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What is an Orthopedic Doctor?

An orthopedic doctor is generally a surgeon who specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of diseases, disorders, and injuries (including fractures) of the skeletal system: spine, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and peripheral nerves. These conditions include:

  • Soft tissue injuries and diseases
  • Sports injuries and arthroscopic surgery
  • Degenerative joint disease and joint replacement
  • Open and closed treatment of broken bones
  • Torn knee ligaments and cartilage
  • Hand surgery including carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ruptured disc
  • Arthritic changes causing compression of the nerve root and spinal cord

Orthopedic surgeons are physicians and have, therefore, graduated from a four-year college program, followed by a four-year medical school program. After earning and being awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree, they then go on to postgraduate medical training in internship and residency programs for five years. Fellowships are usually an additional year of sub-specialty training.

John P. Duggan Jr., M.D.

dugganDr. Duggan is a board certified physician who is trained in all areas of orthopedics and specializes in sports medicine. He was part of the medical team supporting the Houston Astros, Houston Texans, Round Rock Express and World Boxing Organization. He has also served as team physician for five different high schools. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then attended the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. His Orthopedic Surgery Residency was completed at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. After residency, Dr. Duggan was fellowship trained in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at Methodist Hospital in Houston and in Orthopedic Trauma at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

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Erik R. Lovria, M.D.

LR Dr Lovria

Dr. Lovria is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship trained in joint replacement. He completed medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Lovria completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Lovria specializes in both simple and complex joint replacements and revision joint replacements.

Dr. Lovria welcomes new patients and accepts most insurance plans.

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