Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a bone tumor?

    A bone tumor is a benign or malignant growth arising inside or on the surface of the bone. Depending on the specific type of tumor, surgery to remove the tumor may be required. Usually patients experience a mass and/or pain in the affected area. These are often very rare and need expert treatment for the best outcome. All surgeons at GDO have advanced training specific to the diagnosis and treatment of these tumors.

  • What is a soft tissue tumor?

    A soft tissue tumor is a benign or malignant tumor that arises in the soft tissues (skin, fat, muscle, blood vessels, nerves). Usually patients notice a mass, and sometimes pain is present. These are often very rare and need expert treatment for the best outcome. All surgeons at GDO have advanced training specific to the diagnosis and treatment of these tumors.

  • What is bone cancer?

    Bone cancer is a malignant tumor that is inside or on the surface of the bone.

    The more common type in adults is a cancer that starts somewhere else in the body spreads, or metastasizes, to the bone. Common culprits include breast, lung, prostate, kidney, and thyroid cancer. Treatment involves surgical stabilization if necessary. Diagnosing and treating metastatic bone disease can be challenging. All surgeons at GDO have advanced training specific to the diagnosis and treatment of metastatic bone disease.

    Rarely, a malignant tumor can start inside the bone. This scenario is more common in younger patients. Osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, and myeloma are examples of malignant bone tumors.

  • What is sarcoma?

    Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer (less tha 1% of all forms of cancer) that originates in soft tissue and bone. These rare tumors are best treated by experts in bone and soft tissue sarcoma to ensure the best possible outcome. Treatment ranges from simple excision to chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and complex surgery with reconstruction. Diagnosing and treating sarcoma is challenging. All surgeons at GDO have advanced training specific to the diagnosis and treatment of sarcoma.

  • How many bone and soft tissue tumors are treated at Greater Dallas Orthopaedics annually?

    GDO surgeons treat approximately 2,500 orthopaedic tumor patients per year in the clinic . GDO surgeons perform approximately 1,100 tumor related surgical procedures annually. Greater Dallas Orthopaedics is the busiest musculoskeletal tumor practice in this part of the country by a significant margin. Surgeons at GDO provide the latest, best quality treatment to their patients. Patients often travel from all over Texas and other states to benefit from our expertise.

  • How is an infected joint replacement treated?

    If the infection is caught early sometimes a one stage procedure to clean out the infection is all that is needed, followed by a six week course of antibiotics. If the infection has been present or the implant is loose, often a two staged procedure is required. Diagnosis and treatment of infected joint replacement can be complicated. Expert treatment usually leads to better outcomes. GDO surgeons treat several hundred joint replacement infections annually.

  • Is it possible to get rid of a prosthetic joint infection?

    Yes, almost always an infection can be cured while sparing the affected limb and revising the joint replacement.

  • What is revision total joint replacement surgery?

    Revision joint replacement refers to replacing a failed joint replacement with another type of implant. Methods of failure include loosening, malposition of components, fracture around the implants, bone loss, and infection. Although unlikely, any joint replacement can fail. When surgery is required, expertise in complex reconstruction will provide the best possible outcome.

  • How many joint revision procedures are performed at GDO annually?

    GDO surgeons do approximately 1,200 revision joints annually. This is by far the most experienced, highest volume revision joint practice in Texas.

  • What is wrong with my total joint replacement?

    A painful and/or unstable total joint replacement usually indicates some underlying problem. Infection, loosening of the components, ligament and other soft tissue problems can be the culprit. Careful evaluation and management by a GDO surgeon will provide the most accurate diagnosis and formulate the best treatment plan.

  • I do not live in Dallas. Will this make treatment difficult?

    Travelling for medical care is never convenient, but is often required to optimize outcomes for rare conditions. GDO treats a high volume of patients from all over Texas and beyond. We strive to make the experience as easy as possible. GDO surgeons are often able to coordinate with local doctors to decrease the inconvenience of being treated in a different city or state.

  • What is osteomyelitis?
    • Osteomyelitis is infection that occurs in the bone. GDO surgeons are experts in the surgical treatment of bone and soft tissue infections. Coordination with an infectious disease specialist is often required.

  • Does Greater Dallas Orthopaedics see general orthopaedic patients?

    Yes, we see a high volume of general orthopaedics patients. GDO surgeons perform a large number of primary total joint (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow) replacements. In addition, they treat patients with common musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, painful joints, fractures, torn ligaments and tendons, deformity, and sprains.