Todd Pitts, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Abilene, Texas
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About Dr.Pitts

Orthopaedic Surgeon - Todd Pitts, M.D., Abilene, Texas

Todd Pitts M.D

Dr. Todd Pitts grew up in a small town in Utah where he spent most of his time playing soccer and enjoying the outdoors. He graduated from high school and attended Brigham Young University – Hawaii where he played with their NCAA Men’s soccer team. He subsequently transferred and obtained his Associates Degree from Utah Valley University. He then served a church mission in Raleigh, North Carolina for two years, and when he returned he attended the University of Utah where he received his Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sport Science. While attending the University of Utah, he met his beautiful wife and companion Jessica. They made their way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he attended medical school at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He and his family moved to San Antonio where he completed his 5-year Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. They moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he completed an Adult Reconstruction Fellowship focusing on hip, knee and shoulder replacement and reconstruction at The CORE Institute. Along the way they had four girls who keep them busy and are the center of their world. After living all over the country, they decided to come to Abilene, Texas to be part of a welcoming community. They are excited to be in Abilene and look forward to serving the community, and being part of such a fulfilling place to live.

PRACTICE PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Pitts enjoys being a part of a shared decision making process in regards to his patients conditions. He enjoys teaching and educating them on their problem and helping them make informed evidence based decisions about the management of their disorders with emphasis on non-operative management followed by surgery when indicated. “Surgery should be a decision that a patient comes to with the support and education from their physician. A physicians role is to understand the most up to date information, and present that to each patient in order to help them make an informed decision about their options. As patients learn about their condition, their body, and how it is affected by their condition, they are empowered to make decisions and better control their potential outcomes. A patient should never be talked into surgery, especially when the surgery is elective as is the case with most orthopaedic conditions. When a patient has exhausted non-operative management first as a form of treatment and when surgery is indicated, patients experience better results.” The aim of our practice is to empower patients with the knowledge necessary to make educated decisions about their conditions, and we love to be a part of that process.

Training

FELLOWSHIP TRAINING

 

The CORE Institute, Adult Reconstruction Fellowship; Phoenix, Arizona (2016-2017)

 

RESIDENCY TRAINING

 

University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Department of Orthopaedics San Antonio Texas (2011-2016)

 

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS

 

MAKO Robotic Assisted Total Hip Arhtoplasty, Partial Knee Arthoplasty, Total Knee Arthroplasty Certified (2017)

NAVIO Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Arthoplasty, Total Knee Arthroplasty Certified (2017)

FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION

General Orthopaedics

• Hand injuries

• CMC arthritis

• Trigger finger

• Carpal tunnel

• Cubital tunnel

• Tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis

• Golfers elbow/medial epicondylitis


Fractures - adult and pediatric fractures

Trauma - adult and pediatric trauma

Shoulder Arthritis

• Total shoulder replacement

• Reverse total shoulder replacement

• Revisions of shoulder replacement

Hip Arthritis

• Total Hip arthroplasty - posterior approach

• Total Hip Arthroplasty - anterior approach

• Hemiarthroplasty

• Robotic assisted total Hip Arthroplasty

Knee Arthritis

• Partial knee arthroplasty

• Total knee arthroplasty

• Computer assisted total knee arthroplasty

• Robotic assisted partial knee arthroplasty

• Robotic assisted total knee arthroplasty

• Revision of previous failed total knee arthroplasty

• Conversion of failed partial knee arthroplasty

Sports Medicine

• Rotator cuff tears

• Superior capsular reconstruction for irreparable rotator cuff

• Shoulder instability

• Knee scopes

• Meniscus repairs

• Partial meniscectomies

Professional Associations

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (2016-present)

 

Mid-Atlantic Orthopaedic Association (2014-present)

 

Bear County Medical Society, San Antonio, Texas (2011-2016)

 

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (2011-present)

Research

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

 

Skedros JG, Holyoak JD, and Pitts TC. Knowledge and opinions of orthopaedic surgeons concerning medical evaluation and treatment of patients with osteoporotic fracture. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am. 88:18-24, 2006.

 

 

Skedros JG, Hunt KJ, and Pitts TC. Variations in cortisone/anesthetic injections for painful shoulder conditions: comparisons among orthopaedic surgeons,rheumatologists, and physical medicine and primary-care physicians. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 8:63-75, 2007.

 

 

Skedros JG and Pitts TC. Temporal variations in a modified Neer impingement test can confound clinical interpretation. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 460:130-136, 2007.

 

Burkhead WZ Jr, Skedros JG, O’Rourke PJ, Pierce WA, and Pitts, TC. A novel double-row rotator cuff repair exceeds strengths of conventional repairs. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 461:106-113, 2007.

 

Skedros JG, Taylor KW, Pitts TC. Use of myocutaneous latissimus dorsi flap inmanaging a deep infection of a shoulder arthrodesis after hardware removal: A case report. Current Orthopaedic Practice, 20:582-586. 2009.

 

Skedros JG, Pitts TC, Hill BB. Iatrogenic thoracic outlet syndrome caused by revision surgery for multiple subacute fixation failures of a clavicle fracture: A casereport. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 19:e18-e23, 2009.

 

Pitts TC, Kiser CJ, Skedros JG. Inadvisable treatment of recalcitrant septicolecranon bursitis: An unusual case of extremely prolonged treatment with oral antibiotics after bursectomy. J Med Cases, 3(2):100-105, 2012.

 

Skedros JG, Pitts TC, Knight A, Burkhead WZ. Re-using cadaveric humeri for fracture testing after testing simulated rotator cuff tendon repairs. BioResearch Open Access, 3(5):250-4, 2014.

 

Skedros JG, Knight AN, Pitts TC, O’Rourke PJ, Burkhead WZ. Radiographic morphometry and densitometry predict strength of cadaveric proximal humeri more reliably than age and DXA scan density. J Orthop Res. 34:331-341, 2016.

 

REVIEW ARTICLE PUBLICATIONS

 

Skedros JG, Pitts TC. The use and misuse of injectible corticosteroids for the painful shoulder. The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. 25:78-96, 2008.

 

Skedros JG, Pitts TC. Injectable corticosteroids for the painful shoulder: Patient evaluation. The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. 25:236-245, 2008.

 

Skedros JG, Pitts TC. Corticosteroids for painful shoulder conditions: Injection techniques. The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. 25:375-386, 2008.

 

POSTER PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

 

Pitts TC, Weihrauch D, Struve J, Marshall S, Davidson R, Ninomiya J. Exposure to near infrared light alters the temporal expression of bone morphogenetic proteins: Implications for enhancement of fracture healing. Transaction of Orthopaedic Research Society, Las Vegas, NV, 2009. 34:0781.

 

Skedros JG, Knight AN, Mears CS, Pitts TC, Burkhead WZ. Ultimate fracture load of cadaveric proximal humeri correlates more strongly with mean combined cortical thickness than cortical index, DEXA or CC ratio. ORS Presentation, San Antonio, TX, 2014.

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS ACKNOWLEDGED

 

Skedros JG, Bertin KC, Holyoak JD, Milleson NM, Halley A. The orthopaedist as a clinical densitometrist: cost- and time-effectiveness. Am J Orthop. 36:15-22, 2007.

 

Skedros JG, Sybrowsky CL, Stoddard GJ. The osteoporosis self-assessment screening tool: a useful tool for the orthopaedic surgeon. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 89:765-772, 2007.