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Dr. John McDonald

Orthopedic Surgery
Austin, TX
16 years experience male

Locations

Office

Austin

Address

4700 Seton Center Parkway, Suite 200, Austin
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About

Bio

Dr. McDonald is a native of Houston, TX and a sports enthusiast. He takes a team approach to his practice. When patients, their families, physical and occupational therapists, and physicians all work together, the patient can achieve a quicker recovery through both nonsurgical and surgical means.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

48 Answers
29 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John McDonald
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
No: A meniscus can heal on its own. This typically occurs in the first 6 weeks or so after injury. However, some tears become asymptomatic and can be managed with injections and physical therapy. If pain and swelling persist despite nsaids, pt, rest, injections, then usually a surgery is warranted depending on how much arthritis is in the joint. Speak to your ortho surgeon for more detail.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John McDonald
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Arthritis: The meniscus acts as the cushion/shock absorber in the knee. When all or part of it has to be removed, the cartilage and bone see more stress over time and degrade faster - arthritis. However, leaving a torn meniscus and not taking it out can cause more stress as a flap can rub raw the cartilage much faster than having less meniscus.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John McDonald
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Few: This is the most commonly performed ortho surgery. Risks include bleeding, pain, infection, damage to nerves (specifically the saphenous) and blood vessels, worsening arthritis down the road if part of the meniscus must be removed, failure of a repair to heal, chance of recurrent tear, failure of pain to resolve. These are all very infrequent and this is typically a very safe procedure.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. McDonald is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. McDonald is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, TX
Graduated 2005MD

Affiliations

Texas Orthopedics, Sports, & Rehabilitation
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