TSAOG Orthopaedics is Now the Official Healthcare Provider for the San Antonio Missions

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The San Antonio Missions announced today that TSAOG Orthopaedics (formerly the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group) will be the team’s official healthcare provider through the 2021 season.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with TSAOG,” said Missions General Manager David Gasaway. “They have been a San Antonio institution for over 70 years and will work with us as we continue to give back to San Antonio and our fans.”

“TSAOG is very excited to serve as team physicians for the San Antonio Missions,” said TSAOG sports medicine specialist Dr. Thomas DeBerardino. “Sports are a passion of mine and, as a surgeon, there is nothing better than helping an injured athlete return to play.”

In addition to their presence at Nelson Wolff Stadium, TSAOG Orthopaedics will be involved in the Missions Youth Sports Initiative in a variety of ways, including:

  • Serving as the exclusive partner of the 2019 Missions Rookie League. The Missions Rookie League is a Little League program for financially disadvantaged San Antonio youth, run in conjunction the San Antonio Police Athletic League, and supported by Missions CARE (the Missions’ charity foundation).
  • Working with the Missions Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics are hosted by Missions players and coaches to provide youth baseball players hands-on instructions on various aspects of the game.
  • Providing educational and instructional content for youth athletes and their parents on various topics including injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion recognition and management, and the importance of nutrition to sports performance.

“In addition to serving as the team physicians for the Missions, I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the team on their youth sports initiatives,” said TSAOG sports medicine specialist Dr. Christian Balldin. “Playing youth sports growing up helped shape me as I was maturing and gave me a passion for sports that has evolved into a career in sports medicine. Now, as a father of four, I appreciate the benefits these programs bring children, not just encouraging physical fitness, but fostering personal development.”

The 118th season of baseball in San Antonio begins Thursday April 4th, as the Missions begin their new era as a member of the Pacific Coast League and take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Season ticket memberships are available now by calling 210-675-PARK (7275).

About TSAOG: Established in 1947, TSAOG Orthopaedics provides comprehensive orthopaedic services for San Antonio and surrounding areas. Their physicians specialize in diagnosis, treatment, and care for the full range of musculoskeletal disorders.

  • About Dr. Thomas DeBerardino: Dr. DeBerardino is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with TSAOG Orthopaedics. He served as Director of the West Point Sports Medicine Fellowship and Head Team Physician for Army Athletics before his retirement from the Army in 2009 at the rank of Colonel. Following his retirement, he spent seven years as an Associate Professor and Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the University of Connecticut Medical Center and the UCONN Athletic Department.
  • About Dr. Christian Balldin: Dr. Balldin is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with TSAOG Orthopaedics. His previous team coverage experience includes the US Ski Team in Colorado, the San Antonio Talons, and the San Antonio Scorpions. He also serves as President of the Texas Society of Sports Medicine (TSSM).

Gordon Hayward’s Long Road to Recovery

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After an ankle fracture dislocation, the ankle would be fixed and casted to allow for healing.

Opening night of the 2017 NBA season was marred by a gruesome left ankle injury to Boston Celtics’ forward Gordon Hayward only five minutes into the game. While jumping for an alley-oop, the 27 year old star player landed awkwardly on his left leg, suffering an ankle fracture-dislocation. The ankle was re-set on the court, splinted, and surgically stabilized the next day at New England Baptist Hospital. With a dedicated team of surgeons, physical therapists, and trainers, Gordon Hayward will face a long and challenging road to recovery. Along the way he will achieve milestones by re-learning to walk, run, and – hopefully – returning to play in the NBA.

Horrific ankle injuries like this are not limited to elite professional athletes and actually occur frequently to regular people performing routine daily activities like descending stairs, mowing the lawn, climbing ladders, or simply taking a misstep around the house. A displaced ankle fracture like to Gordon Hayward’s will require surgery to re-align the bones and to fix them, typically using small plates and screws to ensure that the fracture heals in proper position. Ensuring that the bones are fixed as close to normal as possible is the most important variable affecting outcome that physicians can control. Following surgery, a progressive therapy program is critical to ensuring maximal restoration of function. Even so, rehabilitation from an injury like this can take up to a year. We wish Mr. Hayward luck as he begins the long road to recovery.

Dr. Randall Marx is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. He treats patients of all ages and is currently accepting new patients at five San Antonio area clinic locations. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Marx, please call (210) 281-9595 or visit his webpage.

What a Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon Could Mean for Tony Parker

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When sports injuries happen, TSAOG’s sports medicine specialists routinely get the call to weigh in on the type of injury, how it is fixed, and what it could mean to the athlete in terms of rehab and recovery. With the Spurs reporting that Tony Parker has suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon, everyone wants to know what to expect and we actually had a few of our specialists interviewed yesterday by local media. 

Dr. Josh Bell had an in depth discussion with ESPN San Antonio radio and also spoke with the Express-News to give a doctor’s view of the injury.

Dr. Lane Naugher spoke with 1200 WOAI Radio and said that, “This is a very bad injury” and that he expected it would be “at least six months before he is back to any type of basketball activities, maybe even nine months to a year before he would be cleared to play at any kind of elite level, like the NBA.” Read the full interview with Dr. Naugher here.

Please note: Our physicians are speaking only to the general nature of Tony Parker’s reported injury, not to his specific case.

TSAOG Welcomes Dr. Thomas DeBerardino

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TSAOG is very pleased to welcome Dr. Thomas M. DeBerardino to our practice! His first day is today – Friday, September 16th.


Dr. DeBerardino is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is a retired U.S. Army Veteran specializing in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, and hip and reconstructive procedures of the knee and shoulder. 

He will be treating orthopedic conditions of the shoulder, hip, and knee for patients aged 6 years and up and will hold clinic at the following TSAOG locations: The Orthopaedic Institute, Stone Oak, and the Medical Center.

Dr. DeBerardino’s special interests include:

  • Arthroscopic Surgery (Shoulder, Knee, and Hip)
  • Sports Medicine
  • Joint Restoration Surgery
  • Cartilage & Meniscal Transplantation
  • Complex Knee & Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomies and Partial Knee Replacement

Without further ado, meet Dr. Thomas DeBerardino:

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

To learn more about Dr. DeBerardino’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. G. Lane Naugher

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TSAOG is very pleased to welcome Dr. G. Lane Naugher to our practice! His first day is today – Friday, September 9th.

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Dr. Naugher is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He completed his fellowship training at Wake Forest Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. 

He will be treating all orthopedic conditions, with the exception of the back and neck, for patients aged 3 years and up and will hold clinic at the following TSAOG locations: The Orthopaedic Institute, Schertz, New Braunfels, Westover Hills, and Mission Trail.

Dr. Naugher’s special interests include:

Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine:

  • Shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee arthroscopy
  • Shoulder dislocations and instability
  • Rotator cuff tears, including arthroscopic treatment of massive tears and revisions / repairs
  • Throwing Problems and Pain in the Shoulder and Elbow
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries, Tommy John Procedure
  • Hip arthroscopy for management of hip conditions including FAI (femoroacetabular impingement), labral tears, trochanteric bursitis, ilitiotibial band syndrome, gluteal tendon, and proximal hamstring tendon tears
  • Knee Instability and Multiligament knee reconstructions
  • ACL , PCL Injuries and Arthroscopic Reconstruction
  • Meniscal Repairs and Transplantation
  • Cartilage preservation and restoration procedures of shoulder, elbow, hip and knee

Joint Replacement and Preservation:

  • Joint preservation arthroscopic procedures for shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee arthritis
  • Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Partial and Total Knee Replacement

Trauma and Fracture Care:

  • Upper and lower extremity fractures and dislocations
  • Traumatic tendon or ligament injuries

Without further ado, meet Dr. Lane Naugher:

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

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

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

TSAOG Bids Farewell to Dr. Philip Jacobs

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Unfortunately, TSAOG must bid a fond farewell to sports medicine specialist Dr. Philip Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs has accepted an academic position at the University of Texas Health Science Center and will be leaving The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group effective September 30, 2016.

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

Dr. Jacobs will be missed and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

2015 Saturday Sports Injury Clinic Starts Tomorrow

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Injured On the Field Friday Night? Walk Right In Saturday Morning!

Beginning Saturday, August 29th and running through football season, The Sports Institute at The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group will hold a Saturday Sports Injury Clinic every Saturday morning from 8-10am.

This walk-in clinic will allow athletes to be treated by one of The Sports Institute’s board certified orthopedic surgeons, all of whom have completed specialty training in sports medicine. X-ray, CT, and MRI imaging as well as casting services are available onsite to ensure there’s no need to make a second stop.

Best of all, a visit to the Saturday Sports Injury Clinic will bill to your health insurance as a specialty office visit, not an emergency room or urgent care visit, to keep your costs reasonable.

The Saturday Sports Injury Clinic will be held at our Central location at:

The Orthopaedic Institute
400 Concord Plaza Dr, Ste 300
San Antonio, TX 78216

Call (210) 804-5555 to learn more!

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Dr. Christian Balldin Presents at 2015 Vail International Complex Knee Symposium

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TSAOG sports medicine specialist and member of the Burkhart Research Institute for Orthopaedics (BRIO) Dr. Christian Balldin presented last week at the Vail International Complex Knee Symposium (VICKS). Surgeons from around the world attended the symposium to learn from the world renowned faculty participating in this year’s event.

Dr. Balldin gave a lecture on “Popliteus and Posterior Oblique Ligament Tears: Anatomic Treatment and Outcomes.” He also performed a live surgical demonstration of a posterolateral corner (PLC) reconstruction and taught multiple procedures to the attendees on cadaver specimens during wet lab sessions. VICKS 2015 was an anatomic-based symposium, focused on the reconstruction of many of the the ligament, mensiscus, and malalignment issues that can occur around the knee as well as the latest techniques in knee arthroscopy.

broken bone doctor san antonioDr. Christian Balldin is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients aged 3 years and older for any sports-related injury as well as conditions of the shoulder, hip, and knee. He has a special interest in mutiligamentous knee reconstruction. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Balldin, please call 210.281.9595.

Has Obamacare Led to Increased Reliance on Emergency Medicine?

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A new poll of the American College of Emergency Physicians shows that patient volumes have increased since January 1st, 2014, when the ACA requirement to have health insurance went into effect.

According to Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians,”The reliance on emergency care remains stronger than ever. It’s the only place that’s open 24/7, and we never turn anyone away.

More people getting access to necessary medical care is a good thing, but seventy percent of physicians surveyed are concerned that their emergency departments are ill-equipped to handle this increased patient volume. Over a third of those surveyed even reported that they’d considered leaving the profession.

Dr. Christian Balldin, board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group, was interviewed by 1200 WOAI Radio on why an increased reliance on emergency medicine isn’t necessarily a good thing.

According to Dr. Balldin, part of the problem is “lack of information on the patient’s part that they shouldn’t go to the emergency room for routine medical care.” People who have never had medical insurance before may not realize that the ER is by far the most expensive place to seek care and 24/7 availability should not be the reason to choose to be seen there. WebMD explains how to tell when to go to the ER.

Another issue is timely access to care. Patients on Medicaid or exchange health plans may have difficulty finding physicians and specialists who will accept their insurance. With very limited networks, even if an in-network doctor is found, there may be a long wait to get an appointment.

If you need to seek medical care, consider the best place to seek that care. True emergencies should be handled by the ER, but other issues could wait for a doctor’s appointment or be treated after hours by an urgent care center, minor emergency clinic, or a specialty walk-in clinic like the OrthoNow Injury Clinic. If in-network coverage is an issue, consider asking facilities about cash rates for out-of-network patients, which sometimes can be less expensive than in-network rates, especially if you have a high deductible health insurance plan.

TSAOG Celebrates National Athletic Training Month 2015

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It’s National Athletic Training Month and a perfect time to acknowledge the contributions of athletic trainers as an important part of the sports medicine healthcare team.

TSAOG would like to give a special shout out to our fantastic athletic trainers, Bryan Meyenberg, MA, ATC, LAT and Dallas Rainer, BS, ATC, LAT. These talented ATs work in conjunction with our sports medicine specialty trained orthopedic surgeons to provide coverage and support for athletic organizations in and around San Antonio, from middle school sports to community events up to the San Antonio Scorpions.

According to Dr. Brad Tolin, one of TSAOG’s sports medicine specialists, “Athletic trainers are an essential part of a Sports Medicine team. They are typically the first to evaluate an injured athlete on the field. Their skill, knowledge, and close working relationship with an Orthopaedic surgeon are integral elements to successfully caring for the athlete.  At TSAOG, we are fortunate to work closely with outstanding athletic trainers at the professional, collegiate, and high school levels.”

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. To learn more about athletic trainers and what they do, visit the National Athletic Trainer’s Association webpage.

Do you need Athletic Trainer coverage for your team or sporting event? Learn more here:


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