot reattach itself to the bone and so surgical intervention is needed. 

Unfortunately, many people underestimate the severity of their injury and delay seeking treatment because:

  • They can still move their arm, so they assume it’s just an elbow sprain/strain
  • The pain is not terrible, so they think it’s not too serious
  • The swelling/bruising generally subsides over 10-14 days, giving the appearance of healing

The downside to a delay in diagnosis and treatment is that surgical correction may no longer be possible, resulting in permanent dysfunction of the arm. Loss of bicep function through a distal rupture results in decreased strength of up to 40%. Although there are other muscles to help compensate for this loss, full strength is never regained without surgical repair.

When does surgery need to be done for a torn biceps tendon?
The best time to perform surgery (primary operative reinsertion) for a distal biceps tendon rupture is within 2-3 weeks of injury. After this time period, scarring and shortening of the tendon make successful treatment more difficult and sometimes impossible. 

What does the surgery involve?
In surgery, your physician will reattach the biceps tendon to the forearm. The procedure is performed in an outpatient surgery center, and typically takes about an hour. Patients are discharged home in a splint to follow up in 7-10 days. Full unrestricted recovery takes 3-4 months, but use of the arm for daily activities is possible within 2-3 weeks.

Dr. Alexander S. Rowland is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in the treatment of conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow. He treats patients aged 6 years and older and has a special interest in distal biceps tendon tears, with over 150 cases performed. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rowland, please call 210.281.9595.

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. Alexander Rowland on Arthroscopic Treatment for Elbow Arthritis

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Osteoarthritis, a wearing down of the cartilage covering the ends of the bones, can develop in any joint of the body and the elbow is no exception. Elbow arthritis is generally characterized by loss of motion and pain in the elbow joint and tends to be more common in men who have had physically demanding jobs and/or have had elbow injuries in the past. 

Osteoarthritis often develops differently in the elbow than in the knee or hip because the elbow is a non-weight bearing joint. With less pressure on the elbow joint, the cartilage does not wear down as quickly as in weight bearing joints, but secondary problems can develop even when the cartilage is well-preserved.

  • Bone spurs (osteophytes) can develop around the periphery of the joint, limiting motion and causing pain with impingement.
  • Bone spurs can break off, becoming loose bodies within the joint and leading to symptoms of catching or locking.
  • Loose bodies within the elbow can further damage the joint over time, leading to progressive arthritis.

With severe osteoarthritis of the elbow, where the cartilage is significantly worn down, joint replacement (total elbow replacement) is an option for treatment. However, when the cartilage is well-preserved and pain and loss of motion is caused by the secondary problems described above, there is a better option for treatment: elbow arthroscopy.

Arthroscopic surgery of the elbow (or elbow scope) is a minimally invasive surgical technique which allows the surgeon to access, explore, and operate on the elbow joint through very small incisions. The use of an arthroscope (a small instrument containing a lens and fiber optic lighting system) connected to a camera allows the surgeon to see a magnified and enhanced view of the interior of the joint on a television screen, negating the need for a larger incision (open surgery).

Elbow arthroscopy is performed as an outpatient procedure and requires general anesthesia. Generally two to five 4mm incisions are made around the elbow for evaluation and treatment of the joint. Offending bone spurs are removed as well as any loose bodies. If a contracture of the joint is present, scarred tissue is resected to help regain lost motion. The entire procedure takes 60 – 90 minutes. Patients are discharged with a soft dressing and start physical therapy 2-3 days after the surgery. Complete recovery is expected in 6 to 8 weeks.

The main advantages of arthroscopic surgery over more traditional open procedures include:

  • Improved visualization
  • Decreased postoperative pain
  • Decreased cost as an outpatient procedure vs overnight hospital stay
  • Faster postoperative recovery

Please note: Elbow arthroscopy was initially proposed in 1931, but was not approved at the time due to the high risk of neurovascular injury. Since that time, we have seen vast improvements in our understanding of the complex anatomy of the elbow as well as in the surgical instruments available, and the procedure has become more widespread. However, this is a highly specialized procedure and it is recommended that you speak with your surgeon about his/her training and experience with elbow arthroscopy before opting for surgery.

Dr. Alexander S. Rowland is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in conditions of the hand, elbow, and shoulder, with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients aged 6 years and older for conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow and has a special interest in elbow arthroscopy, with over 250 cases performed. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rowland, please call 210.281.9595.

 

Dr. Stephen Drukker on What to Do About Animal Bites

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So you’ve been bitten by an animal? It can happen in an instant. You’re playing tug of war with your dog and get nipped. Your cat gets scared at the vet and bites to get away. Maybe it’s true aggression. Sometimes it’s your pet, sometimes it’s someone else’s, and sometimes it’s a wild animal.

In any case, you need to know what to do to avoid some serious consequences. I sat down with TSAOG hand and wrist specialist Dr. Stephen C. Drukker to find out what to do when you’ve been bitten by an animal.

What is my first step if I have been bitten by an animal?

First thing’s first. Any time you are bitten by a mammal (cat, dog, bat, etc), rabies is a concern. All animal bites should be reported to animal control as they will want to quarantine the animal for 10 days to watch for signs of rabies.

If the animal is not contained (if it is wild or a domestic animal that bit and ran away) and cannot be observed, you should seek medical attention immediately to have the wound cleaned and dressed and to begin receiving rabies vaccinations. The CDC recommends that people who have been exposed receive a series of 4 rabies vaccine shots over 2 weeks following the bite, exactly what happened to Manu Ginobili following the “bat incident” a few years ago.


Remember, rabies is 99%+ treatable with a vaccine, but 99%+ fatal if you wait for symptoms to appear.

What can I do at home for an animal bite?

At home, you want to perform basic first aid. Wash the wound with warm, soapy water, apply antibiotic ointment, and dress the wound. Then, watch carefully for signs of infection.

How do I know if I need to see a doctor for an animal bite?

Again, if the animal is not contained and rabies is a concern, you should seek medical attention immediately. If rabies is not a concern, other signs that you should seek medical attention immediately include:

  • If you suffer from diabetes or any kind of immune deficiency
  • If you have a deep puncture wound
  • If you have multiple puncture wounds

If these do not apply, you can observe the wound at home and watch for signs of infection.

What are the signs of infection?

If you notice increasing pain, redness, or swelling, these are signs of infection and you should see a doctor.

What will the doctor do for my bite wound?

Generally, a physician will open, clean, and dress the wound and prescribe antibiotics. If you do not see improvement within 12-24 hours after starting antibiotics, you should contact your physician for a recheck.

If rabies is not a possibility, how bad could an animal bite be?

Bad. If not treated quickly, severe infections are common in cases of animal bites, whether they are wild animals or beloved pets. Severe infections can lead to lose of tissue (necrosis) as well as loss of function. In these cases, surgical drainage and treatment can be required.

Infection can set in and become severe very quickly following an animal bite. The best advice I can give is that if you see any sign of infection following an animal bite, don’t wait to seek medical attention and you may avoid some serious and lasting consequences.

Dr. Stephen C. Drukker is a board certified hand surgeon with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients of all ages for conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Drukker, please call 210.281.9595.

 

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.

TSAOG Customer Survey Highlights – March 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 March 2014 Customer Survey:

  • Dr. Seidel very quickly diagnosed my issue. I have had many other Drs check on my back pain mainly the VA and they always thought it was an old issue. I was so happy to find that there was a real reason for the pain in the new area. Dr. Seidel quickly saw the issue and offered a solution. I appreciated that medication was not thrown at me to mask the symptoms. He wanted to handle the issue with a non medication treatment plan and that is ok with me. I am tired of pain meds. Way to go!! Dr. Seidel!!!!! You have a fan in me and a long time client. I am sure with my back issues I will be around for some time!!”
  • “I would recommend Dr. Connor. He is great.”
  • “We like Dr. Hibberd’s compassionate care. He visited my mother in the hospital every day and chatted with her. This really made a difference to her.”
  • “I am very pleased with how well Dr Valdez explained my treatment”
  • Dr. Drukker was very thorough and easy to understand when questions were asked.”
  • “Great concept of having multiple doctors, x-ray, physical therapy, surgery,… all in a single building and linked together as a single working unit. I love it. Every doctor that I have visited has been wonderful and provided me with great treatment.”
  • Dr Rowland is the GREATEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
  • Ephraim [Brenman] is the most attentive, caring and helpful physician I’ve ever seen.”
  • “The surgeon did everything he said he was going to do for me. Any time I had a question the nurses got to quickly with an answer. All of the staff is so friendly and really put you at ease.” (Dr. Marx)
  • “The PT staff was awesome! I was nervous the first time I went in, but was quickly welcomed and became relaxed. I looked forward to going to every PT appointment to help my knee get better. The hours I was able to make appointments was also very helpful and was able to miss very minimal work.”
  • “Well I have my fingers crossed that I won’t have to come back to SAOG, but god forbid I get hurt again, they will be my first option for sure!”
  • Dr. Bell and his staff are very helpful and understanding.”
  • Dr. Gonzalez discovered that I had a sprained ankle and explained what I needed to do to make it better. Some people are worth the wait!”
  • Dr. Kaiser always takes time to answer questions and is always personable. He goes above and beyond.”
  • “I saw davis miller first at the urgent care he was very kind, caring and professional, I was impressed, he is very knowledgeable and his bedside manner wonderful. He was able to schedule me for my guided us injection the next day I was in a lot of pain. Then I met his wife theus tech letisha? she was also very sweet, professional and made me feel so comfortable. Dr Rahal was the one who did the procedure and he was also excellent, great bedside manner, and informed me every step of the way what he was doing, very genuine and knowledgeable. All in all this was a great experience in health care, and I am a pediatric nurse practitioner so I feel this kind of care is very hard to find, I was so relieved that I had such fabulous care of the highest quality. Thank You.” (OrthoNow Injury Clinic)
  • “I rarely fill out surveys but a visit to your office (Dr. Taber) was a pleasure – even though I was there because my hip is hurting. you seemed to lessen the pain by your pure sincerity :)”
  • Dr Hennessy was great. I felt like he listened to me. He was very professional and gave me several options for treatment.”
  • “I like Dr. Garcia and his staff. They are always responsive to any questions or needs my husband and I have. He and Luis Perez provide excellent care.”
  • “I just got my ACL repaired and I had the most easy going experience. I was very confident in Dr. Ursone.”
  • Dr. Viroslav agreed to see me after I had a knee replacement, He listened to me, he believed me and he corrected the problems from the first surgery (by another doctor).”
  • “I am making progress this first week and I am hoping for a full recovery. I am doing my hand exercises exactly as directed by Dr. Pace.”
  • “I did a lot of research on the hand doctor I would consult prior to making an appointment. Your practice seems well run and efficient.” (Dr. Woodbury)
  • Dr Brown was very kind, caring and polite to my daughter. The staff was extremely friendly and caring. We felt important even though there were a lot of other patients needing attention.”
  • “I would like to personally thank Dr. Balldin, his staff as well as all the staff in the Physical Therapy department for all their help in getting me back to my healed state.”
  • “I recommend this group whenever I have the opportunity and I have always received positive feedback when my referrals have seen physicians here.”
  • Dr. Burkhart is great! I arrived at the office suffering from long-term shoulder pain, which was relieved in two days by injections. In the past year, I have seen my internist, a rheumatologist and a pain relief specialist, and none have been able to help me. All have attributed the pain to fibromyalgia, and none have suggested x-raying my shoulders. One did refer me to Dr. Burkhart, though. Thank you, Dr. Burkhart!”
  • “No wasted time. In on time, seen immediately, and out of the office quickly. The most efficient process I have ever found.” (Dr. Jacobs)
  • Dr Ochoa is the best. Because of him a cancer was discovered at Stage 1 and completely removed.”
  • “I have always been treated with kindness and respect. Dr. Tolin treats patients like intelligent people that are able to participate in their treatment and recovery. He and every other member of the staff are very good at what they do and inspire great confidence.”

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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