The subacromial bursa is tissue that is found on top of the rotator cuff. When the rotator cuff is torn and needs to be repaired, this tissue is removed so that the surgeon can see the damage. Traditionally, this tissue has been discarded. Recently, Dr. Gregory and others have discovered that this tissue is rich in stem cells, and may play a role in helping the rotator cuff heal. As a result, Dr. Gregory has pioneered a technique to preserve this tissue and reimplant it back into the shoulder after rotator cuff repair. Dr. Gregory performs the subacromial bursa reimplantation routinely, and has seen positive results. The video below highlights Dr. Gregory teaching his technique to other orthopedic surgeons nationwide.
Our clinic is open
As we get a better handle on the healthcare resources required to treat COVID-19, we are now able to offer selected appointments for patients who need to be seen in person by Dr. Gregory. To help protect the safety of both you and our staff, we will be limiting the number of these appointments, and will be enforcing strict social distancing guidelines during your visit. Of course, for patients who do not need to be seen in person, or who choose to minimize their risk of social exposure, we are happy to schedule a telemedicine visit. If you would like to be seen for your shoulder or elbow condition, either in person or virtually, please contact our office at 713-486-1700.
Scheduling a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Gregory
To help support efforts of local authorities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Dr. Gregory has established telemedicine visits. Using a smartphone or a computer with a webcam, you will be able to connect with Dr. Gregory virtually instead of coming in to the clinic. Using video, Dr. Gregory will be able to evaluate your shoulder or elbow function, and may be able to diagnose many common conditions. These visits are covered by insurance. They can be a very good option for many patients, including those who live remotely, but would still like to consult with one of Houston's top shoulder and elbow specialists.
If you would like to set up a telemedicine visit, please contact Dr. Gregory’s office at 713-486-1700.
Updates on COVID-19
Due to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic and the strain it is putting on our health care system, at this time Dr. Gregory is only able to see patients with acute injuries. As per the CDC recommendations, all elective surgeries are postponed to help preserve resources for those providers battling on the front lines. Dr. Gregory encourages all patients to follow local and national guidelines, which may include sheltering-in-place. This policy will be updated as the situation changes. For the latest updates, please call Dr. Gregory’s office at 713-486-1700.
Dr. Gregory named again as one of TX Top Docs
For the third 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 2020 calendar year, and shows he is a top shoulder doctor in Houston. 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.
Join Dr. Gregory on the ASES Podcast
On Episode 6 of the American Shoulder Elbow Surgeons podcast, Dr. Gregory was joined by two friends and colleagues to debate options for surgical treatment of massive, irreparable rotator cuff tears. Dr. Gregory has extensive experience with the use of outpatient shoulder replacement, and discussed his thoughts and research findings with the other guests. The consensus was that treatment options should be individualized for each patient, depending on their shoulder condition and overall lifestyle goals. If you are concerned you may have a rotator cuff problem, or wish to have another opinion regarding management, Dr. Gregory is happy to discuss these treatment options in depth with you. You can find the podcast in your favorite podcast app, or see the link below.