E. Garrison Benton, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Benton specializes in the treatment of chronic hip and knee pain. Joint pain caused by osteoarthritis (wear and tear inside the joint) is a significant problem for many active adults. The pain caused by arthritis can be life altering, even debilitating. It can keep a person from doing the things he or she enjoys, such as traveling or playing golf. As arthritis progresses, it can make simple tasks like going to the store impossible. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, with one in three adults affected. In most cases, Dr. Benton can treat or even cure the symptoms caused by osteoarthritis and help individuals get back the life they once enjoyed. Dr. Benton and his staff provide compassionate care for their patients. Non-surgical management is the first line of treatment for hip and knee pain. However, surgery may be considered if these options do not provide relief.
After five years of general orthopedic training, Dr. Benton spent an additional year specializing in the treatment of hip and knee arthritis at the Cleveland Clinic near Miami, Florida. Dr. Benton performs over 200 joint replacements per year. He believes successful outcomes after joint replacement result from a combination of sound surgical technique and active participation in gait rehabilitation. Dr. Benton uses less invasive surgical techniques to minimize pain and promote a faster recovery. He is an advocate of direct anterior total hip replacement, and is one of the few surgeons in Texas performing this surgery. In addition to primary hip and knee arthroplasty, Dr. Benton is fellowship trained in the treatment of complex problems related to previous hip and knee surgery, such as revision of worn out or painful previous hip and knee replacements, and conversion of previous fracture surgery to joint replacement.
Dr. Benton graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and worked at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics prior to attending medical school at Texas Tech School of Medicine. He is involved in research activities at the Baylor University department of Engineering and at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative. Current research projects include development of a wireless device to reduce falls in unstable individuals, and modifying surgical technique in direct anterior total hip replacement in order to improve gait mechanics.
Dr. Benton grew up in Abilene, Texas. He is an expert fly-fisherman. He met his wife, Jessi, during residency while she was studying law at the University of Texas. They have made Waco their home and enjoy traveling, outdoor activities with their dog, and live music.