325 East Sonterra Blvd.
Clinic: Suite 120
Administrative Office: Suite 220
San Antonio, TX 78258
Phone: (210) 614-5100 / Fax (210) 614-5103
Adam I. Harris, M.D.
San Antonio Orthopaedic Specialists
Adam I. Harris, M.D.
Dr Harris graduated cum laude from Yale University with distinction in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry before attending medical school at the University of California, San Diego. There, he was elected to the A. Baird Hasting’s Society, the school’s honor society. Work that he started there resulted a few years later, in United States and Canadian patents for a knee brace primarily designed for children with muscular dystrophy.
Dr. Harris then completed his orthopædic training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. After his residency, he completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction (Joint Replacement) under Dr. Jorge Galante, and a research fellowship addressing issues in the biochemistry of articular (joint) cartilage. For four and a half years, he also taught orthopædic surgical residents who followed in the program at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Other research by Dr. Harris concerns the use of allograft bone (banked bone) in the salvage of failed total joint replacements and computer assisted analysis of orthopædic radiographs. This material has been published as part of peer reviewed orthopædic symposia, orthopædic journals, and texts. He has presented this material both nationally and internationally. Other teaching activities include invited lectures to other medical specialties on important general orthopædic issues.
When Dr. Harris also became a father, he opted to doff his primarily academic hat, to concentrate on direct patient care, and found his way to San Antonio. Originally part of a large group, in July 2002, he established his own private practice (San Antonio Orthopædic Specialists) in order to maintain the focus on individual patient care.
Private practice does not mean that Dr. Harris has taken a back seat in the field of orthopædics. He introduced several less invasive and tissue sparing techniques for hip and knee replacement to San Antonio and South Texas. These techniques allow for a much more rapid recovery from hip or knee surgery than was possible before, or is possible with most other techniques. The direct anterior hip replacement, combined with some aspects of other tissue sparing techniques, results in very rapid return to normal function. Patients are usually ready to walk home the evening of or the morning after hip replacement surgery. Most patients note only soreness, no pain. It is applicable to almost all patients who are also candidates for hip replacement as well as many patients whose previous replacement is in need of repair.
Similarly, Dr. Harris has developed instruments that allow the concepts of tissue sparing joint replacement to be applied to one of the most advanced implants available. In common with the direct anterior hip replacement, and unlike traditional techniques, no muscles are split “on the way in” so none have to be repaired “on the way out”. The post operative rehabilitation does not have to wait for muscle repairs to heal. Very few patients require a stop at a rehabilitation facility before going home.
Dr. Harris describes these techniques as the most rewarding advances in orthopædics in his experience. What is more rewarding yet, is that this practice grows daily by new patients referred by friends and family members who are established in the practice. Dr. Harris is known to say, “My staff and I try to treat each patient as if they were a member of our families. (We like our families!) As the practice grows by patient referrals, it means that we’re doing something right.