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Dr. Gregg Vagner

Hand Surgery
Austin, TX
25 years experience male

Locations

Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin

Austin, TX

Address

4611 Guadelupe Street, Ste 200, Austin, TX
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

5124762832

About

Bio

I am a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon with a certificate of added qualifications in hand surgery. I am a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. I have been devoted primarily to the treatment of the hand, wrist and upper extremity since 2004. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, snow skiing and fitness.

Specialties
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Hand Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

50 Answers
14 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Difficult to say: This could be a couple of things. Normally when something is turning blue, you consider vascular pathology. Most commonly, this is something called ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Probably not: It sounds like you are describing a classic trigger finger. This is a condition where a nodule/swelling at the tendon sheath can have trouble moving ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Tennis elbow: Tennis elbow is actually a condition of the wrist and finger extensor attachments onto the elbow. It is actually described as more of a degeneration ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Yes and no.: There is no direct connection between raynaud's. However, raynaud's is commonly associated with inflammatory conditions that can predispose one to tr... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Difficult to say: This would be difficult to say. Normally, carpal tunnel syndrome is associated with numbness in the fingers more than pain. Arthritis can develop in... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Months: Tennis elbow can be a rather discouraging diagnosis. Luckily very few people need surgical treatment of their tennis elbow. However, the down side i... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Hard to say: This would be difficult to say without more information or a physical exam. This could be anything from a nerve compression like carpal tunnel syndro... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Few: Most often there are benign incidental findings on mri. If they are large enough, they can restrict motion and even less often cause pain. In most c... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Hard to say: Its impossible to say with the amount of information given. I would recommend you see a health care professional.
A member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Blood contact: Hepatitis b is transmitted by blood contact. It would be virtually impossible to transmit by kissing unless both had open, bleeding or draining sores... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Hard to say: If your symptoms are associated with numbness, it could be just too much pressure on a nerve from overnight. However, bruising would be unusual in th... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Inflammation: This could be any number of things. From your description and your age, it could be some type of inflammation in your joints. I would recommend bein... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
No: There is no evidence in the peer review literature that touch screen or tablet use causes carpal tunnel syndrome. If you feel you are developing carp... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Probably: It is not uncommon to develop carpal tunnel syndrome after a wrist fracture. If this is not addressed at the time of the initial surgery and continue... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Close to 100: The closer to 100, the better. Most consider optimal above 92.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Be careful: If you are using weights, start with low weight. Be very mindful of your wrist position. Your wrist needs to be in neutral while lifting weights and... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
This: Could be several things. Do you notice any changes in the nail besides the pain. Is there discoloration or ridging of the nail? This can be a glomu... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Indirectly: Diabetes is a leading cause for peripheral neuropathy and compressive neuropathies like carpal tunnel syndrome. I would recommend an evaluation by a ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Bracing can help: First, i would recommend an evaluation by a health care professional. There are a number of other diagnoses that can be confused with carpal tunnel s... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: As long as you are not doing striking and practicing flexibility and forms, you should be fine. However, its probably best to discuss this with the d... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Many: There are many causes of tremulous hands. Very few causes actually have to do with the hands themselves. There are many types of tremors with differ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Very little: I would recommend very little wrist exercise other than minimal range of motion exercises until you have confirmed that the scaphoid has healed. Timi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Yes and no: It depends entirely on what you are doing the therapy for. There are some conditions that don't respond at all to therapy over the long term, such as... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Yes and no: Demyelination refers to damage to a nerve that causes the myelin sheaths (which help conduct electricity faster along nerves) to either shrink or go a... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
>400IU: Current recommendations for individuals under 12 months is at least 400iu a day. Between 1 and 70, recommended iu is 600 and then 800 over 70. Howev... Read More
A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Thrombophlebitis: Although there is a condition called thrombophlebitis that can cause painful veins, it would be quite rare for this to happen on the top (dorsum) of t... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Inflammation: This sounds like some type of inflammation in the joints. There are a large number of causes of inflammation from food reactions to inflammatory arth... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Compression: Most likely, this is due to some type of nerve compression or peripheral neuropathy. The most common of these is carpal tunnel syndrome. I would rec... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Possible infection: If you get redness and swelling around where you have a splinter, the first concern is the beginning of an infection. I would recommend an evaluation... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Common: Itching is a common complaint when taking percocet. If the itching is something that can't be ignored, you could either take benadryl, (diphenhydrami... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Maybe: It is not uncommon for weight to fluctuate by a few pounds. This can be caused by variation in the amount of water weight you are carrying. Weight c... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Radiculopathy: Your pt is referring to a condition called radiculopathy where a nerve root in the neck is irritated or compressed causing symptoms in the arm or hand... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: It is quite rare but possible for a nerve injury to occur during carpal tunnel release surgery. It is also possible for the nerve to feel slightly hy... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Splint: Mallet finger is treated with 6 weeks of splinting. Tumbling is not recommended during splint wear due to the high likelihood that the splint will co... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Hard to say: It would be very difficult to diagnose this without an examination so i will begin by saying that you might be best served by having this evaluated by... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Difficult: Losing weight can be very difficult. First, be careful of "meal replacement" shakes and such. Oftentimes, they do not provide enough calories. Seve... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Braces variable: The brace you are describing is called a counterforce brace and they actually have a pretty low response rate. So, you are not alone in your frustrat... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Neither!: If you are comparing white rice and normal flour based pasta, the answer is neither. They are both very high in easily digestible carbohydrates that... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Normally tennis elbow is painful at or near the bony prominence at the outside (lateral) part of the elbow, known as the lateral epicondyle. Tennis e... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Not very likely: Tendon ruptures do happen, but are rather rare. Treatment depends on which tendon was ruptured and where it was ruptured. If you are concerned about... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Possibly not related: Hand numbness and tingling can often be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are starting to experience hand numbness, it may or may not be relat... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Difficult to say: If its been 3.5 months, i would recommend being evaluated by a health professional. However, this could be some type of ligamentous injury like a ucl... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Common: Unfortunately, this can be a common occurrence after a wrist fracture. The prominent ulna can be a result of two issues. First, malalignment of the ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Swelling: Swelling is very common in finger injuries and can last much longer than the symptoms of the injury itself. The swelling can take months to go away. ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Need an xray: It is difficult to say whether you have a broken finger without getting an xray. Your finger could have ligament damage or have a bone contusion as w... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Soon: These should be relatively painless. If they are causing more than just occasional soreness, i would get in to see whoever was responsible for puttin... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Nerve injury: After a sharp penetrating injury like a knife, it is not unusual to have cut a nerve. If the injury is on the top (nail side) of the finger, then it ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Which joint?: Depends on which joint it is. This could be anything from a small benign cyst to a bony exostosis or bone growth. If it is tender or is growing, i w... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Needs xray: There are many cases where people believe that they have "sprained" a finger only to find out that it was actually a break. Some of these breaks coul... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Need reevaluation: This could be any number of things. It is not unheard of to have tennis elbow pain despite surgery. I would recommend a reevaluation. If it is stil... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Vagner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Vagner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Nerve pain is a result of damage done during anesthesia. We have seen many doctors but no relief to debilitating pain.
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Thanks for your quick reply! It was taken out and moved to more comfortable place....as comfortable as they can get I guess....lol
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Thanks for your quick reply! Its the joints closer to the end hand

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

Baylor College of Medicine

Awards

Distinguished Surgeon of the Year, 2010-2011, Austin AORN
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