About Dr. Blair | Orthopedic Surgeon in Richardson TX
Christopher Blair, DO, MBA
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Christopher Blair is as Texan as they come. He was born in Huntsville, Texas and raised on a cattle ranch. As a young man, Dr. Blair learned the benefits of determination and hard work that would serve him a lifetime. He developed what would become a lifelong passion for the medical specialty of orthopedic surgery at an early age, which shows in his attention to detail and constant insistence on treating each and every patient as a member of the family.
Dr. Blair first came to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex after college graduation to attend medical school at The University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth. He fell in love with Dallas and Fort Worth, and decided to make the area his home. He practiced as a board certified physician in Family Medicine for 17 years before continuing to pursue his dream to become an orthopedic surgeon. A lifelong learner, Dr. Blair holds not only undergraduate college and medical degrees, but has also earned an MBA from the prestigious Cox School of Business at SMU in Dallas. After that, he even attended law school at Texas Wesleyan School of Law in Fort Worth before beginning his formal orthopedic surgery training. Dr. Blair sold his Coppell family medicine practice in order to move to the state of Florida to begin his orthopedic surgeon training at a very busy (Level I Trauma Center) Broward General Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Blair practices general orthopedic surgery, including both adult and pediatric fracture care, trauma, sports medicine, and surgical replacement of the hip and knee joints. It was during his orthopedic surgeon residency that Dr. Blair began to develop a passion for the subspecialty of adult hip and knee joint replacement. He was captivated by the history of joint replacement, the remarkable durability of early joint replacements, and the evolution of techniques and implants. He marveled at how the early discoveries of joint replacement provided a foundation on which was built an entire subspecialty of orthopedic surgery, and how these improvements remain ongoing today.
Knowing that half of all applicants are denied entry, Dr. Blair was determined to become a specialist in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction. He applied for the additional year of fellowship surgical training, and was accepted into the world renown Hedley Orthopaedic Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. There, he studied under some of the most remarkable orthopedic surgeons in the country, focusing on the latest surgical techniques and procedures, including the benefits of individualized implants and even robot-assisted surgery. He learned how multimodal pain therapies could reduce the pain of orthopedic surgery while avoiding the complications inherent in relying solely on opioid narcotics for surgical pain. He learned how to incorporate accelerated rehabilitation protocols that help patients recover faster after surgery. Dr. Blair uses all of his experience as a physician and an orthopedic surgeon to provide his patients with end-stage joint disease the very best surgical options available when joint replacement is the right choice.
Just a sample of services offered by an orthopedic surgeon at Texas Orthopedic Surgery Consultants:
- Adult and pediatric fracture care
- Latest techniques in hip and knee replacement
- Sports Medicine and PRP injections
- Patient-Specific Total Hip Arthroplasty, including Partial Hip Arthroplasty for low demand patients.
- Patient-Specific Total Knee Arthroplasty (replacement of all three components of the knee).
- Robot-Assisted Total and Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty (replacement of only one involved component of the knee).
- Multimodal Pain Management
- Accelerated Postoperative Rehabilitation
- Nonsurgical joint preservation
- Joint injections; including the latest in Plasma-Rich Protein (PRP) injections, viscosupplementation, and steroid injections
If you are looking for an orthopedic surgeon in Richardson TX and surrounding areas, contact Texas Orthopedic Surgery Consultants today.
Orthopedic Surgery FAQs
What are the most common surgeries performed by an orthopedic surgeon?
This varies depending on the orthopedic surgeon you’re talking to. A hand surgeon, for example, might see extensor tendon repairs as the most frequent surgery. A joint replacement surgeon might see elective knee replacement as the most common surgery.
For orthopedic surgery in general, the three most common fractures (in order) are hip fractures, proximal humerus (upper arm), and distal radius (wrist).
What are the benefits of joint replacement surgery by an orthopedic surgeon?
The goals of surgical replacement of a painful hip or knee are threefold; to restore function, to improve motion, and to eliminate pain. The benefits of joint replacement surgery include the ability to regain activities of daily living, and to once again, enjoy those things in life taken away by the pain and immobility of a painful joint.
How long does it take for joint replacement surgery to heal completely?
The postoperative recovery for elective hip or knee replacement is a gradual process. Virtually, all patients are up and walking on their new joint the very same day as their surgery. This is slow, and with the assistance of a rolling walker and the careful coaching of a physical therapist. As a patient progresses, they are able to walk farther and with less assistance. Generally speaking, a patient can be expected to graduate from a walker to a cane or crutches in about four to six weeks. Most patients are able to abandon walking aids completely by two to three months.