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Dr. Henry Blum is an orthopedic surgeon in Bellaire. He cares for conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system: the muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments.

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Bio  

Henry J. Blum, Founding Partner and past President of Greater Houston Orthopaedic Specialists, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas before earning his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Following completion of his orthopedic surgical residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Blum elected to pursue a Fellowship in arthritis and joint replacement at the University of Texas Medical School in Dallas, which involved an additional year of subspecialty training.

Education & Training  

Hospital Affiliations

  • Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital
  • Saint Lukes Hospital At Vintage

Languages Spoken  

  • English

Offices See Insurance

Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians  

Fax

(713) 314-2990


Address

5420 West Loop South, Suite 2400, Bellaire, Texas 77401

Office Details

Doctor Specialty Orthopedic Surgery
Practice SpecialtyOrthopedic Surgery
Hospital Affiliation
  • Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital
Languages Spoken English

Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians  

Fax

(713) 314-2900


Address

1327 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 520, Sugar Land, Texas 77478-4096

Office Hours

  Open Lunch Close
Mon 9:00 am 12:00 - 1:00 pm 5:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am 12:00 - 1:00 pm 5:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am 12:00 - 1:00 pm 5:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am 12:00 - 1:00 pm 5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am 12:00 - 1:00 pm 5:00 pm

Office Details

Doctor Specialty Orthopedic Surgery
Practice SpecialtyOrthopedic Surgery
Hospital Affiliation
  • Saint Lukes Hospital At Vintage
Languages Spoken Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese

Insurance Accepted  

  • Aetna

Videos

Meet Dr. Henry J. Blum from Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians  

Dr. Henry J. Blum tells you about his background and his practice. Hopefully you will love him as much as we do. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an orthopedic joint surgeon here in Houston, Texas. I've been practicing orthopedic surgery for 23 years, and I'm a specialist in joint replacement surgery. I completed my training here in Houston, and then went on to do specialized training in hip and knee replacement, and am proud to practice here at Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital. My practice involves mostly adult patients that have hip and knee arthritis and also arthritis of other joints. We are very fortunate in that orthopedics has advanced in the last 20 years in that we are able to take care of patients in many non-operative and operative ways to help people with arthritis. We have many means at our disposal to help people get back to their activities, whether it's work activities or sports activities or recreational activities, as quick as possible. We have both minimally-invasive and incisional type operations that we perform, that help in this process. We also have other non-operative type treatments that involve physical therapy or injections or medications or other types of treatment that help people get back to their lives as they wish. We welcome you into our practice, and we look forward to getting you back to your life whether it be your work-related activities or your recreational activities as soon as possible.

Anatomy of the Knee and the Anterior Cruciate Ligament  

The knee is very complex and important. Luckily Dr. Blum understands it and can explain it in a way we can understand. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi. I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an Orthopedic Surgeon with Houston Orthopedic and Spine Physicians.  The knee joint is a quite complex joint. It is a hinge joint in that it moves back and forth in a hinge type fashion, as opposed to the hip joint, which is more of a ball and socket joint. The interior of the knee joint is made up of many different components. Some of these components can be damaged from either arthritis or from injury. The knee joint has ligaments that help support the joint to make it stable. That's depicted here on this model by the collateral ligaments on the sides; the interior ligaments, which are the anterior cruciate and the posterior cruciate ligament. There's also the meniscus cartilage which sits between the two bones: the femur and the tibia. The anterior cruciate ligament is sometimes the sports ligament and is the ligament that is damaged most often in sports injuries or injuries with a lot of force. When a person damages the anterior cruciate ligament, it makes the knee unstable and the lower tibia bones sometimes will pop out of socket; even with simple activities such as stepping off a curb or changing direction. The anterior cruciate ligament, this ligament in the middle of the knee joint, is very important to hold the bones close together. Without that ligament, the bones tend to want to shift back and forth and often requires surgery in order to reconstruct that ligament to make the knee joint more stable and work as it's intended to be as a hinge joint.

Does a Total Knee Replacement mean you will be removing large section of bone?  

A total knee replacement does not mean large removal of bone. This is a misconception. Dr. Blum explains what a Total Knee Replacement actually is. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an orthopedic surgeon with Houston Orthopedic and Spine Physicians. Most people are under the misperception that a total knee replacement involves large resections, or removal, of bone in order to place the implant. However, a total knee replacement involves removing a small piece of bone. We shave off just the end part of the bone and then recap it with a new surface, making a smooth replacement. The femur, I just showed, and then the tibia, likewise, is a small bone cut with a resurfacing of a new cushion, making the joint smooth and well-aligned as it was before you had arthritis.

Hip Arthritis and Hip Replacement Surgery  

Hip arthritis pain can be relieved by having hip replacement surgery. Dr. Blum explains how Arthritis affects the hip and how Hip Replacement Surgery works. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi, I'm Doctor Henry Blum, an orthopedic surgeon with Houston Orthopedic and Spine physicians. Hip arthritis is a very common condition that occurs mostly in adults in the age group of fifty to seventy years of age. Hip arthritis is where the normal ball and socket joint of the hip gets worn out, and the cartilage wears completely to bone, and that produces a situation where there's bone on bone within the joint, rather than the smooth cartilage Teflon cushion that's normally in a joint. When that occurs, there's nothing that can make that joint smooth again other than doing a hip replacement where we replace the normal ball and socket with an implant that resurfaces this joint. This is a total hip replacement. A total hip replacement is made of up of three components. One is the hip socket that get embedded in the acetabulum or the pelvis. The other is the hip ball or the femoral head, and the third component it the femoral stem. These come together to form a smooth working joint again to replace the damaged joint from arthritis. Hip replacement that's done for arthritis is a very common operation that I perform and that we perform here at Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital. Hip replacement replaces the damaged joint from arthritis and produces a smooth-working ball and socket joint like you had before arthritis. The hip replacement is done in the hospital and normally involves a stay of two or three nights in order to get a lot of physical therapy to get you back on your feet as quick as possible. We also provide a pain control so that your comfortable while you're recovering. Most patients use crutches or a walker for the first two weeks and then can go to a cane for another two weeks. After about four weeks time frame from surgery, most patients are walking with out a cane or crutches and are back to their usual lifestyle. We at Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital are experts in this procedure, and we welcome your visit to us to see if you're a candidate. Thank you.

Hip Replacement Surgery done specifically for Arthritis  

Dr. Blum is very familiar with Hip Replacement for Arthritis. It is one of the procedures he performs. Let him tell you about how the HOSP patients experience this procedure. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an orthopedic surgeon with Houston Orthopedic and Spine Physicians. Hip replacement that's done for arthritis is a very common operation that I perform and that we perform here at Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital. This hip replacement  replaces the damaged joint from arthritis and produces a smooth working ball and socket joint like you had before arthritis. The hip replacement is done in the hospital and normally involves a stay of two or three nights in order to get a lot of physical therapy to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. We also provide a lot of pain control so that you're very comfortable while you're recovering. Most patients use crutches or a walker for the first two weeks and then can go to a cane for another two weeks. After about four weeks time frame from surgery, most patients are walking without any cane or crutches and are back to their usual lifestyle. We at Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital are experts in this procedure and we welcome your visit to us to see if you're a candidate. Thank you.

How can you get relief from your knee arthritis?  

Dr. Blum explains why a partial knee replacement is a good choice for relieving arthritic pain in the knee. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an orthopedic surgeon with Houston Orthopedic and Spine Physicians. Knee arthritis is a very common condition which affects many millions of people in the United States. One of the procedures that I perform here at Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital is a partial knee replacement for those that have moderate arthritis. A partial knee replacement is a lot quicker recovery and better function than patients that require a total knee replacement. A partial knee replacement involves just replacing with an implant, one side, or one compartment, of the knee and most commonly, that's the inside compartment, between the tibia and the femur. This is a model that depicts a partial knee replacement and shows recapping the end of the femur bone with this metal component and then recapping with a new cushion the tibial component, making a smooth working joint, as opposed to the rough arthritic joint that the patient had beforehand.

How is Arthroscopic Surgery used to repair an ACL injury?  

Dr. Blum uses the knee model to describe the procedure of Arthroscopic Surgery. Afterwards he describes what the recovery period is like for patients that have the surgery. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi. I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an Orthopedic Surgeon with Houston Orthopedic and Spine Physicians. We at Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital in Houston Orthopedic and SpinePhysicians are specialists in knee injuries, specially anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL injuries. The surgical procedure, which is often required in order to fix this problem in the knee, is done through minimally invasive operations using the arthroscope or arthroscopy, and we're able to do this reconstruction and fix this anterior cruciate ligament tear through using very small instruments, about the size of my pen, and are able to substitute for the torn ligament by using your own tendon, or sometimes a cadaver tendon, to reconstruct the ligament. This minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery is done as an outpatient and most people are sent home very comfortable with the pain-relieving procedures that we use by our anesthesia team. Most patients are in a brace for about a week, and then they are advanced to a very, very aggressive physical therapy program to get their knee function back and get them back participating in sports or activities that they [had living].

How is Arthroscopy used to repair damage to the Meniscus?  

New technology allows surgeons like Dr. Blum perform procedures at a very small scale. In this video Dr. Blum explains how damage can be repaired to the Miniscus with this new technology. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an orthopedic surgeon with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians. One of the greatest advances in orthopedic surgery in the last 20 years is the advancement of minimally invasive surgery, and specifically arthroscopy of the joints. Arthroscopy is where we use small telescopic cameras, about the size of my pen, and we're able to enter the joint through these very small band-aid incisions. With the use of the arthroscope, we're actually able to visualize inside the joint a lot easier than the older procedures that we used to do where we would make a large incision to look inside. With the arthroscope, we have specialized tools that we are able to repair, fix, and sometimes remove damaged tissue that occurs, especially in the knee joint. One of the more common injuries to the knee joint is a torn meniscus cartilage. The meniscus cartilage are these C-shaped structures that are on the inside and the outside part of knee. The C-shaped meniscus cartilage, one which is on the inside part of the knee and one on the outside of the knee, are very commonly damaged with sports injuries, or sometimes just with daily activities, such as squatting and twisting. These act as cushions for the knee joint between the tibia and the femur, and when they tear, it's almost like having a rock in your shoe. The cartilage tears and sits between the two bones and is irritating to the knee joint when you move it back and forth. So often times, if the tear is large enough and bothersome enough, we'll go in with the arthroscope through the very small band-aid incisions, and we can trim out the torn portion of the cartilage, leaving the remaining healthy tissue, the healthy cartilage, alone. This involves sometimes removing ten or 15 or 20% of the meniscus cartilage, but leaving 80% of the cartilage, which retains the normal and maintains the normal use of the knee.

 

How long will my knee or hip replacement last?  

How long will my knee or hip replacement last? It's hard to say exactly, but Dr. Blum talks about what factors affect the duration of the replacement. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an orthopedic surgeon with Houston Orthopedic and Spine Physicians. One of the most common questions my patients have is how long their knee replacement or hip replacement will last. Although we don't have an exact answer for that question, with the advances that have been made over the past 20 years in the implant design and implant biologics, we do fully expect that both knee replacements and hip replacements will last in the decades rather than the ten to 15 years that we used to tell patients. It certainly depends on the patient's activity and lifestyle as well, and the more you take care of your new joint replacement, probably the longer it will last.

Partial Knee Replacements and Arthritis and the advantages of Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement  

Dr. Blum talks about Partial Knee Replacements and arthritis, the difference between Partial and Total Knee Replacements, and the advantages of Partial Knee Replacements. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an Orthopedic Surgeon with Houston Orthopedic and Spine Physicians. Knee arthritis is a very common condition that affects many millions of people in the United States. One of the procedures that I perform here at Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital is a partial knee replacement operation for those that have moderate arthritis. A partial knee replacement is a lot quicker recovery and usually better function than patients that require a total knee replacement. A partial knee replacement involves just replacing with an implant, one side, or one compartment, of the knee. And, most commonly, that's the inside compartment between the tibia and the femur. This is a model that depicts a partial knee replacement, and shows recapping the end of the femur bone with this metal component, and then recapping, with a new cushion, the tibial component, making a smooth working joint as opposed to the rough arthritic joint that the patient had beforehand. To show the difference between a partial knee replacement and a total knee replacement, I'm using these two models. The model on the left is a partial knee replacement, and the model on the right is a total knee replacement. This does not show the kneecap joint which is also replaced in a total knee replacement. But, as you can see, the partial knee replacement involves just replacing one compartment in the knee with a cap on the end of a part of the femur bone and a part of the tibia bone, whereas the total knee replacement involves recapping the entire knee joint. There are some potential advantages to having a partial knee replacement as opposed to a total knee replacement if you're a good candidate. One of the major advantages is a quicker recovery. Since we're just replacing a part of the knee joint, not the entirety, most patients recover a lot quicker. Most patients are in the hospital for one night as opposed to three nights for a full knee replacement, and most patients don't require any formal physical therapy and are able to do the exercises on their own through a home exercise program. Also, with a partial knee replacement, most patients find that their knee feels more natural in that we're only replacing a part of the knee, and most of their knee joint and their ligaments are natural. So, most patients are able to have better flexion, better bend to their knee, and better function after a well done partial knee replacement as opposed to a well done total knee replacement.

What is Arthroscopy?  

Why is Arthroscopy needed? Why is it a procedure Dr. Blum performs? Dr. Blum answers these questions. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an orthopedic surgeon with Houston Orthopedic and Spine Physicians. Arthroscopy of the knee using the small telescopic instruments is an outpatient procedure and most people recover very quickly. It depends on what actual procedure we're performing in the knee and what kind of damage is present in the knee that's requiring the surgery, but most people are able to get back to their usual activity within weeks rather than months as was required when we had to use the open procedures. So, once again, arthroscopic surgery is done through very small, band-aid incisions. It uses very small instruments and produces almost no tissue damage with the  procedure itself and we're able to perform a lot of repair and reconstructive work within the knee joint, as an outpatient, with very quick recovery.

Why get treated at Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital, the #1 ranked surgical hospital in Houston?  

Why should you get treated at Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital? As the #1 ranked surgical hospital in Houston by Consumer Reports you can be assured your experience at HOSP will be comfortable and life changing. Dr. Blum practices with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians (HOSP). Learn more at http://www.hosphysicians.com/.

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Hi I'm Dr. Henry Blum, an orthopedic surgeon with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians. We are fortunate in Houston to have a lot of excellent healthcare facilities. Myself, along with approximately 30 other surgeons have developed and worked at Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital here in Houston. This is a specialized orthopedic hospital that manages all orthopedic conditions and spine conditions. We are very proud to have been awarded multiple recognitions from health grades, as well as consumer reports, as well as multiple news outlets, on the excellence that we provide in orthopedics and spine care. We provide not only surgical treatment for patients that have orthopedic and spine problems, we also provide extensive expert physical therapy and other treatment modalities to help you get back to your life. Both the facility and the staff are specialized and just help with orthopedic problems, so they're not distracted by having to take care of other types of medical issues. So we at Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital have developed the facility, the hospital, and the equipment, as well as trained and developed the staff and the doctors to provide care that we would be proud to provide to our family members and friends. And in fact, we have many family members and associates and friends and doctors from the community that we are proud to call our patients here at our facility. We also have patients that arrive from all areas of the United States, as well as from outside the United States, especially South America and the Middle East, that we provide care to. We welcome you to come visit us and explore the service that we provide, and we will be glad to give you a tour and talk about the service and care, the exceptional care that we provide here at Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital.

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