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Dr. Vishal Shah

Orthopedic Surgery
Sugar Land, TX
20 years experience male

Locations

Office

Sugar Land, TX

Address

15035 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX
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About

Bio

Dr. Shah has worked with athletes at the recreational, high school, collegiate and professional levels throughout his career and is expertly trained in the art of sports medicine by some of the most renowned and well-respected orthopedic surgeons in the country. Using advanced techniques perfected in the sports medicine arena, Dr. Shah is accustomed to treating fractures, arthritic conditions, and common musculoskeletal conditions and injuries that afflict individuals of all ages and in all walks of life. Understanding that many such conditions can be treated with non-operative means involving physical therapy, bracing, medications, or activity modification, Dr. Shah can guide patients through non-operative and operative solutions and offer surgical treatment when appropriate. Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship American Sports Medicine Institute - Birmingham, Alabama Orthopedic Surgery Residency University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston, Texas Medical Degree University of Texas Southwestern Medical School - Dallas, Texas Bachelor of Business Administration with High Honors Business Honors and Finance, University of Texas - Austin, Texas Academic Recognition Member-American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Member-Arthroscopy Association of North America Dr. Shah provides comprehensive orthopedic care, including: Arthroscopic Knee, Shoulder, Elbow, Hip and Ankle Surgery Arthroscopic Treatment of Labral Tears of the Hip and Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) Rotator Cuff Repair of the Shoulder Labrum Repair of the Shoulder (SLAP, Bankart, Reverse Bankart) Treatment of Shoulder Instability and Dislocations of the Shoulder Ligament Reconstruction of the Knee (ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL) Pediatric ACL Reconstruction Revision ACL Reconstruction Meniscus Repair of the Knee Cartilage Restoration Techniques (Cartilage Transplant, OATS, Microfracture) Ankle Instability and Treatment of Acute and Chronic Ankle Sprains Elbow and Shoulder Conditions in the Throwing Athlete UCL Reconstruction of the Elbow (Tommy John procedure) Comprehensive Fracture Management of the Extremities Partial and Total Knee and Shoulder Replacement Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Total and Partial Hip Replacements Endoscopic and Open Carpal Tunnel Release

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

111 Answers
27 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Get an Xray: Getting an x-ray is the best way to tell if you have a broken bone. Sometimes, additional tests such as ct scan or MRI may be necessary. Swelling afte... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Unlikely: Except in very young patients with open growth plates (children and adolescents), meniscus injuries rarely heal without intervention. Meniscus tissue ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes, along with exam: Mri is an excellent imaging choice to further define shoulder problems. Usually, MRI is most valuable after a medical consultation and physical examin... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Maybe: Some rotator cuff tears are traumatic in nature and can occur despite any preventative measures. The majority are degenerative or overuse injuries, an... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Slow but steady: Recovery and rehab will vary widely depending on tear type, size, associated injuries, pre-operative function, post-operative goals, and repair type.... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Follow instructions: Different procedures will require different rehab protocols so discuss this in detail with your surgeon. In general, use a lot of ice, don't overdo th... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
R.I.C.E., Therapy...: Initially, r.I.C.E. Is indicated to minimize the extent of inflammation and pain. Early passive and active range of motion exercises and a guided phys... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
It depends...: Initially, rest, ice, immobilization and anti-inflammatory medications are indicated to minimize the extent of bleeding and damage in the muscle. Afte... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Seek evaluation: Initially, r.I.C.E. Is indicated to minimize the extent of bleeding and damage in the muscle. After the initial inflammatory phase resolves, early pas... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
R.I.C.E.: Always seek medical evaluation if your condition does not improve with treatment. Briefly, care should begin with ice, rest, and a compressive wrap. E... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Supartz (hyaluronic acid) and other viscosupplementation series can be effective for treatment of mild to moderate osteoarthritis. If it is no longer ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Need more info...: If the pain is severe and limiting or affecting your activities you should definitely seek medical evaluation. You could have a variety of problems in... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Patellofemoral Pain: Your pain can be coming from a variety of causes, but without a distinct recognizable injury that you can recall, the most common cause is a constella... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Get it checked...: Any painful lump or mass should be evaluated. It may be related to your previous trauma or possibly be in the same area but have nothing to do with it... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
See a doctor: Orthotics generally last about 6 months, depending on intensity of use. If pain is present, they may just be worn out. See your foot specialist to mak... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Surgery: This is not uncommon after rotator cuff surgery because fluids are typically used and after surgery that fluid collects and then drains along the path... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Maybe: Muscle injuries like this typically heal with fibrotic tissue ("scar" tissue) and can be susceptible to new injury. I would seek evaluation by an orth... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: The re-tear rate is highly variable. The age and activity level of the patient, quality of remaining meniscal tissue, type of tear and length of time ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
R.I.C.E. and Rehab: Always seek medical evaluation if your condition does not improve with treatment. Briefly, care for a groin injury should initially involve ice, rest,... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Several, but rare...: Generally, arthroscopy is a very safe procedure. Common side effects include swelling, pain, and muscle weakness, all which should resolve with time a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
R.I.C.E. and Rehab: Always seek medical evaluation if your condition does not improve with treatment. Briefly, care for a quad strain should initially involve ice, rest, ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Higher energy...: These types of fractures can occur in any sport if the mechanism of injury involves a high degree of force. Classically, higher energy sports such as ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Training, Ice, Meds: The simple answer is that with regular, repeated exercise activity, the aches and pains after exercise should gradually be less frequent and shorter-l... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
It varies: Generally, an isolated dislocation of the kneecap without associated injuries can be successfully treated with rehabilitation and bracing and allow a ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
R.I.C.E.: It is important to differentiate between a "jammed" thumb which is a sprain of the ligaments of the thumb and a fracture or dislocation. The two can o... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Not really: In general, the benefits of exercise are limitless. One can always improve their level of fitness. Sometimes, people can plateau with long-term contin... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
5-12 months, varies: This is highly variable depending on other injuries in the knee, the activity level you are returning to, and the type of surgery/graft choice used to... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: This depends on the limb that is injured and the other structures repaired. If your non-driving leg undergoes surgery, generally one can drive when ab... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
6 weeks to 6 months: This varies on the type of surgery and severity of associated knee injuries. Initially, physical therapy is critical to help regain full range of moti... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Many reasons: There can be many reasons for these symptoms, ranging from shoes/socks being too tight, circulatory problems, diabetes, nerve compression, or exercise... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
It varies: This depends on the extent of the tear and the type of treatment chosen. If not treated surgically, most meniscus tears never truly heal, although wit... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Talk to your doctor: You can always see an orthopedic surgeon for a musculoskeletal problem. Most of what we treat is non-surgical, and appropriate non-operative recommend... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Healing with scar...: It is not uncommon for hamstring and other muscle injuries to lead to chronic problems. Muscle injuries initially heal with scar tissue. Without prope... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Strengthen Your Knee: There is no surgery, medication, brace, injection, etc for "hypermobility" of the knees at this point in time. Some individuals collagen simply has mo... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Typically Not: Usually no. Arthroscopic surgery should be performed by orthopedic surgeons who have been appropriately trained. Further arthroscopic specialization i... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
It depends: That is a common symptom of patello-femoral knee pain which comes from cartilage softening or wear related to the high degree of force associated with... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
It depends: This depends on the degree of the tear, associated injuries of other structures in the knee, and the type of activity demands on the knee. Options inc... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Proper Equipment: The best way to avoid a concussion is to use proper protective equipment when applicable. Football helmets and other helmets should be fitted correctl... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends on treatment: Although many people can return to non-contact and straight-line type sporting activities approximately 6 weeks after acl and meniscus tears, the tear... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
R.I.C.E. and Rehab: Always seek medical evaluation if your condition does not improve with treatment. Briefly, care for a pulled hip muscle should initially involve ice, ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Varies: This can vary widely because the treatment can vary widely for different conditions and amongst different physicians. There are protective braces that... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Carefully...: Though initially it may be difficult, you should be able to use the bathroom after hip arthroscopy. Sitting carefully and trying to keep the operative... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Exercise: This one is easy...Exercise, and eat right. Everyone can increase their general level of strength by doing resistance training. Even low-resistance hi... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Cardiomyopathy is a complex condition with varying types and severities. The condition is generally treated and monitored by a cardiologist. There are... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
It depends: It depends on the type of injury and the medical condition of the patient. All medications can have side effects and a patient can be allergic to any ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
It varies widely: The length of time can vary widely depending on age of the patient, severity of the fracture, stability of the fracture, associated injuries, associat... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Maybe: Many types of back problems respond well to regular exercise. Back problems in general, however, are so broad in scope and varied in treatments that i... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Many things...: There are several possibilities. The constant compression is likely from swelling as a result of the injury. This could be a contusion of bone or soft... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Many things...: Your knee sprain may have resulted in a number of cartilage, ligament, tendon, or meniscal injuries that are now causing locking or "spasms." i highly... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
It depends: Based on the degree of soft-tissue injury, type of fracture, and level of contamination of the open wound, decisions for the optimal treatment can be ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shah is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shah is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! noise sound is hapening at evry joint like jaws, wrist, shoulder, back bone, hips, knees, ankel, fingr joints + body pains. pls sugest
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have a torn rotator cuff arthropathy, my dr. Won't give me pain med
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I appreciate the information. It helps me make a decision. Thank you so much!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, TX
Graduated 2002MD

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