Todd C. Johnson, MD, FAAOS
Board certified orthopedic surgeon, Todd Johnson, knew he wanted to pursue a career in medicine from a very young age. Growing up, Todd’s compassionate family physician was his role model. He was challenged by a number of orthopedic issues throughout his youth. It was through these struggles that his decision to specialize in orthopedic surgery came about.
What Sets Dr. Johnson Apart
Throughout the 23 years practicing at the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Garland, Dr. Johnson has made it a point to develop a relationship with each patient he sees. Not one patient passes through the center without getting quality face time with Doctor Johnson.
“I don’t use physician assistants like most other doctors. Every single patient sees me and talks to me,” he explained. When people come to the sports medicine center, they are often nervous and hurting. “It’s imperative for my patients to know that I truly understand what they’re going through and will do everything possible to help them. The best way to get this message across is to spend time with them and listen to their concerns.”
Sometimes colleagues give Dr. Johnson a little friendly ribbing, claiming he spends too much time with each patient. But to him, there’s no such thing. “Getting to know each patient as a person, learning something special about their personal lives, and helping them relax so I can get at the root of their issue plays a key role in accurate diagnosis and presenting treatment options, which will help them heal and get back to enjoying life.”
Surgery is a Last Resort
Dr. Johnson says one of the chief misconceptions people have about orthopedic surgeons is that all they really want to do is operate. After all, they’re not called “surgeons” for nothing. But, for him, surgery is the last resort.
“Actually, most of our patients can recover without surgery, through following a care plan that includes rehabilitative exercises, local injections, bracing, and interventions for pain relief,” he said. Dr. Johnson customizes these programs to fully address each patient’s individual needs and says the rest simply involves assuring the patient that, with time, their body will heal on its own.
Of course, sometimes surgery is necessary, and in these cases, Dr. Johnson chooses the least invasive option available. New technologies and specialized instrumentation allow surgeons to operate through ever smaller incisions. This decreases recovery time, results in less postsurgical pain, and greatly reduces the risk of infection.
Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery and a fellowship in sports medicine, reconstructive procedures, and joint replacement at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He’s a diplomat to the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, and a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Dallas County Medical Society.
Dr. Johnson serves as team orthopedic physician for Garland High School sports programs and also works closely with athletic trainers at Heath High School. He welcomes all local sports teams through his open door policy, treating athletes even when under- or uninsured. Additionally, he donates his time to The Hope Clinic in Garland.
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