As health care costs continue to rise, there’s increasing emphasis on finding ways to control costs. As a shoulder specialist, Dr. Gregory is acutely aware of these costs, particularly how they relate to shoulder replacements. In select patients, he has begun to do many shoulder replacements on an outpatient basis, so patients can go home the same day and recuperate in the comfort of their home. In a groundbreaking new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) in Chicago, IL, Dr. Gregory shared his findings that outpatient shoulder replacement is approximately three times less expensive than the same procedure done in an inpatient setting. By decreasing health care costs, outpatient shoulder replacement can potentially save patients substantial amounts of money relating to their hospital stay. To see if you are a candidate for outpatient shoulder replacement, please contact Dr. Gregory for an appointment.
Dr. Gregory is a well-respected orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the management and surgical treatment of shoulder and elbow problems. His general philosophy is to educate patients and partner with them to provide the highest quality care for their shoulder or elbow complaints. He prides himself on the following:
For the second consecutive year, Dr. James Gregory has been approved as a Top Doctor by the TX Top Doc Selection Committee. Based on his education, training, accolades, awards and patient reviews, multiple members agreed on the approval of his acceptance into the highly specialized group of well-respected physicians. The continuous quality of his care is reflected in his re-approval as a top doctor for the 2019 calendar year. Dr. Gregory specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery, and invites patients to visit one of his offices to experience the cutting-edge technology and skill offered by his team.
Dr. Gregory attempts to utilize the most successful, least invasive treatments possible with a goal of minimal recuperation and downtime. One of his major research interests is utilizing stem cells to help rotator cuff healing. He combines rigorous standards and quality of care with experience and insight, integrating the best new techniques into the care of each patient.
Dr. Gregory was recently invited to speak at the 4th Annual Vail Scientific Summit at the Steadman Phillipon Research Institute. The topic of this year’s meeting was “Regenerative and Translational Medicine: A Focus on Human Clinical Applications”. Surgeons and researchers from around the world gathered to share ideas on how to improve patient healing. One approach is the use of stem cells.
Stem cells are cells within your body that have the ability to turn into a variety of different cell types. Additionally, stem cells can also send out signals to other cells, helping them work more effectively. For orthopaedic surgeons, because stem cells can turn into bone, tendon, or cartilage, there is huge interest in finding ways to use these cells to heal damaged tissues.
Dr. Gregory described a new location where stem cells can be harvested during shoulder surgery, and outlined a strategy that could eventually lead to the use of stem cells during rotator cuff repair. Dr. Gregory’s research is ongoing, and within the next few years, if experiments show good results, you may be able to participate in trials to see if stem cells truly can help heal your rotator cuff.