South Texas Bone and Joint is the leading name in orthopaedic care for patients in Corpus Christi and the entire Coastal Bend. Practicing orthopaedic care for over 40 years, formally as Orthopaedic Associates of Corpus Christi, the doctors and entire medical staff are synonymous with total care for multi-specialty, musculoskeletal services.
Comprised of nine doctors, South Texas Bone and Joint boasts surgeons and physicians with expertise in every orthopaedic sub-specialty. Additionally, the medical team includes three physician assistants and an orthopaedic nurse practitioner.
Dr. Bernard M. Seger, fellowship-trained in arthroscopic surgery, specializes in arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder. His major areas of interest include cartilage abnormalities, ligament reconstructions and realignment procedures. Dr. Charles W. Breckenridge is board-certified and fellowship-trained in sports medicine and specializes in arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery.
“There is no other practice in our area representing every sub-specialty in orthopaedics” – Dr. Justin Klimisch, Medical Director of the Disease Specific Care Certification Program for Joint Replacement and Chief of Surgery at Corpus Christi Medical Center
Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. John P. Masciale’s fellowship is in adult spinal surgery. Also board-certified, Dr. John M. Borkowski is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive adult reconstructive spine surgery using innovative technology.
Dr. Dawn Grosser is board-certified and is a sub-specialty trained orthopaedic surgeon who completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery. A sub-specialty trained orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Ryan Thomas is also board-certified and completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery.
Board-certified Dr. Justin Klimisch completed an accredited fellowship in adult reconstruction and joint replacement surgery. Dr. Frank Luckay is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in general orthopaedics.
The newest associate at South Texas Bone and Joint is Dr. Michael W. Montgomery, who is fellowship-trained in primary care sports medicine. He also specializes in concussion management, sports-related injuries, fracture care and non-surgical orthopaedic management of other musculoskeletal injuries, including arthritis, overuse, sprains and strains.
Dr. Klimisch serves as the Medical Director of the Disease Specific Care Certification Program for Joint Replacement, knee and hip, at Corpus Christi Medical Center, where he also serves as Chief of Surgery. “There is no other practice in our area representing every sub-specialty in orthopaedics,” says Klimisch. “This allows our patients easy access to second opinions, as well as consultations with other specialists, in one convenient location. Waiting times for patients are reduced, while time spent between physician and patient are increased. We are creating an environment that is centered more on patient care than waiting to see a physician.”
Klimisch adds, South Texas Bone and Joint is proud to partner with Corpus Christi Medical Center, the first hospital in the region to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery. The certification designates Doctors Regional an Orthopaedic Center of Excellence and reflects the hospital’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
“Our team of physicians and the medical professionals at Corpus Christi Medical Center are equally committed to providing the highest quality patient care. As a result of our combined efforts, patients benefit from better outcomes after procedures,” Klimisch says.
Patients travel from as far away as the Rio Grande Valley to see the doctors at South Texas Bone and Joint. Klimisch notes, patients don’t need to travel to San Antonio or Houston for innovative treatments with orthopaedic specialists. Now patients receive the quality care they need closer to home.
“We are creating an environment that is centered more on patient care than waiting to see a physician” – Dr. Justin Klimisch, Medical Director of the Disease Specific Care Certification Program for Joint Replacement and Chief of Surgery at Corpus Christi Medical Center
The staff at South Texas Bone and Joint makes use of the latest advanced technology to treat and diagnose their patients, allowing a more streamlined diagnosis and surgery process. With digital imaging, technicians are able to immediately view detailed images of a particular bone or joint, prior to an operation. “These pictures are available to doctors much sooner than traditional x-ray imaging,” notes Klimisch. “This allows the doctor to begin immediately creating a road map to the operation process.”
South Texas Bone and Joint also offers convenient, same-day MRI imaging, thanks to its partnership with the Corpus Christi MRI Center. Open since 2003, Corpus Christi MRI Center is affiliated with Blue Star Radiology, the official radiologists for the Dallas Cowboys. The fellowship-trained, board-certified radiology team includes: Dr. Michael B. Jones, Dr. David T. Larsen, Dr. Michael E. Patyrak and Dr. Matthew Strange.
The facility features the most advanced imaging technology available, which ensures uncompromising whole-body imaging, while helping patients feel at ease during the actual procedure. As medicine advances, the providers at South Texas Bone and Joint continuously embrace innovative technologies for joint replacement, advanced robotics, arthroscopic procedures, reconstructive spine surgery, foot and ankle surgery, and hand and upper extremity surgery, making patient outcomes more effective.
Klimisch adds that the doctors at the practice work closely with rehabilitation centers to offer premium post-surgery care as well. “After a surgery, we focus on rehabilitation, addressing physical pain, as well as nausea and emotional stress from injury and surgery. By working with the patient from consultation to recovery, we make sure the patient is not only satisfied with their overall outcome, but is also not experiencing anything unusual after surgery,” he says.
A long-term goal for the practice is the eventual addition of physical therapists, specially trained to deal with orthopaedic patients recovering from hip, knee or joint replacements, spinal surgery, as well as sports-related and occupational injuries.
“We’re currently examining the possibility of offering physical therapy services in this office. It would make things more convenient for our patients and allow our doctors to work more closely with the specialists assisting patients through the rehabilitation process,” Klimisch adds.
“We’re proud to have one of the most advanced orthopaedic clinics in Texas” – Dr. Justin Klimisch, Medical Director of the Disease Specific Care Certification Program for Joint Replacement and Chief of Surgery at Corpus Christi Medical Center
But for now, Klimisch says, they are focusing on the newest addition to South Texas Bone and Joint: a priority care clinic. Once again leading the local medical community with innovative patient-centered care, the clinic offers the area’s first walk-in, no appointment required, musculoskeletal specific services. Comprehensive services through the clinic include: concussion evaluation, care for fractures, sprains, back pain, strains and overuse injuries.
Overseen by Dr. Michael Montgomery, the clinic is a perfect option for patients with non-life threatening injuries, saving money and avoiding increased wait times of a typical emergency room visit. The clinic hours are currently Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We’re proud to have one of the most advanced orthopaedic clinics in Texas,” says Klimisch. “South Texas Bone and Joint offers the latest in digital imaging, doctors with specialized training and access to state-of-the-art surgical medical centers. We’re honored to take orthopaedic care to the next level for South Texas, and poised to stay one step ahead of advancements in the care and treatment of musculoskeletal specific conditions and injuries.”